Category: Actors & Actresses

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Pradeep Kumar

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On June 6, 2010
A noted Hindi and Bengali film actor, Pradeep Kumar is best remembered for his performances in Mughal period dramas. Born Sital Batabyal, Pradeep Kumar began his career in 1944 as an assistant to cameraman Dhiren Dey in Calcutta. It was after director Debaki Bose spotted him in a play that he joined New Theatres as […]

Rehman

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On June 6, 2010

From the scheming publisher in Pyaasa to the loyal friend in Chaudhvin Ka Chand to the decadent husband in Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, Rehman played characters of all shades. Born in 1923 in Lahore (now in

Suchitra Sen

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On June 6, 2010

Suchitra Sen may not have become the legend that she is in Bengali cinema, but she brought to Hindi filmdom grace, subtlety, and understatement. Though she had an all-too-brief career in Hindi film in

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K.N. Singh

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On June 6, 2010
With his subtle, underplayed performances, Krishna Niranjan Singh gave the stereotypical villain of Hindi cinema a new dimension. He replaced histrionics with style and sophistication — the raise of an eyebrow and a piercing look were all Singh employed — and imparted to his characters a dignity never before given to screen villains. Born in […]

Amjad Khan

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On June 5, 2010

He had a will to kill, and malpractice had made him perfect. When Gabbar Singh’s beady eyes settled on his beaten-up henchmen and boomed `Kitney aadmi the?’ (How many men were they?), a pa

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Premnath

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On June 5, 2010
He was the scariest screen villain because he could look completely amoral. An ex-army man, Premnath’s energetic performance as a callous philanderer in brother-in-law, Raj Kapoor’s Barsaat (’49) made him a star. Charged by success, the teetotaller, vegetarian, non-smoker, was engulfed with “a desire to indulge in vices”. Soon he had made a career out […]

Smita Patil

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On June 5, 2010

An emotional Chernobyl who let every radioactive emotion reach out and scald the viewer, Smita was easily the most intense of our heroines. When she funnelled that dark, feral intensity into Bhumika o

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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 saleable actress of the early 70s, through sheer charm, sunny good humour and fiesty sexuality. Though Mumtaz, with her youth and jaunty insouciance, […]
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