Shriram

Shriram
Senior Feature Writer

Shriram Iyengar belongs to the not-so-rare species of neuroses cinemanesis. A hassled Mumbaikar, he spends his mornings doing chores while singing Gulzar-RD Burman numbers. He claims a particular expertise in the 'Filmy Maa' species, the experiences of which he extensively documents on his social media pages. His penchant for Govinda hits is as notorious as his delirium of being a Shakespearean actor. When drunk, he can be spotted spouting poetry and his unabated love for Kalki Koechlin on empty streets. If seen, please drop him off at the nearest railway station.
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Articles by Shriram

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Imran Khan's lessons in getting the girl who's just not into you

Imran Khan, the nephew of Aamir Khan, the second coming of Sanjay Malhotra, has been on our radar for sometimes. Playing the obsessive lover-boy who just won't take no for an answer has become his forte. And no, that's not a bad thing! Here's a list of films that provide life lessons to broken hearted Bollywood fans.

over 3 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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Helen and the film without a song

Helen's presence in OP Ralhan's 'Hulchul' is not a surprise. The fact that there is no song in the film is. One of the most natural dancers was cast in a film without songs. Here's the story of the mismatch.  

over 3 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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The return of Nana Patekar

As an aging artiste in 'Natasamrat', Nana Patekar provided a timely reminder of a character trope that is slowly dying in Indian cinema.

over 3 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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Look at what Irrfan Khan once did

Tom Hanks calls his eyes 'mesmerising'. Danny Boyle is a fan. Spielberg has already cast him. Bollywood can't get enough already. In one decade, Irrfan Khan has made a stunning leap from background roles to lead characters with depth and intrigue. Here is a chronicle of this fascinating actor during his time on the national network.

over 3 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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Vijay Tendulkar: Angry old man

His direct scripts and fiery thoughts burned a deep impression on Indian theatre and cinema. Vijay Tendulkar wreaked more damage to societal injustice through his pen than Amitabh Bachchan could ever do with his fists on screen. Here's how he did it.

over 3 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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Why was Awara popular in Turkey?

Raj Kapoor's classic was the beginning of a long journey for one of his most iconic creations — the tramp. The film and its music reached far beyond Indian borders. It remains one of the most popular Indian films in Turkey. Here's how that happened.

over 3 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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Death anniversary special: KN Singh and his dancing beard in Badhti Ka Naam Dadhi 

On the actor's 18th death anniversary, we take a look at this one-off performance that is unlike his typical villainous roles. 

over 4 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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Taare Zameen Par - Stars take to Twitter to help Chennai

As Chennai struggles to keep its head above water, stars took to social media to help. Here are some tweets that caught our eye

over 4 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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The 'other' Bajirao Mastani

As theaters across India prepare for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's romantic saga about Maratha warrior Bajirao I, we look back at a previous avatar of this eternal romantic saga.

over 4 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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Deepak Parasher – The Mr India nobody remembers

The sight of Deepak Parasher turning himself into a parody on Bigg Boss was a far cry from the handsome man who made a splash in the modelling circuit during the 80s. From playing supporting roles to Amitabh Bachchan to romping around in nighties on Bigg Boss, Deepak Parasher has fallen a long way.  

over 4 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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Only true Hindi cinema fans will recognise these actors

If you are a true blue fan of Hindi cinema, you ought to know the names of these wonderful actors who played second fiddle to the A-listers. 

over 4 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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Who is...Pandit Sudarshan?

A versatile Hindi novelist on par with the great Munshi Premchand, Pandit Sudarshan was a part of Indian cinema during the early 30s. Here's a look at the writer who shaped some classic studio-era films and enhanced the role of literature in Hindi cinema.

over 4 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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10 films about disabilities that touched our hearts

Heroes come in different shapes and sizes. Sometimes, they are ordinary men and women who transcend their disabilities to make a difference in the world. Here are 10 films that captured the stories of such heroes.

over 4 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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The one hit wonders

They came. They conquered. They vanished. These Bollywood starlets vanished from the spotlight leaving memories of their first, and perhaps best, performances.

over 4 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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Where did 'Awara Hoon' come from?

Of all the gifted artists who accompanied Raj Kapoor through his journey as a filmmaker, it was Shailendra who understood the ethos of the showman best. His composition for 'Awara' remains a hallmark in the poetry of Indian cinema. Here's how it came to be.

over 4 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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The King of Tragedy and the Queen of Melody

They sang together, but the kingdom was never at peace for 13 years. A look at the song which became the source of discord between two of the most powerful personalities of Indian cinema.

over 4 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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How Ashok Kumar and Dilip Kumar changed the craft of acting

Two accidental actors. Two legendary craftsmen. Ashok Kumar and Dilip Kumar founded the basic structure for the method school of acting in Indian cinema.

over 4 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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Stars overnight: Big debuts in Bollywood

The stardust may have faded on some, but it does not take away from the magical shine of their debuts. Here are some actors who turned into overnight sensations.

over 4 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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The Parsis in Bollywood 

In their own quiet way, the Parsis have influenced Indian cinema and its culture in many ways. Here's a look at what they have given us.

over 4 years ago — Swati Goel

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Who was... Begum Para?

She was the original 'It' girl. Dressed in jeans, with a whip in hand, Begum Para had the world dancing to her tune even when she wasn't in front of the camera.

over 4 years ago — Shriram Iyengar