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The life and times of Devika Rani: Kishwar Desai on the fame, struggles of one of Hindi cinema's first heroines
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The life and times of Devika Rani: Kishwar Desai on the fame, struggles of one of Hindi cinema's first heroines

Devika Rani's contributions to the pioneering studio Bombay Talkies went beyond acting. She took full control of it following the death of Himansu Rai, her husband.

India’s first gay film Badnam Basti resurfaces after nearly half a century's hibernation in Berlin archive
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India’s first gay film Badnam Basti resurfaces after nearly half a century's hibernation in Berlin archive

Badnam Basti’s fate is as chequered as its history. The 1971 Hindi film considered as India’s first movie depicting a homosexual relationship and thought to be lost, has emerged after 49 years of hiding in an archive in Berlin. It is one year short of celebrating half a century of obscurity.