Shaikh Ayaz

The Poor Man’s Pop Star

For years, Mithun Chakraborty has been a victim of elite prejudice—what multiplex goers call a ‘downmarket’ star. But the emergence of filmmakers from small-town India can change that

15 May 2013
The Invisible Legacy of ‘Art Films’

Parallel cinema of the 1970s and 80s remains influential in Bollywood though chances are you will not notice it

08 May 2013
The Happy Quitter

Kai Po Che star Sushant Singh Rajput dropped out of his engineering course and a successful theatre and television career to boot, and even has a back-up plan to run a canteen in Film City in case cinema begins to bore him

10 April 2013
Art & Culture
The Poet of Poop

The mystery of why Joginder, father of the fabled lota dance, has fans just about everywhere. Even abroad

30 March 2013
A Student of Life

Mira Nair speaks of being a child of the street, her need for a talisman film while she is shooting, and of the perversity of item numbers

28 March 2013
Art & Culture
The Girl Who Defeated Vidya Balan

The remarkable story of Usha Jadhav, the National Award-winning actress who fought prejudices to emerge a success

28 March 2013
Art & Culture
Inside Irrfan Khan’s Mind

The actor discusses the effort behind his effortless performances, the Oscars and why he thinks Hollywood is ready for an Asian hero

06 March 2013
In Pursuit of Greatness

Just two years ago, directors were hesitant to cast Raj Kumar Yadav as a hero. Now, with Kai Po Che and Shahid to his credit, this Gurgaon lad is generating much interest

25 February 2013
Art & Culture
Art in the Time of Eternal Uncertainty

Lahore-based artist Ali Kazim, whose paintings were showcased in Mumbai recently, talks about nudity, freedom of expression and why interest in Pakistani art is on the ascent

15 February 2013
Patent Horror

A documentary on how a Western medical mafia blocked cheap HIV/AIDS drugs in Africa, leading to over 10 million deaths

15 February 2013


Mehr Tarar

Mehr Tarar is a well-known Pakistani columnist and author

Nanditha Krishna

Nanditha Krishna is a historian, author and environmentalist, and director of the CPR Institute of Indological Research in Chennai

Makarand R Paranjape

Makarand R Paranjape, director, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, is the author of the forthcoming book Swami Vivekananda: Hinduism and India’s Road to Modernity. Views are personal

Sumantra Bose

Sumantra Bose is Professor of International and Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His next book, Secular States, Religious Politics: India, Turkey, and the Future of Secularism, will be published in early 2018 by Cambridge University Press


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