How 50+ Stars Still Rule Bollywood?

Some say age is nothing but just a number. Over the years, in our part of the world, it is believed that with age your popularity diminishes. However, some of our beloved Bollywood actors have defied this belief with flying colours. Recently, I watched some movies on India’s second-biggest OTT platform, ZEE5 and came up with an idea of writing an article on Bollywood stars who are over the age of 50 and still doing well in the industry.

While writing, I chose 4 actors to features in this article:

1.Akshay Kumar: At 51, Akshay Kumar’s box office prowess is all but increasing with every film. For the record, his last 3 movies–Gold, Padman & Toilet: Ek Prem Katha–have all been box office hits, earning more than double of their budgets. Padman, in particular, was highly praised by critics and public alike as it is based on a topic which is considered a taboo in our part of the world–female sanitary pads.

Akshay has evolved over the years from being an action hero to a comedy star and of late shedding some much-needed attention towards social issues on screen. One reason behind his continued success can be attributed to his disciplined lifestyle. For example, he is known to be incredibly punctual during shoots and has a strict policy of not working on Sundays! The actor is also very conscious of his health and ensures that his shoots start early morning and finish before night so that he can have a good sleep.

2. Shahrukh Khan: The name is synonymous with Bollywood for many foreign countries. With over 280 awards in his cabinet, he is described by the Los Angeles Times as perhaps “The World’s Biggest Movie Star“. Shahrukh has won 8 Filmfare Awards, in the category of Best Actor in a Leading Role, the most by any actor.

The 52-year-old actor started his journey with films like Deewana, Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge and Dil Toh Pagal Hai to name a few, and successfully established himself as the leading romantic actor in 1990s. Over the last few years, he has played some mature characters too. His latest movie, Zero is slated to release later this year, has already generated a lot of buzz in the B-town.

3. Aamir Khan: Popularly known as Mr Perfectionist in the Hindi film industry. Aamir has to his credit, India’s highest grossing movie – Dangal, the only movie so far to have crossed the figure of 2,000 crores ($300 million). Aamir, 53 is still considered a potent force in Bollywood because of his commercial as well as public value. His forthcoming movie, Thugs of Hindostan is made with a budget of 300 crores and is set to hit the screens early next month.

American magazine, Newsweek named him as “the biggest movie star” in the world. Aamir has won 9 Filmfare Awards and 4 National Film Awards, besides being nominated for an Academy Award.

4. Salman Khan: Another superstar of Bollywood, who is in his 50s, Salman has a crazy following of fans. Salman’s market value can be assessed by the fact that in 2015 Forbes listed him as the highest ranked Indian with earnings of $33.5 million in the list of Top-Paid 100 Celebrity Entertainers in the world.

Known as ‘Bhaijaan’ to his fans, the actor has done roles ranging from a sanskari beta to macho man to a humble do-gooder. Three of his movies (Tiger Zinda Hai, Sultan and Bajrangi Bhaijaan) have been listed in top 10 highest grossing movies of Bollywood. Salman also does philanthropic activities through his charity non-profit organisation, Being Human.

Stay tuned to The World of Movies for more such articles and more!

Image source: Official Facebook pages of the stars mentioned in the article.

Written by: Absar Ahmad

Andhadhun Movie Review

 

Andhadhun movie director Sriram Raghavan and editor Pooja Ladha Surti bring us a thriller with an open ending that leaves you guessing and wanting to know more. Definitely out of the box, Andhadhun is a movie that will fit descriptions of being a crime thriller, laugh out loud comedy and an absurd, brutal movie.

Well Plotted Crimes, Beautiful Music & Blind man’s View:

By now we all know Ayushmann Khurrana, is a blind man and his passion is to be a better pianist. The ray of sunshine with one liners of perfect timing is Radhika Apte. The surprise element is Tabu as a sensual, wannabe actress married to a star of yesteryears, Anil Dhawan. Buff and fit Manav Vij is refreshing as the inspector not at all shown in a cliched way. You do wish the charming and attractive Ashwini Kalsekar had more than the small role she plays though. You almost cheer when Zakir Hussain as the unethical doctor gets his due.

The crimes have been planned and plotted well. Shot with no faults and scenes flow from one to next beautiful scene leaving you literally gasping. You go in and out of shots seeing what the blind man can’t see but knowing the actor is acting and yet wonder at the poker face. You are constantly breaking out in a sweat or laughing. The dialogues are crisp and you feel empathy even for the greedy little boy, Kabir Sajid.

The tale is well spun and you are completely caught up in the web. The twist of stealing organs for transplant seems unnecessary. The saving grace is that you are spared the throbbing music that usually accompanies a drama of this magnitude. Instead you are treated to some beautiful music on the piano and the Andhadhun movie has a soundtrack with ten great numbers you will want to hum.

What you come away agreeing is that karma sure is a bitch and happy that justice is served in the end.

Reviewed by: Shyamala Nawab

It’s A Wonderful Life – Movie Review

Yes! It indeed is a wonderful life.

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In 1946, when cinema was black and white, Frank Capra was capable of showing various colors of life in his movie– It’s a wonderful life.

The story revolves around George Bailey (James Stewart), a benevolent businessmen in a beautiful town — Bedford Falls. George is an illustration of an ordinary man who is honest, happy, courageous, social, kind, and helpful. He sacrifices all his dreams to protect his town and people from evil intentions of the richest man of the town, who is inhumane, selfish, and cunning. He wants to conquer the town and own all the controls.

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James Stewart & Donna Reed-in-It’s-A-Wonderful-Life-1946-Movie

George, despite facing turbulence from all directions, always inhesitantly, not only gives moral support to Bedford’s people but also goes beyond his capabilities to help them in difficulties.

Potter, who always fails to break George’s protection shield and rule the town plans a foul play against him which breaks down George completely and compels him to think that his life is worthless, he didn’t achieve anything, and he should end it. This becomes an instance for George, which makes him truly understand his worth and count his achievements.

The story concludes with these heart-touching words that not only helped George to realize his worth but also, I believe the viewers too, and I am not any exception. I liked these words the most.

“Strange, isn’t it?
Each man’s life touches so many other lives.
When he isn’t around, he leaves an awful hole.”

In the movie full of fun, friendship and romance, the Potter’s existence offended my eyes. But then, I realized how the above quote justifies his presence.

Reviewed by: Pooja Mishra

Sui Dhaaga Movie Review

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Small Indian towns making a come back in a big way with recent Hindi movies showing us more of the rural life. Director Sharat Katariya under the YRF banner brings us the struggle of the artisans with alternate careers when the traditional crafts of the handloom industry die.

More Than Needle & Thread For The Aam Admi 

Varun Dhawan, Mauji, a skilled artist revives the traditional yarn spinning to handloom weaving to fabric dyeing and competes to bring back to fashion that which is truly Indian. It is evident that Varun has put in a lot to get the skills right as you get totally absorbed in the act. His posture and even his walk is so apt for the role. Simplicity with the tag line ‘sab badhiya heh’ with the special Varun charm is Mauji’s USP.


Anushka Sharma as Mamta, Mauji’s wife, is the complacent ‘bahu’ until she witnesses her husband entertaining his bosses’ family which is downright insulting. Mamta in her simple synthetic sarees, bangles and pallu on head realises there has to be dignity in labour and subtly urges Mauji to revive his heritage skills.

However Anushka doesn’t seem to have been overtaken by the role and strangely falls short. Her constant expression is more like a grimace sadly.


Raghuvir Yadav has portrayed the quintessential disgruntled father, all he wants is a steady respectable living for his family. Yamini Dass, the mother wins your heart with her obsession to run her simple home. Her hospitalisation is what sets Mauji on his tailoring business. Namit Das as the con man and Govind Pandey as the brother make their mark.

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What’s impressive is the detailing of simplicity, Mauji’s home, the charpai on the chhat, the achar bottles and even the rubble. The neighbourhood in the outskirts and commute to Delhi for work. The soundtrack is earthy and rustic enough to blend in.  Love how all things Indian are put together for Mauji’s fashion show finale where the artisans themselves walk the ramp to beat the fashion world at their own game!

Image source: Koimoi

Reviewed by: Shyamala Nawab

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