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Interview: AR Rahman and Shekhar Kapoor (On their new stage show, how music happens, etc.)

January 12, 2022


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Happy 70th birthday, Naseeruddin Shah (or “Naseer”, as I know him inside my head)

July 23, 2020


He’s just rolling a cigarette and listening a lot in ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’, and he still manages to paint a portrait of a complex, self-absorbed man who’s hard to hate even though he abandoned his son. In 2008, I spoke to a bunch of “multiplex-movie makers” about their predecessors from the 1970s and 80s, […]

Remembering Girish Karnad the director, the actor

June 17, 2019


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: From ‘Kaadu’ and ‘Ondanondu Kaladalli’ to ‘Nishant’ and ‘Swami’, one of India’s greatest playwrights made a huge contribution to Indian cinema. If Girish Karnad’s passing weren’t sad enough, the headlines about the “Tiger Zinda Hai actor passing away” were sadder. I suppose the logic was that […]

Recalling ‘Crazy’ Mohan’s comedy, and his Kamal Haasan collaborations

June 10, 2019


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: ‘Crazy’ Mohan’s passing brings to mind the Tuesday-evening TV dramas on Doordarshan, when there’d be jokes like how the postman fell down: “thabaal-nu.” To really get ‘Crazy’ Mohan, perhaps you could begin with the American Jewish comedians like Sid Caesar and Neil Simon. Their comedy was […]

Rickshaw rides in an aviation age

October 3, 2015


Watching avant-garde theatre in South Korea. A little confounding. A little boring. And yet, exhilarating. The Asia Cultural Center Theater in Gwangju, South Korea, was inaugurated recently, with a three-week-long festival from September 4 to 21. The centre – it’s enormous – aims to establish itself as the hub of Asian contemporary performing arts, and […]