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Basu Chatterji’s gentle, middle-of-the-road cinema was that of the people next door

June 4, 2020


The director’s films could be called “simple”. But they were about complicated — or at least, not-so-simple — people. And oh, some of the songs! Sara Akash opens with the legendary KK Mahajan’s camera in constant motion. It’s either whipping past walls (as if mounted on a car) or, more slowly, receding from people on […]

The Cannes 2020 lineup is here, and Wes Anderson is the sole“star director”

June 4, 2020


High-profile directors matter at film festivals, because here, they are the real stars. Because they have oeuvres we already know, and the excitement is about ‘what next’! The first foreign film I watched on a big screen — that is, apart from  the rare ones Doordarshan used to screen at night — is Federico Fellini’s […]

Santosh Sivan’s Masterclass, Journey Of Light: On Thuppakki, Iruvar, Dil Se, Roja

June 1, 2020


Ten takeaways from Canon India Digital’s webinar, where the cinematographer and filmmaker took questions and explained his art, his philosophy. 1. As a child, you remember photographs. In my case, it was a very scary photograph — a black-and-white picture in my ancestral home in Kerala. These structures are generally dark, with a shaft of […]

Readers Write In #197: Vishal-Shekhar & Siddharth Anand – A combination that doesn’t get talked about much

May 30, 2020


(by Raghav Ravichandran) For somebody like me whose understanding of Hindi and generally the foray into Bollywood music happened in the early 2000’s there is one music composer duo, Vishal-Shekhar who have played a significant role in ensuring I became a big admirer of Bollywood Music and started following almost each Hindi album especially from […]

Readers Write In #195: My journey to Indian cinema and this blog

May 26, 2020


(by Hakimo Brahim Belaout) If you happen to mention something about Indian cinema while you are in Algeria the most obvious response would be ” Janitou “. A term that literally has no meaning is actually a mispronounced and wrongly written abbreviation of “ Jaane Tu “. If you demand a clearer hint or explication […]

Readers Write In #194: Devdas, Melancholia, and the City.

May 25, 2020


(by Sagar Tetali) Why Devdas’ depression is about more than just Parvati, and why it is political. Indian cinema returns to Devdas every few years, ostensibly, due to the diktats of commerce—a successful formula—but also, it seems, as a way of understanding his predicament, like someone telling and retelling a story, remembering details and attempting […]

Readers Write In #191: ‘Tamasha’ – It’s always the same story, yet it is a story like no other

May 25, 2020


(by Sai Krishna Ramavajula) I was following the teaser, trailer, andthe songs of ‘Tamasha’ before the release of the movie. It is an Imtiaz Ali movie, it has Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone. There is A.R. Rahman’s music, Irshad Kamil’s lyrics, and Mohit Chauhan’s vocals. There is Ravi Varman’s beautiful cinematography as seen before in […]

Readers Write In #190: On the spirit of Rangeela/Bombay…

May 25, 2020


(by Aneesh J) That free-flowing spirit of Aamir aided with Ramu’s love/lust for the Bombay film industry& Amitabh… Hardly has any-body been able to capture the spirit of the Bombay film industry likeSai Paranjapein the ‘80s and then, Ramu in the ‘90s. Ramu’s ‘Rangeela’ especially stood out to me; since in December 2019, I visited […]

Malang, with Aditya Roy Kapur and Disha Patani, is on Netflix: A rewind of Mohit Suri’s not-bad pulp thriller that should have been much better

May 23, 2020


This film is made for OTT. At home, the romantic nonsense is easier to brush aside, the second-half twists become just the thing you want on a lazy evening. Spoilers ahead… Mohit Suri’s Malang may be one of those films that’s made for OTT. One, its flavour is — in itself — quite OTT: it’s the […]

Interview: Vetri Maaran (by Dinesh Karthik and Basu Shanker)

May 20, 2020


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Readers Write In #182: A character analysis of Karan Singhania, the soul of Rang De Basanti

May 18, 2020


(by Sai Krishna Ramavajula) Apart from teaching us how to light a cigarette with utmost swag and style, the character of Karan Singhania (played by Siddarth)in Rang De Basanti taught us both filmmakers and the audience something else as well. It is about how to write an interesting character .In 2016 at the 10-year celebration […]

Readers Write In #180: Revisiting Swades

May 17, 2020


(by N Madhusudhan) Underneath the explicit messaging, a solidtransformation arc of its protagonist and a progressive love story stand out Revisiting an old favorite is a fascinating exercise. It gives you an opportunity to understand why you liked the film in the first place, which you could not or did not want to in the […]

“Shikara”… An intimate love story that (rightly) puts people before politics

May 16, 2020


The protagonist represents all that is nice and good and innocent and naive and pure about the director’s homeland. Even after he is displaced, he continues to “save the world”. Spoilers ahead… Rage mellows with age, and that’s what seems to have happened with Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Exactly twenty years ago, he channelled his angst […]

Irrfan, Rishi Kapoor, and thoughts on the perceived worth of a performance

May 6, 2020


Spontaneous light acting that brings us joy is no lesser than the carefully calibrated heavy-duty dramatic performance that makes us search our souls. I’ve been thinking a lot about a lot of performers, performances and performance styles. It’s always been an interest, but the passing of Irrfan and Rishi Kapoor on consecutive days, last week, […]

Readers Write In #168: Thappad – Writing it right

May 5, 2020


(by Hariharasudhen Nagarajan) I caught Thappad on Amazon Prime, two months after its release. The film had meaningful dialogues, searing emotional heat, and a sense of liberation towards the end, strung together by the A-grade making and performances. But, what makes the film is the writing, which has characters with their own stories to tell. The […]

Readers Write In #167: Dil Se… A story about love told with all heart

May 5, 2020


(by Sai Krishna Ramavajula) Much like the sad endings of many Mani Ratnam’s films, the last movie in his love-terrorism trilogy Dil Se did not fare well at the box office. But in my opinion, it is in no way inferior to its predecessors – Roja and Bombay. Dil Se follows the story of a […]

Readers Write In #166: The undefined ‘purpose’ of public figures

May 3, 2020


(by Aneesh J) In one of Girish Karnad’s not-so-powerfully-themed plays as his earlier ones, ‘A Heap of Broken Images‘, borrowed from T.S. Elliot’s ‘The Wasteland’ –  Karnad’s obsession—  there’s a line that Arundhati Nag utters regarding her husband, ‘आदमी बहुत अच्छा है मगर कुछ काम का नही’ | [I watched the Hindi version, ‘Bikhre Bimb’; […]

Rishi Kapoor: He was a total natural, who gave us great joy

April 30, 2020


People seemed surprised when they saw Rishi in films like ‘Mulk’ and ‘Aurangzeb’. But even when “Bollywood” was just called “Hindi cinema”, there were plenty of serious roles, and seriously worthy performances. Veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor passes away at 67. I’m sorry, but I refuse to believe this headline. I want it gone. Every […]

Irrfan: Like all great actors, he did not need a great movie to be great in

April 29, 2020


Paan Singh Tomar. The Lunchbox. Life In a Metro. Irrfan’s special talent was to find something extraordinary in the ordinary. Struck down in his prime! These are terrible words to hear about an artist. Even when someone far along in years passes on, there’s a sense of nostalgia, but when a Philip Seymour Hoffman dies, […]

Interview: Naveen Polishetty

April 29, 2020


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