Movies

Vanishing Act II: Bollywood actresses who disappeared

Film historian, Dhruv Somani, pens a sequel to his study on the actresses who retreated into the shadows Here’s expressing my gratitude for the overwhelming response to...

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Vanishing Act: Bollywood actresses who quit the scene suddenly

Film historian Dhruv Somani writes on the 10 actresses who just upped and shunned the limelight. So many stars come and go but linger on in our minds. Through their work they...

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Reincarnation: Bollywood’s affair with rebirth

Film historian Dhruv Somani gives you a lowdown on the reincarnation films, some of which clicked majorly, while others nosedived  Today the subject is reincarnation, wh...

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For Name’s Sake: Bollywood’s penchant for screen names

Film historian, Dhruv Somani, traces the saga of leading film personalities changing their birth-names for catchier screen names.  A rose by any other name would not hav...

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Admitted

Ojaswwee Sharma’s award Winning Feature Film – a Docu-drama about Transgender Education Rights was released yesterday, 13th June 2020 The much awaited multiple aw...

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Guns & Roses: Bollywood’s Dacoit Women

Film historian Dhruv Somani reminds you of the time when women characters wouldn’t take nonsense from the Thakur potentates and became dacoits to wreak vendetta.  ...

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Snake Bites: Bollywood’s Naagins

Film historian Dhruv Somani takes stock of the Naagin and Naag movies, which have crowded the Bollywood repertoire for decades now. Snake stories have since time immemorial i...

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Video Gaga

Film historian Dhruv Somani excavates the exclusive made-for video movies by Nari Hira and other producers, way before the arrival of the streaming channels Long before Netfl...

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Chiller Thrillers

Film historian Dhruv Somani unearths eight Bollywood films, which were grossly undervalued. A distinct genre of thriller and suspense films emerged in Hindi cinema after the ...

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Abandoned

Bollywood’s shelved extravaganzas! Film historian Dhruv Somani zooms in on eight big Bollywood movies, which on facing hiccups, couldn’t get to the finishing line....

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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