Farah Khan (second from left)
a force to reckon with among new-age commercial filmmakers
From Gurinder Chadha to Kiran Rao, women have created films on subjects that have found resonance in their hearts. Others, like Farah Khan, have shown that women need not be just activist directors, taking up gender or social issues, and that they can simply aim to be successful commercial directors. A peek at woman power behind the cinematic lens…
years ago, a young Sikh woman,
born in Nairobi and living in Southall, England, went through an
agonising experience. Her father, a relatively poor man, went to the
local bank to encash a cheque and was humiliated by the racist
attitude of the staff.
Ancient coins of the
Indo-Greek era and broken pieces of earthenware belonging to the
Maurya empire have been found in Naurangabad, near Bhiwani, in Haryana,
writes Dev Brat Vashisth
to historians and archaeologists, in ancient India the hamlet of
Naurangabad was a prosperous and flourishing place with a mint of
world class standard, where coins were moulded. Naurangabad was also
the capital of the Yodheyas empire.
In the heart of Middle East
Located at the crossroads of civilisations, Jordan has a cultural confluence that can’t be found anywhere else, writes
are at the heart of the Middle East," stated Abdul
dramatically, pausing near the entrance to the erstwhile Greco-Roman
city. "Jordan is located at the crossroads of civilisations and
nowhere else will you get to see the kind of cultural confluence that
you see here."
are woman’s best friend
Many young artists are
exploring monochromatic hues to portray an array of emotions, writes Surekha
dogs are considered ever-friendly, ready to follow you all over
the place, cats are thought of as haughty creatures — but that may
not be true — according to a new study, which claims cats attach to
humans, and particularly women, as social partners.
hot and wild
Animal prints have made
a huge comeback to the fashion circuit, says Shama
international fashionistas to Bollywood hotties, here is a style that
like polka dots is proving to be a staple in the fashion scene. Safari
trends, aka animal prints, have leaped from the jungle on to the
streets. Animal motifs have rocked the catwalks, too.
of mobile phones
next time you chat away for hours on your mobile phone, think about
the grave health risks from the emitted radiation. It causes loss of
memory, lack of concentration, digestive and sleep disturbances, says
a government panel on hazards posed by electromagnetic radiation.
Judging out of box
Manpreet Kaur finds out what makes Bollywood stars, singers, choreographers serenade the idiot box
the surfeit of Bollywood singers and choreographers on TV? Not
only are music and dance reality shows giving them a good source of
income, but many say the recognition they get from the small screen is
a big add-on.
With Hindi cinema becoming
realistic, the use of swear words is fast becoming film industry’s
new style, says Priyanka Sharma
has always been about people’s cinema. And lately so has been the
language, and sometimes even the titles, of Hindi films — juicy and
peppered with expletives, like we hear around us most of the time.
The Department of Posts had
recently issued stamps on legendary film heroines as a tribute to
their depiction of women on the big screen, writes M.
the World Philatelic Exhibition held in Delhi recently, the Department
of Posts & Telegraph issued a commemorative Rs 5 stamp on Devika
Rani, Nutan, Leela Naidu, Meena Kumari, Kanan Devi and Savitri, as a
tribute to these icons for their role in changing the depiction of
women on the screen.
Singh Lamba’s Teen Thay Bhai, starring Om Puri, Deepak
Dobriyal, Shreyas Talpade and Ragini Khanna, is all set for release on
April 1. The film is co-produced by PVR Pictures and Rakeysh Omprakash
Mehra Pictures Pvt. Ltd.