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Rethinking the movie masterpieces, Time critic Richard Corliss describes Raj Kapoor as “the great star-auteur of India’s postcolonial golden age of movies – Cary Grant and Cecil B. DeMille in one handsome package.”
“The ’50s films he headlined and directed became huge hits not just in his newly freed homeland but also across the Arab crescent from Indonesia to North Africa,” Time noted.
Kapoor, who modelled his screen persona on Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp, was 26 when he filmed Awaara (The Tramp).
Time calls Awaara as “a glistening showcase for Kapoor and the great India siren Nargis (his lover onscreen and off).”
“And of course it’s a musical, whose main song, Awaara Hoon, by the famed Shanker-Jaikishan duo, soared to the top of the pop charts in India, the USSR and China.”
The original All-Time 100 list published in 2005 included Satyajit Ray’s The Apu Trilogy, Mani Ratnam’s Nayakan and Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa.
Bollywood composer A.R. Rahman’s score for Mani Ratnam’s Roja (The Rose), the tale of a woman whose lover is kidnapped by terrorists, was also among 10 Best Soundtracks.
Last week, Time magazine ranked Bollywood director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s 2002 film Devdas eighth among the ten greatest movies of the millennium (thus far).
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- Posted 06.05.12
Two former DMK ministers –Veerapandi S Arumugam and I Periyasamy — were on Monday arrested by Tamil Nadu Police on various charges, police said here. While Arumugam, agriculture minister in the previous DMK government, was arrested on charges of setting fire to huts in Angammal Colony in Salem district, around 280 km from here, Periyasamy was arrested for alleged unlawful mining of […]
- Posted 06.05.12
“It’s not my taste but people’s taste has changed. What to do? People love to see all that. But I would like to say one thing that the big heroines who have earned a name for themselves don’t need to do item numbers. There are a lot of other people to do item numbers,” she […]
- Posted 06.04.12
Rockets fired from a US drone killed 15 people in northwest Pakistan on Monday, intelligence officials said, an attack likely to add to tensions between Washington and Islamabad amid a standoff over NATO supply routes to Afghanistan. The strike, the third in three days, targeted a militant hideout in the Hesokhel village of the North […]
- Posted 06.02.12
New Delhi: In this summer of discontent, it’s a partial relief for the aam aadmi. After the steepest hike of Rs. 7.54 a litre in the petrol prices last month, state-owned oil companies today announced a reduction of Rs. 1.68 per litre in petrol prices, excluding taxes. In Delhi, after including 20 per cent VAT, the reduction will be Rs. 2 a litre. […]