Thought Factory

When men change and repent: Cinema of Kenji Mizoguchi

Men are at loose ends without women to enslave, to desire, to abandon. Sharad Raj explores why the director is forgiving of them. “The fruit of experience is beauty,&...

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As a year goes by

Khalid Mohamed remembers the super actor and always-supportive friend, Rishi Kapoor, on the event of his first death anniversary. Over a year of the pandemic has flown by t...

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Reflecting humanity through the struggle of a woman: Federico Fellini

Much before he made 8 ½, Federico Fellini, the Italian master, had honed his neo-realist pursuits, writes Sharad Raj.   Nights of Cabiria (1957), is Fellini&rsq...

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An auteur in the true sense: Werner Herzog

The new wave German cinema with its mighty generals like Wim Winders and Reiner Werner Fassbinder had a maverick for company, an eccentric genius, Werner Herzog, writes Sharad...

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The genius of Jacques Tati

Sharad Raj explores how the existential and political angst of the torchbearers of the Novell Vague got an edge over Tati when it came to intellectual seduction of cinema love...

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#MeToo: Has the movement slipped through the cracks?

Vinta Nanda wonders if the #MeToo movement changed anything for women who wanted to speak against sexual harassment.   Well to be honest, the one thing that has changed ...

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The Good Story And The Bad Story

Vinta Nanda reflects on discussions surrounding the OTT guidelines announced by the government of India The announcement has come two days after the young twenty-two years ol...

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The Iconoclast

Long before Angela Merkel became a messiah for Arab migrants and courted controversy, there was Adolf Hitler who had invoked notions of nationalism, racial purity and German p...

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So long, farewell, it’s hard to say goodbye…

I’m a writer, but I am at a complete loss of words when expressing the pain I’m feeling after losing my best friend Rajiv Kapoor, writes Vinta Nanda He was lovin...

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Those were the days

Listening to music on the terrace to while away long, lonely evenings, the comp came up with the song, Those were the days my friend, we thought they’d never end…...

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Failed promises of the right wing: Andrzej Wajda

Sharad Raj transports you back to the film Ashes and Diamonds - an all-time masterpiece ...

May 12 2021

How feminism works in rural India

Vinta Nanda explores how feminism works in rural India and the Grassroots Leadership Dev...

May 11 2021

Not time-pass. Lockdown is time well spent

Senior professionals from various fields talk to Monarose Sheila Pereira about how they ...

May 10 2021