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Punjabi film fare

The lucrative NRI market for Hindi cinema has led to an upsurge of the Punjabi family drama on screen, writes Nirupama Dutt

Punjabis have long dominated Bollywood what with scores of Kapoors, Chopras, Anands, Deols, Mehras, Sagars, Sahnis, Roshans and many more having a firm hold on Mumbaia films for long years.

A still from Veer Zaara

Celebrating the peoplesí Saint
The Exposition of the sacred remains of St Francis Zavier evokes reverence, cutting across caste and religion. Ervell E. Menezes reports
T
he Exposition of the sacred remains of St. Francis Xavier, who was also known as Goencho Saib (Lord of Goa), will be brought down from the mausoleum in the Basilica of Bom Jesus and kept at the Se Cathedral (of blessed Joseph Vaz) from November 21 to January 2, as it is done every 10 years in Old Goa when over 25 lakh pilgrims and devotees are expected to pay homage to the saint.

entertainment
Bollywood in Germany
Ana Lehmann
M
ost Germans have never seen Indian films with their elaborate satins and silks and lavish musical numbers. But one German network is bringing a Bollywood soap opera to television, hoping it will catch on. Popular in Asia, Africa and in many parts of Europe, Bollywood has also become a major trend.

The monarch of acting
M. L. Dhawan

D
ilip Kumar started his career as a manager in an Army canteen and also assisted his father in the business of fruit-selling. His father, Mohammed Sarvar Khan, disapproved of acting as a career.

Antara Mali goes places
Aakriti Sinha
R
EMEMBER the bubbly, Nisha from the chocolate boy Aftab Shivdasaniís debutante movie Mast. In spite of working in more than half a dozen films in the industry Antara Maliís magic has not worked on the audience. She is yet to establish herself in the industry. But if Mast did wonders for Aftab, Antara did not go unnoticed.

COLUMNS

TELEVISION: Swapping lives

Food TalkA wholesome treat
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Avoidable pitfalls
by Pushpa Girimaji

BRIDGE
by David Bird

ULTA PULTACharm of protest
by Jaspal Bhatti

HOLLYWOOD HUES
by Ervell E. Menezes
Campus caper disappoints
Tom on TV trip

BOOKS

off the shelf
Jinnah, Liaquat Ali Khan and Partition
V. N. Datta

Dear Mr Jinnah: Selected Correspondence and Speeches of Liaquat Ali Khan, 1937-1947
edited by Professor Roger D. Long with a foreword by Stanely Wolpert. Oxford University Press, Karachi. Pages 328. Price not stated.

It mystifies the known
Kavita Soni-Sharma

Listening to culture: constructing reality from everyday talk
by Nandita Chaudhary. Sage Publicatioins, New Delhi. Pages 235. Rs 320.

Wide diaspora, narrow canvas
Rana Nayar

Between Two Worlds: Punjabi Short Stories
edited by S. P. Singh and translated by Rita Chaudhury and Harbir S. Manku. Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. Pages 175. Rs 175.

A message of hope 
Priyanka Singh

The Swallow and the Hummingbird 
by Santa Montefiore. Coronet Books. Pages 490. £ 6.99.

Arthur hailey: tribute
Travellersí pick
V. Gangadhar

Small books, big lessons
Deepti Priya Mehrotra

What Does Fear Do To You?
What Is It To Care?
What Does Freedom Mean? 
by J Krishnamurti, produced by Krishnamurti Foundation of India, Chennai. Rs 60 each.

Punjabi review
Marx revisited
Shalini Rawat

Marxvaad, Nav-marxvaad ate Utar-adhuniktavaad
by Dr Bhim Inder Singh. Tarkbharti Parkashan, Barnala. Pages 136. Rs 50.

Short takes
Chronicle of a martial race

Randeep Wadehra

The Story of Valiant Sikhs
by S.J.S. Pall. B. Chattar Singh Jiwan Singh, Amritsar. Pages 333. Rs. 500.

  • Inspiring read
    Puran Singh: An Inflamed Heart
    by Gurbhagat Singh. Punjabi University, Patiala.
    Pages 93. Rs 150.

  • A princessí tragic tale
    Diana: In pursuit of love
    by Andrew Morton. Rupa & Co. Pages 320. Rs 295.

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