Hidden Gems in Popular Bollywood Films

We have seen so many Bollywood celebrities in a cameo appearance in Bollywood films but some of them were so short that we barely recognized them. A lot of these people create their journeys with hard work and years of struggling. Here’s a list to recognise some gems of Bollywood that were hidden for quite some time:

  1. Kurush Deboo in Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
Kurush Deboo can be seen wearing a black cap, standing behind Shah Rukh Khan

One of the most hilarious character of the film Munna Bhai MBBS is Dr. Rustom, who munna constantly troubles to get good grades. Before starring alongside Sanjay Dutt, Kurush Deboo was in the film Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, released in 1994.

2. Ruskin Bond in 7 Khoon Maaf

Still from the film showing Ruskin Bond as the Father of the Church and a Poster of the film starring Priyanka Chopra in the lead role

The film is based on Ruskin Bond’s story Susana’s Seven Husbands, in which she kills all her husbands and in the final scene she goes to church to confess her sins and the father of the church in none other than Ruskin Bond.

3. Shahid Kapoor in Dil Toh Pagal Hai

Shahid Kapoor’s cameo in Dil Toh Pagal Hai as a Dancer behind Karishma Kapoor

Not many people know but before Shahid Kapoor’s debut in Bollywood, he was a junior artist. Apparently, Taal was not the only film where Shahid made a cameo as a background dancer. Shahid was also in Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Karishma Kapoor starrer Dil Toh Pagal Hai. In this film too, Shahid was one of the background dancers behind Karishma Kapoor and SRK.

4. Nawazzudin Siddiqui in Munna Bhai MBBS

Nawaz’s cameo in Munna Bhai MBBS

Nawazzudin Siddiqui has made many small appearances before making it big in Bollywood. He played a small time criminal in Munna Bhai’s gang.

5. Imtiaz Ali in Black Friday

Imtiaz Ali in Black Friday

The Rockstar director was seen in a brief role in Anurag Kashyap’s Black Friday, playing the role of Yaqub, he recreated the famous yaqub interview and leaves you surprised to see him in the role.

Honourable Mentions:

Zoya Akhtar in Kamasutra

Geeta Kapoor in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Raju Srivastav in Maine Pyaar Kiya

Yash Chopra and Pamela Chopra in Dil Toh Pagal Hai

And that was the list guys, don’t forget to comment down below if you noticed any such hidden gems in popular films lately.

Indian TV Shows “Inspired” from the West that Failed Miserably

The Indian small screen has churned out several dramas and sitcoms based on concepts strikingly similar to certain English TV shows, and some of them went on to be massive successes like Jassi Jaisi Koi Nhi from Ugly Betty, Kya aap panchvi pass se tezz hai? From American game show Are You Smarter than A 5th Grader? , Jhalak Dikhla Jaa from Dancing with the Stars, Kaun Banega Crorepati from Who wants to be a Millionaire? Etc. However, some others weren’t quite as successful and here’s a list of them:

  1. Hello Friends
Stills from the original show F.RI.E.N.D.S on the right and the inspired version Hello Friends on the left

Hello Friends is a Hindi language sitcom that premiered on Zee TV channel on 6 September 1999. The series is an Indian version of the popular American sitcom, F.R.I.E.N.D.S. However, it did not last as long as the American version. There are total 26 episodes of the sitcom. Even with a strong comic cast including Cyrus Broacha, Maria Goretti and Nikhil Chinnappa, the show was pretty much unsuccessful in bringing us our own desi Chandler, Monica and Ross.

2. Suite Life of Karan And Kabir

Posters from the original and the inspired shows

An Indian remake of the Disney channel show Suite Life of Zack and Cody, this was pretty much a scene-by-scene lift altogether. Made just 4 years after the original wrapped up, the show failed to take off with the audiences that probably still had Zack and Cody fresh in their minds. The show ran for 2 seasons and was finished in 2014.

3. Pyaar ki Ye ek kahaani

Posters from the original Film and the inspired TV Show

Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani is an Indian supernatural television series that aired on STAR One from 18 October 2010 to 15 December 2011. It was one of the more “ambitious” projects by producer Ekta Kapoor. The show revolves around a young child Pia, who is told that she will always be protected no matter where she is. The story then fast-forwards to Dehradoon, where Pia gets a reality check about existence of vampires. Vivian Dsena’s portrayal of a vampire in the show helped establish his public notability.

The Storyline of Twilight and Pyaar Ki Ye Ek Kahaani are very very similar.

4. Badi Door Se Aaye hai

Poster from the inspired show Badi Door Se Aaye Hai

It hurts when actors like Sumit Wadhwa and Production like Hats off Productions get together to give a show that is below average. This show is about an alien family that lands on earth and due to some reason tries to mix up in the environment of earth just like the show from which it is inspired: 3rd Rock from the Sun.

5. Sumit Sambhal Lega

Posters from the Original show – Eveybody Loves Raymond and Inspired show Sumit Sambhal Lega

Pretty much a direct adaptation of yet another beloved American show Everybody Loves Raymond, Sumit Sambhal Lega was only moderately successful in India until it was discontinued in 2016. While fans have persistently requested a second season since then, the show doesn’t live up to the glory of its American counterpart. And that was the list guys, comment down below if you know any Indian Television shows that were Inspired but failed to leave a mark.

And that was the list guys, comment down below if you know any Indian Television shows that were Inspired but failed to leave a mark.

“The Good”- Bad Guys of Bollywood

A typical Bollywood movie is mainly focused on the hero and the heroine of the film. But many times we forget that a villain in the film is also very important. Like just think if there was no villain then who would create problems in heroes’ life. The protagonist isn’t a hero until he faces a villain. While we know Bollywood’s hero and appreciate them, we also remember the villains. Most of the time they are underrated. They are hated, shown disgust but yet unforgettable. After all, Bollywood is incomplete without its famous villains.

Here’s a list of iconic Bollywood villains we love to hate:

  1. Amjad Khan as Gabbar Singh in Sholay
Gabbar spreading his terror

‘Kitne aadmi the’, ‘Ye hath muje de de thakur’ are some of the dialogues which are still quoted in 2019 and even in generations to come, Gabbar of Sholay will remain one of the most iconic villain. Amjad Khan totally stole the show in the movie with his spine chilling performance. No one can forget Gabbar ever, from cutting both arms of a man to making a woman dance on broken glass and his laugh which was hell scary, screams pure evil.

2. Amrish Puri as Mogambo in Mr. India

Mogambo being the insane general

Mr. India, is another classic movie which was released in 1987 and still remains to be one of the must-watch movies in thriller category. Apart from Sridevi’s amazing ‘Hawa Hawaii’ performance and the invisible watch, it was Amrish Puri who stole all the limelight with his famous dialogue, ‘Mogambo khush Hua’. Magambo an insane General, showed pure dominance who has no pity for the children. We’ve seen Amrish Puri as a strict father but he’ll always remembered for being an iconic villain in the 80’s.

3. Shah Rukh Khan as Rahul in Darr

Rahul – a lover boy. no one wants

Shah Rukh Khan is known as the King of Romance who is a ladies man but Shah Rukh Khan went out of his comfort zone and played an antagonist in the film. He portrayed the role of an obsessive lover. To think he did a role like this in the beginning of his career shows how versatile he is as an actor. The film marked his first collaboration with legendary director Yash Chopra. Shah Rukh Khan received the Filmfare Award as the best villain for the film.

4. Riteish Deshmukh  as Rakesh in Ek Villian

A Poster from the film showing Ritesh as the Villian and the other two leads as a couple

Riteish Deshmukh had mainly entertained the audience with his comic acts in the movies like Houseful, Grand Masti etc. but he impressed everyone with his portrayal of a psychopath serial killer in Ek Villian. This was the first time when the audience witnessed Riteish in such a bold character on the big screen. As a result of this Riteish Deshmukh even won many awards for his role.

5. Ranjeet as Ranjeet

Ranjeet being the villian he is with lust in his eyes

Bollywood’s iconic villain Ranjeet is never to be forgotten. This villain has committed the maximum numbers of rapes on screen. You can never that lust in his eyes ever. He is undoubtedly one of the character who got more famous than the real heroes.

Honourable Mentions:

Prem Chopra as Prem in Bobby

Danny Denzongpa and Sanjay Dutt as Kancha Cheena in Agneepath

Ashutosh Rana as Lajja Shankar Pandey in Sangharsh

Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji in Padmavat

And that was the list guys, don’t forget to comment down below your favourite iconic Bollywood villains.

Indian Television Shows That Should Make a Return to the Small Screen

Over a few years people have shifted from Television to Online streaming networks. However, back in the days when television was still popular we witnessed some incredible shows that helped define Indian television, made us laugh and changed the way drama worked on the small screen. The Indian television were beyond saas bahu serials with refreshing story lines, here’s a list of Indian TV shows that should make a return to the small screen:

  1. Sanjivini
Posters from Sanjivani and it’s sequel Dill Mill Gaye

Sanjivani narrates a story about four medical interns namely Dr. Juhi Singh, Dr. Rahul Mehra, Dr. Simran Chopra and Dr. Omi Joshi and the trials and tribulations they face to fight a constant battle against diseases and death of patients while balancing their professional and personal life. A sequel titled, Dill Mill Gaye, aired on Star One from 2007 to 2010.

2. Tu Tu Main Main

A Poster from the Show Tu Tu Main Main Starring Reema Lagoo and Supriya Pilagaonkar in leads as Saas – Bahu

Reema Lagoo and Supriya Pilgaonkar is a duo that had such great chemistry, even in the midst of their witty banter this is what families could relate to. This is one saas-bahu show that viewers actually deserved. Most shows throw such a negative, evil light to this relationship but this show changed the game. They did bring the show back with “Kadvee Khatee Meethi,” with roles a little reversed.

3. Left Right Left

A Poster from the Show Left Right Left

The series is based on six confused, disoriented cadets who belong to the Indian Military Academy. They continue with their career in defending their country despite the many odds that they face. It was a classic Indian drama and romance show.

4. Remix

A Poster from the show Remix

The story is based on the lives of 12th-grade students in an elite school called “Maurya High” for the kids of the rich and the famous, and scholarship students from poorer families.

The four main characters are Tia Ahuja (a fashion entrepreneur’s only daughter: Sumit Ahuja), Anvesha Ray Banerjee (a Bollywood filmstar’s only daughter: Sonia Ray), Yuvraaj Dev (brat son of India’s politician: Yashwant Dev), and Ranveer Sisodia (dwelling from a middle-class Rajasthani family who comes to Maurya to avenge the death of his father with Sumit Ahuja). They form the music group “Remix” and become the singing sensation of the decade. The story also brings into play other elements that shape the destiny of the four protagonists and many others.

5. Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin

A Poster from the show Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin starring Mona Singh in the lead as Jassi

Jasmeet Walia aka Jassi, an average-looking girl, lands up a job with Gulmohar, a leading fashion agency, headed by Armaan Suri. Though brilliant, she faces several challenges at her workplace. The popular actress Mona Singh, made her debut with the role of Jassi and since then her career graph has only risen high. And this was the list guys, don’t forget to comment about the serial you wish make a comeback on the Indian Television.

Making Big in Bollywood without Big Budgets

It has become a general perception that making good movies that enter the 100 Crore Club requires a good amount of money. However, there are many small budget Bollywood films that proved it wrong. There are times when the films become popular amongst the audience and go onto become worldwide sensations. Here’s a list of such films that made big in Bollywood without big budgets:

  1. Vicky Donor
A poster of the film Vicky Donor

Ayushman Khurana’s debut in the industry, the movie was a new experiment discussing social themes like sperm donation but the new experiment did not fail. It completed in 5 crore, the film earned 64.5 crore on the Box Office.

2. Taare Zameen Par

A Poster from the film Taare Zameen Par

Released in 2007, starring Amir Khan and Darsheel Safari, the film focuses on the life of a dyslexic child – Ishaan who excels in art but performs poorly in academics which leads his parents to send him to boarding school. The film is one of the lowest budget movies in Bollywood, completed in 1.2 crore, the movie collected 88.9 crore over Box Office. It was also one of India’s entry for the Oscar Award.

3. No One Killed Jessica

A Poster from the film No One Killed Jessica

The film was based on the murder of model Jessica Lal and the court proceedings that followed. The film was definitely a hard-hitting one with actors like Vidya Balan and Rani Mukherjee as the leads. Even though the film was made with a total budget of Rs.9 crore, it regained almost Rs.50 crore at the box office. It is one of the best films to have depicted the harsh realities of a city as big as Delhi.

4. Tanu Weds Manu

A Poster from the film Tanu Weds Manu

Before becoming popular in Bollywood with Queen, Kangana Ranaut was starred with R. Madhvan in Tanu Weds Manu. The badass character of Kangana Ranaut amazed everyone and the film turned out to be a superhit. Both talented actors but not A List celebrities amazed everyone with their performance. The budget of this movie was 18 crores, while it won back 56 crores worldwide.

5. The Lunch Box

A Poster from the film The Lunchbox

Leaving the best for the last, this experimental film was made with a budget of Rs.10 crore and it hardly had any big names or superstars in it. Regardless, this film made Rs.20 crore at the box office and was declared a major hit by critics purely because Nimrat Kaur and Irrfan Khan’s chemistry was delightful and intriguing. These two had barely any scenes together but people could feel the connection between them, which became the main reason behind the film’s success.

Some honourable mentions are:

Kahaani (Rs.8 Crore to Rs.78 Crore)

Phasgaya re Obama (Rs.6 Crore to Rs.19 Crore)

Paan Singh Tomar (Rs.4.5 Crore to Rs.19 Crore)

Peepli live (Rs.10 Crore to Rs.35 Crore)

Queen (Rs.12.5 Crore to Rs.80 Crore)

A Wednesday (Rs.5 Crore to Rs.30 Crore)

Bheja Fry (Rs.60 Lakhs to Rs.8 Crore)

And that was the list guys, please don’t forget to comment down below if you know any smaller budget films that made it big, to add to the list or blog ideas for us.

TVF Tripling Review (Season 2) – The Siblings are back on the road!

A poster from the new season

TVF Tripling is an Indian web series created by The Viral Fever. It traces the story of three siblings Chandan (Summet Vyas), Chanchal (Maanvi Gagroo) & Chitvan (Anmol Parashar). Together they start a hilarious journey, to find themselves and their relations. The road trip trio is back in the much awaited second season of TVF’s Tripling. The show was a benchmark for the Indian web series space when it debuted in 2016, and got appreciation for its quirky depiction of a sibling dynamics. It is written by Sumeet Vyas and Akarsh Khurana.

The three siblings are back on the road

After what seems like ages of not staying in touch, the universe makes the siblings meet again. There have been some major changes in the lives of these characters since their last adventure. Chandan is now a published author whose book, tripling, will soon be a movie, Chitvan is a stay-at-home father, and Chanchal has entered into politics. Unlike the first season where they set off on an impromptu journey, which ends with them reconnecting all over again, their road trip now transforms into an amateur search operation for Pranav (Chanchal’s Husband).

Chanchal working as MLA

The problem arises when a dialogue (“Jija Ji Bhaanj Hai) from Chandan’s book implies that Chanchal’s husband Pranav (Kunaal Roy Kapur) cannot sire children, causing a scandal and squashing his political aspirations. The party seniors expect Chanchal to be his successor become MLA. He leaves without a word to anyone, which leads to some really wild conspiracy theories about his disappearance and he being murdered by Chanchal. The plot starts to resemble a bad saas-bahu show because it is the evil sister-in-law Nirmala, who has been spreading these rumours. The police are out to arrest Chanchal but she, along with her brothers, sets off to find her missing husband.

A still of Chandan, Chanchal and Chitvan from their new journey of adventures

In the new season, every time you see the three protagonists together, you are given a ray of hope that it would lead to the same kind of exchanges that you’ve come to love, but these scenes are short and feel incomplete. The story moves on to focus on other issues and characters which fail to draw interest. With Tripling 2 what you will experience is a story that tries its best to recreate the magic, but doesn’t quite do justice to the previous season.

Nawab Sikander Khan aka Prince Alexander

Their first clue takes them to Lucknow, where they meet Nawab Sikander Khan aka Prince Alexander (Gajraj Rao). He rides a tonga, lives in a crumbling palace and is a carpet collector. Gajraj Rao easily steps into the shoes of this comical prince, hanging on to the glory of the past. However, the entire episode focusing on him seems like a mess. One of the characters which deserves a mention is Zainab (Shweta Tripathi), her brief role of Prince’s wife is effectively enacted.

A major element, which the audience might miss from Season 1, is the witty jokes and comic punch lines. Other than two or three funny references made by Chitvan, the show lacks the element of situational comedy altogether.

The three’s hunt then leads them to Kolkata, where they encounter a private investigator, played by Ranjit Singh, his intelligence network found what Pranav has been up to (buying a little too many rasgullas for one person) and that their next stop should be Gangtok. A car chase and a stolen scooter ride later, Chanchal finds Pranav at a monastery. A confrontation sequence, which could have been shorter and less illogical, ends with the couple reuniting.

Chanchal and Chandan’s reaction on seeing Chitvan’s chld

Many of us have a soft spot for the character of Chitvan and rightly so being the youngest sibling and the humorous one, he is a delight to see on the screen but in the season 2, we see a new side of him. The transformation of Chitvan’s character is probably the best thing about Tripling 2. For the first time, we get to see Chitvan evolve into a mature man, his love for his girlfriend’s child (Cheetah Sharma) is adorable, especially the way he makes him sleep while on a video call.

Another addition to family, Cheetah Sharma

Chitvan talking about responsibility is pretty rare, which makes its all the more reason to fall in love with him in the new season and his affection for his elder brother is nothing short of adorable (“Baba, you’re beautiful,” he tells Chandan).

Unlike its predecessor, probably it won’t, keep you hooked till the end. The story starts to lose its charm after the third episode and does not live up to the charm of the original and also fails to weave a sensible narrative. This is definitely not a binge-worthy season, but loyalists may want to watch it till the end just to tick it off their bucket list.

Bollywood Films Based On Real-Life Crimes

Over the years, Bollywood has ‘branded’ itself or rather has faced heavy criticism for being too commercial and less of rich content. That’s one debate which can never be settled reasonably. However, we do have filmmakers who have gone on to adapt real-life incidents and done justice with the content. Films based on real-life crimes always manage to gather the interest of the masses and tell the truth behind what actually happened. The gripping reality of crime when projected through a screen, definitely garners a lot of criticism along with clarity on some unanswered questions. Here’s a list of Bollywood films based on real life crimes, that were spine-chilling:

  1. Shahid

Rajkummar Rao plays the role of Shahid Azmi, a lawyer and an activist who fights cases for Muslim men who are wrongly charged for terrorism under POTA (prevention of terrorism act). A lot of people misunderstand him (Azmi) for trying to defend terrorists and eventually, he is assassinated by two gunmen. Shahid Azmi had also defended Anurag Kashyap‘s movie Black Friday while it was not approved by the censor board.

The movie is a harsh gripping reality of real-life events that took place and it won both director, Hansal Mehta and Rajkummar Rao national film awards.

2. Raman Raghav 2.0

A still from the film

An Anurag Kashyap film, it tells the story of a psychopath serial killer Ramanna, who terrorised the city of Mumbai in the 60s. He used to kill his victims using a heavy blunt object and most of them were homeless city dwellers. A corrupt officer by the name of Raghavan is investigating the case in the movie. The film was disturbing yet jaw dropping in every shape and form.

3. Rustom

A still from the film, starring Akshay Kumar playing the role of K.M. Nanavati

Rustom is a 2016 Indian crime thriller film written by Vipul K. Rawal, directed by Tinu Suresh Desai and produced by Neeraj Pandey. Starring Akshay Kumar and Ileana D’Cruz in the lead roles. The film is loosely based on the real life incident of Naval Officer K. M. Nanavati and businessman Prem Ahuja.

The film is based on the case of KM Nanavati Vs the State of Maharashtra in 1959, where the naval commander was tried for murder of his wife’s lover Prem Ahuja. It was one of the last cases of Jury trial in India as the government soon abolished Jury Trial soon after the case was dismissed.

4. Not a Love Story

A poster of the film

Ram Gopal Varma’s crime based thriller revolves around true life events that occurred in May 2008, when Neeraj Grover, a television executive was murdered by actress Maria Susairaj and her boyfriend LT. Emile Jerome Mathew. The possessive boyfriend Jerome Mathew’s suspicion of Maria having an affair with Neeraj, since he was found in her apartment early in the morning.

The couple, after killing Neeraj seemingly chopped his body into 300 pieces and burnt the remains. The movie sheds light on the events that occurred and the sentence that was bestowed on the two lovers.

5. Talvar

A poster of the film

The movie focuses on the detailed accounts of the double murder that took place in Noida in 2008, and the investigative steps that were taken to try and solve the mystery. Talvar stars Irrfan Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma, and Neeraj Kabi in lead roles. In the murder case, a teenage girl and the family servant were found murdered in the house and the parents were convicted of the same.

These movies are not for the faint-hearted as they’re about the murderous events that took place in real life but they do show the gripping reality of what happened and if you really want to get to the bottom of the crime that was committed.

And that was the list guys, do comment down below if you know any such films that are based on real life crimes.