Arts & Entertainment

All Bow no Arrow

Bollywood, as a space, has always been hugely racist, shamelessly rooting for a particular prototype, ignoring, rejecting, dismissing, praising, but not casting, any male hero who does not fit into their dumb, myopic mold.

Odd Pairs

Bollywood gets bold with unusual lead pairings.

Flipp’n Flops

Who is to blame when a film flops?

Let’s Dance!

Dance institutes across India are laughing all the way to the bank — thanks to parents’ new-found fascination for TV reality shows.

Some Like It Chilled

What is behind our fascination with horror films?

The Fundamental Quandry

The events of 9-11 have changed cinema. These changes have been far ranging, from narrative construction and movement to the aesthetics of urgency.

Heritage Studios of Mumbai

Some of the biggest studios of the 1920s and 1930s now lie in ruins.

Once Upon a Time: The Lunch Houses of Bollywood

The ideas of many great Hindi movies germinated in these lunch homes, the stomping grounds of the greatest film-wallahs.

Midnight's Children: Two Authors in Search of a Film

Rushdie and Mehta’s Midnight’s Children promises a doubled up feast for thought and senses before the theater goes dark.

Chumma Chumma De De

Indian society, post-globalisation may be wanting to make that critical, new-age, paradigm shift regarding morality, but still feel distinctly uncomfortable while discussing anything to do with sex.

Classic Hindi Melodies Make a Comeback

Be it in the film world or ad world, old melodies from the 1990s, 1980s and even earlier are striking the right chords with young music enthusiasts, who are loving and lapping up the snazzier and contemporary remixed versions of the tracks.

Celluloid Man: Past Without History

For Nair, the very existence of the past, even in its residual form was more important than constructing a discriminating history of cinema.

Writers Without Borders

This year, the Kumbh Mela of literary gatherings seemed to have morphed into an universe of literary outpourings spawning galaxies of thoughts and clusters of ideas around the academic magnets.

Being a Successful Poet is an Exercise in Obscurity

To some extent. Bombay is a mistress to many a lonely soul, its opiate histories and drunken peripheries have a natural intoxication.

Cartography is all About Imagination

My experience of Pakistan being firsthand gave me confidence to carry on and take any allegation of inferiority head on.

A Kumbh of Literature

Religion is a continuous process and Kumbh is no exception.

Crossover Cinema

New breed of cinema in English is redefining filmmaking in India

Wearing Art

New Metaphors for Indian Fashion

Notes From A Full Life

"From mastering an instrument, we ourselves became instruments of something that possessed us."

Pati Patni Aur Woh

Perhaps more than any other film-maker, Yash Raj Chopra (Dhool Ka Phool to Daag, Kabhie Kabhie, Silsila and his last Jab Tak Hai

Tips From Indian Nautch Dancers

Breaking rules, throwing them in the bin and recycling them and making something else from it” is the way to go.

The Dumbos of Bollywood

Is Bollywood dumb, lazy or plain indifferent to physical or psychological differences and uses them as a convenient soft target for laughs or tears?

Till Marriage Do Us Part

Happy everafter in holy matrimony, maybe. But sexy starlets divorce their fans when they hitch up.

Identity, Architecture, Modernity

Modernity as a concept is not something that should be, or is, exclusively generated in the West, but is also a product of time and place. Why should modernity be exclusively restricted to the standards used in the West?

Bollywood’s Greatest Majnu

Yash Chopra defined love and romance on the silver screen.

Bollywood Comes of Age

Suddenly the traditional boy-meets-girl formula, accompanied by the attendant melodramatic hi-jinx, has given way to some semblance of realism in subject, story-telling and performance.

Mofussil India Sizzles

Are these films really the new cinema, worthy of the hype and celebration and the new directors really the new stars and trail-blazers offering pulsating, exciting, no-holds-barred, creative chutzpah that separates the real from the fluff?

Booming Fake Art

Fake works of masters have often been known to put international auction houses on the backfoot.

Ghost Walls Speak

How did archaeologists trace the ghost walls, which curiously is an archaeological term?

Feeling Music with Amjad Ali Khan

“When Amjad Ali Khan performs, he carries with him a deep human spirit, a warm feeling and a sense of caring.”

Bollywood’s Hollywood Fixation

Sure, Bollywood is on the rise, but as a global force that instantly demands and gets respect, awe, admiration and attention, sorry folks, Hollywood is the real thing.

To Hell With Bollywood

Even megastars like Amitabh Bachchan and Salman Khan are rebelling against Bollywood— the word that is.

Desi Ghee Incarnate

The star wrestler-actor Dara Singh embodied all that Indian-style clarified butter or “desi ghee” stands for — not least its potential for good honest home-grown strength and tenacity.

Glocal

Delhi’s street vendors serve as global marketing model.

Romance Lost

Frankly, India of the late 1960s was totally unprepared for Rajesh Khanna. The film industry, blown out of its mind, christened him Superstar. Stardust, the new iconoclastic, irreverent and deliciously chatpata new film magazine on the block, baptized him the Phenomenon and sold out its maiden issue within days just via banners enquiring whether Rajesh will/has married his girlfriend (at that time) Anju Mahendru?

Mehdi Hasan

A tribute to the greatest gazal singer of our time.

Tuning In to Tune Out

Music is the essential stressbuster for many Bollywood stars, trying to cope with erratic shooting schedules, hectic travel and long hours under the arclights, not to mention the unrelenting paparazzi gaze.

The Skinny on Ash’s Fat

Aishwarya’s figure is cause for global distress. The querry “Aishwarya figure”throws up over 4 million results on google.

Is the Sheen Rubbing Off The National Film Awards

“The National Awards, sadly, are no longer what they used to be, with the favoritism, regionalism,politics and quid-pro-quo rampant. However, compared to the scores of others they are still streets ahead.

Stars Vs Actors

Actors are famously more admired than hired.Stars are famous for being famous.

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