In pictures: 100 years of Bollywood 1984-1993
May 13, 2013
Gulshan Kumar: This is the man who reinvented the music industry. He took the music cassette out of the hands of the old guard company, HMV, and set it down in the souk with Super Cassettes. He turned out thousands of cheap cassettes and insisted that the???
Naseeruddin Shah: It is said that Francois Truffaut once described Amitabh Bachchan as “a one-man industry”. If there was ever the equivalent for Indian art cinema, that title must go to Naseeruddin Shah. He has played blind school teachers and outcas???
Prakash Mehra: When you want the kind of film in which a woman in a catsuit shares a nightclub floor with a large acrylic porcupine, you turn to Prakash Mehra’s cinema. He was one of the men who created the Amitabh Bachchan phenomenon with Zanjeer but i???
Smita Patil: With Shabana Azmi and Naseeruddin Shah, Smita Patil defined art cinema. She was discovered by filmmaker Shyam Benegal; she was reading the news and her ‘fiery eyes’ made the auteur seek her out and cast her in several films. Like Azmi and???
Sridevi: When Sridevi came to Bollywood from the South of India, she was described as Miss Thunder Thighs. She could not speak any Hindi and had to be dubbed. This did not prevent her from becoming one of the stars of the 1980s, appearing in a series of m???