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Monday, January 18, 2021

Ishita Sengupta


Senior Sub Editor

Rohena Gera’s Sir deconstructs the idea of love; is a story for the ages
Fri, Jan 15, 2021

With Is Love Enough? Sir, Rohena Gera desists viewing togetherness as love’s end goal, gently uncovering the gifts of being in it instead.

Pieces Of A Woman: A definitive portrait of living through grief
Sun, Jan 10, 2021

Pieces Of A Woman, which has its roots in Mundruczó and Kata Wéber’s personal tragedy of losing a child during pregnancy (Wéber has written the screenplay), is at its core a definitive portrait of a woman afflicted with an unspeakable loss

Writing poetry has often helped me heal: Shamayita Sen on her debut collection of poems
Thu, Jan 07, 2021

In a conversation with, Sen dissects the theme of her poems, the running subjectivity in them and discusses her future works

Pixar’s Soul is the defining film of the year
Sat, Jan 02, 2021

Pete Docter’s gratifyingly inventive Soul is anchored in a similar site of broken chances and eluding hope, making it one of the most defining films of this year.

Evermore: Taylor Swift’s new album is a haunting lesson in kindness
Thu, Dec 17, 2020

Taylor Swift's Evermore imprints her transformation as a person, and in extension artist

‘Every journey has a different story’: Authors of Mumbai-local inspired audio book ‘Dil Local’
Sun, Dec 06, 2020

In an interview with, Hindi writers Rakesh Kayasth and Divya Prakash Dubey answered questions on their experiences, the romanticism of Mumbai local trains and the way they translated an experience so visual into an audio series 

The Fabulous Lives Of Bollywood Wives: Lot of guilt, not much pleasure
Sat, Dec 05, 2020

The Fabulous Lives Of Bollywood Wives is too guarded to be flamboyant and too cagey to be outrightly callous.

Arranged: The Assamese short film is a disarming take on second chances and hope
Mon, Dec 07, 2020

The 22-minute film is a disarming illustration of a 45-year-old introvert learning the ropes to be familiar with his partner in the absence of privacy, evoking the grammar of a high-school romance

‘We are patronising when we are not aware’: TM Krishna on activism, caste privilege and saviour complex
Tue, Nov 17, 2020

In an interview with, TM Krishna addressed questions regarding his activism, if his empathy runs the risk of being condescending and if awareness enriches art

Documentary on female infanticide and rape seeks allyship, not protection, from men
Mon, Nov 09, 2020

Son Rise is a rare documentary on female subjugation which puts men at the centre stage.

Ghar Ka Pata: A heart-rending tale of homecoming and loss
Tue, Nov 10, 2020

Ghar Ka Pata, in essence, documents Madhulika’s shifting status from a tourist to an immigrant. But apart from being a heart-rending personal account, it provides human faces to an exodus whose severity keeps coming in the way of recovery.

Dhummas: The Gujarati short film is a compelling tale of familial abuse
Mon, Nov 02, 2020

Nainisha Dedhia’s Gujarati short film Dhummas (Haze) details a tale of systematic familial abuse through the lens of two women

‘Puja will be complete when Durgas on the road reach home’: Artisans in Kolkata
Sat, Oct 24, 2020

If Durga Puja is about homecoming then the celebrations have to wait.. If the festival is about the hope for resurrected morality, then for now the festive spirit has run dry. For now humanity is endangered.

Tanishq episode shows secularism today has come to resemble power play
Wed, Oct 14, 2020

As #BoycottTanishq trended all through Monday, attacks on the brand sustained on two grounds-- condemnation and rectification

Dick Johnson Is Dead: A definitive documentary on the death of life
Tue, Oct 06, 2020

Most documentarians use nonfiction to depict life, Kirsten Johnson uses fiction to trick death in Dick Johnson Is Dead.

Cuties: An impassioned critique on the culture of content
Tue, Sep 29, 2020

In Cuties, Maïmouna Doucouré goes all out objectifying young girls because for once an adolescent story inhabits their gaze. For once their confusion is not viewed as disobedience and rebellion as transgression.

India has a long history of protest poetry in Hindi, Hindustani
Mon, Sep 14, 2020

There runs a long history of protest poems in India. Renowned linguist Dr Ganesh Devy traces the tradition to the times of saint poets like Kabir and Mira--unspooling history from its etymology

Struggle for LGBTQ rights is deeply connected to other social justice movements: Parmesh Shahani on his new book, Queeristan
Fri, Sep 11, 2020

In an interview with Shahani spoke about his new book, Queeristan, the challenges to write it without alienating readers and the privilege that aids in coming out

I’m merely a humble writer and linguaphile: Shashi Tharoor on his ‘ineradicable’ love for words
Wed, Aug 26, 2020

In an interview with, Shashi Tharoor spoke about Tharoorosaurus, pondered over ways love for words can be nurtured, and if there has been any instance where he had a literary faux pas.

Asim Abbasi’s Churails: The Pakistani series outlines the cost to become female vigilante
Sat, Aug 22, 2020

Asim Abbasi’s Churails does not view patriarchy as a problem but as a reality, one that we have to live with. Women do not become churails but are made one, even if they do not call themselves that. The way forward, as Abbasi shows, is not retribution but resistance

Yaaram, a love ballad for the ages
Tue, Aug 18, 2020

It was a friend who persisted with me to listen to Yaaram (Ek Thi Daayan, 2013), a love ballad so painful that it stings even when sung with a smile

We get on like old school friends: Dirk Maggs on Neil Gaiman and adapting Sandman as an audiobook
Fri, Aug 14, 2020

In an interview with, Dirk Maggs talks about the importance of the audio medium for a storyteller, Douglas Adams and the author whose work he dreams of adapting: Shakespeare

Ravinder Singh: The bestselling author who enjoys being a misfit
Tue, Aug 04, 2020

Ravinder Singh is dispelling the idea of an author by owning who he is with rare candour and sincerity.

Dil Bechara: Not the goodbye the actor deserves but the one we needed
Wed, Jul 29, 2020

So much of the collective bafflement that succeeded Sushant Singh Rajput’s death stems from not knowing what happened, in being caught off guard, and in missing out on the ending of a story whose beginning played out for all to see. Dil Bechara comes closest in providing a closure.

Indian Matchmaking: An 8-episode of misguided gender politics, ultimately a betrayal for Indian audiences
Wed, Jul 22, 2020

By cherry picking its clients and assorting stories it wants to tell, by ticking boxes of caste, religion and class as imperative for an arranged alliance, Indian Matchmaking panders to the West gaze with complying obedience.