Articles by Aditya Mani Jha
Jun 14, 2019
Amitav Ghosh on Gun Island, the theme of technology-as-magic, and why nothing is 'just a story'Amitav Ghosh, who recently won the Jnanpith Award, talks about the themes in his latest book Gun Island, the link between human and animal modes of communication and technology's potential to function as witchcraft
Jun 10, 2019
Girish Karnad cut across linguistic and regional boundaries to become a nationally revered figureGirish Karnad’s plays will continue to enthral audiences decades from now.
Jun 02, 2019
Ek Anek Aur Ekta: How Vijaya Mulay's 1974 animated short film reflected the optimism of a young nationEk Anek Aur Ekta is rightly considered a classic today, but it’s important to remember its ultimate purpose — to inculcate a spirit of tolerance and mutual respect, traits in short supply in our country today.
May 19, 2019
Arundhati Roy's The Doctor and the Saint: Strongest when scrutinising Gandhi, but falters on AmbedkarThe Doctor and the Saint is a decent starting point for those who seek to revise their own uncritical points of view about Gandhi. But for those looking to introduce themselves to Ambedkar — the man as well as his politics — you’re much better off reading Annihilation of Caste itself, followed by everything else Ambedkar wrote.
Apr 20, 2019
Hi, Hitler: What creators looking to satirise the Führer must remember about the perils of parodyThere’s a sense of inevitability about the internet and Hitler jokes, one would argue — at this point, the phenomenon is approaching axiomatic status.
Apr 18, 2019
Paul Zacharia on A Secret History of Compassion, his relationship with the Left, and pursuing 'pure storytelling'Paul Zacharia's latest novel A Secret History of Compassion is immersed in grand parody and yet, anchored to some of the vital truths of our time — the erosion of ideology, the collapse of institutions, the way the vocabulary of social justice has been weaponised.
Apr 14, 2019
Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai: Why Soumitra Ranade’s remake fails to match up to Saeed Mirza’s cult classicAlthough well-intentioned, crisply edited and equipped with some superb actors, Soumitra Ranade’s Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai falls well short of the mark, mostly due to an erratic script that never quite takes off.
Mar 31, 2019
The Matrix turns 20: A look back at the everlasting legacy of The Wachowskis' seminal sci-fi action filmThe Matrix, which released 20 years ago today, ushered in the VFX era but also inadvertently gave birth to Reddit’s notoriously sexist The Red Pill group.
Mar 19, 2019
Netflix's Love, Death and Robots highlights the luxury of ambition that animated shows enjoyNetflix's Love, Death and Robots may be the latest high-profile advertisement for the things that animation can achieve.
Feb 27, 2019
Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro, Alejandro Iñárritu: How three friends from Mexico took over HollywoodOverall, five of the last six Best Director Oscars have gone to the amigos (Damien Chazelle being the exception in 2016) — Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro González Iñárritu, often referred to as “the Three Amigos” of cinema.