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Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Ishita Sengupta

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Ravinder Singh: The bestselling author who enjoys being a misfit
Sun, Aug 02, 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.

The problem with the uncomplicated legacy of The Help
Sun, Jul 19, 2020

The Help actor Viola Davis recently said she regretted working on the 2011 film. This, however, is not the first time she said this. But in all probability the film's legacy will not be as tarnished as Gone With The Wind.

Artistes are beyond the option buttons of essential, non-essential: Madhu Raghavendra on his viral poem
Mon, Jul 13, 2020

The poem soon was widely shared by artistes in India — by lyricist Varun Grover, actor Richa Chadha — as well as abroad with composer Stanley Grill setting it to music

Coming of rage: With Bulbbul, is ‘the madwoman in the attic’ finally free?
Tue, Jul 07, 2020

Female rage, enclosed within a mystical premise or not, has suffered from years of misrepresentation in both literature and films. Bulbbul changes that

Gulabo Sitabo tells you worth of old age is more than we can gauge
Thu, Jun 18, 2020

Based on the legend of Gulabo-Sitabo — two warring sisters-in-law — the film has almost literal stand-ins: a landlord and a tenant. Mirza (Amitabh Bachchan), and Baankey (Ayushmann Khurrana) are perpetually at loggerheads over the mansion.

Nasir’s ordinariness makes it special
Sun, Jun 07, 2020

Based on the short story, The Story Of A Clerk By Dilip Kumar, Nasir is the tale of an everyman, a symbolic clerk burdened by the anonymity of his position.

Past holds the key to an uncertain future: Devdutt Pattanaik on the relevance of myths
Thu, Jun 04, 2020

In an interview with indianexpress.com, Devdutt Pattanaik spoke about the relevance of myths, the pointers he keeps in mind while presenting them to the present generation and if past provides a roadmap for the uncertain future ahead.

Untouchable: Harvey Weinstein documentary holds the system responsible for enabling abuse
Mon, Jun 08, 2020

Weinstein, as Untouchable demonstrates, did not carve out an insular narrative for himself. He was not an outlier. Instead, he was nourished and enabled by a system which constantly makes leeway for powerful men by identifying their misdeeds as ancillary to their position and absolving them.

Gamak Ghar: Remembering the house left behind
Thu, May 21, 2020

Set in Madhopur village near Darbhanga in Bihar, Achal Mishra’s debut feature, Gamak Ghar is divided into three time periods — 1998, 2010 and 2019 — and begins with the initiation ceremony of a child.

Ebooks emerge as unlikely saviour for publishing houses amid lockdown
Wed, May 27, 2020

Confronted with an unprecedented crisis, publishing houses are compelled to not just view the potential of digital format but also explore it in a way they had not before.

‘Life before coronavirus was not normal’: Lessons learn from lockdown
Wed, May 27, 2020

Six people share the lessons they have gathered from the lockdown.

Here are some independent bookshops which are delivering
Wed, May 27, 2020

In the last couple of days, several independent booksellers have opened up in Delhi, Bangalore, Bhubhaneshwar and through the aid of Swiggy or Dunzo are reaching books to readers. Here are some of the independent bookshops which have resumed operations.

What Irrfan Khan in The Namesake taught me about my father
Mon, May 04, 2020

Irrfan Khan imbibed the ordinariness of the Bengali father with such aching emotional accuracy like he was always this person. Watching him, I felt like he really had married the woman chosen by his parents, gradually fallen in love with and later fathered two children.

Fiction is often more honest than official history: The Crown creator Peter Morgan
Sat, May 02, 2020

In an exclusive interview with indianexpress.com, Peter Morgan, the creator of The Crown throws light on his research, maintaining fact with fiction and confirms what we knew from the start: the brilliance of Olivia Colman. 

Tigertail: Alan Yang’s film explores the price of the American Dream
Wed, Apr 29, 2020

Titled Family Movie during conception, Tigertail is Alan Yang’s ode to his father. The latter (who did the voiceover for the beginning and the end) had immigrated to the Bronx from central Taiwan in the 70s much like the protagonist.

Unorthodox: A woman flees her past to shape an unfettered present
Fri, Apr 24, 2020

Like any coming of age story, Unorthodox has the quest for identity at its core. And it is striking the way the series addresses it without being reductive.

Flatmates in crisis: How lockdown is changing relationships
Sat, Apr 18, 2020

For those who had started out as friends, the crisis has altered the contours of the relationship.

Lockdown and long distance: Keeping the faith
Wed, Apr 01, 2020

In a time like this, constantly worrying about being with the person you want to be with reeks of privilege. But when confronted with a disaster that none of us had accounted for — and which of all things is diminishing hope — it also feels strangely natural.

Kaamyaab: Journey of a side-actor from the background to the fore
Thu, Mar 12, 2020

Hardik Mehta's Kaamyaab not just sheds light on actors who have been forever eluded by the blinding light of fame but digs deeper into their lives, presenting an intimate portrait of love and loss.

Kavita Krishnan: Women at the Shaheen Baghs all over India are fighting for us all to be free
Sun, Mar 08, 2020

Kavita Krishnan spoke to indianexpress.com regarding the pronouncements she made in the book, her perception of fearless freedom and the insidious way language affirms entitlement of men even when used for the benefit of women.

Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan: How gender politics helped India’s first ‘mainstream gay film’
Thu, Feb 27, 2020

In one of the interviews prior to the release of the film, Ayushmann Khurrana had disclosed its intent: to make people receptive to the idea of homosexuality. The usage of the word “receptive” as opposed to “accepting” is both interesting and telling.

Miss Americana: When Taylor Swift found her ‘voice’
Tue, Mar 17, 2020

Lana Wilson borrows the name of the documentary from one of Swift's songs, Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince. But it is impossible to not notice its nod to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s blistering 2013 novel, Americanah. 

‘Sara is our baby’: Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla on their showstopper, and the secret to their relevance
Sun, Feb 16, 2020

In an interview with indianexpress.com, the designer duo sheds light on the evolving designs, the latest collection and why Sara Ali Khan had to be the showstopper.

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