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Articles by Shriram
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.
Rajat Kapoor's dark past
Rajat Kapoor's reputation as one of Indian cinema's most avant-garde directors is quite warranted. With films like Raghu Romeo, Aankhon Dekhi and X:The Past is Present, he has walked down some radical paths. So, it is not surprising that his debut feature was a dark comedy noir that bordered on the surreal.
These stars never get old
Actors have notoriously short shelf lives. Their careers start to fade when their first wrinkles become visible. Yet, there are a gifted few who have spent their youth pursuing the goal of acting, only to achieve it late in their lives.
6 times Rekha Bhardwaj rocked
Behind every successful man is a woman, they say. Rekha Bhardwaj's claim to fame is far beyond her title as Mrs. Vishal Bhardwaj. She has breathed soul into some of the most melodious songs to hit the ears of Hindi cinema fans.
Birthday special: What makes Priyadarshan so successful?
In a country divided by language and dialects, Priyadarshan has managed to generate grudging respect among filmmakers for his ability to bridge the North-South divide.
11 films for lovers of boxing
As Madhavan dons boxing gloves as a rude coach for his next film 'Saala Khadoos', we take a look at Bollywood's most memorable boxing sagas from 'Garam' Dharam to Khiladi Kumar.
When poets ruled Hindi cinema
Cinema is visual poetry. It is natural that poets, as characters, hold an intrigue and allure to filmmakers. Indian cinema has had a few famous trysts with poets on screen. Here are some poets who added to the beauty of cinema.
Is this Bollywood's most patriotic song?
In a film about India's biggest failures in the theatre of war, Kaifi Azmi and Chetan Anand composed one of Indian cinema's most memorable patriotic songs. 'Kar chale hum fida' became an anthem for a country's fallen soldiers
When classical music met commercial cinema
On Pandit Bhimsen Joshi's birthday, we take a look at the times when classical music and Hindi cinema combined to produce magic
13 hit songs from flop films
Among the sea of films that Bollywood is, there will always be films that make amnesia seem like a blessing. Yet, like the proverbial silver lining, they are etched in public memory due to one hit song in their kitty. Here are some of them.
6 unforgettable nazms by Kaifi Azmi
A romantic revolutionary, Azmi changed Indian cinema with his intense, emotional verses. Here are 6 of his couplets that make you pine for a time when poetry ruled Indian cinema
The Peter Pan List: Kids who grew up on screen
The careers of child actors in Indian cinema can be shortlived. But there are a few who have outlived their childhood and grown up on screen for Bollywood fans to remember. Here's a list.