Category Archives: Bollywood

About the people who create the world’s largest movie industry – Bollywood.

Shobha, who?

I’m confused. Who is this Shobha? There was a Shobha I knew of in my younger days, i.e., in the distant past. Who wrote below-the-belt novels and gossipy stuff for some magazine called Starshit or something. Shobha wrote stuff that … Continue reading

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Meri Dosti, mera pyaar … Musings on Friendship Day.

Indian cinema has no shortage of movies glorifying friendship, specifically male friendship. The concept of male bonding, or bromance (to use the modern term) has always been vigorously promoted by Bollywood. The hero giving up his life, his worldly wealth, … Continue reading

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Death of a comedian …

The month of July is a sad one for Bollywood, for it contains several death anniversaries. Two of Bollywood’s funniest men died during this month. Last week, it was Mehmood. And July 29th is the death anniversary of a forgotten … Continue reading

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Afsana likh rahee hoon …

A nubile nymphet she certainly was not. She was perhaps the heftiest actress in the film industry, and yet, she lasted much longer than all the leading ladies of her time, through a career spanning half a century. Other leading … Continue reading

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Mehmood, Monarch of Mirth.

Mehmood! The very mention of his name still makes people chuckle. Mehmood Ali set the gold standard for comedy in Indian cinema, and is the most successful comedian in Bollywood history. Before he came along, the comedian in Indian movies … Continue reading

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