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Aayush: Working in ‘Mom’ is a dream come true!


Aayush Agarwal is on a roll, after bagging a role in the latest Sridevi starrer Mom. Now that the movie has released, his role has been appreciated. A Film and Media student (specializing in Advertising and Digital Marketing) of AISFM, Aayush talks to us about his role in Mom and describes it as “One of the happiest moments of my life”. In our tête-à-tête, he shares that he feels lucky to be working with legends in Mom. Read on to find out what this young actor has to say about his foray into Bollywood and much more!

How did your role happen in Mom?
I auditioned at the most renowned casting company in Bollywood i.e. Mukesh Chhabra Casting Company that has casted for films like Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Dangal, Chennai Express, PK etc.

How did you feel when you realized you bagged a role in this movie?
Bollywood has always been where I wanted to be and I certainly felt and still feel blessed to have this on my plate luckily at a young age, where being in Hyderabad didn’t become the kind of barrier it would have been a few years earlier. There is a lot of gratitude and extreme sense of pleasure to be associated with a film of this magnitude with legends on board.

How did this movie compare to your other past work in your life?
Well, all work has its own importance and value and you value whatever comes your way at that given time and then you join the dots as you look back. I have been a part of Drushyam and 24 earlier when it comes to feature films and they’re as special to me as Mom is.

How did your family feel about role in this movie?
Probably every one out of two people know Sridevi and we have all seen her films and grown up. I can say this for myself and for the generation before me. Both my parents have been fans of Sri Ma’am and when they found out that their son would not only meet her, but work with her and share screen space with her, I guess their happiness had no bounds and at my end, I only hope and wish I try and make them proud with whatever little I can do.

How will you enjoy your accomplishments in this movie?
I have enjoyed the process of the movie and that is more important to me. As far as accomplishments of the movie are concerned, it is most definitely one of the best teamwork I’ve seen on set. I remember that after the premiere, there were wonderful reviews and we celebrated by dancing our way off for the fact that we finished the film.

How did you feel at the end of the day working for such a movie like Mom?
You never want journeys like these to end, because they’re your dream turned into reality where you are in the same space as veterans of the industry, in the kind of atmosphere where you’ve met alike people and made friends for life. The last day is obviously very heavy. But, it only ends one journey with hopefully many more to come, and doesn’t end any relationship.

How do you think others see you as a professional at this young age?
I am unaware if others see me as a professional or not, but I just hope some manage to notice the passion that runs within because I am a firm believer that persistence always wins over intelligence.

How do you see yourself now and five years later?
I do not know, and I am glad that I don’t know. I’d like to take one step at a time and would rather be efficient in what comes my way to be the best in that moment in terms of what I can deliver. If I manage to do this well, I’m certain that five years down the line would be a sweet spot.

How do you want others to see you as a professional?
Effective, Efficient and Deserving.

What was the happiest moment that you encountered while working on this movie and why?
I was on board as soon as I received the confirmation call from the casting company that I have been locked for the character Rishi. And that, I think was the most happiest moment for the fact that I knew I had my first Bollywood role falling in place, and the scale of it was huge.

Starting out on a musical note!

bollywood celebrities in music videos

Looking at the recent craze of celebrity music videos, one may think that this is a thing of the present, but little does one know that this fad began way back in the 90’s. The 90’s was the epitome of pop music success and saw many solo artists, boy bands and girl gangs emerging into the industry. While Sonam Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan may be some of the ‘known’ stars to have featured in music videos, we present to you five B-town celebrities who practically began this fad, quite unknowingly, at the beginning of their acting careers.

  1. Shahid Kapoor:

Before blowing us away with his performances in Udtaa Punjaab and Haider, the Kapoor boy was seen as a love-struck young lad, trying to woo the girl next door, in the song ‘Aankhon Mei’ by the band Aryans.

  1. Deepika Padukone:

Little do people know that it was actually Himesh Reshamiya who launched Deepika into the film fraternity and not Farah Khan. The then model, starred in the music video of ‘Naam Hai Tera’ and this feature got her noticed and led to her bagging the lead role opposite SRK in Om Shanti Om.

  1. Ayesha Takia:

Ayesha Takia was a child model for Complan and other brands. What got her noticed however was, Falguni Pathak’s ‘Meri ChuCnar Udd Udd Jaye’ that also featured Southern actress Trishna Krishnan. The song showed Takia as a doe-eyed young girl who is feeling home-sick, and led to her bagging various roles in Bollywood.

  1. John Abraham:

Before he made his debut in Pooja Bhatt’s ‘Jism’, John Abraham starred in Pankaj Udhas’s number ‘Chupke Chupke’. Who would have ever imagined that? He can be seen flaunting his long, floppy hair and flashing cute dimples, knowing little of how famous this one song would make him.

  1. Bipasha Basu:

She may have climbed the success ladder with a spate of good and cringe worthy movies, but Bipasha Basu started out her career by starring in Sonu Nigam’s ‘Kab Ye Janegi’. Though the video may not be as visually appealing as others on the list, it kick started her Bollywood career.

‘My first Bollywood’ – by Aayush Agarwal

Aayush Agarwal on his Bollywood break
One fine morning I woke up to eventually find out that I was going to get a call from Mukesh Chhabbra, which could only mean one thing; I was one step closer to my dream – ‘Check.’ I was going to be a part of the next Boney Kapoor film, MOM, starring Sridevi, Akshaye Khanna & Nawazuddin Siddique. Woah! Hold on a minute; what?

That moment, that very feeling after I hung up on the call, where I was informed that I’ve been locked for a character role in the film was pure magic! It was a privilege to be on a set of such scale and I value each and every moment of it. I wanted to do justice and give my 100% for not just this project, but for whatever else I will be having in my bag in the future. I shall keep working hard and get going with my journey.

Little did I know that randomly auditioning online could actually work! As each round passed it got me more excited and I was happily surprised to finally end up in a vanity with costume and make up, ready and waiting to be called for my first shot for my first Bollywood film! After having collected the experience of working in the film Drushyam and with the 24 team, it made me value this experience more and had me in a constant attempt to try doing things right, learning from my previous mistakes and discovering new, unbelievably interesting things along the way. To have the opportunity to not only meet but also share screen-space with a star like Sridevi is an amazing thing by itself. I felt chills when I spoke to her for the first time!

The experience that one can gain from working on a film set is huge, and with a director like Ravi Udyawar, who again is a master of what he does, this ‘experience gaining’ is taken to a whole new level. There were other very talented persons and a very happening crew that never let me get bored on set. Even during my previous experiences of being a part of films, I realize each time, not only how interesting film making is, but also how tough it is and what kind of passion it requires to make!

I don’t want to sound very diplomatic and say that this is my calling; all I know for sure, is that I am in a happy place when I work in this field and this only makes me want to do it even more. Things are falling in place for me, I would say, with luck being in my favour and would like things to be this way while I continue working hard and doing my role (pun intended).

Not so Bollywood, Bollywood films!

Bollywood films that are not bollywood

When you think of Bollywood, your mind automatically thinks: boy meets girl, a displeased family leading to a depressed protagonist, a change of heart of the parents and finally, a happily ever after; all this with an item song, loud dialogues, and a few laughs thrown in there, and you can pretty much sum up most B’town films! However, there are a few films out there that break these norms (thankfully!). We present to you, such a list of Bollywood movies, that aren’t so ‘Bollywood’.

  1. Shaitan

Bollywood films that are not bollywood

For those of you who have not seen Anurag Kashyap’s directorial debut Paanch, have missed out on something. The fact that it is still not allowed to be released proves that his ideologies are still ahead of time, even in today’s day and age and let’s just say that Shaitan follows the same path. While the latter merely copies the idea of self-kidnapping from the former, the themes of conflict behind every character are totally new. The thing most commendable about Anurag in this film is probably his incorporation of the yesteryear song Khoya Khoya Chand amidst a runaway sequence despite the song having no connection with the scene whatsoever. It is so beautifully edited and incorporated that it compellingly compliments the onscreen antics!

  1. No Smoking

Bollywood films that are not bollywood
This Anurag Kashyap film shows the existence of a hypocritical and crime enriched society in today’s day that has removed the possibility of a peaceful and creative society EXACTLY like how Baba Bangali pulls the plug off on the possibility of individual freedom by torturing and killing K’s soul. This is one of the many interpretations of the film. The ending of this film has confused almost everybody who has seen it and maybe the only way to know what Kashyap’s motto was for the film would be to ask him that directly!

  1. Love Sex aur Dhokha

Bollywood films that are not bollywood
In a country where the usage of the word ‘sex’ raises eyebrows and makes one the victim of angry stares and an automatic evaluation of their character, director Dibakar Banerjee came out, in 2010, with the film LSD (Love, Sex aur Dhokha) that portrayed his versions of what the three words in the title meant according to him, through a ‘hidden-camera’ capture. The film tells three stories, one of honour killing, a topic that is very much hushed especially in the north; the second of an MMS scandal and finally the last one, the incidence of the casting couch in the entertainment industry.

  1. Roy

Bollywood films that are not bollywood
Roy is one Bollywood film that is clearly misunderstood as a ‘bad’ film or a film that ‘puts one into snoresville’, mainly because not many of its viewers completely understood it. Vikramjit made his directorial debut with this romantic thriller. The film has an amazing story-line, however its direction could have been better; nonetheless, this film is a must watch for all the unorthodox Hindi film lovers.

  1. Vicky Donor

Bollywood films that are not bollywood
Like we mentioned above, we live in a country where talking about sex still remains a taboo and people cannot even think of making films on such topics. This is where director Shoojit Sircar stepped in to become a promoter of the avant-garde, by making a comedy about sperm donation! The film talks about the owner of a fertility clinic-cum-sperm bank who is in search of a healthy sperm donor. This search ends when he meets Ayushmann Khurrana aka Vicky Arora. The film is witty and made beautifully to address a subject that, according to many Indians, is a big no-no.

  1. Margarita, with a Straw

Bollywood films that are not bollywood

Shonali Bose and Nilesh Maniyar brought to us a film about a young girl who ends up falling in love. Now, you may ask how this film is different from your typical B’town flicks. Well, to start off, the girl is suffering with cerebral palsy and is bound to a wheelchair. She leaves India and travels to New York to study and unknowingly embarks on a journey of self-discovery. The film has a lot of heart and is backed up by a very strong performance by Kalki Koechlin, who has done a good job of miming the physicality of someone with cerebral palsy; what’s truly remarkable is the lack of artifice in her expressions, while playing the character of Laila.

  1. Angry Indian Goddesses

Bollywood films that are not bollywood
This film has been called an Indian spin-off version of the film Bridesmaids, due to the fact that it is based around a bachelorette party. What makes this Pan Nalin film stand out is the surprising turns that upend genre expectations and explore the pressing issue of sexism in contemporary Indian society. Yet another minute detail about the film that was very much appreciated was the diversity of the group of girls, which portrayed a very vivid snapshot of today’s day and age: Su (Sandhya Mridul), a businesswoman and mother; the engaging Nargis (Tannishtha Chatterjee); Jo (Amrit Maghera), an aspiring Bollywood actress; Pammy (Pavleen Gujral), a housewife; Mad (Anushka Manchanda), a singer-songwriter; and the house servant, Lakshmi (Rajshri Deshpande).

  1. Delhi Belly

Bollywood films that are not bollywood
The song ‘D.K Bose’ caused quite the stir when this film was going about its promotions, and we could get a quick sneak-peek into what is to be expected from the film. The graphic images and language may not seem very crude to people who are exposed to the Western television scene, however it was pretty unusual to see something of that degree in Indian cinema. The film was shot in English and later also dubbed in Hindi. The film is a must watch simply for the fact that it was able to instil the flavours of indie-films into something that was part of mainstream cinema.

  1. That Girl in Yellow Boots

Bollywood films that are not bollywood
It seems as though Anurag Kashyap loves making films that are completely opposite one’s Bollywood diktat. This was his seventh feature and he is said to be a leader of a growing independent film movement in India; we couldn’t agree more. That Girl in Yellow Boots is a thriller starring Kalki Koechlin and Naseeruddin Shah. It showcases a young woman who, in the bustling city of Mumbai, is in search of her father who had abandoned her during her childhood. Kalki Koechlin, who co-wrote the script with her then husband Anurag Kashyap, created the image of a woman who is sad and old, way beyond her years.

  1. Khamosh

Bollywood films that are not bollywood

A movie about movie making, Khamosh is a film very different from the ones releasing during its time mainly for the fact that the film showed the actors portraying themselves on screen. The opening credits feature a pitch-black background punctuated with the film’s motif and Vanraj Bhatia’s low-note riff; the credit sequence continues, sans any glamour. The opening scene is a perfect contrast to the credits. It shows a spot that comes across as a tourist location, where Amol Palekar and Shabana Azmi, are participating in a shoot. Mysterious murders are taking place on the sets of this Bollywood movie. Who is behind all these murders? Watch this 1985 film to find out.

Dialogues that make Bollywood filmy!

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Dialogues are the essence of any film. Whether or not a film stays with you, depends on the power of its dialogues, and Bollywood seems to never fail at delivering this to its audience. We have gathered dialogues from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s era that are enumerated even today, by adults and children alike. Let’s just say that these are a few of the many filmy dialogues from the pre-2000’s era of Bollywood. We will be back with a follow-up article kyun ki, picture abhi baaki hai mere dost!

Deewar (1975)

Most famous bollywood dialogues


Aaj mere paas gaadi hai, bungla hai, paisa hai… tumhare paas kya hai?” Amitabh Bachchan.
“Mere paas, mere paas… Maa hai…,” Shashi Kapoor.

Sholay (1975)

Most famous bollywood dialogues

“Kitne aadmi thhe?”asked Gabbar Singh, and a million fans stood up to applaud. To whom did Amjad Khan address this? Arre-o-Sambha!

Yaddon ki Baraat (1973)

kutte kaminey main tera khoon pee jaunga

“Kutte, kameene, main tera khoon pee jaoonga,” says Dharmendra. The first of a zillion films where the hero threatened the villain with canines!

Shahenshah (1988)

Most famous bollywood dialogues

“Rishte mein to hum tumhare baap lagte hain, naam hai Shahenshah,” Amitabh Bachchan’s famous signature line.

Pakeezah (1972)

Most famous bollywood dialogues

“Aapke paon dekhe, bahut haseen hai. Inhe zameen par mat utariyega, maile ho jayenge,” Raj Kumar in a note addressed to Meena Kumari, after admiring her feet as she sleeps in a train compartment.

Devdas (1955)

Most famous bollywood dialogues

“Kaun kambakht bardaasht karne ko peeta hai? Main toh peeta hoon ke bas saans le saku,” Dilip Kumar, playing the alcoholic unanonymous.

Namak Halal (1982)

Most famous bollywood dialogues

“I can talk English, I can walk English, I can run English… because English is a very phunny language,” Amitabh Bachchan.

Amar Prem (1971)

Most famous bollywood dialogues

“Pushpa, I hate tears… inhe ponch dalo,” said Rajesh Khanna to Sharmila Tagore; a dialogue that soon would be said across the country, every time a loved one shed a tear.

Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995)

Most famous bollywood dialogues

“Senorita, Bade bade shehron mein aisi chhoti chhoti baatein hoti rehti hain,” Shah Rukh Khan. The dialogue became so popular that it was a part of US President, Barack Obama’s speech when he visited India.

Mr. India (1987)

Most famous bollywood dialogues

“Mogambo khush hua,” Amrish Puri in a line that made Indian villains!

Kalicharan (1976)

Most famous bollywood dialogues

“Saara sheher mujhe Loin ke naamse jaanta hai,” Ajit.

Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)

Most famous bollywood dialogues

“Dosti ka ek usool hai madam; no sorry, no thank you,” Salman Khan to a very innocent Bhagyashree, that went on to make every youth in the country own a ‘FRIEND’ baseball cap.

Baazigar (1993)

Most famous bollywood dialogues

“Kabhi kabhi kuch jeetne ke liye kuch harna bhi padta hai, aur haar kar jeetnay wale ko baazigar kehte hain,” Shah Rukh Khan, setting the patent excuse that would be used every time somebody fails at a task.

Damini (1993)

Most famous bollywood dialogues
“Taarikh pe taarikh.. Taarikh pe taarikh…taarikh pe taarikh aur taarikh pe taarikh milti rahi hai… Lekin insaaf nahi mila me lord, insaaf nahi mila… Mili hai to sirf ye taarikh,” Sunny Deol

Don (1978)

Most famous bollywood dialogues

“Don ka intezaar toh 11 mulko ki police kar rahi hai, magar Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahin namumkin hai,” Amitabh Bachchan

Sholay (1975)

Most famous bollywood dialogues
“Basanti! In kutto ke samne mat nachna,” Dharmendra with yet another canine mention.

Damini (1993)

Most famous bollywood dialogues
“Ye dhai kilo ka hath jab kisi pe padta hai na, to aadmi uthta nahi uth jata hai,” Sunny Deol.

Deewar (1975)

Most famous bollywood dialogues

“Main aaj bhi pheke hue paise nahi uthata hoon,” Amitabh Bachchan.

Sholay (1975)

Most famous bollywood dialogues

“Itna sannata kyun hai, bhai?,” said A.K. Hangal, setting the trend of saying this dialogue to break an awkward silence.

Sharaabi (1984)

Most famous bollywood dialogues
“Mooche ho toh Nathulalji jaisi, warna na ho,” Amitabh Bachchan. Seems like Big B got all the power-packed dialogues of this era!

Special Mentions!

Most famous bollywood dialogues




Bollywood’s filmy facts you probably didn’t know!

There is something magical about the world of cinema. When it comes to Bollywood, movie buffs take their love and obsession to a whole new level. They know every dialogue, every behind-the-scene story, and even every last bit of gossip, revolving around Bollywood films. We tried digging a little deeper and extracting a few facts that we think even hardcore Bollywood buffs will not know. Here they are:

Bollywood was born 11 years before Hollywood! Bollywood’s first production was an 1899 short film, whereas Hollywood’s first film came out in 1910.


Raj Kapoor’s Mera Naam Joker was the first Hindi movie to have not one, but two intervals. Aamir Khan’s Dhobi Ghaat, on the other hand, released without an interval!


Indians buy 2.7 billion movie tickets annually, the highest in the world. Since our average ticket price is among the lowest in the world, revenues are a fraction compared to Hollywood.

The film with the most number of songs ever is (surprise, surprise) a Bollywood movie! With a whopping 71 songs, Indar Sabha (1932) claimed this title with ease and has never even had a close competitor.

Bhanu Athaiya was the first Indian ever to win the prestigious Academy Award. She’s been associated with the industry for over 50 years now and she won the award for the ‘Best Costume Deisgner’ for Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi in 1982.

Bollywood viewership is pegged at anywhere between 3 billion and 4 billion — which is more than half the population of our planet! It overtook Hollywood in 2004 and has been leading viewership numbers ever since.


The Bachchans hold the Guinness World record for being the only father-son duo to have played reversed roles on-screen in Paa.


The film Kaho Naa.. Pyar Hai has been added in the Guinness Book of World Records’ 2002 edition for being the film to have won the largest number of awards. It won a whopping 92 awards the year after its release!

Special Mention:

Rajnikanth never said “Enna Rascala!”

Bollywood’s favourite shoot locations!

The Indian film industry has its audience spread all across the globe. Thousands of films make it up to the silver screen every year and the size of audience watching these films is just infinite. A Bollywood film has the magic to turn an ordinary place into a tourist spot overnight. We take a look at five such places that seem to have become Bollywood’s favourites when it comes to shooting!

  1. Switzerland

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Yes Boss, Dhoom 3, Don 2, Biwi No. 1, Mausam, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Ajnabee, Vaastav
… phew, the list keeps going on and on! This place is definitely one that was shot in more than any other place in Indian cinema. Every Indian then wanted to go there, bring back the big bells that Kajol bought at the souvenir shop in DDLJ, or dance in the green meadows wearing a yellow saree like Sri Devi in Chandni. It can be said that Switzerland was brought onto the Bollywood map of shooting locations by Yash Raj Films. Yash Chopra had shot so many films near the lake Alpenrausch, that the lake has been christened as Chopra Lake. Also, he was awarded a Swiss honor in 2010 as his films had done so much to promote Switzerland!

  1. Goa

Goa is known to be a party destination. It is also known to be the location where most Bollywood party scenes are shot. Go Goa Gone, Ladies VS Ricky Bahl, Dil Chahta Hai, and many other films prove this to be true. The churches and forts of the place provide exactly the type of scenic beauty that is needed in our films, making this place the second most shot location of India. The rocky fort Aguada, has been an integral part of a lot of iconic scenes from Rangeela, Dil Chahta Hai, Golmaal, Dhoom and Honeymoon Travels making it a must-visit destination for the tourists. After all, who doesn’t want to sit on the dull bricks and stare into the nothingness of the sea while the sun sets?

  1. Rajasthan

Our filmmakers love unraveling new places in their films for us movie buffs. We were not surprised when they set up camp in Rajasthan, mainly Udaipur for the typical Big Fat Indian Wedding scenes of their films, and we don’t blame them for it. The place alludes royalty! Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Ram Leela were shot in the iconic royal heritage sites of Udaipur, including the Udaipur Palace, adding to its popularity among tourists. Amer Fort and Birla Mandir in Jaipur, Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur and Bada Bagh in Jaisalmer are some other places that are Bollywood favourites of Rajasthan.

  1. Spain

The reason Spain is being included in this list despite having only one film shot here, is because of the increase in the tourism that the film caused single-handedly. “During the first six months of 2011, we have seen a growth of 32 per cent in traffic, and after the release of the movie we are hopeful that we will see further growth,” said Madhu Saliankar, market analyst, Spain Tourism in Mumbai. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara showed us the beauty of Spain, which is not the country that generally comes to our mind when we think of European countries. For most Bollywood fans, Europe means Switzerland, England or maybe Italy. In fact, most tourist agencies in Spain now offer the ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Movie Beach Tour’ to Costa Brava and Lloret de Mar beaches. How amazing is that?

  1. Shimla/Manali

Yes, many films have been shot in Shimla and Manali over the years in Bollywood, but what really put it on the map, especially for the younger generation was the film, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Years after Rajesh Khanna’s Aap Ki Kasam and Rishi Kapoor’s Heena painted Manali on the cinematic canvas, this Ranbir & Deepika starrer once again made Manali the most loved tourist destination. Every youngster of the country was obsessed with climbing the snowy mountains of the place, just like their favourite stars. For the not so adventurous ones, Manali meant Kareena Kapoor joyfuly singing “Yeh Ishq Hai, Jannat Dikhaye” amidst the snow-clad mountains. Be what may, the picturesque valleys and the beautiful cottages along with the snowy mountains of this place made it Bollywood’s favourite shooting location.

Hashtag #ExplainAFilmPlotBadly !

Twitter never fails to give us gems of entertainment every once in a while! This week’s gem, aka the hashtag, #ExplainAFilmPlotBadly is no exception. Its concept is simple: take any film, and distort its plot to such an extent that the outcome is hilarious, yet remains accurate when thought about the movie. We have rounded up the best tweets that we found on twitter, that bring out the hysterical truths behind our favourite films!

1. Harry Potter

2. The Hunger Games

3. Big Hero 6

4.  Goliyon Ki Raaslela: Ram-Leela

5. The Little Mermaid

6. Monsters Inc.

7. Star Wars

8. Shrek

9. Mulan

10. Batman

11. Les Miserables

12.  Spiderman

13. Edge of Tomorrow

14. Sholay

15. Avatar

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