Of Titan's success story and emotive human relationships (IANS Books This Weekend)(12:00) New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) Plunge into the history of Titan, once a casual idea and now a brand with a lion's share of the Indian watch market; read a story of love, loss and redemption written by an Indian diplomat; and finally, the tale of a mother and daughter which combines Bollywood, four Indian cities and an underworld of drugs and sex.
Berlin film fest offers feedback from broader spectrum, says 'Dust' director(11:34) By Arundhuti Banerjee Mumbai, Feb 15 (IANS) Debutant director Udita Bhargava's film "Dust" had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this month. She says it is a great start for her as the Berlin fest offers a varied audience and so, the feedback comes from a broader spectrum.
Fight sequences are very satisfying: Brie Larson(16:40) By Radhika Bhirani Singapore, Feb 14 (IANS) After indie dramas and romantic-comedy entertainers, Oscar winner Brie Larson found it extremely satisfying to take on action scenes as Captain Marvel in the forthcoming eponymous Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film.
Bollywood actors get snared by the web world(13:20) By Natalia Ningthoujam New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANS) With no box office pressure and the lines between web series and feature films blurring, Bollywood actors like Abhishek Bachchan, Arjun Rampal and Kunal Kemmu are more than thrilled to get a taste of the "interesting space" -- the digital world -- that is "breaking different geographical and time barriers".
Indian shooters will shine at World Cup: Apurvi Chandela (IANS Interview)(12:32) By Kaushik Kumar New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANS) Expressing confidence ahead of the 2019 shooting World Cup, to be held at the Dr Karni Singh shooting range here from February 20, Commonwealth Games 2014 gold medallist Apurvi Chandela hopes the prestigious event will fetch India a number of Olympic quotas.
Cinema gets a dose of creepiness in the name of love (Cinema Trends)(14:46) By Sugandha Rawal New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) Be it Varun Dhawan's attempts to woo Alia Bhatt in "Badrinath Ki Dulhania", or Akshay Kumar following Bhumi Pednekar and clicking her photographs without her consent in "Toilet: Ek Prem Katha" or Shah Rukh Khan singing the famous "Tu haan kar ya na kar, tu hai meri Kiran" -- Bollywood tells stories about love but also highlights stalking.
Kolkata takes on Jaipur in literary face-off(11:38) By Saket Suman New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) For five days every January the Pink City of Jaipur becomes the centre of attraction as literary stalwarts from India and abroad assemble in huge numbers -- spanning languages, genres and themes -- to participate in the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF). This has been happening for over a decade.
Ruskin Bond, Vishal Bhardwaj might work on a film soon(14:54) By Natalia Ningthoujam New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj had adapted two of Ruskin Bond's stories for his movies -- "The Blue Umbrella" (2005) and "7 Khoon Maaf" (2011). The celebrated author says he would love to collaborate with Bhardwaj again and is sure that they will make something soon.
Celebrities wear 'single parent' cape with pride(13:50) By Simran Sethi New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) Single parents often face difficulties -- social, financial or emotional pressures --, but Indian film and television personalities are taking these challenges head-on, putting spotlights on the 'superpowers' behind raising a child or children single-handedly.
'Long after the British have departed, India remains a work in progress'(13:10) By Vishnu Makhijani New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) Seven decades ago a question was posed by B.R. Ambedkar in the closing debates of the Constituent Assembly: How long shall we continue to live a life of contradictions where, in politics, the principle of one man, one vote and one vote, one value is recognised while in our social and economic life we continue to deny the principle of one man, one value? The question is still relevant today, says a new book that traces India's economic journey since Independence.
One hour a day can change your life: Robin Sharma (IANS Interview)(11:26) By Saket Suman New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) Private lessons that leadership and elite performance expert Robin Sharma has been imparting to billionaires and celebrities have now found their way into his new book "The 5 AM Club", which the globally renowned author of "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari", says can change the life of its readers.
NGMA was perfect platform to raise the questions that I did: Amol Palekar(17:06) By Subhash K. Jha Mumbai, Feb 11 (IANS) There couldn't have been a better platform than the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) to raise the questions that he did, says veteran actor-director Amol Palekar, who was interrupted at the venue here when he became critical of the government.
It's happy and gay time in showbiz(13:20) By Sugandha Rawal New Delhi, Feb 10 (IANS) They don't walk, talk or live differently. But the LGBTQ community was given a different treatment in showbiz for long.
Ganga synonymous with threshold of afterlife, says new book(12:16) By Saket Suman New Delhi, Feb 10 (IANS) As millions of devotees continue to gather in the Kumbh nagri to take a holy dip at the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati rivers, a timely book throws light on the "divine purity" of the Ganga, with its findings suggesting that the pious river has been synonymous with the "threshold of the afterlife" since time immemorial.
Lead in spices, herbal remedies, ceremonial powders is highly injurious, particularly for children (Health Notes)(16:32) By Dr. K.S. Parthasarathy The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention has found that in North Carolina, 61 children of Asian descent (specifically, Indians, Pakistanis and Afghans) have elevated blood lead levels (BLLs). They used non-edible (kumkum, sindoor, surma) and edible(saffron, turmeric) items that had high lead levels. Some children ate Balgutti Kessaria (an Ayurvedic medicine) which contained very high lead levels. The CDC is diligently following up these cases.
Fear losing relevance, not stardom: Bipasha Basu(11:42) By Durga Chakravarty New Delhi, Feb 9 (IANS) After being a part of hits such as "Ajnabee", "Raaz", "No Entry" and "Bachna Ae Haseeno", she has been away from the silver screen for almost four years. Actress Bipasha Basu, who is now set to make a comeback with the film "Aadat", says she fears losing relevance.
Here's why 'Peranbu' leaves me underwhelmed, depressed (Column: Bollywood Spotlight)(11:08) By Subhash K. Jha The new Tamil Mammootty-starrer "Peranbu" which opened on February 1 and which has been described variously by critics as a masterpiece and a life-changing experience, left me wishing it was both but is actually neither a masterpiece nor a life-changing experience, for, the life that it offers to those who are born less equal than others, is not acceptable to any person with even a shred of sensitivity or self-regard.