Movies

Kill kill, bang bang

Khalid Mohamed reviews  the cop flick Class of ’83 and more fare streaming on the channels currently. Mostly, it’s been mind-barbecued week. Right off, I ope...

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Those Courtesan Days

Film historian Dhruv Somani, writes on the near-extinct genre of Bollywood films, which took you into the kothas and durbars of tawaifs. The courtesan culture was once a soci...

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Of Epic Tales: Movie mythological of yore

Film historian, Dhruv Somani, takes you back to the time when the mythological genre captivated film audiences Once, mythological films were the staple products of our cinema...

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That Classic Conflict: Bandish Bandits

Khalid Mohamed reviews the web series Bandish Bandits… and more fare currently showing on the streaming channels. So when the sun sets every COVID-19 tinted evening, a...

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Coming of Age: Child stars that could make it big

Film historian, Dhruv Somani, looks back at Bollywood’s babies and moppets who could make that tough transition to leading roles. Children in Hindi cinema have been sug...

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Master of Suspense: Ravindra Dave

Film archivist Subhash Chheda, revives the memory of the unsung filmmaker Ravindra Dave, of Hindi and Gujarati cinema, whose forte was nail-biting crime thrillers. Ravindra D...

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Little Wonders: The Vanishing Child Stars

Film historian, Dhruv Somani, writes on Bollywood’s little wonders whose fame faded on turning adults. Bollywood entertainment has predominantly catered to adult audien...

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Order! Order!

Film historian Dhruv Somani, zooms in on Bollywood’s ongoing forays into courtroom dramas.  This genre of courtroom dramas - with the judge infallibly asking for &...

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Vanished III: The male actors who disappeared from Bollywood

Film historian, Dhruv Somani, concludes his series on the vanishing acts of Bollywood, this time tracking down the male actors who quit the B-town scene.  Right off, her...

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Our Tarzans: Bollywood’s romance with the Lord of the Jungle

Film historian, Dhruv Somani, tracks down the unusual repertoire of desi Tarzan movies, which once used to delight Indian audiences. Tarzan, was created by the American ficti...

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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