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Shandaar Review by Mayank Shekhar

  Kaandaa! Shaandaar Director: Vikas Bahl Actors: Alia Bhatt, Shahid Kapoor Rating: *1/2 Almost every character in this supposedly grand or ‘shandaar’ film would be shown the door if the filmmakers didn’t make it clear rig...

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Bombay Velvet Review By Mayank Shekhar

Arrey… Just get to the (Nariman) point Bombay Velvet Director: Anurag Kashyap Actors: Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma Rating: *1/2 This over-written, over-produced film—suffering from what can only be called the ‘curse of t...

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Piku Review By Mayank Shekhar

Big B as big Bong at his best… Piku Director: Shoojit Sircar Actors: Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Irrfan Rating: **** This is what you’d essentially call a comedy about a dysfunctional family. America has a full sub-genr...


#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...


#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.     ...