Hold your breath and get ready to feel really, really old. The film that made Nandini the ultimate dream, made us laugh out loud at the ‘Sameer…hawa ka jhonka’ joke, made us want to dance like Nandini in Nimbooda Nimbooda at every family wedding and made Vanraj our ultimate husband goal turns 19 today. Yes, Hum Dil De Chuke, which can easily be considered a modern classic and a game changer for Bollywood in many ways, released on this day 19 years back.While we struggle to come to terms with how old we have grown and how much Bollywood has changed in due course of time, here is taking a look at the epic Sanjay Leela Bhansali brand of romance and remember the things that make this movie a landmark.Salman-Aishwarya RomanceWhat happens to be one of the most celebrated romances of late 90s was translated in real life as well. It was on the sets of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam that the leads, Salman and Aishwarya fell madly in love with each other and started what happens to be the most talked about affair in the history of Bollywood.Sanjay Leela Bhansali MagicWhenever we think of Sanjay Leela Bhansali movies the image that comes to your mind are those of grand sets, elaborate costumes and a visual splendor and artistry that only he is capable of. SLB and his brand of cinema, as we know it now, started taking shape with Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. His love for grandeur and epic romantic tales was first seen in this film and ever since we have relied on SLB for wielding the magic of cinema on screen at its grandest for us.Upholding Cultural RichnessWhether its Gujarat in Ram-Leela, Maratha in Bajirao Mastani or Bengal in Devdas, SLB is also known for romanticizing particular Indian culture in all his films. This trend also he started with Hum Dil De Chuke where he portrayed Gujarati and Rajasthani traditions and culture with a beauty and splendor and nuance that literally took away our breath and made us sit up and appreciate the beauty of different culture in our country.A Musical ExperienceTo be honest, music has been an integral part of all SLB movies even before Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. However, with this one, he brought to the table a taste of music that was completely new in Bollywood. Ismail Darbar, who marked his debut as a music director with this film, delved deep into the rich treasure trove of classical and folk music of India and came up with a tune that enthralled everyone. It was traditional, contemporary, soothing, exciting all round amazing all at the same time. Just like cultures, this film is greatly responsible for making the youth the late 90s realize the power of Indian music. Needless to say, Ismail Darbar received a Filmfare award for his brilliant job.
June 18, 2018 09:11 IST
While discussing about Sanjay Dutt’s life during the trailer launch of Sanju, Ranbir said that it is almost science fiction and he is hardly far from the truth. Whether it is his personal or professional life, Sanjay Dutt can boast of experiences that are almost unique to him.How many actors in Bollywood can boast of a career, popularity, style and charisma that is not only immortal in the minds of people, but are there frozen on the screen as a pop-culture references? Well Sanjay Dutt can. Whether its his popularity, his style or his characters, even Bollywood films have used Sanjay Dutt as a reference and paid a subtle tribute his iconic personality. Here are the one we are talking about.RaanjhnaaDuring the growing up years of Kundan and Murari in the film, their biggest source of courage and inspiration was shown to be Sanjay Dutt. Given the sequences play out in the 90s, it is only understandable! There is even a scene where the two are sitting in theatre watching Sajaan and Murari shouting ‘sanjuuuu’ full of excitement.GolmaalIndia’s favourite franchise also has a major Sanjay Dutt connection. The character of Vasooli Bhai as played by Mukesh Tiwari is not only shown to be a major Sanjay Dutt fan, but also is also dressed like Sanjay Dutt’s immortal character Raghu from Vaastav.LaadlaIn this superhit film starring Anil Kapoor, Sridevi and Raveena Tandon, there is a scene for the Anil goes to watch a movie in theatre. The movie in question here is none other than Sanjay Dutt’s blockbuster film ‘Khalnayak’.Gangs Of WasseypurThe film had several pop-culture references including one that has a Sanjay Dutt connect. If you remember carefully, the title track of Khaknayak, ‘Nayak Nahi Khalnayak Hoon Main’ was Faizal Khan’s ringtone in the opening scene of the movie.
June 17, 2018 06:19 IST
Being a Bollywood diva might be the dream of million girls but it is surely not an easy place to be in. Behind all that glamour and beauty, there is an enormous amount of hard work, sweat and blood. While most of us would crib about doing an extra bit of work at office and can barely balance our office and life, these Bollywood divas manage to look drop dead gorgeous even after juggling multiple projects together, all while maintain their lifestyle and being fit.Here are some of the busiest divas of Bollywood who are juggling with more than 3 projects at the same time. You cannot even believe how many projects Radhika Apte is dealing with at the moment.Shraddha KapoorIn Bollywood, she is juggling between Batti Gul Meter Chalu, Stree and Nawabzaade and at the same time, she is also prepping for her Telugu debut opposite Prabhas with Saaho. That is surely one busy lady!Katrina KaifKatrina is part of two of the biggest films this year. Apart from Thugs of Hindoosthan and Zero, she is also filming for Remo D’Souza next dance film opposite Varun Dhawan.Priyanka ChopraThe international diva is busy with projects such as, If I Could Tell You One Thing which she is hosting Isn’t It Romantic?, A Kid Like Jake which she is also producing and she will soon start her schedule for BharatTapsee PannuAfter a streak of successful films, Tapsee’s future in Bollywood seems rather bright. She is at the moment juggling Manmarziyaan, Mulk, Tadka, and Soorma which are all in different stages of production.Kriti SanonThis pretty actress has also bagged quite a number of prestigious films. Her films Arjun Patiala, Kalank, Panipat and Housefull 4 is surely keeping her really busy.Parineeti ChopraLooks like there is going to be a busy year for our dear Pari. She will be seen in Namastey England and Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar with Arjun Kapoor and Kesari opposite Akshay Kumar. The production of all three projects is in full swing right now.Radhika ApteGrab a chair before you read the list of projects that Radhika is simaeltonously working on. She is doing Bazaar, Lust Stories, Bombairiya, Shoot The Piano Player in Hindi, Lust Stories being a Netflix series, The Ashram in English, Ula in Tamil and Ghoul which is another Netflix mini-series.
June 15, 2018 03:29 IST
Names like Sarojini Nagar, Janpath, Crawford Market or Chowringhee are a few names that can get any Indian girl excited. All the high-end stores and boutiques aside, the joy of picking up fashionable items for a throwaway price in the middle of all the hustle bustle is a shopping experience that we would not trade for the world.but, if you thought it is only us mere mortals who get excited about the literal cheap thrill of street shopping, you could not be more wrong. While they are often spotted splurging in designer boutiques of international luxury shopping destinations, from time to time even they cannot resist the charming experience of street shopping. Here are the pictures!15 PhotosNot Just Us, Even Our Bollywood Celebrities Can't Resist The Charm Of Street Shopping
June 14, 2018 02:57 IST
For all of us who have grown up the 2000s, Bollywood was very different from what we see it now. In the timeline of Bollywood, the 2000s were surely a transitional as roaring 90s were coming to an end and small films with less popular faces were picking up the pace at the box office.There was a huge influx of new faces in Bollywood and some of them even went on to become legit stars who are in the race even today, while some who started with aplomb, fizzled out. However, many of them delivered one or two sleeper hits before making it big or eventually vanishing from Bollywood.Here are the then and now pictures of the actors of sleeper hits of 2000s that will make you feel really, really old.26 PhotosThen And Now Pictures Of These Heroes From The Sleeper Hits Of 2000s Will Make You Feel Really Old
June 12, 2018 07:17 IST
To be perfectly honest, it would not be wrong to say that in today’s day and age promotion of Bollywood films have become more important than the film itself. There is a constant race to one up each other in terms of coming up with unique marketing and promotional gimmicks. While we have made peace with the relentless and overzealous public appearances in malls and colleges and showing up on random TV soaps and reality shows, there were some promotional strategies that we really failed to comprehend.Here are the ones we are talking about!Raaz 3We understand that the theme of the film was based on black magic and horror, but even then Bipasha Basu handing lemon and chillies to random passer byes on the roads of Mumbai was probably stretching it a little too far. Spicing up superstitions was surely not the brightest idea.KhamoshiyanDebutante Sapna Pabbi literally went too far during the promotions of her film Khamoshiyan. As the film was an erotic thriller, Sapn announced that she would available on social media sites for midnight chats with men. Although the questions were filtered, the idea was to keep the conversations fun and flirtatious. Errmmm….we are not sure how we fell about this one.Jism 2Sunny Leone debut film in Bollywood already had all the buzz, but makers decided to heat things up a notch higher. An auction site was created to auction off Sunny Leone’s belongings, especially her undergarments. Undergarment of co-stars Arunoday Singh and Randeep Hooda was also auctioned. In addition to this bizarre trick, the trailer of the film was also released on adult websites, a first in Bollywood. Needless to say that maker totally wanted to encash on Sunny’s adult entertainment star status.Freaky AliLooks like undergarments are a favourite among promotional strategists. While promoting his film Freaky Ali, Nawazuddin Siddique, who played and undergarment seller in the film, actually sold underwears in a market in Hyderabad. All we can say is, Nawaz’s dedication never fails to surprise us!Chance Pe DanceThis one was not only ridiculous but also totally useless. To promote their film Chance Pe Dance, Shahid Kapoor and Genelia D’Souza spent an entire night in a car with media and onlookers in attendance as there was an important sequence in the film on the same lines. However, the film’s dismal performance at the box office was a clear indication that this stupid and really quite uncomfortable tactic did not work one bit.
June 10, 2018 09:34 IST
Haven’t we all experienced that one moment in life where words are rendered futile and the silence conveys way more than words ever could? Just like our lives, the story of our films come to a point where instead of thundering dialoguebaazi, directors rely on the pure acting skill of the actors and the power of silence, perhaps only heightened by music. Poignant, romantic or funny, there are scenes in Bollywood that says so much without saying a word.To be honest, it takes a lot of effort and courage on the part of director and actor to execute such scenes with perfection and convey exactly what they want to convey. But here are a talented few in Bollywood who pulled off these scenes with such elan that the films are mostly remembered for this one particular scene. Here are the things we are talking about!12 Photos12 Bollywood Scenes Which Had No Dialogues But Spoke Louder Than Any Other Scene In The Movie
June 08, 2018 05:53 IST
From actors refusing to do be a part of the project to sensitive political issues to natural calamities, Rajnikanth’s Kaala, for sure, is champion of sorts already given the sheer volume of controversies and glitches, it is still managing to release on Friday this week. It is almost unbelievable that one film actually went through these many serious issues. To be honest, in front of Kaal’s mounting struggles, thePadmaavatrow kinda pales in comparison.Take a look at all the controversy and glitches that the film has had to go through before you watch it on June 7th.Casting IssuesThe makers of Kaala initially wantedVidya Balanto be a part of the project. However, the actress turned down the offer and laterHuma Qureshiwas roped in to play the lead opposite Rajnikanth. But later it was announced that she would not be playing the role opposite Rajnikanth and Easwari Rao would be essaying that role and Huma would be playing the role of Zareens, Rajnikanth’s ex. Even the technical crew was shuffled halfway through the project.The D2H RowIn a tiff between D2H service providers and Tamil cinema authorities over increasing VPF there has been no Tamil release in the last three months. The film Kaala which was initially supposed to release on April 27th, had to wait for almost two months for the issue to settle down and finally see the light of the day, or darkness of the theatre so as to say!The Cauvery Water Distribution IssueA Rajnikanth film is no less than a major festival in all the five states of South India. But due to the on-going tension between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over the water distribution of the Cauvery river, the film will now not be released in Karnataka. Not just Kaala, but Karnataka, as of now, has put a blanket ban on all Tamil films. Not only this would result in Kaala losing a major chunk of its business but it has also marred the festive feeling that is usually there around a Rajnikanth film.Natural CalamitiesThe Rajnikanth starrer was initially being filmed in Mumbai. However, due to the incessant rains the set of the film was flooded and the entire cast and the crew had to relocate themselves in Chennai where a new set was erected to mimick that of Mumbai as the story is based in Mumbai.Copyright IssuesK. Rajashekaran of GSR Vinmeen Creations filed a case claiming the title of this film against the director P.A Ranjith, Rajnikanth, and Dhanush, the producer of the film. He claimed he had registered the title Kaarikalan with South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce. However, Wunderbar Films, which is owned by Dhanush produced a counter affidavit showing that the title was registered with M/S Mini Studio which happens to be a sister concern of Wunderbar Films.
June 05, 2018 07:48 IST
So far, 2018 has been quite an eventful year in Bollywood. There has been no dearth of massive superhits and there has also been quite few number of surprises.Just like opening day collection, weekend collections and net collection determines the success of a film, occupancy rate is another factor which is important in determining the box-office fate of a film.Here are top 5 films of 2018 ranked on the basis of their occupancy rate. While some of them were pretty predictable, some are actually quite surprising entries on this list. Take a look and tell us if you were indeed surprised by certain names!Baaghi 2The Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani starrer which came out on March 30thhas not only been one of the most profitable ventures of Bollywood in 2018 so far, but also been the fastest to reach the 100 crore club. On its opening the film registered a major footfall with an occupancy rate of 57.5% which is, by far, the highest in 2018PadmaavatAmidst burning controversies and a delayed release when Padmavt finally released on January 25 the many breathed a sigh of relief. It has only been one of the top grossers of the year so far, but with an occupancy rate of nearly 43% it deserves a second spot on this list.Veere Di WeddingHeralding the changing ways of cinema amd box-office, this female bonding film starring Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar and Shikh Talsania in lead has managed to do a roaring business at the box-office from its opening itself day. Coming third on this list, the film had an occupancy rate of 32.5%.RaaziLooks like women lead films re the flavour of the season. Coming fourth on this list is Alia Bhatt’s Raazi which has been having a surprising run at the box-office given its niche genre. Coming in at number four, Raazi had an occupancy rate of 30%.Sonu Ke Titu Ki SweetyOne of 2018’s biggest surprises, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety has not only been mssive hit but has also catapulted lead Kartik Aaryan into superstardom. The film’s exceptional success story is also cemented by the fact that with 27.5% occupancy rate, this movie has landed a spot in the top 5 films of 2018 depending on their occupancy rate.
June 03, 2018 07:23 IST
In an industry where literally a million people try their luck every year, it is not easy to find a place let alone holding on to it. But even in the big bad and dynamic world of Bollywood, there are stars who have not only climbed to the top, but has sustained their position comfortably enough.So what makes them click? It is certainly hard to ascribe the success of three of the biggest stars in Bollywood right now to any one aspect, but the each top actor of Bollywood has this one characteristic strength that gives them an edge over the others.Here are 5 top actors of Bollywood and the one strength of theirs that makes them who they are and give them edge over others.Salman Khan- Loyal Fan BaseYou can take as many jibes on his acting skills and lack of variety, but the truth is Salman Khan is beyond any qualitative analysis and that his simply because of his fiercely loyal fan base. Over the years Bhai has cultivated a fandom that gives him a stardom that people have seldom seen in Bollywood. Content, performance all aside, Bhai fans make it sure that no movie of Salman, even the one they dislike, manages to rake in money at the box-office.Shah Rukh Khan- Business AcumenNot to take away from his ability to perform or charm anybody and everybody, one of the biggest factors behind Shah Rukh’s unparalleled success is his amazing business acumen. Whether it is a film or a product, nobody knows how to sell a product better than King Khan. While most Bollywood actors branch out into business venture when their career starts on a downslide, Shah Rukh entered into many business ventures, even outside Bollywood, at the peak of his career and if anything this has helped in marketing his films better than anyone in the industry can ever match!Aamir Khan- Sense Of BalanceFrom the very beginning of his career, Aamir has stood out for his career choices. While he has no dearth of masala potboilers in his filmography he is also known to be one of the most selective actors when comes to choosing the right script. Over the years, Aamir has found that sweet spot where content films meet box-office success. He has been able to deliver films which both entertains and sensitizes the audience. It is this amazing sense of balance which has made Aamir one of the most distinguished superstar the country has ever seen.Akshay Kumar- Public ImageOne of the very few actors in Bollywood who can challenge the Khan Triumvirate today is definitely Akshay Kumar. Akki has gone through many phases in his career, but right now is probably one of the best phases of his career ever. Whether it is his humble background, his skill in the martial art or his present public image of that of a family man and responsible citizen who is genuinely concerned about various issues, the public image of Akshay has given a major boost to success in films.Varun Dhawan- Clarity Of What WorksVarun is easily one of the most successful actors of Bollywood in recent times. Although he is only 12 films old in Bollywood, the fact that none of his films have failed in Bollywood goes to show that he is a force to be reckoned with in Bollywood. Unlike most of his contemporaries who are still going through the trial and error method, Varun has a complete sense of clarity of the space he occupies in Bollywood and knows exactly what works for him and what doesn’t. He is soon becoming almost invincible in the mainstream commercial scene which he knows is his comfort zone but with films like Badlapur and October, he has also shown that he understands that stepping out of his comfort zone is also something that happens to work in his favor.
June 01, 2018 09:27 IST