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The Artist and The Indian Artiste`

Just a few days before the Oscars, I watched “The Artist”, a movie that was much talked about. I was rather a little skeptical to watch it. However, a conversation with Bollywood enthusiast and a columnist urged me to finally book a ticket at a “not-so-good, not-so-bad” theatre in Pune. I wish I could have got …

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Why This Kolaveri Di? Ani Kiti?

It indeed is a good song with foot tapping beats, perfect for a dandiya night. It surely has caught rage with the young crowd. It is simple “hummable” and trendy too. Junior Nigam’s version is even more gripping, However, there is one more aspect why this song had to get some much fan following or …

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Pawan Malhotra: Intensity par Excellence

What a black humour! To call a stylish walker, a langda. Pawan Malhotra as Salim wearing a steel belt around his waist in “Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro” is a langda for his friends. A complete novice about dadagiri in the area like Nagpada in Mumbai had a question tormenting; what kind of style is …

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Abhinay Deo: Daring Adman, Filmmaker and a Marathi Manoos

I have loved Marathi culture and the Marathi art – literature, theatre, cinema, et al. However, lately I have ended up frustrated watching Bharat Jadhav, Makarand Anaspure movies. PuLa’s humour of yesteryears still makes me laugh but no art form of recent times has brought a smile to me. A judge on Fu Bai Fu …

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In Praise of Gutsy Smita Talwalkar

Talwalkars opened their third branch in mid-seventies, next to a building near Citilight cinema in Matunga, a stone’s throw away from Shivaji Park. Avinash, one of the brothers, was in charge of the branch. Pathare, a masculine looking but soft spoken man who resembled Omar Sharif and who established his own modest chain of gyms …

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Exploring Tradition and a New Culture

These boys have never visited any place like Lal Mahal, Shaniwar Wada or Aga Khan Palace. They can’t speak a single language properly. They do not care for past or future. They are obsessed with the present. And I like that. They don’t respect the people they don’t know or they haven’t heard of. The …

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On Writers and Publishers

“Writers and publishers must find new ways of retailing their wares,” said Amit Chaudhuri, author of the novel ‘Immortals’, short listed for the DSC Literature Award to be announced in Jaipur Book Festival next year in January 2011. He is not the first man to say so. Time and again, many have quoted the same …

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Mashaal and Shakti

While discussing about Mashaal and Shakti, I remember one of my friends mention an article on Anil Kapoor in Maharashtra Times. The charge d’affaires, Dinkar Gangal who had a photographic memory took care of the entertainment supplement and new writers alike with his undiminished gusto may remember it, till date. The title was something like …

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Reincarnation of Bhau Padhye, The Writer: Manu Joseph

I read ‘Serious Men’. So far I had been reading the excerpts that publishers permitted on different websites and elsewhere. Till then I perceived it to be a novel packed with humour and acute observation. For example, “…their proud breasts bounced, soft thighs shuddered at every step” or “…and their new jeans were so low …

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Shantata! Court Chaloo Aahe!

Shantata! Court Chaloo Aahe (Silence! The Court is in Session)                                      — Mock Trial of Real Life… Sakharam Binder, the finest Indian play in a thousand years: Girish Karnad. Keeping all the regards about and having read and seen all his literary work projected on stage and screen including his acting on screen wherein he …

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