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.
Committed to create multi-dimensional African heritage characters in her stories, Tanzanian-American filmmaker Ekwa Msangi in her debut feature Farewell Amor tells the deeply personal story of an Angolan immigrant family.
Bollywood has spent the better part of this year looking over its shoulders as the Sushant Singh Rajput probe advances, and expands. The powers-that-be have long eyed the tinsel town, but is there a plot twist under BJP? The Indian Express goes behind the scenes of a Covid-battered, nervous industry
Director Sudhir Mishra and actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who came together for the upcoming movie Serious Men, talk about the making of this poignant social satire, the on-going insider-outsider debate, and why cinema should not be treated merely as a business.
Migrant workers walking back to their villages from big cities has been one of the most striking images of the pandemic. Actor Manoj Bajpayee’s new evocative rap song Bambai Main Ka Ba attempts to capture the plight of these workers.