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Dream catchers
In an industry filled with struggling actors, casting directors are stalked, worshipped and bombarded with calls
An army with a state
What is wrong with Pakistan? The question continues to be debated ad nauseam in books, journals, newspapers, television studios, war rooms, classrooms and diplomatic corridors. Yet, an answer looks elusive. The Warrior State by T.V. Paul, professor of international relations at McGill University in Canada, and the author of 15 books on international security and south Asia, is yet another attempt...
Sunshine story
It is a huge responsibility to try and pay tribute to a film like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, which, despite having released 19 years ago, continues to stay alive in the hearts of many and is treated as the last word when it comes to Bollywood rom-coms. Although the storyline was predictable, the film did have a lot of things working in its favour then—fresh foreign locales, a dazzling...
An authentic voice
Red’ Austin, as he was affectionately known, is no more. But Granville Austin's (1927-2014) inestimable contribution to a better understanding of India’s Constitution lives on.  A graduate in American literature, Austin started his life as a journalist and photographer, earning his doctorate in modern Indian history at Oxford. But he had no legal training¯highly...
Over the boundary
The reason why most Indians would instantly feel at home in New Zealand is that the Kiwis are as crazy about cricket as we are. Sample this: a Kiwi cabby inquiring about Shikhar Dhawan's birthplace. We were a bit embarrassed when he started asking us about almost every member of our IPL teams. So if not for New Zealand, what could be a better place to co-host the ICC Cricket World Cup in...
Fans shocked, say plot is unacceptable
How can Archie die? Is he not, along with Jughead, Reggie, Betty and Ronnie, part of the team of eternal entertainers? The initial reaction from Archie fans is that of shock.  “Archie was a character that represented the youth and was part of our growing up days. Whatever be the reason, killing him is unacceptable,” says Neetu Mohan. “The very idea of Archie being killed is...
The immortals of stage
'The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow Roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars, and in the middle, you see the blue center-light pop, and everybody goes ahh...' The famous quote...
Dilip Kumar's home made national heritage
Peshawar: Legendary actor Dilip Kumar's ancestral home here has been declared as a national heritage and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered authorities to acquire the dilapidated property, a move he hopes would bring Pakistan and India closer. Sharif has already approved an order in this regard and sent it to Information Ministry, which has forwarded it to director general Pakistan...
Fitting tribute to Bimal Roy
"It is a mediocre film with good acting by the male actor. Direction is also good." These are the words scribbled by legendary filmmaker Bimal Roy on a notepad while he was serving as a jury member in the 1st Moscow International Film Festival. The film he wrote about was Jalsaghar, the fourth film of another Indian legend, Satyajit Ray. The notepad is one of the exhibits at...
Confronting a world of contrasts
In one of the scenes, a bunch of young women are giggling over cradling the butt of a rifle in a self-defence class of Durga Vahini, a Hindu fundamentalist camp. In another, a group of bikini-clad women are parading—Casper-esque —a white cloth covering them from head to upper torso, their legs being evaluated by the (male) judges. One gender, two contrasting worlds. This is at the...
Zohra Sehgal dies at 102
Zohra Sehgal, a quintessential Bollywood diva who essayed character roles with aplomb in a career spanning over seven decades in both theatre and cinema, died on Thursday at the age of 102. A Padma Vibhushan awardee, Sehgal breathed her last at Max hospital here around 4:30pm on Thursday. "She was admitted yesterday and diagnosed with pneumonia. A heart patient, she suffered a cardiac arrest...
A quest for identity
Calling Bangladesh-born Zia Haider Rahman's debut novel cerebral would be an understatement. In the Light of What We Know engages the reader at different levels and no, its not highbrow only on account of the numerous thoughts and ideas that one encounters in it as it delves into intellectual and philosophical realms but also because of its sheer scope and magnitude and therein lies...
'Belly of the Tantra' brought me back home: Purohit
Coming out of a screening of US-based filmmaker Pankaj Purohit's documentary Belly Of The Tantra at Mumbai's National Centre For the Performing Arts, many looked disturbed. Some were so overwhelmed that they said they needed some time to gather their thoughts. This was the first time that uncut version of the film, which is based on the flesh-eating Aghori swamis and was banned by the...
Author Gordimer dies
South African Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer, an unwavering moralist who became one of the most powerful voices against the injustice of apartheid, has died at the age of 90, her family said on Monday.Gordimer, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991, died at her Johannesburg home on Sunday evening in the presence of her children, Hugo and Oriane, a statement from the...
Immortal roses, and prose
Absence, exile and the devastating loss of a daughter have overshadowed Isabel Allende's life and shaped her work. Her answer? To keep writing and count her blessings
The Mexican touch
Her own song
Hardbound history
THE WEEK’s newest coffee-table book is a compilation of the popular First Citizen column, which chronicles President Pranab Mukherjee’s time in the Rashtrapati Bhavan
Missing the mark
It is not a good idea to judge a movie by its name. This is what Bobby Jasoos taught me. Despite the jasoos in its name, there is not much of jasoosi in there. Nor is there the shade of brilliance in Vidya Balan's one-woman acting army that we applauded for in films like The Dirty Picture and Kahaani. The faith that comes with seeing Balan's face on a film's poster has started shaking...
Pancholis file Rs 100-cr libel suit against Jiah's mom
Shahrukh Khan conferred with top French award
King's winning move
The suave and charismatic businessman who took Audi India to numero uno position among luxury carmakers is also the fun-loving travel junkie who plays golf and learns Hindi
Nawab of nuances
From being an also-ran actor to producing films he believes in, Saif Ali Khan says he has become wise with age
It’s got the stamp
Fact versus fiction
Crash course
Chinese thriller
Lights Out: A path of hope
One for the books
Forward in motion
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