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THE FILM WONDER: WONDERFUL FAMILY FINDING WONDER IN/OF OF THE/IR WORLD

The title of Stephen Chbosky’s film ‘Wonder’ (based on R J Palacio’s novel of same name) indeed is allusional in many ways, BY Sushil Kumar, senior IAS officer. It’s a wonderful humane story of experiencing essential humanity hidden in all humans that bursts forth specially while caring of special or …

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TUMHARI SULU: MODERNISING RETRO WOMAN ROLE AS METRO MIDDLE CLASS HOUSEFWIFE

Suresh Triveni’s Tumhari Sulu basically is a straightforward story of an average Mumbai metro middle class housewife attempting to assert her individuality without questioning or compromising her role as a mother, wife and a homemaker: BY Sushil Kumar, senior IAS officer. The story and drama is clichéd and easily predictable …

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Last Friday as Black Friday: The big debate

Can the Head of Days “Friday” be a Black Day? BY Mohammad Najeeb Qasmi After celebrating the Thanksgiving Day (a national festival) on the last Thursday of November, people in the USA and some Western countries celebrate the last Friday as Black Friday. This festival started in 1961. The Friday …

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QARIB QARIB SINGLLE: TWO SINGLES MINGLLE

Tanuja Chandra’s ‘Qarib Qarib Singlle’ (QQS) is a refreshing re-visit to a feel good story telling style of filmmaking whose best proponents have been people like Basu Chatterjee, Hrishikesh Mukherjee et al. BY Sushil Kumar, senior IAS officer. Films like Rajnigandha, Choti si Baat etc. reflected changing aspirations and relationshipsincluding …

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SECRET SUPERSTAR: BECOMING FAMOUS: NO SECRET AMBITION AMONGST URBAN YOUTH

By keeping title as ‘Secret Superstar’, the director Advait Chandan may have deliberately desired to allude to drama connected to the central celluloid character and content of the film; yet by indirect implication, the title ends up encapsulating enormous metaphorical meaning about a current socio- psycho-cultural phenomenon of hopes and …

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RUKH: ONLY ONE SIDE CAN’T BE REAL

Seems debutant director Atanu Mukherjee’s film titled ‘Rukh’ is inspired by famed timeless words of David Thoreau ‘Simplify. Simplify’ BY senior IAS officer SUSHIL KUMAR. After seeing Rukh, one wonders as to how a first timer can demonstrate mastery and ease in simplifying complexities in cinematic creativity to create a …

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KINGSMAN: GOLDEN CIRCLE: Ceaseless circle of violence

Irrespective of culture, country, text and context, most movies mirror sequential unfolding of socio-politico-cultural processes of the times people live in and when were made. Consider just one example – comical feats enacted by great Charlie Chaplin in silent film era reflected the need to laugh at tough depressive times …

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