Book Review | Jayanta Ghoshal provides detailed coverage of West Bengal Assembly Election in Mamata Beyond 2021
Jayanta Ghosal’s vivid understanding of India, its cultural diversity, and the knowledge of the RSS ideology as a journalist are visible from the way he has differentiated between Bengal’s faith in Hindu religion and RSS' idea of Hindutva.
Homecoming movie review: Soumyajit Majumdar’s buddy-drama drowns itself in pretentious artistic excesses
The five protagonists in #Homecoming aren’t exactly the most memorable bunch and come out looking self-serious and unnecessarily glum.
How Shoojit Sircar's Piku, Satyajit Ray's Aranyer Din Ratri transport me back to dining table, food escapades of my Bengali home
"Interestingly, Piku is obsessed with food in a way that's familiar to all upper-class Bengalis, but the obsession manifests through the constant talk of shit and diseases, which also, very honestly, is quite familiar to this group of people."
Exploring a lesser known aspect of Satyajit Ray: The masterful filmmaker was also a science fiction enthusiast
From founding the Sci-Fi Cine Club in Kolkata to plans to direct a Hollywood sci-fi film, and developing the character of Professor Shanku, Satyajit Ray enjoyed an almost umbilical connect with the science fiction genre.
Netaji's 'Dilli Chalo' campaign finally finds fruition amid tussle over Bengal tableau’s exclusion at R-Day parade
In 1969 when independent India’s finally got round to thinking about a replacement for George V under the canopy behind India Gate, three names were considered, Nehruji never wanted to remove George V from it, and plans to put Gandhiji there also got stymied. However, Netaji will finally prevail
Inside Satyajit Ray's little known corner of life as an aficionado of board games, from Scrabble to chess
“Father was deeply interested in word games, quizzes, and anagrams. These were just purely private preoccupations, and known to only an inner circle of family members. Sporadically, his deep interest had also entered his films," says Sandip Ray in an exclusive interview.
Abhishek Bachchan discusses putting on 20 kg for Bob Biswas, and why he didn't go the prosthetic way for the weight gain
"Prosthetics, no matter how professionally done, always look fake. At least they don’t feel right for me. It always feels like an artificial part of my performance. I needed to feel Bob Biswas’s belly, and not just pretend with a pillow tied to my midriff," says Abhishek Bachchan in an exclusive interview.
Bengali actor Jeet tests positive for coronavirus, says he's under home quarantine
Jeet announced his coronavirus diagnosis on Twitter, urging everyone who has come in contact with him in the recent past to get tested.
BJP's Mithun Chakraborty, TMC MP Dev to collaborate on untitled Bengali movie amid West Bengal polls
Dev and Mithun Chakraborty earlier shared the screen in the 2015 Bengali blockbuster Herogiri.
Soumitra Chatterjee tests negative for coronavirus, still in 'acute confusional state,' say doctors
Doctors say the condition of Soumitra Chatterjee, who was admitted to a Kolkata hospital on 6 October after testing positive for coronavirus, has improved compared to what it was in the last 48 hours.
My grandmother fled from the horrors of Partition. What she couldn't outrun was the patriarchy
India gained her Independence amid the violence of Partition. But did my 92-year-old grandmother ever win hers?
The Filter Koffee Podcast: Taslima Nasreen and translator Arunava Sinha on her latest book, Shameless
In this episode of The Filter Koffee Podcast, noted Bengali author and activist Taslima Nasreen is joined by translator Arunava Sinha; they discuss their individual creative processes.
Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb apologies for saying Punjabis, Jats are less intelligent than Bengalis
Biplab Kumar Deb had stirred a controversy by saying Punjabis and Jats are physically strong but less brainy while Bengalis are known to be very intelligent.
Extraction movie review: Chris Hemsworth's Netflix film marries Hollywood grandeur with localised aesthetics
Extraction embraces linguistic and ethnic diversity but fails to be a true-blue 'global' film by giving most of the Indian actors the shorter end of the stick.
Only those who study Assamese till Class 10 will get state govt jobs, says education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma
Assam education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma clarified that rule will be applicable to all areas in the state, barring three Barak Valley districts and Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Districts
With her new book on 1971 Indo-Pak war, Anam Zakaria attempts to understand one of the most defining years in South Asian history
Anam Zakaria’s 1971: A People’s History from Bangladesh, Pakistan and India is an attempt at probing one of the most defining years in South Asian history.
Professor Shonku O El Dorado movie review: Satyajit Ray's memorable scientist doesn't come to life in son's film
Professor Shonku O El Dorado is as incalculable a loss as the usurping of the famed scientist’s greatest inventions.
Yogendra Yadav and Shekhar Gupta vouch for a monolithic Assamese identity; get history and politics around NRC all wrong
It is a logical fallacy to support NRC and oppose CAA, as both feeds into each other.
Assam cabinet nod to accord stature of state language to Assamese may stifle growth of other tongues spoken by a few
The cabinet proposal for a state language will have adverse effects on the other minor languages in the sphere of literature.
Zombiesthaan movie review: First Bengali zombie horror film may have an edge but doesn't make most of the advantage
Abhirup Ghosh has obviously been a post-apocalyptic, dystopian and zombie horror film and fiction fan. But then why not take Zombiesthaan to perfection?