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Thursday, February 20, 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.

Classmates, Collaborators
Fri, Feb 21, 2020

As Eeb Allay Ooo! readies for its Berlinale premiere, actors Shardul Bhardwaj and Naina Sareen talk about their involvement with this sociopolitical satire

Unsettling Realities
Tue, Feb 18, 2020

Marathi movie Kastoori is the discomforting story of a childhood spent in manual scavenging and carrying out autopsies.

Who is afraid of the dafli?
Mon, Feb 10, 2020

The humble dafli, which has been part of Indian folk and popular culture for long, is now an object of suspicion.

Vidhu Vinod Chopra on Shikara: The film is about my home and how we lost that
Fri, Feb 07, 2020

Writer-director Vidhu Vinod Chopra on the film Shikara, his connect with Kashmir, the Pandit exodus and why the only solution to hate is love

Rima Das to join as jury at Berlin International Film festival
Thu, Feb 06, 2020

After her film was screened at the Berlin International Film festival last year, Rima Das is part of its Generation 14plus jury.

Imtiaz Ali: ‘My idea of love has constantly evolved’
Sun, Feb 02, 2020

Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali on exploring his doubts in his films, why some art is timeless and making Love Aaj Kal again.

Murder as Metaphor
Thu, Jan 30, 2020

Theatre director Melly Still on the Indian adaptation of a classic Agatha Christie novel, the challenges that her characters pose and why the play didn't do away with the bigotry in her writing.

Guilt Trip
Wed, Jan 22, 2020

A theft during his wedding became the premise for Saurav Rai’s debut feature Nimtoh, which now travels to the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

I am not meant to be a director but might write someday: Kajol
Wed, Jan 22, 2020

Actor Kajol on presenting stories of lesser-known historical heroes on screen, and her future projects.

Every script has its own destiny: Meghna Gulzar
Mon, Jan 13, 2020

Writer-director Meghna Gulzar on how the story of an acid attack survivor was translated on screen.

The horror film shrugs off its B-movie tag, as filmmakers spike the genre with subversion and reality
Sun, Jan 12, 2020

Be Afraid: For years, the mandate of entertainment has held back Indian filmmakers from darker tales. Horror films, especially, were long dismissed as B-grade, sleazy movies. That’s changing.

Every script has its own destiny: Chhapaak director Meghna Gulzar
Thu, Jan 09, 2020

Chhapaak writer-director Meghna Gulzar on how the story of an acid attack survivor was translated on screen.

‘I don’t want to do something just for the heck of it’: Deepika Padukone
Sun, Jan 05, 2020

Actor Deepika Padukone on equal opportunity, challenging herself with every project and playing an acid attack survivor in her upcoming movie, Chhapaak.

Next time when I direct, I’ll be more confident about what I want: Seema Pahwa
Wed, Dec 18, 2019

Known to a certain generation of audience as Badki of the popular television show Hum Log (1984-85), Seema Pahwa has been in the reckoning after the appreciation she enjoyed for her role as Amma in Ankhon Dekhi (2014).

Josh Siegel, film curator at the Museum of Modern Art, on rediscovering lost films and his association with Indian cinema
Wed, Dec 11, 2019

Siegel, who has been behind more than 90 film, media and gallery exhibitions, spoke on curating movies for 26 years, his interest in Indian cinema and an upcoming documentary film festival in New York.

The focus is great cinema, not just great indie cinema: MUBI founder Efe Cakarel
Wed, Dec 04, 2019

As MUBI enters India, Efe Çakarel talks about his experience of acquiring movies in the country and why he is headed to Chennai next.

Starting today, NCPA is rolling out a specially-curated three-days celebration of art, music and theatre
Fri, Nov 29, 2019

The NCPA, initially conceived by Jamshed Bhabha, was built to further the cause of art and culture in India.

Writers’ block
Mon, Nov 25, 2019

A panel deconstructs the process of writing for a movie, and the cycle of attachment and detachment with characters.

I don’t like roles that are too sentimental: Isabelle Huppert
Mon, Nov 25, 2019

French actor Isabelle Huppert on her proclivity for complex characters and choice of projects.

There’s a wave of xenophobia in Europe: Despite The Fog director Goran Paskaljevic
Fri, Nov 22, 2019

Serbian filmmaker Goran Paskaljevic on the refugee crisis in Europe that shaped his latest film, Despite The Fog, which opened the 50th International Film Festival of India.