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Monday, August 03, 2020

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.

69-year-old actor in Bombay High Court over Covid curbs: I’m in the game still
Sun, Jul 26, 2020

Pramod Pandey recently turned petitioner in the Bombay High Court, challenging the guidelines issued by the Maharashtra government prohibiting those over 65 years of age from shooting due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Covid backdrop, own make-up, face shields in TV scripts
Thu, Jul 23, 2020

With shooting of television serials gradually resuming with a set of safety guidelines, the cast and crew are learning to negotiate a new normal.

A Suitable Boy, Ludo, Tribhanga, Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl and more to release on Netflix
Thu, Jul 16, 2020

In the coming months, streaming platform Netflix is going to release 17 new Indian movies and shows.

What does it take to survive as an outsider in Bollywood?
Sun, Jul 12, 2020

Even if you find a way into the super exclusive club that is the Hindi film industry, surviving and succeeding demands smart strategising and hustling.

Explained: As streaming gains new releases in lockdown, what is at stake for big screens?
Wed, Jul 01, 2020

After Shoojit Sircar's Gulabo Sitabo, Akshay Kumar starrer Laxmmi Bomb will release on an OTT platform. Many other films are in the pipeline. Here's what's lost as people stay away from theatres.

Anvita Dutt on why Bulbbul is a feminist “fairy tale”
Sun, Jun 28, 2020

The lyricist and screenwriter talks about the making of her directorial debut and why the “female gaze” isn’t restricted to women

Khyanikaa: The Lost Idea removed from streaming platform
Fri, Jun 26, 2020

Within two days of its release, an Odia movie is removed from the India market of a streaming platform on the ground that it showcases movies in nine Indian languages only.

Banana Bread: A short film about lockdown longings
Mon, Jun 22, 2020

Actor couple Rasika Dugal and Mukul Chadda co-write and act in a short film shot on phones at their Mumbai home.

‘Sushant was trying to make it on his own in a world structured around nepotism and cronyism’
Mon, Jun 15, 2020

Sushant Singh Rajput, who hailed from Bihar, is one of the few actors who made it big in the movies after starting their career in television shows.

What are the odds? is about gentle acceptance of human beings: Megha Ramaswamy
Tue, Jun 02, 2020

In What are the Odds?, writer-director Megha Ramaswamy creates a whimsical world with offbeat humour and ‘quirky’ characters.

Maharashtra: Producers welcome govt decision to resume production work
Tue, Jun 02, 2020

Producer Anand Pandit and Asit Kumarr Modi, the creator of the show Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, called the government’s decision “a welcome move”.

Nothing can match the magic of cinema halls: Shoojit Sircar
Sun, May 31, 2020

The filmmaker on on releasing his new film Gulabo Sitabo on a streaming platform, setting it in Lucknow and how the pandemic will affect the film business.

A global film festival will stream 100 movies over the next 10 days
Fri, May 29, 2020

Starting today, the We Are One: A Global Film Festival will stream conversations between stalwarts of cinema and over a 100 movies, including Eeb Allay Ooo!, Nasir, Natkhat and Awake from India.

No hugs & kisses, masks, gloves for all: Film, TV shoot guidelines
Thu, May 28, 2020

It has been over two months since film and television shoots came to a standstill. “Our biggest concern right now is how soon we can resume production work and how we can approach it responsibly with proper precautions,” said Nitin Vaidya of the Indian Film and TV Producers Council (IFTPC).

Beanpole: A moving tale of women and war
Mon, May 25, 2020

Directed and written by Kantemir Balagov, this Russian movie is a poignant tale of two young women as they hope and try to heal from the wreckage of war

Ray was possessive of me, like a father is of his son: Soumitra Chatterjee
Tue, May 26, 2020

Soumitra Chatterjee, 85, has worked with Satyajit Ray in 14 feature films and two shorts. This is considered to be one of the most enduring artistic collaborations in the history of contemporary cinema. In his six decade long career, Chatterjee has worked with several other renowned directors including Tapan Sinha and Mrinal Sen. However, it's Ray who has played an important part in shaping the legendary actor's sense and sensibilities.

Exhibitors, producers spar as big-ticket films head to OTT platforms
Sat, May 16, 2020

Some of the much-awaited summer releases, including Shoojit Sircar-directed Gulabo Sitabo featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana, Anu Menon-directed Shakuntala Devi which has Vidya Balan in the titular role, are headed for a world premiere on Amazon Prime Video.

Gamak Ghar: A house full of memories
Mon, May 11, 2020

Debutant filmmaker Achal Mishra delves into his personal experiences, snatches of conversations he had overheard, photographs from family album and rituals he had witnessed to piece together an intimate portrait of his ancestral home and the changes it has witnessed.

Film fraternity provides fully-equipped tents, vanity vans to police on field duty
Tue, Apr 21, 2020

The initiative, 'Mission Suraksha', was last week rolled out jointly by 'Filmmakers for Frontline Care', a group of filmmakers, and NGO Project Mumbai and has been backed by the Producers Guild of India and Ketan Rawal, one of the top owners of vanity vans in Mumbai.

How director Anubhav Sinha keeps calm and currys on
Tue, Apr 21, 2020

After his next project came to a halt, Anubhav Sinha has been spending more time in his kitchen and coming up with some delicious fare.

Savings dry up, uncertain future ahead for daily wagers in showbiz
Fri, Apr 17, 2020

Most of the workers are aware of this uncertain future. Mishra, who once used to run a tea stall, says: “We have to think of doing some other dhanda (business) before we can get regular work in the industry.”

Dibakar Banerjee: ‘You can’t walk into the world of filmmaking with a fragile heart’
Fri, Mar 20, 2020

The writer-director on learning patience through filmmaking, and exploring gender and class in his new film, Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, starring Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor, that explores the relationship between the two protagonists without the usual, run-of-the-mill romantic tropes.

Lights, Camera…Pack Up
Sat, Mar 21, 2020

As precautions against the spread of Covid-19 bring shoots and other production-related activities to a halt, here’s a look at the setback the entertainment industry is likely to suffer.

I believe in entertainment and its power to emotionally move us: Is Love Enough? Sir director Rohena Gera
Wed, Mar 18, 2020

The journey of Rohena Gera’s debut feature, Is Love Enough? Sir, started with the premiere at Cannes Film Festival 2018. Even as the India release of this much-travelled movie is postponed, the writer-director talks about the trigger for this movie and being a writer on commercial projects.

I have faith in obtaining the unattainable: Irrfan Khan
Tue, Mar 10, 2020

The indefatigable Irrfan Khan on Angrezi Medium, his unconditional love for his sons, and the futility of Friday fears.