By Aresh Shirali
In advertising circles, and especially in the ad agency Lintas that he led, Alyque Padamsee, who died on November 17 in Mumbai, was called “God”. An accident of recruitment — or mistaken roles, rather — as he once explained in his inimitably theatric voice: at Lintas, he also had a secretary by the name of Pope and the rest of the office knew only too well that to get access to him, they had to consult the Pope Continue reading Ideas adman Alyque will be dearly missed
By Keith Pereña
It was only last weekend when actor Chris Evans shook Twitter with a long tweet. In the tweet Evans said that he’s officially done filming for Avengers 4 – the finale to the grandiose cinematic experience that was Avengers: Infinity War. Since that tweet fans like myself knew what was coming – the end of an era, the home stretch for a beloved character.
Continue reading Thank you, Chris for bringing Captain America to life
By Anamika Chatterjee
What happens to a family in the aftermath of the wear-and-tear of hearts? This week, a detailed account of Soon-Yi Previn, published in the New York Magazine on September 17, glimpsed into this deeply conflicted world. Soon Yi, the adopted daughter of Hollywood actress Mia Farrow, landed in our collective conscience way back in 1992, following the news of an affair with filmmaker Woody Allen, who’d been dating Farrow for nearly a decade. In the years that followed, Soon-Yi assumed several roles in our collective imagination — she is at once the victim of Allen’s whims and fancies and a willing accomplice. Her silence over the years has done little justice to the perceptions attached to her. A reason why her recent interview with Daphne Merkin was a story waiting to be told.
Continue reading Why Woody Allen’s wife’s story is not anti-#metoo
By Allan Jacob
Strange are the ways of Hollywood and the folks who inhabit it. The same can be said of Silicon Valley where excess breeds success. Showbiz celebrities and software rock stars take pains to let us know how much they value their privacy, and how much time they spend working out.
Continue reading Why ol’ Marky Wahlberg is giving me a fitness complex
By Sushmita Bose
Last week, I went for a movie to the theatre, and realised it was “house full”: every single ticket was sold out. In this empowered age of technology, I’d purchased my virtual tickets on the Vox app, where you can see exactly how many seats are “available”, and can choose your seats at the click of a button; you don’t even need paper tickets any more since you only have to airily wave a barcode in front of some machine in order to waltz right in. But it was nice to see that people were actually taking time out to visit the movie theatre instead of streaming pirated prints on deadbeat television sets and feeding off them like zombies.
Continue reading The glory days when single-hall cinemas declared “House Full”
By Sushmita Bose
Straight off the bat, I’m really annoyed at the mindless jokes doing the rounds on Priyanka Chopra’s engagement to Nick Jonas. As you must have been informed, over and over again, with not one single media report eschewing the brandishing of numbers, she’s 36 and he’s 25 — and that’s evidently enough to trigger a barrage of concocted humour. There was one pictorial forward headlined: ‘Indian celebrities who have adopted kids’, with a photo gallery of Sushmita Sen and Raveena Tandon with their two girls (apiece), and then a photo of PC with NJ. One other claimed that when Nick was an “innocent” 8-year-old, PC was already (a grown-up) Miss World. A lot of members in a WhatsApp college group were tittering over one that said (roughly): “When we were young, pretty actresses were marrying older men… now that we are older, pretty actresses are marrying young men — how unfair is that?”
Continue reading Yes, Priyanka Chopra is 11 years older than Nick Jonas. So?
By Allan Jacob
Let’s talk after 10pm, she tells me. Not tonight, maybe tomorrow, I say. The 11am slot I am granted the next morning is not working out — it’s rushed, I feel. So, I call her past 3pm, and she states that I am late, yet consents to speak in 15 minutes after she’s done with an interview. She sounds like a celebrity living the life while setting a scorching pace — the shift from actor to star activist has come at a price. Finally, I get through and her voice is confident, her candour setting the tone for an engaging conversation. She seems to have found new meaning in life, a reason to live and continue the fight for a cause she believes in. And the gloves are clearly off.
Continue reading How to take down abusers in a film industry