Category Archives: Movies

A Chinese melodrama that took me to my pastoral roots

By Suresh Pattali

The driver jammed the brakes and the Yellow Cab screeched to a halt on the hard shoulder of Singapore’s Pan Island Expressway. He swallowed an expletive, hammered the temple with his fists and screamed: “What on earth is going on? Can you guys just shut up, or let me know what’s it about so that I can help solve.”

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Bhanu Athaiya is the reason I watch the Oscars every year

By Sujata Assomull

The awards season is in full swing. The BAFTAs are done and the Oscars are up next (March 4). I never miss the broadcast as I adore the world of pomp and circumstance. You can escape for three and a half hours. The first Oscars telecast I watched was when I was nine years old. Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi won an overwhelming number of awards. That year, 1982, also marked India’s first win at the Oscars: Bhanu Athaiya for Costume Design in Gandhi shared her award with John Mollo. That moment is why the Oscars have become an annual habit for me.

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How a movie gave me a slap in the face and changed my life

By Joshua Arnup

It’s not every day that a film pushes you to change the course of your life. The power of a great movie lies in its ability to transport you into another world, to make you experience life so vividly that it feels like you’re in a trance. I had a moment like this and it marked the day I felt independent.

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Would you watch a movie with a bunch of strangers?

By Purva Grover

All of us like going to the movies, right? The combination of chilled cola, salted popcorn, and uninterrupted hours of entertainment is an ideal way to relax. But, would you say yes to an invite to watch a film with a bunch of strangers? Maybe, you would — after you hear all about the movie nights planned by a city-based Meetup group called Movie Buffs UAE.

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