Gautam Chintamani

Book review: The Players in Satyajit Ray’s Cinematic Universe

Ray’s restraint in his casting calls is also the reason why his actors went on to become the embodiment of his vision but also an entire generation.

17 Feb 2019

Praying to be good

When translated from Sanskrit, the extract simply asks the divine to lead the supplicant from untruth to truth, from darkness to light, from the fear of death to immortality.

08 Feb 2019

A successful accident

There are many who doubt the packaging and timing of The Accidental Prime Minister and use such details as the basis to subvert what the film might have managed to achieve.

19 Jan 2019

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

Indira for the millennials

Mrs Indira Gandhi’s birth centenary, 2017, saw a spate of books that besides re-examining one of India’s tallest political leaders also tried to reinterpret her in the context of contemporary times.

21 Apr 2018