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The Cult of Andaz Apna Apna

By Anup Pandey In one of the early scenes in Damini (1993), Rajkumar Santoshi, the director, makes a reference to his own unreleased film by making one of the characters ask Aamir Khan (who makes a special appearance), “A...

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Hello Sunny Bunny

The inevitability of Hindi ‘porncom’ By Mayank Shekhar In an anthropologically profound moment in the film Ragini MMS 2, lead actress Sunny Leone moans in bed by herself. Gradually, the heaving and panting get louder as she fak...

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Why is John a star but Nawaz an actor?

Decoding ‘stardom’ in Bollywood By Mayank Shekhar Pontificating on what’s common to all actors who turned out to be Hollywood’s top stars, the late Roger Ebert—arguably the world’s greatest chronicler of films—said he had a the...

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The Viral Success of Online Parody Artists

YouTube could kill TV and movie stars in upper class India, if that hasn’t happened already By Mayank Shekhar How can you tell somebody’s an IITian within the first ten minutes of meeting him? He tells you so. Arunabh Kumar wen...

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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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Why I Don’t Go To The Movies, By Saadat Hasan Manto

Arguably the sub-continent’s greatest writer (1912 to 1955) of short stories, film scripts and radio plays, explains his strange relationship with the movies By Saadat Hasan Manto For a long time I’ve wanted someone to ask me w...

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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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Swananand Kirkire On Where Bollywood Is Now

One of Bombay cinema’s top writers and lyricists points the torch towards where Hindi films are now, and where they’re headed By Swananand Kirkire I remember when I was a newcomer to Hindi films, I had met the iconic actor-film...

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Because? I’m A Disco Dancer! By Anuvab Pal

Funnyman Anuvab Pal on why he wrote a book on the Mithun Chakraborty classic Disco Dancer (published by Harper Collins India) By Anuvab Pal When I got a call from the publishers about writing a book on a seminal Indian film, I ...

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Hazare khwaishein aisi…

His deputy did phenomenally well at Delhi Assembly elections, last checked, Anna was still fasting in Ralegan Siddhi? By Mayank Shekhar When Anna gives it those ones, for some reason, an entire village called Ralegan Siddhi get...

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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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Females in the film industry

By Alankrita Shrivastava “Your male characters are underwritten!” “Why does the woman in your film cry so much?” “Why can’t you see beyond female characters?” These are the questions people often ask me. I search for answers bu...


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