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Desi Kattey Review By Mayank Shekhar

Feeling dizzy Desi Kattey Director: Anand Kumar Actors: Akhil Kapoor, Jay Bhanushali Rating: * Films like these are supposed to be hard-hitting. Once they begin to hit you on your head, it usually becomes quite hard to recover ...

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Daawat-E-Ishq Review By Mayank Shekhar

Worth the invitation Daawat-e-Ishq Director: Habib Faisal Actors: Aditya Roy Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra Rating: *** With passage of time, there are a couple of things we began to see less and less of in mainstream Hindi films, al...

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khoobsurat review by mayank shekhar

Khoobsurat Review by Mayank Shekhar

Royal pain in the neck Khubsoorat Director: Shashanka Ghosh Actors: Sonam Kapoor, Fawad Khan Rating: *1/2 It’s one thing for a smart, carefree, sassy kind of girl to enter an uptight sort of household to loosen things up and ha...


Video Review: Desi Kattey, Daawat-E-Ishq & Two Night Stand

This series of video reviews by Mayank and Fahad has reviews of Desi Kattey, Daawat-E-Ishq and International release Two Night Stand. Desi Kattey: Daawat-E-Ishq: Two Night Stand:


#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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