Thought Box

POWERFUL PEOPLE: INFINITE GENIUS, BOUNDLESS THEATRE

Nadira Zaheer Babbar inhabits the same universe where I met her in 1984. Today, she is as intense and powerful as a thousand times more, and it’s magical to watch her at...

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POWERFUL PEOPLE: THE POET IMPRESSIONIST

On the occasion of the 58th Jnanpith Award for Gulzar saab, Humra Quraishi revisits her friendship with him and recalls his works of poetry and writings dear to her. ...

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THOUGHT FACTORY: THE MANY HINDUISMS OF SECULAR DEMOCRATIC INDIA

Keeping religion a personal matter and not politicising it is crucial to prevent discrimination, promote social cohesion, and uphold the principles of a secular India. It give...

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ALTERNATIVE ENTERTAINMENT: THOSE FREEZE SHOTS OF TARUN MAJUMDAR

Satyabrata Ghosh explores the genesis and evolution of the freeze shot used by auteurs of cinema to capture a lasting impact of on emotional moment, through the cinema of Taru...

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ALTERNATIVE ENTERTAINMENT: MUSIC OF THOUGHT AND IMAGINATION

It is Kumar Shahani's Khayal Gatha (The Saga of Khayal), a 1989 Indian experimental film written and directed by Kumar Shahani, that O.P. Srivastava narrates today. The film ...

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KALEIDOSCOPE: FIVE BOOKS YOU MUST READ BY UTPAL DATTA

In my recent reading journey, each of the books here emerged as beacons and illuminating facets of self-discovery and intellectual pilgrimage, writes Utpal Datta. Whether rea...

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POLITICS: WHEN THE SEEDS OF HATE WERE SOWN

Humra Quraishi recounts the days when there was respect and great pride in India’s diversity, and brings back memories of the demolition of the Babri Masjid, the mo...

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ALTERNATIVE ENTERTAINMENT: BETWEEN REALITY AND REPRESENTATION

SHUDDHI is an emotional journey, a call to action, and a symbol of hope all in one. It aims to generate renewed discussion on Leprosy. A rare film, writes Vinta Nanda. Direct...

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POWERFUL PEOPLE: AN EXCLUSIVE CONVERSATION ABOUT HARMONISING CREATIVITY

Working with Dhruv Ghanekar on the background score for my film White Noise (2005), produced by Mozez Singh and Sevy Ali, was a powerful experience. That was 20 years ago, and...

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BUSINESS: SPEAK MEMORY!

Monojit Lahiri dumps Bollywood and flashbacks into his life and times in the world of advertising. Phew!  From “Thank God you’re not one of those small-...

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MOVIES: TALE OF AN UNBELIEVABLE FILM

The film failed to receive the expected response from the audience at the time of releas...

February 28 2024

POWERFUL PEOPLE: INFINITE GENIUS, BOUNDLESS THEATRE

Nadira Zaheer Babbar inhabits the same universe where I met her in 1984. Today, she is a...

February 27 2024

MOVIES: THE ORIGINAL GLAM DIVAS OF BOLLYWOOD

Both of them made relatively quiet debuts in the early ‘70s, Zeenat in OP Ralhan&r...

February 25 2024