As the valiant people of
Mumbai, fight and bounce back, be it after the terror strike or nature’s
fury, their tenacity triumphs. Neelam Mansingh
Chowdhry recounts the factors that make Mumbai a symbol of
are as many myths about Mumbai as there are pavement dwellers in it.
Skyscrapers and shanty towns, Gothic towers, art deco and vernacular
architecture all coalesce to form the multidimensional characteristic
that gives Bombay its special temperament — a city where people have
learnt to endure, a city where people have to dream to survive, and a
city where hope still lingers despite floods, bomb blasts and communal
Way to the lost
valley of Zanskar
One has to be a true adventure
lover to trek to Zanskar in Ladakh, writes Sneh
experience of travelling to Zanskar itself is a feat to be achieved.
It is a trip of a lifetime. A lot of books will tell you that Zanskar
is a lonely, inhospitable land. But it is only when you reach Zanskar
that you realise how lonely, lonely can get.
is a cinematic wonderland’
Subhash K. Jha
acclaimed talk show Inside The Actors Studio, which entertains
guests like Will Smith, Hugh Grant, Richard Gere, Tom Cruise and
Angelina Jolie, is coming to India and Emmy award winning host James
Lipton says it is like a dream come true.
Panda with Punjab
Seth meets Dadhiwala Panda in Gaya who says he and his
ancestors are indebted to the Punjabi paltan
in Bihar is not only famous for Bodh Gaya where Lord Buddha attained
Enlightenment, but is also a centre where Hindus perform final pind-daan
for the departed ancestors. Many years ago, I had accompanied my
father to Gaya to perform the last rites of my grandfather.
in Mumbai films
Western Whiteness is new to
Indian films. While some actresses, such as Alice Patten (Rang De
Basanti) and Antonia Bernath (Kisna) have played a few
significant roles, most are relegated to being backup or item song
dancers, writes Shakuntala Rao
proliferation of White Western women in Bollywood films has been
gradual. While Indianised Whiteness had always existed (where heroines
were expected to be lighter-skinned than most Indians), Western
Whiteness is new to Indian films.
Water makes a
Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta’s controversial movie Water
has become the highest-grossing Hindi-language film in North America
for 2006, according to Box Office Guru, a website in Washington
devoted to cinema.
played a small-town girl’
Bipasha Basu is playing a
village belle for the first time in Omkara, which will make it
to the theatres on July 28. She tells Arpana that
her character in the film is very interesting and colourful
Bipasha Basu plays a
rustic character, an abuse-mouthing singer and dancer, in Vishal
Bharadwaj’s ready-to-release Omkara.
Director John Stephenson shows
that even without too much of special effects, one can narrate an
absorbing fairly tale, writes Ervell E. Menezes
today’s world of magical cinema, special effects, Harry Potters and
Lords of the Rings why should one resurrect an ancient World War I
story of five children separated from their parents is hard to