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Alaka Sahani

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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.

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.

Kaamyaab was almost semi-autobiographical for Sanjay Mishra: Hardik Mehta
Tue, Mar 03, 2020

Director Hardik Mehta’s debut feature Kaamyaab is a hat tip to actors who contributed to the uniqueness of Hindi movies by essaying stock characters.

India has never had a strong independent film culture: Yeh Ballet director Sooni Taraporevala
Thu, Feb 27, 2020

Writer-director Sooni Taraporevala on adapting a real-life fairytale on screen, her film clock ticking and why India needs to nurture indie cinema.

Richa Chadha: ‘I think awareness is sexy’
Sat, Feb 22, 2020

Actor Richa Chadha talks about finding her feet in the film industry, tackling trolls with humour and being called a filmi Naxal.

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

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.

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