Zoya Akhtar's Gully Boy, as the title indicates, is not just Murad and Safeena's story. It primarily preoccupies itself with the boy and his gully, Dharavi, his struggles, hardships, angst and the final release. And yet for them, at least for Safeena, it is her only story.
Directed by Aruna Raje and produced by Priyanka Chopra, Firebrand does not hide what it sets out to be. In a day and age when feminism as a movement and feminist as an adjective are treated as much-abused terms, the film closely deals with issues women suffer from - child marriage, rape and abuse.
AR Rahman and his daughter made an appearance as he was celebrating ten years of his winning the Oscar for Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionnaire. Soon social media trolls were condemning him for being conservative,
Peppered with humour and deaths, almost in equal measure, Dan Gilroy's Velvet Buzzsaw resists fitting into a particular genre. Velvet Buzzsaw is as bizarre as profound. And the film works excellently as a parody of the (art) world it is situated in.
Rani Mukerji was the Messiah we all needed at the roundtable. Living in an ideal world, she believes that "back off" would end all instances of sexual assaults. The actor's optimism was both enviable and absurd.
Over a telephonic conversation, Manisha Koirala told indianexpress.com how cancer became a metaphor for all that was wrong in her life, and how it also triggered self-reflection that ultimately led to a soul-searching journey.
The year 2018 has largely been about translated works. It began with Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk winning the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for Flights, translated by Jennifer Croft, on May 22.
College Street, a kilometre-long stretch of road from Ganesh Chandra Avenue Crossing in Bowbazar to Mahatma Gandhi Road is lined with books on both sides; the eclectic collection on display can entice any connoisseur of books.
Every year, after Diwali, people in the Capital are engulfed in a thick cloud of smog. We spoke to people and doctors in the city to find out how smog affects the eye and if it could be prevented at all.
Set in Mumbai, Shweta Bachchan-Nanda's debut novel shares its name with a building in the city. Paradise Towers, by the author’s own admission, not only stands as an anachronistic edifice among the skyscrapers, but also has a name that is dripping with irony.
In an e-mail interview with indianexpress.com, Shweta Bachchan-Nanda talks about her debut novel Paradise Towers, the reason for using stereotypes and the family member who has always been her biggest critic.
Bereft of the luxury of time, I don’t languish in heartbreaks anymore - but the pain now hits in waves. Many a times I have kept memories of an agonising night neatly beside the bed, unaware of it till a song floating in the air makes it difficult for me to breathe.
Twinkle Khanna situates her debut novel Pyjamas are Forgiving, in the midst of a Kerala’s Shanthamaaya Sthalam, a spa where people are supposed to exercise restraint, consume copious amount of ghee and in turn get treated for their ailments.
Anuradha Roy's novel All The Lives We Never Lived has been receiving rave reviews and most recently was longlisted for The JCB Prize for Literature. The author spoke to indianexpress.com about the novel, what goes into building the characters and who are the authors who inspire her.