Movies

Bond, Bollywood Bonds

Film historian Dhruv Somani, in the wake of the passing away of Sean Connery, chronicles the desi Bonds that were. Sean Connery, who passed away at the age of 90 on October 3...

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Bringing up Babi

Film historian Dhruv Somani, reviews journalist Karishma Upadhyay’s riveting book Parveen Babi: A Life Alliteratively called the Jazzy Jane from Junagadh, she was a gam...

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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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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