Movies

The Woman in White

Film historian Dhruv Somani re-assesses Raj Khosla’s iconic suspense-filled Woh Kaun Thi, produced by NN Sippy under his banner N N Sippy Productions - cherished to this...

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That Poisonous Bite

Khalid Mohamed reviews the BBC-commissioned series The Serpent on Charles Sobhraj, approves heartily of the Malayalam film The Great Indian Kitchen and is brain-bashed by Chri...

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The first woman detective franchise in Bengal

Running on the streaming platform Hoichoi, the first woman detective franchise in Bengali, Damayanti could have done with much less talk and more imagination in its telling, w...

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The Unforgettable One

On her 72nd birth anniversary, film historian Dhruv Somani, looks back with affection at the most impactful films of Parveen Babi. One of the most beautiful faces from the ...

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Desperately Seeking Kim

Film historian Dhruv Somani, tracks down Kim who had vanished from the Bollywood scene, for an exclusive, freewheeling chat-fest. Kim Yashpal dropped her second name, left he...

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Hiralal: A rare biopic on a pioneer of Indian cinema

The fascinating life of Hiralal Sen probably needed more visual flair, writes Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri However, despite its staginess, there is no denying that Hiralal is an im...

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The South Wave

Film historian, Dhruv Somani, rewinds to the time when there was an influx of heroines from Southern cinema to Bollywood. There was a time when Hindi cinema banked considerab...

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The peerless entertainer

Film historian Dhruv Somani, pays tribute to Nasir Hussain, wizard of the undervalued romantic musicals of Bollywood. Nasir Hussain commenced making films during the era of t...

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Prem Tame: Love’s Labour Lost

Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri writes that an inspired final act and a brilliant soundtrack cannot overcome the shortcomings of vapid characters and a meandering screenplay that does ...

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Days of qawwalis

Film historian Dhruv Somani asks why have the qawwalis, once a big draw in the Bollywood movies, have gone with the wind today? Once, the qawwali maintained a sacrosanct plac...

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So why don’t people wear masks?

The second wave of COVID-19 is affecting the entire country due to which people are requ...

April 15 2021

Fighting Malnutrition in Chhattisgarh

The district of Bijapur in Chhattisgarh, around 480 km from state capital Raipur, has be...

April 14 2021

An auteur in the true sense: Werner Herzog

The new wave German cinema with its mighty generals like Wim Winders and Reiner Werner F...

April 13 2021