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Saturday, April 04, 2020

Ishita Sengupta


Senior Sub Editor

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 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, the designer duo sheds light on the evolving designs, the latest collection and why Sara Ali Khan had to be the showstopper.

‘Social commentary is a must’: Taposh Chakravorty on his new novel and evolving detective fiction
Sun, Feb 16, 2020

Taposh Chakravorty in his book, The Devil Tree, lets his unemployed detective Papi solve a murder mystery set in the capital. The result is an engaging, gritty whodunnit.

Sophie Letourneur’s Énorme: A twisted satire that highlights the hardships of women
Sat, Feb 08, 2020

Sophie Letourneur’s Énorme unfolds like a documentary but in a rare surrealist touch gives away its intent when Girard’s stomach bloats in excessive proportions.

Kristof Bilsen’s Mother: A deeply moving documentary on love, loss and sacrifice
Sun, Feb 02, 2020

Kristof Bilsen meditates on different forms of caring in his profoundly moving documentary Mother.

Hiding myself and coming out as a Dalit was a privileged decision: Yashica Dutt
Wed, Jan 29, 2020

Yashica Dutt was at the Jaipur Literature Festival recently where she spoke to about “coming out”, of seeking for a language to describe her experience, her privilege and the absence of Dalit literature in India.

I have great reverence for grief: Elizabeth Gilbert on love, grief and suffering
Sun, Jan 26, 2020

With the book she is writing after City of Girls, Gilbert seems to have returned to the quietude of her own self after a public acceptance.

‘Constitution won’t save Indian democracy. Indian democracy has to save the Constitution’
Sat, Jan 25, 2020

In the session, Of the people, by the people: The Indian Constitution, former Election Commissioner of India, Navin Chawla, legal scholar and author of The Indian Constitution, Madhav Khosla, and politician Margaret Alva were in conversation with author and Supreme Court lawyer Saif Mahmood.

‘Gandhi has been reduced to his glasses’: Shashi Tharoor at Jaipur Literature Festival
Fri, Jan 24, 2020

“The Hindutva movement explicitly rejected the Constitution. They agreed with the Muslims who created Pakistan — that religion should determine nationhood,” Tharoor added.

I do not want to write fiction that preaches: Jokha al-Harthi on Celestial Bodies and Booker Prize
Tue, Jan 28, 2020

Jaipur Literature Festival, 2020: Omani writer Jokha al-Harthi talks about documenting shifting political landscape, her experience in Jaipur, and more

Food is my immigrant story and Darjeeling Express my love letter to Kolkata: Asma Khan
Tue, Jan 28, 2020

Her journey, from hosting supper parties at home for strangers to doing a pop-up at a pub in Soho, and finally having a restaurant, contributed in making her the first British chef to feature on Netflix’s Chef Table.

Village Rockstars and Bulbul Can Sing: Intimate exploration of the rite of passage of girls
Wed, Jan 22, 2020

Divided by a year, Village Rockstars and Bulbul Can Singh (streaming on Netflix) can be watched as an organic extension of the other; an episodic chronicling of an imaginary series.

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.