Deepa Gahlot
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Flashback Bollywood

The writer is journalist, editor, critic and arts administrator.

ART & CULTURE

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Why Mirza and Saheban are a timeless tale of tragic love

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Mirzya is not the first film on the star-crossed lovers of Punjabi folklore.

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28 years before Parched: How Rihaee set rural women's sexuality free

It was bold of a female director to speak of the longing of women who have husbands, but are still alone.

ART & CULTURE

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36 years ago, Insaf Ka Tarazu was as bold as Pink

Both courtroom dramas expose society’s vicious attitude towards women who do not conform to the traditional idea of a ‘good woman'.

ART & CULTURE

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What Akira owes to Bollywood of 1980s and '90s

Many leading ladies did action films - either playing cops in uniform or bandits.

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Eighties' laughable superhero fathered Tiger Shroff's A Flying Jatt

First Hindi 3D flick Shiva Ka Insaaf had Jackie fighting crime in bumpkin costume. Now his son Tiger plays the same act.

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Happy Bhag Jayegi is a throwback to 1958's Solva Saal

In Raj Khosla's classic, Waheeda Rehman leaves home for a good-for-nothing boyfriend.

ART & CULTURE

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Rustom and Ye Rastey Hain Pyar Ke: A case for the cheating wife

In the 1963 film based on the Nanavati trial, she dies of guilt. In the new one, she is pardoned by her noble husband.

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Remembering Kishore Kumar, Hindi cinema's legend and the eccentric

Who would have thought that the first film the comic actor directed would be a serious one called 'Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein'.

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Dishoom is proof the Bollywood 'buddy film' never gets old

The John Abraham-Varun Dhawan starrer has several parallels with the 1984 film 'Andar Bahar'.