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Zeenath Zahara's second piece, 'College girls and our glamour boys!', stung men in particular

A lack of seats at quality institutions has forced an increasing number of Indian children to search for options abroad. Photo: istock
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A lack of seats at quality institutions has forced an increasing number of Indian children to search for options abroad. Photo: istock

Ranjita Ganesan
In the final months of 1940, as the world warred, a small filmic revolt broke out on the pages of a popular Indian fan magazine. A young writer did the unthinkable, taking up the work of making known what women her age wanted from the moving pictures. “College girls think aloud in private”, the monthly FilmIndia sensationally headlined her first piece which appeared in September that year. “Startling secrets revealed for the first time.”

The author was one “Miss Zeenath Zahara”. A student of BA (Hons), read the byline, making her 18 to 20 years old then. In the photo

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First Published: Sep 28 2019 | 12:23 AM IST

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