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

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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

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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

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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!

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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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NH10

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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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Haider

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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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