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Yes, Artists Must Dissent And So Must We

Yes, Artists Must Dissent And So Must We

While performing a street play in Sahibabad township, on 1 January 1989, Safdar Hashmi, a member of the Communist Party of India , a playwright and activist, was attacked and murdered by the followers of an election candidate. What followed was unexpected. During the staid Doordarshan coverage of  the National Film Festival Awards, Shabana Azmi […]






A Reality Check Called Om Puri

A Reality Check Called Om Puri

A few days before Om Puri passed away, I shuddered past a YouTube video (obviously fake) that speculated if he had converted to Islam. No prizes at all for guessing why the video had been created. To fan the hate that his support for Pakistani artists had kindled amid patriots whose claim to nationalism is trashing […]






Dangal: Celebrating An India We Have Forgotten

Dangal: Celebrating An India We Have Forgotten

The opening scene of Nitesh Tiwari’s Dangal has a young Mahavir Singh Phogat priming himself up for an office brawl. He has left wrestling but we are told, wrestling has not left him. And so like a fighter in an akhada, he crouches, his eyes focused and unblinking and makes a little gesture to pull […]






Befikre: Cold Like A Bowl Of Cereal

Befikre: Cold Like A Bowl Of Cereal

It is official. The award for the most unlikable male character of 2016 will be shared by Ranbir Kapoor’s Ayan in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Ranveer Singh’s Dharam in Befikre. These are clueless boys with the emotional and intellectual depth of a nine-year-old with the tumultuous hormones of a teenager and are paired with […]






Dear Zindagi: A Conversation We All Need

Dear Zindagi: A Conversation We All Need

The patchwork  of unfinished relationships, replaceable snapshots, the short-lived high of opening a new package, restless online scrolling, things that we don’t need but must buy, a flurry of vodka shots, a life lived from one plane hop to another, one missed connection to another. It is easy to dismiss Gauri Shinde’s Dear Zindagi as a […]






No, Karan Johar Did Not Sell The Nation, We Did  

No, Karan Johar Did Not Sell The Nation, We Did  

How easy it is to judge folks whose shoes we have not walked in. The largely lonely battle Karan Johar fought to save his film from hyper nationalist bullies and his desperate video which I could not bring myself to watch, the patriotism tax of Rs five crore and the backlash that followed did not […]






Beyond Karan Johar And The Politics Of Barbed Wire

Beyond Karan Johar And The Politics Of Barbed Wire

  American satirist Sarah Silverman recently sat down with New Yorker’s editor Andy Borowitz  and said that Trump was infact a mirror of a section of the American society that believes in the xenophobic, narrow version of American nationalism. A nationalism that hates, excludes and wants to always be ‘Number One.” In what she asked, […]






Tannishtha Chatterjee Is Every Woman Who Won’t Fit in

Tannishtha Chatterjee Is Every Woman Who Won’t Fit in

Don’t be surprised by Prem Chopra ji gaslighting Tannishtha Chatterjee and telling her that her rage doesn’t count just because he did not get offended when he was called bald on Comedy Nights Bachao. Yes, she and her dark skin need the publicity, Mr Chopra doesn’t. Also please do not be surprised by the Pink […]






Dharamshala International Film Festival Opens Registrations

Dharamshala International Film Festival Opens Registrations

  A Paradise for travel and film buffs, DIFF 2016 which will be held from 3-6 November in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala also gets a new look and venue. Among other highlights, docu features-A Syrian Love Story by British director Sean McAllister, the Iranian director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami’s much-lauded Sonita, and fiction features -Thailand’s first female […]






Pink: When Men Speak For Women

Pink: When Men Speak For Women

Poet Majaz Lakhnawi wrote once, “Yeh tera zard rukh yeh khushk lab yeh waham, yeh wahshat.. Tu apne sar se yeh baadal hata leti to accha tha.. Tere maathe pe yeh aanchal bahot hi khoob hai lekin.. Tu is aanchal se ek parcham bana leti to accha tha..” (Your pale face, your parched lips..these doubts..this […]






Why Mr Bachchan No Longer Rings True  

Why Mr Bachchan No Longer Rings True  

No, there is no real evidence that Mr Bachchan’s daughter-in-law had to marry a tree before she could marry his son but a gentlemanly, deep-seated patriarchy has long been a part of who he is. Many years ago, on Karan Johar’s talk show, he expressed his sincere admiration and absolute respect for Kajol because she […]






When Misogyny Is Not Just Male

When Misogyny Is Not Just Male

Internet sensation Ssumier S Pasricha’s recent video about Pammi aunty mocking a dark, overweight woman at a Teej function evoked mixed reactions. Was he mocking, dark and overweight women? Or was he mocking the women who mock them? If you watch his videos closely, every little narrative is about a woman deriding another woman, establishing the […]






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