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Our Favorite Bolly Shaadi Scenes!

April 29th, was a day that a once-in-a-lifetime event took place in London and though it was a national day of celebration in the UK, it was seen very much on an international stage. Yes, we're talking none other than the fairy tale wedding of Prince William to the now Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton. Since Bollywood is our passion, we thought we would mark the extravagance and the pyaar of the occasion by choosing some of our personal favourite Wedding scenes and songs.

Humko Deewana Kar Gaye
There are so many wedding scenes in Bollywood movies, but the scene that I always think of when the word wedding is mentioned is a scene from the movie Humko Deewana Kar Gaye. Perhaps not the most romantic or happy scene but for some reason it has always stuck with me. Back in the day when the actress was not as well known as she is today and before she dubbed her own lines this is one of my favourite Katrina Kaif movies.

Katrina Kaif looks absolutely stunning in her bridal attire, she is alone in a room with Anil Kapoor's character, Karan Oberoi, and wants to know why he wants to marry her. He says its for her "beautiful eyes", her "lips" and her "loveliness" but he does not say anything else. At that moment you know and Jia realises that Karan does not love Jia for who she is, but more because she looks good on his arm, while Aditya (Akshay Kumar) loves her for her. The song 'Mere Saath Chalte Chalte' follows and you know that Bipasha Basu's (Sonia) character realises that Aditya who is her fiancé is in love with Jia. It was the bond that Aditya and Jia shared that was so sweet and lovely, the chemistry between the two characters was so real.Throughout the whole scene they did not have to utter a single word, their eyes showed all their emotions, which for me is the ultimate talent! -Meera Sharma

Mahaanta (1997)
Sanju (Sanjay Dutt) and Jenny (Madhuri Dixit) are in love. But unfortunately even Mahesh (Tej Sapru), the son of the mighty "Sea King" Seth Kedarnath (Amrish Puri) casts an eye at Jenny. By threatening to kill Sanju and his family, Kedarnath forces Jenny to accept a marriage with Mahesh, but in front of all the wedding guests Sanju in a courageous act snatches Jenny from under Mahesh's nose, dances the 'Ek Taraf' with her and, challenging Kedarnath, marries her himself in spite of the arriving police. Once again a victory of true love? Not really if you know the rest of the movie... but that's another story.

Kartoos (1999)
Minnie (Manisha Koirala) has fallen in love with Raja - not knowing that he is Jeet (Sanjay Dutt), a murderer working as a killer for ACP Jay Suryavanshi (Jackie Shroff). But his love to Minnie has changed Jeet, and he doesn't want to kill anymore. After Jay forced him to fulfill a last commitment, Jeet decides to confess the truth about himself to Minnie. It's an incredibly touching scene when he, stained with his victim's blood, kneels before her and, weeping with shame and guilt, asks her to leave him as he's not worthy of her love - but she holds onto her love, touches the blood on his face, strokes it on her hairline and thus takes Jeet as her husband. -Ingrid Zellner

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai - climax scene
For me this is one of the greatest, the most romantic, the definition of filmi pyaar and you know what, for part of it not a word is spoken. Let me set the scene for you. Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan) and Anjali (Kajol) were best friends in college. However, Anjali secretly loved Rahul and when he fell for Tina she went away. They run into each other again through the machinations of Rahul's daughter little Anjali. Once again, they connect but once again their prem kahani stops before it can bloom. Finally, finally Rahul realizes that he loves her, he goes to find her and GASP she is getting ready to marry someone else. She is standing on the balcony in her full bridal finery; he walks in to the room by chance...the audience is already sighing. He walks up to her, takes her hand places in on his chest, then to his heart and then to points to her...I LOVE YOU... a shooting star goes by but then he leaves... sighhhh. But of course this being Bollywood there is more. She is walking down to marry Aman; she and SRK are staring at each other with longing. You can feel it right? Salman Khan, in one of his best moments on screen, grabs her hand and instead of pulling her to the Agni he gives her to Rahul. Tears abound both on screen and in the theater and Rahul and Anajli get their happys endings! This scene is one of my favorites of all time because it has everything longing, sacrifice, and finally true love wins in the end. No, I did not tear up just writing this, really!

Pyar To Hona Hi Tha - 'Aaj Hai Sagai song'
This is a great engagement/wedding celebration song and one of my favorite song picturizations of Kajol and Ajay Devgan in one of my all time favorite films. What makes it so special is the colors, the energy, the fun, the characters and of course seeing Ajay being lighthearted and Kajol dancing. Add in the great choreography to a wonderful song with fabulous playful lyrics going back and forth between the men and the women.… what more could you ask for! Sing along now...aaj hai sagaayi sun larki ke bhaayi (Today's the engagement; listen up, brother of the bride) zara naachke humko dikhaao (just dance for us a little) - Stacey Yount

Mujse Dosti Karoge - climax
Although this movie is perhaps made up of very romantic moments, it is the last scene which creates the biggest impact. One sees Rani Mukerjee and Hrithik Roshan praying in front of a Radha-Krishna murtis. They look at each other as although they are in love, circumstances are such that on that day they are both set to wed other people. Suddenly, the unimaginable takes place. A gust of wind, an open trinket of sindoor... and somehow, it falls upon Rani's head in a place which signifies that she is wed. To her horror, she looks helpless and lifts her arm to rub it off and finds herself being stopped by Kareena who has found out about hers and Hrithik's love and the sacrifice that they were due to make. What follows are a lot of tears and a monologue by Kareena to stop the two making the biggest mistakes of their lives in fear of her loneliness.

Hum Aapke Hai Koun - 'Wah Wah Ramji' song
The film's turning point, its main event and its build up is the wedding. Mohnish Behl and Renuka Shahane (now Rana) play the couple whose marriage is arranged. The festivities that follow show the union of the two families and, it's almost a tradition for the bride's sister and the groom's brother to take charge of the singing and providing of the entertainment. The song 'Wah Wah Ramji' happens on the occasion of the engagement whereby the two tease their respective siblings and seek to teach the other about their brother/sister’s habits. A popular yet sweet song which sees the coming together of Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit, a jodi that made history purely just on the basis of this film. -Amrita Tanna

So there you have it. A little glimpse in to our faves in the hope that they will inspire you to find the "Bollywood-ness&" as you re-watch the Royal wedding. (Not that any of us are doing that either... really!) We wish the Royal couple a world of happiness and may their love continue to grow... in true Bollywood forever style!


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Top 10 Seductive Scenes

1) Devdas: Chandramukhi meeting Devdas for the first time
I hated Devdas. Dramatic sets and hammed acting; the only saving grace was Madhuri. And her entrance in the film was spectacular. Devdas walks in, his reflection appears in the mirror as Madhuri is getting ready and she is so mesmerised that she turns her hair smashes the mirror. Walking like a water nymph towards Devdas, she introduces herself and there begins the repertoire of poetry and some light banter, and a little physical interaction. The most seductive scene on the Indian celluloid. Add to the atmosphere, the light smoke, the white clothes and the voice of Pundit Birju Maharaj echoing in the background and you have the ultimate seduction.

2) Dil Se: Jiya Jale
So it isn’t a scene, I concede. But it is oh-so seductive! It deserves to be on the list especially with the lyrics, the music, and the choreography helping considerably. The lyrics of the song are about the wedding night and actually talk about sex without vulgarity or demeaning the act. It makes it sacred and almost dream-like. What you see in the song is Preity slowly falling for Amarkanth, while he is clearly in love with Meghna but then the song takes you to idyllic lakes and true Indian dancing. And there is no better seduction than dancing. There is a reason that courtesans were trained in the art of dancing.

3) Yuva: Lallan and Sashi after his release
One of my favourite films. Also one of my favourite couples (not Rani-Abhishek but Lallan-Sashi). Lallan was just released from prison and they are obviously very much in love with each other, despite their issues. And when he comes to get her, Sashi's father and some other random relative are blockading at the door. And for those few seconds they are just looking at each other, completely oblivious to the world. Longing, desire, pain, disappointment and love in one glance. And to prove my point further, they made sure that at least three out of the five issues were dealt with as soon as they got home.

4) Dil To Pagal Hai: Rahul's speech aimed at Pooja
This scene is enough to make my hormones go insane. But I am British which means my sexuality is a repressed. The background to this scene is that Rahul doesn't believe in love and consequently marriage whereas Pooja is the ultimate romantic who believes in soul mates and destiny. During the course of their interactions, Rahul realises he is in love as does Pooja and uses the marriage of two of his troupe members as a platform to express his emotion. The speech is directly aimed at Pooja, and uses something she told him. Pooja gets the implication and seems unsettled about it. What follows is the inevitable expression of love (Bollywood ishtyle).

5) Parineeta: Shekhar and Lolita just prior going to Moulin Rouge
Shekhar has been forgotten in favour of the London-return Girish. Shekhar witnesses this and unbeknownst to him, is rather jealous. Soon after Lolita walks in, dressed to the nines, looking beautiful and Shekhar instead of being an adult uses the guitar to get her attention. When she finally pays attention, the angst in Shekhar and her oblivious nature are explosive. If, instead of letting Lolita walk out, he had grabbed her hand, we would have been privy to their marriage a lot sooner in the film

6 Kisna: Sushmita Sen's interruption
Sushmita Sen should have played 'Umrao Jaan'. She has the voice and the Urdu dialect for it, but we're not here to debate that. Sen played the courtesan in Kisna and from the moment you meet her, you realise she is privy to the fact that Kisna and his ladylove are on the run from the Raja. Naima Begum, notices this during the course of her performance and helps in their escape. As Catherine and her mother are about to escape, Raghuraj reappears in an attempt to stop them but Naima Begum appears and a voice sweet as honey, she engages the Raja long enough for Kisna to threaten him in the process allowing the fugitives to escape. The fact that the Raja doesn't kill her is just proof that the seductress has worked like a charm.

7) Aaja Nachle: Imran and Anokhi during the rehearsal sequence
Towards the end of Ishq Hua, we see Anokhi for the beauty and not the tomboy that she is. You see her hair tamed and her "habit" addressed. You also see Imran for the first time, dressed in something other than his shirts and his bad temper has been left with those clothes it would seem. Anokhi acknowledges the look with a twinkle and movement of her eyes, while Imran seems to have acquired a slightly coy demeanour and they begin the dance step (that we first saw with anger and contempt). Sheer poetry in motion. Foreplay, without a doubt! Subtle, effective, and beautiful.

8)Don: When 'Vijay' finally controls Roma
Roma is the bereaved sister of a man who was killed by Don. Believing 'Vijay' to be Don she attacks him with full force and when he subdues her and there is this unspoken tension in the air. Had the inspector not walked in, things could have transpired that would have made the film a 15 to 18. A special mention for the sequence when Roma first ingratiates herself with Don and tries to kill him ... sizzling! Reminds me of the Spike and Buffy moments.

9) Aaja Nachle: Dia and Uday in their first true battle of wits
This is an odd one to put in a list of seduction scenes but then again, I am odd, so deal with it. When Akshay comes up to Madhuri after the Aaja Nachle performance and they engage in banter. The chemistry is sizzling and there is electricity in the air. From that moment I knew they were going to pair Madhuri and Akshay (actually I knew that the moment they introduced him but this just confirmed it). Had they had more regular meetings like that, their relationship wouldn't have remained so detached towards the end of the film. Seduction, animosity style. My favourite kind.

10) Kuch Kuch Hota Hai: Rahul and Anjali taking shelter after the rain
Does this even need an explanation? From the beginning of the film you are hoping they get together. But life strikes, they are separated and they meet again. Realising that he is in love with Anjali, Rahul finally decides to make his move after a game of charades where it started to pour. Taking refuge in a nearby shelter, he asks her to dance and as they dance the world just becomes magical and had the engagement ring not glinted at that precise moment... well we can imagine.


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(Sanjay Leela Bhansali, 2002)
The most expensive Bollywood movie ever made, Indian cinema's third
version of Devdas took the original plot (Romeo and Juliet plus added
family rivalry and alcoholism) and topped it with extra doses of silk,
sequins and dance sequences. Though former Miss World Aishwarya Rai
gets top billing, it's Madhuri Dixit's femme fatale who steals the show


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Top Ten Madhuri Dixit Movies of All Time

By Nancy | October 10, 2011

Madhuri Dixit was the queen of the Indian cinema throughout the nineties. Madhuri Dixit with her exceptional Dance and Acting talents and her individualistic grace is one of the Bollywood film industry’s best actresses for generations to come. Here we have the top ten Madhuri Dixit movies of all time.

1. Hum Aapke Hain Kaun:
One of the best Bollywood films ever, the film was an significant movie for its leading stars Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit who were given the status of the leading superstars. The film only further cemented Madhuri’s place as the major leading lady in the Bollywood cinema.

2. Devdas: The epic love story of the subcontinent, Madhuri plays the courtesan who is both caring and hopelessly in love with Devdaas (Shahrukh Khan) who only sees in her the image of the real woman he loves.

3. Khalnayak: A renowned gangster, Ballu is the person that police inspectors and lovers Ram and Ganga are after but the story has many twists and turns and Ballu doesn’t seem the person he ought to be.

4. Dil: A girl from a rich background falls in love with a boy from humble birth and they both sacrifice many things just to be together and very much like fairy tales, there’s a happily ever after for his one.

5.Saajan: A love triangle of epic proportions, two brothers from a wealthy family fall in love with the same girl but pooja (Madhuri Dixit) loves a poet which one brother is and the other acts to be, who will she choose?

6. Anjaam: The story is about a young man’s deadly infatuation to one woman that causes her to lose everything she held dear. Shivani, now totally spent seeks revenge that will have very fatal consequences.

7. Dil to Pagal Hai: The director of a leading dance troupe suffers a major loss when his Lead dancer and best friend injures herself. The world is further thrown into chaos when he starts to fall for his new lead dancer who is strangely wary of him and his best friend who secretly loves him.

8. Koyla: A mute slave falls in love with the young wife of his cruel and powerful master. Their ensuing love story would continue till either it bitter or good end.

9. Mrityudand: A social commentary on social and gender injustice in the Indian province of Bihar. The story follows the story of a woman who faces domestic violence and social injustice.

10. Ram Lakhan: The two brothers are brought up by their mother to eventually claim vengeance against a powerful criminal who years before caused their father’s death and plunjed the family into poverty.


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Screen charmers
Thirty best screen performances by Indian film actors

Great characters endure even after the last reel is unspooled. Thirty performances by actors who have been entertaining us for at least 15 years. A subjective list, in alphabetical order.

Dev Anand as Rakesh Kumar in Tere Ghar Ke Saamne (1963, Vijay Anand)

Rakesh Kumar loves Sulekha (Nutan, with whom Dev Anand made an eye-catching couple). In this smart tale mocking the false pride of parents who stand in love's way, Rakesh wants to build a house for her, a metaphor for a modern and liberal world. Individual shots extend over several minutes so that the pace of the film isn't dependent on editing alone but favours the actors' ability to hold the audience's attention. And Dev Anand does this effortlessly. He is beguiling and so likeable.

Must-See Scene: Rakesh and Sulekha are discussing how to change their parents' mind from mulishly repeating, "Ye shaadi nahin hogi" (This marriage will not take place). Rakesh is confident that they will marry and tells Sulekha, "Love will beget love. This marriage will happen!" Full of sweet charm, their conversation is followed by the delightful song, Sun le tu dil ki sada...

Shabana Azmi as Rukmini Bai in Mandi
(1983, Shyam Benegal)

When Shyam Benegal first met Shabana Azmi, he described her as "so focused". This focus is evident in this brilliant black comedy. Playing a woman running a brothel, she is riveting and authentic.

Must-See Scene: Rukmini Bai is under pressure from Guptaji (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) to close down her brothel. From flirtation to firmness, she tries everything to get the best out of the situation.

Amitabh Bachchan as Anthony Gonsalves in Amar Akbar Anthony (1977, Manmohan Desai)

Anthony is clearly an invention of Amitabh Bachchan's own imagination, and when an actor finds a character drawing the best out of him, magic happens. The fountain of intuitive inspiration and spontaneity that flows from this character is exhilarating. Bachchan has us completely spellbound.

Must-See Scene: The famous mirror scene in which a drunk Anthony has a dialogue with his own reflection. With no dialogue written for the scene, Bachchan improvised entirely. In fact, Manmohan Desai wasn't even present on the set, but loved every frame of the scene.

Jaya Bhaduri as Aarti in Koshish (1972, Gulzar)

Cast opposite Sanjeev Kumar as Haricharan, Jaya Bhaduri-an original of her generation-is deeply impressive as Aarti, a deaf and dumb girl. In a story spanning many years, she draws on an engaging repertoire, which shows thought and feeling from first to last frame. Never straying out of character, Bhaduri has made Aarti a credible person-far from the stereotypical, often ludicrous portrayals of the disabled in Indian cinema.

Must-See Scene: Haricharan comes to Aarti's home for the first time. They are both deaf and dumb. Yet Aarti's gentle presence and unaffected dignity communicate direct emotions.

Dharmendra as Veeru in Sholay (1975, Ramesh Sippy

Sholay is so convincingly written that the actors have indeed merged into a single identity with the character. This is true of Dharmendra as Veeru. Veeru is the quintessential brave Punjabi hero who keeps the comedy and action going, and is full of compassion, courage and energy. He has great lines in the film and a saucy humour. There are no real winners in Sholay, and at the end of this supersize drama, the only ones who are seen to have a somewhat happy future are Veeru and Basanti (the talented Hema Malini). Dharmendra can also play quiet and thoughtful characters as in Satyakam. He has an incredible fan following and it's easy to see why.

Must-See Scene: Staggering on top of a water-tank, a drunk Veeru threatens to commit suicide if Basanti doesn't agree to marry him. It's all bluff but who cares. Veeru wins the girl and our hearts.

Madhuri Dixit as Chandramukhi in Devdas (2002, Sanjay Leela Bhansali)

Bhansali's version of Chandramukhi is a worldly-wise (she knows just how to put down any man who humiliates her) yet mysterious woman, and Madhuri Dixit plays her with just the right strength. In her velvety voice, the weight of every word and the emotion behind each poetic phrase is aptly stressed. She has great beauty and personality and is arresting in close-up. Her dance steps and expressions in Maar daala have assured a place for this song among the great moments of Indian cinema.

Must-See Scene: Chunni Babu takes Devdas to a kotha. Chandramukhi is first seen through a fog of smoke and as she throws back her hair, it shatters the mirror behind her to reveal Devdas's reflection. Her poise and demeanour is instantly recognisable as a woman of the world but a slave to her emotions.

Guru Dutt as Preetam in Mr & Mrs 55 (1955, Guru Dutt)

Directing oneself is a daunting task but in his Hollywoodesque production, Guru Dutt is Preetam, an unemployed, cultivated, brainy and sharp-witted cartoonist. Dutt had tremendous magnetism in melancholic roles, but in comedy he is natural and spontaneous. Preetam is amazingly real. This sophisticated film has wonderful repartee and shows how successful ironic humour can be in the right hands.

Must-See Scene: Preetam is silently drawing a cartoon. Johnny (Johnny Walker) tries to distract him with a rather unfunny joke. The scene has no drama but brings you so close to the characters. It is simple and emotive.

Sanjay Dutt as Munnabhai in Munnabhai MBBS (2003, Rajkumar Hirani)

Loud and proud Munnabhai is exactly the kind of incorrigible fellow you never want your daughter to marry. In tongue-in-cheek style, Sanjay Dutt gives this fantastical character a really laid-back personality which radiates the kind of irreverence and derision key to a cool hero today. Dutt cares little about class or social divides; you're either in or you're a maamu.

Must-See Scene: Munnabhai is giving a lesson in the joys of life to a young man admitted to the hospital for an attempted suicide over unrequited love. The song Apun jaise tapori follows the talking up in typical Munnaspeak. Guaranteed cure for an aching heart.

Shammi Kapoor as Shekhar in Junglee (1961, Subodh Mukherji)

In this uplifting romance, rich boy Shekhar lacks manners, imagination and humour and only discovering love during a holiday in Kashmir changes him. Shammi Kapoor is a show-stealer here and much as he personally believed that he wasn't a good dancer, he could have easily fooled us. Kapoor had charisma flowing from head to toe and in this wonderful movie, he is top class.

Must-See Scene: Shekhar returns to work after his holiday. He enters his office and much to the amazement of his staff, breaks into a mad little jig extolling the delights of love in Kashmir. The scene ends with a phone call from mother announcing his marriage to the girl of her choice. He feebly cries "Ma!", and faints.

Raj Kapoor as Raj in Awaara (1951, Raj Kapoor)

Raj is a small-time crook loved by Rita (Nargis), whose guardian, Judge Raghunath (Prithviraj Kapoor), unbeknownst to him, happens to be his father. Kapoor plays the roguish, troubled hero to perfection. Few actors have expressed the bitter anger of rejection as subtly as he does. An early example of father and son playing their real-life relationship on screen.

Must-See Scene: Raj refuses the pay-off offered by Judge Raghunath saying: "Aaj tak main apne aap ko duniya ka sab se zyada burra aur sab se kameena admi samjhta raha, magar maan na parta, tum bhi mere baap nikle."

Aamir Khan as Munna in Rangeela (1995, Ram Gopal Varma)

There are many top examples of Aamir Khan's acting skills, but there's something decidedly refreshing about his portrayal of Munna-a smooth-talking ticket tout using tapori-speak inventively, including the now-famous bole to. Aamir is enthralling as he masters the walking, talking and dressing style so aptly suited to the street-wise lad, moving from serious to light scenes with enviable ease.

Must-See Scene: Munna is selling tickets outside the cinema, when a cop spots him. A smart clued-up exchange of words follows.

Amjad Khan as Gabbar Singh in Sholay (1975, Ramesh Sippy)

Even though Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan) has the smallest number of scenes in the film, it is he who casts the most powerful shadow over the whole drama. With his purposeful walk, demented smile, edgy voice, beady and sinister eyes, Khan creates a chilling persona. Like a wild beast that has taken human form, Gabbar is without a speck of empathy and, in the tradition of the best monsters, is gripping to watch.

Must-See Scene: Beaten by villagers when Gabbar's men return to his den, their fate is sealed when his seemingly innocent question, "Kitne aadmi the?" is followed by a shower of bullets.

Rajesh Khanna as Anand in Anand (1970, Hrishikesh Mukherjee)

With Anand, Rajesh Khanna, showed us he could be excellent even in a role required to give more than a wink and a seductive half-smile. Anand is a man dying of cancer, who remains a true optimist. Khanna's first-rate performance helped make this character real. Anand became a model, teaching us the wisdom of celebrating life.

Must-See Scene: At the end of the film, a tape recorder plays back Anand's last message. Such was the impact Khanna made throughout the film that his voice alone evokes the power of his presence now gone.

Ashok Kumar as Hari in Mahal (1949, Kamal Amrohi)

Lost in the grip of otherworldly love, Hari Shankar's object of desire, Kamini (Madhubala), gradually becomes less significant while the idea of her becomes all-consuming. Ashok Kumar has our undivided attention and, as ever, is subtle and unfussy. His skill in languages is exemplary-his Urdu and Hindi without any trace of accent, despite his Bengali background.

Must-See Scene: Hari is leaving the old haveli and is in a train. Just as the train passes near the old house, he hears the strains of the song, Ayega aanewala, luring him back. His impassive face hides a storm of emotions

Shah Rukh Khan as Mohan Bhargav in Swades (2004, Ashutosh Gowariker)

Like many accomplished actors, Shah Rukh Khan needs a challenge and when a role casts him against type, he is compelling to watch. As Mohan, he is a quiet, thoughtful man looking for a deeper meaning to life. He returns to India from America to find his roots. Khan exudes an intensity and softness of character consistent in a man faced by internal dilemmas. He gives us an intelligent, understated and lasting performance.

Must-See Scene: Mohan is introduced to the villagers he visits. He looks into the classroom and overhears the old teacher talking to his pupils and is touched by the values and morality of these modest folk.

Dilip Kumar as Dilip in Andaaz (1949, Mehboob Khan)

At the heart of this love triangle's success is Dilip Kumar's performance as a silent, tormented, dark and brooding character called Dilip, consumed by love for Nina (Nargis), who loves Rajan (Raj Kapoor) and marries him. Dilip Kumar knew there was little need to project the voice in cinema and so created a sense of intimacy with the character through his quiet diction.

Must-See Scene: Rajan and Nina are arguing on the grand stairway in their home. As he tosses the flower she gives him, Dilip enters and catches it. This single shot suggests the entire drama.

Sanjeev Kumar as Mirza in Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977, Satyajit Ray)

Sanjeev Kumar was the obvious choice for this role. He spoke impeccable Urdu and layered the character with a deeply sophisticated sense of mischief and authenticity. Mirza has found a soulmate in his friend Mir (the superb Saeed Jaffery). Together they believe that there is no other point to life than playing chess, which they do merrily while the British are taking over India.

Must-See Scene: Mirza's disgruntled wife (Shabana Azmi) calls him to her chamber. She tries to seduce him, but he wriggles out of her arms to resume his game, promising to do his duty the next day.

Meena Kumari as Chhoti Bahu in Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962, Abrar Alvi)

Meena Kumari's interpretation of Chhoti Bahu, a woman who turns to alcohol to dissuade her husband from straying, comes from deep identification. Her performance has something otherworldly about it, created through her deliberate beauty, silken voice and pervading aura of tragedy.

Must-See Scene: Bhoothnath (Guru Dutt) meets Chhoti Bahu for the first time. She's sitting impeccably dressed, her face and eyes breathtaking. Bhoothnath looks away embarrassed by the effect she has on him.

Kishore Kumar as Vidyapathi in Padosan (1968, Jyoti Swaroop)

The paan-chewing Vidyapathi, a theatre director/singer uses his many skills to help Bhola (Sunil Dutt) win his sweetheart Bindu (Saira Banu). Known for his humour in real life, Kishore Kumar is insanely gleeful, especially when mocking every artistic tradition including the Urdu-Parsi theatre, mythological plays, and classical and Bengali folk singing.

Must-See Scene: Vidyapathi and his mates compete in a song with Master Pillai (Mehmood). In the side-splitting song, Ek chatur naar, Kumar, hair flying manically about his face, creates hilarious pandemonium.

Mehmood as Master Pillai in Padosan (1968, Jyoti Swaroop)

Master Pillai is a physically unappealing and spineless Tamilian dance master, who is madly infatuated with his student, Bindu (Saira Banu). These were the days when humour was unashamedly offensive. But Mehmood looked beyond the politically correct, getting away with comic murder. Pillai has the perfect body language, traditional attire and speaks Hindi with an outrageously exaggerated Tamil accent that makes you see why Mehmood was one in a million.

Must-See Scene: Pillai is trying to charm Bindu as they stroll in a pretty garden. In his stereotypical Tamilian/Hindi accent, Pillai recites corny poetry, and then carries on telling her in great detail of a dream he had in which she fell for him. Mirthful fantasising.

Nutan as Kalyani in Bandini (1963, Bimal Roy)

This quiet, intimate drama set in the 1930s centres around Kalyani, a prisoner convicted for murdering the wife of a freedom fighter. Over time, the prison doctor (Dharmendra) falls in love with her. Love, devotion, despair, remorse and guilt-the role calls for all these emotions and Nutan projects them with equal strength. She seems to have really studied what a woman might feel and look like in such a situation. Like Ingrid Bergman and Audrey Hepburn, Nutan is full of radiant beauty and poetic grace.

Must-See Scene: Nutan is strong in the dramatic scenes and simply magical in the song Mora gora ang lai le.

Madhubala as Anaarkali in Mughal-E-Azam (1960, K. Asif)

Great beauty often hinders the recognition of an exceptional talent, but this does not apply to Madhubala as Anaarkali, a servant girl hopelessly in love with Prince Saleem (Dilip Kumar). In great love stories, the ultimate aim of love is to attain God. And that is how Madhubala interprets the character. Anaarkali is utterly sensuous and deeply spiritual. The complexities of passionate love have rarely been expressed as effectively.

Must-See Scene: Anaarkali is brought in chains before Akbar. He wants her to forget Saleem and to convince him that she never loved him. Poignantly she asks the Emperor how could she deny love that she never admitted. She resembles uncannily a Joan of Arc figure in this scene.

Nargis as Radha in Mother India (1957, Mehboob Khan)

This is once-in-a-lifetime role. Radha is the wife of Shyamu (Raj Kumar), a poor farmer in debt to the lecherous moneylender Sukhilala (Kanhaiyalal). Radha's life is a saga of struggles. Mehboob Khan's extraordinary narrative offers Nargis small and big scenes, but her greatness comes from the fact that she is never more imposing than the moment requires her to be. She matures before our eyes through her many experiences to become "Mother India", a goddess-like persona.

Must-See Scene: The floods have ravaged the village. Radha knows she will have to suffer Sukhilala's sexual advances to feed her children. In a monologue to Lakshmi, she says how easy it is for Her to have the moral high ground when She knows nothing of the sacrifices of an impoverished mother. "Maa ban kar dekho, tumhare paon bhi dagma jayenge.

Smita Patil as Usha in Bhumika (1977, Shyam Benegal)

This is a powerful example of Smita Patil's exceptional talent. Based on the life of the 1940s Marathi actress, Hansa Wadkar, the story takes us from Usha's youth to middle age. Effortlessly, Patil brings alive the anguishes and joys of this young, impulsive girl, who falls in love too easily and ends up a disillusioned yet wiser woman. It is a sharply human and modern portrait of a strong woman and Patil brought to it a truthfulness that was an extension of her own rich and warm personality.

Must-See Scene: A furious row breaks out between Usha and her mother as she tells her she has decided to get married against the latter's wishes. Usha is rebellious and unrelenting. Patil was quite brilliant when expressing anger and rage.

Om Puri as Dukhi Chamar in Sadgati (1981, Satyajit Ray)

In this 52-minute drama for Doordarshan, Dukhi Chamar is a poor peasant who carries out odd jobs for a rich and cold-blooded landowner (Mohan Agashe). Much against the wishes of his wife (Smita Patil), Dukhi works in the hot sun, hungry and malnourished until he finally collapses. Om Puri is subtle and deeply moving.

Must-See Scene: Dukhi is exhausted. He enters the courtyard of the landlord's house looking for respite. The landlord's wife looks at him with disgust and disdain. He is so used to being humiliated that he averts his gaze, as though saving her from the shame she ought to feel.

Waheeda Rahman as Rosy in Guide (1965, Vijay Anand)

Unhappily married Rosy finally finds the courage to leave her husband and live with a small town guide, Raju (Dev Anand). This was a brave role for any actress in the moral '60s and Waheeda Rahman took it for the sheer challenge of it. With her winning smile, Rahman's acting has always been natural, displaying quiet elegance and subtle charm. Here she is a strongminded woman unwilling to sacrifice her happiness or ambition for the sake of keeping up appearances and staying with an appalling husband.

Must-See Scene: Rosy has decided to leave her husband and live with Raju, who asks why she is now so happy. She answers in song: Aaj phir jeene ki tamanna hai...

Balraj Sahni as Shambhu Mahato in Do Bigha Zameen (1953, Bimal Roy)

As Shambhu Mahato, a farmer fighting to save his land from a greedy zamindar, Balraj Sahni reminds us that the point of a good performance is to make us feel strong emotions, and this he does so utterly. His clothes look lived in; he walks with tired determination, and talks as though the words were coming from Shambhu and not from the dialogue writer. Actors like Sahni have gone, never to return.

Must-See Scene: Shambhu comes to the zamindar to challenge his accounts. He starts off vexed at being cheated. But by the end of the scene, the power has cruelly reverted back to the zamindar and Shambhu is clutching the zamindar's feet begging for mercy.

Naseeruddin Shah as Tungrus in Mandi (1983, Shyam Benegal)

Tungrus, is the eyes and ears of Rukmini Bai's brothel. For the prostitutes, Tungrus is a mother/father figure, while he has a strange love-hate relationship with Rukmini Bai and though he isn't entirely convinced by her scheming ways, they form an odd, but in spirit, dedicated couple. This isn't a lead role, yet the power of a good actor is to make minor characters equally unforgettable and Naseeruddin Shah does this blind-foldedly.

Must-See Scene: Everyone in the brothel has gone to sleep. Tungrus staggers home dead drunk. A man of few words, he goes into a long monologue of what he thinks of Rukmini Bai, revealing his personality in this one scene and then retreating back into being largely an observer.

Johnny Walker as Johnny in Mr & Mrs 55 (1955, Guru Dutt)

Every muscle in Johnny Walker's face was put to use when delivering a comic line and every body movement was funny (if he'd stop running in a scene, it looked like a kind of skid, as though his body had invisible brakes). He had the most wicked look in his eyes, a fellow always up to no good. Often cast as the poorer man and not in the same social class as the hero, Walker is a social equal here, a photographer, who has comedy coming out of every pore.

Must-See Scene: Preetam is to marry secretly and needs cash and clothes. Johnny goes in for a shower. When he comes out looking for soap, he discovers Preetam has vanished with Johnny's freshly ironed suit. Johnny meets the new situation with a priceless expression.

Vyjayanthimala as Dhanno in Gunga Jumna (1961, Nitin Bose)

She is an actor who hasn't been given the recognition she so richly deserves. Frequently cast opposite Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala self-assuredly and repeatedly held her own against this towering force of cinema. As Dhanno, she is a feisty village girl, brave and touching. Vyjayanthimala's talents as a great dancer are well used in this outstanding drama and the song sequences such as Dhoondo dhoondo re sajana.. bear up to the passage of time. Her command over the Bhojpuri dialogue of the film is also impressive.

Must-See Scene: Gunga tells Dhanno how he dreamed that they would marry. She is awkward, shy yet hopeful, not knowing how to react to the dream, as this is the first sign that he loves her.


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Top 10 Most Iconic Actresses of Bollywood

Bollywood wouldn’t have been where it is today if it wasn’t for our fabulous leading ladies.

Since the beginning of Hindi cinema, our actresses have played a major role despite the male actors hogging the limelight. Here’s to 10 such iconic actresses of all time without whom this industry wouldn’t have completed 100 years in style!

10. Aishwarya Rai

This lady is often termed as the most beautiful woman on Earth, a fact I’d like to differ with, and there is no dearth of her ardent admirers. Apart from really fine looks, she also is a fabulous actor and has given some super hits like 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam', 'Devdas', etc. But the real reason why she must be included in this list is because she was one of the first actresses to put India & Bollywood on a global map. It is because of her that people realized that Bollywood is more than just a small copy cat industry of Hollywood. It’s still a long way before we aren’t stereotyped but this is at least a start.

9. Kajol

She might not be the most beautiful actress around but she sure is one of the most talented ones. She was born into quite a talented gene pool taking into consideration her mother Tanuja and aunt Nutan. She is really versatile as an actor and has played the tom-boyish, non-glamorous roles (K2H2) with as much conviction as the demure & girly avatar in DDLJ. Her screen presence is such that she can give any mainstream actor a run for his money. No wonder she was the most popular leading lady to be cast opposite the King Khan. People went berserk whenever this duo was seen on the screen together. But her popularity went far beyond her pairing with Shahrukh. What sets her apart from many other actresses is her devil-may-care attitude, down to earth mannerisms & that effervescent laugh. She never acts all hoity-toity and seems very approachable. Now married and a mother of two, she is still as popular and in demand as she was before.

8. Waheeda Rehman

Waheeda Rehman has to be one of the most graceful actresses ever. In an era when theatrics ruled, she stuck to naturally portraying her characters. She preferred meaty roles as opposed to just being the arm candy of leading actors. She had a charm few others managed to match and gave us some very fine & memorable performances with films like 'Pyaasa', 'Chaudhvin Ka Chand', 'Guide', etc.

7. Meena Kumari

Tragedy and Meena Kumari are synonymous. She was the queen when it came to playing tragic roles as they ironically mirrored her real life. She was spurned by her husband, yearned for children; all of which found an outlet on the screen. Her acting was so fine that people cried when she cried and felt helpless when she did.
But she just wasn’t the tragedy queen; she also portrayed light-hearted characters with as much aplomb. Sadly, Meena Kumari died alone, neglected by all those who loved her. But she will forever remain in our hearts as a never fading memory.

6. Rekha

Nothing spells mysterious as the name Rekha does. Like Cleopatra or Marilyn Monroe, her mystique transcends boundaries. Even in her 50s she looks as radiant and sexy as ever while actresses in their 20s and 30s pale in comparison. She never needed a man by her side to make her presence felt, which was seen in her reel as well as real life. The only reason she isn’t a global phenomenon is because she has never endorsed a brand, courted offers from Hollywood or is active on social media.
She lives a very private life which is part of the reason behind her mysterious aura. She is a living legend with charisma that only a few can match.

5. Smita Patil

If anybody ever wants to learn acting, the late Smita Patil is the one to be idolised. She showed everyone what she had and others didn't. She breathed life into her characters, so much so that people could see the lightest of scars the character was made up of and empathised with it. She could easily be called the mother of Arty cinema. Be it films like 'Bhumika', the Marathi film 'Umbartha', 'Arth' or 'Mirch Masala', her roles always stood out. Actresses of today who only think that flaunting their minimally fed bodies is enough to be termed as acting, should take a leaf or two out of this legendary actor’s life and role in cinema.

4. Sridevi

Sridevi, or Bollywood's 'Chandni', was the supposed arch rival of Madhuri in the 90s and rightly so. She was the only one who could give her competition at the time. Given her talent, filmmakers obviously clamoured to get her to sign their films. Her versatility was superb which was seen in 'Chaalbaaz' (a Seeta Aur Geeta remake), where she played totally opposite characters with ease. She lent her sexy charm to probably the 1st sci-fi movie of Bollywood, 'Mr. India', with her saucy number – Kaate nahin kat te. Her funny antics as Hawaa Hawaai or serious mentally challenged roles in 'Sadma' drew equal applause from the audiences. Truly an iconic actress, we just can’t wait for her return with 'English Vinglish'.

3. Nargis

Nargis was the first lady of Indian cinema. She was the foundation of Raj Kapoor’s cinematic fantasies. Without her, the RK banner wouldn’t have been what it is today. Films like 'Shree 420', 'Awaara', 'Barsaat', 'Chori Chori' and 'Andaz' wouldn’t be the classics they are without her. Not only famous in India; she was one of our most recognised actresses abroad. Russians, especially, fell in love with her; her Indo-Russian co-production 'Pardesi' was a blockbuster in Russia. She gave iconic hits like 'Jogan' and 'Mela' opposite Dilip Kumar but her greatest performance came with 'Mother India' (1957). Her portrayal of an upright mother, who fights against the system and doesn’t compromise on her values even when it comes to her wayward son, brought the whole nation to tears. Now long gone, she still is as fresh in the audience's minds as ever.

2. Madhubala

A lot of actresses idolise her but none can come even close to the charm that this lady possessed. Her beauty was the talk of the town and audiences were awestruck whenever she filled the screen oblivious to the fact that it was only a black & white frame. People would have gone berserk had it been in color. And it’s not only her beauty that made headlines; she possessed some fine acting skills too. In fact her song, Pyar kiya toh darna kya, from 'Mughal-e-Azam' is still immortalised in people’s memories. Sadly, Madhubala was born with a congenital heart condition and left this world long before she should have. Though she has left a gaping hole, she is forever immortalised in people’s hearts and will never fade from their memory.

1. Madhuri Dixit

Her dance numbers became cult hits with every woman trying to master those priceless expressions– a feat which today’s innumerable raunchy dance numbers aren’t able to come even close to. She soon became a force to reckon with, not only with her stupendous dance numbers, but with her fierce screen presence and her acting abilities. She became the character right from playing the shy bahu or ardent lover to a revengeful daughter-in-law or a damsel full of attitude. Her smile still draws great admiration from all quarters. A perfect combination of mesmerising beauty, superb dancing skills, incredible acting skills, glamour quotient, box office pull, versatility and iconic status Madhuri is back where she belongs i.e. Bollywood.

These actresses are legends and the current crop of actresses, who can’t think beyond skin show, designer dresses, gossips etc., sure have a lot to learn from them.


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Filmfare Awards
* 1991: Filmfare Best Actress Award for Dil
* 1993: Filmfare Best Actress Award for Beta
* 1995: Filmfare Best Actress Award for Hum Aapke Hain Kaun
* 1998: Filmfare Best Actress Award for Dil To Pagal Hai
* 2003: Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for Devdas
* 2011: Filmfare Special Award for completing 25 years in the Indian film industry

Star Screen Awards
* 1994: Star Screen Award Best Actress for Hum Aapke Hain Kaun
* 1995: Star Screen Award Best Actress for Raja
* 1997: Star Screen Award Best Actress for Mrityudand
* 2002: Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress for Devdas

Zee Cine Awards
* 1998: Zee Cine Award for Best Actor - Female for Dil To Pagal Hai
* 2002: Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Female for Lajja

Honours & Recognitions
* 1997: "Kalabhinetri" award by the Government of Andhra Pradesh
* 2001: National Citizen's Award
* 2001: Forbes named Dixit among the Top Five Most Powerful Indian Movie Stars.
* 2007: "Bollywood's Best Actress Ever"
* 2008: Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award by the Government of India
* 2008: Honored at IFFLA Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

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The top 10 leading ladies of Indian cinema
Bollywood has witnessed an influx of beautiful and charming female actors, right from its inception, who have contributed heavily in making it hugely popular. They have charted their own space in a largely male-dominated industry through their great personality both off-screen and on-screen. These actresses had the stardom and talent to give even the men a run for their money. Let us take a look at these iconic actresses who over these years have helped Bollywood evolve.

1.Madhuri Dixit-

The woman who is known as the ‘dancing queen’ of Bollywood is Madhuri Dixit. And it was not only because of her dance numbers and her inimitable expressions but for her acting talent that she made a mark in Bollywood. She has worked in the industry for about two and a half decades and has played varied characters. She has been an actor who had a blend of beauty, personality, unmatched dancing skills, acting talent and a box-office pull.


Madhubala made a mark in Bollywood in the days of black and white films. However, this did not stop her beauty from showing through. She also had fine acting skills that made the headlines. Mughal-e-Azam is still a film that people associate with Madhubala.

Sadly, she had a premature death. Her absence has made an irrevocable vacancy in Bollywood.


Nargis was the first woman to have appeared in the legendary film-maker Raj Kapoor’s films. She has been known for her performance in classics like ‘Barsaat’, ‘Shree 420’, and ‘Chori Chori’. In her times, she was also recognised abroad. The film that will forever be remembered by her admirers is ‘Mother India’ which released in 1957.


Sridevi was Madhuri’s contemporary and was the only one who had the talent to give her some tough competition. She was a versatile actor and this is evident in her choice of films like Chaalbaaz, Chandni, Mr. India, Sadma and so on.

Now she is making a comeback with the film “English Vinglish” which is one of the highly expected films of this year.

5.Smita Patil-

Late Smita Patil was a woman of substance. She did films that were unconventional. Her acting skills are unparalleled in the industry. She got into the skin of her characters effortlessly. In films like Arth, Mirch Masala and Bhumika she stood out for her acting ability.


Rekha is the epitome of beauty. Her strong personality shows through. She is self-made. She is known for her unmatched acting skills. She has been very private about her personal life and the media has learnt to respect that. She is this nation’s living legend and a force to reckon with.

7.Meena Kumari-

Meena Kumari mostly did tragedies and ironically this reflected her real life. Her personal life was tragic and she found solace in films which were an outlet to her inner emotions. She did a few light-hearted films as well to which she did full justice. It has been ages since her death but her memory will never fade from her audiences memories.

8.Waheeda Rehman-

She has never been portrayed as the glam doll in films. She did roles that had substance and this clearly reflects her ability to portray those characters with perfection.


Kajol is the daughter of yesteryear actress Tanuja. She mostly played non-glamorous characters in mainstream films. She is talented and a confident actress. She is married to actor Ajay Devgn but has still not bid adieu to films.

10.Aishwarya Rai Bachchan-

Aishwarya is considered an embodiment of good looks but not at the cost of her acting abilities. She has done films like “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam” and Devdas. She is also the first actress of her generation to put India on the global map. She thus has made Bollywood reach unknown territories.


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