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.

Articles By Alaka Sahani

The internalisation of tragedy is dangerous: Writer-director Anubhav Sinha

Anubhav Sinha on why he placed the camera on the shoulders of the privileged class to tell the story of caste-based atrocities.

As Motley turns 40, Ratna Pathak Shah and Naseeruddin Shah take a trip down memory lane

In the 40 years and 42 productions since, many artistes, including Tom Alter, Kenny Desai and Akash Khurana, have been associated with the theatre group that came to be known as Motley.

Art should cause a positive stir: Actor Ayushmann Khurrana

Actor Ayushmann Khurrana on tackling caste in his new film, his formative years in theatre and an actor’s social responsibilities.

Article 15: Loud and clear

Article 15: With two back-to-back searing social dramas, Anubhav Sinha seems to have found his voice and a way of telling thought-provoking tales, without being preachy.

Odd One Out

Production designer-turned-director Vandana Kataria on adapting Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice for her debut feature, Noblemen.

India has a lot of energy and happy faces: Ken Scott

Canadian writer-director Ken Scott shares his experience of working in India and shooting across the world.

My work should be my identity not my gender: Gazal Dhaliwal

Gazal Dhaliwal on her journey from Patiala to becoming a successful screenwriter in the Hindi film industry.

Bérénice Bejo: I am an actor of the world

Oscar-nominated actor Bérénice Bejo, on her thumkas with Dhanush and love for different cultures.

All my life I’ve been told that I’m picky: Konkona Sensharma

Director-actor Konkona Sensharma on why representation is important, as is stepping out of one’s comfort zone.

Leila actor Huma Qureshi: The real empowerment is having the power to choose

Filmmaker Deepa Mehta and actor Huma Qureshi on Leila, a Netflix web series set in a dystopian world.

Dhanush: I am very ordinary and that is my strength

Ahead of the release of The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir, Dhanush talks about dancing with French actor Bérénice Bejo, music being his lifeline and his love for direction

‘I felt that Parsi women needed to be given a voice’

Filmmaker Oorvazi Irani’s experimental short is a monologue that questions deep-rooted patriarchal practices

Memories of an Artiste

Veteran Bengali actor and Kishore Kumar’s first wife, Ruma Guha Thakurta, passed away in Kolkata at 84

I don’t put pressure on myself says, Dangal actor Sanya Malhotra

From her debut in Dangal to her latest role in Ritesh Batra’s Photograph, Sanya Malhotra, 27, has had a dream run. The actor on fighting doubt, her love for dance and why she doesn’t set goals for herself.

If I enjoy a role, then I enjoy doing that movie irrespective of genre: Tabu

Actor Tabu on her upcoming film, why grey characters find her and the limitations of Friday jitters.

Had I been young today, I would have got a lot of work: Soni Razdan

Soni Razdan, 62, on playing the lead in the recently-released Yours Truly, her wait for meatier roles, her Kashmir connect, and her family’s encounter with fascism.

Pop-up museum in Thane pieces together life of fisherfolk community through photos

The exhibition, which began on Saturday, will continue till May 19 at Thane’s Khule Kaladalan.

Bharat is a perfect Salman Khan thaali: Ali Abbas Zafar

Director Ali Abbas Zafar, ready with an ambitious movie Bharat, on working with Salman Khan for the third time in a row, the challenge of shooting Partition scenes and the importance of having an emotional core.

Small demands, big question: Odisha’s tribal belt looks for answers

Women voters outnumbered men in this constituency during the last general elections.

In Odisha, BJP, BJD in tight fight for Puri seat

With the city set for polls, the BJP, in its manifesto, has promised to make Puri "the cultural capital of India". Another "manifesto" issued by Sambit Patra promises to make Puri a bigger tourist attraction