Arts & Entertainment

Indie Films Step Up

Independent Indian films are winning laurels and audiences both in India and abroad.

Viceroy’s House

Very watchable,but its account of Indian independence is limited.

Color Me Brown

The changing Indian American experience on screen.

The Big Myth

From its ambivalent portrayal of gay characters on screen to an almost incredulous approach toward alternate sexuality, Bollywood often belittles the cause of sexual equality.

Global Melodies

A new generation of Indian origin musicians is strumming universal melodies.

Mandalas Rising

Psychologists are looking at the power of mandalas to combat stress.

Can Web Series Unseat The TV

The introduction of web-series across the United States, Europe and now also in India as an alternate to what TV or cinema provides has growing appeal for the new generation.

The Many Charms of Delhi Winters

The NRI travel guide to hottest spots Delhi during the winter.

Roar of The Lion

Lion is a well-made film starring Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman and David Wenham.

Have Mainstream Divas Edged Out Arthouse Artistes

Everything considered, while there is indeed an actor inside every star, true-blue naturals shouldn’t be dumped

Exploring South Asian Feminist Art

Contemporary South Asian artists are picking up elements from ancient history to present radical and progressive ideas on feminism and sexuality.

Drawing Blanks

No Indian films made the BBC’s list of 100 Best Films of the 21st century.

Bob Dylan Isn’t The First Nobel Lyricist

Many music lovers have long hoped that the parameters of literature might be writ a bit larger to include song.

A Sad Song of Musical Censorship in India & Pakistan

It appears mindless when governments speak of patriotism as some extreme form of clan loyalty, before which all sensibilities have to wither away.

Shakespeare And Bollywood: To Be or Not Be?

What makes Shakespeare so seductively fascinating and relevant to Bollywood is the commonality of tensions and issues that plague mankind — immigration, racism, sexual violence, homelessness, etc. These leit motifs do not belong to the privileged, elitist, educated or intellectuals, but to the human race, rooted as they are in human nature.

The Changing Music Scene in India

Big ticket concerts in a wide range of music genres have become part of the millennial culture.

Why Bollywood Can't Handle Real Actors

To Bollywood loyalists, Naseer is the industry’s favourite bete noir, but fact is that the guy has always called a spade a shovel and fearlessly unleashed uncomfortable, inconvenient and controversial home-truths.

Are Stage Actors Really Superior to Screen Actors

Theater is a sacred communion with the muse, while cinema is, at best, a fantastic one-night stand.

Sari State of Affairs

Even though designers are constantly churning out both newer and classical representations of saris on runways and in Bollywood, in the pace of our everyday lives, saris are increasingly taking a back seat.

Handloom Turns Hip

The conventional is not uncool and vintage is the new alternative has awakened the handloom to a younger, more evolved clientele.

A New Beauty Story

There is enough anecdotal evidence that women have used make up both to make and break rules.

The Changing Ki & Ka of Millenial Relationships

In Indian households the change has been particularly exemplary given the country’s patriarchal history.

Can Female Comedians Ever Make it in India

India’s gigantic showbiz sector, Bollywood included, has yet to throw up a single female comic celebrity, who headlines shows, programmes or movies, or has a popular fan-base.

Waking Up in Vegas

Las Vegas, the flashy, fast-paced, entertainment capital of the world seems to be plotted with extreme precision to fit this fantasy.

Calligraphy in India

Calligraphy has moved across paper, coins, seals, metal objects, copper plates, arms and armors, etc., wherein it also blended with flora and fauna designs.

Sunny Side Up

Ever since red-hot imported porn-star Karenjit Kaur Vohra (that’s the name she was born with, guys) graced the Indian media scene as Sunny Leone in Big Boss it’s been one helluva hulchul and hungama!

The Promise and Perils of Dynamic Pricing

some experts are skeptical that dynamic pricing like that used in the Atom experiment will spread to other movie theater chains.

Home Abroad

For some time now, Indian art and its unique cultural identity had been garnering interest in the avant-garde world circles celebrating art and aesthetics.

Netflix in India: Will it be a Blockbuster

Netflix will need to grapple with its strategy — whether to be a mass or niche player.

Behind the Music

How the Swedish hit factory took over your playlist.

India’s First Renaissance Man

Ab’ul Hasan Yamin ud-Din Khusrow (1253-1325) or Amir Khusro, as we usually know him, seemed to epitomize the assimilative nature of India.

Breaking Hollywood's Glass Ceiling

Despite the fact that India is not only the world’s oldest, but also the largest film making industry in the world, Indians are riveted by overseas roles offered to their homebred heroes.

Priyanka's Quantum Leap

Quantico didn’t come easy and nor has the journey been a cake-walk for this resilient, ambitious, can-do, will-do gorgeous small-town kudi for whom every finishing line is only a new starting point for the next quantum leap.

The Queen of Hearts

Female-centric movies or movies with female protagonists defying the established social norms have been extremely few and far between.

The Flip Flops on Flops

Praise and hype are normal during the signing up, shooting and promos. Once the fate is sealed … and it’s a Black Friday, a dramatic flip-flop takes place!

Music Therapy Online

Worldwide, specially-trained musicians are emerging as music therapists to help patients, especially in chronic and painful conditions, to help patients recover faster.

Shah Rukh Khan Helped Timor Rediscover Love

It seems strange at first to hear latest Hindi songs blaring out of the music systems with young Timorese boys and girls dancing to the tunes in jest.

Has Bahubali Broken Regional Cinema’s Cross-Over Jinx?

Bahubali’s sensational cinematic and box office success opens up the potential for regional cinema to finally gain all-India attention and patronage.

Telling Routes

a few films of the past decade where you can just sit back and admire the landscape, or even get inspired to pack your bags and travel with family, friends or alone

Bollywood Revisits Bongville

Bengali film-makers have always glowed, winning accolade and awards all the way, along with huge quantum of reverence and respect.

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