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Baby Review By Mayank Shekhar

Total timepass Baby Director: Neeraj Pandey Actors: Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher Rating: *** Encouraging a film like this to be made in the first place sometimes feels like social service of some sort. Here’s why. The picture star...

 
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Tevar Review By Mayank Shekhar

You gimme tevar! Tevar Director: Amit Sharma Actors: Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Manoj Bajpayee Rating: *1/2 A person at the theatre this morning came up to me in the interval specifically to say that Okkuru (2003), this pict...

 
 
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Movies to look out for in 2015

GREAT EXPECTATIONS, 2015 By Mayank Shekhar Expectation is the mother of all screw-ups. This is as true for relationships with people in general as it is with films. But that never stopped us from getting excited about pictures,...

 
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Looking back at movies, 2014

The year that was at the cinemas… By Mayank Shekhar While a lot of the criticism for the kind of movies that get pelted on unsuspecting audiences is borne by the producers who green-light monstrous event pictures that are so he...

 
 
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#FavIndianFilm: Maithili Rao on Jalsaghar

Jalsaghar (1958) Director: Satyajit Ray Actors: Chhabi Biswas, Gangapada Bose By Maithili Rao Elegant. Elegiac. Ironic. Irony is something so rare in Indian cinema that it astounds us when we see it. Being ironic seems alien to...

 
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How the audiences get tested!

Interview with Shailesh Kapoor, man behind Ormax, Bollywood’s go-to place for figuring out how their films will fare By Pooja Thakkar While the testing of FMCG and pharmaceutical products take place in laboratories, do our film...

 
 
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Top of the Beatles!

By Narendra Kusnur Okay, so this is the first of a column of playlists, which will have great songs released by both international and Indian artistes across genres. And with the Beatles again in the news for getting a long-ove...

 
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The insider-outsider of Bollywood

Looking at Kiran Rao and a unique trend she may have started in the independent filmmaking space By Mayank Shekhar In an age of the hyper-active social media where a film’s release instantly generates over thousands of reviews ...

 
 
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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.     ...