Films

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 […]

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Karan Johar and Kunal Khemu Celebrate Birthdays on May 25

Reading Time: 5 minutesA star-child, Karan Johar, carved a niche for himself in Bollywood. He is known for his candid opinions, despite the rough weather he had to face. Kunal Khemu shares his birthday with Karan. A gifted child actor, he has matured into a talented actor on the silver screen. Smriti profiles them, in the regular column, […]

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Madhuri Dixit, Shiny Ahuja, Girish Karnad and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Celebrate Birthdays on May 15 & 19

Reading Time: 10 minutesFour Taurean actors, Madhuri Dixit, Shiny Ahuja, Girish Karnad and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, though much different from each other, have one thing in common. They are intense and rode the waves of fame. Shiny’s career nosedived as he was allegedly framed in a rape case. Girish, despite his huge success, has courted controversies. Nawazuddin is one […]

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Madhuri Dixit: The Prima Donna of Indian Cinema

Reading Time: 6 minutesMadhuri Dixit’s endearing smile wins the heart of one and all. The prima donna of Indian cinema turns 50 on May 15. Smriti profiles the actress, a cult figure of Bollywood, exclusively in Different Truths.   Her smile dazzles the silver screen. Her dance moves make the hearts of millions go dhak dhak. Her ethereal […]

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Guru Dutt: Light and Haunting Music added Magic and Mystery to his Film Narratives

Reading Time: 3 minutesSamina revisits three films of Guru Dutt, Kagaz ke Phool, Sahab Bibi Aur Gulam and Pyaasa. She tells us about the creative genius of the great filmmaker and his judicious use of light, along with haunting music, add to the narratives of his films. These accentuated the depth, magic, mystery and enigma of to his […]

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Two Taurean Beauties Hrishitaa Bhatt and Sunny Leone are Model-turned-Actresses

Reading Time: 5 minutesHrishitaa Bhatt was a Liril model before she ventured into Bollywood as an actress. Sunny Leone too entered the film through modelling, though she was a porn queen, before she became acceptable in Bollywood. While doe-eyed Bhatt’s talent wasn’t exploited well, Leone was a rage when she entered the tinsel town. Smriti profiles these two Bollywood […]

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Creative Restlessness and Sufferings Shaped the Language of the Films of Mahesh Bhatt

Reading Time: 3 minutesMahesh Bhatt, an enigma for many, a nonconformist, sensitive storyteller, bold and brutal, who weaves stories from the emotions experienced straight from his heart. A man who defies rules not to prove a point but to make a statement. The fearless filmmaker whose heart aches, as much for a country falling apart to the loss […]

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Manoj Bajpayee, Varun Dhawan and Moushumi Chatterjee: Three Gifted Actors

Reading Time: 5 minutesThree Taureans, Manoj Bajpayee, Varun Dhawan and Moushumi Chatterjee, celebrate their birthdays this week. Manoj had to deal with initial rejections and struggles, he was noticed by the acting coach, Barry John. The National School of Drama (NSD) that rejected his applications thrice as an entrant, appointed him as a faculty. Varun and Moushumi, however, […]

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Three Aries, Bindu, Arshad Warsi and Babita Braved Odds, Emerged Victorious

Reading Time: 5 minutesBindu, Arshad Warsi, and Babita, three well-known Aries actors, whose birthdays are in the coming week, have one thing in common. All of them had to face difficult situations. While Bindu and Arshad lost their fathers as teenagers, Babita was in the midst of controversies. She separated from her husband and brought up her two […]

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Women in Bollywood: A Journey from Sati Savitri to Mary Kom

Reading Time: 3 minutesFilms are an integral part of Indian societies. They have constantly shaped the beliefs and mindsets of Indian people for over a hundred years now. A few decades ago, women were limited to sari-clad damsels, who were perfect homemakers and exceptional mothers. However, the women’s role in Bollywood movies has drastically transformed in the last […]

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