Screen Scene: What to watch at home this week

What to watch at home this week on Netflix. (Shutterstock)
Updated 05 February 2019

Screen Scene: What to watch at home this week

DUBAI: If you are planning a night in this week, here is what to watch on Netflix:

Velvet Buzzsaw
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Toni Collette
Where: Netflix
Satirical horror thriller in which art critic Morf falls for Josephina, bonding over their dissatisfaction with their relationships. When Josephina finds a dead man in her apartment, and a collection of his odd paintings, Morf becomes obsessed with the artist.

Right Here: Around the Corner
Starring: Ray Romano
Where: Netflix
Twenty-five years after his last stand-up special, Ray Romano — star of “Everybody Loves Raymond” — returns to the live comedy scene. Filmed over two sets performed on one night in different Manhattan venues, Romano discusses friendship, marriage and aging.

Dear Ex
Starring: Roy Chiu, Ying-Xuan Hsieh, Spark Chen
Where: Netflix
Award-winning Mandarin language movie in which a teenage boy is caught up in the legal battle for his late father’s life insurance payout between his widowed mother and his father’s lover. He comes to realize that the money isn’t the real issue.

Russian Doll
Starring: Natasha Lyonne, Yul Vasquez, Greta Lee, Chloë Sevigny
Where: Netflix
Eight-part series. Nadia is celebrating her 36th birthday at a party in New York. She dies that night. (Not a spoiler...) The next day, she celebrates her 36th birthday at a party in New York. She dies that night. And so on...

One Day At a Time
Starring: Justina Machado, Rita Moreno
Where: Netflix, from Feb. 8
A ‘reimagining’ of the classic sitcom from the Seventies, this time focused on a Cuban-American family. Single mom and army veteran Penelope is raising two kids and struggling to readjust to civilian life.


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.