The Parting: Remembering 1947

The Parting: Remembering 1947

I noticed my mother had started to cry softly when we went to see Gurinder Chadha’s Partition era film The Viceroy’s House (2017). “Always, there is violence against women’s bodies,” she said, as if trying to make sense of the senseless. A line from the poetry of...
Love and Shukla: a Worthwhile Ride

Love and Shukla: a Worthwhile Ride

Love and Shukla (2017) Directed by: Siddhartha Jatla. Written and Produced by: Siddartha Jatla and Amanda Mooney. Music by: Karl Heortweard. Players: Saharsh Kumar Shukla, Taneea Rajawat, Hima Singh, Aparna Upadhyay and Loknath Tiwari. In a scene in Love and Shukla,...
The Audacity of a Joke

The Audacity of a Joke

Comedians, like clowns, have a special license to help us enter a liminal area where the boundary between reality and imagination is blurred. We can think of them as the “no man’s land” of political critique. While satire can occasionally cut too deep, with...