4 Films that Made Tabu the Critics’ Bae

4 Films that Made Tabu the Critics’ Bae

A thinking man’s actress, Tabu has always been a critics’ favourite. Though she has seen a fair share of box office success, not a single film of hers has failed to get rave reviews from all quarters. While she is a proud recipient of two National Awards, a lesser known achievement that she boasts of is that she has won the highest number of Filmfare Critics’ Choice Awards, just one award ahead of her Cheeni Kum co-star Amitabh Bachchan.

As Tabu turned 45 on 4 November, we celebrate the occasion by looking back at the four nuanced portrayals that fetched her the four Filmfare Awards:

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Five Hindi Films That Give You A Reality Check Until…

Five Hindi Films That Give You A Reality Check Until…

One thing that Scooby Doo and the Mystery Inc. taught us was that monsters are not real… unless they are on Zombie Island. In Scooby Doo and the Zombie Island, Velma tried pulling off the mask of a zombie to solve the mystery, but to no avail. The mask would just not come off, indicating that monsters are for real.

A few Hindi films have also tried this trick. The narrative builds up the film as a slice of life or a piece of realism, only to shake the audience out of their wits eventually. While some films are clearly slot into the fantasy genre, these five films give the audience the impression that the film is as real as it could be… until a twist which proves otherwise.

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Sultan: Through the Sands of Time

Sultan: Through the Sands of Time

Khoon mein tere mitti, mitti mein tera khoon.”

The title character of the Salman Khan film Sultan draws a parallel between a mud wrestler and a farmer on the grounds that both are deep rooted in the soil of their motherland. While one tills the earth, the other toils away in it. The film depicts the trajectory of a wrestler, or for the sake of generalisation, the typical graph of human journey and triumph, through the metaphor of mitti (soil) or earth:

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11 Sad Songs That Make You Happy

11 Sad Songs That Make You Happy

Why do we get sad? Because we were happy. It’s necessary to be happy in order to get sad. Or is the other way round?

The character of Swini Khara, Sexy, spelled it out perfectly in R. Balki’s film Cheeni Kum: “khush tha isliye sad hai na? (You were happy that’s why you’re sad now, right) So, be happy sad. Don’t be sad sad.

And this is exactly what this listicle sets out to do – 11 Bollywood songs that have depressing lyrics that can mellow you down if read in isolation but they are sung so happily that they turn your frown upside down. So here are 11 sad Bollywood songs that make you happy: Continue reading “11 Sad Songs That Make You Happy”

SHAADI ON AIR

SHAADI ON AIR

From `Hum Aapke Hain Koun!’ to ‘Shaandar’, the `weddingscape’ has undergone a drastic transformation. Allow me to trace these changes through the lens of popular Hindi cinema…

“I want to marry exactly the way Kalki (Koechlin) did in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (YJHD). The palace, the cocktail party, the sangeet (music ceremony), everything the Udaipur way!” Parul Gupta, a Mumbai-based wedding planner, still encounters clients from across the nation who demand a custom-made package for their “big day” just to live up to the “Karan Johar standards”.

A recent KJo production, Shaandar, which released in 2015, was billed as the “first destination wedding film of India”. The genre of `wedding movies’ has come a long way in the portrayal of weddings on the screen. The landscape has seen a metamorphosis from the traditional gharelu (domestic) weddings within the confines of one’s ancestral place to lavish destination weddings at exotic locales. However, what has remained at the core of weddings is the idea of celebration. Continue reading “SHAADI ON AIR”

7 Reasons Why Amitabh Bachchan is the Apt Choice for Face of Incredible India Campaign

7 Reasons Why Amitabh Bachchan is the Apt Choice for Face of Incredible India Campaign

At the start of this year, the Central Government replaced Aamir Khan with his fellow superstar Amitabh Bachchan as the face of the Incredible India campaign. In light of his recent recital of the National Anthem at the India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup, he is being considered by many, as an apt choice for the Perfectionist’s replacement. We list down 7 reasons why he is likely to emerge as the ideal face of Incredible India:

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