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‘Tribhanga’ Review: A Relatable Chamber Piece

‘Tribhanga’ Review: A Relatable Chamber Piece

By Shubhra Gupta Cast: Kajol, Tanvi Azmi, Mithila Palkar, Kunaal Roy Kapoor, Vaibhav Tatwawaadi, Manav Gohil, Kanwaljeet Director: Renuka Shahane Rating: Three stars A life-changing event draws together three generations of women to look back and introspect: were they right in their actions, and the things they thought about each other? Renuka Shahane’s directorial debut […]

‘Tandav’: India’s Answer to ‘House of Cards’

‘Tandav’: India’s Answer to ‘House of Cards’

Tandav has been billed as “India’s answer to House of Cards” by the Amazon Prime Video. Tandav will premiere on Friday, January 15 on Amazon Prime worldwide. All nine episodes will drop at once, which means fans can watch the series in one go. Sacred Games star Saif Ali Khan stars as Samar. Speaking about […]

Cultural Arts Spring Festival Kick Off with Devotional Fervor: Vishaka Hari

Cultural Arts Spring Festival Kick Off with Devotional Fervor: Vishaka Hari

Houston: Vishaka Hari needs no introduction.  She narrates stories from the Hindu Puranas (Katha) in many languages (including English), making them come alive with musical compositions (Keerthana) of famous singing saints of India.  Her narrative style is simple which she uses skillfully to make esoteric ideas come within everyone’s reach. The musical and expressive elements […]

‘Kaagaz’: Pankaj Tripathi Shines in Movie of a Bygone Era

‘Kaagaz’: Pankaj Tripathi Shines in Movie of a Bygone Era

By Pallabi Dey Purkayastha Story: In order to keep his band-baja business afloat, Bharat Lal (Pankaj Tripathi) approaches a local bank in Uttar Pradesh for a loan. Soon after, he realises that his uncle and his sons have declared him legally dead and snatched his share of the piece of land that the family had […]

Tamils Host Nationalist Thinker Sri Anand Sahu

Tamils Host Nationalist Thinker Sri Anand Sahu

Pearland: Houston Tamil Studies Chair (HTSC) hosted the visit of  Sri Anand Sahu, from New Delhi, who spent two days in Houston as a part of his USA program. He is a Nationalist visionary thinker and Board member: Ministry of Finance & Labor & Employment, Government of India. His Houston program, coordinated by HTSC President […]

“A Call to Spy”: Radhika Apte-starrer is Un-showy and Un-bombastic

“A Call to Spy”: Radhika Apte-starrer is Un-showy and Un-bombastic

By Shalini Langer Cast: Sarah Megan Thomas, Radhika Apte, Stana Katic, Linus Roache, Rossif Sutherland Director: Lydia Dean Pilcher Rating: Four stars, Streaming on Amazon Prime A Call to Spy is a rare World War II film that doesn’t seek to strike awe and fear — the requisites now to win battles. Quite in character […]

“Torbaaz” Movie Review: Sloppy Execution Mars Sanjay Dutt Film

“Torbaaz” Movie Review: Sloppy Execution Mars Sanjay Dutt Film

By Shubhra Gupta Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Rahul Dev, Nargis Fakhri Director: Girish Malik Rating: One and a half stars A refugee camp is the unlikely site for the formation of a rag-tag cricket team. To use the healthy competition sports engenders, in order to vanquish hatred, is a great idea. But consistently sloppy execution mars […]

India’s Oscar Entry ‘Jallikattu’: About Seething Brutality of Everyday Life

India’s Oscar Entry ‘Jallikattu’: About Seething Brutality of Everyday Life

By Uma Mahadevan Dasgupta During a period of COVID-induced self-isolation this year, I watched Malayalam movies. They were like a balm. The backwaters are beautiful; the people are engagingly real. The stories are intensely local, set on the blurred boundaries between rural and urban that is so peculiar to Kerala. These are ensemble stories, perhaps […]

Serene Singh is Crowned 2020-2021 National All-American Miss

Serene Singh is Crowned 2020-2021 National All-American Miss

Orlando: Serene Singh, 23- years-old, has won the coveted National American Miss pageant held in Orlando, Florida at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. Singh represented her home state of Colorado competing in the world’s largest pageant with this year’s numbers totaling over 700 women from across the country. “I woke up realizing my dream of many […]

“Sir”: Soul-stirring Tale of Emotional Intimacy, Dreams, and Belonging

“Sir”: Soul-stirring Tale of Emotional Intimacy, Dreams, and Belonging

By Renuka Vyavahare Story: Soulmates are found in the most unexpected places. Two people divided by societal norms and united by their quiet love, understanding and mutual respect, empower each other as they exchange meaningful glances, speak through silences and wonder what lies ahead for them. Review: The male protagonist of the film — U.S […]

VOSAP to Recognize 50 Winners of ‘Art from Heart’ Contest

VOSAP to Recognize 50 Winners of ‘Art from Heart’ Contest

Launched in June 2020, the International Art Contest “VOSAP Art From Heart” is an effort to stir up action, social transformation to build a global, inclusive society by (VOSAP). The objective is to engage, create a mass movement of people for better understanding of Specially Abled People. This global art contest is first of its […]

“Chhalaang” Review: Rajkumar Rao’s Staid Leap of Faith

“Chhalaang” Review: Rajkumar Rao’s Staid Leap of Faith

By Shubhra Gupta Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Nushrratt Bharuccha, Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, Saurabh Shukla, Ila Arun, Rajeev Gupta, Suparna Marwah, Baljinder Kaur, Garima Kaur, Naman Jain. Director: Hansal Mehta Rating: Two and a half stars For a while now, the Hansal Mehta-Rajkummar Rao ‘jodi’ has been working smoothly to deliver a series of films which combine […]

Tamil Nadu Foundation’s Children’s Day Fund Raising Virtual Event

Tamil Nadu Foundation’s Children’s Day Fund Raising Virtual Event

By Bala J Balachandran Houston: The Tamil Nadu Foundation – Houston Chapter’s (TNF) Children’s Day Event was held virtually on November 15, 2020 to raising funds for adopted school children in Tiruvarur District.  More than fifty people have participated including the coordinators, donors and special guests.  The celebration started virtually at 2pm and went on […]

Maheshwari Mahasabha of North America Celebrates ‘Virtual Utsav 2020’

Maheshwari Mahasabha of North America Celebrates ‘Virtual Utsav 2020’

MMNA celebrated a virtual Utsav over the 3 weekends, starting from October 11, 2020 during the festive season of Navratri. These three Sunday evenings consisted of thrilling and entertaining performances. After the opening remarks by Utsav Sootradhar – Jitendra Muchhal, MMNA President – Vikas Bhutada provided the context of celebrating the Utsav and keeping the […]

Eternal Gandhi Museum Gets $100K from Elkins Foundation

Eternal Gandhi Museum Gets $100K from Elkins Foundation

Houston: Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston (EGMH) is delighted to inform you that The Elkins Foundation, has provided a capital grant of $100,000 for the construction of the Museum.  It is the second major foundation after Houston Endowment to offer support to EGMH in the early stages of its capital campaign. We are truly honored and […]

“Mirzapur 2”: Amazon Prime Video Series Gives You Sense of Deja Vu

“Mirzapur 2”: Amazon Prime Video Series Gives You Sense of Deja Vu

By Ektaa Malik Directors: Gurmmeet Singh and Mihir Desai Cast: Pankaj Tripathi, Ali Fazal, Divyenndu Sharmaa, Ali Fazal, Shweta Tripathi, Rasika Dugal, Harshita Shekhar Gaur, Sheeba Chaddha, Rajesh Tailang, Amit Sial, Isha Talwar, Priyanshu Painyuli, Anjum Sharma, Vijay Varma Rating: Two stars While the backbone of Mirzapur, economically speaking, is the carpet weaving and brassware […]

Mira Nair-directed Vikram Seth’s “A Suitable Boy” to Stream on Netflix

Mira Nair-directed Vikram Seth’s “A Suitable Boy” to Stream on Netflix

Published in 1993, Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy runs for almost 1,500 pages and is deemed as one of the longest novels. Seth’s densely populated world has been adapted into a six-episode series by Mira Nair which will stream on Netflix starting October 23. And before you start watching, here’s a primer on what the […]

“Evil Eye”: Where’s the Horror?

“Evil Eye”: Where’s the Horror?

“Ginny Weds Sunny”: Pallid Writing Spoils the Fun

“Ginny Weds Sunny”: Pallid Writing Spoils the Fun

Mystery Murder Story Set in Colonial Bombay

Mystery Murder Story Set in Colonial Bombay

Set in 1892, Murder in Old Bombay addresses issues prevalent at the turn of the 20th century which are very present today: discrimination against those who do not belong to our ‘in’ group, misogyny, inequality in attitudes toward women. It’s also a heart-felt appeal to the (tiny) Zoroastrian community to update our social norms–or face […]

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