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The ‘Normal’ Lens

From the humanism of nuances and absences of his early work, to the pessimism and despair of the polemical films in later life, a journey through the life and works of the artist who put Indian cinema on the world map.

Sandipan Deb
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May 31, 2021

Cover Story

  • Ray@100/Tribute

    Ray Of Hope

    The passionate film-maker looked at the world through the lens of humanity and left viewers with optimism for a better, brighter world.

    May 31, 2021 | Sharmila Tagore
  • Ray@100/Tribute

    Message In The Medium

    As technology makes borders redundant, Ray would have loved to take stories of his alter ego Shonku to a wider audience on screen

    May 31, 2021 | Dhritiman Chaterji
  • Ray@100/Tribute

    Most Wanted

    The villains in Ray’s cinematic universe came in shades of grey—fearsome but lovable, sly yet bungling, revolting and funny—and mirrored...

    May 31, 2021 | Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri
    • Ray@100/Tribute

      The Unerring Casting Eye

      The cast in Ray’s movies stand out—children and adults with no acting experience, theatre actors and superstars...

      May 31, 2021 | Subhankar Bhattacharya
    • Ray@100/Tribute

      Uncle Auteur

      India’s only honorary Oscar-winning director could think like a child and cast children to perfection

      May 31, 2021 | Anjana Basu
    • Ray@100/Tribute

      The Household On Bishop Lefroy Road

      The auteur’s cast and crew made up an ­extended ­family of sorts that nurtured ­creative ­collaborations

      May 31, 2021 | Bodhisattwa Maity


  • COVID/In Villages

    Dust And Ashes

    Rural and semi-urban India largely escaped the first wave. Now millions of people are left to fend for...

    May 31, 2021 | Puneet Nicholas Yadav
  • COVID/In Villages

    Marathwada: The Social Virus

    The dynamics of the rural pandemic are very different. There’s stigma, ostracism, rumour…a pall of...

    May 31, 2021 | Prachi Pinglay-Plumber
  • COVID/In Villages

    Susegad With The CM

    While more and more Goans fall to Covid, their government seems to care more for tourism

    May 31, 2021 | Sujay Gupta
  • Caste And Psychiatry

    “Calling The Other Impure,...”

    Caste is often seen in impersonal terms, as a social fact. What about the individual—the constant...

    May 31, 2021 | Sunil Menon


  • Snapshot

    Bye Bye Big Boss

    After a humbling rout in TN, Kamal’s Makkal Needhi Maiam is imploding. A spate of desertions later, actress Kasturi asks, “Is this a...

    May 31, 2021 | G.C. Shekhar
  • Snapshot

    Wagonload Of Oxygen

    The Indian Railways is chugging away quietly amidst the pandemic, putting its metal wagons at the service of India. An interview with...

    May 31, 2021 | Jyotika Sood
  • Poliglot

    Mixed Shots

    Passing through: A chuckle here, a teardrop there

    May 31, 2021



In case you missed it: News and newsmakers from India over the past week

May 31, 2021

Poison Dart From A Sting

High Court, Governor, CBI, a handful of ministers…a few notable ones...

May 31, 2021 | Snigdhendu Bhattacharya



“Like To Live In The Present, Won’t Miss Gopi Sir In Tokyo”

Rio 2016 silver medallist and world badminton champion PV Sindhu has been training under Korean coach Park Tae Sang for over a year now

May 31, 2021 | Soumitra Bose

Arts & Entertainment

Review/Art and Culture

“Do Anything To Earn Money...You Will Have To Fill Your Stomach”

Playing a 92-year-old granny? “Won’t be able to do it,” she first said, in alarm. Then she heard the script, and soon winter nights Patiala beckoned…

May 31, 2021 | Lachmi Deb Roy


Book Review

Looking Out And Over

Scalpel in hand, a former foreign secretary picks at the faultlines of Indian geopolitics

May 31, 2021 | P.S. Raghavan



Champaran Diary

Last year, there wasn’t a Covid-19 case within 100 miles of my village—Bihar was snug its innate ‘immunity’. But doctors were as scarce…and now...

May 31, 2021 | Abdullah Khan



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May 31, 2021