Blog Posts by Maya Menon

  • What was Sachin doing with these stars?

    I stumbled upon this old video of Sachin Tendulkar with Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and it came as a surprise.

    This is the muhurat shot for Andaz Apna Apna. Dharmendra takes the clap and a really young Sachin – the same goes for the rest of the cast, is seen shaking hands with Aamir and others. Oh my god - how young and cute they all looked.

    Twenty years on, this video is perhaps one of the best things to stumble up on the internet. Especially on the day the movie turns 20.  Enjoy

  • You HAVE to remain seated after the end credits

    We are an impatient bunch. We can sit through a movie, but once the action is over, the hero hugs the heroine, the last scene fades out and the end credits start rolling, we just have to leave. It is part of our DNA.

    But, if you are an Avengers fan – not just a casual movie goer – you know you will be in for a treat if you stay a bit longer.  Now, if you walked out without waiting for the end credits of Captain America : The Winter Soldier, let me tell you what you are missing.

    There are TWO, yes TWO teasers as the end credits roll.  Both of which will give you a sneak peek at how the future of the Marvel universe is going to be.

    End credit #1

    The prelude to Avengers : Age of Ultron. You get to see a sneak peek at Baron Wolfgang von Strucker who has somehow got Loki’s mind controlling scepter.  And a look at ‘The Twins’.  Von Strucker says that the ‘age of miracles’ has arrived.  We have to wait till 2015 for the movie to hit the marquee

    End credit #2
    The Winter Soldier.  We see him at

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  • Have you watched The Evolution of Bollywood Music yet?

    Do you have five minutes and four seconds to spare? If you do we are going to give you one of the best recap of how Bollywood music has evolved in the last 65 years.

    This mash up created by Penn Masala – is going viral on the internet.  Penn Masala has released nine albums till date and you can find all you want to know about them here.

    So, for now, just sit back, relax and take a stroll down the memory lane. The Evolution of Bollywood Music according to Penn Masala. The thought, the idea, the song selections are just perfect - however I wish I could say that about the way the group sang. But then, all it takes is just a little over 5 minutes. And we should respect the idea.


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  • Why you will never turn your lights out. Ever

    Two minutes is all it takes to scare the living daylights out of you. Do not trust us? Watch this video which has gone viral on Twitter.

    This two minute movie is called ‘Lights Out’ and is directed by short film maker David F Sandberg. And it walked away with the Best Director award in the Who is There Film challenge.

    It starts off with actress Lotta Losten flicking off the lights in her hallway and seeing a silhouette.

    Here is a look at the type of responses it has been getting on Twitter.

     

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  • 5 Firsts Of Indian Cinema

    A still from Raja HarishchandraA still from Raja HarishchandraTurning 100 is special, and it takes on an altogether different connotation when it comes to the showbiz. Our great Indian song and dance factory, Bollywood, is 100. And the Indian media is all set to celebrate it

    We have decided to start at the very beginning. By cashing in on a list of firsts put together by Abhishek Raghunath in Forbes India.

    The list gives you five firsts. There are no prizes for guessing the first full length film – it was Raja Harishchandra by Dadasaheb Phalke.

    Watch this video if you want to know more about Dadasaheb Phalke

    However, the list has some interesting facts. The first instance of a movie running into trouble with the censors happened in 1921, with a flick called Bhakt Vidur. The movie was also banned in Madras and Karachi.

    The very first on screen kiss was shared between AVP Menon and Padmini in a Malayalam flick, Marthandavarma in 1933, which hit the screens just a couple of months before Devika Rani kissed Himanshu Rai in Karma.

    The first

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