Reviews Gujarati Film Hellaro has many subtle suggestive layers

With emerging women of substance and a section of society surviving on the margins with dignity in the centre, Abhishek Shah earned a reputation in theatre during the decade. He straightened out his protagonist in his very first play with the ringing message: ‘Don’t surrender. Keep fighting.’ At the defining moment in this young man’s first film Hellaro, the thirteen empowered women, twelve illiterate, sing it looking straight in your eyes, asserting with joy their need to say it loud and clear: ‘We have crossed all the thresholds’. These incredible thirteen, mature with suffering in a straightjacket insulated male-dominated world, are a perfect rural counterpart to those half a dozen educated young urban girls in their formative years in theatre. Abhishek has emerged in recent years also as a casting director for films. These skills he employs impeccably for Hellalro. The thirteen young actresses – Shraddha, Neelam, Tejal, Denisha, Riddhi, Tarjanee, Ekta, Kaushambi, Shachi, Brinda, Kaamini, Jagruti, Prapti – who in their roles emerge as the ‘hero’ of the film are a perfect example. Each of them is different and together they are a cohering distressed herd-like group earlier in the film, later coming to their own animated. Their shared… Visitors add to the exchange tradition in Apnu Amdavad

Tatpashchaat a group show of Delhi based artists visiting Ahmedabad was opened on Tuesday at the Gallery in the Amdavad ni Gufa campus. Displaying some 60 works by fifteen artists associated with artists’ group Grains of Canvas of Delhi, the show was opened by the trio of art veterans C D Mistry, Vrindavan Solanki and… Roots and Pathways: Yes, It Is all Inside!

It’s invariably the human life at the core of every artistic endeavour – either in its raw existentialist form whereby the artist deals with its enigma and tries to find answers, or it is about the evolved forms in the sociological and civilizational context when it tends to impinge on human living in and as…

  • ‘From Here to Eternity’ – Peeping in a Rollicking Past

    Nabibakhsh Mansoori is a popular name to reckon with both within and outside the art fraternity of the region. An art pass out of the coveted Vadodara based MSU’s Faculty of Fine Arts 1992 batch and of the 1991 batch of C N College of Fine Arts, Mansoori has twenty-seven years of fine arts practice behind his goodwill and name that rings a bell today, among the established as well as the younger and the upcoming artists; many of whom look up to him for guidance and inspiration with a sure sense of reverence. In a pleasant coincidence then, Mansoori is back with what forms his twenty-seventh solo show; and it features as many of his newest works! He is showing this new series titled From Here to Eternity at…


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Yatra Archives Why Netflix clicks with audiences and filmmakers alike

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In this piece 64 year old Dr Yatin Desai, shares with CY his inspiring story of how to scale towering mountains with utmost ease and how this life adventure activity can shape human character and health. Chances are high that…