Bollywood

Becoming Korean-Like in North East India: The Politics of Culture, Consumption, and Economics within

Becoming Korean-Like in North East India: The Politics of Culture, Consumption, and Economics within

Written by : Dr. Anup Shekhar Chakraborty Photo : Shutterstock.com Disgruntled Geographies I describe the borderlands on both sides of North East India and Chin state and Sagaing region in Myanmar as ‘disgruntled geographies’ precisely because of interweaving complexities of the geography (densely forested, mountainous, riverine, resource-rich) with that of the Anthropocene (ethno-linguistically heterogeneous, fragmented on religious/denominational lines, sparsely populated, resource contested). Also, the region as ‘disgruntled geographies’ has witnessed the mushrooming of armed insurgent groups exhibiting insatiable anger due to the paucity or the limited nature of connectivity, minuscule industrial growth, and lack of employment opportunities in the region.…
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Irrfan Khan in Indian mainstream cinema: A memorable story

Irrfan Khan in Indian mainstream cinema: A memorable story

Written by : Shreya Seth, Kolkata Photo credit : Maqbool (2003) Isn’t it strange how we hail actors as extraordinary beings, as people who instill curiosity, but are far removed from the drudgery of our everyday lives? Our admiration, and sometimes obsession, grows manifold when we witness them playing diverse characters on-screen: the audience, in awe of the actor, who delivered yet another dialogue with the eloquence and grace of an exemplary performer. And of course, that isn’t the end of our experience. The rest is best left to public memory, for it will not let us forget till it…
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Kaamyaab (Round Figure): The Success-dream of Every Commoner

Kaamyaab (Round Figure): The Success-dream of Every Commoner

Written By : Simran Saini New Delhi, India Photo: Official Facebook Page Film Review: Kaamyaab (Round Figure) Country: India Director: Hardik Mehta Cast: Sanjay Mishra, Deepak Dobriyal. In Hindi cinema, the line between the new and the old is not a thin one. To the general public, who goes to the cinema only for ‘entertainment’ (read item numbers, popular actors and fascinating plots), this line may be thick, but almost a blur. If you look closely though, you may read the words ‘critically acclaimed’ engraved on this line. This term has become quite common these days, among the viewers of…
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Uri and Accidental PM: Pure Co-incidence or Two Manifestos of the Same Gimmick?

Uri and Accidental PM: Pure Co-incidence or Two Manifestos of the Same Gimmick?

Written By : Simran Saini New Delhi, India The second decade of the 21st century saw the beginning of a new era of the Hindi film industry – a range of new age films based on social issues, historical events, biopics and the like. It is indeed a breath of fresh air from the classic face of Bollywood which has always been about music, over-hyped family drama/ romance and iconic dance moves. The new avatar of Bollywood is raw, (almost) liberal and quite daring. This second decade has also seen quite a few movies based on politics at the box…
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