Movies

Horror Unmasked

Film historian, Dhruv Somani, recounts the believe-it-or-not real-life story of Ajay Agarwal, who became the face of Bollywood’s horror cinema. It’s Halloween tim...

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Bhanu Athaiya: Best of the Best

Film historian, Dhruv Somani, picks his 10 favourites from the vast collection  created by the late doyenne of film costume designs. Over 130 films in a career spanning ...

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That’s Cricket

With the IPL fever on, film historian Dhruv Somani, discusses Bollywood cinema’s takes on India’s favorite sport and pastime. It’s no secret that cricket an...

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Cabaret Queens

Film historian, Dhruv Somani, returns to the era of cabarets to select seven of the dancing divas that shone a light on Bollywood entertainment. There was a time when a film ...

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Hit after hit

He wasn’t exactly the critics’ darling but the masses loved him. Film historian, Dhruv Somani salutes the hit-maker Raj Kumar Kohli, who turned 90 this month. One...

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Similar strokes

Call it a coincidence or plain copycatting. Film historian, Dhruv Somani, writes on the curious clashes between Bollywood filmmakers who have tackled the same subject or story...

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Sex, lies and web chats

Khalid Mohamed reviews the widely-lionised Malayalam film C U Soon, Yaara an exhibition of bare chests-‘n’-bespoke beards and more. Roses are red, violets are blu...

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The Name Game

Which star gets top billing? Film historian Dhruv Somani tracks the ‘pehle main, phir aap’ syndrome of the Bollywood movies. Believe me, there are hazards galore ...

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Don’t Call her Aunty

Khalid Mohamed finds relief in Masaba Masaba and other fare on the streaming channels currently. It’s been a week of mixed pickings. The dear old prime streaming channe...

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Against all odds

Film historian, Dhruv Somani, takes you right into the storm of Bollywood’s films revolving around natural and man-made disasters. Disasters – of enormous tragic ...

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Days of qawwalis

Film historian Dhruv Somani asks why have the qawwalis, once a big draw in the Bollywood...

March 7 2021

She left when she was too young: Meena Kumari

Humra Quraishi recalls her meeting with Rukhsar-e-Zehra, stepdaughter of the  legen...

March 6 2021

Open mail to Parineeti Chopra

Khalid Mohamed writes to Parineeti Chopra about The Girl on the The Train, has issues wi...

March 5 2021