Profiles

A Rare Success Story

Up a windy, steep set of steps, I went; a UNICEF worker behind me and a polio coordinator ahead. I could hear the cry of children growing louder as we got closer. And then I saw her, the resistant parent, holding her child closely, hiding behind a wall and a herd of...
Lights, Sound, Roll, Action!

Lights, Sound, Roll, Action!

Aniruddha (Tony) Roy Chowdhury won the Emerging Film-Maker Award at the Santa Cruz Film Festival in 2008 for first film Anuranan (2006). Dealing with the relationships of two married couples, it was the first Bengali film to be shot entirely in London and was screened...
A Country Undergoing Seismic Social Change

A Country Undergoing Seismic Social Change

What was the inspiration for Miss New India? In previous interviews, you had mentioned visiting Bangalore and meeting call center customer specialists … can you elaborate on that? Did the character take shape over time or was it any one person who provided the...
A Tribute to Jagjit Singh (1941-2011)

A Tribute to Jagjit Singh (1941-2011)

The passing of maestro Jagjit Singh brought back, to me, memories of his appearances with his wife Chitra Singh in the 1970s. He was later to become one of the giants of ghazal singing in the Indian subcontinent and was often referred to as its greatest living...
The Power of Community

The Power of Community

The sounds of “I am Anna” reverberate even in the United States, even as images of Hazare surrounded by adoring Indian masses at the Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi linger on, days after Hazare’s 10-day fast in August 2011. Now Indians for Collective Action (ICA), an SF...