Arts & Entertainment

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.

The Curious Case of Salman Khan

The Salman Khan cause celebre has left the public, confused and wondering whether stars are really special creatures, monarch of all they survey, a rule unto themselves.

The Singer's Act

Bollywood singers like Sonu Nigam, Lucky Ali and Himesh Reshammiya decided to give a new direction to their careers by taking the plunge into acting.

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.


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.

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