Movies

Hard Day’s Night

Film historian Dhruv Somani, clocks into Bollywood films, which were set in a tension-packed time frame of 24 hours. There have been rare films whose plots have been set in a...

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Amazing Grace

Film historian, Dhruv Somani, pens the untold story of the playback singer Suman Kalyanpur, who retired from the hurly burly of the recording studios, gracefully   A swe...

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Oh, those feuds

Film historian, Dhruv Somani, rewinds to the mega-rivalry between several Bollywood heroines.  Feuds between the actresses of Bollywood would make for spicy reading in m...

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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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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