Saturday, 26 November 2022

Friday, 25 November 2022

Rekha in Jaal (1986)

 Rekha in Jaal (1986)

 Rekha is absolutely stunning in this revenge drama thriller. 

Wednesday, 23 November 2022

Monday, 21 November 2022

Silsila: Rekha, Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan

 Silsila: Rekha, Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan

 Adultery never looked this good... 

 or as poetic... 

 Rekha's epic, chiseled, perfected beauty. From the husk in her voice, her faultless wardrobe, her perfect persona on screen... she was beyond fabulous. 

Sunday, 20 November 2022

Aishwarya Rai in PS-1: Ponniyin Selvan: I (2022)

 Aishwarya Rai in PS-1: Ponniyin Selvan: I (2022)

 My favourite line from one of the many reviews I read was, Mani Ratnam cleverly weaponised Aishwarya's epic beauty to further the tale. 


Yes he did. 

Ash has near universal praise for her performance after a long spell of rather lacklustre movies and performances... 

Sunday, 6 November 2022

The definitive mujra listicle featuring its greatest exponent; Rekha


A heady cocktail of dance, poetry, sensuality, Eastern glamour, dazzling jewellery, sparkle, suggestive eroticism, pathos, Rekha brought her vast gifts as an actress and dancer into her mujras

The 'prostitute with a heart of gold' trope is not uncommon to Bollywood (or Hollywood!). In Indian screens, it is mostly de-sexualised a lot through the majesty of the poetic lyricism of Pakeeza and Umrao Jaan; the two definitive tentpole tales of the sensuous courtesan.  While Meena Kumari brought an ache, a lonely sense of inevitable tragedy to it, Rekha brought sensuality, extreme (some might say excessive) glamour, glitz to it. A harsh critic might say with each passing year and film, she went from gold threads and zari to polyester and chintz in diminishing returns, in a sliding scale of great to god-awful films.  

There have been years and years where Rekha vacillated from one kotha set to another, one over the top glittering ensemble (often designed by herself - with the aid of a few darzis and designers). If the pinnacle was Umrao Jaan (and to a certain extent Muqaddar ka Sikandar), then the nadir was... well, pick any from the late 1980s. Fortunately, her final mujra song and dance scene was in the critically appreciated Yatra (2006). And for a "full circle moment", the song was sung by Aasha Bhosle, the music was composed by Khayyam - as it was penned 25 years ago in Umrao Jaan (1981).  

And this from a fan of Rekha and her oceanic skills as an actress of note. Just for the buzz-fidication of it, thought I'd work on a (always-in-construction) definitive listicle of Rekha and her mujras on film. 

  1. Dildaar, 13 April 1977
  2. Kasme Waade, 21 April 1978 (Rekha has a guest appearance in a Mujra song). 
  3. Muqaddar ka Sikandar, 27 October 1978
  4. Suhaag, 30 October 1979
  5. Maang Bharo Sajana, 7 November 1980
  6. Umrao Jaan, 2 January 1981
  7. Daasi, 26 June 1981
  8. Maati Maangey Khoon, April 6, 1984
  9. Jaal, 14 February 1986
  10. Pyar Ki Jeet, 6 February 1987
  11. Kasam Suhaag Ki, 27 January 1989
  12. Amiri Garibi, 23 March 1990
  13. Nishana, 17 February 1995
  14. Yatra, 4 May 2007

Saturday, 5 November 2022

The 22 film of Rekha and Jeetendra in Bollywood

The quality of the film may have varied vastly, but Jeetendra was the hardest working man in Bollywood, never taking much time off till he reluctantly retired. Though most noted for his hit films with Sridevi and Jaya Prada, he did a whopping number of films with his most-frequent costar, 'the' Rekha. Rekha was 12 years younger than Jeetendra, but both maintained themselves till... date in fact!

  1. Anokhi Ada 
  2. Santan 
  3. Judaai 
  4. Raste Pyar Ke 
  5. Deedar-e-Yaar 
  6. Geetanjali
  7. Ek hi bhool 
  8. Jaan hatheli Pe 
  9. Sada Suhagan 
  10. Souten ki beti  
  11. Ek Bechara 
  12. Insaf ki devi 
  13. Sheshnaag 
  14. Jaal 
  15. Nishaan 
  16. Amiri garibi 
  17. Maang bharo sajna 
  18. Mera pati sirf mera hai 
  19. Dildaar 
  20. Apna bana lo 
  21. Neeyat Jal mahal 
  22. Mehendi rang layegi 

Monday, 31 October 2022

TBT: Madhuri Dixit: Cine Blitz: Feb 1996

TBT: Madhuri Dixit: Cine Blitz: Feb 1996. 

Photograph by Gautam Rajadhyaksha. 
Makeup: Mickey Contractor

Film journalism got a sheen of polish and perfection thanks to the collaborated efforts of this magical trio; Gautam da, Madhuri and Mickey. Scroll back to the best of cine journalism in the 80s and 90s, Gautam and Mickey together created magic together like no other. Till date. 

Saturday, 29 October 2022

Cine Blitz: October 1992: Madhuri Dixit by Gautam Rajadhyaksha

Cine Blitz: October 1992: Madhuri Dixit by Gautam Rajadhyaksha. 

The first magazine I ever bought - when magazines were Rs 15! 

That soft lens glamour - signature Gautam da... 

This CB archive is amazing: