Category Archives: Famous Personalities

Reading between the lines and the narrowing of spaces

By Sushmita Bose

Ilove Kevin Spacey. On screen. I love it when he smiles and his side dimples crumple up: adorable, with a hint of sardonicism. His is the first name I blurt out whenever someone asks who my all-time favourite actor is; then, I wonder why I name him given I’ve not watched too many of his films (I can count them on my fingertips). Maybe it’s just the impact he’s had on me with his brilliance in The Usual Suspects, American Beauty and L.A. Confidential. Continue reading Reading between the lines and the narrowing of spaces

The sleazegates are wide open as Hurricane Harvey hits Hollywood

By Nehmat Kaur

“The balance of power is me: 0, Harvey Weinstein: 10,” Lauren O’Connor wrote in a memo several years ago. She was Weinstein’s assistant back then, and the memo was addressed to his company, written in response to his sexual harassment. O’Connor is one of several women who have come forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault in articles published in the The New York Times (NYT) and the The New Yorker (NY). Notably and commendably, she is one of the few to speak on the record. Continue reading The sleazegates are wide open as Hurricane Harvey hits Hollywood

How to rediscover yourself at 75. Ask Mr Bachchan

By Anamika Chatterjee

In Hindi cinema’s social calendar, October 11 is no ordinary date. It is a day when — amid reams of listicles and slice-of-life pieces on ‘India’s greatest superstar’ — a fan of Hindi cinema re-examines his relationship with Amitabh Bachchan. Of course, it helps that it happens to be his birth anniversary. This week, he turned 75. Continue reading How to rediscover yourself at 75. Ask Mr Bachchan

Bangladesh’s Sheikh Hasina knows the art of compassion

By Allan Jacob

We should have featured Sheikh Hasina on these pages earlier, before despots, tyrants, shamed gurus, and other wannabe nobodies who became somebodies. But it’s always nice to look at issues and personalities in hindsight, as is my wont. Let me also confess here that my original idea for this week’s column revolved around a South Indian actor and his opportunistic pitch at political stardom, but I shifted gears when I realised the Bangladeshi Prime Minister was the new star of the East. Expressions has no better hero than her this week — for her compassion and empathy in opening the border to save thousands of fleeing Rohingya. Continue reading Bangladesh’s Sheikh Hasina knows the art of compassion

RIP Hugh Hefner. Thank you for the entertainment

By Chelsea Barnett

As news broke today that Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy, had died aged 91, many were quick to point to the complicated legacy of both the magazine and the man behind it. Now popularly associated with his bevy of young lovers and infamous parties at the Playboy mansion, it would be easy to dismiss Hefner as merely an enduring barrier to the fight for gender equality. Yet to do so would to overlook the significant cultural impact of both Hefner and Playboy, particularly during the 1950s under the shroud of Cold War anxieties. Continue reading RIP Hugh Hefner. Thank you for the entertainment