Retroscope

MANNA DEY

It was in late 1996 that I started the Bimal Roy Memorial with a view to honour my father, whose films continued to thrill audiences, and still do. Very few individuals from m...

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Curtain Raiser

“Everything is a celebration in the garden of childhood” - Pablo Neruda A question which frequently haunted me raises its head as I write the curtain raiser on th...

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Meena Kumari - A Legend

Meena Kumari’s rags to riches saga has a poignant edge to it. Dubbedthe greatest tragedienne of the Indian screen, her doomed personal life flashing with deep tragedy ma...

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Durga Puja Special

For many years now I have enjoyed Puja in Bombay, the city of our adoption like thousands of probasi Bengalis. The Bengali community was once close, everyone knew everyone. It...

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The Portrayal Of Violence Against Women In Indian Cinema

It has become something of a cliché to claim that the 1950s was the golden age of Indian cinema, and that during the 1950s, we had more women-centric films than at othe...

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A Personal Tribute To Smita

That was sometime way back in the seventies. I still remember the two young women in our Tashkent film delegation who were fashionably late for meals, meetings; who giggled a ...

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Suchitra Sen - Revisiting Icons

Standing at the far end of the room she resembled a house wife in a simple cotton saree. A few gold bangles twinkled musically round her wrist. That plump figure was out of sy...

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Witchy Brew

In common usage, the word chudail describes an aggressive or quarrelsome woman—cou...

November 30 2019

Back to Basics: Political Organizations in India

In progress and evolution, few basics always remain fundamental to any system or organiz...

November 30 2019

Simran Puri’s Kangan

Women are equals now by law but back then it was different… The story unfolds am...

November 1 2019