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Sunday, January 19, 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.

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.

A young Kashmiri forays into filmmaking to tell the people’s story
Tue, Nov 19, 2019

Kashmiri filmmaker Mehvish Rather, whose debut documentary Kandurwan: Baking History was screened at the Dharamshala International Film Festival recently, on why she returned to her roots.

The importance of garba in National Award-winning Gujarati film Hellaro
Sun, Nov 10, 2019

An award-winning film turns a Kutchi folktale into a parable about the suppression of women by patriarchy

Escape to the Hills
Thu, Nov 07, 2019

The 8th edition of Dharamshala International Film Festival is ready with an eclectic line-up of movies.

‘The movie is about contradictions of the present times’
Mon, Oct 28, 2019

Through the story of a widow who wishes to live by herself, Kislay’s Aise Hi explores social structures which surround us and a culture of repression.

‘The movie is about contradictions of the present times’
Mon, Oct 28, 2019

Kislay, who has written and directed the movie Aise Hi (Just like that) talks about the idea behind it and its making.

Sci-fi acts as a prism to help look at reality: Cargo director Arati Kadav
Thu, Oct 17, 2019

Writer-director Arati Kadav spoke on her love for sci-fi and the binaries of life and death.

The story gets better
Wed, Oct 16, 2019

The MAMI 21st Mumbai Film Festival will showcase new voices and stories that enrich Indian cinema.

I want my film to be a remembrance of old times: Gamak Ghar director Achal Mishra
Wed, Oct 16, 2019

"I wish to make films about the ordinary, everyday life, relating to — but hopefully not restricted to — my personal experiences and memories," says director of Gamak Ghar Achal Mishra.

Hopefully, the audience will be able to reflect on their own family: About Love director Archana Atul Phadke
Wed, Oct 16, 2019

"I like observing small ecosystems and the rhythms within them. As an intimate portrait, it was important for me to keep the crew small and non-intrusive," says Phadke.