Sunday, October 27, 2002
Politics of drugs and jehad
Does peace have
a chance in Afghanistan?
does the future have in store for Afghanistan? Fragile peace for
one. War will remain in a state of suspended animation in
Afghanistan as long as the Americans continue with their focus on
the region. But regrouping elsewhere has started. The Taliban base
has shifted to the NWFP and the theatre of action will in all
likelihood be Kashmir. The misplaced jehadi spirit mixed with easy
money will vent itself primarily on neighbouring India before
travelling to other parts of the world, says Ashwini
ode to the painted photograph
camera made its appearance in 1839 when Louis Daguerre unveiled his
invention in Paris. The first photographs were hailed as mirrors of
reality. It brought a crisis in art and some painters exclaimed that
with the advent of the camera "painting is dead". The camera
immediately became popular and within a year, it surfaced in Calcutta in
1840. India, with its bewildering diversity of people, ancient historic
sites and monuments, the beauty and grandeur of its mountains, plains
and rivers, provided rich material to the photographer.
had feminine flavour
Indian Panorama of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) had a
distinct feminine flavour this year. Female protagonists figured in
several of the films, like Chandni Bar and Swaraaj.
Whether trying to survive or to assert her individuality in a
male-dominated society, playing both conventional and unconventional
roles, the Great Indian Woman made her presence felt.
On the sands of time:
M. L. Dhawan
Vinod Chopra’s Parinda revolved around a pyrophobic underworld
don Anna (Nana Patekar) who killed his victims in cold blood, kept his
men on edge and went hysterical at the sight of fire. Kishan (Jackie
Shroff) was Anna’s henchman. To keep his younger brother Karan (Anil
Kapoor) away from crime and gore, he had sent him abroad. Karan loved
Paro (Madhuri Dixit), whose brother Prakash (Anupam Kher) was a cop.