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Sunday, 25-February-2018


No Airs About Vidya

51 weeks ago
A lot is talked about the current day dressing of the women folk. How much support did you get from your family members with regard to this? I am quite fortunate that my family stood by me and supported me on this aspect and there is nothing wrong in it. Most people feel that since I am mostly seen in traditional wear, I should be cast in that image only, while others feel that my career will not last long if I don’t wear all kinds of dresses. People should understand that if a lady wears a sari that simply doesn’t mean that she is of reserved nature. If you look at my career graph, you will find that I have done quite bold and courageous...

And The Show Goes On...

51 weeks ago
There aren’t any clear memories of the exact day, date or the month, not even the year. Nor any reminiscences about the weather or the environment. There aren’t any memories of the director, the artists or the audience. What definitely remain are Aara Theatre, Bhikhari Thakur and ‘Gobar Ghichor’.   ‘Gobar Ghichor’ was not staged as much as Bidesiya, but it is impossible to forget the former. Bhikhari Thakur is popularly known as the ‘Shakespeare of Bhojpuri ‘, but this hardly does any justice to his art and creativity. Gobar Ghichor was created by Bhikari Thakur at a time when Simone de Beauvoir’s theory of existentialis...

Shooting as ‘Kasturba’ for ‘Gandhi’ was a Revelation

53 weeks ago
  True, time flies. It’s been 35 years since the release of  Sir Richard Attenborough’s Oscar winning film ‘Gandhi’. This was the third film of my career.  I started my movie debut in 1978 with ‘Arvind Desai ki Ajeeb Dastan’, then I appeared in films like ‘Albert Pinto ko Gussa Kyon Aata Hain’ followed by ‘Chakra’ before getting an offer  from the British director for the film ‘Gandhi’. During those days , I was very busy with my Maratha Theatre after graduating from the National School of Drama, New Delhi.  Me and my husband had started our own Maratha Theatre Group  ...

Your Love, Their Money

53 weeks ago
 geeta singh Valentine’s Day always brings happy tidings for lovers, but in the wake of demonetisation, there are others who will be over joyed, though they could be miles away from love or romance. Flower farmers and florists could make up for the devastating days post-November 8 and may even see some profit. GN Diwakar, President, KR Market Association in Bengaluru says:“Flower merchants and farmers wait for this month eagerly, as it is a money-spinner for them and allows them to make up for some of the losses incurred during the past y...

The Story of coins

54 weeks ago
  We don’t know exactly when coins came in to coronate the forehead of civilisation. In search of it, when we trace back, we guess it must be somewhere during the Harappa and Mohenjo-daro civilizations. A few scholars believe the history of coins is related to the discovery of metals. While baking the pottery, gigantic pitchers and terracotta pots did not get broken. They don’t break even if we throw it or toss it, people guessed it is made up of some other material. A few made metallic noise.  People understood there is some other material which is rare and distinct. ...

Memorable film RAZIA sultan

54 weeks ago
 AShim chakravarty Yesteryears dream girl Hema Malini  surprised everyone  by announcing that  she would  like to remake the film Razia Sultan casting her daughter Esha Deol. It is a different thing that this project has been rolled under the carpet for now.  Hema says that Razia Sultan was completed in seven years yet there were many drawbacks in the script, which she now wants  to rectify and produce a remake but because of her busy schedule she has not been able to take out time for this.


55 weeks ago
On Mahatma Gandhi’s arrival in India from South Africa, Gopal Krishna Gokhale asked him to explore India in order to know it better. This brought Bapu to Kausani where he resided at a guest house of a tea estate owner which until sometime was the Panchayat guest house. His memorable commentary on the Gita-Anasakti Yoga was inspired by the enchanted hill station that enlightened his spiritual insight awakened by the scenic grandeur of the richly gifted spot. However, to keep alive the memories of the Mahatma, the then Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Sucheta Kriplani handed it over to the Gandhi Memorial Fun...


55 weeks ago
  Take any kind of stone whether it is big or small or, black or brown, strong like quartz or soft like marble, just one chisel and hammer is enough to destroy its structure. The situation turns around when these hammer and chisel comes to the hand of Ram Sutar, the same structure of stone turns in to a beautiful face and music inside it oozes out. Ram Sutar is a master in understanding the music of stone and brings it in front of world. The way his hands accomplish this work is incomprehensible to others.    Ram Sutar is neither a craftsman nor a sculptor but he is a musician. Chisel and hammer a...


56 weeks ago
 prem prakash The contribution of cinema in our society is over a century old in India. While the filmmakers have so far touched almost all aspects of the country and society in their own ways, one thing the people have lapped up the most is patriotism, painted on the celluloid by Bollywood filmmakers for us. The list of filmmakers embedding patriotism among the people is long but dated. More importantly, the Indian cinema did not just sing the tunes of liberty after the country’s freedom, but it has been doing so since the count...


57 weeks ago
Republic Day is one of the most significant days in the lives of every Indian. It was on 26 January 1950 that the Constitution of India was brought into force as the ‘law of the land’ after herculean efforts by our founding fathers. It took the Constituent Assembly 2 years, 11 months and 18 days to finalise the Constitution. We celebrate India’s sovereignty every year with much fanfare on the regal Rajpath. The President of India unfurls the national flag and confers the gallantry awards like Ashok Chakra, Kirti Chakras, Param Vir Chakra and Shaurya Chakras. Children also receive bravery awards for their extraordinary deeds on this occasion. The day also witnesses par...


57 weeks ago
What is the film ‘Toilet- Ek Prem Katha’ all about? Please don’t get carried away by the title of the film. Actually this is a totally comedy film wherein the heroine who resides in a slum falls in love with the hero  who is the owner of a toilet. They both fall in love and get married.  They have one motto in life as that is to ‘construct a toilet’ and they get down to the grass root level for doing the same. This film portrays the difficulties which thi...


57 weeks ago
Imagine a forlorn soul standing in a balcony at night, in a high-rise building, overlooking the city, thousands of stories transpiring behind closed doors and hundred thousand open windows - some darkened and some flooded with lights. Yet, in the wide assortment of stories, someone is lonely. We know that someone is disturbed inside but we never knock the door to share the pain. This is primarily an urban phenomenon. Despite the crammed spaces and surroundings teeming with people, the loneliness manifests in big cities, in absence of close connections, intimacy and kinship. Olivia Laing, author of ‘The Lonely City: ...