articles by Gautam Chintamani


You may be offended by Kangana Ranaut and Vir Das, still they have every right to speak their minds

Those who take umbrage to what a Kangana Ranaut or a Vir Das say must remember that their freedom to express cannot be directed at taking away someone else’s rights to speak their mind.


From pandemic and Pangong to farm protests, how Narendra Modi showed his mettle as prime minister

India is well on its way to charting its new place in the world, notwithstanding challenges, criticism and opposition, both at home and abroad


Dilip Kumar dies at 98: Era comes to an end, peerless thespian was the defining voice of Independent India

What truly made Dilip Kumar the go-to actor for a host of filmmakers was his ability to carve an onscreen identity that could address many complex issues within the realm of popular Hindi cinema.


Sushant Singh Rajput passes away: Tracing the actor's journey from television to movie stardom

Sushant Singh Rajput’s death at 34, an age group where most actors destined for greatness tend to enter the best phase of their careers, has expectedly left a deep vacuum


Basu Chatterjee passes away: Legendary filmmaker pioneered 'middle cinema' with films like Rajnigandha, Chhoti Si Baat

Basu da’s demise marks not only the passing on of a legend but also the end of a film genre in every sense of the word.


A trip down memory lane: Seema Sonik Alimchand's biography of Rajendra Kumar fills important gaps in the superstar's life story

Jubilee Kumar: The Life and Times of a Superstar is more than worth a read as it recreates the aura and charm of a time when an unlikely star became the biggest box office phenomenon but never really made a big deal of it.


Why Rishi Kapoor was called the 'debut king': Multiple actresses started their film careers opposite the evergreen star

Given the number of actresses who made their debut opposite Rishi Kapoor, including Dimple Kapadia and Padmini Kolahpure, he was considered a lucky charm.


Rishi Kapoor's musical legacy lives on: The iconic actor's films always boasted of an impeccable soundtrack

Rishi Kapoor was blessed with great music in his films that only got better with time.


Rishi Kapoor passes away: How the gifted actor outshone his contemporaries to cement a five-decade long career

Although Rishi Kapoor is often rightfully credited with greatness for the work that spanned across nearly five decades, he is not seen as one of the greatest survivors who beat all odds.


Breath of Gold: Sathya Saran examines flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia's life and music through a fluid, intriguing narrative

Sathya Saran's free-flowing style makes disconnected incidents from Hariprasad Chaurasia's life come together to make the ride more intriguing.


Doordarshan bringing back Ramayan, Circus and Byomkesh Bakshi is exactly the kind of nostalgia we need

If Netflix and its ilk can pay top money for golden oldies, then why would Doordarshan not do the same?


Adulatory but insightful, Satyarth Nayak's biography of Sridevi goes deep into the world of the late superstar

It's one thing to understand the impact Sridevi had as a screen icon, since she had arguably established herself as the top actress in three of India's major film industries — Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi — but to capture it on paper is a different ballgame. In Satyarth Nayak’s Sridevi: The Eternal Screen Goddess, the actor's all-round brilliance is meticulously encapsulated, bringing forth episodes from her life that reveal a great deal about the person she was.


20 years of Hrithik Roshan: How the actor has managed to maintain his superstar aura through highs and lows

Hrithik Roshan bridged the gap between the ilks of the 'seniors,' Khans, Akshay Kumar, and Ajay Devgn, and the 'juniors' Ranbir Kapoor and Ranveer Singh.


Pawan Kalyan realigns with BJP with eye on 2024: Actor-turned-politico playing long game against Jagan Mohan Reddy

In politics, much like popular films, the timing makes all the difference and as a matinee idol, Pawan Kalyan knows a thing or two about making an entry


Netflix cements its place in the global entertainment industry with unprecedented 24 nominations at Oscars 2020

With 24 nominations, the highest for any studio at this year’s Academy Awards, Netflix seems to have won the latest round of the battle with the Oscars.


The Making of Star India: Vanita Kohli-Khandekar's book on Rupert Murdoch’s Indian TV foray is a must-read

Vanita Kohli-Khandekar’s The Making of Star India is a detailed treatise of the news baron Rupert Murdoch’s greatest adventure as well as the tale of India’s tryst with television


Kiran Nagarkar passes away: Writer's social commentary will be inseparable from the allegations against him

Kiran Nagarkar, who passed away at the age of 77 on 5 September 2019, was often lauded as one of India’s greatest writers, and rightfully so.


Saaho: Prabhas should have picked a smaller film, not tried to match blockbuster success of Baahubali

Much like how Ramesh Sippy chose to make the colossal Shaan (1980) after Sholay (1975), Prabhas’ decision to do a Saaho appears to stem from the desire to top the success of Baahubali.


Salman Khan, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Inshallah isn't the first project to fall out because of actor-director tiff

Salman Khan had reportedly agreed to do the film without even hearing the second half, and had a change of heart when Bhansali finally narrated what he had in mind.


Khayyam passes away: Legendary music composer marched to his own beat and that's what set him apart

Even though he enjoyed success and recognition, Khayyam never really did more than a handful of films.