The well known characters – Gandhi, Nehru and Jinnah – are painted in broad brushstrokes and seem to have walked in from history textbooks.
The best thing about ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ is Rajkummar Rao’s excellent supporting performance, but it isn’t enough to save the film.
Barely three months before IFFI, the new I&B ministry has dismantled the film preview and steering committees, casting a shadow over the festival.
From Gunga Jumna to Phir Subah Hogi, messages in the songs from these films resonate even today.
Like in India, there were some filmmakers in Pakistan who did venture to look at the bloodiest chapter of the independence struggle of the two countries.
Nihalani, whose tenure was set to finish next January, will be replaced by well-known lyricist Prasoon Joshi.
‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ looks less like a sincere effort to deconstruct and depict a complex reality, and more like an attempt to sidle up to one particular political party.
Although one might expect censorship due to the sensitivity of the issue, Hindi films began referring to Partition almost immediately after the events.
The terror of Partition is signified in Bengali cinema, literature and songs through the works of Ritwik Ghatak, Amitav Ghosh, Jibanananda Das and Taslima Nasreen.
Siddharth Dhananjay was studying philosophy and economics in a US college when his parody rap videos went viral, winning him a plum US movie role.
Between its deeply regressive ideological pronouncements and terrible filmmaking, ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ has no redeeming qualities.
Divya Bharathi and her supporters wonder if the timing and very public nature of her arrest were meant to intimidate her into silence on the subject of manual scavenging.
Falling under Moreau’s spell also meant falling under the spell of a particular kind of cinema, where images not only carried the narrative but could also transcend it.
Emily Brontë’s 199th birthday is a good time to sweep away the fluff of romantic notions that shroud her only novel, and to examine her genius.
Charlie Chaplin’s sympathy for the working class defines all his most famous silent films.
Rosie in ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ exists because there is an enforced denial of desire in the world.
Forty years after it was made, its producer recalls the travails of making Ray’s first Hindi film.
The characters in ‘Indu Sarkar’ are either all good or all bad; there is no middle-ground here.
We live in a time that is in frantic need of empathy, tolerance, and compassion, and a move in the that direction may just begin with a movie night.
On Uttam Kumar’s death anniversary on July 24, remembering the Bengali hero for the ages – the natural actor who won over generations with his charm and persistence.
Dunkirk, aided by plenty point-of-view shots, puts us right in the thick of things and allows its scenes to grow on us and to soak in the settings.
Far too many movies portray taking the law into your own hands a solution for change.
In a tweet to Rahul Gandhi, Madhur Bhandarkar asked the leader whether he approved of the ‘hooliganism’ demonstrated by Congress supporters.
There’s a good film and a solid story somewhere in ‘Jagga Jasoos,’ but it can be only accessed beneath its layers of indulgence and confusion and ambition.
The Censor Board in Kolkata has stalled the release of a documentary on the Nobel laureate because the director has refused to beep out Sen saying ‘Gujarat’, ‘cow’, ‘Hindu India’ or ‘Hindutva view of India’.
CBFC has asked Bengali filmmaker Anik Dutta to beep the words ‘Ramrajya’, ‘bandh’ and ‘penis’ from his latest thriller Meghnad Badh Rahasya.
Instead of just a CGI upgrade or villain excess, in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ we get a new character, a fantastic villain and a diverse supporting cast.
Indian censors are far more liberal than in many other countries, says the controversial censor board chief.
Despite what the trailers suggested, Mom is not a thriller. It is a hot mess, an op-ed piece masquerading as a fictional film.
Nearly 1,000 cinema halls in the state have been shut since July 3 with exhibitors going ahead with their stir to protest imposition of 30% local body tax in addition to 28% GST.
A fortnightly column reflecting on chapters of India’s political past that are relevant today.
Nanjiani, who was good in Silicon Valley finds it difficult to emotionally rise to the occasion
Par Ek Din is about drowning the clutter of city life, being indifferent to indifference, and making something of your own – something that, irrespective of the audience’s might, is uncompromised, true, and original.
Remakes of old films usually turn out to be duds, but this film deserves to be made again to tell a younger audience about a different kind of India
Even though it is not his best, Kabir Khan’s latest film continues his efforts to challenge mainstream tropes
A remake of ‘Little Boy’, ‘Tubelight’ is marred by bad acting from its lead, bad direction and bad script writing.
“We’ve granted a ‘UA’ to the trailer of Jab Harry Met Sejal on condition of deletion of the dialogue about intercourse”, said censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani.
For more than five decades, Soumitra Chatterjee has remained a quintessential part of Bengali cultural life.
In conversation with Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla, directors of political documentary ‘An Insignificant Man’.
Like everywhere else, people in Bundelkhand have moved from cinemas to TVs to smartphones. But the nostalgia remains.