Acclaimed actress. Theatre veteran. Inarguably one of India’s gutsiest performers.
And to that we can now add – refreshingly sharp-tongued!
Ratna Pathak Shah took the Algebra stage to talk with incisiveness and wit about the sheer impossibility of finding intelligent work in Indian cinema, especially as an actor of her age, and the derivative nature of most Bollywood films, from the cult Sholay to the hyper-successful Dabangg.
Through it all – a passion for her craft even as she despairs of it; a relentless pursuit of learning and refining her skills as a performer, and a nuanced worldview on life, love and the role of cinema in any society.
Algebra, the Arts & Ideas Club brings together a fellowship of people who believe great cities are built not just on infrastructure but a life of the mind; who understand robust and liberal societies need the oxygen of great conversation and nuanced thinking.
At a time when we are increasingly surrounded by rage and noise, Algebra is a live and continuous space for people to come together for a genuine exchange of ideas and exposure to issues; where new seeds could be sparked, fresh perspectives formed, and intelligent connections made.
Algebra – the Arts and Ideas Club is designed to host almost 35 engagements over the year with topline thinkers and practitioners from almost every discipline that impacts human affairs: politics, economy, environment, spirituality, cinema, medicine, science, technology, music, media, literature, the arts, sports, people’s movements, et al.