The enigma of Talaash – Reema Kagti’s next with Aamir Khan

Everything about this film is shrouded in smoke – Dhuaan was a very apt early rumored title that has now been changed to Talaash. Written by Reema Kagti (director of Excel Entertainment’s Honeymoon Travels) and Zoya Akhtar (writer and director of Luck by Chance and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara), the film boasts of an interesting cast with Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor (last seen in 3 Idiots) but also includes Rani Mukherjee. Rani and Aamir were last seen together in Mangal Pandey years ago!
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Lessons learned from Ra.1, or whither Ra.2?

Amitabh Bachchan acted in Ajooba in 1991 (almost 22 years after his debut) and that, along with other misfires, marked the end of his thriving career as a superstar. Continue reading

The song, romance and dance is no more – Shammi Kapoor dies at age 79


Suffering from kidney failure, in and out of dialysis, Shammi Kapoor retained a joy for life and living till the very end. The joy he brought to each and every tole on camera was what made him an unforgettable hero. He danced, he romanced and gave a face to the smooth and silky voice of Rafi Saab. His dance moves were never choreographed, but an upswelling from within of how he felt the music. The light of fun and joy is gone, but not forgotten. While I can watch any Shammi movie anytime, some of the songs I love the most are so good they are worthy of repeat watches. Here are my top favorite ways to remember Shammi ji:

In O Haseena Zulfon wali watch Shammi Kapoor watch up to the siren Helen:

Next up is Aasman se Aaya Farishta, Shammi Kapoor in a bathrobe makes sure Sharmila in a daring (for the time) swimsuit goes practically unnoticed!

Finally in Aaj Kal Tere Mere Pyaar ke Charche Shammi matches the sexy Mumtaz step for step:

Some more recent interviews of the legend, and his memories of his films, can be found HERE.

It is most fitting to end this with an ultimate tribute to Shammi Ji from Naseeruddin Shah in the film Sitam (via Pavan Jha!):

Also from the same source is the following story:
p1j (Pavan Jha):
This one is special.Shammi Kapoor married GeetaBali & was doing a film with Kidar Sharma Rangeen Raaten. Geeta Bali wanted to be with him.. Geeta Bali requested Kidar to have her as heroine but Mala Sinha as Shammi’s heroine was already signed for the film. Geeta had no female op. So Geeta Bali played role of a man (not in disguise) but a total male char in the film Rangeen Raaten of Shammi ji”

Keep rocking ShammiJi – you will be missed but not forgotten!

Rafi – Tum mujhe yun bhula na paaoge!

He died 31 years ago but his songs are immortal and give me joy even today! For all the fans of Rafi – here is a film made on his life, it contains great commentary, and wonderful video footage! Enjoy!

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Indians want to be White:Freida Pinto

Indians want to be White:Freida Pinto

 

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A tribute to Guru Dutt on his birthday!


Born Vasanth Kumar Shivashankar Padukone in Bangalore in 1925, he was renamed Guru Dutt after an early childhood accident. It is also rumored that he was supposed to have dropped the latter part of his name because of his love for all things Bengali. Continue reading

Vidya Balan in the Silk Smitha biopic Dirty Picture

First look of Vidya Balan in “Dirty Picture” HERE

Vidya is playing Silk Smitha in the upcoming film Dirty Picture.  Silk Smitha burned the screen in her bold and daring roles in many a film. Continue reading