The underworld and Bollywood are inextricably linked.
V. Gangadhar takes a look at how this equation has changed over the years.
write off the Mumbai mafia. After lying low for several months, there
are reports that fresh threats were issued some time back against
leading Bollywood producers, including Yash Chopra and Ram Gopal Verma.
According to the Mumbai police, a breakaway section of the Abu Salem
gang has been targeting leading Mumbai producers for foreign rights of
their hit movies. In the past, Abu Salem
has been known to collect extortion money from producers and stars.
For several months, he has been in a Lisbon jail on criminal charges
and is awaiting deportation to India. And recently, someone in the
group did not lose much time in issuing threats to producers like Yash
Chopra whose latest film Veer-Zaara is a hit at the box office.
Photos: Clockwise (from top left) Monica Bedi, Dawood Ibrahim, Abu Salem,
Naseem Rizvi and Bharat Shah
The woman in BLACK
The role of a blind, deaf and mute girl in Black is a challenge for Rani Mukherjee, writes
is arriving shortly, and with it is arriving a brand new idiom that
will offer a fresh insight into Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s enigmatic
world of imagination and creation.
Lal Saigal, regarded as the father of ghazal singing in Hindi
films, started his career as a time-keeper in the Indian
Amu, Shonali Bose’s debut film is
outstanding, reports Ervell E. Menezes
may call it East-meets-West or diaspora or what you may (this genre),
but their numbers are surely swelling though not their quality.
Mum’s the word
The mom mania on the small screen can be traced to the surefire success of mother-fixated films like Mother India and
Deewar, writes Nirupama Dutt
Mother India myth has been one of sure success in Hindi films. Popular
Indian cinema is indeed mother-centric with a host of graceful
matriarchs having done honours to the Indian screen from Durga Khote,
Leela Chitnis, Nirupa Roy, Sulochana to Nutan, Waheeda Rehman and
Uday K. Chakraborty
recalls his visit to the Croatian capital
one arrives Zagreb by train, the station building with the statue of
King Tomislav riding a horse gives an excellent first view of the