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Film review: Finding Fanny

By Sam Sarma Finding Fanny The movie unfolds like an impressionist dreamscape. Vivid colours, fluid, magical – from start to finish each scene is beautiful. The Goa that is shown is very unlike anything seen before – no beaches, no touristy fun, nothing modern. This Goa is timeless, enchanting and beckons you to step off the beaten path and explore. The film is set in a sleepy village, Pocolim, where anybody’s business is everybody’s business. In this village, things start moving when Ferdie, brilliantly played by Nasseruddin Shah, gets back a letter written by him 46 years ago... 

Sunday Editorial:What a theatre entrepreneur in Bihar can and should do today

  By Ratnakar Tripathy  A scene from Haryanvi Ragini-Sang Despite the title here I am not really in a position to prescribe ways to turn a theatrical career in Bihar into a dazzling success story. Nor do I intend to. An eclectic nomad that I have been all my life I have nevertheless rubbed shoulders with many an artist, actor and director. I have come to know the theatre world from the inside on several occasions and even written a play in Hindi, performed by the NSD Repertory in 1994 – ‘Kalam aur Kunchi [The Pen and the Brush] about an encounter between a painter and a writer.... 

Baba Ramdev caught discussing black money on camera

Baba ramdev & Mahant ChandnathAlwar, Rajasthan: this may be an embarrassment that Baba Ramdev will never be able to live down. The Yoga Guru went far beyond deniability yesterday when a TV camera caught him warning Mahant Chandnath, the BJP candidate from Alwar in Rajasthan, not to talk about money when the mikes of the TV crews were on. It turns out that the mikes were on and readily recorded the alleged conversation much to the embarrassment of Ramdev, who is busy touring various parts of the country, mobilizing popular support for Narendra Modi, the BJP’s prime ministerial nominee. In... 

‘Queen’: Finding redemption through lovelessness

  By Ratnakar Tripathy Queen: the pre- wedding cheer I remember the first time my sense of Hindi film canon was violated. It was ‘Kabhi Han, Kabhi Na’ [1994] by Kundan Shah. As the film came to its close, it became clear that Suchitra Krishnamurthy’s character was too fickle and insufficiently reckless to wear the heroine’s mantle and the hero Shahrukh’s endless courtships were taking the story nowhere. A long series of serenades and frothy flirtatious sequences seemed more like many college picnics put together than the deadly serious filmy romance of the Sufi sort, where the souls... 

On the film ‘Bidesiya in Bambai’: Mumbai as the doorstep to Poorvanchal

  By Ratnakar Tripathy Surabhi Sharma Just the day before watching this 80-minute film by Surabhi Sharma, I spent a whole afternoon in the company of two European researchers working on the theme of out migrants in Bihar. I was taken aback when the French researcher among them used the word ‘palayan’ [literally running away] for migration. She said she confronted a migrant in Jahanabad, Bihar with the question – ‘why did you do palayan’ in Hindi. My head swirled at the implied accusation but when she asked me for the right word, I discovered I could only offer a very officious and... 

Remembering Sahir Ludhianvi on his birthday

By Ratnakar Sadasyula Sahir Ludhianavi Saahir  Ludhianvi’s real life story sounds like a movie script itself. Born into a wealthy Muslim family in Ludhiana, at age of 13 his mother left the home along with him, after his father married for second time. He spent his growing up years in poverty and fear. He had a passionate affair with poetess Amrita Pritam in college, who fell in love with him because of his shayari, and he was expelled from college later. After the Pakistani Government issued an arrest warning, for his inflammatory writings, he fled to India in 1949. Though his lyrics had... 

Amir’s Satyamev Jayate: story chosen – Dashrath Manjhi’s /timing chosen – parliamentary elections

    Amir’s audience, Gahlaur, Gaya Gaya: Amir Khan who visited Gaya yesterday to announce the second season of Satyamev Jayate felt very humble when he was greeted by a huge crowd. The actor visited Gehlaur in Gaya, Bihar to begin his journey of Satyamev Jayate 2 from the very spot where Dashrath Manjhi had given 22 years by himself broke a mountain and made a road for the villagers. Amir, who visited Gehlaur in Gaya ­district on Tuesday to pay homage to Dashrath Manjhi (also known as the Mountain Man) said he was truly inspired and moved by Manjhi’s ­achievement. “I... 

Rajni’s game changer ‘Kochadaiiyaan’ to release in Bhojpuri among seven languages

    Kochadaiiyaan: the game-changer production Chennai: After months of delay, superstar Rajinikanth‘s Tamil period-drama “Kochadaiiyaan” is slated to release worldwide April 11, and its director Soundarya Rajinikanth Ashwin views the film as the next step in Indian cinema. “Following last year’s celebrations of India’s filmmaking centenary, we view the release of ‘Kochadaiiyaan’ as part of the next step of Indian cinema. For the first time a full length feature has been made using performance capture technology in India and I truly hope this creates a whole alternate... 

संयोग : पंडारा के बम शंकर जी की दास्तान

  सच्चिदानंद सिंह when hunting backfired! पंडारा के बम शंकर सिंह जी बम तो नहीं पर एक बन्दूक अमूमन हमेशा साथ रखते थे. सुबह के नाश्ते के बाद उनका पहनावा उन्नीसवी सदी के किसी अंग्रेज शिकारी का हो जाता था – घुटनों के नीचे तक पहुंचते बूट, खाकी पैंट के... 

Working with K. A. Abbas: Remembrance of Things Past

     By Ahmer Anwer  Following is my tribute, penned for the K. A. Abbas centenary commemoration essays. I’m very grateful to Syeda Hameed for asking me to write therefor.   Hamara Ghar: poster My working connection with the author, journalist and filmmaker Abbas was as a child actor in his film Hamara Ghar, yet in fact the association with him was deeper, more global and more extensive, even lifelong. Khwaja Ahmed Abbas, whom all in our home knew simply as “Mamoo Bachhoo” (he being my mother’s uncle), was a part of my birth family’s world for as long as one can remember.... 
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