Dance is No 1 hit
From merely add-ons or extras to the storyline and characterisation, song and dance sequences have graduated to the status of a hero, becoming
the heart and soul of films.
Srabanti Chakraborty looks at how the ‘dance master’ has turned choreographer and occupies centrestage
to the new world of
ultra-specialisation in Bollywood which has resulted in the master-ji
metamorphose into the director of choreography.
way in art
It took almost half a century
after the pioneering work done by Amrita Shergil for a whole slew of
women artists to rear their heads in cities, says Yashodhara
the early 1970s, women
artists were more than a presence on the art landscape, and had
attained important positions in the art world. Many, in fact, like the
sculptor Meera Mukherjee, archived folk and tribal consciousness and
fashioned her own propensities to make pungent, witty statements about
flows the Godavari
The scenic Godavari as it
flows through Papi Hills is nature in all its glory. The proposed
Polavaram Project, however, poses a threat to their very existence,
reports Ramesh Kandula
you can shop till you drop
& Asha Seth take a trip to
the Dubai Shopping Festival, a consumers’ paradise
recently my wife and I
visited Dubai for an 11-day-tour, it was my first visit. My wife, who
had visited Dubai earlier in 1974, was surprised to see the change. It
was not the Dubai that she had visited more than 30 years earlier.
Buddhist youth have
rushed in to marry before the first dawn of the Year of Pig, writes Rajiv
we are ready to welcome
the year 2007 with open arms, many youngsters who believe in the
Buddhist philosophy are ensuring that they get married before the new
year, which they believe will be the Year of the Pig believed to be
inauspicious by many individuals.
twist to Everest love story
Nepali couple who tied the knot
on top of the world’s highest peak has now released a book on their
adventures. The book Motinaya Sagarmatha — (The Everest of
romance) — is written by Kathmandu girl Moni Mulepati, 27, and
Sherpa boy Pem Dorjee Sherpa, 26, who married atop the peak on August
is an end game in itself’
Celebrated film-maker Shekhar Kapur was in Mumbai, recently. Vickey
Lalwani caught up with him for a free-wheeling chat.
What brings you to Mumbai?
Nothing special. I just wanted to take a break before moving on with
the challenges in life. I had also to sort out some legal matters
here. So it’s a business-cum-pleasure trip.
Blood Diamond director
Zwick churns out an indelibly forthright and elevating story of three
characters whom fate brings together, reports Ervell
are forever" and
"diamonds are a girl’s best friend" are some of the
eulogies attributed to that wonder stone but the price one pays to get
it and the ordeal, nay the hell on earth, the locals are subjected to
in the process, is graphically, even horrifyingly brought to light in Blood
Diamond, a candid, thought-provoking drama set against the
backdrop of the civil war that engulfed the Sierra Leone of the 1990s.
Cate Blanchett refuses to be stressed out by paparazzi photographers,
because she understands the attention comes hand in hand with being a
Hollywood star. The actress’ new film Babel recently picked
up a Golden Globe award for Best Picture while she was also nominated
for her supporting role in Notes
on a Scandal.
shows the way
|The theme of
widow remarriage that Babul deals with has been attempted before.
M.L. Dhawan takes a look at the socially
the years the film makers
have considered their social obligations and used the power of their
medium to provoke the viewers to react to the issue of rehabilitation
of a widow. Through their landmark films on the issue, the film makers
have used potential in their hands for the social changes our
politicians can never dream of accomplishing.