Laugh at death

Charles Bukowski, a German-born American poet and novelist, had once said: “We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that death will tremble to take us.” Perhaps, this inspired the title song from the film Mukaddar ka Sikander. There is definitely some truth that the person who can laugh…

Power of palliative care

Praful Akali, Founder & MD on Medulla Communications talks to Sangeeta Yadav about how they trained terminally ill patients for stand-up comedy, Laugh at Death, an intent to break the taboo around talking about death and spreading awareness on palliative care Where did you get the idea from for Laugh at Death? This was Mihir…

Let’s play with films

From Aparna Sen’s Sonata to Ashutosh Gowarikar’s next untitled film, filmmakers are tapping  plays from Indian literature to bring amazing stories to the celluloid. Sangeeta Yadav talks to the veterans about the trend From Vishal Bhardwaj’sMaqbool adapted from William Shakespeare’s Macbeth or Omkara from Othello to Gulzar’s Angoor adapted from Comedy of Errors, Rituparno Ghosh’s The…

Make way for little kalakars

  From new kid-based talent hunt shows like Sabse Bada Kalakar, Chhotey Miyan to launching of a Hindi GEC catering to children, showmakers and channels are experimenting with content and making it child-friendly. Sangeeta Yadav tells you more   With the launch of some new kid-based platforms featuring them on small screen and the fact…

Rap the regions

After making a mark in Bollywood, Punjabi rappers are now tapping the regional music industry as well. Sangeeta Yadav talks to some about how this will help the youth recognise rich folk genres and bring regional artistes into the limelight One can call it a trend but one is told that it is more about…