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

SHOMA A.CHATTERJI

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

SHOMA A.CHATTERJI

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

CELLULOID 'REBIRTH' OF DHANANJOY CHATTERJEE AGAIN RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT THE DEATH SENTENCE

SHOMA A.CHATTERJI

A few days before we celebrate Independence Day this year, a significant film called Dhananjoy (Bengali) will be released to raise questions not about the death sentence of Chatterjee but about placing this particular case against the lar... Read More

LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA: 'NO SEX PLEASE, WE ARE BHARTIYA NARIS'

SHOMA A.CHATTERJI

KOLKATA: Should an Indian woman of 55, who lost her family in the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, read soft porn pulp novels?

Yes, according to Alankrita Srivastava’s out-of-the-box film Lipstick Under My Burkha.... Read More

LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA: 'NO SEX PLEASE, WE ARE BHARTIYA NARIS'

SHOMA A.CHATTERJI

KOLKATA: Should an Indian woman of 55, who lost her family in the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, read soft porn pulp novels?

Yes, according to Alankrita Srivastava’s out-of-the-box film Lipstick Under My Burkha.... Read More

LEST WE FORGET, THERE IS MORE TO THE ARGUMENTATIVE INDIAN THAN THE CENSOR BEEPS

SHOMA A.CHATTERJI

KOLKATA: The censorship imbroglio over asking beeps to be inserted in place of words like “cow”, “Gujarat” and “Hindutva” used by Amartya Sen by Pankaj Nihalani and team in Suman Ghosh’s d... Read More

FRAMING INNOCENTS: BIAS, SUSPICION, INCARCERATION

SHOMA A.CHATTERJI

KOLKATA: Though there is no known data on those behind bars specifically on terror charges, hundreds of youths are believed to be incarcerated as under-trials in connection with alleged terror attacks or terror plots.

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CALL THE FILM MOM BUT IT ALL BOILS DOWN TO SRIDEVI

SHOMA A.CHATTERJI

“I love the way she projects two facets: a visible persona and a subterranean one. She keeps her thoughts to herself; she seems to suggest that her secret, inner life is at least as significant as the appearance she gives.” Th... Read More

HATE CRIMES ARE AGAINST ALL HUMANITY

SHOMA A.CHATTERJI

Is it not possible to place the hate crimes and killings of members of a given minority or caste as killings against humanity? Why cannot, we as a collective body of people, widen the horizons of our perspective and view every hate crime as a crim... Read More

SAIBAL MITRA'S CHITRAKAR: ART OR JUST COMMERCE?

SHOMA A.CHATTERJI

Saibal Mitra’s new film Chitrakar (The Last Mural) in Bengali brings in a whiff of fresh breeze in Indian cinema largely devoid of biopics on painters, sculptors and muralists. Like the subject of his film, Bijon Bose, who refuses t... Read More

A FEAST IN AN EARTHEN POT

SHOMA A.CHATTERJI

When Shiladitya Chowdhury and Debaditya Chowdhury, the brothers who are also partners who own Oudh 1590 invited me to The Great Awadhi Biryani Festival launched on May 16 to last for quite some time now, I was a bit confused. The... Read More

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