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Entertainment

Goodbye superhero, hello real guy: The best actors of 2011

No shortage of six packs but the men of Bollywood men got a little more real in 2011. Film Impressions picks the best of 2011.

Entertainment

Best Actresses of 2011: The Year of the Bad Girl

If this were the 80s, many of the women in this list would have been slapped into submission. Fortunately,the ‘bad girls’ lit up the silver screen this year, and we look at some of the top actresses from 2011.

Blogs

The lost thumris of Pakeezah

Kamal Amrohi weaves in some brilliant thumri and ghazal melodies as some kind of intricate ambient sound, riffs that waft in from neighbouring kothas.

Life

I never prayed again after Smita's death: Remembering Smita Patil 25 years later

Smita Patil's death was a huge loss to films but it also shattered one Bombay schoolgirl's world. On the 25th anniversary of Smita's death today, Deepa Deosthalee remembers how their lives had briefly touched.

Blogs

S*x, M*rality and Cens*rship about to hit the 50 mark

Sunil Shanbag's play is a delectable juxtaposition of contemporary concerns with a rather shameful chapter in Indian theatre history.

Blogs

The eternal oomph of Helen: A Canadian drag queen's fan letter

She's not a great actress, not even a great dancer. But Helen is a real star. That's why a Canadian drag queen is shimmying into that amazing 'baithe hain kya' costume.

Blogs

Centrestage Festival: A week of theatre at the NCPA

Hope the festival, with its awkward mix of art and commerce, delivers another round of exemplary theatre through its 15 premiering plays starting today.

Blogs

MAMI: The good, the bad and the plain annoying

The MAMI film festival has gotten bigger but it's hard to say it's gotten better. But good cinema addicts sweated out all the logistical problems to try and find some movie gems.

Entertainment

The Ten Best of the MAMI Fest

As another edition of Mumbai's premiere film festival gets underway on 13 October , here's a pick of 10 must-watch films.

Blogs

Satyadev Dubey: The enfant terrible of Indian Theatre

Shanta Gokhale's new book on Satyadev Dubey brings together essays, interviews and reviews by playwrights and theatre critics, and a selection from Dubey's own articles. The book will be launched in Mumbai in October.

Entertainment

Spotting India at Toronto International Film Festival

Ten films that form the 'unofficial Indian selection' at the Toronto International Film Festival, this year.

Bollywood

What 'they' say about Indian cinema

A round-up of what eight celebrated international directors have to say about Indian cinema.

Bollywood

Khalid Mohamed’s Kennedy Bridge, a bridge to nowhere much

The play employs mixed media lavishly, but ends up being a self indulgent, halfway play.

Blogs

Bollywood’s curse of the cerebral women

To have a cerebral woman hold sway in a filmi narrative is the final frontier.

Bollywood

Why women can't have their own 'Buddy Film'

If a Bollywood script is centred around female-bonding, it almost necessarily means the absence of a male figure.

Bollywood

The 'sluts' of Hindi cinema – paying a price with their bodies

The streets might not be safe for women but are movie scripts any safer? As Slutwalk comes to Delhi next month, here’s a look at how Hindi films handle the sexual violation of women.

Bollywood

In praise of Naseeruddin Shah, the consummate actor

An intelligent, intuitive and highly skilled performer, Shah’s gift lies in making even peripheral parts memorable.

Blogs

Hindustani music in bite-sized morsels

This weekend, Sunil Shanbag opens his new show at Prithvi Theatre. In Stories in a Song he isn’t quite plumbing the depths unraveling the cultural strands that make up the rich tapestry of Hindustani music. Instead he serves us bite-sized morsels through a montage of seven loosely interwoven theatrical set-pieces.

Life

Aaj rang hai: The colours of pop secularism

Aaj Rang Hai, from T-Pot & Aarambh Productions, is a delightful melodrama that has recently completed 25 performances all over the country with stopovers from Delhi to Trivandrum.

Blogs

When Hindi films take on honour killing

Watching our films we could almost buy in on the idea that the term ʻhonour killingsʼ is just something coined by the British press to give a cultural context to plain old pre-meditated murder, fueled by hate and human frailty and not by notions of power, ego or feudal arrogance.