So what about Bollywood itself, Deepika?

When actress Deepika Padukone tweeted, “Yes! I am a woman. I have breasts and a cleavage! You got a problem?” on Sunday afternoon, social media went on to hail her as the next-big-thing in women’s empowerment movements in the country. Bollywood celebrities, prominent media personalities, along with the aam aadmi spoke out in her favour…

Vignettes from the Delhi Book Fair

With heavy discounts and a mobile phone app to guide visitors, the 20th edition of the Delhi Book Fair, kicked off last week. Organised by the Indian Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) and the Federation of Indian Publishers (FIP), the Fair houses around 169 stalls, spread over halls 8 to 12 of the Pragati Maidan. This…

Katiyabaaz is a refreshing experiment

In the mad rush of the 2-crore club Kicks and Dabanggs, seldom do you find a documentary film release widely in mainstream theatres across India. But, Katiyabaaz, an 80-minute documentary on the power-crisis in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur city, breaks the norms. Directed by Deepti Kakkar and Fahad Mustafa, who have previously collaborated on several research-based…

After release, Irom supporters fear re-arrest

Irom Sharmila will have greater freedom to broaden her campaign against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (Afspa) after her release but her fight may be far from over and she will continue to face the threat of re-arrest, human rights activists and lawyers say. Irom, who has been on a 14-year long fast demanding…

Revolution is not a cult of bomb and pistol

On this day, 107 years ago, a boy was born in Lyallpur district of the Punjab Province of British India (which now lies in Pakistan) who, along with a fellow freedom fighter, went on to blast two non-lethal bombs in the Parliament in 1929 to make the ‘deaf’ Englishmen ‘hear’ the demands of Indian independence…