Mirra Alfassa not only influenced thousands of followers as ‘The Mother’ whom Sri Aurobindo had anointed as his spiritual successor, she also had a role to play in Indira Gandhi’s decision to go to war with Pakistan in 1971.
Nandita Das has donned many hats, from actor to filmmaker, but the one that has stayed consistent is the steel-willed activist, unafraid to speak out. In this exclusive interview, she talks about her life journey, inspirations and why certain stories need to be told.
Jasho’s story is that of an ordinary, primary-school educated woman from a nondescript village, who became the ‘Rock of Gibraltar’ for her ambitious, globe-trotting husband. Her daughter Anita Panda traces her mother’s journey.
There are two battles being fought in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavat. One is the grim reality of war fought from Khilji’s side without honour. The other: fought by the women, fought with honour, to have a final say on their bodies.
In the twilight years of her reign, the British Queen Victoria was devoted to her Indian assistant and Urdu teacher, Abdul Karim, much to the scandal of the royal court. Here is one fascinating anecdote about their controversial relationship.