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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.

Panchayat Season 2: The comfort of familiarity
Mon, May 23, 2022

With its subtle humour and narrative that unfolds at a leisurely pace, Panchayat Season 2 presents with an astute perception of rural life.

City theatres plan summer activities for children
Thu, May 05, 2022

Gillo's Shaili Sathyu talks about working on a new play for children and post-pandemic challenges.

I wanted to highlight the sensitivity that the state machinery once had: Pada director Kamal KM
Thu, Apr 28, 2022

Writer-director Kamal KM on the making of his second feature, Pada, and why the story of a real-life protest has haunted him for 25 years.

Emerging screenwriters to receive mentorship from eminent filmmakers in SWA’s Script Lab
Mon, Apr 25, 2022

After a long and rigorous selection process, SWA has now chosen six writers, whose scripts will be mentored by some of the best contemporary writers/directors of the Hindi film industry, during its first Script Lab in May.

‘My stories are about us, about people around us’
Sun, Mar 27, 2022

Director Nagraj Manjule on his latest film, nurturing talent and his cinematic universe that propels his method of storytelling

Explained: When is a film declared tax free, and what are the benefits?
Tue, Mar 22, 2022

The Kashmir Files has been declared tax-free in several states. What qualifies a film to be declared tax-free? How much cheaper is it to watch a film that is tax-free? Which other films have been made tax free in the country?

The Adam Project is a descendant of Real Steel: Shawn Levy
Fri, Mar 11, 2022

Shawn Levy-directed The Adam Project, a new time-travel adventure featuring Hollywood biggies such as Ryan Reynolds, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana and Jennifer Garner, is an emotional joyride about coming to terms with the past for a better future.

‘If things don’t work out, it’s important to not treat it like the end of the world’: French actor Agathe Rousselle
Fri, Mar 11, 2022

The Parisian talks about coming to terms with the unprecedented success of her debut role as a psychopath in the Cannes film festival sensation, Titane

Mumbai: Heritage bandstand garden welcomes people to cultural events
Sun, Mar 06, 2022

During the hour-long show, the SOI Chamber Orchestra rolled out waltzes, marches and polkas along with some foot-tapping Bollywood tunes to build the tempo.

Lamb: The folk horror set in Iceland is a poignant portrayal of motherhood and loneliness
Tue, Mar 01, 2022

Writer-director Valdimar Jóhannsson and lead actor Noomi Rapace talk about the making of Lamb, a visually-rich thriller set in rural Iceland that attempts to show a poignant portrayal of motherhood and loneliness.

‘If you take yourself too seriously, it’s dangerous’: Madhuri Dixit
Sun, Feb 27, 2022

The actor on portraying the many shades of her new character in her latest web show 'The Fame Game', the challenges of the Nineties, and being soccer mom to her children

Deepika Padukone: I’ve made several mistakes, choices… I’ve grown to be comfortable being who I am
Sun, Feb 20, 2022

As actor Deepika Padukone's latest film Gehraiyaan continues to make waves, she speaks about baring one's vulnerabilities, being less judgemental, and finding her mind and body balance

‘Equality depends on who’s in charge’: Céline Sciamma
Sat, Feb 19, 2022

As the French screenwriter-director’s new feature Petite Maman streams on MUBI, she talks about subverting convention, her collaborative process and why, in her movies, you can’t ignore gender

‘We should let our storytellers tell the stories that they want to tell freely’
Mon, Feb 14, 2022

Siddharth Roy Kapur, who is the president of Producers Guild of India, believes that while the health crisis has hit the film exhibition sector, it has pushed the video streaming platforms to play a bigger role in the entertainment business.

Alia Bhatt: ‘You can’t make acting your profession without dedication and love’
Sun, Feb 13, 2022

Actor Alia Bhatt, who plays the titular character in Gangubai Kathiawadi, on overcoming doubts, working with Sanjay Leela Bhansali next and the man in her life.

Lata Mangeshkar demise: ‘She was our country’s pride and glory’
Tue, Feb 08, 2022

As a group of Lata Mangeshkar fans eagerly wait for police to let them enter Dadar’s Shivaji Park, they offer a befitting tribute to the legend.

Lata Mangeshkar: An artiste beyond extraordinaire, Hindi cinema’s star-maker
Sun, Feb 06, 2022

One of the biggest cultural icons of India, Lata Mangeshkar was a game changer with an unparalleled legacy. She not only ensured hit movies with successful albums, but she remained a star-maker too.

‘The novel truly represents the farmer class’: Gurvinder Singh
Fri, Feb 04, 2022

The 47-year-old filmmaker speaks about his new film, Adh Chanani Raat, which premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Punjab’s farmers, and moving away from literary adaptations in the future

‘Working on Qatil Haseenaon Ke Naam gave me the joy of taking over a male universe’: Meenu Gaur
Tue, Jan 25, 2022

Director Meenu Gaur’s Qatil Haseenaon Ke Naam, a web series featuring actors Sarwat Gilani and Sanam Saaed, taps into the world of 'film noir' to create a fablesque feminist show set in a fictional Pakistani town

Onir interview: ‘Why can’t a creative person in a democratic country question any institution?’
Sat, Jan 22, 2022

With the script of his next feature film, We Are, rejected by the Army, Onir tells The Indian Express why he feels disheartened

How a new book salutes the baddies who made the classic Hindi-film villain everlasting
Sat, Jan 15, 2022

The early years of Hindi movies saw a mellow period in villainy, which became more shock-inducing in the ’70s, with technical advancements, and as films became realistic, the villain was an Everyman

Aranyak screenwriter Charudutt Acharya: ‘In web shows, there’s shift from shock value treatment to mature handling of subjects’
Thu, Jan 13, 2022

Netflix series Aranyak's screenwriter Charudutt Acharya on his writing process, getting tongue-tied upon meeting Raveena Tandon and more.

Minnal Murali: When a superhero in a mundu and a mask saves the day
Tue, Dec 28, 2021

Long before actor Tovino Thomas turned a superhero in Minnal Murali, he quit a dreary corporate job, faced rejections and did multiple bit roles

8 exciting offerings from Bollywood in 2022
Thu, Dec 30, 2021

Shakun Batra's 'Gehraiyaan', Vasan Bala's 'Monica, O My Darling' and Alia Bhatt's upcoming releases, next year promises to be one of genre-bending sagas, dark comedy and suspense thrillers

Innovative library named after theatre stalwart Satyadev Dubey opens in Marathwada village
Tue, Dec 21, 2021

With graffiti on the school walls serving as a colourful backdrop, this newly opened library named ‘Satyadev Dubey Vachanalay’ is meant to attract serious readers and also serve as a meeting place for villagers.