Gautam Chintamani

Cows have come home

Amitav Ghosh winning the Jnanpith Award, the first ever such recognition for an Indian author writing in English, should go down as one of the biggest stories of the year.

22 Dec 2018

Vijay's CM statement: Is Celebrity Politics Passé?

At the audio launch of his new film, Sarkar, Tamil superstar Vijay was asked if he was planning to play Chief Minister in real life.

14 Oct 2018

Games lost in adaptation

The last few years have seen the video games become both silly and complex.

22 Sep 2018

The Alien: Ray's screenplay inspiration for two Spielberg sci-fi classics?

Some years later Spielberg denied the charges but the similarities between key moments in his films and Ray’s vision are too uncanny.

16 Sep 2018

Let’s hear the other side

In India today, there is ample potential for any statement with just the slight hint of political affiliation to divide people into two distinctive rumbustious groups.

25 Aug 2018

Unravelling the quintessential composer

There is little doubt that the profusion of S D Burman’s gifts as a musician continue to make him the quintessential artiste even after 43 years of his death.

11 Aug 2018

Vivek Agnihotri's Urban Naxals: The Making of Buddha in a Traffic Jam | Going beyond the Maoist myth

Urban Naxals is searingly honest but it also logically demolishes a kind of a mythical world existing within India that for far too long romanticised the ideas of an armed revolution.

09 Jul 2018

Eyes keep shifting to the rearview mirror

A misguided romanticism of what was lost in the fire has for long been the fulcrum for most communication between India and Pakistan.

21 Jun 2018

Power women of Bombay cinema

This richly detailed encyclopaedic account presents the changing role of the courtesan in Hindi films across eight decades

12 Mar 2018

Reliving the pain of partition

Much celebrated poet-writer and filmmaker Gulzar attempts to try lay to rest the horrors of the cataclysmic event of 1947 that have haunted him ever since

20 Jan 2018

The chessboard of empires

Using previously available material and long-buried archives, the lucid writing merges legends and historical details.

18 Nov 2017

Putting a woman in ‘her lane’ won’t be tolerated anymore

The last few weeks have done more to bring in the open the sheer degree of violence against women in our society than anything else in a long, long time.

02 Nov 2017

Indian cinema, an idea whose time has come

The news of Vishal Bhardwaj adapting the Cathy Scott- Clark and Adrian Levy bestseller The Exile—that looks at the last days of Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden—as his next project comes in the same mon

01 Oct 2017

Secret files of a secret agent

The Indian Spy- An impressive account of the man who smuggled Netaji out of India under the nose of the British.

27 May 2017

The Orson Welles of Indian Cinema

Some filmmakers become legends in their own lifetime.

14 May 2017

Striving to survive

More often than not reading a translation, however good, leaves a lot to be desired.

05 May 2017

As you sow, so shall you reap

On the face of it there might be little in common between John Lennon and Kapil Sharma.

30 Apr 2017

A game of numbers beyond 22 yards

It is a mini-biography of sorts that talks about players, matches and the many memorable moments

27 Apr 2017

Self help for the smartphone lot

A guide to faith and courage, designed to give tips to reiterate concepts such as happiness, compassion and love

06 Apr 2017

Reel stars and their really bizarre parentage wrangles

In the context of India, the news of Tamil superstar Dhanush getting entangled in a paternity suit—where a Madurai-based elderly couple has claimed that he is their estranged son, Kalaichelvan, and is demanding a monthly maintenance from the actor—might be bizarre, but this pales some of the celebrity lawsuit cultures across the world.

01 Apr 2017