May 2010


By |May 30th, 2010|

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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 […]

Sanjeev Kumar

By |May 30th, 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 spectrum of roles. Which other actor could have been accepted as Jaya Bhaduri’s lover […]


By |May 29th, 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 […]

Mala Sinha – Profile

By |May 29th, 2010|

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Behind the wrought iron gates of her multi-storeyed bungalow in Bandra, Mala Sinha does not live locked in any ivory tower. Mala is astringently honest when she reminisces about her career: “I was not particularly good looking like Madhubala. […]

Prithviraj Kapoor

By |May 29th, 2010|

He was indubitably the most handsome hero of the pre-independence period. Imposingly tall and more regal than most kings, Prithviraj Kapoor straddled the world of films and theatre for 40 years. This dynast and his progeny Raj, Shammi and Shashi, each a major star, […]


By |May 29th, 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 […]

K.L Saigal (1904 – 1947)

By |May 29th, 2010|

Stars are normally advised to take stardom with a pinch of salt … Saigal took his with a pint of spirits. This singing superstar of the 30s and the 40s became famous for his extremely popular songs like `Gham diye mushtaqil’ and `Dukh ke […]

Devika Rani

By |May 29th, 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 singular beauty. The Star, London

Devika Rani is so lovely, […]


By |May 29th, 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 […]

Saif Ali Khan

By |May 9th, 2010|

Saif Ali Khan is the eldest child of Sharmila Tagore, a glamorous actress of the 1960s and now head of the Film Censor Board, and former Indian

cricket captain Mansoor Ali Pataudi. Saif studied in England, first at Lockers Park School and then Winchester College […]