articles by Sandip Roy

Entertainment

Bhobishyoter Bhoot would have died natural death at box office if West Bengal govt had just ignored it

Anik Dutta's political satire, Bhobishyoter Bhoot, suffers from too many punchlines, not enough story

India

Bengali film withdrawn from theatres: Absence of industry biggies at protest proves Mamata's clout is undiminished in Tollywood

Supporters for Anik Dutta's film Bhabishyater Bhoot, which disappeared from Kolkata theatres a day after its release, marched down the streets of the city.

Entertainment

Anik Dutta's Bhobishyoter Bhoot pulled from Kolkata theatres; but by whom, and why, remain a mystery

In bhadralok Bengal, the disappearance of Bhobishyoter Bhoot has been done without any unseemly hungama. This disappearance comes with no finger prints.

Life

At Kolkata's Pavlov Mental Health Hospital, art offers a unique perspective into the experiences of patients

The Pavlov Mental Health Hospital is an unusual place for an art exhibit; moreover, an exhibition that is part of the first Kolkata Festival.

Entertainment

Evening Shadows is a vivid portrayal of a coming out story that's as warm as it is raw and complex

Evening Shadows, in a way, is the film to take home to mother. It is about the umbilical cord between mothers and sons.

Entertainment

Rosogolla, the Nabin Chandra Sen biopic, is a warm-hearted ode to the beloved sweet

The rosogolla might well be the only Indian dessert, perhaps only Indian food item even, to have its own biopic.

India

Jagadish Chandra Bose's face may soon feature on £50 notes, but India struggles to save legacy of its illustrious son

On Jagadish Chandra Bose's birth anniversary, it's worth pondering, why — instead of reaching back into our mythology to claim Indians must have invented the internet and plastic surgery — we can't restore, celebrate and take pride in our actual scientific achievements.

India

Rosogolla Dibas: What this humble sweet, once at the centre of a culture war, means to Bengal

Rosogolla Dibas is a timely reminder to all of us to not take our heritage for granted. Envious neighbours are always coveting a piece of the chhena pie

India

IIT Kanpur's hesitation to act against professors accused of harassing Dalit colleague exposes deep caste fissures

What is striking is that the four accused have claimed their actions were to uphold the high standards of the IIT.

India

Section 377 verdict of 2013 taught us how vulnerable rights can be when left to whims of majoritarianism

Section 377 was never the end of the journey but always the first step in demanding respect. That journey remains.

India

Majerhat bridge collapse: Little accountability, shoddy probe, nasty politics make infrastructure a casualty

Which political party has ever campaigned on something as dull as maintenance? They would rather campaign on the promise of building giant statues that nobody needs and bullet trains and triple-decker flyovers.

India

Subramanian Swamy's homophobic remarks will drag BJP down, even as party tries to walk a fine line on Section 377

Even as lawyers on both sides weigh in on Section 377 before a 5-judge bench of the Indian Supreme Court, Subramanian Swamy, whose Twitter bio makes it a point to mention he is a “Rajya Sabha MP, former Union Cabinet minister, Harvard Ph D in Economics”, keeps piping up like the irrepressible boy who just cannot keep quiet in class.

Politics

Karnataka polls: Rivals accusing HD Kumaraswamy of having parallel families shows dirty politics thrives on private lives

If bigamous politicians are truly a political issue, let a party have the guts to say they will deny tickets to anyone doing it.

Life

As Kolkata's Gurusaday Museum struggles to survive, there's renewed interest in its treasure trove of folk art

The Gurusaday Museum — which opened in 1963 and is housed in a sprawling building in Joka on the fringes of the city amidst a mango orchard now heavy with fruit — is facing its darkest hour

India

Asaram Bapu convicted of rape: The reign of modern babas is sustained by deepening chasm between logic and faith

Now the coverage of the Asaram Bapus and Gurmeet Ram Rahims show an almost unbridgeable chasm between the two worlds: the religious world and the so-called secular one.

India

Salman Khan jailed in blackbuck case: Discourse over conviction shows need to isolate law from whataboutery

Salman Khan's conviction shows that law is above stardom and whataboutery. For even if it's for one night in jail, we all get to be equal under the law.

India

Harassment of Dalit professor in IIT Kanpur exemplifies the subtle ways of caste discrimination in India today

The story of one Dalit professor in IIT Kanpur and what he faced shows how pernicious the problem of discrimination can be.

India

Kolkata school that forced students to 'confess' to lesbianism exemplifies how not to treat queer children

By stigmatising even the suggestion of lesbianism, the Kamala Girls School shows that most adults have no idea about how to deal with the sexuality of young people | #FirstCulture

Life

The Beatles in India: 50 years later, a look at how the band's stay in Rishikesh influenced their discography

The Beatles could let their hair down in India, the place where they would go on to write roughly 40 songs | #FirstCulture

Entertainment

News coverage of Sridevi's death: How media publications hastily leaped from Botox to the bathtub

The Sridevi story had quickly and grotesquely turned into a story of comeuppance for a woman who had wanted too much of everything – success, love and beauty. The news coverage has made a mockery out of everything the actress stands for.