Today’s Doodle, illustrated by Mumbai-based guest artist Bhumika Mukherjee, celebrates Indian actress Sridevi’s 60th birthday! Starring in nearly three hundred movies over the course of four decades, Sridevi made Bollywood’s sweeping dramas and comedies shine, oftentimes without a male counterpart in a traditionally male-dominated industry.
Sridevi was born on this day in 1963 in present-day Tamil Nadu, India. She fell in love with movies as a child and started acting at four years old in the Tamil movie, Kandhan Karunai. Sridevi learned to speak multiple South Indian languages, which allowed her to break into India’s other film industries. Early in her career, she acted in a variety of genres and across multiple film industries, including Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam movies.
In 1976, Sridevi gained national recognition as the protagonist in K. Balachander's Moondru Mudichu. After the film’s success, she and her co-stars became even more famous with a string of hit films like Guru and Sankarlal. Widely considered the star of Tamil cinema at the time, Sridevi’s on-screen charisma garnered attention from producers from the Hindi-speaking film industry as well.
After playing the lead role in the action comedy Himmatwala, Sridevi established herself as a national icon and box-office attraction in Bollywood. Over the next decade, Sridevi starred in hits like the romantic drama film Sadma and the comedy ChaalBaz. She remains one of the only Bollywood actresses to headline blockbuster movies without a male actor in an industry that was traditionally male-dominated.
Sridevi took a break from acting in the early 2000s before starring in television shows like Malini and Kaboom. She then joined the Asian Academy of Film & Television board of directors. In 2012, she announced her comeback with English Vinglish; the film marked her successful return as a leading lady in Bollywood after a long hiatus. The Indian government also honored her with the Padma Shri. In 2017, Sridevi starred in the crime thriller Mom as a rage-filled and protective mother, earning her the National Film Award for best actress.
Sridevi forever made her mark on the film industry by charting new avenues for women to take on leading roles in Indian cinema. She will be remembered as one of the greatest Indian actors of her time.
LynnI saw this movie . i think he was OK but he came nowhere close to Sushant’s MS Dhoni!! [ more ]
LynnSRK is my fave.. never cared fo AB but he. Is a great actor..1 of the best!! but Rajesh Khanna was my fave actor even since i was a lil kid n esp after Haathi Mere Saathi!! Raver can act but he seems to be a very annoying person. Lol ive seen him as guest on realities shows n he talks non-stop, almost like he is showing off..he takes over the show with his ‘talks’. He does the same with interviews..doesnt allow the host to talk much!! he posed in a magazine similar to playboy…centrefold n... [ more ]
well..i never knew that there is a new “haathi Mere Saathi”
soi saw it in Tv line up n decided to set PVR as this is 1 of my most LOVED movie..n the movie that i ‘fellin love with’ my boy RK…iei was hooked on his movies after seeing this movie..it was a school show…ie my primary school took all the kids to see this movie n i liked it so much, I made my Maa take me back to see it. As a lil kid, I cried so much whn Ramu died…n even whn he ‘cried’ …
Anyway…I was shocked to discover that I had recorded a new Haathi Mera Saathi..looks like a comedy…..so i deleted. The origina movie is iconic..why would they do anew 1 n from the looks, it seems STUPID.
Anyway…wht’s new with u guys?
Like Chami taking a long sabatical n I I dont like gyaffing with myself so now I am ‘scarce’ ..n will be popping in now n again to say hello !
MitwahThis lori is very soul touching and emotional. Aaj Kal Mein Dhal Gayaa – Beti Bete - 1964 Aaj Kal Mein Dhal Gayaa, Din Huaa Tamaam Tu Bhi So Jaa, So Gayi, Rang Bhari Shaam Aaj Kal Mein Dhal Gayaa Today has lapsed into yesterday, and one more day has come to an end. Go to sleep, O mankind! The evening filled with the color of the setting sun has now gone to sleep. (So Gayaa Chaman Chaman, So Gayi Kali-Kali So Gaye Hain Sab Nagar, So Gayi Gali-Gali )/2 Neend Kehe Rahi Hai Chal, Merii Baanhe... [ more ]
LynnYep..these songs r GEMS.. all of the songs in this movie r unforgettable [ more ]
MitwahAnother classic is Dosti (1964). Rafi's singing is mind blowing. [ more ]
LynnSong of decades…1 of my faves… This child star was amazing ,,BABY Farida in in Dosti n Sangam, Brahmachari Ram aur Sham .. this is from Beti Bete.. i recently saw her in a TV ‘soap’..i dont remember the name of the show! [ more ]
LynnHehehe..lang time ah didnt here bout ‘dry-dry’!! Sat night we looked at Mrs Chattergie vs Norway with Rani Mukherjie. Well I must say she is impressive..i cried several times as her acting was so REAL! based on true story! I would nominate her for best actress for this role! [ more ]
cainEh eh just so dry dry you stop? Gi' we more nuh, an leh we know how it end. [ more ]
LynnPlot Captain Vikrant Khanna is an accomplished pilot, who is preparing for a flight from Dubai to Cochin . He drinks alcohol and parties the night before the flight, and feels tired on boarding it, where his co-pilot is Tanya Albuquerque. Later, a cyclone in Cochin leads to the flight being diverted to Trivandrum on Khanna's suggestion, despite objection from Albuquerque. Albuquerque says that Bengaluru has to be the second option, not Trivandrum, as the latter is near Cochin and has a high... [ more ]
Irfon Alihttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mq1M6X5A7qY Bollywood's glory days with ravishing Reena. [ more ]
Irfon AliSomething about that song reaches to the soul -- the mesmerizing power of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. He was a Pak qawwali singer who performed worldwide, and at UCLA where the entire audience was hypnotized. He was overweight and died in 1997. Just realized the bride's dad in the white outfit and pink turban is Kiran Kumar who we saw in the 70s movies. He was tall and good-looking but wasn't one of the big stars, used to copy Rajesh Khanna's mannerisms. [ more ]
LynnLike u already in wedding mood already Prezzo! i like that movie Dhadkan..nice songs too [ more ]
Director Razneesh Ghai’s ‘Dhaakad’ is an action-packed, stylishly mounted but twisted thriller that has the feel of a graphic novel.
Designed as an espionage thriller, the film revolves around Agni (Kangana Ranaut) an Indian field agent working for ITF, an obscure secret service organisation that deals with eliminating criminals.
The narrative sets off in Budapest, Central Europe, where the first scene seems to be straight out of a videogame sequence. Agni modelled as a femme fatale indulges in high-octane action sequences that range from a dare-devil motorcycle ride to a gun battle which seamlessly fuses into fencing. Suddenly, her handler (Saswata Chatterjee) instructs her over wireless-earphones, “mission compromised, abort mission.”
In her attempt to escape from the location she lands up duelling with her attackers, not giving up so easily and against the wishes of her handlers she eliminates her attackers.
Instead of admonishing her for her defiance, her handler assigns her another assignment this time in Bhopal to bring Rudraveer (Arjun Rampal) and Rohini (Divya Dutta) to book, the duo indulges in coal smuggling and trafficking of women. Agni reluctantly accepts the assignment.
In Bhopal, she is asked to get in touch with Fazal (Sharib Hashmi) who would assist her in her endeavour. The situation turns bleak when Fazal is killed and his daughter goes missing.
Bogged with emotional complexity and a sense of dread that makes for an intriguing and riveting psychological drama concerning childhood trauma, the narrative changes course but not missing its action beat.
With her sleek get-up, Kangana Ranaut makes for a seductive secret agent who is energetic and agile. She poses like a model and pummels her opponents like a martial arts expert. She makes a perfect agent with her heart in the “right” place. She is aptly supported by Divya Dutta as the quirky Rohini. Together they sparkle on-screen.
Arjun Rampal lacks lustre as Rudraveer and Saswata Chatterjee as the handler is stereotypical and bland.
The story is definitely convoluted and the plot takes many cinematic liberties. The screenplay meanders and at every stage you keep wondering, why and how? For example, mid-narrative you wonder; why Agni goes to church? Or, how did she overpower the two blondes and bound them to the chair.
The complicated twists and turns are perfunctorily staged to ensure there is a good dose of high-octane action sequences. These sequences are astutely choreographed and appealing but they do not add anything concrete to the storytelling.
But what keeps you mesmerised are cinematographer Tetsuo Nagata’s fine camera work and editor Rameshwar S. Bhagat’s razor fine edits. The most impressive aspect throughout the film is the way the camera is used during intense moments. The frames are artistically mounted and appear picture perfect.
By the end, ‘Dhaakad’ seems to contain elements from various Hollywood films put together. (IANS)
LynnKangana has gone through 3 months of extensive training for the role of spy officer Agent Agni. She will be seen in a never seen avatar. Earlier she has done action in Krish 3, Rangoon and Manikarnika The Queen of Jhansi. Kangana Ranaut charging whopping 26cr for this spy action thriller. Kangana Ranaut's Dhaakad will see a multiple action and chaze sequences. A 12 minutes action sequence is been designed by professional action masters from Korean as well as Hitz International from Hollywood... [ more ]
July 31st marks thirty seven years, since the passing of one of the Legendary Singer in India....Padmashree Mohamed Rafi, (July 31/80).
Rafi was born in a small village called Kotla Sultan Singh near Amritsar in December 1924.When his family moved to Lahore, he was still a baby. It is said that a fakir used to come to their locality in Lahore every day and sing. The young Rafi was so fascinated by him that he used to follow him around. His elder brother Hamid was aware of Rafi's love for music and encouraged it. "In fact," says music director Naushad, "A lot of credit for Rafi's success must go to Hamid who knocked on several doors and tried everything to ensure that his brother got work.
The young Rafi was so engrossed with music and singing, he started taking music lessons from his the professional "Ustad Wahid Khan."
It is said that Rafi used to sing for friends and small occasions and as fate would have it, one day himself and his borther attended a show featuring the "Great" K.L. Saigal. At the time, there was a power failure, and KL refused to sing, as the microphone was not operative, Rafi's brother Hamid, went to the organisers and practically begged that Rafi be given a chance to sing. He was thirteen at the time, and the performance he gave was so impressive that the music director, invited him to Bombay.
The music director gave him a break, the movie was Gul Baloch, the song became a hit, but then later, he met another Great "Naushad" and from then on there were no stopping for Rafi, Naushad said "When I heard Rafi, I liked his voice and promised him work in future. I was already doing a film called Shahjehan with Saigal. Rafi, who was a fan of Saigal, came to me with a request: that it was his greatest desire to sing with Saigal. I gave him one line in the song Roohi roohi mere sapno ki rani," recalls Naushad. "The first full song he sang for me was in Anmol Ghadi -- it went like Tera khilona toota balak..." he adds. "Then again he sang for me in Dillagi: Is duniya mein aye dilwalon dil ka lagana khel nahin and Tere koonche main armanon ki duniya leke aaya hoon."
Then like a Godsend came Baiju Bawara features some of the greatest songs by Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mageshkar. The melodies are simply haunting. "O Duniya ke rakhwale", "Insaan Bano", "Mohe Bhool gaye sawariya" and "Tu Ganga ki Mouj me" are timeless classics of Hindi cinema. Big names in this film: Mohd Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Naushad, Meena Kumari.
On his personal life..Rafi married Bilquis his wife, and had four sons and three daughters, it is said that Rafi was a teetotaller, a religious and extremely humble person. He was a devout Muslim. Laxmikant-Pyarelal duo once observed - "He always gave without thinking of the returns". Rafi was also famous for his various humanitarian efforts.
The date of his passing away was perhaps divinely pre-ordained, for it is said that one who dies in the holy month goes to heaven. There was no person more deserving of that status than the pious and God-fearing Rafi, who never touched a drop of alcohol, who never told a lie, who never had a harsh word for anyone, and who worshipped his work. A man whose songs wiped away many a sorrowful tear from the eyes of those who were struggling under the burden of life and brought tears of ecstatic joy to many more.
LynnThe title song of the celebrated movie OM SHANT OM 33 celebrities appeared in the title song , personalities like SHARUKH KHAN SALMAN KHAN KAJOL ABHISHEK BACCHAN DIYA MIRZA ARSHAD WARSI TABU GOVINDA AKSHAY KUMAR BIPASHA BASU MITHUN CHARABORTY AISHWARYA RAI BACCHAN REKHA SAIF ALI KHAN BOBBY DEOL SANJAY DUTT UDAY CHOPRA HRITIK ROSHAN AMEESHA PATEL BAPPI LEHRI AFTAB SUNIL SHETTY DHARMENDRA TUSHAR KAPOOR JITTENDRA RITESH DESHMUKH JUHI CHAWLA PRETY ZINTA RANI MUKHERJEE https://youtu.be/VzLG6OqOcn8 [ more ]