Aint no saint

This stone will change your fate!

This stone will change your fate!

by Towheed Feroze A few years back, I came across an astrologer who, after inspecting my hand with a grave face, declared: take a stone. This means, you need to buy a gemstone (Ruby, sapphire, Topaz, Emerald) and wear it to ward off the malicious influence of inauspicious cosmic forces. At least that is what the gem peddlers say as […]

New profession on the rise: Gangster

New profession on the rise: Gangster

by Towheed Feroze In the past, the preferred profession for any teenager included, engineer, architect, doctor or government official but we now have, thanks to the countless movies glorifying hoodlums, a new entry: gangster. Yes, do not recoil in horror! As soon as your son learns to understand that he must carve out a special place in the world for […]

Spectre: License to copy Bollywood!

Spectre: License to copy Bollywood!

by Towheed Feroze The name of the film should have been: Spectre, main a raha hoon! Or maybe, Bond mera naam, khoon mera kaam! Cutting the large intro, the new Bond flick follows a Bollywood formula, unabashedly placing Daniel Craig in immaculate poster boys poses in countless shots. Sometimes I was a bit perplexed: was this a film or some […]

Boks, Jamshed Boks: Borhani-grounded nuts, chilled, shaken and slapped!

Boks, Jamshed Boks: Borhani-grounded nuts, chilled, shaken and slapped!

With all the buzz surrounding the latest James Bond movie ‘Spectre’, Towheed Feroze imagines a Bangladeshi version of the ageless spy The CNG stops in front of the old rundown building in a Kazi Alauddin Road sub alley; the driver, a mid-forties man with a gaunt look inspects the area carefully. The small tea shop is surrounded by a group […]

Lover Number One: Digital sado-masochism

Lover Number One: Digital sado-masochism

by Towheed Feroze One of the two actresses who is exceedingly cautious about her modesty but decides to wear markedly skimpy clothes in public, is surrounded by a gang of hoodlums, who, we can presume, have taken handful of Viagra or maybe Yaba. The taunting is usual but what follows is a novelty – the almost sadistic peeling off her […]

When two worlds meet

When two worlds meet

A group of school students visited Hazaribagh Tannery area recently, under an arrangement by Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum and Terres des Hommes, Netherlands. On the occasion of the World Day Against Child Labour, Sadiqur Rahman talks with three of the students who met and passed some time with the child workers there. Nafis Anjum Chowdhury, a student of Class 8 […]

U-Turn: a few flaws but thoroughly enjoyable!

U-Turn: a few flaws but thoroughly enjoyable!

by Towheed Feroze How do you criticise a film which features a bottle of Laphroaig single malt! Well, all mistakes can be overlooked. At last, someone who knows his drink is involved in cinema. That also means, a revolutionary change – we actually see people drinking whisky in proper tumblers and not from wine goblets. Had to suppress a sense […]

Cosmic Sex and our search for the inner truth!

Cosmic Sex and our search for the inner truth!

by Towheed Feroze Ummmmmm! Mouthwatering, right! Well, for a few days when someone asked, so what film have you seen last, I broke into a grin and said: Cosmic Sex! Some have given me puzzled looks, others have frowned adding: apne oigulai dekhben (you only watch such rubbish!) and when my Grandmother heard the name she rolled her eyes and […]