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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Ishita Sengupta


Naomi Osaka: Oscar-nominated Garrett Bradley rewrites the format of sports documentary
Sat, Jul 24, 2021

Sports celebrates the indomitability of human spirit, but by showcasing fragility, Bradley is questioning its absence. With Naomi Osaka, the director underlines the difference between genius and greatness, weakness and vulnerability

‘I use humour because I’m angry, frustrated about so many things around us’: Trisha Das
Thu, Jul 15, 2021

The author spoke with spotlighting her new book, the reason for using humour, and why she keeps going back to mythology

Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s Ladies and Gentlemen review: An effective series on sexual abuse that loses its path midway
Mon, Jul 12, 2021

The teething problem of Ladies and Gentlemen is its failure to recognise the potential of its own format. Spread across eight episodes, almost 30 minutes each, the series plays out as three different films.

Dujone review: This Srabanti and Soham starrer is a collage of cliches
Mon, Jul 12, 2021

Although designed as a thriller, the big reveal in Dujone is predictable from the word go. That, however, is one of the lesser problems.

Sach Kahun Toh: Neena Gupta rewrites her legacy with memoir
Wed, Jun 16, 2021

Much of Sach Kahun Toh’s easy charm resides in Neena Gupta’s wisdom while looking back, in excavating lessons in failing, and resistance to be a stereotype -- even as a rebel

Emergency, 1984, Jamia attack: The Blind Rabbit speaks truth to power by excavating truth in power
Wed, Jun 09, 2021

The Blind Rabbit is a fascinating critique of power, uncovering its workings by laying bare its machinery. It shows that much like history, power repeats itself.

Bela: Prantik Basu’s documentary is a persuasive instance of preservation
Sun, Jun 06, 2021

In Bela, Prantik Basu documents Members of the Manbhum Sramjibi Chhau Nritya Dal with a lived-in familiarity

‘For me, The Bohri Kitchen was always a story to tell’: Munaf Kapadia on his book and journey
Tue, Jun 01, 2021

In an exclusive conversation, Munaf Kapadia speaks about his relationship with food, his mother, and why he wants TBK to be more than a startup that survived the pandemic

Ebhabei Golpo Hok review: A frustratingly ineffective film that should not have existed
Sat, May 29, 2021

Ebhabei Golpo Hok is a kind of film what makes you feel smart by being so dumb.

Friends Reunion: An intimate homecoming
Fri, May 28, 2021

Friends: The Reunion: The carefully curated format -- a hybrid of recollection and preservation -- features people around the world professing their love for the sitcom with reasons

Why ‘Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi’ resonates with the collective grief of pandemic
Wed, May 19, 2021

Watching a film about the ritualistic nature of grief feels more necessary now, during the pandemic

Tarikh review: Saswata Chatterjee and Raima Sen’s emotionally rousing film confuses idealism with idealist
Sun, May 09, 2021

Tarikh review: Tarikh, starring Saswata Chatterjee and Raima Sen, which won the National Award for best screenplay in 2019, is a compelling portrait of urban relationships, using the threads of interpersonal misgivings and unrequited desires to craft an affecting tale of associations.

Disciple: Chaitanya Tamhane’s luminous film asks if artistic greatness is purpose or pursuit
Sun, May 09, 2021

If Disciple feels more personal than most, it is because its preoccupations are more noble than what it appears. The question at the heart of this artistic expedition is not the need to achieve greatness but the reason for doing so

‘It is an entirely new approach to culture’: Devdutt Pattanaik on his new book for civil service aspirants
Sun, May 02, 2021

In a recent interview with, Pattanaik spoke at length about his new book, what he seeks to achieve through it and if this will change the curriculum of civil services

Tangra Blues review: The Parambrata Chatterjee starrer has its moments but is largely unmemorable
Sun, Apr 18, 2021

The premise of songs being used to voice angst makes comparisons with Gully Boy inevitable. Tangra Blues, however, is not derived from Zoya Akhtar’s film

A Teacher: Hannah Fidell’s show is a necessary addition to the MeToo narrative
Fri, Apr 16, 2021

With A Teacher, Hannah Fidell (creator and director) is dissecting themes she had first explored in her 2013 film of the same name: grooming, unequal power dynamics, and abuse

Why Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland is a message of hope for a grief-stricken, pandemic-hit world
Tue, Apr 13, 2021

In a year when isolation has been the only way of living and farewell the most common greeting, Nomadland comforts with its compassion.

Parambrata Chatterjee on artists uniting for anti-hate music video ahead of elections: ‘I felt endangered’
Wed, Apr 07, 2021

In a recent interview with, Parambrata Chatterjee spoke on the film, Soumitra Chatterjee's presence and if that sanitised the storytelling. He also addressed the video where he along with other artistes from the Bengali film industry did together.

Pagglait is a charming tale of self-reckoning
Thu, Apr 01, 2021

Even though Pagglait is crafted as a tale of self-reckoning, Umesh Bist refrains from using personal loss as a pass to freedom from a possible self-erasing relationship

Mohomaya review: Swastika Mukherjee, Ananya Chatterjee starrer is an abomination of a series, sleazy and gratuitous in equal measure
Mon, Mar 29, 2021

The true testament of Mohomaya's ludicrousness remains how it resists any sort of intellectual engagement. It is designed like some feverish artistic dream but unfolds like a limp nightmare.

‘I am always editing, captioning his photos’: Athiya on giving social media tips to father Suniel Shetty
Sat, Mar 27, 2021

Athiya Shetty, who is quite a regular on the ramp, was seen in a printed embroidered bomber jacket paired with a bustier and skirt. She spoke to about her relationship with fashion, what she has learnt from such times and the tips she gives her father Suniel Shetty

Allen v Farrow: Riveting four-part documentary that exhorts it’s time to amend the notion of genius
Wed, Mar 24, 2021

The documentarians refuse to peddle ambiguities that have long shrouded the discourse. Instead, much like their previous works, make their stand known even though this time they are pitted against judicial absolution.

Karishma Dev Dube’s Bittu examines the cost of human lives in an uncaring world
Mon, Mar 15, 2021

Karishma Dev Dube’s discomfiting Bittu is a counter-narrative to the crowded layout of newspapers; the New York-based filmmaker pulls out a thread of story from the stack of statistics, providing faces to facts. 

Awake: Atul Mongia’s short depicts the selfishness of caregiving
Tue, Mar 09, 2021

The seeming dysfunctionality of their marriage in Atul Mongia's twisted short serves as a critique of the functionality of marriages.

Hiralal review: A middling biopic on Hiralal Sen, among pioneers of Indian cinema
Sun, Mar 07, 2021

That there is little known about Hiralal Sen despite his decisive accomplishments makes Hiralal a course correction by default; a necessary historical intervention. But that is hardly enough.