Directors · Movies · Perspective

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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Filmmaking · Writers

Kamna Chandra: The writer who made Raj Kapoor give life to her story in Prem Rog

“No, I won’t narrate to his assistant. Main kahani Raj Kapoor ji ko hi sunaoongi.” Even as a newcomer trying to break through in the late 70s, veteran writer Kamna Chandra was at her assertive best with his secretary Harish Bhibhra while she was trying to persuade him to get her an audience with the…… Continue reading Kamna Chandra: The writer who made Raj Kapoor give life to her story in Prem Rog

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Connoisseur · Directors · Vintage Watch

Kanoon

What happens when someone is wrongly accused and sentenced for a murder? B.R.Chopra’s gripping 1960 whodunit courtroom drama Kanoon not only questions capital punishment but also examines the place of individual wants/ needs and how they fit within society’s aim of providing justice to all members equally. Intriguingly, the movie starts with a murder. The…… Continue reading Kanoon

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Filmmaking · Movies

The 10 Great Hindi Movies of 2016

2016 will go down in history as the year in which three of the millennium’s biggest superstars, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan finally came of age. They showed off their paunches and gave us a glimpse of their grey hair. Shah Rukh played an age-appropriate psychologist in Dear Zindagi, Salman an ageing wrestler in Sultan…… Continue reading The 10 Great Hindi Movies of 2016

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Actors · Directors · Short Takes

Raj & Nargis: A love that wasn’t

There was nothing subtle or silent about their romance. From the moment Raj Kapoor and Nargis met, in 1947, they were destined to create history. A first meeting that was cherished by Raj and immortalised many years later in his bubblegum love tale Bobby (1972). It was the scene in which Dimple Kapadia and Rishi Kapoor meet the first time and she accidentally smears…… Continue reading Raj & Nargis: A love that wasn’t

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Directors · Short Takes

Why Andaz was a watershed movie for Dilip Kumar, Nargis and Raj Kapoor

They were the original stylish trio of Hindi cinema. The talented players who made the love triangle an affair to remember and repeated forever. The year, 1949. The movie, Andaz. The creator of which was legendary director Mehboob Khan. There is no doubt it proved to be a watershed film in the careers of Dilip…… Continue reading Why Andaz was a watershed movie for Dilip Kumar, Nargis and Raj Kapoor

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