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VARIETY

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India today magazine, Bollywood, Rhea chakraborty, Cannabis

Is cannabis a serious menace or a recreational intoxicant that should now be legalised?

India Today Editor-in-Chief talks about the inconvenient reality behind the debate on whether or not to legalise cannabis, in the September 28, 2020 edition of the India Today Magazine.

ART & CULTURE

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Sridevi, Bollywood, Tamil cinema, The eternal screen goddess

How Sridevi eclipsed her heroes

August 13, 2020 marks Sridevi's 57th birth anniversary. Here's an exclusive excerpt from Satyarth Nayak’s Sridevi — The Eternal Screen Goddess, that delves into how Sridevi emerged as the ‘hero’ at the box office.

ART & CULTURE

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Lata Mangeshkar, Bollywood, Playback Singing, Mohammedrafi

Remembering Mohammed Rafi: The jewel of Indian music

Mohammed Rafi, who passed away on this day 40 years ago, does not deserve Bharat Ratna; the Bharat Ratna deserves him.

VARIETY

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Democracy, Science, Cricket, Bollywood

How pop culture failed us in the times of coronavirus

What sustains us as a society is four ideas or four truths. These are Bollywood, cricket, science and democracy. All four have failed us in Covid times.

ART & CULTURE

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Op nayyar, Nasir hussain, Backtoback songs, Bollywood

How back-to-back songs in Hindi films told a story by themselves

What better way to transition from one emotional theme to another than to have a song immediately after another with a different mood so that the differentiation becomes obvious?

ART & CULTURE

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Anil Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Nayak, Sooryavansham

Will nostalgia be able to beat lockdown blues?

Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were. However, the time in the history of the world where the bygone is recalled can do wonders.

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Karan Johar, Bollywood, Sushant singh rajput suicide, Sushantsinghrajput

Sushant Singh Rajput deserves our voice, not quiet

Fronting mental health to avoid a conversation about the harsh realities of Bollywood is a copout that will dismantle many more fragile minds of many more Sushant Singh Rajputs.

ART & CULTURE

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V shantaram, Mohammed rafi, Title songs, Bollywood

What makes the Bollywood title song eternal

The title song is amongst the many subgenres that exist in the delightful world of Hindi film music, especially till the mid-70s. Though not extinct yet, they are certainly on their way out.

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Bollywood, Suicide, Rohith Vemula, Sushantsinghrajput

Of stars and stargazers: Rohith and Sushant, you were too bright for this world

News of Sushant Rajput’s death in times of ‘social distancing’ has shaken us not only because it is an individual tragedy, but also because it is an indication of the tragic society we inhabit.

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Bollywood, India today magazine, Naseeruddin Shah, Irrfan

The story behind Irrfan’s tears

The tear fell and the lights flashed.