Screen Scene: What to watch at home this week

What to watch on Netflix this week. (Shutterstock)
Updated 19 November 2018

Screen Scene: What to watch at home this week

DUBAI: If you plan on staying in this week, here is what to watch.

Medal of Honor
Starring: Joe Martorano, Jake Abel, Tyler Williams
Where: Netflix
An original docuseries that includes liveaction footage. “Medal of Honor” tells the story of eight recipients (three of whom are still alive) of the US military’s highest award for valor — ranging from veterans of World War II and Korea, through Vietnam to Afghanistan.

Starring: Pia Toscano, Taz Zavala, James Byous, Leo Gallo
Where: Netflix
Reality show following nine struggling musicians in Los Angeles (“struggling” being relative... one of them placed ninth in “American Idol” and a few others have had songs released...). Think “The Real World” crossed with “... Got Talent.” If you can bear to do that.

Outlaw King
Starring: Chris Pine, Florence Pugh, Billy Howie
Where: Netflix
Netflix bills this movie as the “true story of Robert the Bruce,” the Scottish hero who resisted the occupation of Scotland by the English. We don’t know if that means ‘true’ in the sense of ‘historically accurate’ or more in the not-so-true “Braveheart” sense.

Narcos: Mexico
Starring: Diego Luna, Michael Pena, Teresa Ruiz, Alyssa Diaz
Where: Netflix
This spin-off from the wildly popular and acclaimed crime drama series sees the action shift from Colombia to the illegal drug trade in Mexico, charting the rise of the Guadalajara cartel, which DEA agent Kiki Camarena attempts to prevent.

Starring: Dar Salim, Danica Curcic, Lars Ranthe
Where: Netflix
Danish-language crime drama that tells the story of war veteran CC as he teams up with his best friend’s widow, police officer Louise, to infiltrate a dangerous biker gang.


With Saudi roots and an Indian heart, Al-Kazi is an act the stage will never forget

Updated 21 February 2019

With Saudi roots and an Indian heart, Al-Kazi is an act the stage will never forget

  • Though an icon in India, few people know about Al-Kazi’s Saudi roots

JEDDAH: India has always been a hub of art and culture. Over the last century, movies emerged as the most expressive cultural medium, and the Indian film industry — commonly known as Bollywood — has since become a powerhouse of world cinema.

One can never do its history justice without mentioning Ebrahim Al-Kazi.

A renowned director and drama teacher, he worked as the director of the prestigious New Delhi-based National School of Drama (NSD) from 1962 to 1977, teaching many well-known future actors and fellow directors, including Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah and Rohini Hattangadi. He also founded the Art Heritage Gallery in New Delhi.

Though an Indian icon, however, few people know about Al-Kazi’s Saudi roots. His father, Hamad bin Ali Al-Kazi, was a trader from Unaiza in the Kingdom’s Qassim region, who subsequently settled in Pune, India, where Ebrahim was born in 1925. 

Early on in his career, Al-Kazi worked with the Bombay Progressive Artists Group, which included M.F. Husain, F.N. Souza, S.H. Raza, Akbar Padamsee and Tyeb Mehta, who would all later contribute to the design of his sets.

He worked in India, the US and Europe before becoming the director of the NSD, and later of the Asian Theater Institute, and is credited with staging more than 50 plays in his lifetime. He also contributes to the preservation of Indian cultural history through his Al-Kazi Foundation for the Arts.

In February 2015, Al-Kazi was honored at the second Saudi Film Festival in Dammam. He was later quoted in Arab media sources on his Saudi upbringing: “Our father was a firm believer in our cultural roots that went back to Saudi Arabia, and we spoke only Arabic at home. We had a teacher of Arabic and Islamic studies who came from Saudi Arabia, and lived as part of our family.

“Arab families (in India) did not mix very much with others, but my father had close ties with people other than Arabs,” he added.

Al-Kazi has also won many prestigious Indian awards. He was the first recipient of Roopwedh Pratishthan’s Tanvir Award in 2004 for his contribution to Indian theater, and in 1966 received the Padma Shri award. He won the Padma Bhushan award in 1991, and was given India’s second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, in 2010.