Shomini Sen

  • Waheedaji was hesitant initially to the idea of a biography on her: Nasreen Munni Kabir 26-01-2015 10:07 AM

    Jaipur: Filmmaker and biographer Nasreen Munni Kabir decided to write about yesteryear's actress Waheeda Rehman, because her life is 'fascinating'. At the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival, Kabir about old cinema and the veteran actress and how she was hesitant about opening up in front of the biographer. "She (Waheeda Rehman)...
  • Shashi Tharoor on Modi's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: The hollowness of the campaign will create more frustration among the people 23-01-2015 11:42 PM

    Jaipur: Dressed in a yellow kurta and a black jacket, Shashi Tharoor waved and greeted everyone with folded hands as he came on the stage for his session with former journalists Mihir Sharma and Amrita Tripathi on Friday noon at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival. The politician was at the...
  • Waheeda Rehman: Not friends with any of the current actors except for Abhishek Bachchan 23-01-2015 12:22 PM

    Jaipur: As Waheeda Rehman went up on the stage with her biographer, filmmaker Nasreen Munni Kabir, the leaking Mughal tent at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2015, erupted into thunderous applause for the beautiful actress. The session which was moderated by Arshia Sattar was a rather candid session with Waheeda Rehman...
  • JLF 2015, Day 2, behind the scenes: Waheeda Rehman gets mobbed by the media; Suhel Seth calls Mamata Banerjee 'Lady Macbeth' 23-01-2015 12:17 PM

    Suhel Seth was his wittiest and blatant best as he went on the stage to moderate a session on Hamlet, Shakespeare and Haider which had Vishal Bhardwaj, Basharat Peer as panelists. Seth, who is a true blue Calcuttan by heart, kick started the session with "Most of us in Calcutta...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Shabana Azmi and Salima Hashmi remember their famous fathers Kaizi Azmi and Faiz Ahmed Faiz 23-01-2015 08:28 AM

    Jaipur: It was a special session indeed when daughters of two very renowned poets of the sub continent, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Kaifi Azmi came together to discuss their illustrious fathers and their poetry in front of select audience at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival. Hindi films actress and activist...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Vishal Bhardwaj not yet ready to give up on Shakespeare, may direct a comedy next based on bard's play 22-01-2015 11:43 PM

    Jaipur: Even though Vishal Bhardwaj has made a trilogy based on Shakespeare's work already, the director doesn't mind making a few more films based on the bard's work. During a short chat up at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival, the filmmaker revealed that while he hasn't planned his next film...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Jhumpa Lahiri wins the 2015 DSC Prize for literature; takes home a cheque for $50,000 22-01-2015 11:31 PM

    Jaipur: Indian-American author Jhumpa Lahiri today won the $50,000 DSC Prize for Literature, one of South Asia's top literary awards for her book 'The Lowland'. The prize celebrates writing on the South Asian region from writers across the globe and is given to the best novel or translations into English,...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Vishal Bhardwaj, Basharat Peer defend their decision of not highlighting the plight of the migrant Kashmiri Pandits in 'Haider' 22-01-2015 06:59 PM

    Jaipur: While Vishal Bhardwaj has been lauded for his latest film 'Haider' from all quarters, there have been several questions directed towards the filmmaker for only highlighting the pains Kashmiri Muslims in the state. Several questions were raised on how the film completely neglected the mass exodus that took place...
  • JLF 2015, Day 1, behind the scenes: Celebrity chef Vikas Khanna has a new catchphrase, Vishal Bhardwaj's unassuming ways 22-01-2015 01:02 PM

    Jaipur: Most of the audiences at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival were really eager to connect with the authors and attend the erudite discussions taking place on several stages. But we spotted a horde of eager ladies, waiting in breathless excitement for the arrival of a certain celebrity chef. 'MasterChef...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Naseeruddin Shah thought Girish Karnad was a ladies man 22-01-2015 09:11 AM

    Jaipur: On a balmy winter afternoon, in the pink city, noted actor Naseeruddin Shah was reminiscing about the old days as a struggler in Bollywood. Karnad in those days, was the director of the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) when Shah was a student there. After graduating,...
  • Irrfan, Arshad, Manoj are better actors than me, says Naseeruddin Shah 22-01-2015 01:13 AM

    Jaipur: The front lawn of the historic Diggi Palace was absolutely packed as stalwarts Girish Karnad and Naseeruddin Shah took center stage on the first day of the Jaipur Literature Festival. The two actors discussed cinema and Shah's recently released autobiography 'And Then One Day' in front of a packed,...
  • No amount of money can make me write vulgar songs, says Javed Akhtar at Jaipur Literature Festival 2015 22-01-2015 12:31 AM

    Jaipur: In an industry dominated by item numbers, lyricist and script writer Javed Akhtar refuses to be a part of the herd. The renowned lyricist was at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2015 to launch his book on poetry which has been translated by Ali Hussain Mir. When asked whether creative...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Religious terrorism existed in the Elizabethan era, claims British author Jessie Childs 21-01-2015 11:26 PM

    Contrary to popular belief, terrorism is not a recent phenomena. In an enlightening session at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2015, award winning author and historian Jessie Childs focussed on religious terrorism in the Elizabethan era. The historian was at the festival to present her new book 'God's Traitors: Terror and...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015 opens amidst folk tunes of Rajasthan and sufi music 21-01-2015 01:24 PM

    Jaipur: The morning of Jaipur Literature Festival started rather early as eager festival goers, dressed in thick layers of woollens queued up to register at Jaipur Lietrature Festival. In the background, drums played out ethnic beats heralding the eight season of the festival which has become a literary mecca for...
  • All my roles have made me step out of my comfort zone: Arjun Kapoor 05-01-2015 08:06 AM

    In two years of his career in Bollywood, actor Arjun Kapoor has mostly played a troubled youth who falls in love and changes for the better. He has played characters which are brash and aggressive. But in 2014, Arjun's new avatar as the docile lover boy in '2 States' pleasantly...
  • 'Unbroken' tweet review: It is brilliant story of a man's will power 02-01-2015 02:50 PM

    Angelina Jolie's second directorial venture 'Unbroken' is world war drama based on a true incident. The film is based on a book by Laura Hillenbrand and narrates the story of USA Olympian athlete Louis "Louie" Zamperini who survived in spite of rigorous torture in different prisoner of war camps during...
  • Rajkumar Hirani, Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl: The 6 master filmmakers of 2014 30-12-2014 01:05 PM

    As the saying commonly goes, 'the Director is the captain of the ship'. And as the captain, the director has to steer the ship (in this case, the film) in the right direction so the audience understands and gets entertained by his vision. Many a times, a director makes or...
  • 'Ugly' review: Twists galore, Anurag Kashyap's latest keeps you hooked 27-12-2014 12:26 PM

    Film: 'Ugly' Cast: Rahul Bhat, Ronit Roy, Tejaswini Kolhapure, Girish Kulkarni, Surveen Chawla Director: Anurag Kashyap Rating: 4/5 New Delhi: Right in the beginning of 'Ugly', there is a scene where Rahul Bhatt and Vineet Singh go to file a case of a missing child. The inspector on duty, played...
  • Riteish Deshmukh, Kay Kay Menon, Juhi Chawla: The villains who outshined the heroes in 2014 26-12-2014 02:08 PM

    In Hindi cinema, a villain makes a hero. He is complete anti-thesis of the lead. Often, the actors who play negative characters outshine the lead actor making their characters memorable. The notion of a typical hero and a villain has changed in Bollywood over the years. Yet, in 2014, there...
  • 'Ugly' tweet review: It has a compelling story but makes you a tad bit uncomfortable 26-12-2014 09:57 AM

    New Delhi: Anurag Kashyap always makes his viewers think. His latest- 'Ugly' is a gritty thriller narrating a story of upmanship of two men in search of their daughter. Featuring Ronit Roy, Tejaswini Kolhapure and Rahut Bhat, the story is of cat and mouse chase in search of a missing...
  • Have food, will share: Robin Hood Army, a group of young samaratians spreads happiness this winter by donating warm meals, blankets to the homeless 23-12-2014 11:35 AM

    Delhi: While we are busy covering ourselves in layers of warm clothes in this harsh winter in Delhi, there is a group of young Samaritans called the Robin Hood Army who are out on the streets every night ensuring that the homeless get warm food and blankets to survive. Started...
  • PK: Thank you, Rajkumar Hirani. The world needs more filmmakers like you 22-12-2014 12:00 PM

    Rajkumar Hirani preaches. Preaches in every film of his. And yet people throng to the theaters to watch his films time and again. Because even though each of these films carry a strong relevant message it is cushioned well with a comical, feel good, entertaining story. From a goofy goon...
  • #ThrowbackThursday: These 10 iconic music videos were the coolest things you saw in the 1990s 18-12-2014 11:44 AM

    The decade of the 1990s in India can easily called the time when musicians got a platform to showcase their talent. In no other decade did India see so many artists producing private albums like the 1990s. The nation crooned along with singers like Alisha Chinai, Shaan, The Colonial Cousins...
  • How Raj of 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' raised the bar for an entire generation of lovers 12-12-2014 11:04 AM

    Raj spoiled me. And raised my expectation to a level which no one has been able to fulfill till date and I know I speak for an entire generation who grew up in the 1990s. Aditya Chopra's iconic love story 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' released in 1995 and changed the...
  • Bigg Boss 8: Was Rahul Mahajan-Dimpy Ganguly's reunion inside the house an attempt to revive the falling TRPs of the show? 11-12-2014 10:28 AM

    New Delhi: There have been several firsts in the eight season of Bigg Boss. From sexual misconduct to partying with celebrity friends inside the house, this season has seen it all. In spite of the usual controversies, fights and events, this season of 'Bigg Boss' seems to be a rather...
  • NH7 Weekender, Day 2: Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Indian Ocean and Amit Trivedi end the festival on a high note 01-12-2014 01:16 PM

    New Delhi: If Raghu Dixit mesmerized the audience with a visually spectacular show on the first day of Bacardi NH7 Weekender, the second day ended on a musically high note with awe-inspiring acts by the Indian Ocean, The Vaccines and Amit Trivedi. Earlier on Sunday evening Kolkata based band The...
  • Honey Singh will never play on a platform like Weekender: Raghu Dixit 30-11-2014 02:46 PM

    There is something very unassuming about musician Raghu Dixit. He wears his stardom and talent lightly on his shoulder. The musician was in the capital recently to perform at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender. Along with his band members and the students of Nritarutya- Indian Contemporary Dance Company, Dixit provided a...
  • NH7 Weekender, Day 1: Barmer Boys, Songhoy Blues and Raghu Dixit's production steal the show 30-11-2014 09:31 AM

    There was something for everyone on Day 1 of the Weekender at Buddh Circuit, Greater Noida as artist from literary all genres put up acts that left the audience wanting for some more. From Ganesh Talkies early psychadellic set to the last show of the night by Raghu Dixit and...
  • 'Zed Plus' review: Poor screenplay dilutes the strong message in this political satire 29-11-2014 11:06 AM

    A film which boasts of actors like Adil Hussain, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, KK Raina playing lead roles, should ideally be good but Chandraprakash Dwivedi's satirical 'Zed Plus' falls short in spite of a solid star cast and a moderately well written plot. The film has Adil Hussain playing a mechanic Aslam,...
  • The Vaccines, Goldspot, Amit Trivedi: Six artistes to watch out for at the Weekender in Delhi 29-11-2014 08:50 AM

    If you are headed to the 'happiest music festival' in town this weekend, here's a heads up at some of the artist we'd recommend you to listen at the Weekender in Delhi. Of these, some are known internationally, some in India and all of them represent varied genres of music-...