Monthly Archives: June 2015


In this image released by Warner Bros., Heath Ledger starring as The Joker, is shown in a scene from "The Dark Knight."   (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Stephen Vaughan) ** NO SALES ** Movies

The Dark Knight is doubtlessly a cinematic masterpiece and the Joker is by all means one of the most intriguing negative characters to have ever come to life on the silver screen. The movie is remarkable not only in terms of characterization, but also because it deals with eternal human struggles once again without looking, feeling or sounding stale. The plot has Batman — the...

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Kautilya’s King Theory

In Kautilya’s scheme of things the King is central. Therefore, it is crucial that the King is naturally capable of retaining power, which is why Kautilya goes to outline the attributes of the ideal King. He says: Born in a high family, endowed with good fortune, intelligence and spirit, given to seeing elders, pious, truthful in speech, not breaking his promise, grateful, liberal, of energy,...

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The Mahabharata and the Supreme Law Theory

The Mahabharata is one of the longest epic poems in the world with nearly one hundred thousand verses and around 1.8 million words in all. It is about 10 times the length of Iliad and Odysseytaken together, 5 times longer than Divine Comedy by Dante and roughly 4 times longer than the Ramayana . This great tale of an epic war tells us a lot...

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Kautilya’s State and its Constituent Elements Theory

Chanakya, also known as Kautilya (350 BC-283 BC), was among the foremost political thinkers and strategists of the East. His seminal work, The Arthashastra , is an incisive treatise on the political and legal philosophy of his time. The Arthashastra deals with nearly everything that goes into managing and running the affairs of the State, including foreign policy, and also provides useful advice regarding the...

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NISHANT: A Tale of Violent Re-ordering Movies

Those with means and influence tend to be adamant and oppressive apart from being almost completely indifferent to the miseries of the less-privileged. Feudal India with its notorious landlords was a society in which power and money were concentrated in those few hands that did not hesitate in brutally squeezing the poor and the weak with or without reason. The excesses were tolerated solely because...

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SPARSH: Paranjpye’s Deft Touch Movies

In the dark world of the blind, touch is the only true guide — Sparsh (Hindi for ‘touch’). But whether the blindness shuts the world out and makes the blind incapable of engaging with the world visually, or makes the blind stay in touch with their own alternative world running parallel to the world of the sighted without losing touch with either of the two, or...

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BHUMIKA: A Woman’s Quest for Home Movies

The roles that human beings play in their lives are not too different from the way an actor essays a character in a movie or a play. One might argue that the difference lies in the ‘reality’ of life and the ‘make believe’ nature of plays and movies. That perhaps is a major perceptual mistake. Most of our real life is founded on the conceptual...

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GANGS OF WASSEYPUR – II: Neat Finish To A Clumsy Start Movies

When Indian heroes, led by Angry Young Man Amitabh Bachchan, turned superhumanly powerful and invincible, the mainstream Indian cinema became the wonderland of all kinds of possibilities with the ever-raging battle between good and evil thrown in, in which the good always triumphed, and the only thing left to be enjoyed was the trajectory it followed to attain the final victory because the ends were...

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GANGS OF WASSEYPUR – I: Sleaze and Gore for ‘Realism’ Movies

Kashyap begins by dropping us in front of the television with ‘Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ playing moments before a bullet shatters the television and over a dozen people let loose their bullets and country-made grenades together with their profanity-spewing tongue. Enter realism. Or the Kashyap version of it. The gunmen go around bullet-spraying the house liberally from all sides indiscriminately with a clear intention...

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TRISHAGNI: A Layered Tale Ably Told Movies

All religions attempt to marry spiritualism and ethics. One is not supposed to entertain harmful thoughts or harbour ill-will against others, for it hampers one’s own spiritual evolution and is the breeding ground for immoral conduct. Buddhism is no exception to this general approach that all religions subscribe to. However, the teachings have to be clearly understood in the right context. Even the staunchest of...

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