Author

Asha Prakash

YOU WILL FIND BEAUTY EVERYWHERE IF YOU ONLY LOOK
Mahadevan had such an idea in mind for years, but it was only recently that he set out to look for such a candidate. And that was when he chanced upon 24-year-old Aazman, selling mobile pouches and balloons at the traffic signal at Edappally, Kochi....
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BREAKING NORMS, ON AND OFF-SCREEN
When Kani Kusruti was first offered the role of the lead character in Biriyani, she refused. “I was about to leave for a month-long project at Amsterdam, plus I was half-minded about the character. I felt a male gaze in the approach,” she says. So...
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TAKING ON TRADITION WITH A PEN
Re-writing tradition has never been a smooth sail, and history reveals that the re-writers have received more stones than bouquets. The case has been no different with singer-writer duo Sooraj Santhosh and Shruti Sharanyam (formerly known as Shruti Namboodiri) either, who decided to re-write the...
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I HOPE THAT EVENTUALLY CYBER-BULLYING BECOMES A JOKE AND THE BULLIES, JOKERS
She was known just as a promising young actress and model, until a tiny incident catapulted her to being the spokesperson against cyber-bullying as well, an icon of female power. It was around mid-July, when the COVID-19 situation was taking a turn for the worse...
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BACK TO MOTHER NATURE
As I talk to Eldo Pachilakkadan, he has just finished his lunch – half a jackfruit. But then, for Eldo, there is no such thing as lunch and dinner. When he is hungry, he plucks a few fruits from his garden and eats them, just...
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THEY’RE FUNNY AND THEY KNOW IT
Say stand-up comedian and immediately a youngish urban man might come to mind. Well, that is exactly the image Shefali Pandey and Preethi Das are out to break. Based out of Ahmedabad, Mahila Manch, the stand-up comedy group founded by the spunky duo, has been...
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MY COVERS ARE JUST INTERPRETATIONS
Malayalis are a very difficult lot to please; especially when it comes to covers and remixes of hit songs. Most singers don’t even make an attempt, fearing ridicule and criticism. But Mumbai based Malayali Sana Moidutty went ahead and made her own covers anyway, dancing...
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I WANT TO DO ALL KINDS OF ROLES
There is a scene in Geetu Mohandas’ Moothon, where the two lovers, Akbar and Ameer, are in a pond, in the moonlight, discovering their love for each other. One of them is speech and hearing impaired but they communicate effortlessly, in one of the most...
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AGREE TO DISAGREE OR DISAGREE TO AGREE?
It seems like any other day and you are grumbling about how bad the job situation is in your field with your best friend over coffee. She casually mentions how the current government is actually improving things and immediately, you see red. For the umpteenth...
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ART FOR THE DIVINE
At first glance, the Onavillu with its small but intricate figures on vermillion painted wood might appear a bit too colourful for a traditional Kerala artifact. True enough; the original design was created by artisans from Kancheepuram and Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, brought here especially...
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