Aug 17 2015
Jul 1 2015
picture from Amazon.com
Here’s an interesting example of ‘Sarees in Hollywood’. The 2008 film ‘Rachel Getting Married’ is an intense family drama starring Anne Hathaway as Kym and Rosemarie DeWitt as Rachel. Kym temporarily leaves rehab in order to attend the wedding of her sister Rachel but her arrival causes tensions within the family and opens old wounds. As we can see, the wedding itself has an Indian theme but what I find interesting here is that while the costume department seem to have used genuine sarees, they’ve used improvised blouses. Perhaps the climate didn’t suit a traditional saree blouse, probably a situation faced by many saree wearers in more temperate areas. However, I think this picture does demonstrate that, if necessary, almost any top can look good as a saree blouse.
Jun 28 2015
Just loved this joyful and spirited picture from Chennai’s gay pride, celebrating the win in US Supreme court for same sex couples.
Also lamenting on how backward India is on this issue. India is slightly ahead on the Transgender issue, but for the gay community it is like living under the British raj. The funny thing is the England has changed its laws to allow for same sex marriage and India hasn’t.
That’s why these celebrations are even more important.
Love is Love, and I fully support the rights of LGBT community worldwide, and especially in India.
Lets pause and celebrate and know that at the end Love Wins. #lovewins.
Apr 15 2015
I’m so very excited to announce that THE GAME CHANGER is going to CANNES! It is an official selection of the prestigious “American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase” at the Cannes Film Festival 2015 as well as the Cannes’s Short Film Corner (SFC) 2015. The event will take place next month at a special invitation only screening in The Roger Ebert Conference Center during the Cannes Film Festival.
Apr 12 2015
While Jackie is clearly the focus of the photograph, taken in March of 1962, it is the overall combination of colours that makes me love this image. The architecture, flowers, clothing and even the onlookers’ shadows are a mix of refreshing shades of vanilla, tan, taupe, pale aqua, lavender, greys and greens. The photograph is just luscious, and Indira looks stunning in the silk saree with its subtle, tone-on-tone geometric print.
Mar 25 2015
picture from NDTV.com
A little over a month ago, close friends, Ally Matthan and Anju Maudgal Kadam were discussing their mutual love of sarees and regretting the fact that today they seemed to be increasingly worn only on special occasions (weddings and religious festivals etc.) They made a pact that, starting on the 1st of March, they would wear a saree on at least 100 days over the year. That’s two or three times a week. They used Facebook to keep track of their progress and soon many of their friends were joining in. More and more people started posting pictures of and stories about their sarees. Ally and Anju set up an email address and a Twitter account and now they have their own website. (At the time of writing the website is just a holding page but I’m sure that will change soon.) As Ally Matthan commented, in an article on NDTV.com, ‘What started out as a simple conversation between my friend Anju Maudgal Kadam and I has mushroomed into a virtual movement.’ A movement, I suspect, some of you will want to join.