Shomini Sen

  • Don't shoot the messenger: Why we need to watch BBC's banned documentary 'India's Daughter' 05-03-2015 02:59 PM

    At the fag end of BBC's much discussed and now banned documentary 'India's Daughter' defense lawyer Anil Singh points out "There are some 250 cases of murders and rapes against some of sitting members of the parliament in court. No one takes note of those? Why only take action against...
  • 'Ab Tak Chhappan 2' Tweet Reveiw: This Nana Patekar-starrer comes across as a half-hearted attempt 27-02-2015 02:56 PM

    New Delhi: Nana Patekar had impressed one and all with tough-cop role in 'Ab Tak Chhappan'. The actor had played an encounter specialist in the film and was praised by critics for its brilliant and realistic portrayal of the Mumbai police force. Almost a decade later, the sequel 'Ab Tak...
  • Radhika Apte: If 'Badlapur' makes the viewer uncomfortable, that is exactly the point of the film 24-02-2015 10:41 AM

    New Delhi: While Sriram Raghavan's new film 'Badlapur' has been earning rave reviews, many have called the film unnecessarily violent and misogynist in nature. Radhika Apte who has impressed one and all with her performance as Koko in the film, though begs to differ and says 'if the film makes...
  • 'Badlapur' tweet review: Sriram Raghavan narrates a menacing revenge story with amazing calmness 20-02-2015 09:45 AM

    Filmmaker Sriram Raghavan is known for his dark, gritty thrillers like 'Ek Haseena Thi' and 'Johny Gaddar'. The director's latest offering 'Badlapur' has boy-next-door Varun Dhawan playing a mature, dark character who is out to seek revenge for the brutal murder of his wife and son. From the first look...
  • Eddie Redmayne or Benedict Cumberbatch? Which British actor will clench the Best Actor trophy at the Oscars this year? 20-02-2015 08:58 AM

    It is a huge responsibility to play a living legend on the big screen specially if you are playing a physicist like Stephen Hawking whose work and life has been widely discussed over the years. But actor Eddie Redmayne plays the scientist to almost perfection in the beautiful 'Theory Of...
  • Amish Tripathi: There aren't many extremist in India, it is a miniscule number; we are not Syria or Pakistan 18-02-2015 12:43 PM

    Jaipur: One might think that Amish Tripathi, author of the hugely popular Shiva trilogy, took a big risk when he decided to write on mythology in his first book- but the author himself doesn't feel so. An IIM Calcutta graduate, Amish Tripathi's first book 'The Immortals Of Meluha' - narrating...
  • 'Shamitabh' tweet review: Dhanush, Amitabh Bachchan make an experimental, slightly erractic story believable 06-02-2015 10:02 AM

    R Balki and Amitabh Bachchan have earlier teamed up for two unique films- 'Cheeni Kum' and 'Pa'. Their third outing together on the big screen 'Shamitabh' also features Dhanush and debutant Akshara Haasan. Based on the two characters belonging to the film industry, 'Shamitabh' has Dhanush playing a struggling actor...
  • Dhanush: Don't have a set image in Bollywood; I get the liberty to experiment with roles here 05-02-2015 12:15 PM

    New Delhi: Superstar Dhanush wears his stardom lightly. The National Award Winning actor, who is a huge star in the Tamil film industry, has already made quite an impact in Bollywood with his first film 'Raanjhanaa' and states that he is thankful to director Anand L Rai for giving him...
  • Amitabh Bachchan: Must give compliment to today's generation for provoking us to make constructive cinema 03-02-2015 12:20 PM

    New Delhi: In spite of being in the film industry for more than four decades, superstar Amitabh Bachchan refuses to slow down. Having won accolades, awards and adulation for his work, the actor still believes there is much to learn from the younger generation. During his visit to the capital...
  • 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...