Chang­ing Face of Bol­ly­wood

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1977

The Kapoor Erot­ica

Few films have had such bal­ly­hoo as Raj Kapoor's Satyam Shivam Sun­daram. At ev­ery stage of its pro­duc­tion, the multi- mil­lion- ru­pee colos­sus has kept the tongues wag­ging within the film in­dus­try. Film mag­a­zines, kept at bay dur­ing the shoot­ing, have writ­ten snide ar­ti­cles con­demn­ing the film and its maker. Ri­val pro­duc­ers, con­cerned about the pos­si­ble box­of­fice com­pe­ti­tion the film will pose, are busy spread­ing sto­ries that Raj Kapoor has lost his touch; and an ea­ger pub­lic wait to see if SSS will prove a spec­tac­u­lar hit such as Bobby, or a flop like Mera Naam Joker. I NDIA TO­DAY, NOVEM­BER 1 5, 1 977

1993

The Mad­huri Magic

If Mad­huri Dixit has got the en­tire coun­try sway­ing to the Choli beat, she also has the film in­dus­try danc­ing to her tune. In the in­dus­try, they now speak of Mad­huri strictly in su­perla­tives. “She’s a 10,” says Beta pro­ducer Ashok Thak­e­ria. “The Mad­huri craze is fan­tas­tic,” says Vinod Doshi, who fi­nanced Dil and Beta. I NDIA TO­DAY, SEPTEM­BER 1 5, 1 993

2007

Bachchan vs Khan

Call it the clash of ti­tans or the con­fronta­tion of gen­er­a­tions, but it is a stealth war that is be­ing fought with iron wills, velvet gloves, and steel- edged smiles. In the Jalsa cor­ner is the once and for­ever Sha­hen­shah. In the Man­nat cor­ner is the Bad­shah. In the au­di­ence, split down the mid­dle, are some of the most in­flu­en­tial peo­ple, from the Gand­his to the Am­ba­nis. I NDIA TO­DAY, J AN­UARY 1 , 2007

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