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.
Pramod Pandey recently turned petitioner in the Bombay High Court, challenging the guidelines issued by the Maharashtra government prohibiting those over 65 years of age from shooting due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It has been over two months since film and television shoots came to a standstill. “Our biggest concern right now is how soon we can resume production work and how we can approach it responsibly with proper precautions,” said Nitin Vaidya of the Indian Film and TV Producers Council (IFTPC).
Soumitra Chatterjee, 85, has worked with Satyajit Ray in 14 feature films and two shorts. This is considered to be one of the most enduring artistic collaborations in the history of contemporary cinema. In his six decade long career, Chatterjee has worked with several other renowned directors including Tapan Sinha and Mrinal Sen. However, it's Ray who has played an important part in shaping the legendary actor's sense and sensibilities.
Some of the much-awaited summer releases, including Shoojit Sircar-directed Gulabo Sitabo featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana, Anu Menon-directed Shakuntala Devi which has Vidya Balan in the titular role, are headed for a world premiere on Amazon Prime Video.
Debutant filmmaker Achal Mishra delves into his personal experiences, snatches of conversations he had overheard, photographs from family album and rituals he had witnessed to piece together an intimate portrait of his ancestral home and the changes it has witnessed.
The initiative, 'Mission Suraksha', was last week rolled out jointly by 'Filmmakers for Frontline Care', a group of filmmakers, and NGO Project Mumbai and has been backed by the Producers Guild of India and Ketan Rawal, one of the top owners of vanity vans in Mumbai.
Most of the workers are aware of this uncertain future. Mishra, who once used to run a tea stall, says: “We have to think of doing some other dhanda (business) before we can get regular work in the industry.”
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.