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Waiting Movie Review by Mayank Shekhar

Yes yes very much worth waiting for… Waiting Director: Anu Menon Actors: Naseeruddin Shah, Kalki Koechlin Rating: *** The ‘waiting’ that this film’s title refers to is essentially at the ‘waiting room’ of a hospital while your ...

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Out of the box-office by Vishek Chauhan

Ash vs X-Men: Who won? Mahesh Babu! Last week saw the release of Aishwarya Rai starrer Sarbjit. This Omung Kumar directed film opened to a very lukewarm Rs 3.69 cr figure on Friday, amidst both mixed reviews, and word of mouth....

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Sairat Movie Review by Anup Pandey

Finding meaning through Sairat! Sairat (Marathi, with subtitles) Director: Najraj Popatrao Manjule Actors: Rinku Rajguru, Akash Thosar Rating: **** The central plot of Nagraj Popatrao Manjule’s debut, Fandry, was about a young ...

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Bollywood Under Attack by Vishek Chauhan

Bollywood has always prided itself as India’s premier film industry and globally Bollywood is synonymous with India. Bollywood’s reach, scale and financial clout are considerable as compared to other smaller film industries sca...


#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...


#FavIndianFilm Ajooba, by Mihir Fadnavis

The super superhero of kitsch Ajooba (1991) Director: Shashi Kapoor, Gennadi Vasilyev Actors: Amitabh Bachchan, Dimple Kapadia, Rishi Kapoor Back in the mid ‘90s when I was seven years old and didn’t have the Internet to while ...

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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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‘Hollywood Calling the Shots in Hindi’ By Vishek Chauhan

Here’s looking at how Hollywood studios have taken over Bombay’s production and distribution scene 2016 is off to a fair start as Airlift crosses Rs 125 cr and Neerja approaches Rs 70 cr. Neerja is backed by Fox Sta...

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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.     ...