Cinema

Six Indian supporting characters who made their movies hits

Six Indian supporting characters who made their mo...

November 18, 2021

Splashed on glossy posters and billboards advertising a new release, the heroes and heroines of Bollywood are often the most sought-after actors and reigning stars of the film industry. But a large number of films, made in India or overseas, have always had strong supporting cast...

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Back to the big screen: Regional films pick up speed abroad

Back to the big screen: Regional films pick up spe...

November 14, 2021

The lockdowns imposed to counter the Covid-19 pandemic had a devastating impact on the film industry in countries across the world and in India. With big blockbusters being continuously postponed, film festivals being cancelled or moving online, shootings halted and hundreds of t...

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Festival season brings cheer to theatre owners as screenings resume

Festival season brings cheer to theatre owners as ...

November 3, 2021

When the Covid-19 pandemic struck India in early 2020, the cinema industry was the first to feel the heat as theatres were ordered closed all over the country even before the lockdown was announced on March 25, 2020. After a closure of eight months, last year they reopened briefl...

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Poignant portrayal of sexual assault in Indian cinema

Poignant portrayal of sexual assault in Indian cin...

October 22, 2021

On October 17, renowned filmmaker Aparna Sen’s The Rapist (2021) won the prestigious Kim Jiseok award at the 26th Busan International Film Festival. The bold film deals with Konkona Sen Sharma’s character, Naina’s, trauma in the aftermath of her horrifying rape, and how her...

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Ashik Jinu: Youngest film director in India

Ashik Jinu: Youngest film director in India

October 11, 2021

During the lockdowns induced by the Covid-19 pandemic since beginning of last year, social media has seen a boom not just in consumption of content, but also production, allowing thousands of new creators to join the long list of digital content producers, many of whom saw their ...

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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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