Daily Archives: April 14, 2017

Even Vidya Balan cannot help Begum Jaan’s loud, empty feminism

The truth of Partition is stained with blood and brutality. One that burnt homes, took lives and livelihoods, spurred communal violence and triggered a mass exodus between India and Pakistan. It was a time of uncertainty, incredulity, ill will and … Continue reading

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Looking back at Shyam Benegal’s mesmerising Mandi

Shyam Benegal’s mesmeric Mandi chronicles life through a woman running a brothel house in the crammed backstreets of Hyderabad. As is the nature of a marketplace, the establishment is marked by rumpus and range but Benegal views the matriarch’s lifestyle … Continue reading

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