Retroscope

Sing freedom: Songs of nationalist fervour

Anil Dixit walks down melody lane to track some of the most memorable songs of our national pride and patriotism Patriotic songs are de rigueur for occasions such as Independ...

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The Forever Story: Protima Gauri (Bedi)

Humra  Quraishi writes that Protima Bedi, was the quintessential modern Indian woman who had once written her own destiny She passed away twenty two years ago on  A...

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Chann Pardesi: Reuniting with the cult-classic

Aparajita Krishna writes, Chann Pardesi would be a stranger to the young cine-goer, India 2020, including the young diaspora generation. However, a news item featured in the ...

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Mohammed Rafi: Forty Years Later

Anil Dixit exults about Mohammed Rafi’s imperishable legacy of songs, on the occasion of the legendary crooner’s 40th death anniversary. I confess I write this on...

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Takes two to duet: Lata Mangeshkar’s duets with female singers

Anil Dixit handpicks a selection of rare film duets in which other female singers matched up to the skills of the Maharani of Melody, Lata Mangeshkar  In the constellati...

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Yesterday’s Agent Vinod: Why he quit Bollywood

Film historian, Dhruv Somani, tracks down Mahendra Sandhu, to his farmhouse in Chandigarh for a freewheeling interview.  He’s Sandhu, Mahendra Sandhu. Now 73, this...

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Lost Melodies: Bollywood’s vast film music heritage

Anil Dixit, walks down melody lane, to select five vastly underrated music scores My go-to metaphor for Hindi film music is that it’s a rich tapestry woven by generatio...

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Wonder Animals: The Untold Story

Khalid Mohamed rewinds to the coached dogs, chimpanzees and elephants that would often steal the show in Bollywood blockbusters.  They’ve been missing from the sce...

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The Unknown Story

Indian cinema’s first superstar, Master Nissar, had passed away in abject poverty How many even know about India cinema’s first superstar, Master Nissar, and how ...

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Sunil Dutt – 6th June 1929 to 25th May 2005

I had  met  Sunil Dutt  more than  once, writes Humra Quraishi in her piece this week, where she recalls one such time when she interviewed him in Delhi. ...

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The Varanasi mystique

A photo-essay by Ashis Ghatak, vivifying how the winter sets in on the holy city of Vara...

November 26 2020

At Vanishing Point

As one more beautifully-architected bungalow on Little Gibbs Road bites the dust, Khalid...

November 25 2020

M K RAINA: A salutation and exploration

Again and this one is vast - Aparajita Krishna walks you through the life of social acti...

November 24 2020