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Friday, December 04, 2020

Tanushree Ghosh


Indian superhero Priya joins forces with Pakistan’s Burka Avenger to fight Covid-19
Thu, Dec 03, 2020

The fourth comic in the Priya’s Shakti series, Priya’s Mask, releases today along with a short film – with voice-overs by Rosanna Arquette, Vidya Balan and Mrunal Thakur – premiering at the ongoing Global Health Film Festival in London

How the film Small Country and a Hindi translation revisits Gaël Faye’s novel about the Rwandan genocide
Wed, Nov 25, 2020

Filmmaker Sudhir Mishra with the Franco-Rwandan musician-writer will release online a Hindi translation of Faye’s debut Petit pays, followed by the India premiere of Éric Barbier’s filmic adaptation Small Country.

Bhagalpur to Delhi, ’80s to now, seeking way out via coaching hubs
Sat, Nov 07, 2020

The annual exodus from Bihar to places like Mukherjee Nagar and Old Rajinder Nagar in Delhi and Rajasthan’s Kota was one of the reasons LJP chief Chirag Paswan included a promise to create similar coaching hubs in Bihar in his manifesto.

CatDog, the only Indian entry in the 73rd Cannes festival, that just won the first prize, turns children’s gaze inside out
Wed, Nov 04, 2020

Ashmita Guha Neogi’s unsettling FTII diploma film, currently screening at the 9th Dharamshala Film Festival, is a bare-bone representation of childhood/adolescence in contemporary Indian cinema.

How Bittu put Bihar on the global map and won silver at the 47th Student Academy Award
Wed, Oct 28, 2020

As Bihar goes to vote, Karishma Dev Dube’s NYU thesis film, screening at the 9th DIFF, trains the lens on a 2013 midday-meal-poisoning incident.

Hit by lockdown, a call for change: from ‘chacha Nitish’ to ‘bhatijas’
Mon, Oct 26, 2020

During the lockdown, the Nitish government that initially urged migrants to stay put, arranged ration kits for them in Delhi and other cities, says Kaushlendra. However, not everyone had access to or knew of such services.

At DIFF, Oscars-bound Dhummas to tell the story of memory and women’s resilience against patriarchy
Tue, Oct 20, 2020

After winning at the Oscars-qualifying BISFF in August, Nainisha Dedhia’s Gujarati short film Dhummas will be screened at the ninth DIFF, first TNIFF and 40th Russian VGIK.

What remains when wars end? A film series interrogates the absurdity of war and dehumanisation
Wed, Oct 07, 2020

The War and Dehumanisation series on the pay-per-view OTT MovieSaints showcases award-winning films to commemorate 75 years of World War II’s ending and 50 years since the Bangladesh Liberation War.

Anand Patwardhan: ‘All resistance is bravery’
Sun, Oct 04, 2020

With two of his documentaries - one new and one old - streaming online, the filmmaker, 70, talks about reason, censorship, caste politics and the Babri Masjid Verdict

A song is a song is a song and it is always bigger than the singer: Usha Uthup
Sat, Oct 03, 2020

Padma Shri singer Usha Uthup, who will perform along 450-plus artistes to raise funds for artistes at I Believe #ArtMatters gala on October 4, speaks about the past, the present, and the late SP Balasubrahmanyam

We are in trouble, else we wouldn’t ask…please donate: Kavita Krishnamurthy
Sat, Oct 03, 2020

More than 450 artistes will come together for ‘India’s biggest fundraising gala’ I Believe #ArtMatters on October 4, to support artistes crippled by the lockdown

Film on Uttarakhand ‘ghost village’ makes it to MAMI Mumbai Film Festival
Wed, Sep 23, 2020

Srishti Lakhera’s Garhwali film, Ek Tha Gaon, the story of her ancestral village with only five locals left, will compete with some of the best Indian films of 2020 in the prestigious 'India Gold' category, at 22nd MAMI Mumbai Film Festival.

What the Nation Needs to Know: Stories of real India showing at the ChangeChitra festival
Fri, Sep 04, 2020

From community displacement to women’s grit, a short-documentaries festival by Video Volunteers goes online to bring to us stories of myriad challenges and success

When you collide with common beliefs, a backlash is expected: Cactus director Aneek Chaudhuri
Wed, Aug 26, 2020

Director Aneek Chaudhuri on how his silent film Cactus, which released recently on Amazon Prime Video, shows a female Christ and doesn't challenge Christianity.

Kaala, showing at India’s Oscar-qualifying festival, is a raw take on Delhi’s racism
Sat, Aug 15, 2020

After 73 years of Independence, are Indians free of racial prejudices? Tarun Jain’s short film Kaala, at BISFF, shows how black lives don’t matter in the national capital

Cinemapreneur, a new OTT platform, is solely dedicated to Indian indie films
Thu, Aug 13, 2020

The pay-per-view streaming service will show festival films and independent cinema which don’t make it to bigger OTT platforms.

‘Children’s fiction in India needs darker subjects’
Sun, Aug 02, 2020

In Varun Grover’s new webcomic Karejwa, the quest for one last bite of a delicacy illuminates the final hours of a dystopian world

Ranjan Ghosh’s Bengali crossover Ahaa Re is a gentle, hope-filled gastronomical romance
Sat, Aug 01, 2020

In his third film, Ahaa Re, screening at NYIFF 2020 virtual edition, Ranjan Ghosh shows that the way to one’s heart is through food

Tathagata Ghosh’s Miss Man addresses homophobia through the story of a man discovering his sexuality
Sat, Jul 25, 2020

After global film festivals, Miss Man will show online at Kashish 2020 Virtual today and in the Oscars-qualifying BISFF in August

A Bengali indie film gets Russian premiere
Wed, Jul 22, 2020

The darkness of human life drives independent filmmaker Satyajit Das, who released his short film Dui Prithibi (Two World) online as his debut feature Paintings in the Dark premiered on Russian television

Shooting your day for Kevin Macdonald and Ridley Scott might take you to the Sundance Film Festival
Mon, Jul 20, 2020

The filmmaker duo invites entries for a sequel to their 2010 crowdsourced documentary Life in A Day

How Begum Akhtar once rode the vintage Minerva which won at global Concours Virtual 2020
Sun, Jul 26, 2020

Owner Diljeet Titus speaks of the regal past of the 1933 Minerva Type AL, one of the only nine Minerva cars surviving today, that won by People's Vote this week

When Ennio Morricone inspired Indian film music directors
Wed, Jul 08, 2020

How some unforgettable, and some unmentionable, movie songs and scores closer home owe it to the legendary Italian composer

Two Indian films around border make heads turn at Cannes
Sun, Jun 28, 2020

A border demarcates. It also seams two Indian WIP projects – Dostojee and The Borderlands – presented as part of ‘Goes to Cannes’ at the prestigious film festival

How a film shot in general dabba shows the forgotten India
Tue, Jun 23, 2020

Samarth Mahajan, who will present his latest, The Borderlands, at Cannes Film Festival’s Marche du Film this week, on his earlier documentary, The Unreserved, which is now available online.