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Stardust (English) - - RUMOURS & REJOINDERS - Words: Shar­bani Mukher­jee

Ac­tresses like Deepti Naval, Sha­bana Azmi and Smita Patil took the in­dus­try by storm by set­ting their own ver­sion of glam­our. Un­com­pro­mis­ing artistes, they put forth pow­er­ful char­ac­ters which didn’t re­quire them to be naïve or play nymphets. They were the kinds who didn’t need to look nam­keen while step­ping out of the samundar or mouth tit­il­lat­ing di­a­logues. Tagged as be­ing ‘arty’, they did add sub­stan­tial weight to the sto­ry­lines that they were a part of. Though we’ve lost Smita, Deepti and Sha­bana con­tinue to act and set a mark. And we have seen this phe­nom­e­non of ‘tal­ent tran­scend­ing gloss’ trickle down to the con­tem­po­rary lot, with ac­tors like Konkona Sen Sharma, Rad­hika Apte and Kalki Koech­lin de­liv­er­ing im­pact­ful act­ing. While the bat­tle be­tween com­mer­cial sell-outs v/s par­al­lel cinema con­tin­ues we, as an au­di­ence, just want to watch some stel­lar cinema. Long live good cinema!

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