History Repeated: Holy Trinity

(Two Triumvirates, separated by four decades – give or take – hold sway over the Bollywood jungle. The parallels between the two are uncanny.) In Peshawar, British India, two young men played football together. One of them, Yusuf, was lean, athletic, with bright eyes and […]

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The Chameleon

Geoffrey Brag was known among his friends to be an eccentric, obsessive man. I mean, whoever heard of a middle-class Englishman travel the length and breadth of India in Third-class train compartments, only to stage Shakespeare’s Plays? Brag had long discarded his family name and […]

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Not just a funny man

Utpal Dutt. The name brings to mind a pot-bellied, bald man in his late fifties or early sixties who laughed funny and had impeccable comic timing. But a nice man nonetheless – whether it’s Bhavani Shankar from Gol Maal or Bhavani Shankar Bajpai from Naram Garam, Dhurandhar […]

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