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When old whines come in new bottles

By Anamika Chatterjee

This weekend at theatres, Charlie is back with his angels. Those of us who grew up in 2000s may have an image of Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu etched in our minds as angels who save the day. That idea may somehow be different for an audience member of the 1970s used to watching Farah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith as Charlie’s Angels in the famous television show that aired between 1976 and 1981. Continue reading When old whines come in new bottles

Trial by Twitter: Did Akshay Kumar win or lose this dramatic saga?

By Anamika Chatterjee

The Internet thrives on drama, and politics often does a good job of serving hysteria on a platter. The recent fodder has come by way of Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar’s interview with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi right in the middle of what is believed to be a decisive election. To be fair, the actor, right at the outset, spells out that this will be an apolitical interview right before asking him if he eats mangoes (to which the PM gently responds that since he hails from Gujarat where the aam ras is practically a delicacy, yeah, he does eat mangoes). In the simpler, pre-Internet times, the interview would have been watched and reviewed in drawing rooms. Today, it has become a matter that looks less likely to rest in peace.

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Ideas adman Alyque will be dearly missed

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

After 20 years, why Apu is now a problem for The Simpsons

By Oscar Yáñez

Fans of The Simpsons will remember that the new perception (and therefore ‘problem’) with Apu started in November 2017, with the release of The problem with Apu, a documen-tary produced and directed by Michael Melamedoff. The Problem with Apu is a 49 minute-long film in which Hari Kondabolu, a New York-based stand-up comedian with Telugu origins, exposes his suffering at being compared to the stereotype of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the most famous Indian character of the popular animated series. Continue reading After 20 years, why Apu is now a problem for The Simpsons

Alodia Gosiengfiao: I met one of my heroes and she was more than meets the eye

By Keith Pereña

In the process of writing this story, I had to do a quick Google search to find the origin of the cliché “you should never meet your heroes”. Partly because I wanted to know who in fact said it and also because I wanted to know if it was really the case — as if meeting my own heroes wasn’t proof enough that it was otherwise. Continue reading Alodia Gosiengfiao: I met one of my heroes and she was more than meets the eye