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Friday, June 25, 2021

Tanushree Ghosh


When Swatilekha Sengupta’s single take left spectators teary-eyed
Fri, Jun 18, 2021

Bengali film director Shiboprosad Mukherjee and actor Rituparna Sengupta recall the matriarch of the Belaseshe family, Ray's heroine and 'theatre empress', who passed away this week

Don Palathara’s IFFR-showcase Everything is Cinema is a hat-tip to Godard
Tue, Jun 08, 2021

Everything is Cinema, screened at the recent International Film Festival Rotterdam, is a double bill with Don Palathara's Joyful Mystery and pays tribute to Louis Malle structurally and Jean-Luc Godard stylistically.

How Chashme Buddoor was Sai Paranjpye’s love letter to Delhi
Mon, Jun 07, 2021

The romcom-buddy film, which turned 40 this year, provides a comprehensive Dilli darshan, of what the city used to look like

How Xogun and What’s Your Story take on two ways of storytelling
Thu, Jun 03, 2021

Two films to be screened at the 2021 New York Indian Film Festival look at two mediums of storytelling – journalism and independent filmmaking – and the roads taken towards them

Where the women are manning film sets
Sun, Apr 25, 2021

As producer Guneet Monga has been honoured with France's second-highest civilian award, she and other women producers, from India, Singapore and France, reflect on the abysmal number of women in cinema.

Biriyaani and Holy Rights, recently given the National Award, show the many wrongs women endure for a right
Sun, Apr 04, 2021

While Farha Khatun faced criticism for her documentary Holy Rights on women qazis, a handful of Kerala theatres refused to screen Sajin Baabu's Kani Kusruti-starrer feature Biriyaani

‘We didn’t look at each other as men and women, but as colleagues and officers’: Lt Gen Dr Madhuri Kanitkar
Tue, Mar 09, 2021

On Women’s Day today, as National Geographic premieres a new film, Women of Honour: Destination Army, we look at three women — a young officer who’s the film’s protagonist, the seniormost woman officer in the Indian Army, and a woman who is e-coaching defence aspirants

“Life in A Day 2020 comes from the people, I’m more of a DJ than a music creator”: Kevin Macdonald
Fri, Mar 05, 2021

Macdonald and Ridley Scott's second film in the crowdsourced series premiered at Sundance Film Festival this year and is available on YouTube.

Lahore By Metro, a photo book by Faizan Ahmad, is a slice of life of Pakistan not often seen
Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Faizan Ahmad is crowd-funding to self-publish a compilation of his conversations, over five years, on Lahore’s Metrobus, to train the spotlight on Pakistani identity

Documentary on Dalit women-run newspaper wins awards at 2021 Sundance Film Festival
Thu, Feb 04, 2021

The documentary feature Writing with Fire, by Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh, that spotlights Khabar Lahariya, India's only rural newspaper run by Dalit women, picked up special jury and audience awards in World Cinema Documentary competition.

Among Bollywood-backed Indian short films, a documentary on Jadugora eyes spot in Oscars shortlist
Thu, Feb 04, 2021

Tailing Pond, Vidya Balan-starrer Natkhat and Shameless are ShortsTV’s three selections; also in the running are Adil Hussain-produced Saving Chintu and Karishma Dev Dube’s Bittu. The Oscars shortlist will be announced on February 9.

As an upper-caste woman, I had to be implicated because the problem includes me: Lata director Alisha Tejpal
Fri, Feb 05, 2021

The India-US produced short film Lata, screening at Sundance Film Festival, spotlights class divide through how a domestic worker navigates time and space.

I couldn’t take the dichotomy; these were my people: A Dog and his Man director Siddharth Tripathy
Tue, Feb 02, 2021

Siddharth Tripathy’s debut Chhattisgarhi feature A Dog and his Man, screened at the 51st International Film Festival of India recently, is a moving tale of the last beings standing in a village evacuated for coal mining.

I want to hold a mirror to the society: Pinki Elli director Prithvi Konanur
Wed, Jan 27, 2021

Prithvi Konanur’s third Kannada feature, which screened at the 51st International Film Festival of Goa recently, trains the lens on how even homes aren’t a safe haven for children.

Why Bangladeshi film ‘The Salt in Our Waters’ mirrors Indian coastal and religious concerns
Sat, Jan 23, 2021

Rezwan Shahriar Sumit’s debut feature, which finds a vulnerable fishing community at the centre of a tussle between climate-change impact and religious conservatism, won NETPAC Best Film award at Kolkata International Film Festival and is nominated for the Ingmar Bergman award

Why Marathi short film Still Alive, screened at 51st IFFI, is a timely take on mental health
Fri, Jan 22, 2021

In the wake of a celebrity suicide last year, a pandemic that toyed with people’s sanity in lockdown, and Indian denial of mental illness, Onkar Diwadkar’s short film, screened at KIFF and IFFI, is relevant

Why IFFI-selected Odia feature film, Kalira Atita, is a wake-up call to global warming and its washing out of lands, people and memories
Thu, Jan 21, 2021

I Am Kalam director Nila Madhab Panda extends his decade-long work around effects of climate change from documentaries and Hindi films to his first Odia feature, screened at the ongoing IFFI’s Indian Panorama section

At the Sundance Film Festival, three Indian women-centric films are part of the 2021 line-up
Thu, Dec 17, 2020

The personal is political in Fire in the Mountains, Writing with Fire, and an Indo-US production, LATA. These are among 72 films at the festival, to be held late January

India’s 1st LGBT+ workplace equality index launched
Fri, Dec 11, 2020

The IWEI comes two years after the Supreme Court’s landmark reading down of Section 377.

How the supernatural in Adil Hussain’s Nirvana Inn stems from the real
Wed, Dec 09, 2020

Vijay Jayapal’s spooky existentialist second film in Hindi, releasing on December 11 on the OTT platform Cinemapreneur, deep dives into psychological and folk horror.

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.