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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Tanushree Ghosh


Prappeda is an audacious Malayalam sci-fi anti-war film
Wed, Jun 22, 2022

Krishnendu Kalesh’s debut feature film Prappeda, which premiered at Rotterdam, screened at IFFK, and won the special award for promising debut in direction at this year’s Kerala State Film Awards, leaves you with questions.

Kerala Film Awards 2022: How Aavasavyuham, Chavittu and Prapedda are expanding the scope of playing with the form
Mon, Jun 20, 2022

More than Malayalam mainstream, it is the indies — such as these three films, which won top creative prize at the 52nd Kerala State Film Awards — that are proof of what Anurag Kashyap said at the 26th IFFK about Malayalam cinema chronicling the times, unlike Hindi films

Cannes 2022: Death is a recurring theme in some of the Indian films at the festival
Sat, May 21, 2022

Among a crop of new and young directors meditating on death, in all its manifestations and ramifications, in their films at the Cannes Film Festival, are two classics resurrected from the dead, the freshly restored G Aravindan’s 'Thamp' (1978) and Satyajit Ray’s 'Pratidwandi' (1970)

Why was Deepika Padukone dressed in sofa upholstery at Cannes?
Thu, May 19, 2022

Deepika Padukone, a jury member at the Cannes Film Festival, and the choice of her red-carpet sari was a missed opportunity to celebrate Indian handloom.

When Irrfan got angry with Anup Singh
Mon, May 16, 2022

In a recent book, the filmmaker composes an ode to a friend, an actor whose life enriched the inner world of others

NYIFF 2022: Five debut Indian films to watch at the New York festival
Fri, May 06, 2022

For the first time, the 22nd New York Indian Film Festival, which runs virtually from May 7-14, will have a Sanskrit film and an award for debut filmmakers.

Regional cinema: Unesco glory for Dostojee, North American awards for Once Upon a Time in Calcutta
Wed, May 04, 2022

Dostojee, set in rural Bengal, has won the children's award CIFEJ Prize while OUATIC, a slice of urban Bengal, was awarded the Grand Jury Award at IFFLA, Los Angeles, and the Circle Award at Filmfest DC, Washington DC

HIFF 2022: Don’t miss these 8 Indian films at Habitat International Film Festival, which returns to Delhi after a hiatus of two years
Mon, May 02, 2022

The Habitat International Film Festival returns in physical form with an eclectic selection of over 60 films from home and the world.

‘Given Indian cinema’s volume, magnitude and legacy, that US festivals overlooked it didn’t make sense to me’: Christina Marouda
Thu, Apr 28, 2022

Christina Marouda, the Greek founder of the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, whose 20th edition starts today, on the need for global festivals to include more Indian independent films.

Anand Patwardhan: ‘Films that I made to fight religious and caste discrimination are the most useful’
Fri, Apr 15, 2022

The documentary filmmaker will receive the prestigious 2022 Outstanding Achievement Award at Toronto’s Hot Docs Festival this month

Explained: India’s several film bodies, now to be part of ‘umbrella’ NFDC
Fri, Apr 01, 2022

The government has made a budgetary allocation of Rs 1,304.52 crore up to 2026 for all these activities under NFDC.

‘Indian filmmakers retaining key decision-making roles is a huge part of this Oscar moment’
Sun, Mar 27, 2022

Filmmakers Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh of Writing with Fire, India’s first Oscar nomination in documentary feature, on the film, the spotlight and a controversy

‘I wondered what would courage sound like’: Tajdar Junaid
Sun, Mar 27, 2022

The musician on scoring for the Oscar-nominated Writing with Fire, being a sought-after composer for independent cinema, and how wars impact artistes

Khabar Lahariya says documentary an ‘inaccurate’ representation, filmmakers stand by portrayal
Wed, Mar 23, 2022

Khabar Lahariya's statement, which comes a week ahead of the 94th Academy Awards, says the film “eclipses” their work of over 20 years and captures only a part of their story — “and part stories have a way of distorting the whole sometimes”.

The omission of Pedro and Barah by Barah at the Bengaluru film festival and what it says about the state of film festivals in India
Sat, Mar 12, 2022

Bengaluru’s loss is Kerala’s gain, as Pedro, Barah by Barah, and Koli Taal are headed to film festivals in Kerala this month. With no big theatres, producers, OTTs eager to bet on them, for independent filmmakers, only festivals help them reach an audience.

22nd MAMI: Ajitesh Sharma’s Womb Women of My Billion births a unique movement on celluloid
Tue, Mar 08, 2022

After Delhi Crime, Sharma and Apoorva Bakshi unite on a documentary, Womb: Women of My Billion, to record Srishti Bakshi’s CrossBow Miles movement, a Kanyakumari to Srinagar walk, listening in to stories of gender-based violence.

22nd MAMI: Faraz Ali’s Shoebox is an unsentimental elegy for Allahabad
Fri, Mar 04, 2022

Set in a changing city, Shoebox ruminates on loss and memory through a personal lens.

Explained: Why have filmmakers written an open letter to MAMI?
Thu, Mar 03, 2022

More than 15 independent filmmakers, from among the 30-plus selected for this year’s now-cancelled Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, have written an open letter, disappointed with MAMI’s decision to cancel physical screenings. What are their concerns?

Filmmakers appeal to MAMI festival for physical screening
Sat, Feb 26, 2022

In their letter, they made “a public appeal for MAMI to plan a set of physical screenings, and to the people of Mumbai to express their support”.

When documentary filmmaker Sourav Sarangi found peace and harmony in Karbala
Wed, Feb 23, 2022

Karbala Memoirs, which screens today, is the Kolkata-based National Award-winning documentary filmmaker’s latest personal piece on his witnessing the Arba'een Walk and its takeaways.

When, in India, Bhutan’s first Oscar-nominated director decided to become a storyteller
Sat, Mar 26, 2022

Pawo Choyning Dorji, the India-born Bhutanese filmmaker whose directorial debut 'Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom' is Bhutan’s first ever Oscar nomination, on India’s role in his life, making a film against all odds and the responsibility of a filmmaker

Oscar nominations 2022: Indian documentary Writing with Fire nominated in Best Documentary Feature category
Wed, Feb 09, 2022

Oscars nominations 2022: ‘Writing with Fire’ is the first all-India independent production to make it to the final nomination in this category. In December, it had made it to the Oscars shortlist — among 15 films from a pool of 138.

10 iconic songs of Lata Mangeshkar in Indian languages
Tue, Feb 08, 2022

One who sang more than 30,000 songs in over 36 languages, Lata Mangeshkar let the warm glow of her voice reach every corner of the country.

Rochona Majumdar’s book on Art Cinema is a compelling chapter on India’s modern history recorded on screen
Sun, Feb 06, 2022

An accessible academic book on the role of art films in documenting India after Independence

Sundance 2022: Grand Jury Prize winner Shaunak Sen’s sublime and urgent documentary film All That Breathes is a kite’s-eye view of Delhi pollution
Sat, Jan 29, 2022

The only Indian film at the Sundance Film Festival, that's won the top prize in World Cinema Documentary Competition, pits Delhi's toxic air against two brothers who give their all to make black kites fly