Cinema

Writing with Fire: Dalit women’s fearless fight on silver screen

Writing with Fire: Dalit women’s fearless fight ...

February 11, 2021

Amid internet shutdown at the National Capital’s borders, where farmers are protesting against the farm bills, and concerns over freedom of speech, a documentary film by a Delhi-based duo on grassroots journalism has won two awards at the just-concluded prestigious Sundance Fil...

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Sense & sensibilities in Bollywood’s posters

Sense & sensibilities in Bollywood’s poster...

February 4, 2021

Like the Indian cinema, its film posters have also gone through a radical transformation linked to new technology and the proliferation of visual culture in the 21st century. In India, like in most parts of the world, film posters have historically been integral to the distributi...

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Films of tribal, by tribal & for all: Seral Murmu, filmmaker

Films of tribal, by tribal & for all: Seral M...

January 28, 2021

Once a shepherd went to graze his cattle in the forest. The shepherd found that a Sal tree had fallen. He uprooted the tree and found some colourful stones beneath in the soil, which he carried back to his home. At night villagers heard the roar of a tiger. Worried, they wondered...

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‘Tandav’ becomes first casualty of new OTT rules

‘Tandav’ becomes first casualty of new OTT rul...

January 21, 2021

Amazon Prime India’s latest web series, Tandav, released on January 15, 2021, starring Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, is the latest in line to face backlash and outrage for allegedly ‘insulting Hindu gods and goddesses’ and ‘hurting religious se...

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Delhi’s iconic single-screen cinemas bite dust in the dark

Delhi’s iconic single-screen cinemas bite du...

January 16, 2021

Delhi’s iconic Regal Cinema at Connaught Place basked in the glory days of single-screen cinema halls in the capital city. Built in 1932, Regal premiered the classic Gone with the Wind in India. For the first show of his new releases that he attended in person, film mogul Raj K...

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Memories of Mogambo

Memories of Mogambo

January 12, 2021

A deep baritone erupts into thunderous laughter and out of the darkness, enters a towering figure, piercing through the mist with a pair of glowing bulbous eyes, chilling enough to stare down generations into submission. “Mogambo khush hua,” (Mogambo is happy) a low voice us...

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Trans representation in Indian cinema

Trans representation in Indian cinema

January 8, 2021

While most Hindi films still thrive on the offensive and stereotypical portrayal of the non-binary transgender characters, the past decade has seen some applause-worthy trans representation in regional movies, especially south Indian films.

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Web series that rose to unscaled heights in 2020

Web series that rose to unscaled heights in 2020

December 31, 2020

While everyone was locked inside homes and the theatres shut, OTT dominated the screens this year. The entertainment industry churned out brilliant web-series with intricately woven and multi-layered plots that hooked the audience for the entire lockdown. The dramatic hooks and e...

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Bollywood 2020: Pandemic, lives lost & the rise of OTT

Bollywood 2020: Pandemic, lives lost & the ri...

December 22, 2020

“Compared to the cataclysmic events of 2020, happenings in Bollywood read like trivial crumbs. Yet, 2020 has been equally harsh on the entertainment world,” a Delhi-based film critic, Anupam Kant, tells Media India Group. Kant talks about how the year started on a promising n...

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Celebrating the Tragedy King of Bollywood

Celebrating the Tragedy King of Bollywood

December 11, 2020

“In Bollywood, you cannot become a star if you don’t have a bit of Dilip Kumar in you,” says filmmaker Imtiaz Ali, in an interview on a chat show. “From Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan down to Aamir Khan, Govinda and Shah Rukh Khan, Kumar’s influence can be felt in ever...

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