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The Baalak Cart: Looking at children's films in India
Entertainment

The Baalak Cart: Looking at children's films in India

Amole Gupte has constantly been working with children in real and reel life. His son Partho won the richly-deserved National award for his incredibly sensitive performance in Stanley Ka Dabba, the film that saw the profound link between human bonding and food before The Lunchbox.

First Take: About mothers & sons, and awkward reunions
Entertainment

First Take: About mothers & sons, and awkward reunions

Director Hikari’s Japanese gem 37 Seconds about a cerebral palsy-stricken wheel-chaired strong-willed animation artiste’s journey from dependency to freedom, is so filled with humanism and compassion that it could easily have become a flouncy syrupy celebration of schmaltz.

Retake: Angst, anguish and conversations around faith
Entertainment

Retake: Angst, anguish and conversations around faith

Faith is untouchable territory in this country, but Hindi cinema has in its own unique way, examined, questioned and at times celebrated it.

Amitabh Bachchan @ 80: Eight faces during eight phases of his career
Entertainment

Amitabh Bachchan @ 80: Eight faces during eight phases of his career

We’ll take a look at the final four phases of the superstar's career, charting the course from the mid-80s to the present day.

Why Orania, an all-whites town in South Africa, says it is not racist
World

Why Orania, an all-whites town in South Africa, says it is not racist

South Africa's Orania, which has only white residents, insist they are not apartheid-era nostalgics but a community pursuing 'freedom with responsibility'

Retake: Khoi yaddasht and the past as a reference for meaning
Entertainment

Retake: Khoi yaddasht and the past as a reference for meaning

Not all tropes are massacred equally and the loss of memory, or amnesia as it is medically termed, has luckily survived the Bollywood writer’s penchant for treating pivots as arm-length sidebars to hang their stories on.

When Alia Bhatt said Ranbir Kapoor is 'way better than' her as a person
Entertainment

When Alia Bhatt said Ranbir Kapoor is 'way better than' her as a person

As Alia Bhatt is set to tie the knot today with Ranbir Kapoor, an old interview of the actress is going viral on the internet. In the conversation, the actress is showering love and praises on her Brahmastra costar.

Oscars 2022: West Side Story's Ariana DeBose becomes first openly queer person of colour to win Best Supporting Actress
Entertainment

Oscars 2022: West Side Story's Ariana DeBose becomes first openly queer person of colour to win Best Supporting Actress

“To anybody who has ever questioned your identity, I promise you there is a place for us," Ariana DeBose said in her Oscars 2022 acceptance speech.

Oscars 2022: With two wins and nine nominations already, Denzel Washington is likely to break his own record
Entertainment

Oscars 2022: With two wins and nine nominations already, Denzel Washington is likely to break his own record

With such a profound legacy, and an enchanting moment at hand, Denzel Washington is without an argument a man who has redefined stardom in Hollywood, and continues to tower over the world of acting.

Manish Tewari laments ‘UP-Bihari bhaiya’ controversy, says it is similar to race issue in US
Politics

Manish Tewari laments ‘UP-Bihari bhaiya’ controversy, says it is similar to race issue in US

The Congress leader was reacting to the row that broke out when Charanjit Singh Channi had said that people of Punjab should not let ‘bhaiyas’ of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar enter the state

Inclusion rider, a contract provision once emboldened by Frances McDormand, enters the realm of fashion
Arts & Culture

Inclusion rider, a contract provision once emboldened by Frances McDormand, enters the realm of fashion

Fashion’s embrace of the rider also comes in the aftermath of a racial reckoning in the industry, which inspired several new organisations devoted to elevating Black voices and holding accountable a business long criticised for treating diversity like a trend.

Astronomers spot ‘invisible’ black hole for the first time using Hubble Space Telescope
World

Astronomers spot ‘invisible’ black hole for the first time using Hubble Space Telescope

While it may seem that black holes are by definition invisible, they can still be detected through the way they interact with other objects owing to their strong gravity

Donald Trump's tirade in Texas blaming 'malicious prosecutors' echoes other racist tropes
World

Donald Trump's tirade in Texas blaming 'malicious prosecutors' echoes other racist tropes

His diatribe left the clear impression that Trump, who rode the politics of white grievance into the White House, thinks he can’t possibly be treated fairly by Black officials

We Need To Talk About Cosby throws light on how complicated legacies should be sensitively handled
Entertainment

We Need To Talk About Cosby throws light on how complicated legacies should be sensitively handled

The docu-series on Bill Cosby shows, "When it comes to legacies, complicated or otherwise, what we choose to frame in the foreground and what we relegate to the background is inherently political. Legacies are, after all, about posterity and memory."

We Need To Talk About Cosby: Documentary director W Kamau Bell on how the MeToo case tells the story of America
Entertainment

We Need To Talk About Cosby: Documentary director W Kamau Bell on how the MeToo case tells the story of America

"It doesn’t make sense to talk about Bill Cosby as if he was a solo man in the world. You have to really see how the boys-will-be-boys culture of Hollywood, specifically in the ’60s, invites a kind of behaviour that allows predators to hide," says Bell.

Book review | With Unbound, #MeToo founder Tarana Burke explains why she felt the need to reclaim the movement
Arts & Culture

Book review | With Unbound, #MeToo founder Tarana Burke explains why she felt the need to reclaim the movement

"If these white women start using this hashtag, and it gets popular, they will never believe that a Black woman in her 40s from the Bronx has been building a movement for the same purposes, using those exact words, for years now."

World Rhino Day 2021: History and significance of day to create awareness about animal
India

World Rhino Day 2021: History and significance of day to create awareness about animal

Currently, World Rhino Day has become and grown to be a global phenomenon, bringing in NGOs, organizations, zoos, and concerned groups from every corner of the world together

He-Man returns: Why Mattel, Netflix reintroducing the character is good for diversity
Entertainment

He-Man returns: Why Mattel, Netflix reintroducing the character is good for diversity

Along with two Netflix animated series, Mattel is expanding the Masters of the Universe’s roster of muscled heroes with the introduction of Sun-Man, a Black character created in 1985 by a New Jersey mother who wanted to create a role model for her son.

How Michael K Williams breathed life into complex, contradictory characters
Entertainment

How Michael K Williams breathed life into complex, contradictory characters

Playing such original, sensitive, vulnerable characters not only expanded our universe of Black masculinity but also bled into Michael K Williams’ own life, making it hard for him to separate the craft from its creator

In Boomika, the continuing misrepresentation of special abilities in Indian cinema
Entertainment

In Boomika, the continuing misrepresentation of special abilities in Indian cinema

The ghost in Boomika is told to have autism but her involuntary movements, exaggerated facial expressions, repetitive tick of the head, and floppy body posture resemble those that have cerebral palsy, also a group of nervous disorders.