Movies

Animal Kingdom

A throwback by film historian Dhruv Somani, to the Bollywood movies in which wonder animals would prove to be proverbial scene-stealers. If you thought that the best perfor...

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Paradisos Lost

With the ongoing pandemic, the future of the surviving single-screen cinema halls is under a question mark. Film historian, Dhruv Somani, rewinds to the magical hours spent at...

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Oh, the suspense!

Film historian Dhruv Somani, fondly remembers the whodunit, Gumnaam, produced by N.N. Sippy and directed by Raja Nawathe, which is a cult classic today. The reputed produce...

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Down with Dowry!

Film historian Dhruv Somani looks back at a clutch of Bollywood films, which gutsily dealt with the evils of the dowry system. The pernicious system of dowry persists, espe...

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Play It Again

Film historian Dhruv Somani, tracks the highs and lows in the playback singing and acting careers of Shailendra Singh, who had wowed the nation with his voice for Rishi Kapoor...

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A Quart of Ray

Ever since Satyajit Ray passed away, his works have made it to the screen in sterile, ineffectual adaptations. Netflix’s Ray corrects that anomaly, writes Shantanu Ray C...

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Rambha Ho: Never Say Never

“Who says I have quit forever”, asks the screen sensation of unforgettable dance numbers, Kalpana Iyer, in a chat-fest with film historian Dhruv Somani. From th...

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The Afterlife of Kudrat

Film historian Dhruv Somani, re-evaluates Chetan Anand’s take on reincarnation forty years later. This one’s a keeper. An alluring film, directed by Chetan Anan...

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Against All Odds

Film historian Dhruv Somani, tracks the once super-successful career of the underappreciated playback-singing career of Hemlata, who inexplicably quit the Bollywood music scen...

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Reel Nurses

Film historian Dhruv Somani, recalls the Florence Nightingales of Bollywood cinema. The nursing staff has been working relentlessly throughout the pandemic. They are the wo...

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Legal Eagle: Jamshed Mistry

Vinta Nanda reproduces a conversation she had with the multi-faceted lawyer Jamshed Mist...

August 5 2021

KASHISH 2021 Jury: Ritesh Batra and Gauri Shinde

A 12 member jury comprising of National Award winning filmmakers, curators & cinemat...

August 5 2021

CLASSIC HEIST: Six Films That Define the Genre

For a generation weaned on the high-tech-and-gizmo-aided heist of Steven Soderbergh&rsqu...

August 4 2021