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

SHOMA A.CHATTERJI

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A.R.RAHMAN

SHOMA A.CHATTERJI

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

SHOMA A.CHATTERJI

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

SHOMA A.CHATTERJI

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

SHOMA A.CHATTERJI

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

SHOMA A.CHATTERJI

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

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

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