Month: May 2010

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Sharmila Tagore

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On May 30, 2010
Sharmila’s supreme achievement lies in her being that rare heroine who triumphantly criss-crossed image boundaries. From being Bengal’s most ogled export who stirred up both the hormones of a generation as well as a hornet’s nest when she dropped her clothes, she next shocked us with what she ‘was’ wearing — floor-grazing sarees! Being Satyajit […]

Mumtaz

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On May 30, 2010

[ Back to Mumtaz’s Menu ] Mumtaz realised an impossible dream. In an industry notorious for its nonegalitarianism, she was that rare actress who rose from non-featured roles to become the most s

Sanjeev Kumar

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On May 30, 2010

Sanjeev Kumar asserted the primacy of talent over looks, dancing skills and other such commercial considerations. He established a prodigious reputation as an actor par excellence by doing an amazing

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Sadhana

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On May 29, 2010
The serendiptuous 60s — the decade of all those popular, remunerative musicals. No heroine defined this decade better than the luminously lovely Sadhana. Not only was she a basic talisman for many of these 60s bits of ephemera but what gave Sadhana the edge over contemporaries like Asha Parekh and Saira Banu, was her gift […]
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Nadia

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On May 29, 2010
Nadia tossed the myth of the docile heroine into the air and shot it to smithereens with her trademark hey-y-y-y. She fenced with villains atop moving trains, swung precariously from chandeliers, whipped the bad guy and did a multitude of stunts without ever resorting to a stuntman — probably because no stuntman would do half […]

Devika Rani

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On May 29, 2010

Devika Rani is one of the most delicately glamorous cinema stars we have ever seen. Sunday Pictorial, London You will never hear a lovelier voice or diction. Or see a lovelier face. Devika Rani is a s

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Sulochana

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On May 29, 2010
Sulochana’s was the visage that changed the face of Indian cinema. Before her, the socially-disreputable job of playing cinema heroine was usually assigned to slim young men as even prostitutes refused to exhibit themselves before the whole country. It was not easy convincing the Anglo Indian Sulochana (Ruby Myers) to take on such a dubious […]
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