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Film Review: Ponmagal Vandhal (The Golden Girl Arrives)

2020-09-28T13:17:22+00:00September 28th, 2020|iEntertainment, iGLOBAL|

The Tamil film ‘Ponmagal Vandhal’ (with English subtitles) hit the headlines earlier in the year as one of the first South Indian films to go for a straight-to-digital premiere, bypassing cinemas altogether. And, with the Covid-19 pandemic transforming cinema-watching habits the world over, it is in no way an anomaly as scores of Indian films search for new homes across various over-the-top (OTT) platforms – including Amazon Prime where this courtroom thriller finally landed.

Vidya Balan on tuning into a Human Computer

2020-09-24T11:26:04+00:00September 24th, 2020|iEntertainment, iGLOBAL|

National Award-winning actress Vidya Balan has played some of the most iconic roles over her 15 years in the Indian film industry. It is no surprise then that the Bollywood actress was writer-director Anu Menon’s first choice to play India’s mathematical genius – Shakuntala Devi, fondly known as the Human Computer for her mathematical prowess.

Film Review: Shakuntala Devi – Human Computer

2020-09-21T09:44:50+00:00September 21st, 2020|iEntertainment, iGLOBAL|

Mathematics and motherhood lie at the heart of this Amazon Prime release, a biopic on the life of India’s Guinness World Record winning genius played by the immensely versatile Vidya Balan. The gaze is quite specific as the film is viewed through the lens of the daughter of the world-famous personality, portrayed on screen by Sanya Malhotra.

Bollywood actor Boman Irani clocks online screenwriting session milestone

2020-09-21T02:46:10+00:00September 18th, 2020|iEntertainment, iGLOBAL|

Bollywood star Boman Irani embarked upon a unique endeavour to break down the craft of cinema for brilliant minds of all ages. The multifaceted actor, who is known for his path-breaking performances in box-office hits such as ‘3 Idiots’ and ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’, got drawn to storytelling and devised “Spiral Bound”, a series of screenwriting workshops for eager learners. This new initiative launched during the Covid-19 lockdown hit a milestone this week when it clocked 150 online screenwriting sessions.

Avni Doshi’s tale of mother-daughter ties shortlisted for Booker Prize 2020

2020-09-16T14:14:11+00:00September 16th, 2020|iEntertainment, iGLOBAL|

Avni Doshi’s tale of a relationship, where filial resentment at a mother’s choice of an ashram and a free-love advocating guru over a more hands-on parenting still bubbles even as the mother’s mental faculties fade, has been shortlisted among four debut novels for the prestigious Booker Prize for Fiction 2020.