May 2010

Mira Nair

By |May 15th, 2010|

Mira Nair came to international prominence with a successful first feature Salaam Bombay! (1988). She had begun her career as a documentary maker and brought the immediacy of that genre to her debut, which focused on a group of street kids forging a meager […]

Subhash Ghai

By |May 15th, 2010|

Indian native Subhash Ghai began his film career after completing his education at the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune, Maharashtra. His first picture to receive critical recognition was Kalicharan (1976). It told the story of a police officer who goes undercover […]

Shyam Benegal

By |May 15th, 2010|

At the start of his career, when his films Ankur (1974) (The Seedling) and Manthan (1976) (The Churning) were released to international acclaim, Shyam Benegal was widely seen as Indian cinema’s heir apparent to Satyajit Ray. Although his sympathies are essentially leftist, Benegal has […]

November 2009

W.Z. Ahmed

By |November 13th, 2009|

W.Z. Ahmed, 91, one of the most outstanding film directors of the subcontinent, passed away at a local hospital on April 15, 2007. He was suffering from an infection of the lung. He was laid to rest at the Bagh-i-Rehmat graveyard on Monday afternoon.

After […]

Shaikh Mukhtar

By |November 10th, 2009|

He was Bollywood‘s first Hunk – one who would have put today‘s WWF hulks to shame. Exceptionally tall and frighteningly hefty, he was endowed with an immense physique. His face was a roadmap of crisscrossing muscles. A sharp jaw line added to the dimensions […]

Zia Sarhady

By |November 10th, 2009|

Zia was a Hindi-Urdu director and scenarist. He was Peshawar (now Pakistan) born like Prithviraj, Raj Kapoor, and Dilip Kumar. He started his film career in 1933, assisting non-Urdu speaking directors and artistes with East India Film at Calcutta. Soon he moved to Sagar […]

September 2009

Zahoor Raja – Profile

By |September 27th, 2009|

There is something about the old guard that has wholesomeness to it. That’s not to decry the younger lot, but the old schooling taught you a lot more than what the best institutions teach you today. One of the seniors, who […]

Shaukat Hussain Rizvi

By |September 27th, 2009|

World is a stage. And very few characters of this stage have the right metabolism to stay and perform on it for long. But, there are those too, who stay for a short while, and perform such distinctive acts that people […]