longer ‘Funjabi’ cinema
After an overdose of comedy
in Punjabi films, writers and directors are now focusing more on
realism. They are varying content and taking the serious route. On the
anvil are films that are slowly and surely breaking the mould
is the best medicine they say. What if someone gives you an overdose
of this tonic? Ideally, an excess of anything, howsoever good, might
lead to no results because your body has stopped responding to it.
Something similar is happening to the unending dose of comedy films.
From the sweet taste that they would leave in the mouth, now they not
only taste bad they smell awful to.
Director’s cut: Anurag Singh (second from left with sunglasses) on the sets of his film. He is willing to step out of the groove and follow his conviction
'ART & SOUL
had been building up towards this for sometime but I was not quite
prepared for what I saw as I entered the yoga exhibition at the
Sackler/Freer Gallery in Washington, just two short weeks ago. One
descended to the exhibition galleries which are in the basement —
‘descent’ is not a good word here, for the only feeling in the
show as one proceeded was that of an ‘ascent’— and the very
first thing that greeted the eyes made you stop: on the glistening
parquet floor, projected from virtually invisible lamps above, were
shining perfectly rounded circles of light, at the heart of each the
diagrammatic image of a chakra.
Meals that work for
Most working women neglect
their basic nutritional needs. Ironically, the busier you are, the
more crucial it is for you to eat healthy. Making healthy eating a
part of your life can be tricky but it is essential
Dr. Anjali Mukerjee
family to office, women today are masters at multi-tasking and
juggling but when it comes to eating a balanced diet, many neglect
their basic nutritional needs. Take the case of 29-year-old Ashwini.
Happily married with a five-year-old son she came to me feeling edgy
over her weight gain.
Right on Mark
isn't his cup of tea. Frank and fearless, Sir Mark Tully always says
things as these are, without sugar or spice. So Indians might go ga ga
over this Indophile and his love for India, the former Bureau Chief of
BBC, Delhi, clarifies, "Firstly I don't like the word Indophile
and secondly love is too strong an emotion and I wouldn't use it to
define my relationship with India."
of South America
Machu Picchu in Peru and
Cadiliacs and Castro in Cuba — there is much to explore for the
American countries are not high on Indian tourists’ agenda, though
there is fascination for Cuba, Chile, Brazil, Peru, or maybe
Argentina. Touring this part of the world requires grit, courage and a
lot of cash and travel stamina. Flights are long and tiring — up to
22 hours nonstop from Delhi to Lima. However, breaking the journey
with stopovers — possibly in Frankfurt or London — can be helpful.
The historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire. The sanctuary, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna
hate him, you just can’t ignore him
Sunny Deol may not have
touched the zenith of success, but he remains everybody’s favourite.
Over to the eternal good guy whose honest act in Singh Saab — The
Great has audiences flocking to theatres
expect him to sweep you off your feet or bowl you over with quotable
quotes. However, Punjab da puttar Sunny Deol grows on you as he
offers no homilies, no candid cuts, only strikes a conversation that
is easy-going and undramatic. Quite unlike the melodrama in many of
his films, especially with Anil Sharma, director of his latest film Singh
Saab — The Great. Sunny quickly jumps to the defence of his
director with whom he has acted in several superhit films like Gadar:
Ek Prem Katha and says, "Give me one director who has got
success in so many genres as Anil."
says no to nudity
The world’s greatest dream
factory has once again decided to move away from skin show and
Meryl Streep stood stark naked in Still of the Night smiling at
Roy Scheider, she appeared similar to a painting from the renaissance
era. Never did she appear vulgar or titillating. It was one of the
rare occasions when Meryl Streep exposed herself in front of a movie
camera in soft blue light.