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Pause and Effect: An Instagram handle, mumbaipaused, freeze-frames the life of the city of dreams
Sun, Jan 14, 2018

While most Instagram handles that chronicle the city attempt to capture its beauty, Gopal’s Mumbai, when paused, does not look pretty. It is the mundane that sets his work apart.

Voices of the Dispossessed
Sat, Jan 13, 2018

Kashmiri poet Huzaifa Pandit presents resistance poetry through ‘cultural translations’ of works by legendary poets

Families in Food: Chicken Sanju Baba For the Famished Soul
Sun, Jan 07, 2018

Among a dozen or so popular eateries that dot Mumbai’s Bhendi Bazaar neighbourhood, people know Noor Mohammadi as the restaurant that serves Chicken Sanju Baba. Named after Sanjay Dutt, it is an original recipe by the actor that he shared with the restaurant’s owner, Khalid Hakim. The tangy chicken preparation and Dutt’s (unofficial) endorsement of […]

Kaalakaandi director Akshat Varma: Saif Ali Khan took just five minutes to come on board
Sat, Jan 06, 2018

Writer-director Akshat Verma on his upcoming film Kaalakandi, learning to navigate Bollywood and living with the pressure of performance.

Somnath Waghmare’s documentary explains why the Battle of Bhima Koregaon is important to Dalits
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

The documentary also explores how the role of the Mahars in the battle led to the formation of the Mahar regiment in the army, which exists even today.

Dalit anger spills on street: ‘In the end, only we are penalised’
Wed, Jan 03, 2018

“The violence against us Dalits is on the rise. We cannot continue to let this happen,” said a young man.

Food, art, music & trends: what to expect in the new year in Mumbai
Mon, Jan 01, 2018

Pop-up restaurants and supper clubs making space for culinary experiments; Mumbai gets set to welcome jazz legend John McLaughlin once again; New restaurants, burgeoning art scene and the upcoming ro-ro car ferry service are likely to turn Alibaug into a hot weekend destination; Set to be launched in 2018, the Children’s Museum and Activity Centre at CSMVS promises to serve as a dedicated space for the young residents’ educational initiatives

With a history edit, Censor has its ‘I’, Padmavati its release
Sun, Dec 31, 2017

Padmavati CBFC nod: The filmmakers have also been asked to add a disclaimer stating that the film does not glorify the banned practice of Sati, and to make changes to Ghoomar song in keeping with the fact that Deepika Padukone plays a Rajput princess.

Kamala Mills fire: In a decade, a commercial boom on ashes of mills in Mumbai
Sat, Dec 30, 2017

The buildings in these mill complexes in Mumbai house residences, offices, malls, boutiques and upscale restaurants. Standing on the road, looking ahead, it’s also all one can see — the city of gold. 

Mohalla Assi makers move court: Contempt petition against CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi
Thu, Dec 28, 2017

The petition was filed on December 22 after the CBFC failed to comply with a Delhi High Court order to certify the film.

A Bhojpuri food festival curated by Pallavi Nigam Sahay aims to highlight the region’s cuisine
Thu, Dec 21, 2017

The festival, on till December 22 at their restaurant Maya, is part of the Rivaayat series where the hotel organises a food festival aimed at reviving traditional recipes from across cuisines.

Families in Food: Beyond Batatas
Sun, Dec 10, 2017

A quaint joint in Mumbai has been rustling up delicious local fare for nearly a century.

A collection of essays to mark 25 years of Babri Masjid demolition
Mon, Dec 04, 2017

A collection of such personal essays by a mix of journalists, activists and artists, the book marks 25 years of the Babri Masjid demolition and will be released this week.

Last Train to Little India
Sun, Dec 03, 2017

Nostalgia and human stories drive a photo project that chronicles what remains of India’s metre gauge train network.

A delicate weave of the musical traditions of communities from across Kutch
Fri, Nov 24, 2017

Anjali Monteiro and KP Jayasankar's most recent, A Delicate Weave, shot in 2016-17, will be screened at Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai on Friday evening.

Kerala High Court overrules I&B, says screen S Durga at IFFI
Wed, Nov 22, 2017

The high court cleared S Durga's screening pointing out that the film had been certified by the regional office of the CBFC. Director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan hailed the court’s ruling as a victory of “cinema and democracy.”

I&B to court: S Durga out of IFFI as unedited film had not gone to censor
Sat, Nov 18, 2017

The ministry said S Durga was submitted to IFFI before it went to the Censor Board and since the jury had selected that version, it cannot be screened as “it would violate Section 5E of the Cinematograph Act."

IFFI row: Ravi Jadhav, director of Nude says he will not take legal action
Fri, Nov 17, 2017

The National Award-winning filmmaker said he was waiting for the outcome in the case filed by Sanal Sasidharan, whose Malayalam film S Durga too has been dropped by the I&B Ministry.

After Sujoy Ghosh, Apurva Asrani, third jury member Gyan Correa quits IFFI in protest
Thu, Nov 16, 2017

Correa, who directed The Good Road, a national award-winning film that was India’s entry to the Oscars in 2014, did not comment on his move.

IFFI row: Director Sanal Sasidharan moves Kerala HC, another quits jury
Wed, Nov 15, 2017

On Monday, jury chairperson Sujoy Ghosh stepped down after the Information and Broadcasting ministry pulled out Malayalam film S Durga and Ravi Jadhav’s Marathi film Nude.

Padmavati row: ‘It’s a mockery of democracy’
Tue, Nov 14, 2017

At a press conference, the film fraternity extends support to Bhansali’s Padmavati, stays ambiguous on S Durga and Nude

I would like the movie to have a sense of wonder and fantasy: Andrew Griffith
Fri, Nov 10, 2017

Once a Transformers fan, Andrew Griffith now works on the comic book franchise. The American artist, who will be a guest at the Comic Con, talks about switching sides.

Infinite Canvas: Slice-of-life and easy to publish, web comics have a special showcase at Comic Con Mumbai this year
Fri, Nov 10, 2017

What makes these web comics stand out in the itinerary of the Comic Con is that they defy convention in terms of content.

St+art festival to transform Sassoon Dock to an art space
Thu, Nov 09, 2017

A team of 25 artists will work on murals, painting the sides of buildings, to turn the neighbourhood into a walkable art district. This project will begin after the opening of #sassoondockartproject this weekend.

The Gangster of Dagdi Chawl
Sun, Sep 03, 2017

The long arm of the law ended where Arun Gawli’s writ began. How a Mumbai chawl made an underworld don.

Voice of the People
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

A community radio by women is helping preserve traditional knowledge and practices of nearly 200 villages in Telangana. The radio focusses on women’s issues, such as out-of-school children, health and nutrition, among others.

Terms of Endearment
Tue, May 09, 2017

Canadian writer-actor-comic of Pakistani origin, Fawzia Mirza, says the peculiarity of the mother-daughter relationship in ‘desi’ families inspired Signature Move, the opening film of the Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival this year.

Saif Ali Khan on Sonu Nigam azaan row: Sound amplification during azaan comes from insecurity
Mon, Apr 24, 2017

Saif Ali Khan speaks about his identity as a Muslim, his thoughts on living in a Hindu state, the Kashmir question and how he almost refused his Padma award till his father advised him. And then, he gives the most balanced view on Sonu Nigam azaan row.

‘Nationalism is amazing, important, but is that same as Hinduism?’
Sun, Apr 23, 2017

With the spotlight now on the practice of triple talaq in the Muslim community, Khan spoke about how his personal experience had shaped his view on the matter.

In Udder News
Sun, Apr 23, 2017

A weekly dedicated to the cow, run by an RSS member, believes its time has come.

CBFC faces heat for not inviting members at office inauguration
Wed, Apr 05, 2017

Ashoke Pandit, a member accused CBFC chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani of being vindictive and said that the courtesy of an invitation was extended only after the members spoke up.

Sexism and the Start-ups
Fri, Mar 17, 2017

The allegations against TVF founder Arunabh Kumar have opened a can of worms, and also put focus on the ‘bro code’ prevalent in start-ups.

Maharashtra: Adopted by Swedish couple in ’82, teacher back to find biological parents
Fri, Mar 03, 2017

It (the search depicted in film Lion) is all just too convenient. And the film is made to pander to the Westerners’ belief that they are ‘saving’ the poor and needy by adopting from India,” says Jessica Lindhér

The Bull is in the Pen
Sun, Feb 12, 2017

There's a ripple of rebellion against the ban on Maharashtra's bullock cart races. Can the protests overturn the ban, like it happened for the Jallikattu?

More of the Same: 2017 will be the year of sequels
Fri, Dec 30, 2016

2017 will be the year of sequels, both in Bollywood and Hollywood .

Be Someone With No Baggage
Sun, Dec 25, 2016

Why the cloakroom is the budget traveller’s best friend.