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10 years of Alia Bhatt: Celebrating Bollywood’s newest Midas
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10 years of Alia Bhatt: Celebrating Bollywood’s newest Midas

Let’s Talk About Women | This week, I celebrate the tour de force that is Alia Bhatt as she completes 10 years in movies.

Not so Mumbai: What often gets left out in city's on screen depictions
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Not so Mumbai: What often gets left out in city's on screen depictions

Modern Love idealises Mumbai in a liberal, millennial way or like a savvy colleague put it, a Mumbai that thinks it’s New York. The beats for much of the series feel foreign.

Ten years of Alia Bhatt: Decoding the steady success of one of India's most bankable stars
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Ten years of Alia Bhatt: Decoding the steady success of one of India's most bankable stars

Alia Bhatt's decade-long successes are testimony to a change in what people watch, enjoy, and how stories have evolved in cinema.

On Alia Bhatt's birthday, revisiting her top films, from Highway to Gangubai Kathiawadi
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On Alia Bhatt's birthday, revisiting her top films, from Highway to Gangubai Kathiawadi

Alia Bhatt made her debut with filmmaker Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year in 2012.

Holding out for a hero: Why do actresses still need to depend on who the male lead is? Why can't they be the heroes?
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Holding out for a hero: Why do actresses still need to depend on who the male lead is? Why can't they be the heroes?

Taapsee Pannu's recent revelation that other actresses rejected Haseen Dillruba because they were not sure of 'the hero' only exposes the gross dependence of leading ladies on how 'saleable' their male counterparts are.

Hindi cinema's depiction of mental health vilifies single women. It's a trope we can no longer overlook
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Hindi cinema's depiction of mental health vilifies single women. It's a trope we can no longer overlook

The representation of single women with depression in popular culture has been largely unidimensional: failure is depicted as the main cause of the mental illness, and characters are shown being self-destructive and suffering heartbreaks

Amit Trivedi on the art of finding a balance between composing for film narratives and making hit songs
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Amit Trivedi on the art of finding a balance between composing for film narratives and making hit songs

In an exclusive interview with Firstpost, music composer Amit Trivedi talks about composing for film narratives, why he rises above industry diktats, and the reason behind romantic songs enjoying an instant connect.

On Alia Bhatt’s birthday, directors Zoya Akhtar, Gauri Shinde, Meghna Gulzar on what sets her apart
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On Alia Bhatt’s birthday, directors Zoya Akhtar, Gauri Shinde, Meghna Gulzar on what sets her apart

Alia Bhatt made a glamorous debut but unlike most others, she has broken away from star kid presumptions and carved a unique place for herself in Hindi cinema.

Ali Zafar's first Pakistani film Teefa In Trouble to now stream on Netflix from 1 December
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Ali Zafar's first Pakistani film Teefa In Trouble to now stream on Netflix from 1 December

After making a debut in Tere Bin Laden in 2010, Ali Zafar featured in Hindi movies like Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and Dear Zindagi

Ali Zafar on Meesha Shafi's sexual harassment allegations: I categorically deny all claims and have nothing to hide
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Ali Zafar on Meesha Shafi's sexual harassment allegations: I categorically deny all claims and have nothing to hide

Ali on Thursday took to Twitter and said he has "nothing to hide and that silence in not an option".

Beyhadh reinforces familiar 'paagalpan' stereotypes instead of sensitively portraying mental illness
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Beyhadh reinforces familiar 'paagalpan' stereotypes instead of sensitively portraying mental illness

Rather than taking responsible stand towards mental illness, Beyhadh served a mashup of 80s and 90s Bollywood clichés about the mentally ill.

Rakeysh Mehra, Ketan Mehta, Anu Malik to be part of Whistling Woods film event
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Rakeysh Mehra, Ketan Mehta, Anu Malik to be part of Whistling Woods film event

Filmmakers like Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Saiwyn Quadras and Ketan Mehta will share their thoughts with the audience, with regards to writing biopics.

Jab Harry Met Sejal, Dear Zindagi, Anand L Rai's next — Tracing Shah Rukh Khan's transformation
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Jab Harry Met Sejal, Dear Zindagi, Anand L Rai's next — Tracing Shah Rukh Khan's transformation

Imtiaz Ali’s Jab Harry Met Sejal is a marked departure from Shah Rukh Khan’s signature work. A look into SRK's slate of next few films.

Badrinath Ki Dulhania: Alia Bhatt's Vaidehi isn't a patch on her earlier characters
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Badrinath Ki Dulhania: Alia Bhatt's Vaidehi isn't a patch on her earlier characters

In Badrinath Ki Dulhania, Alia Bhatt isn’t given the chance to be the loud, demanding character Vaidehi is.

International Women's Day 2017: Dangal, Neerja, Dear Zindagi to be screened exclusively for women
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International Women's Day 2017: Dangal, Neerja, Dear Zindagi to be screened exclusively for women

Dangal, Neerja, Dear Zindagi and Hidden Figures are four female-oriented films that not only celebrate womanhood but also its changing perception in society

'Laila o Laila' to 'Humma Humma': Why Bollywood’s rehashing of old songs is not a good sign
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'Laila o Laila' to 'Humma Humma': Why Bollywood’s rehashing of old songs is not a good sign

These rehashed Bollywood songs are designed to evoke a specific reaction from the viewer to help benefit the new film.

Watch: Shah Rukh Khan plays a history teacher to Alia Bhatt in this Dear Zindagi deleted scene
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Watch: Shah Rukh Khan plays a history teacher to Alia Bhatt in this Dear Zindagi deleted scene

Shah Rukh Khan narrates the story of celebrated Portuguese warrior Dona Maria to Alia Bhatt in this deleted scene, as a lesson of self discovery

Hrithik Roshan's Kaabil act shows  Hindi cinema is exploring new professions for characters
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Hrithik Roshan's Kaabil act shows Hindi cinema is exploring new professions for characters

Hrithik Roshan plays a dubbing artiste in Kaabil. Alia Bhatt played a cinematographer in Dear Zindagi. Hindi films are throwing up new careers for characters to pursue, on screen.

Gauri Shinde Director’s Cut: On Alia Bhatt, SRK, therapy and an entrance exam for parenthood
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Gauri Shinde Director’s Cut: On Alia Bhatt, SRK, therapy and an entrance exam for parenthood

Gauri Shinde ’s Dear Zindagi has become a hit despite its unconventional theme and the way it breaks Bollywood tradition by having a male megastar play second fiddle to a female star.

Pink, Kapoor & Sons, Dear Zindagi: 10 stand-out moments from Bollywood in 2016
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Pink, Kapoor & Sons, Dear Zindagi: 10 stand-out moments from Bollywood in 2016

Bollywood in 2016 saw Amitabh Bachchan discussing consent, SRK making conversations about mental health mainstream, and a film like Kapoor & Sons introduce and explore the concept of homosexuality without any sensationalising. Bravo!