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Mardaani Review By Mayank Shekhar

Arrey, just bring on a ‘female’ Salman! Mardaani Director: Pradeep Sarkar Actors: Rani Mukerji, Tahir Raj Bhasin Rating: *1/2 By Mayank Shekhar It’s only at the fag end of this film that the essential point of this picture some...

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Katiyabaaz Review By Mayank Shekhar

Shocking, electrifying! Katiyabaaz Director: Fahad Mustafa, Deepti Kakkar Actors: Loha Singh, Ritu Maheshwari Rating: **** By Mayank Shekhar By now we’ve seen enough realistic films set in eastern badlands, commonly called the ...

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Video Review: Singham Returns & The Giver

In this episode of Friday Double Bill, Mayank and Fahad talks about this week’s releases Singham Returns and The Giver:


The Hundred Foot Journey Review By Ervell Menezes

The Hundred Foot Journey Director: Lasse Hallstrom Cast : Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Daya By Ervell E. Menezes Food, glorious food! Heard the line? Also, that to win a woman’s heart one has to start with the stomach. So, if ...


Trailer Talk: Mary Kom & Khoobsurat

Mayank and Fahad discussing trailers of Priyanka Chopra’s Mary Kom and Sonam Kapoor’s Khoobsurat in their weekly show Friday Double Bill. Mary Kom Trailer Talk: Khoobsurat Trailer Talk:


#FavIndianFilm: Deepa Deosthalee on Bhumika

Shyam Benegal’s Bhumika (1977) By Deepa Deosthalee From the beginning of Shyam Benegal’s Bhumika, the protagonist’s reel and real lives keep flowing into each, almost seamlessly. After the opening song sequence, Usha/Urvashi (S...

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Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro special with Kundan Shah

“It’s no sign of health to be well adjusted to a sick society,” says the director of Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro as India’s most seriously funny film turns 30 By Mayank Shekhar Did you ever imagine the sort of impact Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro ...

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Being Salman Khan!

In a conversation that lasts about two and half hours, held over a single sitting with a live audience, actor Salman Khan takes you into the little known world of possibly the most reclusive Indian super-star By Mayank Shekhar ...

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Women in Films, by Saadat Hasan Manto

Women And The Film World, By Saadat Hassan Manto

One of the sub-continent’s finest writers (1912 to 1955) looks at society’s position on prostitution and on the position of the woman in pre-partition Bombay cinema By Saadat Hassan Manto Now that the Indian film industry has l...

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Screenwriting for today’s audience, by Vinay Shukla

President of Film Writers’ Association delves on the anatomy of a Bollywood screenplay By Vinay Shukla When we think of the audience as a monolith, we tread a dangerous path because such a viewpoint overlooks the fact tha...

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Turkish Bonding With Awara, The Vagabond, By Ahmet Gurata

Ranbir Kapoor’s Barfi releasing in record number of theatres in Turkey could have much to do with an age-old love for Raj Kapoor’s Awaara, so suggests this piece by the Istabul based academic By Ahmet Gurata “Kids who don’t hav...

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#BombayCinema100 Historian Suresh Chabria on Phalke & Friends

This essay has been excerpted from the revised edition of Suresh Chabria (ed.), Light of Asia: Indian Silent Cinema , 1912-1934 forthcoming  in 2013 with Niyogi Books for the National Film Archive of India, Pune.     ...


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