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'Ship of Theseus' named best film
Anand Gandhi's powerful debut 'Ship of Theseus' was declared the best feature film at the 61st National Film Awards here while biopic 'Bhaag Milka Bhaag' was named the best popular film at the 61st National Film Awards.'Ship of Theseus' has been hailed for its brilliant portrayal of complex issues of identity, faith and death through the Theseus paradox. "I am...
Theatre of belief
Nirbhaya: Breaking The Silence is just one of the plays born of the Delhi gangrape. Here is looking at how a girl's tragedy helped many others break their silence on sexual violence
Raw talent
When filmmaker Aditya Chopra first met Arjun Kapoor, he said: “You are not very good-looking. But don't worry, just concentrate on your acting.” This assessment could have shaken a newcomer but not Arjun, who believes it was a fair one. “I was not in that typical chocolate boy mould,” he says. “I knew I had to be different in the way I performed and create my own...
Beyond the spotlight
Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha's son Kussh recently directed his debut commercial for a real estate brand. Prior to this, he assisted Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Saawariya and Abhinav Singh Kashyap on Besharam. He has also directed a short film and is a budding photographer. His ultimate dream is to direct feature films. Like his father and siblings, Luv and Sonakshi, Kussh could have...
Breathing life
Urdu, the language of poets and poetry, is fighting a battle of survival. Lending it a helping hand is the Anjuman Taraqqi Urdu (Hind), an organisation that works for the promotion of the language.Going beyond the usual outreach activities, the Anjuman has launched an annual seminar series to bring together Urdu scholars from India and abroad. “This started last year,’’ says...
Top of the charts
The NaMo factor seems to be sweeping across the world of books. Pollsters may still be figuring out whether Narendra Modi will reach the magic number of 272, but the publishing industry has decided that this is the perfect time for launching political books.HarperCollins India leads the pack with nine books, which include Single Man: The Life and Times of Nitish Kumar of Bihar by Sankarshan...
The price of freedom
Is the Indian press really free? Although its history goes back to more than two centuries and it has been functioning within a democratic polity for the last 67 years, the press still lacks real freedom, writes Ravindra Kumar, president of the Indian Newspaper Society. In Threescore and Fifteen, a volume written to commemorate the platinum jubilee celebrations of the INS, he laments the fact...
Divine quirk
Brijendra Narayan Mishra of Uttar Pradesh is a one-of-a-kind devotee of Narendra Modi. As a priest at the 300-year-old Shiva temple in Bhagwanpur village in Kaushambi district, he performs pujas every morning. The object of adoration, however, is not the shivling in the sanctum. Instead, it is a 4ft-tall statue of the BJP's prime ministerial candidate. Mishra, who installed the statue next to...
Elusive erotica
He titillated an entire generation of Hindi porn readers.Yet, no one knows who he is. In an Akhilesh Jaiswal movie, Mastram returns from the past
Sense and sensuality
Not a single film with any of the three Khans or the big banners, no Bollywood camp loyalty, no lobbying and no size zero phase, yet Vidya Balan is what she is: a superstar who is loved by both the classes and the masses. Perhaps, it is her audacity to experiment and stand out that has made her what she is today. “I feel humbled and really grateful,” said Balan, as she got ready for a...
X-Men director accused of raping teenage boy
Producer and director Bryan Singer has been accused of drugging and raping a teenage boy in California and Hawaii in the late 1990s, according to a lawsuit filed in US court on Wednesday.The lawsuit, filed weeks before the release of Singer's upcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past", alleges the 48-year-old used his influence as a Hollywood insider, as well as a range of drugs and...
I want Manju's story to be heard
It was in 2005 Manjunath Shanmugam, a marketing manager with Indian Oil Corporation, paid the price for being honest with his own life. The IIM graduate had sealed two petrol pumps in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, for selling adulterated fuel. His body was found in his car with six bullets in it. There was a hue and cry initially, but it soon died down and “Manju was forgotten”....
Drive back in time
Luxury cars in contemporary designs vroom past the skyscrapers on either side of the mammoth expressway in Gurgaon. But time stands still inside a glistening glass-tinted building near Pathreri village, a few kilometres ahead of the expressway. This is the Heritage Transport Museum, which displays the evolution of India's transport system, linking the modern with the ancient.A private...
Toys for big boys
The scene outside India’s first green stadium, Thyagaraj Sports Complex in Delhi, was almost like it was inside: crammed and chaotic. Thousands of people, largely youth, had thronged the place to participate in Comic Con, the Mahakumbh of comic books.Even in this melee, one could easily spot the Collectors Heritage booth from a distance. Iron Man stood tall and youngsters queued up to get...
Pulp friction
Faded stars in fine print
Shah Rukh Khan better watch out. It is rumoured that the original Devdas of Bollywood, Dilip Kumar, might make a comeback. The man who made brooding beautiful and manly is all set to tell his story. Kumar’s autobiography, published by Hay House, will probably be the biggest blockbuster for the filmi world in print.Kumar is not alone. There are others from his generation-Waheeda Rehman and...
Blanchett, McConaughey best actors
Fun and fundas
Cinematographer Murthy dies
Renowned cinematographer and Dada Saheb Phalke awardee V.K. Murthy, famous for his camera work in Guru Dutt's classics like 'Pyaasa' and 'Sahib, Bibi Aur Ghulam' passed away here today, his family said. He was 91. "He passed away this morning at his Shankarapuram residence in Bangalore; he had only age related issues," Murthy's niece Nalini Vasudev said. The ace...
Glenfiddich invites emerging artists
Embracing fear
The dream weaver
From Kanpur to Milan, fashion designer Rahul Mishra's journey is no run-of-the-mill story. With the recently won International Woolmark Prize, it is still an undone tapestry that holds much global promise for the Indian fashion fraternity
US expo tells story of Indo-Americans
The Sardar's full stop
He wrote history, witnessed and created it. But, most importantly, he lived it. Khushwant Singh was never afraid to speak his mind, even if it meant upsetting the powerful
Bring your own food or throw in a few punches with your beer, these restaurateurs sure know how to work your appetite
Fab four forever
Masala mix
After seven years of reporting from China, award-winning journalist Pallavi Aiyar arrived in Brussels in 2009 only to be robbed of her handbag and her computer case at the airport. It might be called a wretched beginning, but it helped unscrew the rose-tinted view of Europe that many visitors from developing nations harbour. Europe, to her, was not about cobblestone avenues or patisseries tucked...
Finalists for “Emerging Artist of the Year” announced
The Glenfiddich has announced the five Indian finalists of the third edition of  “Emerging Artist of the Year”.The five shortlisted artists chosen from Baroda, Chennai and New Delhi will present a group show ‘Five for the Future’ at The Oberoi, Gurgaon on April 4, 2014. The winner will earn an award for a total value of Rs 10,00,000 including Rs 1,00,000 cash, three...
The feminine mystique
Janaki is a young woman who spurns the overtures of a suitor who then marries her sister. She has to live with the consequence of that decision. Her life unspools through the perspective of three women: herself, her sister and her mother, whose stories play out like a tired record stuck in a groove.When some of us attempt poetry, it comes across as the meanderings of an infantile mind. But when...
Penguin withdraws book on Hindus
Indians win world photography award
Two Indian photographers, Arup Ghosh and Bisheswar Choudhary, won prizes in the Open People category and the Indian National Award respectively at this year's Sony World Photography Awards. The prize-winning works will be exhibited at the annual Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at Somerset House, London, from May 1 to 18.This year, there were more than 70,000 entries from across the...
Girls with goals
For 14-year-old Tania Mudi, a newspaper report on women’s football came as an eye-opener. Till then, Tania had considered football a 'boys only' sport and restricted herself to kabaddi and other home-grown sports, even as she longingly watched the boys play it. “Why did you not tell us that girls could also play football?” Tania asked her mother, Bharati. She was...
Continental drift
At an age when young guns scramble to scale the corporate ladder, Sarita Singh, 29, chose differently. A computer engineer, Singh is among 80 professionals on a corporate expedition to Antarctica. The gruelling voyage-organised by Robert Swan, a renowned ecologist and the first person to walk to both Poles-is certainly not for the faint-hearted. Nor is it cheap, pegged as it is at $22,000,...
Net worth
These days, I see the same things when dreaming and while awake,” tweeted Lilly Singh, 26, aka Superwoman, whose eponymous YouTube channel has more than 2.3 million subscribers. The rapper, singer and stand-up comedian has made a living from her vlog (video blog) since 2010. She is a celebrity in her own right, a status confirmed by fans sporting her trademark Superman T-shirt and...
Mumbai is like home, says Taka of Queen
After watching Vikas Bahl's Queen, it is impossible to get the face of Taka, the endearing Japanese boy, whom Kangana Ranaut befriends on her solo honeymoon, out of your mind. Played to near perfection by London-based actor Jeffrey Ho, Taka struck a chord with his wild child antics and his emotional backstory. In Mumbai to promote his debut film, Ho shares with THE WEEK his experience on...
Drama queens
They started as a motley group of homemakers 25 years ago. And now, the all-woman Mahalakshmi Ladies Drama Group is a professional venture with 18 plays in its kitty
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