Arts & Entertainment

Real Matters

Over the past two decades or so, world cinema has seen emergence of a film that anchors itself in a local idiom, bears its cultural signature and then positions its appeal to the larger, broader audience outside its specific contexts of origin.

KhanDan

For all lovers of Bollywood fare, the Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan and Aamir Khan have indeed imprinted their dazzling and inimitable presence in the hearts and minds of fans.

Bollywood's Newest Kick

India has two basic religions — Bollywood and cricket. What is not as well known is their history of teaming up for the desired goal and reaching for a six!

Censor the Censor

Media commentators concede that the Film Industry and Censor Board, historically, has always had differing views on screening content.

Regional Limits

Private Players prefer not to risk investment in art, non-formulaic, regional fare with no pan-India-familiar stars.

Content Over Khan

Everytime a couple of small films or a bunch of new, young, exciting stars hit the marquee the media go to town about how the new lot will take from the Khans and why are their days are numbered.

Lucknow City of Poets

A long-standing convention divides the Urdu ghazal tradition into “Dabistan-e-Dehli” and “Dabistan-e-Lakhnau” .

The Hirani Hit Machine

Beyond admiration, veneration, reverence, esteem, even awe, respect comes to mind when the name of Raju Hirani comes into play.

The Art and Science of Music

There is an art and a science to composing sound designed to promote a product or company.

1000 Cheers for DDLJ

Even after 20 years DDLJ continues to engage, entertain, enthrall and energize zillion of fans worldwide.

Mind the [Wage] Gap

Gender inequality has been the source of debate and discussion for decades in sports, entertainment and the corporate world.

Discordant Notes

Both music directors and composers have really stepped on the gas to enter this once-hallowed space of professional singers and belt out numbers that are — ouch! — frequently indigestible!

Back Again

It is the bonding, trust, understanding and total surrender of the stars to the director’s magic touch that usually results in the success of the film.

Art & Craft

Do the super-stars, for all their glitzy life-style, big bucks and mass popularity, secretly envy the respect, awe and admiration that art-house actors receive from serious critics, commentators and audiences?

Second Acts

Dusty alcoves of memory are where many of yesteryear talents are junked and only the rarest of the rare hope to return to the glories of yesteryears.

Should Celebrities Have a Right to Privacy

Can the tantalizing enigma of romance and mystery even begin to take shape in today’s media and paparazzi-driven era?

Restoring Kolkata’s Writers’ Buildings

The facelift of the red colonial edifice, built around 1780, is part of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s “London dreams,”.

Using Pop Culture to Challenge Gender Inequality

Violence against women and girls is “the single largest human rights pandemic on this planet.”

MPs Sachin Ducks Rekha Flops

The controversy over Sachin and Rekha has brought into relief the question, do we really need celebrity MPs?

What’s Age Got to Do With It?

Why are age-challenged pairings not found weird, unreal or totally corny and dismissed when in real life, this kind of pairing — at least in India — would be frowned upon.

Was Kishore the Greatest

The excitement that greeted Kishore Kumar’s 85th birth anniversary on Aug 4, with Radio, TV and print media freaking out, does suggest that the madcap musical genius is indeed special.

Where Are They Now?

It’s not as if their vocal chords had taken voluntary retirement or they had vanished without leaving a forwarding address.

Blast From The Past

Can Sushmita Sen regain her universe with her new, ambitious comeback film?

Bolly Babes Turn Kill Billis

It has been reported that some of the established male chauvinists in the industry are not too kicked about “glam, hot, gorgeous Bollywood heroines kicking ass

What Happened to Great Filmi Dialogues

Have chalu and chatpata one-liners replaced the earlier gems

StepWells

Stepwells are considered one of India’s original contribution to architecture.

Bollywood’s Affair with Shakespeare

In India, Shakespeare was first attempted on the screen in Khoon-e-Nahak (Murder Most Foul)

Fugly! Fukrey! Mastram!

What’s up with all the freaky titles blitzing Bollywood.

Phirangi Bollywood Bimbos

They seem to be "here today, gone today" eye-candy, seductive time-pass distractions for a constituency who, once the movie is over and the phirang bimbos exit, are happy to relapse into contented amnesia.

The Curious Case of Katrina Kaif

Here is a star who is the definitive outsider, can’t speak proper Hindi, can’t really act and yet has socked the box office, hearts of audiences and advertisers and remains the most googled

Musical Time Machine

Today, the most famous address for finding the original 78 RPMs is Mutton Street of ancient Bhendi Bazaar inMumbai.

I Them Differently

Art is how people tell their stories through their craft.

Uncle Sam V Uncle Shyam

Being a celeb in Politics is no guarantee on transporting the voting public to a never-neverland-of-happy-ever-after.

Tokenism at the Oscars

The Oscars are primarily a Hollywood-driven and American-specific event.

Hotter Than Romance

Bromances are tough nuts to crack providing filmmakers a real challenge.

Are Heroines the New Heroes

There is an exciting space and opportunity for bold film-makers and gutsy, gifted actresses to rise above the stereotype, safe, comfort zones and go where few have dared.

Khan-tastic or Khallas

Despite the gyms, fitness trainers and make-up, the Khans are not getting younger.

Is Bollywood a Global Force?

Even after 68 years of Independence, Indian movie buffs are still looking West for approval.

Pseudo Intellectual’s Day Out

The sudden craze of the hoi polloi to gatecrash into every cultural and literary event in India

Reel Politics

Bollywood’s political films fail to make the cut.

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