Cinema

Maithili cinema: Awards, appreciation but no viewers

Maithili cinema: Awards, appreciation but no viewe...

April 8, 2021

“Maithili cinema’s fate has not changed despite good quality content and awards that we have received in the recent past. We still struggle to get some time on television or even a theatrical release,” says Nitin Chandra, a Maithili filmmaker based in Bihar’s capital Patn...

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Shashikala: The exemplary second fiddle

Shashikala: The exemplary second fiddle

April 6, 2021

Born in a small town, Solapur in Maharashtra, Shashikala had exhibited talent from an early age whether it was working as an artiste in a village fair at the age of five or moving to Mumbai to act in films at 11. However, that shift had happened due to a rough stroke destiny inst...

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OTT becomes voice of female driven content

OTT becomes voice of female driven content

April 2, 2021

While movies like Padmaavat and Lipstick Under My Burkha faced a lot of trouble during their production as well as theatrical release, online streaming services have provided filmmakers with a new platform to deliver female driven content to the audience. Most of these manage to ...

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Different colours of Holi on silver screen

Different colours of Holi on silver screen

March 26, 2021

From the symbol of ecstatic celebration in films like Sholay and Baghban to acting as a background for crime scenes like Damini, and for budding relationships like Ye Jawani Hai Deewani, the festival of colours has been aptly used as a plot device in Bollywood classic movies. Hol...

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From Anubhav of Bazaar to Silsila of Zindagi: Sagar Sarhadi

From Anubhav of Bazaar to Silsila of Zindagi: Saga...

March 25, 2021

Born in the scenic town of Baffa near Abbottabad, now in Pakistan, in1933, Sarhadi had always been passionate about cinema. Post-independence, like million others living in the North West Frontier Province of undivided India, he too was forced to abandon his childhood home in Baf...

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Thirike: Representing Down syndrome on and off screen

Thirike: Representing Down syndrome on and off scr...

March 21, 2021

For several minutes, the camera does not show the other child’s face. There are two children who are the subject of discussion – two little boys just orphaned after the death of their parents. The younger of them – four or five years old, looks worried, anxious, ev...

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Small budget & lesser-known stories: India’s hope for Oscars 2021

Small budget & lesser-known stories: India’...

March 11, 2021

After being delayed for months because of the ongoing pandemic, the Oscar nominations will finally be announced on Monday at the crack of dawn in Los Angeles. Actor-producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas and singer, songwriter and actor Nick Jonas will announce the 93rd Oscars nomination...

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Prize unwise: Bollywood award shows

Prize unwise: Bollywood award shows

March 4, 2021

After a gap of over a year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Bollywood award season has begun again.  Dadasaheb Phalke Awards, considered one of the most prestigious awards in Indian cinema, concluded on February 26 and Bollywood actors Deepika Padukone and Akshay Kumar bagg...

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Low budgets & no imagination: Lifeless Indian animation films

Low budgets & no imagination: Lifeless Indian...

February 25, 2021

Much of the painstakingly detailed animation for the global-hit Disney film The Jungle Book (2016) was done in the Bengaluru offices of the Soho-headquartered Moving Picture Company. The film won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects in 2017. A lot of the advanced computer graphics...

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Dubbing artists: Forgotten voices of Indian cinema

Dubbing artists: Forgotten voices of Indian cinema

February 17, 2021

“Anthena? Inkem kavali? Veelaithe nalugu maatalu. Kudirithe cup coffee?” (in Tamil) means “That’s it? What else do you want? A small chat if possible? A cup of coffee if feasible?” This dialogue from Telugu film Bommarillu, director Bhaskar’s 2006 blockbuster, was an...

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