Dinesh Raheja

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Hooked by the movies: Recalling films and the joys of watching them in a movie hall

Hooked by the movies: Recalling films and the joys of watching them in a movie hall

Though home entertainment does take the edge off, there is nothing to duplicate the immersive experience of watching the big screen in a...Read More

From Shah Rukh Khan to Amitabh Bachchan: How Bollywood speaks English

From Shah Rukh Khan to Amitabh Bachchan: How Bollywood speaks English

It made me mull over my own sometimes-enlightening and often-funny conversations over the years with sundry film industry folk in the que...Read More

International Women's Day 2020: How Vidya Balan paved the way for Bollywood to work on more women-centric cinema

International Women's Day 2020: How Vidya Balan paved the way for Bollywood to work on more women-centric cinema

Sisters are doing it for themselves’ — I feel this 1980s women-power anthem could well be ringing through B-town these days. After years ...Read More

Four to the fore: Dinesh Raheja talks about the daughters of stars who are now making their own way in Bollywood

Four to the fore: Dinesh Raheja talks about the daughters of stars who are now making their own way in Bollywood

Many of the youngsters I interact with at my media workshops already speak of Sara Ali Khan as a star, never mind the spurning Love Aaj K...Read More

Second act: After a series of duds, Aditya Roy Kapoor seems to have turned the tide with Malang

Second act: After a series of duds, Aditya Roy Kapoor seems to have turned the tide with Malang

His latest film Malang has crossed the Rs 50 crore benchmark in 12 days and continues to steadily rake it in at the turnstiles.

Take your pic(k), fill up your watchlist with these Oscar winners

Take your pic(k), fill up your watchlist with these Oscar winners

There is a scene in this year’s Oscar winner, the South Korean instaclassic, Parasite, in which a rich corporate head honcho assesses his...Read More

Dinesh Raheja talks about the father-daughter bond as seen in Bollywood movies

Dinesh Raheja talks about the father-daughter bond as seen in Bollywood movies

As a proud father myself, I find those few and far between occasions intriguing when Hindi cinema explores different shades of the father...Read More

Dancing into the spotlight:  Nora Fatehi and Garmi number in Street Dancer 3D promotions

Dancing into the spotlight: Nora Fatehi and Garmi number in Street Dancer 3D promotions

When I see the prominence given to Nora Fatehi and her cartilage-defying Garmi number in the Street Dancer 3D promotions, I marvel at the...Read More

1950: A turning point for the nation and for films

1950: A turning point for the nation and for films

Just as 1950 was a seminal year for India after it became a constitutional republic on January 26 of that annum, for the Hindi film indus...Read More

Subhash Ghai

Jubilee man scores his diamond jubilee

Veteran filmmaker Subhash Ghai celebrates a milestone seventy-fifth birthday on January 24. The man behind several box-office jubilees sc...Read More

Kareena Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore two divas, two eras

Kareena Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore two divas, two eras

After a career dip in the middle of the last decade when one saw her making questionable choices such as her decorative roles

What’s queued up in first quarter?

What’s queued up in first quarter?

Now, 2020 promises to continue this trend with several event films and bold experiments on the anvil.

Ayushmann Khurrana receiving the National Award

Youth invasion in 2019...but don’t count the old guard out just yet

Vicky Kaushal and Ayushmann Khurrana sharing the Best Actor trophy at the National Award ceremony held this week is hugely symbolic of th...Read More

Santa Claus has many faces

Santa Claus has many faces

He agreed spontaneously, boosting my confidence. He also released the book at Crossword book store.

Bhumi Pednekar - when the glamour  lies in talent

Bhumi Pednekar - when the glamour lies in talent

There is all too often a certain shared commonality among the leading ladies who break into films today – they are glossy, varnished-to-t...Read More

Dinesh Raheja Column: Eve(n) rights

Dinesh Raheja Column: Eve(n) rights

A-list actresses headlining women-centric biographies seems to have become a trend among forthcoming films in the Hindi film industry. Th...Read More

Dinesh Raheja: Cupid doesn’t possess a calendar

Dinesh Raheja: Cupid doesn’t possess a calendar

The belief that any woman, including an actress, should be married or, as some choose to describe it, “settled” before 30 has gone with t...Read More

Anil Kapoor – Nifty at Sixty

Anil Kapoor – Nifty at Sixty

Anil is still fit as a fiddle (“I have to maintain myself. I am in showbiz,” he had declared the last time I met him)

Remembering Rajesh Khanna 50 years after he became a superstar

Remembering Rajesh Khanna 50 years after he became a superstar

The two blockbusters played in two non-air-conditioned Mumbai theatres a stone’s distance from each other — Do Raaste was running in Oper...Read More

Receding but succeeding

Receding but succeeding

I took it sportingly; but back when I was in my twenties, my biggest fear was losing hair.

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