I am a freelance journalist, film scholar and author based in Kolkata. I contribute regularly to around a dozen print media and online publications on Indian cinema, gender issues, human rights and child rights besides doing personality profiles and interviews. I have authored 24 single-author books and contributed to many edited compilations on Tagore, Criticism, Marxism and so on. I have won the National Award for Best Writing on Cinema twice - once for Best Film Critic (1991) and once for the Best Book on Cinema (2002). I have done my Ph.D. in History(Cinema) and also post-doc fellowship on working women in Indian cinema. I have an intense passion for writing and reading and am a workaholic too.
Divorce should be a choice for a woman who is unhappy despite appearances; her word about this should be equally valid. Something that Hindi cinema seems to have just realised.
On the 60th anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo that has one of the best 'impersonating' performance, a look at the imposter who 'pretends' to be the real character, and the 'performance' of a character by a character in Bollywood.
Is the lipstick as simple as it appears – as a cosmetic to beautify us? Or is there more to it than meets the eye?
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