The film characterises blackness as a stunning quality, like how a wilderness enthusiast might feel when she stumbles upon a black panther, a creature so dream-like it could almost be mythical
Nature programming on TV feeds a utopian delusion that pristine nature still exists in abundance – and contributes to our apathy.
The attacks on Padmaavat and Manikarnika are a reminder that the mere hint of a fictional depiction in which women have stepped out of bounds is enough to convulse parts of the country into mob violence.
Seeing black lead characters who are accomplished scientists could be just the thing to help inspire future generations to follow in their footsteps.
Despite having directed some of the biggest actors of film and television, the 79-year-old filmmaker remains relatively unknown in India.
Hollywood has long had a problem with diversity. But thanks to services like Netflix, women have found a place for their stories, compelling Tinseltown to change.
Vinod Dua discusses how the media has been distracting the country from real issues and the fallout over Swara Bhasker’s open letter to Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
The leading contender for the Oscars has been hit with claims its theme comes from an unacknowledged 1960s play. What does US copyright law say?
The accomplished actor was known not only for her glamorous on- and off-screen persona, but also for her realistic portrayals.
The reason why the likes of Karni Sena are running amok is the assurance that their actions have the blessings of the senior leaders of the establishment.
Members of the Karni Sena attacked a school bus on the outskirts of Delhi on Wednesday.
“People must understand that the Supreme Court has passed an order. They must abide by it. It is the obligation of the states to maintain law and order,” the bench said.
Transformers and Fifty Shades receive most nominations; Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp up for ‘Worst Actor’ trophy.
If an incurable, contagious epidemic like E. coli were to hit Indian shores, who will decide on the course of action? The government? Cow owners? Or vigilantes?
The bench trashed the submission that screening the movie may cause serious threat to life, property and law and order.
The Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the decks for the all-India release of the movie
Vinod Dua discusses the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the ban on Padmaavat and the ongoing arguments in the final Aadhaar hearing.
The murderous rivalry between the Sangh parivar and the CPI(M) in Kerala’s Kannur is the subject of Eeda, a new Malayalam film being praised as a sociologically acute take on the conflict.
“Such cuts are extremely restrictive and take away the director’s independence to explore his subject.”
The legend of Mirabai, like that of Padmavati/Padmini, stands on the cusp of history and mythology, and seems to speak to our present historical moment.
Women have probably never had it this good in the hugely misogynistic landscape of Tamil cinema. And backing them up is a new batch of young filmmakers.
Bollywood proved to be a disappointment this year, but the indies gave us hope.
For comedians, 2017 has been a breakthrough year, when they didn’t shy away from taking down the rich, the famous and the powerful.
2017 was the year of small-budget films, some probably with lesser money than what blockbusters spend on publicity.
Big-budget mainstream entertainers don’t usually rely on smart writing, but key plot turns in Tiger Zinda Hai, in place to magnify Salman Khan’s stardom, make no sense at all.
Amit Kumar’s directorial debut Monsoon Shootout gets bogged down by words where just visuals are enough.
Successful franchises make smaller, gradual updates – rather than sweeping changes – in each successive film, and it fits well with what we know about audience behaviour.
From 2005-2012, just 28% of Hollywood movies had a female first lead character while only 19% had a non-white first lead character.
The on-screen smoking controversy in France echoes a similar recurring debate in Indian cinema: should the authorities get in the way of art in the name of public health?
The movie has the Ramjanmbhoomi agitation and the demolition of the Babri mosque as its background.
The ‘historical’ Padmini is no more than a symbolic manifestation of the fusion of bardic imagination and colonial ethnography.
Sources said the Central Board of Film Certification chief told the panel that a decision on the film would be taken after showing it to experts.
“I am not making comfortable films, I am raising issues that affect the lives of millions of people.”
Viacom 18, the makers of the film, had earlier said that they have deferred the movie’s release which was originally scheduled on December 1.
In an interview with Karan Thapar for The Wire, former finance minister P. Chidambaram talks about the Padmavati controversy, Rahul Gandhi’s leadership and the upcoming Gujarat elections.
The films were “removed without any intimation, discussion or recourse to the jury which has the final say according to the Indian Panorama regulations”, they said.
The Vidya Balan-starrer is about reinventing lives and giving ourselves a second chance despite discouragement.
The director of ‘Dashkriya’ – which has won several national awards and has secured the approval of the CBFC – claims the film is about social discrimination and inequality and not caste or religion.
In conversation with Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla, directors of ‘An Insignificant Man’, a political documentary that charts the growth of the Aam Aadmi Party in its initial but heady days.
Parvathy and Irrfan Khan are both good actors, but they cannot rise above the weak story.