I suspect my mother breathed those magic words into my ear when I was a baby. Silly doting mother, what did she know. The only time I was in a film, it was in what’s called a cameo role to disguise its unimportance, and even then I was so devastatingly mediocre it put paid to Victor Banerjee’s directorial aspirations. Which perhaps was just as well because shortly thereafter he went on to the lead role in David Lean’s A Passage To India and a double-page spread in Time magazine.
Caught in the Rain, the latest original offering from Shankar Tucker and Rohan Kymal (with lyrics by Kartik Shah), is a haunting, imaginative blend of Indian & Western vocals overlaid on a track infused with notes of guitar, cello, piano and clarinet as well as a catchy opening whistle! The song, released on October 31 last month, has already racked up over 70,000 hits on YouTube.
Two spy movies in two weeks can be a bit much, but Ben Affleck’s latest film ‘Argo ‘ could not be more different from Skyfall - but aah so very enjoyable. Argo is a real spy story vs. the fantasy 007 and confirms the adage that truth is stranger than fiction.
Mummyji Presents is a brilliant and hilarious new reality styled show from Rifco Arts, a British Asian Theatre group who brought us Britains Got Bhangra, among other famous productions. This one is different though. Mummyji is theatre for the digital world, a new initiative from the Arts Council of England who in partnership with the BBC has launched The Space, a pop up arts service “that could help transform the way people connect with, and experience, arts and culture”.
Susannah Harris-Wilson, the producer of a Pakistani adaptation of the Taming of the Shrew, talked to Aneeta Madhavan about the amazing partnerships that created an Urdu version of this Shakespearean play for the Globe Theater’s presentation of all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays, which will form a cultural prequel to the 2012 London Olympics.