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Happy New Year Review By Mayank Shekhar

Mostly happy, sometimes sad Happy New Year Director: Farah Khan Actors: Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Deepika Padukone Rating: *** Let alone describe, how do you even strictly label a film that is at the same time about a ...

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Video review: Sonali Cable, Kill The Messenger & Sex Tape

In this tripartite episode of Friday Double Bill, watch Mayank & Fahad discuss Bollywood film Sonali Cable and Hollywood release of the week Kill The Messenger and Sex Tape: Sonali Cable   Kill The Messenger   Sex...

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Haider Review By Mayank Shekhar

To watch or not to watch is not the question Haider Director: Vishal Bharadwaj Actors: Shahid Kapoor, Shradhha Kapoor Rating: ** The word “chutzpah” gets repeated quite often here. It’s an interesting hook, much like that line,...


Bang Bang Review By Mayank Shekhar

Bang your head against the wall Bang Bang Director: Siddharth Anand Actors: Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif Rating: * If nothing else, the sheer stupidity of this film’s plot must make you sit up and take notice. As it turns out, ...


#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...


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.     ...


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