After an online chat with pioneering film magazine editor Dinesh Raheja, who helmed MOVIE magazine with such erudite and informed precision, topped with skillful visual story-telling, here's looking back at the best Bollywood film magazine covers of ALL time! In fact, for my money's worth, the best film magazine India ever produced; MOVIE.
A fan favourite of Indian cinema buffs, it was also a magazine all Mumbai film stars willingly picked up and made time for - especially if/when they knew it might be a potential cover shoot with a novel twist.
Celebrities went to the MOVIE magazine office to chat with fans (not to beat up writers, cough cough Dharmendra! Saif Ali Khan!! - we remember all!!!). They experimented with looks, they stripped down for controversial covers, they spoke at length about sensitive matters, they knew they wouldn't be misquoted and they knew they wouldn't have to deal with amateurs boring them with inane q's about alleged affairs, speculative dalliances or anything that made for an ill-mannered retinue of queries.
"We rarely used stock pics and I would be present to ensure that pics were executed as I had visualised them. The photographers I worked regularly were Jagdish Mali, Rakesh Shrestha and Gautam Rajadhakshya," Dinesh Raheja
"Sridevi in a golden turban - in fact I did six to seven covers with Sridevi and all were runaway successes!"