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Mayank Shekhar’s Review: Ghayal Once Again

A much upgraded ‘90s nostalgia… Ghayal Once Again Director: Sunny Deol Actors: Sunny Deol, Narendra Jha Rating: ** “Bhagwan Ajay Mehra ko lambi umar de.” May Ajay Mehra live long, so he can save more women. “Kaash Ajay Mehra Di...

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Mayank Shekhar’s Review: Mastizaade

Dare you to attend this crass course Mastizaade Director: Milap Zaveri Actors: Sunny Leone, Tusshar, Vir Das Rating: * If I’m not mistaken it’s twice in a row (last being Ek Paheli Leela) that Sunny Leone plays two roles in a f...

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Mayank Shekhar’s Review: Airlift

Just about uplifting enough… Airlift Director: Raja Menon Actors: Akshay Kumar, Nimrat Kaur Rating: *** The reality (or tragedy if you may, although I wouldn’t go so far to say) with a very realistic film that is also in the ma...


Mayank Shekhar’s Review: Saala Khadoos

So predictably played… Saala Khadoos Director: Sudha Kongara Prasad Actors: R Madhavan, Ritika Singh Rating: ** It’s only a little later that I read that this film is a Hindi-Tamil bi-lingual. It’s released as Irudhi Suttru in ...


#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...


Mayank Shekhar’s Book Review: Ram Gopal Varma’s Guns And Thighs

Ramu’s Ram katha! Book title: Guns And Thighs: The Story Of My Life Author: Ram Gopal Varma Publisher: Rupa Price: Rs 500 Does the public disregard Manmohan Singh’s incredible contribution as finance minister in 1991, because h...

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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.     ...