Cinema

From classical to contemporary: Leading modern Bengali film directors

From classical to contemporary: Leading modern Ben...

September 18, 2021

Bengali films perhaps first made a mark globally when Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali (1955) became critically acclaimed and won several awards, both local and international, including the prestigious Best Human Document award at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival. The feat inspired ...

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When able-bodied actors portray disabled characters

When able-bodied actors portray disabled character...

August 25, 2021

In 2021, Indian cinema continues to struggle with many aspects of representation. Be it the LGBTQ+ community, women, or minorities, audiences have had a mixed bag. But one section of the society, whose portrayal time and again the film industry has gotten wrong, is the differentl...

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Stand-up comedians get digital boost in India

Stand-up comedians get digital boost in India

August 21, 2021

Comedians have for long been popular in Indian film and television industry, with a mass appeal for comedy on the silver screen as well as the idiot box. Besides the stalwart comedians of the films, such as Johnny Walker or Mehmood or Kader Khan, there have also been numerous com...

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The many hoods of Randeep Hooda

The many hoods of Randeep Hooda

August 20, 2021

Randeep Hooda is known in the film industry particularly for his penchant for choosing offbeat films. Although these sometimes prove to be box-office bombs, he has undoubtedly made a name for himself with a collection of super hits, as one of India’s most talented actors, with ...

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Five most notable M Night Shyamalan films

Five most notable M Night Shyamalan films

August 6, 2021

Born in Puducherry and raised in Pennsylvania, Manoj Nelliyattu “M. Night” Shyamalan is often touted as the most famous Indian director in Hollywood, with a worldwide cumulative gross exceeding USD 3 billion. Shyamalan has gained cult status for his trademark twist ...

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The new age of Indian documentaries

The new age of Indian documentaries

July 30, 2021

Google defines, a documentary to be “a film or television or radio programme that provides a factual report on a particular subject,” but Manan Kathuria, a 21-year-old aspiring documentarian describes it as “an art of storytelling which exhibits what’s actually there, the...

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Immigrant struggles on Indian cinema

Immigrant struggles on Indian cinema

July 25, 2021

Portrayal of the Indian immigrant or Indian diaspora experience in cinema has evolved beyond romantic dance sequences shot against beautiful backdrops. In mainstream and as well as independent movies, filmmakers tackle issues such as immigration, identity crisis and how undertone...

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Surekha Sikri passes away at 75

Surekha Sikri passes away at 75

July 16, 2021

Surekha Sikri won the National Awards for the Best Supporting Actress thrice, more than anyone in the country. The first one was Tamas (1986), the second one Mammo (1994), and then the third one Badhaai Ho (2018). However, despite the unparalleled feat, the staggering number of f...

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Coming-of-age in Indian Cinema

Coming-of-age in Indian Cinema

July 12, 2021

The term “bildungsroman” was coined in 1819 and represents a coming-of-age tale of a young, inexperienced protagonist who embarks on a journey looking for life’s answers. Films such as Ladybird (2017) and The Breakfast Club (1985) are among many in Hollywood that have been ...

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An ode to Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu

An ode to Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu

July 10, 2021

Dilip Kumar is at peace. Saira Banu is grateful, a little sad, perhaps, a bit relieved; but hasn’t given a thought to the impending loneliness. Grateful for the 54 years of togetherness, that survived the waves and the winds. Mutual togetherness, as opposed to mutual se...

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