Penalty Is A Film That Teaches National Integration

Close on the heels of Axone which dwells on discrimination faced by North-East Indians, Netflix released Shubham Singh’s Penalty as a digital world premiere on July 5. The film primarily centers on the prejudices faced by a youngster. However, the narrative doesn’t simply talk about stereotyping but rather spreads its roots to encompass a much greater area. It addresses a very perplexing issue of how … Continue reading Penalty Is A Film That Teaches National Integration

Fourteen-Year-Old Suchetha Satish Musically Spreads Awareness About COVID-19

It was like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy morning when I read a piece of news that warmed my heart. I had not followed this child prodigy for a while, and it was so encouraging to learn that fourteen-year-old Suchetha Satish has once again spread the message, this time during COVID-19, that music knows no boundaries. Hailing from Kerala, Suchetha is a ninth-grade … Continue reading Fourteen-Year-Old Suchetha Satish Musically Spreads Awareness About COVID-19

Sonam Kalra and the Sufi Gospel Project: When Music Flows From The Heart

A positive experience I have had during the COVID-19 crisis is getting the opportunity to listen to a series of live chats on social media. An author and motivational speaker herself, Raga Olga D’Silva, the co-founder and director of Speaking Minds, has been conducting a string of discussions on a wide range of issues. Her guests include artists, actors, writers, activists, and citizens from various … Continue reading Sonam Kalra and the Sufi Gospel Project: When Music Flows From The Heart

Looking Beyond The Actor: Getting to Know Lisa Ray

She has beauty, charm, grace, and elegance. But her courage and optimism shine the brightest and essentially define her personality. I’m talking about none other than Lisa Ray, who needs no introduction and is known to most of us as an actor, model, and television personality. However it’s her skill as a writer and her philanthropy that have also come to focus, especially post 2009. … Continue reading Looking Beyond The Actor: Getting to Know Lisa Ray

Axone Sheds Light On A Problem Plaguing North-East Indians

On June 12, Netflix released Nicholas Kharkongor’s Axone. The film had its world premiere at the 63rd BFI London Film Festival. Based on the theme of discrimination against the people of North-East India, the film is interlaced with humor that provides quite a few light-hearted moments despite a serious theme. The trio of Upasna, Chanbi, and Zorem lives in Delhi and hails from the North-East. … Continue reading Axone Sheds Light On A Problem Plaguing North-East Indians

Abhiroop Basu’s “Meal” Mirrors Reality Sans Words

Film Companion has initiated a weekly Sunday Showcase program to celebrate pathbreaking short films. On May 31, the website screened Abhiroop Basu’s Meal on their YouTube channel. The film, which has made it to several film festivals, has earned numerous accolades and was India’s entry at the Oscar-qualifying Odense International Film Festival, Denmark. Its most recent recognition was when it earned an award in the … Continue reading Abhiroop Basu’s “Meal” Mirrors Reality Sans Words

Remembering Basu Chatterjee: A Tribute

The Indian film industry has lost one of its greatest stalwarts with the passing away of Basu Chatterjee on Thursday, June 4. In a career spanning four decades, he has gifted priceless gems that posterity will always hold close to their hearts. Basu Chatterjee began his career as an illustrator and cartoonist with the weekly tabloid Blitz. His cinematic excursion started when he assisted Basu … Continue reading Remembering Basu Chatterjee: A Tribute

The Story Of The Dabbawalas During COVID-19 Crisis

The term “dabbawala” has never been unfamiliar to me. But it was enriching to know in depth how the Dabbawala brigade functions from someone who is connected to the very core of that community. The director and co-founder of Speaking Minds, Raga Olga D’Silva, in yet another interesting session (May 19) of her “From The Other Side” series, brings to the table Dr. Pawan Agrawal. … Continue reading The Story Of The Dabbawalas During COVID-19 Crisis

How Are Youngsters Handling Social Distancing During COVID-19?

Over the last couple of months, staying home has almost become a global norm. There has been a plethora of interesting videos and live chats on social media where actors, writers, sportsmen, and other celebrities have shared how they have been coping with this sudden change in their lifestyle. I decided to focus on a section of the community that is not made up of … Continue reading How Are Youngsters Handling Social Distancing During COVID-19?

Javed Akhtar and Shankar Mahadevan’s “Zindagi Jeetegi” Is a Song For Hope During COVID-19

The world is submerged into the depths of the COVID-19 crisis. At a time when we are shaken to the core, it’s heartwarming to hear stories that make us smile and restore our faith in humanity. It’s just like the rainbow that emerges after the storm, when we come to know that we have amongst us the good samaritans whose hearts flow with love and … Continue reading Javed Akhtar and Shankar Mahadevan’s “Zindagi Jeetegi” Is a Song For Hope During COVID-19