Soumitra Chatterjee’s condition deteriorates to very critical: Doctors

Kolkata: The health condition of legendary Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee deteriorated to"very critical" on Sunday, doctors treating him at a priv...

Satyajit Ray’s son to bring Feluda, Prof Shanku together on big screen

Kolkata: Feluda and Professor Shanku, the memorable characters created by legendary director, writer and illustrator Satyajit Ray, will come together on the big screen soon.His son Sandip Ray is planning a film that will have both the characters. The movie, however, will be in two parts. 

Vishnu in a lungi and other tales of interfaith love

In the recent Tanishq advertisement fracas, one question seemed to have come up repeatedly from pro-Hindu users on social media: "What if the reverse were true?" I have two stories to tell them that the reverse happens too. Perhaps not in the glossed over manner of ads because love is hard but it happens.

$40 million, a new record for e-sports prize pool

'The International' is the premiere tournament for online multiplayer game Dota 2 and if the prize pool is to be considered, it is the biggest tournament in the world of e-sports.

Pandemic or not, content is always the king, say producers

When it comes to art, well, no matter what, content is always the king. This is what producers from across the country say.

How small businesses are changing India’s pet care and food market

Natural. Organic. Paraben-free. These aren’t just the latest buzzwords for our health but what pet parents are looking for in their dogs’ shampoos, food, and treats. And small and local businesses are stepping up to the challenge to provide our pets with the best possible lives.

Cannabis illegal, but Hong Kong opens its first cannabidiol cafe

Hongkong: Cannabis may be illegal in Hong Kong, but a new cafe is offering a range of food and drinks that contain parts of the cannabis plant without breaking any local laws. The cafe, named Found, is the city's first to offer a range of coffees, biscuits, beer and fruit juices that contain cannabidiol, or CBD, a substance from the cannabis plant that is...

As COVID draws curtains on stage, drama moves to short film platform

Chaitanya was having his coffee like every day when his smartphone beeped with a message on a WhatsApp group. This time it wasn’t the poster or ticket of a theatrical play, but the YouTube link of a new short film based on one of the plays he had performed in the past, that he received. He opened the link to stream the film. The theatre has not ...

TN writers divided over following West Bengal’s Dalit Sahitya Akademi idea

The West Bengal government’s announcement that it will set up a Dalit Sahitya Akademi to promote Dalit literature has given rise to discussions among the literary community in Tamil Nadu for a similar institution. However, Dalit writers in the state are divided. On September 14, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced the Dalit Sahi...


Writer for Muralidharan’s biopic ‘800’ requests people to allow fil...

Shehan Karunatilaka, a writer who is associated with Muttiah Muralitharan’s biopic 800 starring actor Vijay Sethupathi, appealed to people to give a chance to the creators of the movie and allow them to go ahead with the movie.

IPL 2020: Chennai Super Kings should reinvent thinking, replenish squad

The famous CSK spirit wasn’t on view till the 12th match of a doomed campaign in IPL 2020. They will, however, be also delighted that it re-emerged at least in the 12th match, providing a blueprint for the future.

India, US set to begin 2+2 talks, defence pacts on anvil

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Former minister Dilip Ray sentenced to 3 years jail in coal scam case

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India, US set to begin 2+2 talks, defence pacts on anvil

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Will send CM to jail for corruption in ‘Saat nischay’: Chirag Paswan

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KCR opts out of LS race; TRS releases candidate list

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Over 100 Hindu inmates of prisons in Delhi join Muslims in observing roza

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HC nod to hold remembrance meet for Sterlite protestors

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This Tamil novelist’s latest work circulates only on WhatsApp

Renowned Tamil writer Ki Rajanarayanan has a huge fan following in Tamil Nadu. But when he came up with a new work, he decided against getting it published.

Manoj Bajpayee is dubbing for The Family Man season two

Mumbai: Actor Manoj Bajpayee on Saturday said he is dubbing for the much-awaited second season of his critically-acclaimed web series The Family Man.

Fashion news: India’s first-ever digital couture week starts Sept 18

The first-ever digital edition of India Couture Week 2020 starts on September 18. Fashion enthusiasts have been eagerly waiting for a virtual show to be announced since the corona pandemic cancelled all shows in March. 

30 years of Keladi Kanmani, a film that established SPB as an actor

Playback singer SP Balasubrahmanyam may never have thought that he would one day be known for his acting, too. That was till ‘Keladi Kanmani’ was released 30 years ago. The film, directed by Vasanth, established him as a serious actor. Released on July 27, 1990, the film celebrates its 30th anniversary this year even as the person who pl...

Shame that human trafficking is still happening: Swara Bhasker

Swara Bhasker is a tough character – both on and off the screen. Her public image of a bold and fearless person, who speaks from the heart, has often found her playing similar roles on screen.

I was lucky to have support from family, IAF, says ex-officer Gunjan Saxena

Mumbai: Former IAF officer Gunjan Saxena, whose life story has been made into a Netflix feature film, says she was lucky to have the support of commanding officers and supervisors in the Indian Air Force but whenever there is a major change in an organisation, some individuals take more time to adjust than others.

Three-year tracking of elusive black panther evolves into NatGeo documentary

When Saya the black panther moves along the undergrowth, shy forbidden and fascinating, he is like an approaching eclipse, that will cast spells on the earth that will take years to remove.

Documentary film by Arunachal tribe earns nominations at Paris film festival

A 29-minute documentary on conservation of a rare bird species by a tribal community in Arunachal Pradesh has earned two nominations at an environmental film festival which is slated to be held in Paris in December. The movie, Wildlife Our Lifeblood, directed and produced by politician-turned-filmmaker Naresh Glow, has been nominated in the best...

Raat Akeli Hai review | A gripping tale of murder and revenge

Raat Akeli Hai, a Netflix movie, is a gripping tale of murder and revenge that takes place in a small town of Uttar Pradesh. The story begins with the murder of an old rich feudal family head (Raghubir Singh) right after his wedding.

Vainglory stares at big win if India bans Chinese-linked PUBG

With the Centre’s move to ban Chinese apps amid tense ties with the Asian neighbour, gamers and gaming enthusiasts are fearing a possible prohibition on the much-popular multiplayer battle game PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS, known as PUBG.

‘Saayavanam’ author Sa. Kandasamy, 80, passes away

Well-known Tamil writer and Sahitya Akademi award winner Sa. Kandasamy breathed his last on Friday (July 31) in Chennai. He was 80.

Shakuntala Devi review | Vidya Balan averts a biopic disaster

The Anu Menon-directed biopic on the world-famous Indian mathematician, Shakuntala Devi, hits the correct notes in the beginning, with Vidya Balan’s strong portrayal of the “human computer” and a feminist essence. But the film turns out to be a mess.

Restricting use of weedkiller will aggravate agricultural woes

If a technical body under the Insecticides Act overrules the objections, the farmers will no more be able to spray the widely-used and inexpensive weedkiller ‘Glyphosate’ themselves, but will have to hire the services of licensed pest control operators.

After Indira Gandhi in 1973, India’s tryst with second time capsule

Backed by the BJP government, the Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust now plans to etch a narrative in Sanskrit and Hindi, and bury it 2,000 feet deep under the upcoming Ram temple at Ayodhya. As with several other of the government's moves, this is not an original idea.

Did Tamil reformist shun his Sanskrit name or just pick a nom de plume?

VG Suryanarayana Sastri was the first person who campaigned for Tamil to be recognised as a classical language.

Republic of Religion: Mapping India’s failed tryst with secularism

The coronavirus pandemic has dominated our thoughts and news for the better part of 2020. The juggernaut of this disease seems to have rendered irrelevant everything that came before it. It behooved humankind to rally all its forces to fight this extraordinary situation together, forgetting all its social, cultural, and racial differences. And for ...

Dule Rocker: Migrant-turned rapper is Odisha’s Gully Boy amid COVID

Once upon a time, more than once, Kalahandi district, located in the western pocket of coastal Odisha had grabbed national and international headlines, for all the wrong reasons - droughts, starvation, migration etc. However, today, Kalahandi has again drawn the attention of many people including celebrities, thanks to the rap songs of a 27-year-ol...

She writes love songs to Kashmir, croons its unheard melodies through folk fusion

Kashmiri folk fusion artiste Aabha Hanjura's love for her land has endured and finds reflection in her music. She was only a child when her family had to leave Kashmir in the nineties due to the Kashmiri Pandit exodus. She was eventually raised in Jammu and later pursued BCom in Bengaluru at Jain College. The time came full circle for her when her ...

How a Muslim girl from a small UP town came to be called ‘Moon Girl’

Chaugori Mohalla is a small Muslim neighbourhood in Uttar Pradesh’s Amroha town, about 200 km from Delhi. To reach the place, one needs to get off NH-24 from Itarsi, about 40 km before Moradabad, and a bumpy 10-km drive on a rough and dusty road would lead to the destination. The narrow lane has old concrete houses with Urdu nameplates. Men wear...

Pyramid schemes are fraudulent, thousands lose money

Micheal*, a software engineer in Chennai, had invested ₹2,500 in a company, named RocketHub, in March 2020 after his friend made him register with the firm. Agents told Micheal that he would get $4 (₹250) for every fourth person who signs up from his referral and the company would keep crediting the amount to his e-wallet. In a few days, Micheal...