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If The Big Bang Theory was made in India.

The Big Bang Theory is considered to be one of the best Sitcoms to be ever made and there is no doubt about it. It is also the longest Sitcom ever made. I have watched it more than once(Yes I know, I have a lot of free time). But what would it look like if The Big Bang theory was made in India? Which characters would be perfect for the cast. Let’s see.

  1. Penny Hofstader 

There are many talented actresses in the Indian cinema but I think Priyanka Chopra will perfectly be able to do justice to the character of Penny. The character of Penny is a bubbly girl with a certain sass and a  lot of sex appeal to herself and who better than Priyanka Chopra to play this part. Penny is also a physically strong woman. 

  1. Amy Farrah Fowler 

This would be one of the trickiest castings of all. The character of Amy is shown as someone who is quite robotic in the beginning but then turn into recent puberty hit college or high school girl while maintaining the super-intelligent aura. Amy falls in love with Sheldon Cooper in the show, another very tricky casting. So, for this role, I think that the only actress who can do justice would be Vidya Balan. She has the exceptional talent to pull off anything she wants. 

  1. Bernadette Rostenkowski 

The character of Bernie in the show begins as an innocent yet intelligent girl who is a colleague of Penny’s. She starts off as a sweet, loving and innocent character who speaks sarcastic thing very innocently but as the series progresses, she starts saying them purposely while being cute. Nusrat Bharucha is the perfect spicy mix who can be cute and mean scary at the same time. 

  1. Howard Joel Wolowitz 

The first name that came to my head when I thought of Howard was Shakti Kapoor. No no, not because of the looks but because of the creepy way Howard flirts with almost all the women he lays eyes on in the show. But let’s face it, there is only one person who can do justice to his comically heightened sense of humour along with his intelligent and quirky personality. It is Vir Das. They are practically the same height and we all know how humorous he is. 

  1. Rajesh Koothrapali

Kunal Nayyar is practically suitable to play his role in an Indian version of the Big Bang Theory but as he is the only foreigner in the core group of the cast, I was thinking we cast a foreigner in the Indian cast. Rahul Gandhi would be perfect for the part but let’s face it, he would be the Prime Minister if he could remember his lines properly. Rajesh Koothrapali is a character who is shown as someone who struggles with women throughout the season and also someone who is awkward around people. Omi Vaidya can play a perfect foreigner who is awkward around people and I think will do perfect justice to the role. 

  1. Leonard Hofstadter

Leonard is the protagonist alongside Sheldon Cooper and Penny. He seems to be the only normal and sane one emotionally amongst the core group of scientists. I think Mr Perfectionist can perfectly be able to pull this off. Leonard being the protagonist goes through a lot of things throughout the series and his character is also very expressive. And also, Aamir Khan is shorter than his counterpart( Priyanka Chopra) which suits perfectly according to the plot of the show. 

  1. Sheldon Cooper 

Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory is irreplaceable in the true sense. That man has done impeccable acting in the show and has won multiple awards for the same. I literally took days to finalise who can play Sheldon Cooper in this show and I have come up with an answer. Whether or not can he pull off such acting is not known but Sumeet Vyas has a remarkable resemblance with Jim Parsons and both of their smiles are beautiful. (Tripling reference).

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Best Of Oscar-Winning Cinematography


What writing style is to literature, what colours and brush strokes are to painting is what cinematography to cinema. It’s often regarded as the language of cinema, as it is the tool to communicate to the audience without using words. Visuals have the power to manipulate how one feels about the subject, hence making it a commanding tool to convey the essence of a story. 

Each shot of a film is the cinematographer’s conception. The lighting, blocking & framing, colour palette, and much more! Each of these decisions has an impact on how we perceive the image. It requires an acute understanding of the story, to replicate the same visually. 

There are several rules (conventions rather) that have conceived through the years of cinema and have developed what we can call the language of cinema. These are the rules (of framing the character, camera angles, lighting, etc.) that make the image more pleasing and comprehensible. But rules are meant to be broken if you know how to! A lot of skilful cinematographers break these rules when the story demands and come out with visuals that are a class apart.

Cinematography has a very heavy bearing on how the film turns out, it can help a simple story become more engaging. This article explores films that have won the Academy Award for their captivating cinematography. 

  1. 1917 (2019): If 1917 didn’t deserve to win, then none ever did. To undertake such an ambitious project (a war film with only one hard cut!) required all the technical assistance it could gather. To pack so much action in a film like that is an accomplishment in itself. The most remarkable thing is the lighting, natural sources of lighting were used in most shots. It was a restriction they had to go around, and it turned out to be the realistic touch the film required.
  1. Roma (2018): The film is a documentation of Alfonso Curran’s (the director and cinematographer) childhood memories. The film is from a viewpoint of an observer, observing moments (from Curran’s memory) from a distance. Everything in the frame tells a story, the images are all the exposition that the audiences need. It somehow takes the audiences to that place and time and has a sharp sense of realism to it. It’s a brave decision to make a black and white film in the age of colours, giving it a feel of a memory from that time period.
  1. La La Land (2016): Can colours tell a story? The answer will be “yes” after watching La La Land. A film where colour is used in a supreme fashion to stimulate the natural reactions and emotions of a viewer in tandem with what the characters feel. The colour palette used in each scene has a meaning to it and has a psychological impact on the audience. There is a relation between the costumes, background, and the lighting; which visually tells the story.
La La Land
  1. The Revenant (2015): It will be challenging to find visuals as scintillating as in The Revenant. Pause the movie at any frame and it will be picturesque. But it is more than just magnificent landscapes, the visuals represent how indifferent nature is to human emotions. The film achieves visually what most films require exposition for, it let the visuals do all the talking. 
The Revenant
  1. Gravity (2013): Arguably the best shot space film to date, it depicts outer space in the most realistic style. Emptiness can be the most difficult feeling to convey through visuals. There is not a lot to play with for a cinematographer in such a film; no colours, no magnificent landscapes, just the lighting and the earth in the background of plain black. Despite all these restrictions, it is a masterpiece and a visual treat, well deserving of the accolade!
  1. Life Of Pi (2012): An excellent combination of great cinematography with equally appealing VFX, how else would a story of a boy stuck in a boat with a tiger in the middle of the vast ocean come to life? The picturization of the ocean has a dreamy feeling, (which is the point of the film), to muddle reality with imagination. The use of contrasting colour palette in different situations helps us understand the protagonist’s state of mind.
Life Of Pi
  1. Inception (2010): Inception is a unique mix of sci-fi, emotions and action. It is a very ambitious screenplay to bring to life. It’s the cinematography that helps the audience differentiate between the different dreams, due to the treatment given to each dream. And it also let the audience explore the tension on each character. Its cinematography is a testament that dreams can become reality (*winks*). 
  1. There Will Be Blood (2007): Being a character-driven film, the plot relies on the protagonist and his dynamics with the surroundings and other characters. The cinematography helps the audience understand those dynamics. There Will Be Blood is a masterclass for staging and blocking. The lighting brings out the harsh conditions the characters are thriving in. It was shot on film stock, which helps it achieve the feel of the early 1900s.
There Will Be Blood
  1. Saving Private Ryan (1998): An inspiration to a lot of films, the film is full of war scenes and well-crafted conversation. It is as much about the soldiers as it is about war. The war scenes are bordering on reality, it’s the camera work that makes it so engaging. In the middle of all the chaos, there are moments of calm. These moments take us closer to the characters, gives a sense of calm before an impending storm. 
Saving Private Ryan -
  1. Titanic (1997): The impeccable cinematography is what holds the film together. It gives an immersive experience of the journey, social scenario, and finally the collapse. The film has two different moods, one is of luxury and comfort while the other is of fear and panic. This difference is felt visually through the lighting and camera movements. The film constitutes some of the most iconic shot in Hollywood history.

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Stars vs Stars: A Diamond in the rough.

Answer: The movie Anand was based on Raj Kapoor. Babu Mohshaay was the nickname of Hrishikesh Mukherjee given by Raj Kapoor. He made this movie when Raj Kapoor’s health was deteriorating and he thought that Raj Kapoor would die soon.

By the mid-80s, Bollywood was making over 700 crores annually which equals to over 12,000 crores of today’s time when adjusted according to inflation. This will be our last blog covering the history of Bollywood. Arey dil chota nahi karte pagle, hum content laya karenge kyunki picture abhi baaki hai. 

The late 80s were a downfall in the graph of Bollywood. This was due to the increasing violence at the time and the increase in video piracies. All of us very well versed with what followed. From the 90s till now is a period of Bollywood which has become most famous throughout the world. Certain songs and movies made such an impression over the world that they made Bollywood very famous around the world. This era introduced some of the greats of Bollywood like Sanjay Dutt, Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Aamir Khan and many more. The storm of romantic musicals again took Bollywood by a frenzy. Films like Qayamat se qayamat tak, Maine pyaar kiya, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Raja Hindustani, Kuch Kuch Hota hai, Dil Toh paagal hai and many more. The three Khans ruled Bollywood in this era, starring in the biggest blockbusters. Sanjay Dutt and Akshay Kumar were the only two competitors of the Almighty Khans. Where Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan were busy shooting romantic musicals, Aamir Khan made his impression as the best method actor with films such as Lagaan, Rangeela, Dil Chahta Hai, Ghajini, Sarfarosh, Andaaz Apna Apna, Taare Zameen Par. And films like PK, Dangal and 3 Idiots in the late 2010s. Where Aamir Khan became popular in the late 2000s, Shahrukh Khan dominated the cinema before that. Amidst all of this, the fandom of Salman Khan just made no sense. With no acting instincts whatsoever, Salman Khan became Salman Bhai for his millions of fans. Films like Tere Naam and Hum dil de chuke sanam are films that burned brightly in his otherwise dull acting performances. Salman Khan starred in many blockbusters during his time like Dabang, Dabang 2, Dabang 3, Ek Tha Tiger and many more such diverse hits. He tried to diversify his folder by doing films like Tubelight but that did not work in his favour. His career was clouded with controversies such as a hit and run case, and the killing of a buck. 

In this era, many other actors emerged too. Actors like Hrithik Roshan, Ajay Devgn, Aishwariya Rai, Vidya Balan, Preity Zinta, Kajol and many more but the most underrated but best actors of our era of Bollywood are Nawazuddin Siddique, Pankaj Tripathi, Radhika Apte, Richa Chaddha, Manoj Bajpayee. Basically, the whole cast of Gangs Of Wasseypur. 

I am just going to come out and say it, both the Gangs Of Wasseypur movies are the best things that have happened to Bollywood. These movies are the ones that turned many boys into men, many actors into legends and many other movies look like kids stuff. 

There are not many people who appreciate this masterpiece. I was strictly advised by my dad not to watch these movies before I turn 18, but that made the revenge fruit even sweeter. I and my friends watched these movies during our 12th standard vacation. Personally, I find both of the films extremely artistic. The movies were very realistic and had impeccable dialogue delivery. Actors such as Pankaj Tripathi, Rajkumar Rao, Nawazzudin Siddique and many more got their breaks in this movie. The movie had an impeccable storyline, on-point acting and very cringe UP Bihar content. The movie had an overtone of satirical comedy which gives a metaphorical voiceover to the painful

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Best of oscar winning editing

It’s often said that editing either makes or breaks the film. Metaphorically speaking, it’s like carving an idol from a block of stone. Hours of raw footage has to be trimmed down into minutes of the final film, with the basic goal of making the film intelligible. Moreover, thousands of creative decisions have to be made while editing to bring out the essence of the story, its emotional appeal, and the desired audience reaction. Editing is often the difference between an average film and a great one. 

The craft of editing is as artistic as it is technical; the answer lies in using the techniques artistically. A single frame here or there changes the whole ambience of the scene. Thus, an editor has to keep in mind the impact they want the scene to have on the viewer and then use the tools at their disposal in the best way to land that impact. 

The tools used for editing may have come a long way, highly capable editing software has replaced the mechanical cutters on which editors used to cut films (film strips). But, the irreplaceable tool is instinct. Editing is referred to by many as an invisible art, the art which gives a film its flow. And for it to be invisible, it should have an organic flow to it, and concurrently have an emotional impact on the audiences. This can only be achieved through the instinct of an editor.

In this article, we will explore the films which have been Oscar acclaimed for editing, through the years.

  1. Ford v Ferrari (2019): The latest recipient of the honour, the film is not just another action movie about racing, rather it’s about the passion which drives an individual. For the audience to feel that passion, they must feel and relate to each character’s motivation, which has been achieved through captivating editing. The buildup in each sequence has a befitting reward to it, the rising tensions have equivalent relief to it, which gives this movie its unique flow. 
Ford v Ferrari
  1. Dunkirk (2017): It’s an accomplishment for a film with such minimal dialogue to communicate emotions so effectively. It takes skilful editing to mesh three different timelines, in a way that the tension in each timeline is continuously rising. (Taking away nothing from the scintillating sound design and cinematography). The editing gives each sequence a sense of urgency, anticipation and tension, which are the essential elements to a story of evacuating soldiers from the clinches of the enemy.
  1. Whiplash (2014): Whiplash is one of the few films which are so dominantly controlled by editing. The editor Tom Cross has edited the conversation sequences in such a brilliant way that it silently makes us feel what the characters are going through. The same can be said about the drumming sequences which are so crisp and engaging, they don’t let your eyes off the screen even for the briefest of moments. The editing gives the character the authority they should have with the context of the story.
  1. The Girl With The Golden Tattoo (2009): The Girl With The Golden Tattoo is an outstanding illustration of how one should edit conversation scenes. For a non-action film to win for its editing speaks a ton about its craft! The other notable thing is the way they have edited the background score with the visuals. The editing of a scene determines what the power dynamics are between characters and what the audience should focus on. Picking up shots lifts the appeal of the scene requires masterful visual storytelling!
The Girl With The Golden Tattoo
  1. The Aviator – (2004): The Aviator encompasses a lot of aspects of the protagonist’s life, there are a lot of layers to the story. Be it his slow descending to critical OCD, personal life or professional life. Thelma Schoonmaker (the editor) is an expert when it comes to editing technique, her 3 Oscars for editing is a testament to it. Though some techniques may drift away from realistic cinema,  it does deliver the impact; for example, the scenes when the OCD and germaphobia struck. 
The Aviator
  1. Saving Private Ryan (1998): Unlike what most war films highlight, Saving Private Ryan focuses on the vulnerabilities of the soldiers in a hostile war environment. The film takes you so dreadingly close to the battle and gives the viewer a first-hand experience of what the soldiers in war have to face. It explores human emotions so well because of its editing. The edit of the film as a whole and for individual sequences complement each other. Each battle scene has tension and the film as a whole has peaks of tensions and equivalent relief. 
Saving Private Ryan
  1. The Matrix (1999): To fit so much information in under 150 minutes requires masterful editing. The Matrix is a very rare combination of sci-fi with extraordinary storytelling. The transition between the two scenes is noteworthy! It keeps the audience puzzled as to what is real and what is a dream. The challenge for the editors in such a concept heavy film is to keep the film crisp and also convey the concept to the audience. The Matrix is not only crisp overall, but also the individual scenes.  
The Matrix
  1. Apollo 13 (1995): A film about a journey to the moon has to be one with a lot of tension and suspense. Apollo 13 was not just about the journey and what goes into it, it was about the emotions that people around the mammoth task goes through. Through its brilliant intercutting we understand the emotions of each involved party. The extent to which the emotions are conveyed is subjective to each viewer, but most will agree that Apollo 13 is one of the most impactful space movies. 
Apollo 13
  1. Schindler’s List (1993): A movie on a topic such as the holocaust needs to be treated with the utmost sensitivity. Schindler’s List explores the human emotions of people involved in such a horrific tragedy. Be it Schindler’s character journey (transition from a profit-hungry businessman to a saviour of numerous lives) or the horrors of the holocaust, the edit does justice to it. It’s the invisible craft of editing which is working on an audience who empathize with what’s going on the screen.
Schindler’s List
  1. Raging Bull (1980): A classic, whose editing technique still inspires filmmakers. The stand out editing for this film has to be the boxing sequences. Just through the editing (of course other aspects too), the audience can perceive the mental state in which the protagonist is. The transition between his personal life and his life in the ring gives us a clear picture as to how both those lives are intricately woven. The editing helps Raging Bull stick out of all the other boxing films. 
Raging Bull
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The Born of India’s Superstars.

Answer: The director didn’t find Amjad Khan’s voice to be heavy enough for Gabbar’s role in the movie, so Danny Denzongpa was considered for this role. As he was busy with the movie, Dharmatma, the role eventually ended up with Amjad Khan who also won a Filmfare for this role. 

The two superstars of Bollywood were considered to be Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna. Rajesh Khanna was known as the King of romance in his time. Girls were so crazy for him that “Woh khud ki maang main Rajesh Khanna ki naam ka sindoor lagate thay”. 

It is said that girls used to pick up the dirt from where Rajesh Khanna’s car used to pass and use it as sindoor. They both teamed up for a masterpiece in the year 1971. Rajesh Khanna was already a superstar but Amitabh was not recognized by the people so much before this film. 

This film was written by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Gulzar. The movie moves at a very normal pace with the story unfolding at a steady pace. The amazing dialogues and philosophy in the movie are complemented by Rajesh Khanna’s flawless acting and execution. The film teaches us many truths of life and how we take time for granted. The dialogues in the film like, “Babumushoi, zindagi badi honi chahiye … lambi nahin”, 

“ Babumushoi, zindagi aur maut upar waale ke haath hai…

Usse na toh aap badal sakte hai na main…

Hum sab to rangmanch ki kathputliyan hai jinki dor upar waale ki ungliyon mein bandhi hai.”,

“ Hum aane waale gham ko kheench taan kar aaj ki khushi pe le aate hai… aur us khushi mein zehar ghol dete hai” and many more masterpieces which made this movie a timeless classic. The movie was very subtle in its way of teaching us life lessons. The protagonist of the film, Anand, is going to die in 6 months but still is full of life and constantly happy. The cameos from Daara Singh and Jhonny Walker just add to the masterpiece. 

 Amitabh Bachchan shared an anecdote regarding this film that he went to a petrol pump on the day of the release of the film. Before the release of the film, nobody recognized him but when he went to the same petrol pump for a refill, the same day after the film was released, everybody recognised him. Such was the impact of a Rajesh Khanna film on the public. 

Personally, Anand had a big impact on my life growing up. An old film with family turned into a life lesson I had not expected. The climax of the film left me in tears but also taught me one very important thing. 

Be not in grief for what has passed but be happy for the fact that it happened. Because, “Anand mara nahi….. Anand marte nahi!”

The history of Bollywood is very big and it has unending anecdotes, after this will be our last blog about the history but fear not because picture abhi baaki hai mere dost. Following is going to be a new blog thread. Stay tuned to find out. 

Trivia question: On whom was the film Anand based? And who all were considered for the role of Anand before it went to Rajesh Khanna?

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All About Amitabh.

Answer: Kishore Kumar had sung songs in 8 different languages(Gujarati, Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Assamese, Malayalam, Oriya and Kannada.) throughout his career. 

Saathiyo swaagat hai aapka ek aur blog pe. Toh chalye shuru karte hai….
PS: Try and read it in heavy Amitabh Bachchan KBC voice. 

The most revolutionary decade of the Indian film Industry was the 70s and 80s. In the year 1970, the term Bollywood was used for the first time. It was a play on the word Hollywood. The “B” in Bollywood was because of Bombay(Now Mumbai) because the whole industry was based in Bombay at the time and still is. 

The 70s and 80s

Mera Naam Joker was the second movie ever after Sangam with 2 intervals. Mera Naam Joker was not acclaimed at its time but is considered a gem now. It depicted the parts of a joker’s life and was a grief packed film. 

This decade brought many changes in Bollywood. This decade was also dominated by romantic musicals but that changed halfway because of the rowdy entry of Salim Javed which changed the structure of Bollywood. This duo consisted of Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar. They introduced gritty and action-packed films in Bollywood.  The genres which were not so much developed before came into the picture this decade. Movies on subjects like Bombay underworld and the socio-political issues were made in this decade. This saw a boom in the audiences because it was something they had never seen before and also something they could relate to. The movies also depicted a certain kind of mass discontent of the people of India. This has also played an important part in the impact that Bollywood has on the mass in India. 

Some of Salim Javed’s masterpieces were Seeta Aur Geeta, Zanjeer, Deewar, Sholay, Don and Kaala Patthar. These all movies were released in just one decade. 

Zanjeer depicted Amitabh as an angry and righteous police officer. The image of Amitabh Bachchan really became an epitome for the youth at that time. The famous line, 

“ Jab tak baithne ko na kaha jaaye sharafat se khade raho … yeh police station hai … tumhare baap ka ghar nahi “ took the public by storm and also gave Amitabh his famous nickname, Angry young man. 

Amitabh bachan

Amitabh Bachchan in Zanjeer. 

The movie Deewar was another stepping stone to his success where he played a gangster who goes against his own brother(A police officer). This was an era of amazing dialogues.

Another ground-breaking movie of this decade was, Sholay. Sholay was, is and always will be the epitome of the success of Bollywood. It changed how people looked at Bollywood. It had everything, friendship, action, romance and very subtle and amusing comedy. From direction to acting to costumes to music to storytelling, everything was on point in this movie. Sholay was not well received at the beginning but later on, went to become the most successful Bollywood movie of all time. Considering inflation, Sholay is still the highest-grossing film of all time.

In the next blog, we will talk about a philosophical classic and an acting masterpiece(Can you guess the movie?) and move onto the next decades of Bollywood.

Trivia: Who was considered for the role of Gabbar instead of Amjad Khan?

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An Inaccurate Success

Mughal E Azam


An Inaccurate Success.

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 Mona darling, next blog kaha hai? Hold our horses people, here we are with the next blog.

*happy tears*

Answer: Nargis was 28 years old when she played the role of the mother in Mother India. 

 The late 60s, 70s and 80s was a time where the effect of the previous stars began to show on the industry. The previous era was called the golden era because it gave a kickstart to Indian cinema and shaped the upcoming generation of films and actors. So without further ado, let us start. In this era, many revolutionary and also movies which defined a generation came out. Let us see some of them. 

In the year 1960, the film Mughal-e-Azam was released. This movie became a sensation in India and also became the first movie to be digitally coloured and re-released. It went on to become the highest-grossing film of that time and held that feat for about 15 years. Though the film was acclaimed for its attention to detail of the costumes and sets, it had a huge flaw in details as far as the story and historical aptness is concerned. 

Mughal E Azam
Mughal E Azam

Before and after adding colours. 

The movie had huge flaws in the storyline. The historical events on which the whole story existed, were totally false. i.e the existence of Anarkali, Salim being a romantic lover(he was a brute who often beat people to death). In the movie, the base of Salim’s rebellion was his will to marry Anarkali. These facts have no basis whatsoever. There were many more inaccuracies in the movie but that didn’t stop it from becoming one of the greatest movies of all time. 

The acting of Prithviraj Kapoor became the epitome of method acting in that era. It was said that for his impactful walk in the movie, he practised walking in the hot sand in a desert. 

Facts: Almost the entire cast of the movie was changed from when it was originally decided. The movie was postponed multiple times. The reasons being, the financier had moved to Pakistan after Independence, the actors of the movie died(some of them) and political unrest between India and Pakistan due to the Partition in the year 1947. 

Later that decade, another masterpiece named Padosan was released. This was a musical masterpiece and also one of the greatest comedies of Indian cinema. I first saw this movie with my whole family. My grandfather and father are big fans of music and classic comedies. Watching this movie was like eating popcorn. Doesn’t have any weight but is super fun to eat and also is tasty. Acting legends like Sunil Dutt and Kishore Kumar were a part of this film. Kishore Kumar once again showed his prowess in music by composing the song Meri pyaari Bindu. 

Kishore Kumar is a legend of the industry but his life was affected by many unfortunate events. 

It all started when he made comments opposing Indira Gandhi during the Golden Temple incident. Many people opposed her but none were as famous as Kishore Kumar. This made his life miserable. He was targeted left and right in terms of taxes. It was banned to play songs of Kishore Kumar on All India Radio(Which was because he refused to sing for an Indian National Congress rally ). He officially stated that he was not happy and that his life was being tampered with. He was so unhappy that in frustration he made 2 movies with the motive of them to fail so that he can show losses and has to pay fewer taxes. One of these movies was Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi which was exceptionally well received and turned out to be a hit on the box office. Kishore Kumar was furious and gave all the rights of the film to his secretary, Anoop Sharma. 

That will be it for today, people. Until next time.

Trivia Question: In how many languages did Kishore Kumar sang songs despite not having any vocal training whatsoever?

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The story behind the Masterpiece: Mother India


Story behind the Masterpiece: Mother India

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Aaj khush toh bahot hoge tum? Yes, we are back with yet another blog.
Trivia answer: The person in the photo in the last blog was not Nawazuddin Siddiqui(Told you already), it was Saadat Hasan Manto. 

Bollywood was booming, films like Pyaasa, Awaara, Shree 420, Aan are some of the masterpieces of the time. Then came Mother India and broke the industry. Mother India became the first-ever Indian film to be nominated for the Academy Awards. It was nominated for the award for Best International Feature Film. It still is one of the highest earning films in Bollywood.
This movie was actually a remake of the movie Aurat(1940) which was directed by Mehmood as well. The movie did not receive similar praise and response from the public as the remake.
The title of the remake had a purpose behind it. In the year 1927, an American historian Katherine Mayo wrote the book Mother India which was concentrated on criticising the Indian way of living. In this book, he only concentrated on the bad treatment of the women, the dirt in the country, the marriage of young girls and problems arising from them,the treatment of the untouchables(later known as Harijans)and the bad character of the politicians. There was a huge outrage because of this book as this book gave shape to the way Americans’ point of view of India. Though the facts in the book were true and depicted the alarming status of the country, the people believed that it only showed the bad side and did not capture the whole thing. Many books were written by Indian authors as a response to this book. 

To rebuke this book, Mehmood named the remake of his movie Aurat, Mother India.

The movie depicted the situation of the farmers, a mother’s undying love for her children and how far can she go for the honour of her and her family. The movie was a masterpiece in terms of direction story and music. We will know more about the songs of this movie during the ‘ songs that defined a generation’ blog series. (spoiler alert).

In this movie, Radha(Nargis), had to do a scene where she is running between haystacks on fire to find her in film son Birju(Sunil Dutt) had to save him. Due to wind and other problems, the fire could not be controlled and Nargis really got trapped in the fire. Despite the attempts, the fire was not controlled. Sunil Dutt stepped up and jumped into the fire with a blanket and saved Nargis. The film shooting was stopped temporarily because both of them had sustained injuries. During the recuperation of Sunil Dutt, Nargis tended to his wounds which eventually led her to fall in love with Sunil Dutt

A rare photo of Nargis tending to Sunil Dutt’s wounds after the fire scene.

Due to the same reason, Nargis even had problems where she had to do a scene where she had to beat Birju( Sunil Dutt ) with a stick. . Nargis wanted to get married just after finishing the shooting of the film but was advised against it by the filmmakers because they thought that a mother and son(in the movie) and the characters getting married in real life would harm the film’s reputation. That’s it for this blog and we will be back soon with more history and more interesting facts about the golden era of Bollywood. 

Trivia: What was Nargis’s age when she played the role of the mother in Mother India. 

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The Beginning of Glam in India- Stepping Stones.



The Beginning of Glam in India- Stepping Stones.

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Welcome back!

So we left off at how Alam ara changed the course of Bollywood.

The last blog’s trivia question was, ‘After the release of Alam ara, how many weeks did the theatres go full house?’
The answer is:8 weeks. 

Today we will see the arc which made Bollywood rise to popularity. Toh chaliye shuru karte hai!

After Alam ara, the next landmark came in the year 1937, which saw the release of Bollywood’s first colour film, Kisan Kanya. However, the colour film could not create a huge ruckus as the first talkie but colour films did become a thing in the late 50s. 

Bollywood’s first Devdas was released way back in the year 1936, (Did not star Shahrukh Khan for sure) which itself was made from the story written by Sarat Chandra Chatterjee. 

In the year 1943, India saw the arrival of the movie Kismet, which became the first blockbuster of Indian cinema. It earned Rs 1 crore (gross) with a budget of just 2 lakhs. (50 times more money.) This movie was based on a novel by the great Saadat Hasan Manto.

Trivia: Kismet ran for three years in a theatre in Kolkata. 

Trivia: Saadat Hasan Manto was tried for obscenity 6 times but he was never convicted. He is considered to be one of the greatest Urdu writers of all time. He was famous for writing about the hard and cold truths of the society that no one would talk about. His most famous work is Thanda Ghost (Cold flesh). 

The films released in India at the time were based on the Independence movement and the disparities prevalent in India which inspired a lot of filmmakers and lyricist.

Achut Kanya, Neecha Nagar, Devdas, Do Bigha Zaminare some of them. 

The decade that followed became the Golden Era of Bollywood. 

Films took a turn towards a more romantic and hero based way depicting cultural problems at the same time which rose the popularity of Bollywood immensely. 

The movie Awara(1951) created a huge buzz in Bollywood and made Bollywood popular internationally. The sizzling chemistry of Nargis and Raj Kapoor, amazing storyline and amazing music made this film a blockbuster. The film became famous in countries like Russia, Turkey, countries of Europe and Eygpt. The Turks loved it so much that they even made a remake of this film named Avare.  One would think that they’d stop at one but it was not quite so. The Turks remade this film a total of eight times over the span of time. The song ‘Awaara Hoon’ received great and worldwide success and is considered one of the greatest songs of all time. In this movie, Raj Kapoor had many Charlie Chaplin references which were further emphasised in the film Shree 420In Shree 420Raj Kapoor is Charlie Chaplin lite.  

Shree 420was the movie that showed the bad side of the city, Bombay, in a satirical way. 

The phrase, “ yeh hai Mumbai meri jaan’ gained popularity after it was used in this film. 

Again, the Jodi of Raj  Kapoor and Nargis lit the screen and made it the highest-grossing film of the year 1955. 

This is it for today. Arey Pusha we’ll be back soon. Don’t cry cause I hate tears Pushpa. In the next blog, we will see more of the golden era of Bollywood and also the story behind the masterpiece, “Mother India”

Trivia: Guess the man in the photo.

Clue: Not Nawazuddin Siddiqui

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The Beginning of Glam in India.



The Beginning of Glam in India.

Posted on  by desairaj17

Lights, camera and action!

Aa gaya Vijay? Apne hath dho le aur baith ja because we are going to be here for the next few weeks exploring the ever so famous Bollywood and what makes it so great. It has been over a century since the first feature film was made in Bollywood and the line on the chart has been increasing ever since. Often when people talk or think about Bollywood, they think it’s just unrealistic action and stupid romantic comedies. Though that is not all there is to this.
Let us take a walk through the history of Bollywood.
It all began in the year 1897 when Professor Stevenson featured a stage show at the Star Theatre in Calcutta. This was the first time something like this was introduced in mainstream theatre. 

People usually mistake Raja Harishchandra to be the first Indian feature film but the first Indian feature film was Shree Pundalik by Dadasaheb Torne. 


Advertisement in the Times Of India on the 25th of May, 1912. 

Many Critics believe that the movie, Raja Harishchandra by Dadasaheb Phalke was the first-ever Indian feature film because Shree Pundalik was only 22 minutes long and not even a proper movie but a photographic recording of a known Marathi play and also the whole production was not done in India.  i.e. the post-production of the negatives was sent to London. 


In the year 1913 came the film Raja Harishchandra by Dadashaeb Phalke which made him the father of Indian cinema. The Dadasaheb Phalke award which is awarded for lifetime contribution to the Indian cinema is named in his honour.
The initial stages of Indian cinema were a bit shaky but ‘dukh bhare din beet ke sukh’ came real soon.
The decade of talkies was the one that redefined Indian cinema and took it to the next step. 

‘Alam ara’ was the first-ever Indian movie with sound(a talkie). Though the sound was synchronised after the shot, it did bring a huge change in the cinema at that time. Never had people seen anything like that. It was so crazy that the police had to be called for aid to control the people at the theatres. So this is it for this blog. In the next blog, we will see how the golden era of Bollywood was shaped. Until next time.

Trivia: After the release of Alam ara, how many weeks did the theatres go full house? Comment below.