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The 10 Great Movies of 2018: A year that was…

Women shone in Hindi cinema, the Khans sobered down, solid scripts made their mark, and character actors rocked big along with stunning lead performances in 2018. Returning to mainstream with a solid presence, women made ample use of significant screen time devoted to them. Six movies with female-driven plots made it to top ten performers…… Continue reading The 10 Great Movies of 2018: A year that was…

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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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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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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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