I had gone to meet Kundan Shah at his modest Sion flat many years ago for an interview. I was working on a series on television actors and directors for a television magazine. Around that time, his hilarious sitcom Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi was .. Read More

SHOMA A.CHATTERJI

OF STATUES AND THE PERSONALITY CULT

SHOMA A.CHATTERJI

KOLKATA: J.P. Singh, a retired engineer and an ardent supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to construct a temple in the name of the leader.

The temple will have a 100-feet tall metal statue of PM Mo... Read More

NEWTON: WHAT MATTERS IS A MOVIE THAT UNMASKS DEMOCRACY SO BOLDLY HAS MADE IT TO THE OSCARS

SHOMA A.CHATTERJI

Most Cinebuffs of the time may have forgotten Prakash Jha’s Damul (1985). But it remains one of the most scathing celluloid critiques that explored the casteist and capitalist politics that dominated select pockets of Bihar.
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BAREILLY KI BARFI: A FEMINIST READING OF A DELIGHTFUL ENTERTAINER

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A film that throws up a feminist reading may not necessarily be a slogan-raising, flag-flying attack at ALL MEN EVERYWHERE by an angry group of screaming women, young, old and middle-aged who wait with guns drawn ready to shoot down the first youn... Read More

ONE MORE BEST ACTOR AWARD FOR ADIL HUSSAIN FOR MUKTI BHAWAN

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Low-profile actor Adil Hussain has done it again. He has won the Best Actor Award for his sterling performance of an adult son in conflict with his father who wishes to go to Mukti Bhawan in Benares to die. Earlier this year, he has recei... Read More

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A.R.RAHMAN

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In May this year, music magician A.R. Rahman completed 25 years in the film industry as music director. Rahman presented a two-hour concert in New York at the IIFA awards on July 14 in celebration of his 25 years in Indian music. Time magazine... Read More

WHO EXACTLY ARE ROHINGYA, THE 'NOWHERE' PEOPLE OF SOUTH ASIA

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KOLKATA: Do the Rohingya exist at all? If they do, are they human beings?

It is easy to eliminate them completely from the map of mankind because they have no state to live within, no citizenship and no identity car... Read More

THE CINEMA OF PARTITION

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By conservative estimates, anywhere upward of half a million lost their lives due the fateful event of 1947 when a certain someone decided to draw the Radcliffe line. Over 70,000 women were raped and about 12 million people fled their homes. Nearl... Read More

PEHREDAAR PYAR KI: PROPAGATES CHILD MARRIAGE EVEN AS IT PRETENDS TO COUNTER IT

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Pehredaar Piya Ki shows the story of an 18-year-old woman and a 9-year-old kid married to each other. The kid is shown applying sindoor (vermillion) in the woman's maang, basically the Hindu symbol legitimising the relationship betwee... Read More

IN CINEMA AND LIFE: THE WOMAN AS A WET NURSE

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Not many Indian storytellers and filmmakers have ventured into the fragile area of breast-feeding by a surrogate, commonly known as wet-nursing. One of the first legendary stories along these lines is inherent in our own mythology where Krishna wa... Read More

BASIRHAT VILLAGERS REACH OUT WITH RAKHI'S TO RESTORE COMMUNAL HARMONY

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KOLKATA: History stands testimony to how raksha bandhan has helped to melt differences between and among humans belonging to different groups. It is said that in the Middle Ages, in the second quarter of 16th century, Que... Read More

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