On Satyajit Ray's 100th birth anniversary, his leading ladies Aparna Sen and Madhabi Mukherjee weigh in on the political significance of the man and his legacy, even 29 years since he breathed his last.
Rumours of Spring: Farah Bashir's memoir is a stirring account of an unquiet adolescence spent in Kashmir
Bashir's debut work of literature also documents the changing political landscape of her home-state that turned into a militarised zone almost overnight, leaving her with inexplicable anxieties about everyday life.
CiNEmatters Ep 4 | Phijigee Mani sheds light on the insidious ways in which patriarchy governs life in Manipur
Firstpost presents CiNEmatters, a podcast examining cinema from the North East of India. In episode 4, we discuss 'Phijigee Mani' (2011), a National Award-winning Manipuri film.
CiNEmatters Ep 3 | In Reema Borah's film Bokul, a closer look at the plight of lives forced to reside on Assam's fringes
Firstpost presents CiNEmatters, a podcast examining cinema from the North East of India. In episode 3, we discuss 'Bokul' (2015), an Assamese film by Reema Borah.
CiNEmatters Ep 2 | How the Assamese film Maj Rati Keteki probes into the complex issue of identity in the state
Firstpost presents CiNEmatters, a podcast examining cinema from the North East of India. In episode 2, we discuss 'Maj Rati Keteki' (2017), an Assamese film by Santwana Bardoloi, starring Adil Hussain.
CiNEmatters Ep 1 | How the Bodo film Jwlwi: The Seed examines the plight of women in a volatile Assam
Firstpost presents CiNEmatters, a podcast examining cinema from the North East of India. In episode 1, we discuss 'Jwlwi: The Seed' (2019), a Bodo film by Rajni Basumatary.
Firstpost presents CiNEmatters, a new podcast on the cinema of North East India and its socio-cultural nuances
With every episode of CiNEmatters, Firstpost hopes to inch closer to understanding why entertainment from this part of the country continues to remain largely elusive, besides examining some of its most interesting, yet lesser-known offerings.
Amitav Ghosh on his book Jungle Nama, folk traditions: 'We have to find ways to make reading collaborative'
Through his new book Jungle Nama — written completely in verse, with artwork by Salman Toor — the writer wishes to uphold and celebrate folk traditions of storytelling by engaging with diverse mediums such as audiobooks, graphic novels and video-gaming.
Genus Pan movie review: Lav Diaz's film cuts down on runtime but not intensity of its scathing criticism of Filipino society
The Filipino film was screened at the 26th Kolkata International Film Festival earlier this month.
The film made its Indian premiere at the 26th Kolkata International Film Festival this year, and is Japan's official nominee for the Oscars 2021.
How writer-director Mohit Priyadarshi made Kosa, a searing look at human rights violations in Chhattisgarh
The film made its Indian premiere at the 26th Kolkata International Film Festival in January 2021, after debuting internationally at UK's Raindance Festival in October last year.
Remembering Moheener Ghoraguli, India's first rock band from Kolkata whose legacy thrives in resistance
Forty-five years since their formation, Moheener Ghoraguli — who likened themselves to a "movement" — continue to find resonance in the sound and art of budding artists not just in Bengal, but across India, with their songs being widely reprised and recreated.
The compilation of translated poems by Gulzar has been over eight years in the making, traversing through the length and breadth of the country, with works of 279 poets in 34 languages featured in the book.
The AR Rahman interview | 'There are certain stories that need to be told because the world is divisive now'
AR Rahman, on being roped in as the ambassador for BAFTA Breakthrough's India chapter, talks about why Indian artists need to push the creative envelope, and how teaching music to children keeps him going.
Hansal Mehta on feeling 'empowered' after Scam 1992, and telling stories that do not pander to a mainstream audience
For Hansal Mehta, while the story of Harshad Mehta's aspirations was an extension to his upbringing in a middle class Gujarati family, Chhalaang was a project he undertook to have fun, and not overthink.
Neil Gaiman on making his readers ‘work’ through his prose, and why the fragility of the world inspires his writing
At the Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest, Neil Gaiman also talked about the pedagogical value of comics, and why he is uncomfortable with knowing where he will be three years from now.
At the Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest, Howard Jacobson also talks about being "anxious" on finding that people do not laugh at what was considered funny 30, 10 or even five years ago, and that this censorship comes at the cost of creators' vivacity.
Ramachandra Guha talks new book The Commonwealth of Cricket, his love for the sport, and its complex politics
The historian also recounts his brief stint as an administrator at the BCCI, where his resignation within six months of his appointment ruffled a few feathers in the cricketing fraternity.
Thoughts on a conversation on sexual harassment in the arts, and making sense of traumas buried in the past
An asymmetrical distribution of power between the student and the teacher in the Indian arts — especially in the classical performing arts — makes this sphere vulnerable to incidents of sexual abuse, thereby rendering systemic reform not just crucial, but indispensable to the progress of the disciplines.
How the silence of RK Laxman's Common Man primed India to focus on the corruption ailing its democracy
By following the Common Man's line of vision, you see what should be seen. He defiantly refuses to distract, underlining how it is not always necessary to add to the din; how sometimes, it is okay to sit back and soak it all up for the sake of posterity.