While Bhagat Singh hogs all the limelight; why is Chandrashekhar Azad lost in oblivion?


By Sunil Kumar The reason for this according to me is the media and the movies. The Punjabis are more sympathetic to Bhagat Singh; the Sikh; even though there were Rajguru and Sukhdeo apart from Singh. Since they formed and …

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Why did Amitabh Bachchan and Naseerudin Shah never work together?


By Sunil Kumar Amitabh Bachchan made special appearances in two Naseeruddin Shah movies; Hero Hiralal and Jalwa. They were slated to work together in a movie along with Vidya Balan named “Badla”; but it never got made. Also; due to …

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Is Bollywood movie ‘Rustom’ based on a real incident?


By Sunil Kumar Yes; the movie ‘Rustom’ is a fictional reworking of a real-life incident. Here’s some of it in detail; On the afternoon of April 27, 1959 Commander Kawas Maneckshaw Nanavati stepped out of his home in Cuffe Parade, …

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Which character came first: Byomkesh Bakshi or Sherlock Holmes?


By Sunil Kumar Answers continued; Sherlock Holmes is an outcome of the Victorian era; Arthur Conan Doyle wrote “A Study in Scarlet” in 1887. He was himself inspired by earlier detectives and writers such as Edgar Allan Poe and his …

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Q Answers: Har Har Mahadev! Did Bajirao use that kind of sword?


By Sunil Kumar One of my most-viewed answers on the site; here’s a brief foray into Ranvir Singh..ahem..Bajirao TERRITORY.   The Question: Did Bajirao use that kind of sword as shown in movie Bajirao Mastani? It is also shown that …

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An Ode To Identity: Kitne Pakistan


By Sunil Kumar Events in the past few days have convinced me of the fact that the people who forget history are condemned to repeat it. Noted Hindi film-writer Kamleshwar has created a poignant masterpiece that tugs at the very …

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The Wrath Of Khan


By Sunil Kumar Khan Noonien Singh; the arch-nemesis of Captain James T. Kirk in the Star Trek Universe is an interesting antagonist. Without realizing it; Gene Roddenberry created a syncretic character; reflective of India’s secular and pluralistic society. Getting a …

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Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! Satyanveshi!


By Sunil Kumar Does India have a shortage of home-grown detectives? Most critics may answer with a resounding “Yes“? No Poirot; modeled on the classically cerebral Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Watson; Byomkesh Bakshy is the Bengali watered-down version of …

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By Sunil Kumar “Where the last mall ends; democracy comes to a full stop”. Paraphrasing a crooked policeman in the scarefest NH10; there’s something about Anoushka. Band Bajaa Baraat; Virat Kohli or verbose criticism of her over-the-top acting. But; for …

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By Sunil Kumar A macabre symphony of sorts; Haider; the Vishal Bharadwaj adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” is a dark look at a subject that is dour and serious in the first place; the Himalayan vale of Kashmir. Let me begin …

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