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Karisma Kapoor played the titular role in Zubeida also starring Manoj Bajpayee and Rekha.

Zubeidaa turns 20: Shyam Benegal says love story worked even without a villain

By Shreya Mukherjee
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 09:29 PM IST
  • Director Shyam Benegal goes down memory lane as his National Award winning film Zubeidaa completes two decades, recalls how Manoj Bajpayee was initially diffident to play a Maharaja and Karisma Kapoor was nervous.
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When Soumitra Chatterjee passed away, actress Aparna Sen lamented that “Bengal’s cultural sky had lost its brightest star”.(HTPhoto)
When Soumitra Chatterjee passed away, actress Aparna Sen lamented that “Bengal’s cultural sky had lost its brightest star”.(HTPhoto)

Soumitra Chatterjee: An extraordinary star rooted in the ordinary

By Shohini Ghosh
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 05:58 AM IST
He played characters that lived close to our lives. Shyam Benegal had identified this as the actor’s special talent; his ability to become someone recognisable, thereby offering to the audience an extraordinarily intimate level of identification.
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FilmmakerShyam Benegal feels people should not expect the film industry to become some kind of paragons of virtue
FilmmakerShyam Benegal feels people should not expect the film industry to become some kind of paragons of virtue

Shyam Benegal: Bollywood is not an ashram in the Himalayas

By Juhi Chakraborty | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 01:25 PM IST
Veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal says he does not get the vilification narrative that is being shared by many in the current scenario about the Hindi film industry.
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Happy birthday Shabana Azmi: The actor turns 70 today.
Happy birthday Shabana Azmi: The actor turns 70 today.

Happy birthday Shabana Azmi: This is the life lesson Kaifi Azmi gave his talented daughter when she wanted to join films

By HT Entertainment Desk | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2020 10:09 AM IST
Happy birthday Shabana Azmi: Daughter of noted Urdu writer Kaifi Azmi, Shabana over the years has shown her prowess as a consummate actor. She has straddled realistic as well as mainstream cinema with aplomb.
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Director Shyam Benegal ahs directed films such as Ankur (1974) and Mandi (1983)
Director Shyam Benegal ahs directed films such as Ankur (1974) and Mandi (1983)

Shyam Benegal: The old star system doesn’t work anymore, there’s nobody in film industry today who’s presence itself can draw audience

By Rishabh Suri | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2020 04:01 PM IST
The Dadasaheb Phalke awarded filmmaker Shyam Benegal feels in the constant debate on films releasing on OTT platforms and the theatres feeling that filmmakers should wait till the Covid-19 crisis is over, ‘everybody has got a point tragically’.
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Naseeruddin Shah is planning to revive Motley’s first play and the rehearsals are going on in full swing!(Brahms Dirsipo)
Naseeruddin Shah is planning to revive Motley’s first play and the rehearsals are going on in full swing!(Brahms Dirsipo)

Going back to Godot: What is Naseeruddin Shah up to?

By Ananya Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2020 11:32 AM IST
The thespian is not a man to let the lockdown dampen his spirits, in fact he is already rehearsing his next play, albeit over Zoom calls!
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Irrfan Khan in Shyam Benegal’s Bharat Ek Khoj.
Irrfan Khan in Shyam Benegal’s Bharat Ek Khoj.

Ashutosh Gowariker recalls seeing an ‘unknown actor’ Irrfan Khan during Discovery of India’s shoot : ‘Have been fan ever since’

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2020 09:15 AM IST
Filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker went down the memory lane to recall the time when he worked with Irrfan Khan in Shyam Benegal’s Discovery of India.
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Singer Lucky Ali says he creates music which does not cater to everyone’s thought process.(HT Photo)
Singer Lucky Ali says he creates music which does not cater to everyone’s thought process.(HT Photo)

Lucky Ali claims he felt the wrath of people who worked with father Mahmood: ‘They took it out all on me’

By Samarth Goyal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2019 01:13 PM IST
Despite being a son of Mahmood, and the nephew of Meena Kumari, singer Lucky Ali was drawn towards the “alternative film space” and wanted to work with filmmakers like Shyam Benegal.
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Benegal has just watched Article 15 and is pretty impressed by the new filmmakers(Prabhat Shetty)
Benegal has just watched Article 15 and is pretty impressed by the new filmmakers(Prabhat Shetty)

HT Brunch Cover Story: Over the top and on point with Shyam Benegal

By Ananya Ghosh | Hindustant Times
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2019 08:46 PM IST
Art cinema vs commercial movies vs OTT: Veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal, 84, draws distinctions, applauds the deserving and warns against the pitfalls
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Vanraj Bhatia at his residence at Napean Sea Road, Mumbai. (File picture)(Mint)
Vanraj Bhatia at his residence at Napean Sea Road, Mumbai. (File picture)(Mint)

Music composer Vanraj Bhatia claims to be penniless, struggles amid hearing and memory loss

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2019 04:59 PM IST
Music composer Vanraj Bhatia is currently suffering from hearing loss, knee pain and bouts of memory loss.
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Javed Akhtar and Shekhar Kapur are voicing their differences on social media.
Javed Akhtar and Shekhar Kapur are voicing their differences on social media.

Javed Akhtar blasts Shekhar Kapur for ‘fear of intellectuals’ comment, says ‘cut this melodrama, go see a psychiatrist’

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2019 02:44 PM IST
Writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar has slammed filmmaker Shekhar Kapur after the director wrote in a tweet that he has a ‘fear of intellectuals’. Akhtar suggested that the filmmaker should seek psychiatric help.
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Girish Karnad and Shabana Azmi in a still from Nishant.
Girish Karnad and Shabana Azmi in a still from Nishant.

Farewell my friend: Shabana Azmi pays tributes to Girish Karnad

By HT Correspondent | Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2019 06:25 PM IST
Shabana Azmi has penned a heartfelt tribute to late actor Girish Karnad after he died earlier this month.
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It’s not all bad. The interactive VFX section is a definite win. It lets you pick a background, pose against a green screen and have a picture taken of the completed effect. There’s also an interactive sound and Foley section, where you can edit on film. And clips from films like Raja Harishchandra (1913), an early and rare work.(Kunal Patil / HT Photo)
It’s not all bad. The interactive VFX section is a definite win. It lets you pick a background, pose against a green screen and have a picture taken of the completed effect. There’s also an interactive sound and Foley section, where you can edit on film. And clips from films like Raja Harishchandra (1913), an early and rare work.(Kunal Patil / HT Photo)

Hit or flop? A walk through India’s first film museum

By Dipanjan Sinha | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2019 07:30 AM IST
Static images, reams of text, an entire floor dedicated to Gandhi — the museum in Mumbai has finally opened, but it’s raising plenty of questions.
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The lesser players capable of damaging the prospects of the two main rivals include the Bahujan Samaj Party, the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party of Jat leader Hanuman Beniwal and the Bharat Vahini .(HT File Photo)
The lesser players capable of damaging the prospects of the two main rivals include the Bahujan Samaj Party, the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party of Jat leader Hanuman Beniwal and the Bharat Vahini .(HT File Photo)

Rajasthan assembly elections 2018: Will flawed picks upset Congress’ plan in Marwar?

By Vinod Sharma | New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2018 09:28 AM IST
Rajasthan assembly elections 2018: Having been patronised by the palace in the early years of his political career, Gehlot has sought to partake of the Rathore legacy in the upcoming elections.
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Sonam Kapoor attends the MAMI Film Festival in Mumbai.(PTI)
Sonam Kapoor attends the MAMI Film Festival in Mumbai.(PTI)

20th MAMI Mumbai Film Festival opens under spectre of MeToo movement

By HT Correspondent | Indo Asian News Service, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2018 01:06 PM IST
The 20th Jio Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) Mumbai Film Festival started on Thursday with several Bollywood and international film personalities in attendance.
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Shabana Azmi pays her last respects at filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi’s funeral.
Shabana Azmi pays her last respects at filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi’s funeral.

Kalpana Lajmi funeral attended by Shabana Azmi, Soni Razdan. See pictures

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2018 02:19 PM IST
Filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi, who died on Sunday, was cremated at Mumbai’s Oshiwara crematorium. See pictures from the funeral here.
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Kalpana Lajmi is known for films like Rudaali and Daman.
Kalpana Lajmi is known for films like Rudaali and Daman.

Filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi, director of Rudaali, dies in Mumbai at 64

By Nivedita Mishra | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2018 04:23 PM IST
Kalpana Lajmi, who was known for films like Rudaali and Daman, has died in Mumbai on Sunday.
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Iranian film director Majid Majidi during a press conference for his upcoming film 'Beyond The Clouds' at Hyatt hotel in Kolkata.(Photo by Samir Jana/ Hindustan Times)
Iranian film director Majid Majidi during a press conference for his upcoming film 'Beyond The Clouds' at Hyatt hotel in Kolkata.(Photo by Samir Jana/ Hindustan Times)

Pity India doesn’t have Satyajit Ray’s kind of cinema anymore, says Majid Majidi

By HT Correspondent | Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2018 04:56 PM IST
Refusing to criticise ‘mainstream Bollywood cinema’, international filmmaker Mjaid Majidi says that is essential for the economy but adds that the cultural potential for a different kind of cinema exists in India.
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Actor and writer Deepti Naval says her next book, an autobiographical work, will be out soon.(Fotocorp)
Actor and writer Deepti Naval says her next book, an autobiographical work, will be out soon.(Fotocorp)

Actor Deepti Naval: I didn’t go to an acting school, but I was cut out to be an actor

By Naina Arora | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2018 01:23 PM IST
In the Capital for a retrospective on her films hosted by Daulat Ram College, Delhi University, veteran actor Deepti Naval says acting helped her break out of introversion.
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