Big B: Banner Year

1981 saw seven Amitabh Bachchan releases, including his only Punjabi appearance in Walayati Babu.

Soulful Voice

Just imagine the world of Bollywood playback singing if Geeta Dutt hadn’t died at a relatively young age of 41.

Power Play

In Bollywood, biopics are in vogue. Are audiences in search of real-life heroes in these uncertain times?

Young Beats

Mani Ratnam at 65: Even though ‘Made in Madras’ his youthful and spry songs speak to all of urban India.

100 Years of Ray

Satyajit Ray changed cinema with poetic realism and humanist concerns, turning the medium into an art form.

Indian TV’s Sholay

DD's multi-generational Buniyaad (1987) was about a family torn asunder in the aftermath of Partition.

A Painterly Style

As ‘Ashad Ka Ek Din’ turns 50, Kamal Swaroop revisits Mani Kaul’s literary aesthetic and painterly minimalism.

India’s Godfather

Vasan Bala who saw Nayakan before The Godfather writes about the sprawling Mani Ratnam classic.

Real Jewel

Noir maven and Vijay Anand fanboy, Sriram Raghavan pays homage to Jewel Thief which released 50 years ago.

The Rise of OTT

As 2020 ends, the story of OTT has only just begun. Here's how it's shaping the future of entertainment.

Man from Another Sky

Exploring Saadat Hasan Manto’s Bollywood years in the 1940s and his portraits (and friendships) of the matinee idols.

An Old Coot in Love

10 years of Ishqiya’s 'Dil toh baccha hai ji': The Naseer-Vidya Balan number plays out like a fantasy of an old man loopy in love.

A Remembrance

The bashful actor never wanted to be a typical Bollywood hero, because a hero is a pro at self-love and vanity.

War and Poetry

Haqeeqat’s Ho ke majboor' (written by Kaifi Azmi) finds the sweet spot between romance and pining in the time of war.

Childhood Tune

Some of AR Rahman's best works belong to Mani Ratnam's sensitive relationship-based films like Roja and Bombay.

1970s Numero Uno

Despite his good looks and the only voice that could match Bachchan’s, fame did not come instantly to Vinod Khanna.

A Teen Sensation

'Papa kehte hain,' a breakout song with which Aamir Khan found his groove, underlines youthful anxiety.

The Woman with a Whip

The remarkable story of Fearless Nadia, one of Bollywood’s earliest female stunt stars, who has become a feminist icon.

Cannes to Canned

"For any director, the pain of an unreleased film is similar to that of the mother of a stillborn baby,” says Shoojit Sircar.

Throwback Deewaar

Salim-Javed have given us Zanjeer, Sholay and Don among more. But critics call Deewaar their finest hour at the movies.

‘It’s like making daal’

"Creativity is an endless journey," believes Pankaj Kapur. "In Noh (Japanese dance-drama), they call it ‘flowering of an actor.’"

A Serious Man

"A comedian can't be funny all the time. From Chaplin to Mehmood, they were all serious people," says Jaaved Jaaferi.

Inside Irrfan’s Mind

The actor (he died in 2020) discusses the effort behind his effortless performances and being an Asian hero in Hollywood.

Our Very Own Tarantino

Underrated most of his working life, Vijay Anand is being referenced by admirers like Sriram Raghavan and Anurag Kashyap.

Yash Chopra’s Jukebox

Chandni (1989) came at a time when Yash Chopra was disenchanted with all the "violence" and action stuff.

Husbands and Wives

Partners in Work and Life: A look at the complexities and comforts of Bollywood’s working couple equations.

A Poetic Injustice

Kiran Nagarkar praised Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi as "one of the finest political films." It debunks the Leftist romanticism.

About Fame and Death

Mughal-E-Azam’s 'Teri mehfil mein' (so multilayered and interesting) holds clues to the film, predicting Anarkali’s doomed fate.

A Student of Life

Mira Nair on being a child of the street, her need for a talisman film when shooting, and of the perversity of item numbers.

Big B in Zanjeer

According to lore, Amitabh Bachchan had made up his mind that if Zanjeer flunked he would bundle back to hometown Allahabad.

Puzzling Joys of Life

Gulzar-RD Burman's 'Tujhse naaraz nahin' (Masoom, 1983) suggests the helplessness of human relationships.

The Miracle Maker

A new book revisits the film Amar Akbar Anthony and shines light on director Manmohan Desai’s enduring masala legacy.

Nihalani’s Party

Party's fundamental question, 'What is the role of art (and artists) in society?' remains just as intriguing today.

Most Ideal CM (EVER)

Anil Kapoor's campy Nayak follows the rollercoaster ride of a journalist who becomes Chief Minister for a day.

Looking Back: Agneepath

Once trashed as Scarface spinoff, Amitabh Bachchan's Agneepath holds a special place in the hearts of fans today.

Side Effects of Stardom

Hubris is just one aspect of fame. It triggers something within a person, affecting the outer as much as inner personality.

Poor Man’s Pop Star

For years, Mithun Chakraborty has been a victim of elite prejudice — what multiplex goers call a ‘downmarket’ star.

The Legacy of ‘Art Films’

Parallel cinema of the 1970s and 80s remains influential in Bollywood though chances are you will not notice it.

A Poet of Poop

The mystery of why Joginder, father of the fabled lota dance, has fans just about everywhere. Even abroad. Ranga khush!

Deols: Father and Sons

The story of Deols begins with Dharmendra. Especially, his early years, made riveting each time it is narrated by the man himself.

Mr India’s Life Anthem

Mr India's Music: If there’s one number that comes closest to being the film’s essential theme it is “Zindagi ki yehi reet hai.”

A Quiet Revolution

The Writer's World: Salim-Javed’s Zanjeer case and the good turn it may do Hindi film scriptwriters.

Revisiting Katha (1983)

Did Farooq Sheikh play his real flirty self in 1983’s Katha? At least co-star Deepti Naval and director Sai Paranjpye think so.

Far Too Many Gods

Around the world in 80 minutes: India’s avant-garde filmmakers recommend world cinema classics that shaped them.

The Ultimate Heartthrob

Born to movies, gone to movies: Rishi Kapoor had made a comeback recently, with newfound energy and hunger for more.

Chums in Life and Creativity

When RD Burman passed away in 1994, Gulzar lamented that a part of his soul, too, went away with his departed friend.

The Superstar Son

'At the back of our minds is always this looming fear for his future, 'What’s in store for Salman?', says his father Salim Khan.

Girls Want to Have Fun

Female agency, in recent years, has emerged as an interesting cinematic tool—and a highly profitable one.

His Unstoppable Rise

What makes Ranveer Singh the most exciting leading man Bollywood has seen in a long time?

An Actor Worth Watching

In theatre, Neeraj Kabi has a reputation as a highly physical actor. He says he draws his technique from Natya Shastra.

Sahir’s Revolutionary Poetry

Amidst anti-CAA protests, the politically-charged 'Jinhe naaz hai' Pyaasa is a reminder that poets and writers have always held a mirror to the ruling order.

The Cult of C-Grade Movies

This is cinema that can make a masochist wince. So how come it is acquiring fans who know—or ought to know—good cinema from bad?

Tragic Heroes

The anonymous lives of Bollywood lookalikes: In Hindi cinema, the job of a lookalike is not just to look like the original, but to do the ‘undoable’.

Making Celluloid from Cellulose

The difficult and often distortive experiment of making movies of books

An Ode to Vijay Anand’s Guide

A grey-shaded hero and adulterous heroine, why the 1965 classic was ahead of its time

Phalke’s Alter Ego

Maker of cult indie film Om-Dar-Ba-Dar, Kamal Swaroop has spent the last 23 years zealously researching Dadasaheb Phalke’s life.

Bawarchi: Rajesh Khanna’s uncomplicated simplicity

Anand (1971) may be Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Rajesh Khanna's most iconic collaboration, but it is their second movie Bawarchi that remains truly special

Tribute: Farooque Shaikh as the unsung Angry Young Man

The actor was celebrated for his love stories, but his ability to portray intensity and angst deserve a second look

The Marathi Wave

India’s oldest film industry basks in critical acclaim and newfound power