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PK and Hinduism

PK and Hinduism

Some sections of the Hindutva groups are protesting that P.K. is ridiculing Hindu gods and Hindu belief systems and, in the process, hurting their religious sentiments. Therefore, they claim, the film must be banned. Many of these groups are actually shadow organisations of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the umbrella organisation of all the Hindutva […]

I – The Movie

I – The Movie

[Cast: Vikram, Amy Jackson, Santhanam; Music: AR Rahman, Direction: Shankar] Shankar had a knack of telling simple and direct stories. Like primary colours, his films used to deal with primary emotions. Sometimes they even border on banality, but they always worked with the audience. Sujatha must have been a key factor in establishing such simplicity […]

Haider

Haider

(Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Tabu, Shradda Kapoor, KK Menon, Irfan Khan; Music, Story, Screenplay, Direction: Vishal Bharadwaj)   Hamlet is arguably be one of the toughest Shakespeare plays to remake, more so to Indianise. There’s infidelity, familial disloyalties, hallucinations and mental illnesses, unpalatable tragedy and, why, even an incestuous undertone. None of this that Indian audience […]

Garbage Nation

Garbage Nation

This August, when I was in Delhi, I was driving through the Main Road in Ghaziabad that leads to Indira Puram. Litter piled up on both sides of the road. Plastic bottles, polythene bags, papers, food waste, and, I’m sure, human waste as well, lined up the road. I chanced upon an odd board on […]

Ship of Theseus

Ship of Theseus

[Cast: Aida Elkashef, Sohum Shah, Neeraj Kabi, Shukla Vinay, Sameer Khurana; Music: Naren Chandavarkar, Benedict Taylor; Director: Anand Gandhi]   At one look Ship of Theseus might appear quite pretentious. The under-whelming DVD cover, which is intentionally designed to discourage you from picking it up from the shelves. The cryptic title of the film which […]

The Lure of the ISIS

The Lure of the ISIS

On the day of Eid, a group of Tamil Muslims in Ramanathapuram district proudly wore t-shirts with the logo of ISIS printed on them and took a group photo. And then someone decided to post it in Facebook. That’s when troubles began. The photo went viral and soon the law and order began knocking the […]

Hindu Pakistan

Hindu Pakistan

‘The basis of Pakistan was Islam. The Muslims in the subcontinent are a separate culture. It was the Two-Nation Theory that carved out of the Subcontinent as Pakistan.’ –          Zia-ul-Haq, Military Dictator and self-declared President of Pakistan ‘The Sangh wants to put in reality the words “Hindusthan of Hindus”. Hindusthan is a country of Hindus. […]

An Ode to Middle Class

An Ode to Middle Class

Budgets are interesting only for a few days of entertainment and nothing more. Many of the plans announced don’t get implemented and nobody goes back to previous years’ budgets to analyse how much was actually spent and how many of those announced plans were actually implemented. Having said that, what budgets help in understanding is […]

Modi’s Honeymoon – Part II

Modi’s Honeymoon – Part II

Then came the news that this government intentionally sabotaged Gopal Subramaniam’s chances of becoming the supreme court judge, because, well, because he worked against Modi and Shaw in the Shohrabuddin Fake Encounter case. Now aren’t you reminded of those UPA days when KT Thomas was appointed the vigilance commissioner because, well, because he was their […]