Vikram Zutshi
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English   |   Bangla

The writer is a filmmaker, columnist and scholar. He divides his time between the United States, Asia and Latin America

VARIETY

 |   7-minute read

How Hari Kondabalu gets it wrong about Apu (and what stand-up comics can learn from Chris Rock)

In a documentary, the comedian argues that the character from The Simpsons is an offensive racial stereotype and an affront to Indians the world over.

ART & CULTURE

 |   10-minute read

ART & CULTURE

 |   4-minute read

Why Omerta should be remembered as a classic example of film editing

Aditya Warrior weaves the highlights of Saeed's deadly career with personal vignettes from his life.

VARIETY

 |   8-minute read

Why we flock to godmen, gurus and charlatans

With the spate of sordid sex scandals emanating from the realm of babas, it is hard not to be sceptical about all things 'spiritual'.

ART & CULTURE

 |   6-minute read

Did the media kill Amy Winehouse?

In the end, she was ready to throw it all away.

ART & CULTURE

 |   8-minute read

Sex, spirituality and lies - what I learnt about Rajneesh inside Osho ashram

The events that unfolded at the commune and the stand-off between its inmates comprise the core of the Netflix documentary series Wild Wild Country.

VARIETY

 |   5-minute read

Are homophobic men more likely to be gay?

It has been seen that the level of homophobia is directly proportional to the religious fervour in any society.

ART & CULTURE

 |   5-minute read

India-Pakistan Partition: Songs of separation

On the 70th anniversary of the Partition, the liberal sections of both countries find themselves being pushed to the margins by rabid ethno-nationalists.

ART & CULTURE

 |   5-minute read

Inside Cite Soleil: 'The most dangerous place on Earth'

'The Ghosts of Cite Soleil' is a devastating visual document of the catastrophic state of the human condition.

POLITICS

 |   10-minute read

Beware of the rise of Hindu supremacists in America

Is there a progressive Hindu counter-narrative to the one propagated by supremacists and ultra-nationalists?