Alaka Sahani

Profile

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.

Soorma director Shaad Ali: After watching my father at work, I decided to be behind the camera
Sun, Jun 24, 2018

Director Shaad Ali on his latest film, choosing cinema over politics, and why he cannot stop assisting Mani Ratnam.

Love and Other Demons
Tue, Jun 19, 2018

Lust Stories attempts to unravel the mysteries of women’s hearts that are often brushed under the carpet told by prominent directors of Hindi cinema — Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Karan Johar.

Lust Stories review: Of Love and other demons
Sat, Jun 16, 2018

Lust Stories review: Lust Stories attempts to unravel the mysteries of women's heart that's often brushed under the carpet.

Race 3 actor Bobby Deol: I didn’t move with time
Thu, Jun 14, 2018

After a lean decade, Race 3 actor Bobby Deol is looking forward to approaching his career with a renewed strategy.

Race 3 actor Anil Kapoor: Not just a nice script, it is important to have a reliable studio, producer and director on board
Tue, Jun 12, 2018

Race 3 actor Anil Kapoor, who will soon complete 35 years as a leading man, talks about his journey so far, Indian movie franchises and why the Mr India sequel remains a dream.

Shades of Unrest
Tue, Jun 05, 2018

Assamese filmmaker Bidyut Kotoky intends to share the stories of the Northeast, including those related to its scarred past, though his movies

Breaking Barriers
Wed, May 16, 2018

Tillotama Shome and Vivek Gomber, lead actors of Sir, which premiered at the Cannes Critics’ Week yesterday, talk about navigating the indie and mainstream film divide.

Sanjay Mishra: In politics and cinema, no one knows what the public wants
Mon, May 14, 2018

Ahead of his next release Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain, Sanjay Mishra talks about who’s a ‘hero’ and the importance of applause for an artiste.

‘Let’s hope that in India we can find a way to subvert’
Thu, May 10, 2018

In Hope Aur Hum, actor Naseeruddin Shah plays a grandfather, who is attached to his old photocopy machine. Here, he talks about his new film, freedom of expression and ban on Pakistani artists.

Kalyanee Mulay: My Body, My Rules
Sun, May 06, 2018

Kalyanee Mulay, who portrays the life of a nude model in the Marathi movie Nude, talks about shedding her inhibitions and her ongoing experiments of using the body as a tool.

March of Memories
Tue, May 01, 2018

Rukshana Tabassum’s National Award-winning film explores the peculiarities of human memory

Raazi director Meghna Gulzar: These days we have armchair patriotism
Sun, Apr 29, 2018

Filmmaker Meghna Gulzar on her new film Raazi that releases in May and why she works better with darker narratives.

Beyond the Clouds director Majid Majidi: If you remove hope from life, not much is left
Sun, Apr 22, 2018

Majid Majidi, the ‘humanist filmmaker’, on how real stories offer a deeper connect in films and the impact of New Wave Iranian cinema.

In a Woman’s World
Sat, Apr 14, 2018

The third Motley play based on Ismat Chughtai’s writings, Aurat! Aurat!! Aurat!!!, is an intimate portrayal of the maverick author and her ideologies.

Raise the Bar
Thu, Apr 05, 2018

Urmila Matondkar, who returns to the big screen with an item number, on creating magic in dance

‘Our aim is to ensure freedom of choice for artists and filmmakers’: Christopher Nolan
Wed, Apr 04, 2018

Christopher Nolan makes a case for using photochemical films and Kodak promises to create the ecosystem for it in India

Save film in digital world: Christopher Nolan to filmmakers
Sun, Apr 01, 2018

Director Christopher Nolan, who is in Mumbai to promote the use of celluloid films and their preservation, said: “Film is a medium. It’s not the past. It’s a way of telling a story. You can use it for whatever you want it.”

Pakistani-Canadian filmmaker Arshad Khan traces the story of his sexuality and his relationship with his father
Sun, Apr 01, 2018

When Arshad Khan presented a five-minute video on Abu, as he calls his father, during a memorial in 2012, a year after his demise, the Pakistani-Canadian filmmaker realised that there's a much bigger story to be told.

On Christopher Nolan’s upcoming visit to India, celluloid in digital era and preservation of film heritage
Thu, Mar 29, 2018

Christopher Nolan, who has directed some of the finest movies, such as The Dark Knight, Inception and Intersteller, has stuck to shooting on ‘celluloid’ even as most of the industry has switched to digital and made technological strides.

Hiccups and Highs
Tue, Mar 27, 2018

US-based educator, Brad Cohen, on whose life the recently released Rani Mukerji-starrer Hichki is based, on living and teaching with Tourette’s Syndrome.

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