In conversation with Rima Das about Village Rockstars, a small Assamese film about a girl who wants to own a guitar, and which is making waves across international festivals.
In A Suitable Girl, India and Indians are difficult to understand, progressive and regressive ideas jostle for space and cultures and generations are in a state of constant collision.
Behind the glamour and awards lies another story, about the importance of documentation, synthesising information, consistency and follow up.
In a world increasingly defined by new media and a satellite television network no longer monopolised by political parties, mass films are perhaps no longer the only path to mass politics.
In an open letter, students from the institute had highlighted several concerns on the way things were being run.
Even with its flaws, Victoria & Abdul is a sweet reaffirmation of how similar we are, regardless of skin colour, language or ethnicity.
If everyone in Hollywood – or any other industry – started renouncing peers for sexual misconduct, how many would be left standing?
“A government institute that exists to provide education to students from all sections shouldn’t be driven by the agenda of funds generation.”
Chauhan’s appointment as chairman in 2015 had been met with protests, with FTII students holding a 139-day strike.
Amitabh Bachchan has done it all and continues to be active on the entertainment scene, remaining one of the most influential figures in Hindi cinema.
Both as a director and actor, Guru Dutt was at his best in Pyaasa and Kaagaz Ke Phool – two films that not only have an element of timelessness but have also given a new meaning to the landscape of Indian cinema.
In Hindi cinema, the Dalit, as a person, remained distant from the normal imagination of a civilised person. Newton , and some films before it, have attempted to break this cycle.
Though Kundan Shah made other interesting movies and serials, the 1983 film – black comedy, satire, call it what you will – is the one that he will always be remembered for.
Tu Hai Mera Sunday with its terrific casting and credible performances is serious about its intentions but doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Raja Krishna Menon’s Chef doesn’t preach or pander, try to please or impress. It is concerned with a few essential life truths, but doesn’t make a big deal out of them.
“We don’t know who has killed them (the slain journalists) but we do know who is celebrating…I am pained, I am taken aback by the celebrations of an inhuman killing.”
David Dhawan is still stuck somewhere in the 1990s, and it shows in the crude jokes in the film.
If the charge of plagiarism does not hold, the plot is similar to a movie that is conceptually rare and unique.
‘In Naxal-controlled villages, if people vote, they are seen as government agents, if they don’t, they are called Maoist sympathisers.’
‘Newton’ isn’t just political; it’s also deeply personal, searing with existential angst seldom seen in Hindi cinema these days.
Simran may not have the most gripping plot and may stretch at times, but is entertaining throughout, thanks to its star.
Records also showed that in February this year, the reels were moved to a private warehouse with no temperature control, little ventilation and leaking roofs ahead of a visit by ministry and industry officials.
‘Incredible India’ is easier said than done. It’s time the Modi government took concrete steps to harness and exploit our rich heritage.
The stories of many a spiritual guru in India would make for cracking comedy if it weren’t for the tragedy of real masses of converts being swindled in broad daylight, mostly of their own volition.
The nostalgia that the film evokes – a yearning, not so much for the past, as for a future that was betrayed in the past – has to do with a shared inheritance of loss.
Director Dakxin Chhara Bajrange, in Sameer, chooses to tell a story that is ostensibly not his to tell – one about anti-Muslim violence.
Through his portrayals, Ghosh sought to undermine the ever growing popular culture based on high decibel, excitable emotions and the assertion of aggressive masculinity.
There is no official response yet on the revamping of the crucial film preview committee.
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.