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.
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.
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.