Big B special: 75 facts as Amitabh Bachchan celebrates milestone birthday

  by ASJAD NAZIR  HINDI cinema’s greatest star, Amitabh Bachchan, has enjoyed a remarkable career and entertained audiences across different generations. Next week the movie icon, who remains very much in demand, celebrates his 75th birthday on October 11. There will no doubt be celebrations all over the world and messages of love from dedicated fans, including A-list stars. […]

The seven best performances of Amitabh Bachchan’s career

Zanjeer (1973): The thriller was not only a game changer for Amitabh Bachchan, but also for the Indian film industry. His portrayal of the angry police officer Vijay Khanna launched a new era in Indian cinema and redefined the on-screen hero.  Sholay (1975): One reason why the curry western became the biggest grossing movie in Indian cinema’s history was the actor’s remarkable performance of […]

Eastern Eye’s top 10 Kishore Kumar hits 30 years later

Singer Kishore Kumar gifted the world with countless classics before his premature death on October 13, 1987, aged just 58. To mark his passing 30 years ago, Eastern Eye decided to take on the impossible task of creating a playlist of 10 key classic songs. The greatness of the singer is, however, perfectly illustrated by the fact […]

South Asia punches above its weight at London film festival

THERE will another celebration of global cinema at the annual BFI London Film Festival, which takes place at various venues across the capital from October 4 to 15. Eastern Eye looked ahead at the 2017 lineup to give a preview of the strong south  Asian contingent.  Shiraz: A Romance of India: The world premiere of Anoushka Shankar’s new score for Shiraz, which is a spectacular silent Indian […]

Cooking up a sumptuous Bollywood feast

ACTOR Saif Ali Khan takes the lead role in the Bollywood remake of Hollywood hit Chef. He portrays a divorced and disillusioned chef who gets a chance to bond with his young son during a road trip across India in a food truck.  Director Raja Krishna Menon has adapted the acclaimed original for an Indian audience. “I saw […]

Planes, deadly terrains and automobiles

SINGER SHAZ IA TOOK A MUSICAL TRIP TO PAKISTAN AND DUBAI BUT ENDED UP EXPERIENCING A WHOLE LOT MORE TALENTED singer Shaz IA recently went on what turned out to be a memorable trip to Pakistan and Dubai, which had songs, sightseeing, sickness, swollen feet, sumptuous food, some unexpected incidents and a travel companion named […]

Lata Mangeshkar’s life from A-Z

By Asjad Nazir INDIA’S ICONIC PLAYBACK SINGER AND NATIONAL TREASURE TURNS 88  LEGENDARY singer Lata Mangeshkar devoted her life to a deep love of music. She started sing-ing to support her struggling family and went on to become one of the greatest recording artists in history. The much-revered voice behind thou-sands of classics turns a year older this week and […]

Seven Shabana Azmi roles to remember

ACCLAIMED actress Shabana Azmi turns a year older this week and will no doubt receive birthday wishes from all over the world. To mark the Indian national treasure’s 67th birthday, Eastern Eye went back through her distinguished career to select seven of her most memorable performances. Ankur (1974): Shabana won the first of her five record-breaking […]

Bollywood bad boy on his emotional comeback

SANJAY DUTT makes a hotly anticipated comeback this month in action thriller Bhoomi. The first film for the bad boy of Bollywood after his release from prison sees him star opposite Aditi Rao Hydari in a powerful father-daughter story. Not surprisingly Dutt was given a huge number of offers after serving his jail sentence, but opted for Bhoomi. “It is a very emotional story. I thought that if there was going to be […]

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