In 1969, a lanky, unassuming young man made his debut in Khwaja Ahmad Abbas' Saat Hindustani based on the Goa liberation movement. In the 50 years since then, Amitabh Bachchan has gone from being a talented actor to a revered screen idol to being an inviolable part of the Indian consciousness. On his 77th birthday, let's look at the superstar's most distinctive works.These are 50 of Amitabh Bachchan’s best works to date.Do you agree with this list? If not, comment on the space below with your own list.
Going by the number of military intelligence and espionage films Bollywood is churning out, it looks like the industry's spy loving phase is far from over.The Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff-starrer War, which releases tomorrow, promises to be a high-intensity clash between two elite operatives. In the desi digital space too, spy stories have made a debut with Amazon Prime and Netflix's respective recent releases The Family Man and Bard of Blood.And why not? It's drama, action and intrigue against the backdrop of patriotism and national service – a sure shot formula to capture audiences' attention that has filmmakers belting out spy stories in succession.A hot Bollywood favourite in the Sixties, the genre reemerged actively in 2012. Saif Ali Khan became Agent Vinod, Vidya Balan was the unassuming undercover agent in Kahaani, and Salman Khan turned RAW agent in the massively successful Ek Tha Tiger. In the last few years, plots focused of various facets of the intelligence network and their committed operatives have been explored in 2013's Madras Cafe and D-Day, Baby and Phantom released in 2015, Naam Shabana (2017) and Raazi (2018). Earlier this year, Arjun Kapoor's India’s Most Wanted and Romeo Akbar Walter starring John Abraham have made it to the roster of films about intelligence personnel.Contemporary desi espionage films have become more thorough, representational and detail-oriented than the earlier attempts where the world of secret intelligence was fluid with a steady interchangeability between spies and undercover agents from the CBI and CID. But what these films lacked in authenticity, they made up in imagination and entertainment. Here's a look at some of the major and obscure Bolly spy movies.
Gentle and gallant, intelligent and inspiring, faithful and feisty; our films have portrayed dogs as so many things and then some – just as the wonderful creatures they are. This International Dog Day, let's celebrate our canine friends by remembering some of their greatest Bollywood roles.
The versatility of Amrish Puri is unmatchable. He could fit into both Shyam Benegal and B Subhash's cinematic vision with equal ease. Puri took all the ridiculous and ribald roles that Bollywood offered, and turned them into something that's exclusively him. On his 87th birth anniversary, we look back at some of his wackiest onscreen avatars.
Harmonium-playing street singer as love guru, a sad piano song, and life lessons in a wistful violin number – we look at the contribution of various musical instruments in Bollywood.
Made In Heaven, Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti’s new web series on Amazon Prime, is earning high praise for its incisive evaluation of Indian weddings beyond the glitter and glee. It also builds a multilinear narrative about class disparity, gender roles and sexuality through the personal and professional lives of its lead characters – Tara and Karan – two Delhi-based wedding planners. Played with aplomb by Sobhita Dhulipala, Tara is introduced as a sophisticated, upper-class entrepreneur with an admirable appetite for excellence.