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Articles by Shriram
Bollywood is getting real and how
From a brave air hostess to a disgraced captain of the national cricket team, filmmakers are dramatising real life subjects for their films. The common man has evolved into the new hero of India's powerful cinematic world.
Grisly murders in Bollywood
Blood, mystery, humanity pushed to its darkest corners; Hindi cinema holds a fascination for all things bloody and gory. These films are an examination of the extreme evil that humanity is capable of. Statutory warning: They are not for the faint hearted.
Why Bollywood will not be happy with Budget 2016
With no mention of any rollback of the draconian entertainment tax, benefits for films or filmmakers, Bollywood remains miffed with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's budget 2016.
Why the legend of Manmohan Desai endures – Death anniversary special
They called him 'The Miracle Man'. He could transform mediocre films into blockbusters. He hardly worked with a structured script, never asked an actor to 'get into character' or 'study a personality' for his film. Yet, Manmohan Desai understood why audiences watched his films — to escape their drab lives.
The Spotlight on investigative journalism in Bollywood
The relationship between journalism and cinema is integral. As Spotlight runs away with the 2016 Oscar for the Best Feature, we take a look at the iconic investigative films in Bollywood.
5 Academy award winners ... ab Hindi mein
Well, Leo and the bear might have stolen the 'spotlight' (or was it the other way). Which leaves us wondering, what if these films were made true blue, punch dialogue cracking, desi ishtyle. No offense to Leo and the other winners, but we would like some spice in our Hindi films... and a couple of songs wouldn't hurt you, Innaritu!
Why these sidekicks kicked ass
They are not the heroes we deserve. They are the heroes we need. From Circuit to Pappi, sidekicks have added a touch of pizzaz, drama, and sacrifice to Bollywood's grand films. Here's a list of the best sidekicks in Indian cinema.
5 reasons to watch Aligarh
A stark tale of one man discriminated against and hunted, Aligarh marks a new era in courageous filmmaking for Indian cinema. Directed by Hansal Mehta, the film opened to rave reviews at the JIO MAMI film festival. Here are 5 reasons why you should watch the film as it releases on the big screen this Friday.
7 kidnap dramas you can't miss
The thrill of a kidnapping and the heartwarming tales of courage, defiance and sometimes, love can melt the heart of any true Bollywood fans. Here are 7 kidnap dramas that you can't miss.
Kissa Kursi Ka: The film that burnt Sanjay Gandhi
On 14th of July 1977, Sanjay Gandhi and former I & B minister, VC Shukla walked into the Tis Hazari court complex of Delhi as two of the most powerful people in Indian politics. When they walked out of the courts on that eventful Bastille Day, they had been indicted on the charges of 'wilful conspiracy' against a filmmaker and his film.
21 of the most heartbreaking love ballads in Bollywood
The sweetest songs are often the saddest. Nowhere is this truer than in Hindi cinema.From Kumar Sanu's soulful ballads to Arijit Singh's heartbreaking rock anthems, the list includes some of the most heartbreaking love anthems composed in Bollywood.
Kamal Amrohi, interrupted
In a career spanning five decades, Kamal Amrohi directed only 4 films, 3 of which are unquestionably classics. A look into the classics which enhanced the legend of the great director.
Who is...Pandit Narendra Sharma?
The lyricist for Raj Kapoor's philosophical Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Pandit Narendra Sharma's contribution to Indian cinema extends into the domain of literature and radio as well.
Jagjit Singh, actor
The King of Ghazals, Jagjit Singh personified aesthetic bliss for lovers of the ghazal form. A gentleman and a connoisseur of poetry, Jagjit Singh had another side to him that remains hidden - an occasional actor.
The cricketing 11 in Bollywood
In India, two professions are celebrated unlike any other - cricket and films. It is only natural that these two starry vocations entwine occasionally. Though no film star has managed to make it to the Indian cricket team, but many of our top cricketers have appeared in films. Here's a list of cricketers who scored big in films.
Why did The Guide fail in English?
A landmark in Hindi cinema, Chetan Anand's The Guide didn't fare that well in the English language. Filmed in the language of the book it was based on, all it evoked was a scathing review from its creator, RK Narayan.
Bhagwan Dada's little secret
A political agreement divided the kingdom of two queens. In 1951, the heir and the empress met each other in the middle of the road, no man's land. C Ramchandra documented this momentous occassion in his biography.
How Shah Rukh Khan entered Deewana – Raj Kanwar death anniversary special
On the filmmaker's 6th death anniversary (he died on 3 February 2012), we look at how Khan was signed after the film's shooting began.
Why Nasir Hussain and RD Burman rocked
RD Burman and Nasir Hussain were both intrepid pioneers when it came to the art of music and cinema. Working together over two decades, they created some of the most iconic dance numbers in film history. Here is proof
The many faces of Waheeda Rehman
Actress and danseuse, Waheeda Rehman was one of the most beautiful women to ever grace the screen. We take a look at some of her most iconic roles.