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Monday, January 20, 2020

Ishita Sengupta


Senior Sub Editor

Bombshell: The importance of taking sides in the face of power
Wed, Jan 15, 2020

Bombshell does not sideline Roger Ailes as much as it places sexual abuse and its various insidious appendages at the centre of its narrative.

Marriage Story: A heart-shaped goodbye
Wed, Jan 01, 2020

The commencement of Marriage Story marks the demise of Charlie and Nicole's relationship. This constant interplay of an ending and a beginning, where they masquerade as the other, occurs throughout the film.

What you read in 2019: Political biographies, books on climate change, mental health and #Metoo
Wed, Jan 01, 2020

Literary trends, like any collective inclination, are manufactured. Here are what people read this year.

A masseur’s gentle pull and push opens up the secret lesions of our life that only the body is privy to
Sun, Dec 22, 2019

Body and Soul: These protrusions, which become more pronounced every time I sit, were proofs of my unchecked greed, unrestrained indulgence and crushing loneliness.

Pati Patni Aur Woh: A woeful remake remains faithful to its problematic origin
Sun, Dec 08, 2019

In some ways, this remake of Pati Patni Aur Woh is more woeful for it refuses to acknowledge the time it is situated in, and much like its protagonist, sloughs off responsibility.

Commando 3 just made it more difficult for Muslims to prove their patriotism
Sun, Dec 01, 2019

The film’s almost vicious intent is revealed when the Muslim ‘heroes’ unite with the Hindu devotees and chant Jai Shri Ram amidst celebrations, presenting a picture of religious harmony.

Aise Hee: When liberation comes from a personal loss
Fri, Nov 29, 2019

Kislay's Aise Hee premiered at the Busan International Film Festival’s New Currents competition section this year.

Ayushmann Khurrana’s Bala falls prey to the very stigma it tries to dispel
Mon, Nov 11, 2019

Bala is not just preoccupied with unfolding the humiliation a man suffering from a receding hairline experiences but strives to make a larger case of accepting oneself.

Pankaj Kapur on his literary debut and why it took 27 years
Tue, Nov 05, 2019

In an interview with, actor Pankaj Kapur talks about his debut novella Dopehri and what he seeks to achieve with it.

Modern Love: A vacuous but necessary celebration of love
Thu, Oct 31, 2019

Much like the column, Modern Love, the series abounds with characters who are generous, trite and always in or looking for love.

About Love: A lesson in owning/accepting your ‘embarrassing’ family
Fri, Oct 25, 2019

In her documentary About Love, Archana Phadke records the everyday(s) of her family members and, in doing so, shows us moments we often carelessly overlook.

Performance storyteller Emily Hennessey from the UK on her interest in Indian mythology
Tue, Oct 22, 2019

Having studied at the University of Kent, Emily Hennessey owes her interest in performance storytelling to her teacher Vayu Naidu.

The Sky Is Pink: Finding love… between mourning and melancholia
Thu, Oct 17, 2019

Based on a real life story, The Sky Is Pink is about a couple, Aditi and Niren Chaudhary who lose their 18-year-old daughter, Aisha.

‘There are stories everywhere’: Manoj Bajpayee on the power of stories and the need for storytellers
Sun, Oct 13, 2019

Recently in New Delhi to inaugurate the Kathakar festival, a three-day event that celebrates various forms of storytelling, Manoj Bajpayee vouches for the omnipresence of stories.

‘Barir Pujo’ in Delhi’s CR Park: When Durga comes home
Mon, Oct 07, 2019

These household-hosted Durga pujas at CR Park lack the manpower, traditional compulsion and the fanfare. They do it because they want to.

The enduring relevance of Pradipta Bhattacharyya’s Bakita Byaktigoto
Thu, Sep 26, 2019

Bakita Byaktigoto, released in 2013, is not just timely but timeless. It can be read both as a censure against a particular brand of love and an acknowledgement of the many love(s) that lie scattered, unnoticed.

Alzheimer’s Day: Patients need empathy, someone to talk to, say doctors
Sun, Sep 22, 2019

The cluster of symptoms, consisting of progressive loss of memory, impairing the functioning of day to day activities, affecting cognitive skills, are indicative of dementia. An umbrella term in itself, it can be caused by various factors. Azheimer’s, characterised by memory loss, is one of its symptoms.

Memory is dynamic, constantly reauthored by people: Avni Doshi on her novel and how she remembers past
Fri, Sep 20, 2019

Ahead of Alzheimer's Day, author Avni Doshi talks about the importance of memory and how it is dynamic, constantly reauthored by us.

Netflix’s Unbelievable underlines how women need to behave as victims to be believed as one
Thu, Sep 19, 2019

In the post #MeToo universe where there is an abundance of instances of disparate women sharing their private stories, Unbelievable is the show we deserve as much as we need.

Virus: A lesson in empathy
Thu, Sep 12, 2019

Abu’s film, Virus is brilliantly crafted and feels astonishingly economical for the sheer breadth of the trajectory it encompasses: the eruption of the medical epidemic in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts of Kerala , and its eradication.