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How silent is my Valley


At the ongoing exhibition Kashmir by independent photographer Amit Mehra, it’s not the usual complex political narratives of the separatist movement or the breathtaking scenic beauty that you will see. What the photographer has captured is — in his own worlds — indirect sublime, metaphoric, silent and cold body of work.

B’wood goes Haryanvi


An uneven beard, stud in the ears, careless dressing, rowdy walk and a bidi tucked behind the ear — the desi Haryanvi look sported by actor Imran Khan in Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola has got everyone talking about the Bollywood’s newfound love for a rather raucous Haryanvi culture.

Sunday special cricketainment

The Indian cricket team might have lost the series but it seems the cricket fans’ spirit has not nosedived.

Pay it cool to tame anger

On one of his leisure trips to a mall, Charak Almast witnessed a small kid fighting with another to take back his toys.

Different shades of artistic protests


It’s a big fight — with many shades.

B’wood falls in love with period cinema

Bollywood is all set to take us back in time.

Let’s traverse to forbidden land

A still from The Revised Kama Sutra

The signboard says, ‘for adults only’. And as the curtain rises, Nisa Shetty, one of the actors, sets the mood by singing one of the most famous Bollywood songs, Abhi Toh Main Jawan Hoon. Though play, The Revised Kama Sutra, which was performed for four consecutive days at Akshara Theatre, Connaught Place, says director Anasuya Vaidya, is not just sexual but also a spiritual journey of the protagonist Vijay Prabhu.

Success was a surprise: Gauri


Debutant director Gauri Shinde might be riding high on the success of Sridevi-starrer English Vinglish. But in spite of having countless ad films to her credit and sharing the limelight with her husband, R. Balki, director and screenwriter Gauri says she is still getting used to the media attention.

Red haute Ms Santa spreads Xmas cheer

Divya Modi

This year Santa Claus is going to look gorgeous. The paunch will be replaced by a sexy figure, socks will be pulled down shapely legs, and the white beard will go for a toss. The pretty face with goodie bag is going to take rounds as Santa Claus is getting hotter than ever before thanks to women donning the Santa avatar this season.

In conversation with spaces


Siddhartha Tawadey seeks realism. And in his quest he has stumbled upon not just new places but places between the spaces. ‘Geography of Solitude: In between spaces’ is a multimedia show combining photographic diptychs, found footage experimental films and appropriated image installations; presenting an alternative interpretation of urban society in London.

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