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Indrani Bhattacharjee

Indrani Bhattacharjee is trained in Philosophy and currently teaches Philosophy of Education at Azim Premji University, Bangalore. She has keen interest in literature and cinema. As part of her academic project, she works on Rabindranath Tagore.

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I returned from my Republic Day recreation with a phrase from Vivekananda stuck in the murky depths of my mind. Much as I tried, I couldn’t extricate it therefrom. It was, I was sure, one of those dangerous phrases that he spat out in his usual hurry to get the general idea across. I happen to be one of those people who think that he meant well—or at least every time that he said something that I subsequently came to read—I suspect that he simply didn’t care much whether he sounded polite or correct (or politically correct) in the course of

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Do films hold up a mirror to society? Do they tell it like it is, or offer a narrative about ourselves that we are pleased to unreflectively accept? Actually, the answer to this is very complicated. Indian films rarely tell it like it is, and quite often we hang on to our filmy fantasies with greater tenacity than to the reality of our lives. So how do we tackle filmmakers who appear to be engaging in social commentary, albeit of the “khatti-meethi” variety? Do we believe them, or do we not? Do we believe them for the most part? And

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Dibakar Banerjee Sa rey ga ma pa dha ni! Bom phelechhey japani, Bom-er bhetor keutey shaap, British boley “bap re bap!” (Do re mi fa so la ti! The Japanese have dropped a bomb, The bomb contains a cobra, The British cry “Daddy!”) “Mummy!” is more likely the Briton’s exclamation of choice, but I expect you get the idea. I am willing to bet a few rupees that Dibakar Banerjee dreamed this silly rhyme at the time of writing the script for Detective Byomkesh Bakshy. For it is something one could recite to an especially annoying person on the elevator