In September last year, I decided to quit my job and take a much needed break from tiring work­life. I joined an Irish NGO instead, as a volunteer, to help out the street children of Kolkata. I made friends with ...Read More


In the opening credits of MS Sathyu's Garm Hava,  you hear Kaifi Azmi's lament, "Taksim hua mulk toh dil ho gaye tukde; Har seene mein toofan, wahan bhi tha yahan bhi Har ghar mein chita jalti thi, lahraate the sholay; har shahar mein shamshan, wahan bhi ...Read More


For this reviewer, the biggest tragedy in Kill Dil was the criminal misuse of actor Murad Ali's talent. The same guy who sparkled in Tigmanshu Dhulia's 2003 hit Haasil with his UP slang and crackling one liners and then never found another role ...Read More


  Along with the records of M S Subbalakshmi,almost  every family had them. Saraswati Devi and her peacock, Mahalakshmi on her lotus, Shiva-unusually moustached – with Parvati, holding their children on laps, Sita and Rama at their coronation, with loyal brothers behind, and an ...Read More

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"The point of theatre is to create a microcosm and connect it with a macrocosm so that a story means something to everyone." Director, actor and theatre doyen Sunil Shanbag is holding forth in the Ranga Shankara  cafe between rehearsals of Stories In ...Read More


Padma Shri awardee, filmmaker, cinematographer and one of the key figures of independent cinema in India, Govind Nihalani has just walked into Bangalore's Ranga Shankara cafe and a young volunteer is asking him if she can get him coffee. He asks, ...Read More

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Forty one years after its theatrical release, Garm Hava, M S Sathyu's seminal work on a country suffering the aftershocks of Partition will grace cinema screens again on November 14.PVR group's limited release arm, Director's Rare, will release the movie ...Read More


Not easy To blow out your past In one breath! The dead candles On the birthday cake A jungle of nude trees That had once Sheltered me in their shade. A grudge of betrayal In their silent eyes! ‘We are the milestones Of the arduous trek’. I stand convicted….! Oh! How the Time’s ...Read More


The mind fails to catch Ideas floating like sperms Waiting to be hit by conviction; To gestate and come to life Myriad images, like Vibrant butterflies Tempt; and then run amok, In the dark recesses of mind   Across the hills and rivers, My thoughts run wild Then slip through my fingers Like ...Read More


Editor's note: This is perspective piece and we may agree or disagree but it is worth a read. After one final flash of colour, the trees are losing their leaves and getting ready for winter. Winter!  The very thought of it ...Read More


There is a moment in Mahesh Bhatt’s 1991 film Sadak when Sadashiv Amrapurkar’s Maharani, an eunuch who is also a brothel madam, is hunting for prey or rather two women who have escaped with their lovers from her clutches. In ...Read More


Beyond the obvious connotations of the politics of revolution, the name Lenin In Irish means, 'lover.' And the young man surrounded by many bamboo installations at the Shanthiroad Studio Gallery, calls himself Lenin for a very good reason. He loves the earth, ...Read More

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