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#FavIndianFilm: Deepa Deosthalee on Bhumika

Shyam Benegal’s Bhumika (1977) By Deepa Deosthalee From the beginning of Shyam Benegal’s Bhumika, the protagonist’s reel and real lives keep flowing into each, almost seamlessly. After the opening song sequence, Usha/Urvashi (S...

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Kick Review By Mayank Shekhar

Dhoom 4, with Salman and cheese Kick Director: Sajid Nadiadwala Actors: Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandes Rating: *1/2 From all Salman Khan movies, you rarely remember any other actor, besides Salman himself, which is just as w...

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Video Review: Kick and The Grand Budapest Hotel

In this episode of Friday Double Bill, Mayank and Fahad discusses two extreme kind of cinemas: Salman Khan’s Kick and Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel


Trailer Talk: Bang Bang

Mayank and Fahad on teaser trailer of Hrithik-Katrina’s upcoming Bang Bang


Begin Again Review by Danish Bagdadi

Once Again! Begin Again Director: John Carney Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley Rating: *** By Danish Bagdadi In 2006, Irish director John Carney made a gem of a movie called, ‘Once’. Focusing on two down on their luck musici...


#FavIndianFilm: MK Raghavendra on Hathyar

The nuances of caste ethics Hathyar (1989) Director: JP Dutta Actors: Sanjay Dutt, Rishi Kapoor, Dharmendra, Kulbhushan Kharbanda By MK Raghavendra Naming a little known Hindi film Hathyar (1989) as an artistic masterwork needs...

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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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Being Salman Khan!

In a conversation that lasts about two and half hours, held over a single sitting with a live audience, actor Salman Khan takes you into the little known world of possibly the most reclusive Indian super-star By Mayank Shekhar ...

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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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