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Sydney Film Festival: Decoding Manto and Mehsampur

Life can be distressing for creative souls who strive to tell the truth, and nothing but the truth. The consequence of their honesty could be killings or attacks, even in a civilised society. Sound familiar? Indian films Manto and Mehsampur, directed by Nandita Das and Kabir Singh Chowdhry respectively, which premiered at the Sydney Film Festival this year,…… Continue reading Sydney Film Festival: Decoding Manto and Mehsampur

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Actors · Conversation · Filmmaking

Nandita Das: Manto’s view of women and the dignity he gave to them is rare

Nandita Das does not need an introduction. Her body of work speaks for her. She is known for her unique acting, and now directing choices. She quietly defied moulds with expert performances in Fire, Earth, Kannathil Muthamittal, Azhagi, Kamli, Before The Rains and Ramchand Pakistani. Her directorial debut Firaaq, which she co-wrote with Shuchi Kothari, was…… Continue reading Nandita Das: Manto’s view of women and the dignity he gave to them is rare

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First Watch · Movies · Popular

Veere Di Wedding: Of filter-free, fun and fabulous Veeres

Veere Di Wedding was worth every micro second of the long wait if we go by famous words uttered by the ever-articulate Swara Bhasker: “It’s taken 105 years for mainstream Bollywood to make a film about four girlfriends and none of them are falling in love with the same guy.” Truth. We haven’t had a high-spirited…… Continue reading Veere Di Wedding: Of filter-free, fun and fabulous Veeres

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Connoisseur · First Watch · Movies

102 Not Out: Two men and an empty nest

At long last, a pair of old men share the driving seat in an emotional movie ride. Statistics tell us that women outlive men in their lifespans. But what happens when their partners perish earlier and men are left alone in the empty nest? With 102 Not Out, director Umesh Shukla makes a gentle and entertaining attempt…… Continue reading 102 Not Out: Two men and an empty nest

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Connoisseur · First Watch · Movies

October: Slow Cooked Love

October is like that rare, precious and real moment which arrives in our prescribed lives completely unannounced. Like a soft petal, or a floating cloud, or a silent wave. Filled with calm and spontaneity. Making us wonder what to do with it. Savour it? Live it? Run from it? Fast forward it? Solid, ready, and patient, it waits…… Continue reading October: Slow Cooked Love

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