Art & Culture

Always on Heat

Always on Heat

Jerry Pinto 0

Once the scantily-clad dancers in “item numbers” were seen as less than respectable. Now that stigma has disappeared. Jerry Pinto recounts how A-list stars became eager to step into item girls’ shoes as lines blurred between Bollywood’s sweethearts and seductresses.

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Walking Manto’s Bombay

Walking Manto’s Bombay

Ram Rahman 5

If there was ever a Bard of Bombay it was Manto, the subcontinent’s greatest writer of short stories. Earlier this year - the anniversary of Manto’s birth – the photographer Ram Rahman visited the neighbourhoods where Manto and his friends…

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Matinee Express

Matinee Express

Jai Arjun Singh 0

Jai Arjun Singh hops onto an imaginary train chugging down the tracks of Indian cinema–to explore it as a metaphor of love, tragedy and escape

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Old is Not Just Gold, It’s Mackenna’s Gold

Old is Not Just Gold, It’s Mackenna’s Gold

Kaushik Bhaumik 8

In the early 1950s a new trend emerged in the Hollywood Western. Directors like Anthony Mann, Budd Boetticher and Jacques Tourneur seemed to be leaning towards a darker, grittier form of the genre that reflected the political and social tensions…

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