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Bollywood Films: Mélange of Coincidence and Fantasy

Reading Time: 3 minutesRuchira journeys through the masala Bollywood movies and tells us, tongue-in-cheek, with oodles of humour, who gains from it. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. For B-town filmmakers, each film is a vast, unlimited canvas upon which they can pour out their hearts’ fondest desires and longings, pet fantasies, and oodles […]

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

Reading Time: 4 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 […]

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A Leap Back in Evolution: A Film, Open Defecation, and the Advanced Sewage System of the Indus Valley Civilisation

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe period dates back to almost five thousand years ago. The ancient Indus Valley Civilisation had systems of sewage and drainage that were developed and used in cities throughout the region and these were far more advanced than any found in contemporary urban sites in the Middle East and even more efficient than those in […]

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

Reading Time: 4 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 […]

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Sex and the Indian Woman: More than Lipstick under our Burqas

Reading Time: 5 minutesGender roles are defined and given in a patriarchal society. The ‘good’ versus the ‘bad’ girl/woman mindset in the backdrop of the film Lipstick under my Burqa and marital rape. Payal takes a hard look and rips apart these assigned roles, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.  This is a coming of age […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Faraz Ansari: Will India respond to the Sisak of the LGBTQ Community?

Reading Time: 12 minutesDirector Faraz Ansari’s Sisak is the first silent LGBTQ film of India that is not only creating waves at international film festivals but winning awards too; seven, so far. Not welcomed by the Indian masses, an undeterred Faraz aims to bag the National Award and hopefully see the ‘Sisak’ (Silent Sob) heard at the Oscars. […]

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Guru Dutt, Sanjeev Kumar and Bimal Roy, Three Great Film Personalities, Were Born This Week

Reading Time: 8 minutesThree great film personalities celebrate their birthdays this week. While Guru Dutt was a brilliant filmmaker, his personal life was a mess – possibly the tragic heroes he portrayed on the silver screen. His mysterious death due to an overdose of sleeping pills and alcohol, snatched a gifted filmmaker. Sanjeev Kumar shares his birthday with […]

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Karishma and Arjun Struggled to Carve a Place for themselves in Bollywood

Reading Time: 6 minutesKarishma Kapoor, a girl-child of the renowned Prithvi Kapoor family broke the family traditions, where women of the family do not act. She had drop school and become an actress to support her single mother and younger sister. Her mother, Babita, an actress, had divorced her husband. Arjun Kapoor, too had an unhappy childhood, following […]

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