Bollywood as an industry has become so synonymous with songs and dance, it has become extremely hard to imagine movies without them. When you watch movies without songs, you are invariably forced to pay more attention to the story of the film. Here is taking a look at movies which were superhits even though they didn’t have any song to back them!
1. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro
Directed by Kundan Shah, this 1983 film was a satire about the rampant corruption in the Indian political system. Starring Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapur, Satish Shah and Satish Kaushik, this film was a telltale of sorts, based on all the things wrong with the Indian Government. For a film like this, it was almost necessary not to have any songs interrupting the brilliant storytelling technique. The lack of songs made sure the movie flowed seamlessly from scene to scene, without interruptions and distractions.
2. Ek Ruka Hua Faisla
A remake of 12 Angry Men, this Basu Chatterji film was gripping, entertaining and extremely well made. With a detailed characterization of the jury, this movie worked the way it did because it had no songs punctuating the intense story. With a cast made of some of the best television and cinema actors, Ek Ruka Hua Faisla was in more ways much better than the original film! A treat to watch, the rendition of the script was also really well done. A story like this would have fallen flat had there been songs as the back and forth arguments would have not had the impact they had in the actual movie.
Based in the year 1938, this Deepa Mehta directorial showed the life of widows in a British occupied India. At the time, widows were seen as a disgrace to the society and were confined to old age homes, post the death of their husbands, no matter what their age. Remarriage was considered a strong no no at the time and this Deepa Mehta directorial showed how one woman (Kalyani) did the unexpected by falling in love again. The point of this story was driven home because the story was told without having any songs or dance sequences.
While certain thrillers work really well with music backing the story line, this movie, written by Anurag Kashyap, proved just the opposite. Directed by Ram Gopal Varma, this movie had more than enough twists to keep you hooked to an extremely surprising end. What makes the movie stand out so much is, the lack of songs throughout the film made one want to pay attention to the entire story! By eliminating the songs from this movie entirely, Ram Gopal Varma quite literally showed one how a classic whodunnit would really look like if done well!
Starring Amitabh Bachchan and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Black tells the story of a visually and hearing impaired girl. Depicting the relationship of the girl with her professor, the story of this film draws inspiration from the life of Helen Keller. What makes this movie stand out so much that it is exactly what one would not expect from a Bhansali directorial. No flashy sets, no loud music and no hyped up dance steps. Who could imagine Bhansali creating a movie like this! No one, right? Furthermore, the intensity of this movie required for songs to be absent throughout, giving the words the weightage they needed for one to feel the pain.
6. A Wednesday!
When Neeraj Pandey made his splashing debut with a hard hitting political film like A Wednesday!, not many people thought it would become a success. No songs, dance sequences and no epic love stories. How could films like this become a success? However, all doubts were dispelled the moment this film released. Making a massive splash at the box office, Neeraj Pandey’s debut earned a whopping Rs. 9 crores, despite not having any songs! As a director, Neeraj Pandey made sure his presence was felt by going the unconventional route. Making a debut with a strong and hard hitting film like this, Pandey really proved that when it comes to making a mark with your first film, you need a strong story above everything else.
When films are made without songs acting like fillers or carry forwards, it becomes imperative to want to pay attention to the storyline. This is precisely why such films need to be made! If you think we missed out on any other movies which became hits without songs, comment and let us know!
Randeep Hooda Birthday – Four Best Movies Of The Actor
Randeep Hooda turns a year older today. This talented and versatile actor is known for taking up challenges and working on movies for the sake of art rather than money. On Randeep Hooda’s 43rd birthday, let’s take a look at some of his most iconic movies.
Four best movies of Randeep Hooda
1) D (2005)
D was Randeep Hooda’s first lead appearance in a movie. Directed by Ram Gopal Varma, D is based on D-Company, a real life Mumbai underworld organization. The movie follows Deshu, played by Hooda, as he turns from an innocent mechanic to a notorious crime lord. Randeep Hooda’s performance in the movie was praised by many, with film critic Taran Adarsh appreciating Hooda’s ability to change his expressions like a chameleon.
2) Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai (2010)
Randeep Hooda gained public recognition after appearing in the period action drama Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, alongside Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut and Prachi Desai. Hooda played the role of a cop, ACP Agnel Wilson and despite limited screen time, he managed to impress the audience and critics alike with his performance. Many compared his screen presence to that of Amitabh Bachchan and the role bought subsequent success to Hooda, after 5 years of struggle.
3) Highway (2014)
Directed by Imtiaz Ali, Highway is the story of Veera Tripathi (Alia Bhatt,) who finds freedom after getting kidnapped. Randeep Hooda portrayed the role of the kidnapper, Mahabir Bhati Gujjar, in the movie. Hooda prepared for the role with all sincerity and in an effort to maintain distance from Alia Bhatt’s character, did not speak to the actress for 25 days. Randeep Hooda was praised for his performance, especially for lending authenticity to his character with his perfect Haryanvi accent.
4) Sarbjit (2016)
Directed by Omung Kumar, Sarbjit is a biographical film based on Sarabjit Singh, an Indian who was sentenced to death by the Pakistan Supreme Court. Randeep Hooda portrayed the title role of Sarabjit Singh and in order to prepare for the role, lost 18 kg in 28 days. Despite the movie receiving mixed reviews, Hooda was praised for his incredible and raw performance in the film.
Randeep Hooda is not scared of taking on challenges and continues to impress the audience and critics with his movies. Here’s wishing Randeep Hooda a very happy birthday and a great year ahead.
Ranveer Singh Birthday – Looking At Some Of The Best Performances By The Actor
B-town’s most energetic star Ranveer Singh celebrates his 34th birthday today. Ever since he made his debut in 2010, Singh has been the center of attention with his jaw dropping acting skills, flamboyance, energy and an out of the box fashion statement. From being the cute and innocent wedding planner in his debut film, to essaying the role of a powerful tyrant, this man is a true representation of versatility.
On the occasion of his birthday, let us take a look at some of his most impressive performances on the silver screen.
1) Band Baaja Baaraat (2010)
In his debut film Band Baaja Baaraat, Ranveer Singh was seen playing the quintessential Delhi boy Bittoo Sharma, who wants to start his own business. Ranveer Singh’s acting style and accent in this film were so convincing, people thought he was actually from Delhi. His effortless dance moves and quirky dialogues made Band Baaja Baaraat one of the most successful films of that year. With his power packed performance in his debut film, he sent a strong message to the world—he is here to stay.
2) Lootera (2013)
Lootera is one gem which easily gets lost in Singh’s flashy filmography. Marking a contrast from his energetic personality, Lootera saw Ranveer Singh take up the role of Varun Shrivastav, an archeologist who falls in love with a local landlord’s daughter. This film was a testament to his depth and vast potential as an actor. Though Lootera underperformed at the box office, Ranveer’s performance got widespread applause from the critics and the audience.
3) Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013)
We must say, Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a true star maker. Though his performances in his previous films were appreciated, it was Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela which gave Ranveer Singh the name and fame he deserves. This film saw Ranveer essaying the role of a quirky, feisty person and an intense lover. The character, which was loud and dramatic, played to the actor’s strengths and Ranveer portrayed it remarkably well. His mesmerizing dance moves and chemistry with Deepika Padukone became the talk of the town. Ram-Leela was the first Rs. 100 crore film of Ranveer Singh’s career.
4) Padmaavat (2018)
What can we even say about this one? The Bhansali directorial Padmaavat saw Ranveer taking up the role of a self centered, gruesome ruler, Alauddin Khilji, who gets obsessed with Rani Padmavati’s beauty. From his physique and body language to accent, Singh transformed everything about himself to get into the skin of this character. Ranveer absorbed every detail of this character and played it with utmost perfection on screen. Though it was a negative role, Ranveer Singh’s acting brilliance was such, Khilji was the most loved character of 2018.
5) Gully Boy (2019)
This year, we saw the energised bunny in a completely different avatar. In the Zoya Akhtar directorial Gully Boy, Ranveer Singh took up the subdued role of Murad, an underdog with high ambitions. Ranveer Singh changed his physique and body language yet again to suit the troubled ‘gully’ rapper. With this film, he proved to the world not just his versatile acting skills, but also his rapping abilities. Though Gully Boy had a niche subject, riding on Ranveer’s acting skills, it crossed the prestigious Rs. 100 crore mark.
With his last three films collecting Rs. 600 crores net at the Indian box office and his films such as ’83 yet to come, we must say, Ranveer Singh is quickly escalating towards superstardom.
We wish this handsome hunk, Ranveer Singh, a very happy birthday and many more successful years ahead.
Arjun Kapoor Birthday – Looking At The Actor’s Bollywood Journey
B-town’s handsome hunk Arjun Kapoor turns a year older today. Though his acting capabilities are not really appreciated by the mainstream audiences, we must say, he was instrumental in delivering some memorable characters. I mean, who can forget Krish from 2 States? On the occasion of his 34th birthday, let us look at Arjun Kapoor’s journey in Bollywood.
1) Starting off as a director
Arjun Kapoor, the son of Boney Kapoor and late Mona Shourie Kapoor, was born to an influential film family and was passionate about filmmaking since childhood. He worked as an assistant director for Nikhil Advani’s Kal Ho Na Ho (2003) and Salaam-e-Ishq (2007.) He was even an associate producer for No Entry (2005) and Wanted (2009) which were bankrolled by his father’s production house. Back then, Kapoor was not keen on taking up acting as a profession. He was more inclined towards directing.
2) An advice that changed his life
It was Salman Khan who advised Arjun Kapoor to consider acting. Salman Khan believed Arjun Kapoor was meant for acting. This piece of advice from Salman Khan changed Arjun Kapoor’s life. Kapoor made his Bollywood debut as an actor with Ishaqzaade (2012,) alongside Parineeti Chopra. With this film, he got a nod from the audience as the movie made Rs. 87 crores at the box office.
3) Rise to fame
After the success of his debut film, Arjun Kapoor starred in Aurangzeb (2013,) which did not go well with the audience. His 2014 release, Gunday, also did not receive good reviews, but managed to collect Rs. 120 crores at the box office. The failure of these films, however, did not lower his spirits. In the later years of his career, Arjun Kapoor delivered some really good performances in films like 2 States (2014) and Ki & Ka (2016,) in which his power packed acting was appreciated by the critics as well as the audience. His 2019 release, India’s Most Wanted, received mixed reviews.
4) Love life
Ever since his foray into Bollywood, Arjun Kapoor has been making news for his relationships with female contemporaries. Arjun Kapoor reportedly dated Salman’s sister Arpita Khan for a period of over two years. He was also rumored to be dating Sonakshi Sinha for a brief period. Now, he is dating Malaika Arora and seems pretty happy with her. Time and again rumors of his wedding with Malaika keep circulating, only for the duo to deny them.
Apart from this, Arjun Kapoor has some really trustworthy friends in Bollywood. Arjun Kapoor is close friends with 2 States co star Alia Bhatt and Gunday co star Ranveer Singh. Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor have been friends through thick and thin.
On the work front, Arjun Kapoor will be seen in Ashutosh Gowariker’s Panipat, which is slated to release in December this year.
We wish this handsome hunk, Arjun Kapoor, a very happy birthday and many more successful years ahead.
#27GoldenYearsofSRK – Best Performances Of SRK Till Date
Twenty seven years ago today, an ordinary yet ambitious boy from Delhi made his silver screen debut with Deewana (1992.) Back then, little did the world know this ordinary boy would become the King of Bollywood and rule it for decades. Shah Rukh Khan or SRK, as he is popularly known, has had an incredible journey in Bollywood. From romantic and action to gangster, he experimented with various genres and gave us some extremely memorable characters. Not just acting, King Khan has also won hearts by hosting award shows and giving TEDx talks and motivational speeches.
In these incredible 27 years, SRK featured in more than 80 films and received several accolades. What better than this occasion to go down the memory lane and revisit some of his best performances till date.
1) Baazigar (1993)
In the 1993 film Baazigar, Shah Rukh Khan was seen as the son who sets out to take revenge for the death of his father and would stop at nothing.
SRK dared to play an anti hero in a generation where heroes were worshipped. His acting was so intense and convincing, even though he played an anti hero who commits murders and deceives people, you still end up rooting for him.
2) Darr (1993)
Yet again, Shah Rukh Khan did not hesitate to take up a negative character.
With Darr, he proved to the world he is a supreme actor who is here to stay. SRK was seen as an obsessive lover and a creepy stalker who can kill to get the love of his life. Khan portrayed this character with such perfection, it gives you goosebumps. The little nuances in his acting and the dark vibe he brings to the screen with this character are commendable. His intense looks are enough to convince you he is an obsessive lover indeed!
Who can forget the dialogue “k..k…k… Kiran?”
3) Devdas (2002)
In this Bhansali period drama, Devdas, you can see Shah Rukh Khan essaying the role of an intense lover. No one could have done justice to this character like SRK did. His chemistry with Aishwarya, his alcohol addiction and troubles with family are played so well, it almost feels real. The depth in his acting gives you yet another reason to call him the “King of Bollywood.”
4) Swades (2004)
Swades is arguably one of SRK’s best performances till date. He took up a unique film like Swades at a time when he was gaining popularity as the King of Romance. With his role in Swades, he proved to the world he can do more than just romance.
The film traces the journey of a NASA scientist, Mohan, who comes to India and realizes his duty towards his Country.
SRK’s intense performance pulls you into the film and you are bound to feel the emotions he feels on the screen. His acting is so good, you will not find any traces of the King of Romance on the screen, all you can see is Mohan.
5) My Name Is Khan (2010)
Tracing the effects of the 9/11 attacks, this Karan Johar directorial witnessed Shah Rukh Khan deliver yet another gem of a performance. SRK took up the role of Rizwaan Khan, a man with autism and portrayed it effortlessly on screen. Rizwaan’s innocent personality, his love for his people and the devastation he faces in his life are all delivered to perfection. Once again, he set aside his superstar image and garnered the love of the audience as well as the critics.
These are a few of Shah Rukh Khan’s performances which we think were exceptional. Apart from these films, SRK was also brilliant in Don (2006,) Chak De! India (2007,) Fan (2016,) Dear Zindagi (2016) and the list goes on and on.
We wish this Superstar many more successful years ahead.
Amrish Puri Birth Anniversary – Legendary Dialogues By The Actor
It is Amrish Puri’s birth anniversary today and Google is celebrating it in its own style. On the occasion of his 87th birth anniversary, Google honoured this legendary actor by dedicating a doodle to him.
Amrish Puri was arguably one of the most loved villains of Indian cinema. He was one actor who experimented with almost every single genre on screen and emerged victorious each time. He may not be with us today, but he has given us some invaluable films and dialogues, which will never let us forget him. On his 87th birth anniversary, let us go down the memory lane to revisit some of his most iconic dialogues.
1) Mogambo khush hua from Mr. India (1987.)
2) Jaa Simran jaa jee le apni zindagi from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995.)
3) Galti ek baar hoti hai, do baar hoti hai, teesri baar irada hota hai from Ilaka (1989.)
4) Chola badal lene se aadmi ka charitra nahi badal jaata from Haqeeqat (1995.)
5) Dong kabhi wrong nahi hota from Tahalka (1992.)
6) Yeh daulat bhi kya cheez hai, jiske paas jitni bhi aati hi kam hi lagti hai from Deewana (1992.)
7) Tabaadlo se ilaake badalthe hai irrade nahi from Garv: Pride and Honour (2004.)
8) Jahaan tak meri awaaz pahunch sakti hai, wahaan tak meri goli bhi pahunch sakti hai from Phool Aur Kaante (1991.)
9) Premi hai, pagal hai, deewana hai from Diljale (1996.)
These legendary dialogues had a strong impact on an entire generation of people and we must say, no one could have pulled these off better than him.
Actors may come and go, but there can never be another Amrish Puri.
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