Category: Bollywood

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The lion on the logo of his banner, Minerva Movietone, could well symbolize Sohrab Modi’s own personality. The Minerva lion’s stentorian roar was respectfully heeded for more than two decades. Actor-filmmaker Sohrab Modi, made history even as he reinterpreted it for a modern audience. In his midas-touch trilogy of historical spectaculars — Pukar (’39), Sikander […]
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After Barua’s Devdas set a nationwide trend for apocalyptic despondency, Shantaram felt the need to relay a more positive message to the country’s youth. Consequently, he made his masterpiece Aadmi (’39), where even after the hero loses his girl, he is shown not giving in to gloom but committing himself to his work. Similarly, a […]
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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 […]
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