Movies

The Forgotten One

Film historian Dhruv Somani writes on the curious case of Marc Zuber, who had featured in Bollywood and international films. Right from his unusual name, to his non-desi back...

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The Flashback Experiment

Film historian Dhruv Somani revisits Cinema Cinema, the 1979 underappreciated documentary by Krishna Shah and Shahab Ahmed, on the genesis of our popular cinema. Cinema Cinem...

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APARAJITO: A PARODY MASQUERADING AS A ‘TRIBUTE’

Pandering to the Bengalis’ juvenile fondness for wallowing in nostalgia, Anik Dutta’s film is a monument to artifice. Nothing, not even Jeetu Kamal’s strikin...

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Salty and Spicy

Film historian Dhruv Somani marvels at Gulzar’s women-centric flavored Namkeen (1982). A lonely house looks so dilapidated that only some miracle seems to be ...

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Those Haunting Melodies

Film historian Dhruv Somani, laments the end of the melody-laden songs of the suspense-packed whodunits, which enthralled right from the days of Aayega Aanewala in Mahal (1949...

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Finding Ganga

Film historian Dhruv Somani, recounts the arduous process that was involved in the casting of Mandakini in Raj Kapoor’s biggest hit Ram Teri Ganga Maili. Mandakini, bes...

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The Forgotten History of Human Civilization

Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri: A film based on a Badal Sircar play is rare. Rare still is a debutant filmmaker adapting one. That too in a moribund film industry. Which is what makes...

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Scent of a Killer

Film historian Dhruv Somani, revisits Rajesh Khanna’s slasher film Red Rose, which was a flop on its release in 1980 but commands a cult following today. When producer ...

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HIT MACHINE

Film historian Dhruv Somani tracks the unique success story of Jeetendra who completed his 80th last week - in a welter of Hindi films made in Bombay and the south. The South...

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The Gone Girls

Film historian Dhruv Somani focuses on yesteryear’s gutsy Sheetal and Leena Das, who have vanished into a limbo today. They never quite made it to the A-list but they w...

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The ‘Jaadu’ of the iPhone & Dilip Kumar

A Tribute to the Man behind the Legend on His First Death Anniversary on 7th July 2022 &...

July 7 2022

ART & SOUL OF MUMBAI

BMC in association with Kala Ghoda Arts Festival invites filmmakers and musicians to par...

July 6 2022

A Book Definitely For Keeps

Monojit Lahiri’s take on Dadamoni: The life and times of Ashok Kumar by Nabendu Gh...

July 5 2022