Author: Samina Naqvi

Tragedy King Dilip Kumar, an Icon of Bollywood, a Charming Actor

Reading Time: 6 minutesDilip Kumar was born Muhammad Yusuf Khan in Qissa Khawani Bazaar, in Peshawar, Pakistan. His father was a fruit merchant and owned large orchards in Peshawar and Devlali in Maharashtra, near Mumbai. The family relocated to Mumbai, in the 1930s, and in the early 1940s, Yusuf Khan moved to Pune and started off with his […]

Mohammad Rafi: Effortless Rendition, his was the Voice of God

Reading Time: 5 minutesSamina profiles Mohammad Rafi, the versatile singer, who won the hearts of one and all with his soulful rendition. Read more in the regular column, exclusively in Different Truths. Where do I start? When I researched on Rafi Sahib I realised that so many legendary figures of Bollywood, authors, and writers had written so much […]

Sahir Ludhianvi: A Soulful Love Poet, Failed in Love and Died, a Bachelor, Forlorn!

Reading Time: 4 minutesSahir Ludhianvi’s divorced mother remained a great influence on him. Some even say he suffered an Oedipus complex. An interesting and intriguing, passionate and sensitive aspect of his has been his love affair with Amrita Pritam. Unsuccessful in love, he penned soulful love poems. Samina profiles him, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. […]

Kishore Kumar: A Maverick Genius, Eccentric, Temperamental, High-strung and Talented

Reading Time: 3 minutesSamina profiles the Maverick Kishore Kumar, heartthrobs of millions, across generations, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths.   An eccentric, temperamental, high strung, yet talented, creative, multifaceted individual, whose voice ruled the hearts of many, was none other than Kishore Kumar. He was born in Khandwa – now in Madhya Pradesh – as […]

Music was the Genetic Code of RD Burman, a Trendsetter, an Iconic and Eclectic Composer

Reading Time: 3 minutesRD Burman was a musician with the difference, a trendsetter, an iconic, eclectic, composer, who was born with music and rhythm in his genes. A wizard, he could combine the Indian tunes with western instruments, funky sounds, and psychedelic vibes. Samina profiles the maverick musical genius, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Music […]

Haunting Melodies from the Dignified Royal Prince of Tripura, SD Burman

Reading Time: 4 minutesSD Burman, also known respectfully and endearingly, as Sachin Korta, came from the royal family of Tripura and was very dignified person. He took his work very seriously and would not take more than four films in a year. The Prince of Melody stole many hearts with his music. Samina profiles the great music director, […]

Sanjeev Kumar, a Versatile Actor, who shined among the Stars

Reading Time: 4 minutesSanjeev Kumar was known for his perfect timing, for expressing an emotion honestly and was considered to be a complete actor. Samina profiles the actor, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. If there was an actor who had defined versatility in acting and had inspired writers to create a character, who had been […]

Naushad got into the Soul of Music, Blending Classical, Folk and other Forms

Reading Time: 4 minutesSamina profiles the musical genius of Naushad, a Lucknow lad, who created a niche for himself in Bollywood. Read more about him and his music, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Resonating music of Mughal-e-Aazam is so deeply embedded in our mind that it echoes and transforms us into an era of melody […]

Bimal Roy Challenged the Taboos through his Cinema of Social Realism

Reading Time: 5 minutesSamina, a movie buff, talks about the life and times of the celebrated filmmaker, Bimal Roy. His cinema of social realism challenged the taboos that gripped the society then. His films that are still relevant continue to inspire many filmmakers. Read more about him, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.   Bimal Roy, […]

The Life and Times of Guru Dutt: He Became the Tragic Characters he Portrayed Onscreen – III

Reading Time: 3 minutesSamina concludes the three-part series on Guru Dutt, with his life and times. The boundaries between the reel and real life blurred. Here’s a tribute to the tragic hero, both on and off screen, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Tang aa chuke hein kashma kash-e- zindagi se hum Thukra dein jahaan ko […]