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.

Music composer Amit Trivedi on album remakes, Punjabi music in Bollywood and sound scouting on social media
Sun, Sep 16, 2018

Doing That Thing He Does: "Each movie requires a huge amount of time since I also work on the background score. Five have already released — Padman, Raid, Blackmail, Bhavesh Joshi Superhero and Manmarziyaan", says Amit Trivedi.

Sky is the Limit
Mon, Sep 10, 2018

Actor-director Yuki Ellias on her latest play and how curiosity about outer space makes a group of women in rural Haryana find its voice

Director Sriram Raghavan on crime, getting the climax right and his new film
Sun, Sep 09, 2018

"It is important not to fall in the happy ending trap", says Sriram Raghavan.

Manav Kaul: It’s an exciting time to be an actor
Tue, Sep 04, 2018

Ghoul stars Manav Kaul and Radhika Apte on screen, stage and verses on the page.

What works for me now as an actor went against me in my initial years: Shahid Kapoor
Sun, Sep 02, 2018

Shahid Kapoor talks about his upcoming film, Batti Gul Meter Chalu, the need to constantly adapt and how these are trying times for an actor.

Ghoul director Patrick Graham: India hasn’t found its voice when it comes to horror
Tue, Aug 28, 2018

Writer-director Patrick Graham on the making of horror series Ghoul, that’s inspired by Arabic folklore and reflects contemporary Indian realities

Method in His Madness: Manoj Bajpayee on his forthcoming film Gali Guleiyan
Sun, Aug 26, 2018

Manoj Bajpayee on his forthcoming film, Gali Guleiyan, and how Satya shaped the course of Hindi cinema. "This is a movie which matters a lot to me, and I have worked on it knowing well that it’s going to take a lot out of me as an actor and an individual," said Bajpayee.

Ghoul review: The series articulates perils of hyper-nationalism
Sat, Aug 25, 2018

Ghoul takes Indian horror content beyond the hackneyed elements of dayans/ghosts seeking revenge.

I have not done my best comic role yet: Manoj Pahwa
Sun, Aug 19, 2018

Manoj Pahwa, the genial face that has launched several ad commercials, on winning accolades for his role in Mulk.

I didn’t want to be subtle, I wanted to be heard: Mulk director Anubhav Sinha
Sun, Aug 12, 2018

Anubhav Sinha on why he made a film on Islamophobia, on the need for a conversation and why Bollywood stars don’t speak out.

Mulk actor Rishi Kapoor: Movies are meant to send out messages
Mon, Aug 06, 2018

Rishi Kapoor, who plays an aggrieved Muslim father in his next film, Mulk, on social responsibility of filmmakers, the short life of nepotism and not being a Method actor.

The Woman Code: Women professionals in Bollywood on the struggles they face
Sun, Jul 29, 2018

The power dynamics in the industry has always been skewed even in Mumbai, supposedly one of the more representative of film industries in India. Men still control key elements such as finance.

Writing has given me more control over my acting career: Kamal Haasan
Sun, Jul 29, 2018

Ahead of his latest release, Vishwaroop II, Kamal Haasan talks about his love for spy stories, how writing prolonged his career and his foray into politics.

Karwaan director Akarsh Khurana: Irrfan’s character has a lot of quirky dialogues
Tue, Jul 24, 2018

Akarsh Khurana on his second big-screen directorial outing, Karwaan, featuring Irrfan Khan and Dulquer Salmaan, and his relationship with theatre.

Noir Nostalgia
Fri, Jul 20, 2018

Theatre director Atul Kumar, whose latest play Detective Nau-Do-Gyarah evokes the Bombay of the ’40s, speaks about developing the script and the stage production.

Sacred Games star Saif Ali Khan: It’s liberating for actors to compete internationally
Thu, Jul 12, 2018

Sacred Games actors Radhika Apte, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Saif Ali Khan on their experience of being part of the recent Netfix series.

Anurag Kashyap: Vikram Chandra has written amazing love letters to Vikramaditya Motwane after watching Sacred Games
Fri, Jul 06, 2018

Sacred Games: Long-time collaborators Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap on co-directing the screen adaptation of Sacred Games, shooting in real locations and surviving each other

Soorma director Shaad Ali: After watching my father at work, I decided to be behind the camera
Sun, Jun 24, 2018

Director Shaad Ali on his latest film, choosing cinema over politics, and why he cannot stop assisting Mani Ratnam.

Love and Other Demons
Tue, Jun 19, 2018

Lust Stories attempts to unravel the mysteries of women’s hearts that are often brushed under the carpet told by prominent directors of Hindi cinema — Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Karan Johar.

Lust Stories review: Of Love and other demons
Sat, Jun 16, 2018

Lust Stories review: Lust Stories attempts to unravel the mysteries of women's heart that's often brushed under the carpet.