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Pankaj Kapoor, Paresh Rawal: Talented Actors, Celebrate Birthdays on May 29 & 30

Two versatile actors, Pankaj Kapoor, remembered for the clumsy detective role, Karamchand, won three National Awards, celebrates his birthday on Monday, May 29. Paresh Rawal, an actor-politician, has his birthday on May 30. He is known for his roles as a villain and a comedian. Paresh has been in the eye of the storm, in […]

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Guru Dutt: Songs Formed the Narrative of his Films

In the second part of the three-part series in Guru Dutt, Samina expands on the theme of the songs as the narratives of the films of the master craftsmen. Here’s an eclectic piece, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. A master craftsmen as Guru Dutt had his own original style which is appreciated […]

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Balraj Sahni, Anushka Sharma and Satyajit Ray Celebrate Birthdays on May 1 and 2

While Satyajit Ray, the God of Cinema, was born on May 2, Balraj Sahni, who lived the characters he portrayed with realism, shares his birthday with bubbly, bouncy Anushka Sharma, on May 1. The actress has shown acting prowess. Smriti profiles the three Bollywood birthdays this week, in her regular column, exclusively in Different Truths. […]

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Balraj Sahni, An Activist Writer-Actor, believed a Good Actor is a Good Person

Two films, Do Bigha Zamin and Garam Hawa, are enough to showcase the acting range of this versatile actor, Balraj Sahni. The pathos of the farmer entrapped in the zamindari system, and the dilemma of a Muslim, caught in the chaotic trauma of the partition of his country, struggling to prove his patriotism, is so […]

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…And I Wept for Vinod Khanna, my Teenage Crush!

The images of Vinod Khanna haunted Samina throughout the day and by the end of the day, she felt a heart-wrenching pain. It was unbearable and she found tears rolling down her cheeks. Huddled in cars with cousins and friends, she remembered going to see films like Khoon Pasina, Hera Pheri, Amar Akbar Anthony and […]

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Vinod Khanna, Veteran Actor and BJP MP from Gurdaspur, Passes Away

A debonair actor of Bollywood, Vinod Khanna, who was the heartthrob of many women fans, young and old, passed away on Thursday, in a Mumbai hospital. The veteran actor-cum-politician was unwell for quite some time. He is survived by his two wives and four children.Smriti pays a tribute to him, exclusively in Different Truths. Veteran […]

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Jaya Bachchan is Another Name for Elan, Stoicism, and Dignity

The enigmatic female actor, Jaya Bachchan, with the girl-next door turns 69, today. Smriti profiles the female-actor, who epitomised élan, stoicism and dignity. Her charismatic aura makes her the favourite of many. Her stoic silence gives her the quintessential strength. Smriti profiles the ‘Guddi’ of Hindi cinema and joins Different Truths in wishing her Happy […]

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Bollywood Birthdays: Ajay Devgan, Praveen Babi, and Jeetendra took the Silver Screen by Storm – I

Three famous Bollywood actors, Ajay Devgan, Parveen Babi, and Jeetendra have their birthdays in the first week of April. Smriti, a movie buff, profiles them, in the new column, Bollywood Birthdays. This column shall appear intermittently, as and when required, following the birthdays of the actors. This is the first of the three-part birthday bonanza, […]

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A Narrative on Women, Feminism, Sexuality and Politics in Contemporary India

Sonia Gandhi’s unperturbed state in her husband’s funeral is acceptable to the urban and sophisticated Indians as Sonia Gandhi is cloning a ‘male’ behavior  and thus striving to achieve a ‘superior’ mode of self-expression whereas Sasikala’s  slaps on hard stone platform during the funeral of Jayalalithaa situate her as an untutored and hysterical woman.  Both these […]

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Allahabad Sanskiritik Parv: A Confluence of Literature, Culture, Music and History

Sanchaari organised a three-day cultural extravaganza, in Allahabad, the second such meet in over a year. It was a congregation of the intellectuals, litterateurs, art, and music lovers, along with the city’s glitterati. Two stalwarts from the cine industry, Mahesh Bhatt and Muzaffar Ali, and prominent Hindi poet, Ashok Chakradhar, attended the three-day festivities. Here’s a report by Sehar, […]

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