“Me khwabon ki shehezadi, main hoon har dil pe chahyi” perfectly defines the late Sridevi’s film career. The Hawa Hawai girl ruled our hearts for a very long time and left us for her journey to the next world on this very day, last year. Sridevi, the epitome of beauty, grace, poise and elegance in Bollywood, had made her mark with her immense contribution to Indian Cinema since she was a child. The actress in true sense gave her life to films. Whether it was her sizzling moves in Mr.India or her role of an aspiring lady struggling hard to learn English in Gauri Shinde’s English Vinglish, the B-town diva made us believe in the magical world she created each time and wowed us with her performances. Today, on the eve of her first death anniversary, let’s talk about some iconic roles that Sridevi had portrayed and will always remain in our hearts .
Talk about her acting caliber and the very first character that will always come to our collective minds is that of Nehalata from the beautiful film Sadma. Sridevi played an autistic lady in the film who regresses into a childlike behaviour after an accident and lands up into brothel to be saved by Kamal Haasan. The dynamic that both of them share and the heart breaking end is the highlight of film. If you are one who hasn’t seen Sadma as yet, then it’s better you do, because it is worth every minute.
Anju and Manju (ChaalBaaz)
Do you remember the song, Na Jane Kaha Se Aai Hain and Sridevi dancing on it wearing a raincoat? Well, that popular number is from ChaalBaaz. Those were the days when doing a film with double roles was considered to be a milestone in an actor’s career. In Chaalbaaz, she played the roles of Anju and Manju, two twin sisters who separated at birth. One grows up to be a shy, high valued girl whereas the other one is a complete badass. Sridevi shined in both the parts and claimed her place as the hero of the film.
This was the time when films were majorly dominated by men, well, let’s just accept they still do. Sridevi in an as Chandni made us fall in love with her all over again. Twirling around singing and dancing with Rishi Kapoor on those snow clad mountains is a guilty Bollywood pleasure of many. Turning out to be one of the biggest hits of late Yash Chopra, Chandni was as love triangle that completely belonged to Sridevi courtesy her chirpy, loving portrayal as the female lead. She became a fashion icon with this film as well and her all the Chandi looks are still pretty famous.
Pallavi and Pooja (Lamhe)
Listed amongst the top 100 Bollywood romantic movies at many places, Lamhe added one more film with a double role to Sridevi’s kitty. This time she played a double role with a vast age gap. She played a girl growing up to look just like her mother. So basically she played both mother and daughter onscreen. Sridevi dancing on Morni Baga Ma dolled up in a traditional Rajasthani will always remain a visual delight. Her pairing with Anil Kapoor was a loved, making Lamhe worth watching though back then the story of the film was ahead of its time .
Shashi (English Vinglish):
Let’s just put it out this way, in director Gauri Shinde’s English Vinglish, Sridevi voiced those number of ladies embarrassed each day because they lack in some counter. Shashi asking for not too much but some respect from her husband and kids was heartbreaking, but her journey in earning that respect gave thousand others motivation. Gauri’s slice of life film marked Sridevi’s come back on the big screen after a long time. And she made a point that no matter how long the break was, her craft was still intact and no one can ever replace her. We lost a legend last year. She will always be alive between us through her films.
Nach Baliye 9 Grand Premiere: Salman Khan’s show is an appealing package with fancy sets and flamboyant costumes
Salman Khan-produced Nach Baliye 9 started on a grand note last night (July 19) and here are the show highlights – read on
After much hype, we witnessed the grand premiere of Nach Baliye 9 last night (July 19) and we must say the dance reality show lived up to the buzz. From Salman Khan taking the centre-stage to Maniesh Paul tugging the show with his impeccable sense of humour, it was all one great package. The cherry on the cake were the special performances by several TV artistes, from Zain Imam to Mohsin Khan – Shivangi Joshi to Akshat Singh, the show’s pilot episode began on a grand note. And it’s not over! Yes, the show’s premiere is divided between 3 episodes between yesterday (July 19), today (July 20) and tomorrow (July 21).
While we have seen five out of 12 couples being revealed, we are yet to find out the rest. Also, we are waiting for Salman Khan to introduce us to the judges for this season. The couples revealed last night were, Urvashi Dholakia – Anuj Sachdeva, Shraddha Arya with boyfriend Alam Makkar, Vindu Dara Singh and wife Dina, Prince Narula and Yuvika Chaudhary, Babita Phogat and Vivek Suhag. Other than an amazing set and of course the contestants, the highlight of the show were the contestants’ costumes which are designed by Ken Ferns. Check them out here:
Shraddha Arya – Alam Makkar
The current couple was the first Jodi to be introduced on the show. Shraddha looked stunning in her white and golden ensemble, and her headgear and hand-pieces looked equally pretty. The couple tried to exhibit angels-from-heaven look, and it worked for them.
Urvashi Dholakia – Anuj Sachdeva
Yes, the most-talked-about ex-couple Urvashi and Anuj made a stunning entry on the show. While Urvashi wore a multi-coloured gown, Anuj’s bodysuit had some detailed mirror work on it.
Babita Phogat – Vivek Suhag
Wrestlers Babita and Vivek sported looks of a Peacock and Maniesh also joked how he saw pehelwaans as peacocks for the first time, but yes even their sequined outfits were breathtakingly gorgeous, with detailing of peacock feathers.
Vindu Dara Singh – Dina
This longtime married Jodi seemed effortless as they took to the stage, opting for a classic white and black combination, the detailing of feathers only added charm to the costumes.
Prince Narula – Yuvika Chaudhary
The couple that got married last year, was seen sporting a purple-and-golden combination which somewhat looked like Iron Man’s suits and we must say, the high pony only defined sharpness for Yuvika, while Prince’s physique added to the outfit’s charm.
Well, the great night will continue over the weekend and we will be seeing Aly Goni – Natasha Stankovic, Madhurima Tuli -Vishal Aditya Singh, Rochelle Rao – Kieth Siqueira and many more on the show. Also, we cannot wait to find out the set of judges this season, and Mouni Roy performing on Ghar More Pardesiya. Don’t forget to watch tonight’s episode on Star Plus at 8 pm and also, stay tuned to CineBlitz.
Naseeruddin Shah Birthday Special: 5 iconic roles that the legendary actor has wowed us with
As Naseeruddin Shah celebrates his 69th birthday today (July 20) we take a look at five of his most-loved roles of all-time
‘Unconventional’ is a word that’s become Bollywood’s favourite in recent times, but when it comes to Naseeruddin Shah, the word has always been synonymous with his choice of roles. While defining an entire generation of art-house cinema, the veteran is one of the few stars who has also made mainstream films his playground and has successfully scored on both fronts. FromSparsh, Jalwa, Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Ata Hai, Ijaazat, to 3 Deewarein, Mohra, Maqbool, The Dirty Picture, and many more, Shah has sailed smoothly through every genre possible and churned out parts that will stay with us forever. Three times National Award winner, a Padma Shri and a Padma Bhushan recipient and infinite nominations and wins to his credit, Naseeruddin Shah is one of the best names in Hindi cinema as well as theatre world, to which he continues to make an immense contribution. Today, the actor who boasts of a filmography of over 230 films, celebrates his 69th birthday and to celebrate it we bring to you 5 of his films that had him play some of the most iconic roles. Take a look:
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron:
This Kundan Shah directorial already has its name registered in the cult films of Bollywood and Naseer’s role of a photographer caught in an unexpected turns of politics and corruption will always be remembered as one of his best. Along with Ravi Baswani, the actor gave us a satire that is easily a gem in Hindi cinema.
Shekhar Kapur’s Masoom saw Naseer play a family man with a loving wife and two young daughters, dealing with a child he had from an extra-marital affair. As a man caught between his responsibility and past ‘mistake’, Naseer’s emotional struggle and suffering shone through beautifully. Undoubtedly, one of his finest as an actor!
Playing a nameless character, a common man – Naseer with this film brought a fresh approach to cinema with this one. How anaam admi tired of his helplessness as a law-abiding citizen, decides to take things in his hands to get justice was portrayed with such perfection that it clicked with everyone who saw it and the film and his role were both highly acclaimed.
Donning a grey character, this film has a special place in Naseer’s filmography. He played a rich, leery, tax-collector trying to harass a poor village-woman (Smita Patil) who refuses to succumb to his sexual advances. He aced this villainous outing with aplomb.
Naseer made his presence felt even in a small role in this Vishal Bhardwaj adaptation of Macbeth. Playing Inspector Purohit, he and Late actor Om Puri playing the other cop, redefined grey and complex characters with utter ease.
Well, here’s wishing the veteran star Naseeruddin Shah a very Happy Birthday and hope to see him continue to win more hearts with even more stellar performances. Let us know which of his films and roles are your favourites. For more updates and gossip, stay tuned to CineBlitz.
Priyanka Chopra birthday special: 5 roles in which PeeCee shone bright
Priyanka Chopra Jonas is celebrating her 37th birthday today (July 18), and we bring you 5 best characters the actress has portrayed, read on…
While Priyanka Chopra Jonas has been a flag bearer in taking the centre stage profession wise on a global platform, she has only inspired on the way. From the time she became Miss World to becoming a prominent name in Bollywood and in the west, Priyanka has carved her own niche and a glorious path to the top. She began her career with The Hero: Love Story of a Spy, and made a mark playing an antagonist in Aitraaz. Proving her mettle film after film, the actress showed her diverse skills in films likeAgneepath, Kaminey and many more. Today (July 18), as the actress celebrates her 37th birthday, we bring to you 5 of her most iconic roles on the 70mm, read on…
Every list of Priyanka’s iconic roles will and should begin by mentioning Barfi. Priyanka played the role of Jhilmil who suffered from Autism. Priyanka embodied Jhilmil to the fullest, and she was just perfect in this Anurag Basu film. While co-star Ranbir Kapoor was amazing, Priyanka as Jhilmil literally stole the show.
After trying all genres, Priyanka was amongst the first few actors to do a biopic. And when she essayed the role of boxer Mary Kom, it was hard to say if they were two different people. From her acting to her transformation everything was quite applause worthy.
Imaging PeeCee playing a docile housewife, who would scarfice everything for her husband’s happiness, was difficult, but Priyanka proved us wrong. In Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani, Priyanka played the supporting part of Kashibai, Peshwa Bajirao’s first wife and she stole the limelight. From her acting to her dialogue delivery, it only won our hearts.
This Madhur Bhandarkar film got Priyanka Chopra her first national award, which itself proves how she aced her role. Her journey from an ambitious small town girl to a supermodel was truly glorious to witness on the big screen and we must say Fashion was the turning point in Priyanka’s career.
Saat Khoon Maaf
Though not a Box Office success, Saat Khoon Maaf saw PeeCee played seven different characters. Directed by Vishal Bharadwaj, Priyanka was at her acting peak in Saat Khoon Maaf where she portrayed the character of a psycho woman, who mercilessly butchers her seven husbands.
Happy Birthday, Priyanka! For more updates and gossip, stay tuned to CineBlitz.
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