Tagore, Ray and Basu: The Broken Nest, Charulata, and Stories from Rabindranath Tagore

Reading Time: 6 minutesThere are many admirers of Satyajit Ray’s film, Charulata (1964), which is often seen as a retelling of the story of Rabindranath Tagore’s own time spent with his elder brother and his wife. To Nilakshi that is not only a reductive interpretation but also sheer belittling of the prodigious talent of Tagore in rendering the twists and […]

My Poet, My City: Owning Tagore and the Bard in Allahabad

Reading Time: 18 minutesOur Editor-in-Chief, Arindam, shares his personal relationship with Tagore. It deepened when he learned that Gurudev had a close connection with Allahabad, the scribe’s birthplace. Tagore’s niece was married to a legal luminary in the City of Confluence. Moreover, the Bard had an interesting relationship with the Indian Press. The three editorials of Tapati Sinha, […]

Liberated Leading Ladies of the Celluloid

Reading Time: 6 minutesPyusha takes a look at some of the unconventional female characters and women-centric films Bollywood has produced in the recent years. She critiques such films with thumbnail reviews, as part of the Special Feature, exclusively for Different Truths. Gone are the days when one could spot a grief-stricken woman in tattered clothes begging for mercy […]

Death of Sridevi Shrouded in Mystery: UAE Follows Procedures, Not Quite the Indian Way

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe Indian media displayed a degree of patience that was commendable. It stood up and took notice only when the autopsy report was released and the world was told that Sridevi died from “accidental drowning in a bathtub”. And a blood test revealed that traces of alcohol were found in her blood. Here’s a report, […]

Offensive Song Sung in Muslim Marriages for Ages

Reading Time: 4 minutesAsked what she felt being declared the ‘National Crush’ after winking to glory and fame, Priya Prakash Varrier expressed happiness: “I feel so happy to be loved by so many people.” Little did she know the “fringe” was waiting to invade, raise a couple of eyebrows of their own! Here’s a report for Different Truths.   […]

Padmini in the Ocean of Controversies

Reading Time: 5 minutesPadmini’s narrative has found itself being retold in several ways over several centuries, in the form of poems, stories, dance dramas, comic books, plays, and films. Each retelling is unique in its way, located in the context of its own time, opines Tapati, with reference to the raging controversies, surrounding Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film, in […]

Celebrating Women: The Year That Was!

Reading Time: 7 minutesFirebrand feminist, Payal, our columnist, says that from within the murk and gloom of crime against women, there were many who rose from the ashes like the mythical Phoenix. There was much to celebrate in 2017. Read more in the Special Feature, exclusively for Different Truths. As 2017 comes to a close, my daily scan […]

Top 10 Outstanding Indian Short Films of 2017

Reading Time: 6 minutesWith the growing influence of the digital media, expanding wingspan of the Internet and very less time at the hands of the modern film viewer, short films are increasingly attracting more eyeballs. Mahima lists the 10 outstanding films that you must watch, as Special Feature, exclusively for Different Truths. Short films, the new-age cinema of and for those […]