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The letter in ‘Casablanca’ versus the ones in Chantal Akerman’s ‘News from Home’

November 15, 2018

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/a-cinematic-reading-of-the-letter-in-casablanca-versus-the-ones-in-chantal-akermans-news-from-home-5553291.html BBC Culture’s poll of the 100 best foreign films has given us fodder for many, many columns – so this week, let’s look at one of the female filmmakers on the list. Not that there’s much choice. There are only four women – three-and-a-half, in a sense, […]

Readers Write In #41: Wild Wild Country: Rajneeshism and the limits of freedom in democracy

June 1, 2018

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Four years ago, I was on a fortnight long visit to the USA and happened to spend a couple of days in New York City.  I wish I could say I stayed in Manhattan; instead, myself and parents were put up in a hotel in Flushing.  Little did we know that Flushing was Chinese-majority and the full […]

“Arunagiri Perumale”… The search for a saint, with beautiful music

January 20, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… I’ve just walked out of a screening of Arunagiri Perumale at the Goethe Institut Auditorium, organised by Prakriti Foundation. The title of this intensely personal documentary makes you think it’s about the poet-saint. But it isn’t. About suggests a kind of biopic. He was born here. He did this. Then he did that. […]

Surround the world…

December 3, 2016

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A mind-scrambling encounter with virtual reality at IFFI, Goa. Plus, an independent Tamil film. If you want to know what a virtual reality (VR) experience is like, Google up YouTube videos about people reacting to a VR rollercoaster experience. These are men and women inside a room, but screaming and flailing about as though they […]

Effect and cause

October 15, 2016

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‘Placebo,’ the “AIIMS students” documentary recently released on Netflix, is as much about the filmmaker as those being filmed. “I want to look thin. I’ve always had the image of skinny me, swimming through a swimming pool.” If I hadn’t seen Abhay Kumar’s documentary, Placebo, if I’d just read these words on a page like […]

The queer everyday

December 5, 2015

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Aakriti Kohli and Sandeep Singh, the makers of ‘In The Mood For Love’, talk about their documentary about the everyday reality of LGBT living. The most surprising thing about your film, for me, was that it’s presented by a government agency, Doordarshan. How did they get into the picture? It was intriguing for us too. […]

Festival dates

November 7, 2015

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Thoughts from a few days when Fassbinder rubbed shoulders with Rajinikanth and Guru Dutt…. How do you plan your viewing schedule at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival? One way is to simply let the film find you. Earlier this year, at the Berlinale, the documentary Fassbinder – To Love Without Demands was one of […]

Coming soon, and not just to theatres

November 7, 2015

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Baradwaj Rangan reports on a film market at the Mumbai Film Festival, which hopes to help directors like Vetri Maaran target the screens on your laptops and smartphones. On the second day of the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, the producer Guneet Monga (The Lunchbox, Gangs of Wasseypur, Shaitan) screened a two-minute trailer of her […]

The heart will go on, and on, and on…

October 31, 2015

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Thoughts on a Malayalam documentary (and the movie it inspired) about star-crossed lovers who rival Laila-Majnu, Heer-Ranjha, Ambikapathy-Amaravathi… Why do we love love stories so much? I’m talking about the genre, which we never seem to tire of. When Ram Gopal Varma made Satya and Company, we raved about them, but when his follow-ups were […]

They remember so we don’t forget

September 12, 2015

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A new documentary explores the Nellie massacre from a ‘micro’ perspective, through the accounts of two survivors. Abdul Khayer is an angry man, and to get to the root of his anger, we have to revisit the events of 18 February, 1983. This is how he remembers the day: “I saw our people leaving their […]

Retracing a father’s footsteps

March 14, 2015

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Dissuaded by his father from joining the family shoe-trading business, Atul Sabharwal turned filmmaker. Now, in a documentary titled ‘In Their Shoes’, he looks at the shoe trade in Agra – how it began, and what it is today. After Aurangzeb, a big, fat mainstream movie for Yash Raj studios, what made you decide on […]

Films & Feni: Early Edition

November 24, 2009

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EARLY EDITION NOV 24, 2009 – AS THE DEBATE RAGES ABOUT WHETHER or not the winsome display of Kareena Kapoor’s bare back was absolutely germane to the narration of Kurbaan, I slink into a press-only screening of Gabhricha Paus (The Damned Rain), Satish Manwar’s Marathi film where the only backs are broken ones. Can a […]