Not just a film

Popular Hindi cinema has for long ensured that people outside the state continue to look at Kashmir from a particular perspective that only allowed telling only half the story.

11 Aug 2019

Where the past is another country

Kashmir has a recorded history of over 5,000 years, and yet everything seems to be viewed in the light of what happened in the last six decades

21 Jul 2019

Victim and the Saviour

Article 15 joins a growing list of films that are armed with the persuasive power of movie and television and deal with events that are a part of our contemporary history.

18 Jul 2019

Future with a dash of the past

One could indeed experience a sense of letdown if they believed in the future that popular films, books, and video games had promised.

22 Jun 2019

Inherent Politics in Films

Every film, at some level, is a political film and what separates a handful of them is the narrative’s ability to become an immortal comment on the times irrespective of the theme.

01 Jun 2019

Bollywood’s enfant terrible

Mukherjee’s is not the first biography of Dutt and certainly not the last, if reports of the star penning his version later this year are to be believed.

18 May 2019

News as entertainment

The media industry for long has held the audiences’ demand responsible for whatever it wanted to peddle in the name of programming.

05 May 2019

Five-year summer

The power of film as a medium can be gauged by what someone like Vladimir Lenin thought of it.

12 Apr 2019

Unravelling the country’s mind

Besides learning some fun facts and details about India’s previous elections, one can also see how predictions were made by Roy and friends

07 Apr 2019

Experiencing the Bard in India

The author draws examples from scores of films and other Indian storytelling formats.

29 Mar 2019

Remakes: Same mistake yet again

A few days ago the news of a possible remake of the 1990s Govinda-Karisma Kapoor film Coolie No. 1 made me think about the whole business of remakes in a new light.

23 Mar 2019

The Lyricist’s Magique 

The advent of sound changed cinema the world over, but when it came to India, it did more than that.

09 Mar 2019

White noise

Sensationalism in the name of news is dangerous for it’s easy to be fooled into knowing something, the difficult part is to understand.

02 Mar 2019

Book review: The Players in Satyajit Ray’s Cinematic Universe

Ray’s restraint in his casting calls is also the reason why his actors went on to become the embodiment of his vision but also an entire generation.

17 Feb 2019

Praying to be good

When translated from Sanskrit, the extract simply asks the divine to lead the supplicant from untruth to truth, from darkness to light, from the fear of death to immortality.

08 Feb 2019