Dipti Nagpaul

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The Star and Her Stripes
Wed, Feb 03, 2016

Not depending on cameos or selfies with Hollywood stars, Priyanka Chopra is counting on her talent to establish herself in the international scene.

Priyanka Chopra at the Oscars: Talent, hard work and not selfies got her there
Wed, Feb 03, 2016

Priyanka Chopra, who is one of the presenters at this year's Oscars, is counting on her talent to establish herself in the international scene.

I needed a star for Airlift because the character needed to be larger-than-life: Raja Krishna Menon
Mon, Feb 01, 2016

Airlift director Raja Krishna Menon says: "I knew I needed a star for this film. Firstly, for it's a big-budget film, secondly because I wanted it to be watched by many people."

Write back in anger
Sun, Jan 31, 2016

As the “Chalo HCU” march begins, he stands in a corner that allows him a good view of the protesters demanding justice for Rohith Vemula, the Dalit student who committed suicide on campus on January 17.

Fight for what’s left: The story of Jiten Marandi, the Jharkhand activist
Sun, Jan 10, 2016

Jiten Marandi, the Jharkhand activist whose arrest and trial inspired Chaitanya Tamhane’s award-winning film Court, now helps other prisoners seek justice.

Eight films to wait for in 2016: From Raees to Jagga Jasoos
Tue, Jan 05, 2016

Different states, vastly different tales, but largely borrowed from real life — Raees, Jagga Jasoos - eight films that promise to light up the big screen this year.

Maharashtra: City restauranteurs share their tips and tricks to make buff taste like beef
Thu, Dec 31, 2015

Until March this year, when Maharashtra extended the ban on cattle slaughter to include bulls and bullocks along with cows, Madina, known for its beef chilly fry, would consume close to 3 kg beef every day.

2015: Apolitical film industry takes a political stand
Wed, Dec 30, 2015

Until now, film professionals have expressed their political stand only through their work, remaining largely diplomatic in public. This changed in 2015, when the mainstream spoke up against clampdown on freedom and rising intolerance in the country

Moving 2016: Hope
Sun, Dec 27, 2015

2015 was the year of migrants. To mark 2016, The Sunday Express tracks 16 people who moved home in 2015, some of them in public glare, some just a footnote in India’s internal migrants story, to begin new lives.

‘A friend told me about Al Pacino, his struggle’
Sun, Dec 27, 2015

Kunal Sharma can be counted among the lucky ones. An MBA and a former corporate employee from Delhi who shelved his Army dreams after an accident, he arrived in Mumbai in February to try his luck in acting.

A Dash of Nostalgia
Thu, Dec 24, 2015

Chefs have reinterpreted flavours, ingredients and colours of Christmas staples to design their new menu this festive season

Simply put: How does the Censor Board work; why is it controversial?
Mon, Dec 07, 2015

There’s a row about CBFC and its chief Pahlaj Nihalani virtually every month. Nihalani says that he is only following guidelines.

Angry Indian Goddesses: CBFC wanted images of Kali and Lakshmi blurred
Fri, Dec 04, 2015

CBFC chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani said the changes were not random. “They were made in context of the film. Once people watch the film, they will understand,” he said.

Boys don’t cry (but they do)
Sun, Nov 22, 2015

Actor Amit Sial on finding his calling in acting and portraying the aggression of small town India’s daily life on screen.

Our many Ramayanas: Feminist writer Sarah Joseph and her son Vinaykumar KJ retell the epic
Tue, Nov 10, 2015

While Joseph looks at the Ramayana from a subaltern perspective, her son’s retellings are an “internal exploration”.

Saeed Mirza in new set of 24 artists to return national awards over FTII row, intolerance
Fri, Nov 06, 2015

But the government hit back saying it is an agenda against them

Shah Rukh Khan — For 20 years, his middle name spells Romance
Tue, Nov 03, 2015

A decade away from being a senior citizen, Shah Rukh Khan has kept the myth of romance alive.

Living on Hope: Bar dancers remember their glory days and the struggle that followed after ban
Sun, Nov 01, 2015

They found employment and independence in the many ancillary businesses that sprung up around the flourishing dance bars in Mumbai. Ahead of the Supreme Court’s final hearing on November 5, those who lost their livelihood a decade ago due to the government’s ban on dance bars, remember their golden time.

Beef documentary to be screened independently, first show at JNU
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

Of the 35 entries sent to the Ministry, Caste on the Menu Card was the only film which was not exempted from certification.

When the budget is small, idea should be bigger than the scale: Apurva Asrani
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

Editor of Satya and Shahid, Apurva Asrani makes his debut as a screenwriter with Aligarh, the opening film at the 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival.

FTII row: 12 filmmakers return national awards to join agitation against ‘intolerance’
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

FTII protests: The decision by Dibakar Banerjee came hours after the agitating students FTII called off their 139-day strike against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of the institute.

Back to Square One: Handmade heritage tiles get a new lease of life in Mumbai
Sun, Oct 25, 2015

Tiles with geometric and floral patterns in bright matte colours are a common feature in heritage buildings in south Mumbai’s older neighbourhoods of Colaba and Fort.

Protests against play Agnes of God in Mumbai: what else is new?
Mon, Oct 05, 2015

While the show will take place, the minister has promised Dias and the Catholic community that its content will be looked into. As of now, whether or not Agnes of God will be staged again, is uncertain.

In her Court, she feels a need to codify Muslim personal law
Sun, Oct 04, 2015

As a recent survey on Muslim women’s views on the Muslim Personal Law shows, women in the community are looking for a fair hearing — and a Shariah adalat in Mumbai is working to ensure their voice is heard

Meat the many foods of India: Bringing different food histories to the table
Mon, Sep 21, 2015

The politics of food runs deep. Delhi-based social activist Shabnam Hashmi says that in India, home to various religions and divergent cultures, it is believed that we are what we eat.

Game of Drones
Wed, Sep 09, 2015

Filmmakers are increasingly using drones to get close and wide-angle shots of the action.

How do we love in Bombay? Let us count the ways
Sun, Aug 30, 2015

You could park yourself on Marine Drive and master the sideways kiss; if you are brave enough, you could check in at a hotel; or simply pack off the entire family to the movies. In a maximum city with minimum privacy, love is a hard game to play.

Six scripts get shortlisted by Shakespeare India to commemorate the Bard’s 400th death centenary
Tue, Aug 11, 2015

Microwave International: Shakespeare India is a project by Film London to commemorate the Bard’s 400th death centenary.

Every woman’s story
Wed, Aug 05, 2015

Leena Yadav’s Parched, to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, addresses women’s issues through a tale of an unlikely friendship

Saccharine Trigger
Sat, Aug 01, 2015

Bandra’s newest dessert cafe, Loaded, may be targeted at college students but don’t let that stop you from trying their crepes and milkshakes.

First Konkani film ‘Mogacho Aunddo’s reel restored
Thu, Jul 23, 2015

A reel of the first Konkani film, Mogacho Aunddo, with the run time of three minutes, has been restored.

Vicky Kaushal on playing a Banarasi boy in Cannes premiered film, ‘Masaan’
Tue, Jul 14, 2015

A Punjabi boy brought up in Mumbai, Vicky Kaushal talks about the challenges of portraying a Banarasi with insecurities in Masaan.

Why ‘wok’ concept is becoming popular among the city’s diners
Sat, Jul 11, 2015

Customisation and affordable pricing are making the ‘wok’ concept popular among the city’s diners.

Talking about the incident made me a hashtag such as #rape, #victim, says Sapna Bhavnani
Sat, Jul 11, 2015

As her online post goes viral, Sapna Bhavnani says she doesn’t want to become just a hashtag.

How artists and individuals creatively resisted Emergency
Sun, Jul 05, 2015

From street plays held in the dead of the night to open rebellion, the story of the cultural resistance to the Emergency is one of many underground movements of artists and individuals.

Rights this Way
Wed, May 27, 2015

Filmmaker Nancy Nicol’s documentary captures India’s struggle for LGBTI rights