Cinema

Devika Rani, the first lady of Indian cinema

Devika Rani, the first lady of Indian cinema

March 29, 2020

Devika Rani, the damsel who made her debut on the Indian silver screen in 1933, was known for boldness and a knack for perfection. The legendary actress shook the Indian cinema with her films that challenged patriarchy and the cringing hypocrisy of the society. It was a fine even...

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No camera, no lights, no action!

No camera, no lights, no action!

March 28, 2020

Employing nearly 2.5 million people, with overwhelming number on daily wages, the cinema industry is doing precious little to aid the most vulnerable of their lot.

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Bollywood’s evergreen comic characters

Bollywood’s evergreen comic characters

March 15, 2020

Bollywood has its own share of entertaining comedy movies and iconic comic characters who never fail to bring a smile on audiences’ faces every time they watch them.

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LGBTQ representation in Indian cinema

LGBTQ representation in Indian cinema

March 12, 2020

From decriminalising homosexuality in 2018 to portray the love stories of the LGBTQ+ community as ‘normal couples’ in its cinema, India and Indian films have come a long way. Indian cinema and the discussion on queer love stories has been a long one with twists and turns, ups...

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Regional Indian cinema explores woman-centric content

Regional Indian cinema explores woman-centric cont

March 6, 2020

While Bollywood has been producing a lot of women-centric films in the last few years like Queen, Dangal, English Vinglish, Pink and recently Thappad, regional cinemas are not far behind. Indian movies across various languages have also been portraying feminist characters and som...

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Representation of police in Indian entertainment industry

Representation of police in Indian entertainment i

February 22, 2020

Crime and courtroom dramas are quite popular on Indian entertainment platforms gaining popularity and enjoying commercial success on big screen and high TRPs on TV shows. A study was conducted by IBM in which they coded 4,000 Hindi films and found that ‘honest police officer’...

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Bollywood movies breaking the shackles of social conditioning

Bollywood movies breaking the shackles of social c

February 12, 2020

The trailer for movie Thappad which was released recently has garnered a great response from the audience with its content. The film deals with the issue of how physical violence in marriage has been normalised in our society while also capturing the society’s reaction to this ...

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Framing dalit presence in Indian cinema

Framing dalit presence in Indian cinema

February 6, 2020

In Indian cinema, the issue of caste was seldom a prominent subject with most film-makers and is rarely dealt with the seriousness and urgency it deserves. The marginalization that is a reality in the social space extends to the film world as well. 

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Bengali movies explore more literary detective characters

Bengali movies explore more literary detective cha

January 26, 2020

The detective or thriller is one of the well-loved genre and when it is on the big-screen, it adds another feather to it to watch and solve the case with the detectives. And Bengali literature has a bag full of such beloved characters which the film industry has started exploring...

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Exodus of Kashmiri pandits

Exodus of Kashmiri pandits

January 24, 2020

In the year 1990, Kashmiri pandits had witnessed a hysterical, macabre night in the form of blaring threats and slogans, asking them to either convert to Islam or face death. Most of them fled their home for centuries to find shelter as refugees in other parts of India.

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