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… Clowns present Shakuntalam with a twist

Under the direction of Rupesh Tillu, who has specialized in Physical Theatre, Theatre act staged Shakuntala – Agar Pura Kar Paye on Wednesday at Natarani’s week-long Theatre Festival seeking to present a sample of the variety of representative forms in the genre practiced in the country today. The one-hour play is a clowns’ contemporary take… Physical performances prompt an intellectual debate in Bali

The Adi Shakti theatre group from near Pondicherry brought Bali, their first production without Veenapani Chawla, to Natarani as part of its ongoing Theatre Festival. You sit up and watch it for the special theatre style in which it is cast and for its theme. It is a stylized dramatic presentation connected to our cultural…

  • Dwija at Natarani gives Guru Drona human dimensions 

    The solo performance Dwija by V Balakrishnan, Chennai-based Theatre Nisha’s artistic director and actor last Thursday (Day Four) in Natarani’s theatre festival stood out as a vigorous one enumerating and analyzing episodes from Guru Drona’s life and work beginning with his birth till the tragic end on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. Having put him on a pedestal as a guru and a warrior of an epic saga, we tend to forget him as a human being who had his share of humiliation, struggle and anguish. The narrative that comes across through a solo in the first person reminds us of these aspects of his life and moves us. Silently swallowing humiliation at the portals of King Drupad, who did not remember their childhood friendship, let alone his promise of help…


Yatra Archives Why Netflix clicks with audiences and filmmakers alike

Streaming platforms like Netflix have enabled new cinema to emerge in exciting ways and these often turn out to be great alternatives to mainstream cinema. What makes this phenomenon possible? We explore. I’m 10 minutes into watching Nanette on Netflix… Heritage homes in Ahmedabad host Airbnb guests

Check out some highly rated heritage Airbnb properties in Ahmedabad that are more than a century old but don’t cost a fortune!  Enjoy the basic amenities of a hotel while you revel in the local cuisine, colour and hospitality. The… Shubigi Rao selected to curate the fifth edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale in 2020

Let’s know Shubigi Rao, who has recently been selected as the curator for the 2020 Kochi Muziris Biennale, for her “exceptional acumen and inventive sensibilities” The format of the art biennale to showcase contemporary visual art, across the world is modeled on… The call of the mountains: orthopaedic Dr Yatin Desai’s advice on trekking

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…