Hindi cinema forms a very significant part of life and society in India. We cherish the glamour, style and everything else about tinsel town. While the actors and villains manage to garner all our love and admiration, the directors behind all of this often go unnoticed. Bollywood is home to many such wonderful directors. Here is a list of directors who helped bring out the best in Bollywood.
1) Rajkumar Hirani
Born in 1962, Rajkumar Hirani is an Indian director, writer and editor. He is widely acknowledged as the most successful and critically acclaimed filmmaker in the industry. He made his debut with Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. in 2003 and ever since, there was no looking back for him. He proved his directorial capabilities to the world with films like 3 Idiots (2009,) PK (2014) and Sanju (2018,) which were all blockbusters. 3 Idiots, till date, remains one of the most loved films of India. With PK, Rajkumar Hirani touched the most controversial topic of religion and yet emerged successful. Not just commercial hits, but his films are also rich in content. Rajkumar Hirani is often referred to as a path breaking director in the industry. He has won 11 Filmfare Awards till date.
2) Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Regarded as every actor’s delight, Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a director, producer, screenwriter and music director. We must say, there is no creative mastermind like Bhansali in the Country. He made his directorial debut with Khamoshi: The Musical (1996) and for his very first film, he received the Filmfare Critics Award for the Best Film. If you have watched Bajirao Mastani (2015) or Padmaavat (2018,) you will know this man can create magic. With jaw dropping sets and attention to every single detail, every movie by Bhansali makes for a wholesome cinematic experience. Not just a genius director, he is also a gifted musician. Songs like Laal Ishq, Ghoomar and Mohe Rang Do Laal prove just that. If you think Bhansali can only make period dramas, you should watch his masterpiece, Black (2005.) Bhansali never fails to impress.
3) Anurag Kashyap
Born in 1972, Anurag Kashyap is an Indian film director, producer, actor, writer and editor known for his work in Hindi cinema. His directorial debut, Black Friday, released in 2007 to widespread critical appreciation. This man is known for his depiction of the darker side of life. He stays as far as possible from the stereotypical glitz and glamour and prefers content rich films. Kashyap’s two part crime drama, Gangs Of Wasseypur (2012,) managed to garner the love of audience and critics all throughout and still remains to be the nation’s favourite film in the gangster genre. The Government of France awarded him the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) in 2013 for his contribution to cinema.
4) Sriram Raghavan
Sriram Raghavan is an Indian filmmaker and screenwriter who rose to fame with the feature film Ek Hasina Thi (2004.) Since then, he has been entertaining us with his stellar work like Johnny Gaddar (2007,) Agent Vinod (2012,) and Badlapur (2015.) However, his latest work, Andhadhun (2018,) a suspense thriller, got him the name and recognition he deserves. With Andhadhun, Sriram Raghavan proved to the world his writing and directing capabilities. This film was praised by not just critics, but also by audiences across the globe.
5) Shoojit Sircar
Shoojit Sircar is one of the most coveted directors of B-town. He made his debut with the film Yahaan (2005.) He gave us some of the most memorable and content rich films. His films Vicky Donor (2012) and Piku (2015) stand among the most loved films of the Country. His recent film, October (2018,) is another proof of his directorial brilliance. Sircar’s craftsmanship breathes life into every film he makes. We suggest you never miss his movies.
Comment below and let us know which one of these directors is your favourite.
Dev Anand And Suraiya – A Tragic Love Story
Evergreen actor Dev Anand was a part of many epic films like Guide (1965,) Jewel Thief (1967) and Johny Mera Naam (1970.) However, what many people are not aware of is his own life was nothing less than a Bollywood film. During the beginning of his career, the talented actor was romantically involved with the renowned actress and singer Suraiya. Their love story was filled with love, passion and tragedy.
Their first meeting
In the late 1940s, Dev Anand, an aspiring actor, first met Suraiya on the sets of Vidya, which was their first film together. Dev Anand instantly fell in love with the beautiful and down to earth Suraiya and later revealed she was his first love.
Although Suraiya was smitten with the young and handsome actor, it was an accident on the set of Vidya which cemented her love for Dev Anand. While shooting a scene in a boat, which suddenly capsized, Suraiya was saved by Dev Anand from drowning.
According to Suraiya, when she thanked Dev Anand for saving her life, the handsome actor replied, “If your life had ended, so would have mine.” Suraiya describes that as the exact moment when she fell deeply in love with Dev Anand.
Although they managed to keep their association a secret for two long years, their relationship became public news during the shooting of Afsar in 1950. This revelation led to many problems in their relationship, mainly by Suraiya’s orthodox grandmother, Badshah Begum, as she did not want her granddaughter to marry a Hindu man.
With the dream of starting a new life together, the duo decided to elope during the shoot of their film Jeet. The news reached Badshah Begum, who dragged Suraiya from the shoot and kept a strict watch on the love birds after that, in an effort to end their relationship.
Many years later, while recalling the incident Suraiya confessed, “Eventually, my grandmother succeeded in separating us. Dev was deeply hurt and offended by my lack of courage. But I was afraid for him. In retrospect, I don’t think anything would have happened if I’d been bold enough. But I was terrified of my grandmother. And was heartbroken.”
Although the couple faced many problems from Suraiya’s orthodox grandmother, they found support from an unlikely source. Suraiya’s mother, Mumtaz Begum, was a strong supporter of their relationship. However, just like Suraiya, Mumtaz Begum also did not have any courage to go against her mother.
The last meeting
Suraiya’s mother was also the one who arranged the couple’s last meeting on the terrace of Suraiya’s apartment. The couple met secretly to end their four year long relationship, all the while crying and hugging each other. Dev Anand later confessed that after breaking up with Suraiya, he cried on his brother’s shoulder and later decided to forget the chapter and move forward in life.
With this, the amazing and passionate love story of Dev Anand and Suraiya ended on a sad note.
Sonu Nigam Birthday – Best Songs By The Singer
Sonu Nigam, the most versatile singer of our generation, turns 46 today. Considered the “Modern Rafi,” Nigam began his Bollywood journey at the age of 18 and is now considered the King of Melodies. On the occasion of the singer’s birthday, let’s look at some of the best songs from his musical career, which made us fall in love with his soulful voice.
Best songs by Sonu Nigam
1) Sandese Aate Hai (Border)
In 1997, Sonu Nigam sang this song alongside Roop Kumar Rathod. Sandese Aate Hai was composed by Anu Malik for the movie Border. The song described the pain of Indian soldiers as they wait for letters from their family in the middle of a war and quickly became the nation’s anthem. Nigam won a Zee Cine Award for Best Playback Singer for this song.
2) Tanhayee (Dil Chahta Hai)
Sonu Nigam sang this song for the movie Dil Chahta Hai (2001.) Composed by Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy and accompanied by Ehsaan Noorani’s bass riff, Nigam managed to express the pain of loneliness with his beautiful voice.
3) Suraj Hua Maddham (Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham)
Sonu Nigam, along with Alka Yagnik, sang this beautiful track for the movie Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001.) Featuring Kajol and SRK, this song has become one of the famous soulful Bollywood songs, thanks to Sonu Nigam’s and Alka Yagnik’s magical vocals.
4) Saathiya (Saathiya)
Sonu Nigam sang the title song for the movie Saathiya (2002,) composed by A.R. Rahman and won a Filmfare Best Male Playback Award. A perfect combination of Rahman’s music and Nigam’s voice, this song has become every hopeless romantic’s anthem.
5) Kal Ho Naa Ho (Kal Ho Naa Ho)
Sonu Nigam sang this Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy composed song for the movie Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003.) With meaningful lyrics and Sonu Nigam’s soothing voice, the song has become one of the timeless and popular songs of Bollywood.
6) Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin (Agneepath)
Sonu Nigam sang Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin for the movie Agneepath (2012) and managed to express all of life’s problems and philosophy through his beautiful voice. Nigam was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Playback Singer for Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin.
Here’s wishing the King of Melodies, Sonu Nigam, a very happy birthday!
Bollywood Actors Who Started Their Journey With TV Serials
There are many actors in Bollywood who started their career from the small screen before climbing the ladder of success to star on the big screen. Here is a list of 6 such stars who started their acting journey with TV serials.
1) Shah Rukh Khan
SRK, bollywood’s very own Badshah and king of romance began his career with TV serials in the 1980s. SRK’s first acting role was that of Lt. Abhimanyu Rai in 1988 series Fauji. This was followed by Aziz Mirza’s Circus and a mini series Idiot. During his initial days, Shah Rukh Khan’s acting was compared that of Dilip Kumar by critics.
2) Vidya Balan
Known for her roles in movies like Kahani, No One Killed Jessica and The Dirty Picture this Padma Shri awardee, started her career with 1995 sitcom Hum Panch. In the sitcom, Balan played the role of an intelligent and nerdy Radhika Mathur. Later on, Balan made her Bollywood debut with the movie Parineeta and started her massively successful journey in Bollywood.
3) Sushant Singh Rajput
The engineer turned actor, Sushanth Singh Rajput made his debut through Star Plus romantic show Kis Desh Mein Hai Mera Dil, but it was Ekta Kapoor’s Pavitra Rista that brought the actor massive success and fame. Sushant won The Indian Television Academy Award for portraying the role of Manav Deshmukh.
4) Irrfan Khan
This immensely talented actor has starred in many Bollywood and Hollywood movies, but Irrfan Khan began his acting journey with doordarshan serial Shrikant. Other series in which the actor managed to shine with his acting skills are Chanakya and Bharat Ek Khoj.
5) Pankaj Kapur
With films like Ek Doctor Ki Maut, Rakh and Maqbool under his name, Pankaj Kapur has proved what an acting genius he is. However, he became a household name not because of his movie but of his appearance in TV series like Karamchand where Kapur played the role of a detective and became famous for the catchphrase “Shut up, Kitty”. Another series that bought Kapur immense popularity was Office Office, a satire on Indian politics.
6) Ratna Pathak
Best known for her supporting roles in films like Jane Tu Ya Jane Na, Lipstick Under My burkha and Khubsurat, she rose to prominence for her appearance in TV series Idhar Udhar. Later, Pathak went on to portray the iconic and memorable Maya Sarabhai in the sitcom Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai which gained a cult status.
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Kangana Ranaut-Journalist Justin Rao Public Spat – Everything You Need To Know
More often than not, actress Kangana Ranaut is in the news not for her films, but for her controversial statements. On various occasions, the actress took a dig at several B-town celebs, including Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. The actress has recently been all over the internet for her public verbal spat with a journalist, Justin Rao.
As a part of promotions for Judgementall Hai Kya, the makers of the film held a press conference. In attendance were Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao, Ekta Kapoor and several members of the media fraternity. At this event, the Queen actress got into a heated argument with journalist Justin Rao, alleging him of criticising her film Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi and of running a smear campaign against her.
Justin Rao, in his defence, denied tweeting anything about the film. This verbal spat did not go well with the media fraternity, particularly the Entertainment Journalists’ Guild of India, which decided to boycott Kangana Ranaut.
The media fraternity decided to hold a meeting with Ekta Kapoor, the producer of the film and demanded a public apology from the makers and the actress. In turn, Balaji Motion Pictures released an official statement urging the media not to hinder the efforts which went into making Judgementall Hai Kya.
“To whomsoever it may concern: A lot is being reported about the debate that ensued between our film JudgeMentall Hai Kya’s actor and journalist Justin Rao, at the film’s song launch event on July 7th, 2019. Unfortunately, the event took an unpleasant turn. While the people involved in it fairly held their own perspectives but because it happened at the event of our film, we, as the producers, would like to apologize and express regret for this untoward incident. We would like to maintain that our intention was not to disrespect or hurt anyone’s sentiments. Our film JudgeMentall Hai Kya releases on July 26th and we urge the media to not let this one incident hamper the team effort that has gone behind making the film,” the statement read.
— BalajiMotionPictures (@balajimotionpic) July 10, 2019
Though the makers of the film apologised for the incident, Kangana Ranaut remained adamant and made it clear she will not apologise for the incident. Furthermore, the actress released a video via her sister’s Twitter account, in which she accused the media of being anti nationalist and also alleged they are paid to write against her. In her fiery address, she also urged the media to ban her as she does not want them to earn bread at her expense.
Here’s a vidoe message from Kangana to all the media folks who have banned her, P.S she has got viral fever hence the heavy voice 🙂…(contd) pic.twitter.com/U1vkbgmGyq
— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) July 11, 2019
Quite a fight, we must say. What are your opinions about this issue? Comment below and let us know.
Anushka Sharma – 5 Best Performances By The Actress
When Anushka Sharma, an actress without any connections to the Bollywood world, made a splash opposite Ranveer Singh in Band Baaja Baaraat, she made everyone sit up and take notice. Every movie in which the vivacious and bubbly Sharma acted after her first one—she made sure she left a lasting impression. Here is looking at some of the best performances by Anushka Sharma to date:
1. Band Baaja Baaraat
Playing an effervescent and bubbly girl in this rom com, Anushka Sharma shot to fame because she played her true vivacious self on the silver screen. Despite competing with already established actresses for this role, Sharma did so well, she won an award despite actresses like Deepika Padukone and Kajol also being nominated that year.
While Band Baaja Baaraat showed Anushka Sharma’s bubbly and fun side, NH10 showed how the actress could play a serious role with ease. Based on the concept of honour killing, this movie showed how versatile an actress Sharma is. Playing the role of a woman on the hunt of people who killed her husband, Anushka brought out her fierce side really well. Watch it now, if you haven’t already.
Not only was PK the movie in which Anushka Sharma gave one of her best performances, it was also the highest grossing film when it released in 2014. Standing on the 70th position as of 2018, this movie also had Aamir Khan playing a crucial role. Anushka plays the role of a journalist who, while in the beginning tries to use Aamir Khan’s character for her own good, ends up helping him for real instead. Telling the story of an alien, played by Aamir Khan, who tries to find his way home from Earth, this film was a satirical take on God, godmen and the various religious beliefs humans have.
4. Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Despite being a highly criticised movie, Anushka Sharma’s brilliant performance was lauded and appreciated. Not only did she steal Katrina Kaif’s thunder, she also stood her ground with her charm and charisma, despite being paired opposite Shah Rukh Khan! Borrowing cues from her character in Band Baaja Baaraat, Sharma proved, even with a bad script, she could bring her A game to the table. Showing that love has no limits or boundaries, this movie gave Sharma the chance to shine and sparkle.
5. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
This movie saw Anushka Sharma grow and blossom into a serious actress. Quite literally owning the screen and the story, Sharma made people both hate and fall in love with her character because of the way she acted. Anushka’s acting skills in this movie were par excellence. Her character, Alizeh, made people realise the importance of accepting there are different kinds of love in the world and if you feel a particular way about a person, it isn’t necessary they reciprocate the same!
Which Anushka Sharma movie do you like the most? Comment and let us know!
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