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‘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... 

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... 

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.... 

3 Patna youths out to nab Dawood in Karachi: ISI to double don’s security cover now??

    Target: Dawood’s home, Karachi Patna: according to a recent report, three youngsters from Patna cooked up a zany scheme to nab the mafia don Dawood at his Karachi home and bring him back to India, nothing less. The harebrained plan got aborted soon and thankfully so since the kids seemed to have a meticulous plans for their stay in Karachi – a very homely scheme, a bit like a Munger boy arranging a few night’s stay in say, Chhapra. The three daredevils will now be the laughing stock of the nation for some time to come. One wonders though if the ISI, Pakistan would nevertheless... 

Bridges and breaches in Indo-Pak cultural relations: on TV & movie

    Pak TV channels fined for too much Indian content Actor Shaan in ‘Waar’ According to recent reports, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has imposed a fine of Rs10 million on ten entertainment channels of the country for airing excessive Indian content for more than 10 per cent of the air time. Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority imposed the fine on the channels and issued warning letters to them to desist from such practice in future, The News report said. It quoted a document of ministry of information, broadcasting and national heritage,... 

Video ridicules Indian attitudes: ‘it’s my fault’, says the rape victim in sarcasm!

  Kalki Koechlin: anti-rape message as parody! Mumbai: a parody full of sarcasm may expose absurdities of life much better than nation-wide moral outrage at the common Indian practice of blaming the victim for rape. Bollywood actress Kalki Koechlin’s satirical video on the rise in rapes across India titled ‘It’s Your Fault’ has gone viral and the video which was posted on September 19 has got over 7 lakh hits on YouTube. The video, which also features VJ Juhi Pandey has gone viral on almost all social networking sites. In the satirical video, Kalki Koechlin, along with... 

How Telangana politics hurts Telugu filmdom

  Chiranjeevi & family Hyderabad: Politics over the planned new state of Telangana is now hurting one of India’s biggest film industries—the Telugu-language movie hub based in Hyderabad, popular as Tollywood. Proponents of a unified Andhra Pradesh (or ‘Samaikyandhra’) are targeting movies associated with actor-turned-politicians from the Seemandhra region (Andhra Pradesh minus the Telangana region), saying they didn’t do enough to prevent the state from being split. The Centre last month decided to carve out Telangana as a separate state. Hyderabad will... 

Yash Raj Films in Hollywood: to produce film ‘Seducing Ingrid Bergman’

    Ingrid Bergman After Nicole Kidman starrer ‘Grace of Monaco’, Uday Chopra and writer Arash Amel are coming together to produce a movie on Hollywood icon Ingrid Bergman’s doomed romance with war photographer Robert Capa. ‘Seducing Ingrid Bergman’, based on Chris Greenhalgh’s book of the same name, will be produced by Yash Raj Films’ Hollywood arm YRF Entertainment. Amel will adapt the book and will produce with Chopra, as they did together on the Olivier Dahan directed ‘Grace of Monaco’, which again was based on actress Grace... 

Sunday Editorial:100 years of Indian cinema, intimately speaking!

By Ratnakar Tripathy Talking eyes: cinema sync To start with a warning, please do not expect me to recount the 100 year tale in any detail. All I know is I turned cinema-crazy quite early, had my first black and white crushes on Nutan, Mala Sinha and a few other aunties at the age of eight and found myself among the milling masses of devotees. This was a sure contrast with how it went with my literary-minded friends during adolescence in school. It was a small tight club of boys in a boarding school who shared a mystic bond – the bond of the written word and also the malicious joys generated... 
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