Gautam Chintamani
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English   |   Bangla

Cinephile, observer of society and technology and author of the of Dark Star: The Loneliness of Being Rajesh Khanna.

ART & CULTURE

 |   5-minute read

Baby, love hurts: Bollywood's romance with violence against women has been its most enduring affair

From Amitabh Bachchan to the Khans, Bollywood has always normalised violence against women. Today, 'Kabir Singh' director Sandeep Vanga describes violence as expressing true love.

POLITICS

 |   3-minute read

Girish Karnad: Intellectual, artist and one of India's most fearless social voices

Karnad was an intellectual giant whose knowledge of, and contribution to, art, cinema and literature remains unmatched. He was also a fearless social voice who stood up for what he believed in.

LIFE

 |   4-minute read

Between myth and reality: Can you really believe what you see on screen?

It’s not as if movies have lost their edge as agents of conditioning, but what has changed is how the average audience refuses to drink the Kool-Aid of yore with the same enthusiasm.

LIFE

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ success: The film’s impact on the comic-book movie genre and how the ‘end’ might not be as near as we think

While the contribution of the film to the comic-book movie genre is unparalleled, it will be interesting to see how the film changes the course of future cinema.

ART & CULTURE

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Karan Johar: The man, the cinema and the persona

With 'Student of the Year-2' all set to hit the big screen on Friday (May 10), a look at Karan Johar's journey in Bollywood, pop culture and his own persona.

ART & CULTURE

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Who Killed Shastri, all over again? Critics refusing to review Vivek Agnihotri’s 'The Tashkent Files' must disclose their real reasons

Critics refusing to review a film, calling it 'propaganda' and boycotting it, evokes a bunch of people refusing to do their job. Or to do it with complete honesty.

ART & CULTURE

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Time to Run? Why Aamir Khan chose a 'Forrest Gump' remake over playing astronaut Rakesh Sharma

'Forrest Gump' fascinates filmmakers and fans alike. But there could be other strong possibilities as to why Aamir chose to act in this particular film after the dismal 'Thugs of Hindostan'

ART & CULTURE

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The war of 'saving cinema' between the classicists and the streaming giant

Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma broke a wall that has prompted Steven Spielberg to call for streaming services’ exclusion from the film awards

ART & CULTURE

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Akshay Kumar: His amazing versatility ensures the khiladi, starring now in 'Kesari', still leads the game

As the three Big Khans struggle to snap out of their own larger-than-life persona, Kumar has been constantly re-inventing his abilities, while staying firmly himself.

ART & CULTURE

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Beyond the silver screen: Does sharing the real life persona of cine stars give their roles a leg-up?

A single tweet from Ranveer Singh, where he presents his ‘real’ image, does more for him than what a classic Hindi film publicist could ever imagine.