Last year we highlighted them in our fourth birthday issue and tonight, as we turn five, we are celebrating the entry of the fifth member in Bollywood’s first family. The news of Aishwarya becoming pregnant, her being withdrawn from Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine, and then finally giving birth to Beti Bachchan have been the great buzzmakers of the year gone by. We should get to see the little one soon — maybe in a Sabyasachi design — and declare the Bachchans the Hum Paanch of Bollywood.
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Anurag Kashyap’s grim movie, loosely inspired on the Joshi-Abhyankar serial killings that shook Pune more than three decades ago, was about a group of five musicians who decide to follow a road of criminal activity.
self-destruction. Even a decade after it was produced, Paanch is still awaiting a release date due to allegations of excessive violence, sexual innuendos, and the lack of any redeeming characters.
To Do Or To Paanch
One of the 1980s action comedies with Amitabh Bachchan at the centre of a large cast. The Big B, Shashi Kapoor, Hema Malini, and Parveen Babi all participated in this masala mayhem directed by Rakesh Kumar, who was also responsible for Mr Natwarlal and Khoon Pasina. The title theme from the movie was reworked for Rohan Sippy’s Bluffmaster!, starring Beta B, since the movie was about con men and con jobs.
The upcoming movie, starring Priyanshu Chatterjee and Dia Mirza (in her first role in her native tongue), examines the highs and lows, lunacy, and enchantment of love in the lives of a teacher and a director. The next film, which is divided into five episodes, will take you through the ups and downs of the relationship.