All stories by Ranjita Ganesan
How Bollywood's writers are fighting backRediff.com20 Feb 2020
'The writer remains the most creative force in the process.' 'Producers need to be inventive in how they reward good writing.'
Bong Joon Ho: Master of Unsubtle SymbolismRediff.com10 Feb 2020
Only Bong Joon Ho -- whose film Parasite won the Oscars for Best Film, Best Director, Best International Feature -- knows how to work with a heavy hand and still get respectable results, says Ranjita Ganesan.
Has anyone seen Mumbai as Sudhir Patwardhan has?Rediff.com8 Feb 2020
It is impossible for Mumbaikars not to glimpse themselves or someone they know in Sudhir Patwardhan's paintings.
The Jazz PlayerRediff.com20 Dec 2019
At Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas's nuptials, the Adil Manuel Collective played funk, jazz and R&B for longer than planned that evening at the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur. One of the couple's friends in the audience yelled: 'Are you guys even from India?' Adil Manuel offered to show her their passports.
Raj Kapoor and Bollywood find a place in Iranian heartsRediff.com17 Dec 2019
Indian films, and Raj Kapoor in particular, have a special place in Iranian cinephilia or cinemadoosti, Ranjita Ganesan discovers on a visit to Iran.
Want to become Thor? Iron Man? Hulk?Rediff.com12 Nov 2019
This is your chance, says Ranjita Ganesan
Mumbai's Art Deco marvelsRediff.com8 Nov 2019
'Art Deco was the last of the truly international styles.'
Why film-makers like barbershopsRediff.com30 Oct 2019
'For the film-maker, as for the photographer, barbershops with their many moments of interest -- wall-to-wall mirrors, shiny accoutrements, beaded curtains -- provide ample scope for mis-en-scene,' says Ranjita Ganesan.
The (V) Unbeatable team that might win America's Got Talent!Rediff.com27 Aug 2019
Mumbai dancers fuse lyrical hip hop and b-boying with elements of American cheerleading and trapeze-esque bits from the circus.
Shyam Benegal: The Girish Karnad I KnewRediff.com26 Jun 2019
'He had a continuing interest in life, people, and the society in which he lived,' remembers Shyam Benegal, who collaborated with the polyglot playwright and actor through the 1970s and remained his friend for more than five decades.
Why so many die climbing EverestRediff.com19 Jun 2019
Long queues near the top prolonged the wait times this year, causing oxygen tanks and physical endurance to drain on the way down. The 'traffic jams' likely contributed to the death of 11 people including three Indians.
Kareena swears by her diet tips... Will you?Rediff.com1 Apr 2019
She is Bollywood's favourite nutritionist. So why are some people in the medical fraternity raising red flags about Rujuta Diwekar's advice?
Can Mumbai's landmark theatres survive?Rediff.com1 Mar 2019
'If we keep losing such institutions, we will soon become a city and culture of short-term memory.' 'Nothing to remind us of the years gone by and eventually with nothing to remember.'
The magical lessons music can teach youRediff.com20 Feb 2019
Musicians from across the world will gather in Goa for the Ketevan World Sacred Music Festival.
At last! A museum of Indian CinemaRediff.com8 Feb 2019
Historically, Mumbai has been the cinema capital of India and for her to have a film museum of this kind was perhaps a natural happening.
The politics behind Ajay Singh Bisht's name changesRediff.com20 Nov 2018
Changing the names of Uttar Pradesh cities has accelerated into a movement ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election, notes Ranjita Ganesan.
India's first 'books village'Rediff.com24 Dec 2017
Bhilar, a strawberry farming hub in Maharashtra, has been transformed into India's first 'books village'.
Shashi Kapoor: The quiet showmanRediff.com4 Dec 2017
Shashi Kapoor, the star who made us laugh, romance and cry, passed into the ages on December 4. We look back at the often underrated actor, who reinvested all his earnings as an actor into making films and keeping the theatre he established, Prithvi Theatre, alive.
Gym Rats, please read this!Rediff.com27 Nov 2017
Taking up heavy exercise without being conditioned for it may expose one to risks like rhabdo.
A race to save the ParsisRediff.com27 Sep 2017
From dating apps to events, the shrinking community is innovating ways to encourage the young to marry within the faith.
She's taking the fight to the tobacco companiesRediff.com17 Aug 2017
'Imagine the message it sends to people. They will think tobacco cannot be a killer because LIC is investing in it.' 'The so-called rakshak (protector) has become a bhakshak (destroyer).'
Warriors of the fake news eraRediff.com28 Jun 2017
'It all runs on sugar-coated lies. If I like something, I will want to believe it.'
'The need for a no-fly list is critical'Rediff.com29 May 2017
'The DGCA may require airlines to install CCTV cameras on all flights and retain the footage in case of unruly behaviour.' 'Else, it would be left to individual interpretation of the involved parties.'
The 12-year-old goalie who will represent India in RussiaRediff.com19 May 2017
Sujal Kahar is all set to represent India at the Football for Friendship tournament in Russia.
Jeremy McLellan: The comedian who took on gau rakshaksRediff.com13 May 2017
The American funnyman speaks to Ranjita Ganesan about his first brush with 'Hindutva trolls' and regular run-ins with Trump trolls.
How Alia Bhatt became a bankable starRediff.com8 May 2017
Unlike most Bollywood kids whose careers tend to play out in fits and starts, Alia's growth has been swift and steady.
What happens in a Mumbai high-flyers club...Rediff.com13 Apr 2017
Ranjita Ganesan visits The Indus Club, which is not just another old boys' club.
Can Shivaji's capital Raigad regain its old glory?Rediff.com28 Mar 2017
Maharashtra has a rich wealth of forts, more than any other state in the country. 'If nothing is done, some of the small forts may simply disappear in the next 50 years.'
'Just because you didn't win, don't say EVMs were tampered'Rediff.com27 Mar 2017
'They can't be tampered with because of the very nature of the machines -- they are standalone, and not networked.' 'Also, they can't be rigged because of the kind of custodial security they are subjected to during the election process.'
The break-up faceliftRediff.com7 Feb 2017
Alarming but true: Cosmetic surgery to get back at an ex is not uncommon. Ranjita Ganesan explores brutal beauty trends like "revenge surgery" and "vampire facial".
What does 2017's cinema hold for you?Rediff.com10 Jan 2017
There's a lot happening in Bollywood, Hollywood and world cinema this year.
Being old in the digital ageRediff.com19 Dec 2016
Very few things can faze Madhukar V Kulkarni, a cop of 30 years. Yet, an innocuous smartphone scares him. For those like him in Maharashtra's cities, tech classes have stepped in to teach them how to embrace Skype & WhatsApp. Ranjita Ganesan reports.
'Leonard Cohen's music will last many lifetimes'Rediff.com8 Dec 2016
Ratnesh Mathur remains a crucial link in learning about the legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen's India years, even assisting in research for a definitive biography by Sylvie Simmons, says Ranjita Ganesan.
Ever heard of a 'hospital' at a museum?Rediff.com25 Nov 2016
Mumbai's museum is no longer a mere showcase for objects of history, but an active agent in prolonging its life.
Why Karan Cheema sent Karan Johar a chequeRediff.com29 Oct 2016
Ranjita Ganesan finds out why an Akola businessman paid Dharma Productions for two tickets of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
How Pakistani actors work in IndiaRediff.com15 Oct 2016
While Bollywood has, in recent years, proved an attractive step up for some Pakistani actors, says Ranjita Ganesan, it has not prompted them to pack their things and relocate to Mumbai.
Just 17, he could become India's F1 sensationRediff.com29 Jun 2016
Still too young to drive on Indian roads, 17-year-old Jehan Daruvala, a speedster from Mumbai, could become India's first Formula One champion.
Raman Raghav 2.0: Bad cop, bad criminalRediff.com25 Jun 2016
Raman Raghav 2.0 is unlikely to be remembered as one of Anurag Kashyap's finest movies.
Tanmay Bhat got roasted for a bad jokeRediff.com6 Jun 2016
Bhat recently used the 'face-swap' feature on Snapchat to imitate cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and then singer Lata Mangeshkar.
5 food lessons I learned from my grannyRediff.com20 May 2016
Nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar's approach to nutrition is driven by her grandmother.