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Articles by Shriram Iyengar
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.
Was Raja Harishchandra really India's first film?
For a century, Indian cinema has hailed Dadasaheb Phalke as the pioneer who created the first Indian feature film. Yet, there were a few nominees who might have made the cut before him.
Sushant Singh and the rise of the TV star
For every television star, the end of the rainbow is fettered with leading big screen roles. Few manage to find it with the elan that Sushant Singh Rajput has though. On the 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshy' star's birthday, we take a look at other small screen actors who have made it big.
8 things you didn't know about Deewar
The film that launched a slew of 'Angry Young Man' movies is a cinematic classic. If you think you know everything about it though, think again.
The earliest sequels in Hindi cinema
As directors multiply a single plot and stretch it into seemingly interminable series of films, we look back at the first and, in their time, only ones of their kind.
Daera - The Failed Experiment
In 1953, Kamal Amrohi and Meena Kumari were desperately in love. Having moved in together, they embarked on their first creative venture. Daera is a film whose failure does not do justice to its poetic beauty.
Posters that should be in National Galleries
The art of poster making is now lost in history. But once, directors and producers, and artists, put in as much effort into these banners as their films. Take a look at some of these wonderful works of art that make us pine for a return to the past.
Bollywood at the grand piano
The grand piano is a prop for grand and somber occasions in Bollywood. It is the companion to a hero's tragic confession or a heroine's flirtatious proposition. From Dilip Kumar to Shah Rukh Khan, heroes have turned to this trusty ivory companion to express their feelings. Take a look at some of the beautiful songs sung at the grand piano.
The Beatles in Bollywood
They are the greatest rock band that ever was. In 1960, four young men from Liverpool changed the way music was played. Bollywood wasn't spared from the influence of the Fab Four. Here are some tracks that were influenced by the beats of the Beatles.â
10 seriously awesome Dara Singh posters
The original He-man of India, Dara Singh starred in films that stretch the limits of your imagination. Here are some of the posters to prove it.
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When KL Saigal arrived in Bombay
In the late 1930s, Kundanlal Saigal was a Bengali icon singing Tagore's poems for recordings. People thronged to cinema halls just to hear his voice. But the great singer was to soon leave the city of his greatest work and move west.
A portrait of his master: Gulzar's poem on Bimal Roy
The filmmaker picked an unknown young man from obscurity and mentored him on the way to glory in arts. Roy's trained eye could see the poet and future director in the novice where others could only see another wannabe. Gulzar, in return, paid tribute in a way only a poet can. On Roy's birth anniversary, a look at the poem.
3 times Neil Nitin Mukesh rocked
The triple threat of his name has been parodied cruelly across cyberspace. Yet, Neil Nitin Mukesh has come a long way as an actor. Here are three of his best performances.
Mani Ratnam and his reality in dreamscape
In an age when films on reality are earning either plaudits or controversies, Mani Ratnam remains an elusive name. A filmmaker who cannot be categorised as commercial or auteur, his films convert reality into something more entertaining - a spectacle.
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.