Cinema

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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Dilip Kumar, first of the Khans of Indian cinema

Dilip Kumar, first of the Khans of Indian cinema

July 8, 2021

 As cinema slowly achieved the position of the single largest disseminator of popular culture in India post-independence, Dilip Kumar, whose real name was Mohammed Yusuf Khan, slowly emerged as the first romantic icon of the country. With films such as Devdas (1...

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The problem with romance on reality television

The problem with romance on reality television

July 4, 2021

Reality shows featuring blossoming love on television have been around since the early 2000s, with re-runs of originals like The Bachelor (2002) being broadcasted even today. Despite accusations of these programmes being scripted, audiences are often unable to tear their eyes awa...

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OTTs bring women to the front of mainstream cinema

OTTs bring women to the front of mainstream cinema

June 28, 2021

While Bollywood has released a few woman-centric hit movies such as English Vinglish(2012), Queen (2013), and Mary Kom (2014), they have been exceptions and very few at that as the Indian cinema for long has been only male-centric. But within a few years, woman-centric content ha...

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The career trajectories of child stars in Bollywood

The career trajectories of child stars in Bollywoo...

June 18, 2021

While decades ago, child actors were often seen as accessories or cute stand-ins for the bigger stars, with audience attitudes and a shift towards an interest in more realistic content, child actors are becoming invaluable assets to the film industry. A recent example is 9-year-o...

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Adressing Bollywood’s obsession with ‘Brownface’

Adressing Bollywood’s obsession with ‘Brownfac...

June 7, 2021

The controversy over an advertisement of skin whitening cream ‘Fair & Lovely’ last year reignited the debate over colour preference that has dogged the Indian society for decades, if not centuries. As the society has chased the idea that beauty is indeed skin deep, the co...

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Revisiting the parallel Indian cinema

Revisiting the parallel Indian cinema

May 27, 2021

In the era of 1970s and 80s, Bollywood produced films like Sholay (1975), Qayamat se Qayamat Tak (1988), Karz (1980) and many others that gave audiences angry young men, glamorous dance sequences, a series of over the top love stories and the ‘larger than life’ cinematic univ...

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Queer coding in Hindi cinema

Queer coding in Hindi cinema

May 25, 2021

For years when queerness could not be spelt out on screens, filmmakers used clichéd characteristics to express the sexuality of a character to send a message to those in the know in the audience without divulging, which has come to be known as queer coding. Queer coded character...

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Four Kannada films vie for glory at New York Indian Film Festival

Four Kannada films vie for glory at New York India...

May 24, 2021

In a first, four Kannada films (three features and one short) will be screened at the New York Indian Film Festival next month. Pinki Elli (2020), Neeli Hakki (2020), Koli Taal (2021) and Pinni (2020) are among movies chosen for the festival. The annual New York Indian Film Festi...

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