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Bad blood

The conversation at a dinner table begins with a couple of menopausal women (united by one acronym: CRIMINE, Committee of Ramallah Independent Menopausal Inner Network Enterprise) talking about sagging buttocks, facelifts, changes in their bodies and trails off to Hamas vs Fatah and the barely existing hope of a free…

Eye of the tiger

The late Fateh Singh Rathore never supported fancy ‘save the tiger’ campaigns or outdated government policies. Soma Basu was one of the last to interview the ‘Tiger Man’ before he passed away on 1 March

Entertaining Mr Kher

More than a ‘play’ worth watching, Anupam Kher’s Kuch Bhi Ho Sakta Hain was an entertaining programme. A review by Soma Basu What if artists painted their life on canvas and musicians played their life on stage? It would have always left one wondering how honest or fair the tellers…

Rainbow celebration

The Annual Calcutta Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Film & Video Festival, an emerging space to showcase films and allied media of concerning matter to the diverse communities and individuals, made around the world and in India, was scheduled between 19 and 21 November at Max Mueller Bhavan Auditorium. The festival…

A heap of broken images

Soma Basu gets slayed by Shabana Azmi’s views on gender struggle “So intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand,So intimate that when you fall asleep it is my eyes that close…” Imagine what if these lines by Pablo Neruda were not exchanged between lovers but jealous siblings.…

A misunderstood actor

Rajat Kapoor leads a happy life with his two mistresses ~ films and theatre, writes Soma Basu Any study of neurology remains incomplete without coming across the word “deficit”, denoting an impairment or incapacity of neurological function ~ loss of speech, loss of language, memory, vision, dexterity, identity and other…

An empty mug

Memories are the greatest gift and also heaviest of burden. A dry flower in a dear book, an album of old pictures, outdated greeting cards; a sea-shell can be like time machines. A song or a movie, a road, a lane, a city sticks on indefinitely. People insist on using…

Acting on impulse

Konkona Sen Sharma is always facing the test between being liked and being good. And she never fails to come across as the finest performer of her generation, says Soma Basu Konkona and Ranvir are married and live with their son, Munna, in the heart of Brooklyn. She falls in…

The Storyteller

Soma Basu meets Kunal Basu, the man who gave Aparna Sen the story for her film The Japanese WifeKunal Basu, author of three acclaimed novels ~ The Opium Clerk (2001), The Miniaturist (2003), and Racists (2006) ~ and a collection of short stories, The Japanese Wife (2008), would any day…

Poetic defiance

After years in the making, The Japanese Wife is finally out. Soma Basu meets the cast to find out what gives the film a simplistic feel, like a Japanese painting I am scared of everything, I am scared of what I saw, I am scared of what I did, who…