Movies

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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Bengali Film Review: Dictionary

Well-known playwright, theatre activist/director, and film-maker/actor Bratya Basu’s film is well-intentioned but suffers from a muddled execution, writes Shantanu Ray C...

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Once upon a foggy night

Film historian Dhruv Somani, re-assesses the 1964 suspense thriller Kohraa, which he asserts is grossly undervalued. I happened to watch Rebecca (2020) on Netflix starring Li...

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Sightless in Bollywood

Film historian Dhruv Somani, recollects the B-town movies dealing with the theme of the sight-impaired. Cinema has always been considered as a powerful medium to reflect our ...

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Tara ra pomp pomp

Khalid Mohamed attends The Big Day weddings, listens in to Martin Scorsese’s docu-interview with Fran Lebovitz and… more. THE BIG DAY (NETFLIX)   Oh oh, ...

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Womanpower in khaki

Film historian Dhruv Somani, tracks down the heroines who have portrayed top cops, a domain usually reserved for heroes. Bollywood has largely been about stereotypes, what wi...

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Voices we miss

Film historian Dhruv Somani, chronicles the popular film playback singers, who are rarely heard today. There are quite a few film playback voices we miss hearing nowadays. La...

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Such a wonderful journey!!

Film historian Dhruv Somani, a self-confessed admirer of Dimple Kapadia, looks back at her films with affection.  I just finished watching the political drama Tandav, st...

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Drishadvati: The daughter of Yayati

Read Janaky Sreedharan’s incisive view on Madhavi S Mahadevan’s Bride of the...

June 23 2021

Paap: Antim Pawrbo and Mouchak

While Paap passes muster, Mouchak scrapes the bottom of the barrel. Shantanu Ray Chaudhu...

June 22 2021

Whose normal is it anyway?

Vandana Kumar goes around John Cassavettes’ ‘A Woman Under the Influence&rsq...

June 21 2021