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Abdul Majid: The Assamese filmmaker who got Bhupen Hazarika his first National award

Veteran Assamese filmmaker and actor Abdul Majid passed away on Sunday. Abdul, who was 86, had not made too many films, but it was his second film Chameli Memsaab that had helped the legendary Bhupen Hazarika win his first national award for best music director in 1975.

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September 22, 2017 7:05 pm

National award winning actress Shweta Basu Prasad talks about the 45 minute documentary The Mystery of Sleep. By Mel Stuart, it is available on Netflix. It investigates the discovery of R.E.M. Interviews of Nathaniel Kleitman

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September 20, 2017 5:54 pm

A Tollywood actress was allegedly molested in Kolkata near Siriti More. And while two people have been arrested in the case, the actress has now revealed in an interview that her ordeal lasted for around 20 minutes wherein the accused made her slap her driver and even forced her to do 40 squats on the road.

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September 16, 2017 12:36 am

This week, National Award winning actress Shweta Basu Prasad recommends Academy Award winning Japanese animated short film The House of Small Cubes or La Maison en Petits Cubes by Kunio Kato.

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September 14, 2017 8:04 am

The documents show, additionally, that NFAI got to know of the dispute just a month after the premises had been sealed in 2010 as the owner had approached court.

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September 14, 2017 8:06 am

While National Film Archive of India (NFAI) claims to have 1.3 lakh film reels in its vaults, a private firm found in 2012 that as many as 51,500 film cans that were on record were "physically not present at NFAI". When asked about this NFAI official conceded, for the first time, that 28,400 film reels were "disposed off" in the past.

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These reels are “not in runnable condition” now, states the report — in other words, they cannot even be put through a film projector. Of the 17,595 film reels found stored in gunny bags in November 2015, when the inspection that led to this report was conducted, only 2,645 were found to be in “runnable condition”.

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September 2, 2017 1:17 am

Actor Avijit Dutt’s new play puts the gau rakshak in the historical context of food politics and the freedom to cook and consume

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September 3, 2017 11:50 am

Peter Dietze (pictured), long-time resident of Melbourne and full-fledged Australian of German descent, remembers feeling “centred” rather than “thrown”, when he found out that he was the grandson of Himanshu Rai, pioneer of Indian cinema, and founder of the iconic Bombay Talkies.

August 29, 2017 3:05 pm

Ritnika Nayan on her book, Indie 101, a primer for anyone who wants to get into the indie music scene but doesn’t know how.

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August 21, 2017 8:41 pm

A Mumbai based film director has approached the Bombay High Court against the prohibition on carrying outside food in movie theatres and multiplexes. He said, "no legal or statutory provision that prohibits one from carrying personal food articles or water inside movie theatres."

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August 18, 2017 10:16 pm

Veteran British television presenter and entertainer Bruce Forsyth, who appeared for decades on a string of Saturday night primetime shows, has died at the age of 89, the BBC reported on Friday.

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August 16, 2017 8:40 pm

Two-day NE film festival will held in Delhi from Aug 18 where film buffs will get an opportunity to watch several award-winning documentaries and features from the Northeast like Aaba, Loktak Lairembee, The Pangti Story, Alifa, Beautiful Lives, Sabin Alun, Antardrishti.

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August 13, 2017 8:05 pm

Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla had begun their journey to make An Insignificant Man by following ArvindKejriwal on his election campaign in late 2012. Their movie has been featured at various film festivals, but they still await a release on homeground.

August 15, 2017 6:30 pm

A high-society beauty from England, who led the Zeme Nagas of the Northeast during World War II, inspires a new play Ursula: Queen of the Jungle

August 9, 2017 12:24 am

A documentary on the practise of architecture presents multiple interpretations of the discipline

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August 5, 2017 12:49 pm

Despacito' became an international smash hit this year, topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The record-breaking video does not include the popular remix with Justin Bieber; that version has been viewed more than 464 million times.

August 4, 2017 12:00 am

Bangladeshi filmmaker Tanvir Mokammel on Simantorekha, his Partition documentary and on learning from history

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July 29, 2017 7:59 pm

IFFM has diversity as its central theme and will showcase over 60 films in 20 languages, not only from India but also the subcontinent such as Bhutan, SriLanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It will recognise regional cinemas such as Telugu, Assamese, Gujarati and Marathi among others.

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July 28, 2017 10:22 am

Shweta Basu Prasad’s digital playlist: This week's recommendation is 30-minute documentary film by Hardik Mehta AMDAVAD MA FAMOUS (famous in Ahmedabad) available on Netflix. Amdavad Ma Famous was an official selection and in competition at 2016 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, 2016 MAMI Mumbai International Film Festival, and a few others.

July 28, 2017 11:49 am

The film was primarily shot in Sunta Lodge, a beautiful wooden mansion of Village Khalwan and some parts were filmed in Village Dhanoti near Tikker. Unfolding the story of the film,Sidharth said there is a young boy (Chetan) learns about a technique of trapping birds from his old grandmother

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July 25, 2017 2:59 pm

Slumdog Millionaire actor Arfi Lamba is more than happy that The Idiot, a short film on minorities by Ruchi Joshi and Sriram Ganapathy, has been selected for the 40th Asian American International Film Festival in New York. The short film is all set to have its world premiere on July 27.

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July 25, 2017 12:14 am

Author Shrabani Basu, whose book is the subject of director Stephen Frears’ upcoming Judi Dench and Ali Fazal starrer, on finding a different side to Queen Victoria and how the story is also a tale of the current political times.

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July 24, 2017 2:45 pm

Maestro composer AR Rahman shared the poster of upcoming documentary Daughters of Destiny which is directed by Academy award-winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth. Daughters of Destiny tells the story of Shanti Bhavan Children's Project. dedicates itself for the education of poor Dalit children.

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July 21, 2017 2:01 am

Actor Akshay Oberoi, remembered for his cameos in Piku and Fitoor, will be seen in a lead role in the upcoming crime thriller, Gurgaon.

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July 18, 2017 10:55 pm

A documentary on Amartya Sen called The Argumentative Indian by award winning filmmaker Suman Ghosh has been ordered to mute several words like cow, Gujarat, Hindu India and Hindutva by Central Board of Film Certification led by Pahlaj Nihalani who wants Ghosh to calm down.

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July 18, 2017 7:41 pm

The Lahore High Court questions the ban on Indian teleplays imposed by Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority or PEMRA on the grounds of them holding the power to bring such a ban in affect. Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah has declared that only the Indian content with objectionable or anti-Pakistan content should be censored.

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July 17, 2017 7:15 pm

Pakistani film Punjab Nahi Jaungi trailer: Starring Pakistani actors Humayun Saeed, Mehwish Hayat, Urwa Hocane and Ahmed Ali Butt, the film seems to be fun and entertaining. The viewers then get to see Humayun boasting of his love life and how he has been getting constant attention from women.

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July 17, 2017 7:13 pm

Pakistani film Na Maloom Afraad 2's song 'Kaif O Suroor' stars Sadaf Kanwal. The whole dance sequence takes place in a dark yet flashy brothel, with candle lamps and chandeliers setting the mood for a sizzling number. The make up appears to be smooth, making Sadaf appear as a natural seductress.

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July 16, 2017 5:18 pm

Suman Ghosh's documentary based on Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen book The Argumentative Indian has been mired in controversy. The Central Board of Film Certification had asked him to cut a few words from the documentary like cow, Gujarat, Hindu India and Hindutva.

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July 15, 2017 9:00 pm

Suman Ghosh has uploaded the trailer of his documentary on Facebook in defiance of the censor board, which has not certified the film. CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani had objected to the usage of four words cow, Gujarat, Hindutva and Hindu India in the film The Argumentative Indian.

July 13, 2017 11:58 pm

After creating a near-perfect dystopia, Ramachandra amps it up with Pt II and sonically transports you to a war zone.

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July 10, 2017 5:54 pm

Lollywood actor Meera is reportedly all set to tie the knot with Captain Naveed and is planning to have an intimate ceremony with only special guests. However, her father claims that she has already had her nikkah with Naveed but has not been able to come up with a solid proof.

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July 7, 2017 8:43 pm

Shweta Basu Prasad’s digital playlist: This week's recommendation is An American in Madras. Extensive film clips and interviews tell the story of American filmmaker Ellis R Dungan, who spent fifteen years in India and helped define Tamil cinema. It is a biographical documentary, available on Netflix.

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The screening of Anaarkali of Aarah by The Indian Express Film Club was followed by a lively discussion on consent and patriarchy

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July 5, 2017 12:11 am

A community radio by women is helping preserve traditional knowledge and practices of nearly 200 villages in Telangana. The radio focusses on women’s issues, such as out-of-school children, health and nutrition, among others.

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