Khalid Mohamed

Khalid Mohamed

Khalid Mohamed

Diva of cause-centric cinema

Last month, on December 13, her 27th death anniversary went by practically unnoticed. She is enshrined in the public memory, though, as one of the best actresses ever of Indian cinema.

Grounded heroes

Way back in my political science text books, one of the easier-to-remember quotes was historian Lord Acton’s, “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Occasionally, though, popularity makes male actors change for the better.

And resolutions to go

No exotic star holidays for me:
I just don’t have the physique or stamina of Aamir Khan or of Kiran Rao to rush off to Koh Samui in Thailand for a scuba-diving break. Neither do I have a fascination for Gstaad where Saif Ali Khan-Kareena Kapoor Khan zoom off so frequently. Switzerland and its snow-capped Alps I have seen enough of in the Yash Chopra vintage romances.

Keeping the legacy alive

Over 11 years, after the passing away of the legendary Ashok Kumar at the age of 90, his eldest daughter Bharati Jaffrey is striving to keep his memory alive.

Quality be damned

To locate a common denominator at the movies would be any dream merchant’s most-cherished dream come true. Imagine a film which appeals in equal proportions to the mandarins as well as the masses!

Where angels fear to trade

This year much changed for the better, and as much for the worse, in a key sector of Mumbai show business: the trade. That’s the nickname, as it were, for the large and amorphous network of distributors, exhibitors and financiers.

They say it again and again

Katrina Kaif:
Salman Khan and she have no issues. Ranbir Kapoor, yeah, she concedes is a wonderful co-star and good friend. Shudder. And she really, really wants to work with all the Khans. Who doesn’t? Accessible only on the eve of her film’s release or if her apartment is devastated by bad plumbing, leading to water flooding. It often is.

Beware the gang of producers

Producers, dear friends, are a necessary evil. Without them, there would be no movies. And indeed, why should producers be interested in any factor but profits-profits-profits?

The simple code of special Nagaich

His is an untold story. The special effects wizard Ravikant Nagaich, who passed away at the age of 60 in 1991, was miles ahead of his time.

Influence of movies in our lives

Okay, so ever since I have been in the cradle, I’ve been awestruck about how life continues to imitate popular entertainment. Take this: I went to buy a pair of cool spectacle frames last week. The salesperson took one look at me and said, “I have the right ones for you! The Kaun Banega Crorepati frames!”

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.