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Thursday, February 25, 2021

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.

Want to do stories that speak to me: The White Tiger actor Adarsh Gourav
Wed, Feb 17, 2021

From playing a younger Shah Rukh Khan to a standout performance in The White Tiger, Adarsh Gourav on getting into the skin of his characters.

Shooting 55kms/sec from our own bunkers gave us a strange positivity: Arati Kadav
Tue, Jan 26, 2021

Like her earlier feature Cargo, writer-director Arati Kadav once again infuses human emotions in sci-fi through her latest short, 55kms/sec.

I was interested in exploring the individual will of my characters: director Ankit Kothari
Tue, Jan 19, 2021

Director Ankit Kothari recounts his journey of finding the perfect location and cast for Paanchika, which opened the Indian Panorama (Non-Feature) segment of IFFI

‘Fish bowl’ viewing: Theatre in the times of Covid pandemic
Tue, Dec 29, 2020

On the terrace of the building where Studio Tamaasha is located, space was created for the audience to wait before the show, actors to perform and the seating area.

‘The 20-year-old Bulbbul is a lot like me: clumsy and indecisive’
Sun, Dec 20, 2020

Tripti Dimri on trying to move on from the role that brought her acclaim

‘An actor can only work on their art and performance. Fame is a by-product’
Sun, Dec 20, 2020

The role of a weary and introverted policeman in the nine-episode show has been the best and most challenging in Ahlawat’s decade-long career.

Shining bright in 2020: Eight actors who lit up our screens in this dark year
Sun, Dec 20, 2020

Tripti Dimri, Divyenndu, Pratik Gandhi, Jaideep Ahlawat, Abhishek Banerjee, Shalini Vatsa, Jitendra Kumar and Shreya Dhanwanthary talk about their unusual roles which owned the OTT medium

Lata Kutty has a fun and quirky side, something I hadn’t explored on screen: Shalini Vatsa
Mon, Dec 21, 2020

Once a reluctant film actor, Shalini Vatsa explored her comic potential with Ludo this year and found acclaim

I’m an actor and I had an eye for actors: Abhishek Banerjee
Sat, Dec 19, 2020

Actor Abhishek Banerjee, who also does casting, drew from his past experiences to play a cold-blooded killer in Paatal Lok

It’s very challenging to be apolitical at this point in history: Vetri Maaran
Wed, Dec 16, 2020

Writer-director Vetri Maaran's short film Oor Iravu, which is part of the Tamil film anthology Paava Kadhaigal and features Prakash Raj and Sai Pallavi, takes a searing look at patriarchy.

Hollywood has never been quick to change, especially when it comes to diversity: Ekwa Msangi
Tue, Dec 15, 2020

Committed to create multi-dimensional African heritage characters in her stories, Tanzanian-American filmmaker Ekwa Msangi in her debut feature Farewell Amor tells the deeply personal story of an Angolan immigrant family.

New online series on Indian classical music features young artistes performing at unusual venues
Sun, Dec 13, 2020

The inaugural episode of 'Now Hear Us' also offers some glimpses into the musicians' life as it shows Modak picking up his accompanists after leaving his Borivali home.

Pankaj Tripathi: Time off meant I realised my kid’s sense of humour
Mon, Dec 14, 2020

Notwithstanding the slowing down of production due to Covid, it has been a busy year for actor Pankaj Tripathi. This includes release of web-series Mirzapur 2, marking his return as Kaleen Bhaiya.

Prakash Jha: We have stopped making movies about the marginalised section of our society
Mon, Nov 23, 2020

Filmmaker Prakash Jha on playing the protagonist in M Gani-directed Matto Ki Saikal which captures the struggles of a daily wage labourer.

The industry is a fair place: Anurag Basu
Sun, Nov 15, 2020

As he returns with a new film, the writer-director talks about learning from his mistakes and his love for music

I can’t let myself be muzzled: Director Hansal Mehta
Sun, Nov 01, 2020

The 53-year-old director on the making of his web series, Scam 1992, holding strong in the face of failures and why he speaks up on social media

Dharamshala International Film Festival makes its digital debut
Wed, Oct 28, 2020

The delegates of the ongoing edition of Dharamshala International Film Festival will miss the mountain air and intimacy but will have access to a larger bouquet of movies

Picture abhi baaki hai: In Bollywood, a plot twist under BJP?
Sun, Oct 11, 2020

Bollywood has spent the better part of this year looking over its shoulders as the Sushant Singh Rajput probe advances, and expands. The powers-that-be have long eyed the tinsel town, but is there a plot twist under BJP? The Indian Express goes behind the scenes of a Covid-battered, nervous industry

Alankrita Shrivastava and Konkona Sen Sharma on why they’re drawn to stories about the complex, inner lives of women
Sun, Oct 04, 2020

What is interesting about these stories is the conflict that’s generated when social expectations are at odds with individual aspirations and desires

Why do you want to be with those who are nepotistic by nature and don’t believe in stories: Sudhir Mishra
Wed, Sep 30, 2020

Director Sudhir Mishra and actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who came together for the upcoming movie Serious Men, talk about the making of this poignant social satire, the on-going insider-outsider debate, and why cinema should not be treated merely as a business.

Manoj Bajpayee: I miss my village in Bihar. But it has no Wi-Fi, my kid has classes
Sun, Sep 20, 2020

Migrant workers walking back to their villages from big cities has been one of the most striking images of the pandemic. Actor Manoj Bajpayee’s new evocative rap song Bambai Main Ka Ba attempts to capture the plight of these workers.

The Reel Real Life of Masaba and Neena Gupta
Sun, Sep 06, 2020

The fashion designer, 31, and the actor, 61, on how their mother-daughter dynamics play out in their fact-meets-fiction Netflix show

Lockdown release: A batch of experimental shorts inspired by plays
Sat, Sep 05, 2020

An ongoing online Theatre Film Theatre - A Festival of Shorts aims to create work for theatre practitioners and raise funds

Fahadh Faasil: ‘I’m here because I’ve nowhere else to go’
Sun, Aug 30, 2020

Fahadh Faasil on his new production, why he feels rooted in Malayalam cinema, and suffering from self-doubts

Indian classical music should reach a bigger audience, says Shankar Mahadevan
Thu, Aug 20, 2020

As music composers Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa step into the 25th year of their collaboration, they bring together different genres for web series Bandish Bandits