Alaka Sahani


Alaka Sahani is a Senior Editor with The Indian Express, Mumbai. She received the National Film Award for Best Film Critic, 2013. Her Swarna Kamal citation states that the jury recommended her for the award for “highlighting facets of cinema beyond glamour and gossip by delving deeper into the contemporary relevance of iconic filmmakers”. In her articles and interviews, she goes beyond the tried-and-tested templates to offer insights into the workings of Indian cinema. Her choice of subjects is eclectic: from A-listers to emerging talents; the history of Indian cinema and its various trends; many strands of contemporary India and world cinema. While watching movies has been her lifelong passion, she also closely follows theatre in Mumbai.

‘I miss the rigours of theatre’
Sat, Mar 17, 2018

Adil Hussain, who recently bagged a major Norwegian award, talks about ‘sliding in and out of roles’ during shoots, and a new play in which he plays both Krishna and Arjuna

Pari: Mansi Multani on the ‘taxing’ process of turning into the evil Kalapori
Tue, Mar 13, 2018

Actor Mansi Multanis hares how playing evil on the big screen brought her dangerously close to having anxiety attacks. In the Anushka Sharma starrer Pari, Multani essays the role of Kalapori.

Annu Kapoor on Shammi: In spite of setbacks, she always smiled
Wed, Mar 07, 2018

Veteran actor Shammi was loved for her positive personality, on and off screen

Hindi cinema cares only about numbers: Sachin Kundalkar
Sun, Mar 04, 2018

Filmmaker and writer Sachin Kundalkar opens up about his upcoming movie, Marathi cuisine and the art of story-telling.

Sridevi: A life in contrasts
Wed, Feb 28, 2018

Known to be a private person, Sridevi turned into a livewire when she faced the camera. She was an accomplished actor and superstar, who settled for happy domesticity and motherhood.

Sridevi celebrated life in her performances and we forever celebrate her: Adnan Siddiqui
Mon, Feb 26, 2018

Pakistani actor Adnan Siddiqui talks about his Mom co-star and later Bollywood actor Sridevi.

Rani Mukerji: Everyone has to put in a little effort to accommodate working mothers
Sun, Feb 25, 2018

Rani Mukerji on her return to screen with Hichki, how motherhood shapes her routine and how she still faces questions about her husband, the elusive Aditya Chopra.

CBFC review committee clears Malayalam film S Durga
Wed, Feb 21, 2018

The committee gave the clearance for the movie’s theatrical release on the condition that its team won’t use any title other than S Durga (which was earlier called Sexy Durga) during its exhibition.

Stars are like thalis, says Nana Patekar
Thu, Feb 22, 2018

Actor Nana Patekar speaks on his recently released Marathi film Aapla Manus, why content is the real star today, his creative process and retirement plans.

Aiyaary movie review: Manoj Bajpayee carries the film on his shoulders
Sat, Feb 17, 2018

Aiyaary movie review: Even though the movie puts together an impressive ensemble cast comprising some of our best actors, it takes a lot of time to establish their characters. A veteran in Neeraj Pandey’s movies, Manoj Bajpayee carries the film on his shoulders.

‘My approach is different from a lot of my peers,’ says Ranveer Singh
Mon, Feb 12, 2018

As Ranveer Singh dives into the role of a rapper for Gully Boy, he talks about finding joy in the prep, and playing Alauddin Khilji.

Girl, Uninterrupted
Mon, Feb 05, 2018

Nary Singh on being a transgender actor in Bollywood, her role in Kaalakaandi and dancing like Sridevi

Many Happy Returns
Thu, Feb 01, 2018

Actors Sanjay Suri and Sameer Soni on their thriller, My Birthday Song, multitasking and working with friends

Now Showing: hypermasculinity
Wed, Jan 24, 2018

At the media preview, decoding what the much-debated film, Padmaavat, is all about.

‘Courtesans brought older aesthetic traditions to the new nation’
Tue, Jan 23, 2018

In her latest book, Dancing with the Nation: Courtesans in Bombay Cinema, author Ruth Vanita examines the role of real-life courtesans in shaping early Hindi cinema, their changing on-screen portrayal and unique status as independent women.

The Warrior of Jhansi
Fri, Jan 19, 2018

A new children’s play titled Jhalkari by Neha Singh pieces together the story of a lesser-known fighter of the 1857 revolt

Pakistan TV serial on Amrita Pritam’s Pinjar to air on Republic Day-eve
Tue, Jan 16, 2018

After seven months of intensive shooting, the small screen adaptation of Pinjar, titled Ghughi — meaning “dove” but often used as a term of endearment for girls — is scheduled to be launched on January 25 at 8 pm Pakistan Standard Time.

‘Indian films should feature in the competition section’
Mon, Jan 08, 2018

Christian Jeune, director of Film Department at Cannes Film Festival, talks about its selection process

If you’re in the right film and look the part, people are interested: Saif Ali Khan
Sat, Jan 06, 2018

Ahead of Kaalakaandi’s release next week, actor Saif Ali Khan talks about his next comedy, working on technique, and rediscovering Mumbai.

If you see something that isn’t right, step in and speak up: Noomi Rapace
Fri, Dec 29, 2017

During her India visit, Swedish actor Noomi Rapace explains why speaking up is important for all cultures and countries