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Taapsee Pannu knows her game

With box-office hits like Baby, Pink, and, more recently, Badla (which grossed nearly ₹100 crore worldwide), Taapsee Pannu has brought a new facet to the Bollywood female lead. Whether it is wielding a gun and avenging the death of a partner, or taking a privileged male to court over sexual assault, there seems to be […]

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‘PM Narendra Modi’ songs credit row: Javed Akhtar could have called us, says film producer

Producer Sandip Ssingh, whose latest film PM Narendra Modi is embroiled in a controversy after Javed Akhtar expressed shock at getting credit for a song in the biopic, says the noted lyricist could have shared his grievance personally. The 74-year-old writer’s name was mentioned in the credits in the film’s trailer alongside lyricists Prasoon Joshi, […]

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Maximum city chronicles

As time stretches on, Mumbai’s personality is in constant scrutiny, by the innumerable artists who seek it as a muse. It wasn’t much different for Pune-born chronicler, historian, and photographer, Foy Nissen (1931- 2018) of Danish descent. Nissen’s documentation of Mumbai gives viewers glimpses of a city that is familiar yet unrecognisable. The artist’s obsession […]

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The morbid love of Paddleton

In the very first scene of Alex Lehmann’s Paddleton, a middle-aged man is diagnosed with stomach cancer. There is no cure. Michael (Mark Duplass) will die soon. For some reason, though, Michael doesn’t look upset. He looks somewhat relieved. A few seconds later, we know why. Michael’s best friend and neighbour, Andy (Ray Romano), who […]

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Delhi Crime: The festering wound

At the outset Delhi Crime establishes two things. That however far back into your memory you may have pushed back the heinous Delhi Gang Rape of 2012, it’s a wound that continues to fester. And, however contrarian may have been your experiences, impressions and apprehensions about the Capital’s “thullas” (Delhi slang for policemen), they conducted […]

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The politics of Tibetan representation

A young woman in the distinctive red-and-yellow habit of a Tibetan nun strikes a pose of grit and resilience in a widely shared publicity still from Abhishek Majumdar’s new play Pah-La, soon to premiere at London’s Royal Court Theatre. With her hands resolutely on her hips, she stands in for the play’s protagonist, Deshar, a […]

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In Kolkata, home is where the drama is

When we, the audience, knocked at 32 Ashwini Dutta Road, a handsome, 80-year-old South Kolkata residence, a young girl opened the door and welcomed us in absent-mindedly. She led the way to the baithak khana (living room), a high-ceilinged room belonging to a different Kolkata, the Calcutta of yore, which had grand houses with window […]