Movies

Play It Again

Film historian Dhruv Somani, tracks the highs and lows in the playback singing and acting careers of Shailendra Singh, who had wowed the nation with his voice for Rishi Kapoor...

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A Quart of Ray

Ever since Satyajit Ray passed away, his works have made it to the screen in sterile, ineffectual adaptations. Netflix’s Ray corrects that anomaly, writes Shantanu Ray C...

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Rambha Ho: Never Say Never

“Who says I have quit forever”, asks the screen sensation of unforgettable dance numbers, Kalpana Iyer, in a chat-fest with film historian Dhruv Somani. From th...

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The Afterlife of Kudrat

Film historian Dhruv Somani, re-evaluates Chetan Anand’s take on reincarnation forty years later. This one’s a keeper. An alluring film, directed by Chetan Anan...

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Against All Odds

Film historian Dhruv Somani, tracks the once super-successful career of the underappreciated playback-singing career of Hemlata, who inexplicably quit the Bollywood music scen...

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Reel Nurses

Film historian Dhruv Somani, recalls the Florence Nightingales of Bollywood cinema. The nursing staff has been working relentlessly throughout the pandemic. They are the wo...

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Of Dev Anand’s James Bond-like adventure

Film historian Dhruv Somani, zeroes in on The Evil Within, the little-seen crime thriller, which had marked the evergreen star’s second bid at international stardom afte...

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Bees Saal Baad Revisited

Film historian Dhruv Somani, rewinds to the classic chiller, which continues to enthrall viewers of all generations, ever since it was premiered in 1962. We often wonder wh...

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After a Pause

Film historian Dhruv Somani, writes on Bollywood’s comeback syndrome, or why top stars quit and then reboot their careers. Once an actor always an actor - oftentimes,...

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Look back in affection

Film historian Dhruv Somani, rewinds to the year 1980, which witnessed a spate of hits and sparked its abiding romance with the Bollywood movies. It was a landmark year dot...

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Flight To Freedom

In his first letter to readers, Philosophy Coach, Consultant at Universal Enlightenment ...

January 24 2022

Those Disco Deewane days

Film historian, Dhruv Somani, replays the story of the late Nazia Hassan, who sparked th...

January 23 2022

Great men leave everlasting memories

As Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary nears, Humra Quraishi recalls conversations ...

January 22 2022