1 day ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

This content will stay on in people’s hearts: Rituparna Sengupta on Ahaa Re

In a freewheeling conversation, filmmaker Ranjan Ghosh and actress-producer Rituparna Sengupta talk about their latest film and their love for food. This is the second and final part of the interview. ....

4 days ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

The only love is true love: Madhu Narayanan on his directorial debut Kumbalangi Nights

The Malayalam filmmaker speaks about everything that went into the making of his fabulous debut movie. ....

5 days ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

Chuhedaani review: An intriguing, enjoyable watch

Ravi Shankar Kaushik’s aptly titled short film employs the metaphor of a mousetrap to present a protagonist who takes control of her own destiny. ....

8 days ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

There are no success stories: Vivek Rai on startups in India

In his documentary, Vivek Rai deconstructs the ways in which startups are lauded as leading the big business success in our country and across the world.  ....

10 days ago | Sahil Bhalla

Vandana Kataria’s Noblemen isn’t a feel-good story but a cautionary tale

Production designer-turned-filmmaker Vandana Kataria's debut film is her interpretation of Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice set in an all-boys boarding school. ....

12 days ago | Sahil Bhalla

Habitat 2019: Showcasing student films with diverse voices

It is great to see a film festival give a platform for students to showcase their work and for audiences, producers, and others to discover new voices. ....

12 days ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

Arrogant of people to think they make films for themselves: Sarthak Bhasin

Sarthak Bhasin talks about his student film Ekaant, the desire for a wider audience, and the importance of an institute like the FTII for aspiring filmmakers. ....

12 days ago | Yatharth Vohra

Habitat 2019: Why filmmaker Dominic Sangma did not share his script with his cameraman

At a masterclass at the recent Habitat Film Festival in New Delhi, first-time filmmaker Dominic Sangma spoke about the need for preparation and to yet be receptive to change. ....

18 days ago | Yatharth Vohra

Creativity doesn't come in a vacuum: Ashvin Kumar masterclass at Habitat 2019

Ashvin Kumar, two-time National award-winning filmmaker, on how cinematic storytelling is different from other forms and why he likes to leave some things to the audience. ....

20 days ago | Yatharth Vohra

Habitat 2019: Documentaries on BR and Yash Chopra offer a trip down memory lane

Though the presentation of the documentaries on the two Dadasaheb Phalke awardees was rather monotonous, the audience seemed to love the information on offer. ....

20 days ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

I see a little of Basundhara in me: Rituparna Sengupta on her understated character in Ahaa Re

In an exclusive interview, celebrated Bengali actress Rituparna Sengupta and filmmaker Ranjan Ghosh talk about their Ahaa Re journey. ....

20 days ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

Richter Scale 7.6 review: Exploring the environmental impact on the human psyche

Jeeva KJ's debut film features a crucial concern that is largely overlooked, but its execution doesn't quite work. ....

22 days ago | Sahil Bhalla

Dithee review: Visually breathtaking story of loss, grief and healing

The unmoving sombreness of the present, coupled with the breathtaking cinematography, is the secret to the movie’s success. Director Sumitra Bhave chooses to show more than tell. The focus is on the psyche of Ramji and the viewer is drawn towards his sadness. ....

23 days ago | Yatharth Vohra

Little package, big impact: Habitat 2019 short film segment works best for those with busy schedules

The short film section has been attracting a goodly crowd of busy students, parents and office-goers who would otherwise have had to miss the festival. ....

23 days ago | Sahil Bhalla

Wanphrang K Diengdoh’s debut indie feature Lorni: The Flaneur subverts the noir genre

Meghalaya filmmaker Wanphrang K Diengdoh explains how his documentary filmmaking experience, a great team and 'sheer madness' helped him shoot his first feature on a micro-budget inside 24 days. ....

23 days ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

People are still very naïve when it comes to falling in love: Fenil Seta on his short film Bawraa

On day 5 of the 14th Habitat Film Festival in New Delhi, journalist and filmmaker Fenil Seta spoke about his film which was screened at the festival. ....

23 days ago | Shriram Iyengar

Oru Kuprasidha Payyan review: Tovino Thomas leads an emotionally sound, detailed, taut film by Madhupal

Madhupal's film is a layered study of an individual caught in a surreal tale of a legal mystery that rises to an equally emotional pitch. ....

24 days ago | Yatharth Vohra

Habitat 2019: In my stories, only the darkness lets one see the light, says Sanal K Sasidharan

Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, who presented his latest film Unmadiyude Maranam (Death Of An Insane) on the opening day of the 14th Habitat Film Festival, spoke on filmmaking, censorship and his own career. ....

24 days ago | Sonal Pandya

Khejdi review: Ashish Sharma is quietly compelling in this moving transgender tale

The film by Rohit Dwivedi lays out the lonely life of Khejdi, a sheltered young Rajasthani woman, who begins to question her identity. ....

24 days ago | Bhupen Chavan

Pictures: Lots to watch and talk about at the 14th Habitat Film Festival

The 14th edition of the annual 10-day Habitat Film Festival has served up some interesting and eclectic fare, drawing cinephiles in the national capital to the India Habitat Centre. Photographs: Habitat Film Club ....

25 days ago | Keyur Seta

Maassab review: A story of the real Students Of The Year

The film deals with the topic of poorly run government schools in small villages in the Hindi heartland of India. ....

25 days ago | Sahil Bhalla

Ramana Savari review: Simplistic ending ruins an otherwise charming film

This children’s film is what you would call a slow burner, with the director not getting to the crux of the tale until well into the second half. ....

25 days ago | Yatharth Vohra

Habitat 2019: Cinephiles weigh in on favourites, reveal choices for upcoming screenings

The opening weekend at the 14th edition of the Habitat Film Festival was fully booked with a cross-section of Delhi making a beeline for the India Habitat Centre. ....

26 days ago | Sahil Bhalla

Habitat 2019: Censorship is a mockery of the public intellect, says Aabhaasam director Jubith Namradath

Engineer-turned-director Jubith Namradath explains why he felt the need to adapt the idea behind his own short film Democracy: To Each His Own for his first feature. ....

26 days ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

Mookajjiya Kanasugalu review: Cinematic tribute to a celebrated literary work

National award-winning filmmaker P Sheshadri’s latest film brings Shivarama Karanth’s celebrated novel Mookajjiya Kanasugalu to the big screen. ....

26 days ago | Sahil Bhalla

An Engineered Dream review: An objective look at the rigours of the Kota coaching institutions

Loneliness and suicide ring throughout the documentary. Yet, Gaba has also managed to inject some light-hearted moments into the 72-minute film. ....

26 days ago | Our Correspondent

Habitat 2019: Did not understand the business of cinema when making Bhor, says Kamakhya Narayan Singh

Kamakhya Narayan Singh and Ridham Janve recounted their experiences as first-time feature filmmakers in a discussion with journalist Shubhra Gupta. ....

27 days ago | Sahil Bhalla

Habitat 2019: Women in Cinema Collective looks forward to a day when it is not needed

Director Jubith Namradath, actress-producer Rima Kallingal, actress Padmapriya Janakiraman and film critic Anna MM Vetticad were in conversation after Malayalam film Aabhaasam was screened at the Habitat festival. ....

27 days ago | Yatharth Vohra

Habitat 2019: Don't be afraid to experiment, says Bhor director Kamakhya Narayan Singh

Kamakhya Narayan Singh, a travel documentary expert from Assam, spoke of the hurdles he faced while directing his first feature, in an hour-long segment at the 14th Habitat Film Festival. ....

28 days ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

Unmadiyude Maranam is a totally political film, a propaganda film even: Sanal Kumar Sasidharan

Controversial independent filmmaker Sanal Kumar Sasidharan speaks about his latest work, the issues it engages with, why he is never satisfied with any of his films and why it is important to look within. ....

29 days ago | Sahil Bhalla

Digital platforms were never plan A for Ashvin Kumar’s No Fathers In Kashmir

Ashvin Kumar, whose film on the missing menfolk in Kashmir opened the 14th Habitat Film Festival, spoke of the 'crisis of compassion' in India and why he wrote his screenplay mainly for millennials. ....

about 1 month ago | Our Correspondent

Habitat festival lines up some exciting fare for Delhi's movie lovers

With the annual Habitat Film Festival set to begin in New Delhi, we bring you a selection of feature films that are not to be missed. ....

2 months ago | Keyur Seta

No Fathers In Kashmir review: Stark reality of the valley through the eyes of two teenagers

The film, directed by Ashvin Kumar, revolves around the issue of missing husbands in the valley. ....

3 months ago | Prateek Rawat

Chuskit review: Touching tale of a girl’s triumph over disability and attitudes

The film is a low-key look into the community’s life without stereotyping or exoticization, a skill that director Priya Ramasubban perhaps brings from her documentary filmmaking career to fiction. ....

5 months ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

We wanted to create an experience: Ridham Janve on his debut feature The Gold-Laden Sheep & The Sacred Mountain

Ridham Janve, whose debut feature has been doing the rounds of festivals, explains why nature is not used as a mere backdrop in the film but is a character. ....

6 months ago | Roushni Sarkar

Ranjan Ghosh's Rong Beronger Kohri receives due recognition in film festivals in and outside the country

After its theatrical release in March this year, the film was screened at the prestigious Habitat Film Festival and was received with a standing ovation from the audience in a house-full auditorium. ....

7 months ago | Suparna Thombare

Bhor review: Authentic and immersive story of an 'untouchable' girl

Director Kamakhya Narayan Singh's film tackles the themes of open defecation and women's empowerment through the lens of Bihar's Musahar community. ....

7 months ago | Suparna Thombare

Olu review: Fascinating visuals enhance this dreamy story of love

Shaji N Karun's vision is splendid, but the execution does not fully deliver on the promise of a brilliant work. ....

7 months ago | Roushni Sarkar

I could challenge myself as an actor in Kedara, says Kaushik Ganguly

The filmmaker-actor said people were aware of Dasgupta’s oeuvre as a composer but will be surprised to see his depth as a filmmaker. ....

7 months ago | Keyur Seta

Naal review: Moving tale of a child exploring his relationships

Child artiste Shrinivas Pokale deserves applause for pulling off such a difficult role with relative ease in his very first film. ....

7 months ago | Roushni Sarkar

Kedara review: Exceptional debut film by music composer Indraadip Dasgupta

Kaushik Ganguly delivers what is easily the best performance of his career so far, almost singularly carrying the film on his shoulders and leaving a lasting imprint in the minds of the audience. ....

7 months ago | Sahil Bhalla

Chuskit: A girl's simple true-life tale which was not so easy to tell on film

Director Priya Ramasubban hopes her film will inspire many differently abled children to go to school and live their lives to the fullest. ....

8 months ago | Suparna Thombare

Jonaki review: A story woven through visually stunning, dream-like snippets

Director Aditya Vikram Sengupta experiments with the visual form to depict an 80-year-old woman's decaying memories. ....

8 months ago | Sonal Pandya

The Gold-Laden Sheep And The Sacred Mountain review: Gorgeous but slow-moving parable

Set in 2012, the film in the Gaddi language directed by Ridham Janve unravels like a puzzle but also leaves some questions unanswered. ....

8 months ago | Sonal Pandya

Bulbul Can Sing review: Beautifully told coming-of-age story from Assam

Set in the beautiful state, Rima Das's film tells the story of a young woman, Bulbul, who has to discover her own voice. ....

8 months ago | Manigandan KR

Vada Chennai review: Vetrimaaran's film is a deeply layered, intense action thriller

Vetrimaaran lays the base for a fantastic story in the first of a three-part series. He does such a good job that you wish he had made the second and third parts as well. ....

about 1 year ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

It was the pen that picked me up rather than me picking up the pen: Sinjini Sengupta on Elixir

The author, columnist and public speaker spoke about the experience of turning her screenplay into a novel and writing for a film. ....

about 1 year ago | Simran Narula

Engaging young minds: Children’s films at 13th Habitat Film Festival

The recently concluded festival in New Delhi hostes three children's films — Assamese film Ishu, Malayalam film Swanam and Bengali film Rainbow Jelly. ....

about 1 year ago | Prateek Rawat

Good people are voiceless: Filmmaker Amshan Kumar on Manusangada

Kumar's Manusangada is an explosive exhortation of the cruel injustices of the caste system and the systemic violence committed on Dalits in India, where even death fails to be the proverbial leveler. ....

about 1 year ago | Prateek Rawat

I am not so much a cinephile as a cine-activist: Aparna Sen

Filmmaker and actress Aparna Sen, who presented her film Sonata at last month's Habitat Film Festival in New Delhi, speaks about her work, her journey and her motivations. ....

about 1 year ago | Prateek Rawat

There are a million similar stories everywhere because we are all connected: Filmmaker Ranjan Ghosh

The critically acclaimed filmmaker spoke to us during the 13th Habitat Film Festival about his influences, filmmaking and his latest film, Rong Beronger Korhi. ....

about 1 year ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

No fictional story is as fake as you might think it is: Filmmaker Rahul Jain

In a conversation with us, the Machines filmmaker talks about his influences and choices.  ....

about 1 year ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

Roundup: 13th Habitat Film Festival 2018 in pictures and quotes

While Aruna Vasudev lit the lamp at the inauguration of the 13th Habitat Film Festival, Gulzar recounted his journey from a writer to a filmmaker in conversation with Vishal Bhardwaj and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. Here's a quick rewind of the 13th Habitat Film Festival in pictures and quotes. Photos: Habitat Film Festival ....

about 1 year ago | Prateek Rawat

Maybe, Mayurakshi is a subtle sarcasm on idea of ideal woman we look for: Atanu Ghosh

The Bengali filmmaker engaged in an in-depth conversation with us on the sidelines of the 13th Habitat Film Festival about his latest feature film, Mayurakshi. ....

about 1 year ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

Put any religion’s name in Ee. Ma. Yau. you’ll find same issues: Lijo Jose Pellissery

On the sidelines of the 13th Habitat Film Festival, Pellissery spoke to us about his influences, some of the enduring themes of his films and his ever-increasing fan following. ....

about 1 year ago | Prateek Rawat

When we do something wrong, the question is who is responsible for repairing it: Praveen Morchhale

The director spoke to us after the screening of his National Award-winning film Walking With The Wind on the final day of the 13th Habitat Film Festival in New Delhi. ....

about 1 year ago | Prateek Rawat

Raju review: A happy-go-lucky tale of talent with an evanescent message of hope

Actor-director Nanditha Yadav’s children’s feature is a sanitized melodramatic take on the inspiring spirit and talent in the villages of India, despite relentless hardships. ....

about 1 year ago | Prateek Rawat

Alifa review: Intricate novelistic saga that deconstructs conflict of migrants in Assam

National Award-winning film Alifa is a multi-dimensional compelling film that engenders a poignant and engaging conversation within its multiple ideological stakeholders. ....

about 1 year ago | Sonal Pandya

3 reasons why you must watch Walking With The Wind at Habitat Film Festival

The National Award-winning Ladakhi film, directed by Praveen Morchhale, is a beautiful look at simple, uncluttered way of life. ....

about 1 year ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

My belief, hope, faith in humanity is something I cling on to: Srijit Mukherji at Habitat Film Festival

Speaking to us after the screening of his upcoming film Uma at the 13th Habitat Film Festival, the filmmaker spoke about the message of hope in his film and the need for positivity in our lives.  ....

about 1 year ago | Blessy Chettiar

Juze is local Goan shot of exploitation, hope and redemption

The strong human connect makes filmmaker Miransha Naik's story universally believable. ....

about 1 year ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

Wanted to tell a story that will touch me, bother me: Filmmaker Dar Gai at Habitat Film Festival

In a conversation with us, the filmmaker talks about her journey in making Teen Aur Aadha and shares what filmmaking means to her. ....

about 1 year ago | Suparna Thombare

Ralang Road is an atmospheric film showing the darker side of Sikkim

Director Karma Takapa combines dark humour with drama and social commentary to great effect. ....

about 1 year ago | Blessy Chettiar

Kaccha Limbu offers an uncomfortable experience that must not be missed

Director Prasad Oak’s film packs in memorable sights, sounds, emotions, and technical finesse in 115 precious minutes. ....

about 1 year ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

Capital punishment is State-sponsored murder: Jiju Antony at Habitat Film Festival

Jiju Antony's directorial debut, Eli Eli Lama Sabachthani? (The Forsaken), delves into the psyche of violence and examines the city in all its darkness. ....

about 1 year ago | Blessy Chettiar

Watch Pimpal at the Habitat festival for Dilip Prabhavalkar's acting masterclass

The veteran Marathi actor plays Arvind, a septuagenarian who battles loneliness as he lives in a virtual world. ....

about 1 year ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

Redu is a universal story: Filmmaker Sagar Vanjari at Habitat Film Festival

The director spoke to us about the inspiration for the Malvani-Marathi film and some of the challenges faced by regional filmmakers. ....

about 1 year ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

Filmmaker can be a social scientist, philosopher, prophet even: Writer Pradeep Kumar Shetty

Writer of the award winning Kannada film Reservation, Shetty spoke to us at the ongoing Habitat Film Festival about his thoughts on the issue of caste-based reservation and filmmaking. ....

about 1 year ago | Prateek Rawat

We are all biographers when we set out to critique something: Author Gautam Chintamani

Leading film critics, publishers, editors and authors discussed the writings on Indian Cinema, authorship, readership, history and market during a panel discussion at the 13th Habitat Film Festival. ....

about 1 year ago | Prateek Rawat

Faced rejections for my low-pitched, melancholic voice: Rekha Bharadwaj at Habitat Film Festival

Rekha Bhardwaj enchanted the audience at the 13th Habitat Film Festival with anecdotes from her career and brief performances of some of her famous Hindi songs. ....

about 1 year ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

It is a filmmaker's duty to talk about times we are living in: Vishal Bhardwaj at Habitat Film Festival

During an interaction, the filmmaker spoke about the reasons why he makes films and the difficulties that he jostled with as a writer. ....

about 1 year ago | Prateek Rawat

Karim Mohammed review: Despite lacking finesse, this film will resonate for its timely setting and idealism

The film focusses on Kashmir’s Bakarwal community and their daily struggles within the terrorism fraught nomadic way of life. ....

about 1 year ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

Housing is a global problem: Filmmaker Chezhiyan Ra on his National Award winning film To Let

In a quick interview with us on the sidelines of the ongoing Habitat Film Festival, the filmmaker spoke of some of the issues that his film engages with. ....

about 1 year ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

A director is nothing but a storyteller: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra at Habitat Film Festival

In an engaging session, the filmmaker revealed the inspirations and thought processes behind some of his most acclaimed films. ....

about 1 year ago | Manigandan KR

3 of many reasons to watch Vikram Vedha at the Habitat Film Festival

Do you agree with our selection, or would you recommend this film for some other reasons? We are eager to find out. ....

about 1 year ago | Roushni Sarkar

3 compelling reasons to watch Rituparna Sengupta's Dharasnan at Habitat

Dharasnan is a tale of how an exploitation victim can, in spite of herself, turn into an exploiter. ....

about 1 year ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

Shashi Kapoor, India's pioneering international star

The Habitat Film festival pays tribute to the extraordinary Shashi Kapoor, focusing on his works in international and alternative cinema. ....

about 1 year ago | Sonal Pandya

Eli Eli Lama Sabachthani? brings a disturbing look at the psyche of a perpetrator

The first film from writer-director Jiju Antony tries to humanize a man accused of rape and murder. ....

about 1 year ago | Sonal Pandya

Uplifting ode to girlhood and Assam in Village Rockstars at the Habitat Film Festival

The gorgeous second feature by Rima Das is a moving tale of a little family trying to get by, in the beautiful village of Chahaygaon, Assam. ....

about 1 year ago | Prateek Rawat

Regional films help rediscover India: Filmmaker Aruna Vasudev at Habitat Film Festival inauguration

This edition of the festival will focus on Pan Indian Cinema and will run from 17-28 May at the India Habitat Centre. ....

about 1 year ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

KG George retrospective: Tracking influence of Malayalam auteur's cinema on contemporary filmmakers

The retrospective at the Habitat Film Festival 2018 will begin with the screening of the documentary 8½ Intercuts: Life And Films Of KG George by Lijin Jose and Shahina K Rafiq, which looks at the legacy of George’s films. ....

about 1 year ago | Manigandan KR

4 reasons why you should not miss Thupparivaalan at the Habitat Film Festival

Thupparivaalan has everything you can hope for in a crime thriller, including a detective modelled after the legendary Sherlock Holmes himself. ....

about 1 year ago | Sonal Pandya

Why Ajji is difficult but essential viewing at the Habitat Film Festival

The gritty drama, which could very well be ripped from today’s headlines, offers a satisfying conclusion to its dark tale of revenge. ....

about 1 year ago | Roushni Sarkar

Habitat festival 2018 opener Drishtikone is a romantic thriller in every sense

The film offers palpable suspense and demands the audience's full concentration while watching as there are clues hidden in the subtlest expressions of the characters. ....

about 1 year ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

Habitat Film Festival provides space for genuine cinema lovers, says programme director Vidyun Singh

The 13th edition of the festival, featuring a pan-Indian sweep of National award-winning and critically acclaimed cinema, begins in New Delhi today. ....

about 1 year ago | Mayur Lookhar

Redu review: Entertaining tale of loss with fine acting, visuals

Director Sagar Vanjari’s endearing drama of a poor man’s obsession with his radio is a laughter fest worth tuning in to. ....

about 1 year ago | Sonal Pandya

Watch The Hungry at the Habitat festival for Naseeruddin Shah, Tisca Chopra's masterclass

The stage is set for a red wedding in this updated adaptation of William Shakespeare’s older play. ....

about 1 year ago | The Cinestaan Team

About the Habitat Film Festival

The thirteenth edition of the capital's premier film festival is being held from 17 through 27 May this year. ....

about 1 year ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

Habitat Film Festival: National award winning films, regional cinema make a stellar line-up for 2018

Gulzar, Aparna Sen, Devashish Makhija, Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, Miransha Naik, Jiju Antony are among the filmmakers expected to attend the festival. ....

about 1 year ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

'Festivals provide a platform to show films to an audience that is ready to be provoked'

Dita Rietuma, director of the National Film Centre of Latvia, spoke on the sidelines of the Habitat International Film Festival about showcasing Latvian cinema and the importance of festivals in promoting cinemas of the world. ....

about 1 year ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

A good film is made of things that you do not see on screen: Filmmaker Vijay Singh

Vijay Singh speaks of his latest documentary, Farewell My Indian Soldier, which looks at the experience of colonial troops during World War I from a non-Eurocentric perspective. ....

about 1 year ago | Shriram Iyengar

Habitat International Film Festival 2018 opens with Cannes winner A Man Of Integrity

The 10-day film festival will see over 60 international films of various genres screened at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi between 23 March and 1 April 2018.  ....

over 2 years ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

Let it go: Arunaraje Patil on her life and cinematic journey

Published by HarperCollins India, Patil's book recounts the challenges the first female technician to be trained at the FTII faced as a filmmaker. ....

over 2 years ago | Aanchal Juneja

Wrapping up Habitat Film Festival: Film aficionados recount happy memories

The cinematic landscapes, experimental works and political reportage in various films presented an opportunity for the audience to connect with wider languages, issues and even locales as they explored India through cinema. ....

over 2 years ago | Our Correspondent

Glimpses of Habitat Film Festival

The Habitat Film Festival was attended by several directors and producers who presented their films at the festival and engaged with the audience during invigorating interactive sessions. We bring you some glimpses from the event. ....

over 2 years ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

They just want me to be silent: B Suresha on his love for cinema

In an exclusive chat with Cinestaan.com at the recently concluded Habitat Film Festival, the filmmaker talked about his idea of filmmaking and the straddling of three mediums — theatre, television and film. ....

over 2 years ago | Sonal Pandya

4 reasons why you should watch Haraamkhor at the Habitat Film Festival

Directed by Shlok Sharma, this gritty look at an affair between a student and her teacher is both quirky and unsettling. ....

over 2 years ago | Shriram Iyengar

5 reasons to watch U Turn at the Habitat Film Festival

The 2016 film is being screened at the Habitat Film Festival on 28 May at 4:30 pm. We give you five reasons to watch the film. ....

over 2 years ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

Veeram director Jayaraaj: We can dream of anything and create it

In an exclusive interview with Cinestaan.com during the ongoing Habitat Film Festival in New Delhi, the director talked about his love for Shakespeare, his next film project and the responsibilities of using digital technology. ....

over 2 years ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

Adoor Gopalakrishnan: It's only rubbish that sells

The veteran filmmaker said that today even television does not want worthwhile films while award juries are populated by film illiterates. ....

over 2 years ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

Jaicheng Dohutia on his film Haanduk: Solutions start with you

The film, in the tribal Moran language of Assam, depicts the helplessness of a people who remain forgotten by the 'mainstream' ....

over 2 years ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

Habitat Film Festival: Exhibition takes a walk down KA Abbas's works

KA Abbas: The City As A Metaphor is a curated package of films written/ directed by the Indian film director, novelist, screenwriter and journalist. ....

over 2 years ago | Suparna Thombare

Why you should give Mantra a shot at the Habitat Film Festival

Nicholas Kharkongor’s film, which will be screened at the Habitat Film Festival today, is clinical and low on depth, but still worth a watch.  ....

over 2 years ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

Dr Biju on the power of cinema: Film is a medium of transformation

In Malayalam film Kaadu Pookkunna Neram/When The Woods Bloom, which was screened at the ongoing Habitat Film festival, he takes up the issue of the struggle of the tribals against the state. ....

over 2 years ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

Govind Nihalani, Buddhadev Dasgupta, Avinash Das talk about film funding, compromises

The filmmakers were part of a panel discussion held at the ongoing Habitat Film Festival in New Delhi. ....

over 2 years ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

Jagte Raho: Revisiting Raj Kapoor’s socially relevant masterpiece

Kapoor as the Chaplinesque tramp or the Everyman figure has very few dialogues in the film and relies on his expressions and pantomime to communicate his helplessness. The film was screened at the ongoing Habitat Film Festival in New Delhi. ....

over 2 years ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

Habitat Film Festival 2017: KA Abbas — a man ahead of his times

Writer Jai Arjun Singh and historian Ravikant discussed the legacy of KA Abbas’ films and his oeuvre as a writer and filmmaker, at the Habitat Film Festival in New Delhi. ....

over 2 years ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

Habitat Film Festival 2017: Kaasav — an exploration into the mind

Marathi film Kaasav/The Turtle was screened at the ongoing Habitat Film Festival in New Delhi. ....

over 2 years ago | Our Correspondent

Snapped! Konkona Sensharma, Vikrant Massey, Kalki Koechlin at Habitat Film Festival 2017

The opening film of the Habitat Film Festival, A Death in the Gunj, was attended by the actor and debutant director Konkana Sensharma, Kalki Koechlin, Vikrant Massey, producer Abhishek Chaubey and other members of the cast and crew of the film. The screening of the film was followed by a Q&A session, where the crew members interacted with the audience. A Death in the Gunj will be released in theatres on 2 June. ....

over 2 years ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

Habitat Film Festival 2017: Reality is boring, says Buddhadev Dasgupta on Tope/The Bait

Based on Narayan Gangopadhyay’s short story, the film explores exploitation, entrapment, enchantment and disillusionment in various forms through three interlinked stories. ....

over 2 years ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

Habitat Film Festival 2017: Om Puri — the face of his times

Speaking at the opening of the 'Retrospective' of Puri’s films, veteran director Govind Nihalani reminisced about the actor’s warm personality and his dedication to his craft. ....

over 2 years ago | Shriram Iyengar

4 reasons why you should watch Baastu Shaap at the Habitat Film Festival

Kaushik Ganguly's mellow romantic thriller is playing at the Habitat Film Festival in Delhi on Monday at 6.30pm. We give you four reasons to watch this wonderful little film. ....

over 2 years ago | Shriram Iyengar

Neecha Nagar at Habitat Film Festival: The lowly film that won Cannes over

Before the age of overseas marketing, and red carpet appearances, Chetan Anand's Neecha Nagar made history by winning at the first Cannes Film Festival while being ignored completely back home. Neecha Nagar will be screened at the ongoing Habitat Film Festival in Delhi. ....

over 2 years ago | Keyur Seta

4 reasons why you should watch Ananya Kasaravalli’s Chronicles Of Hari

The film achieves high standards in narrating a complex tale with utmost simplicity.  ....

over 2 years ago | Shriram Iyengar

Abhishek Chaubey on turning producer: We are a film industry, not a film genre

Two weeks before A Death In The Gunj is released, director-producer Abhishek Chaubey sat down to speak about the changing world of cinema content, audience, and the need for different kinds of cinema. ....

over 2 years ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

12th Habitat Film Festival: You can learn a lot about India through regional films, says Vidyun M Singh

The 12th edition of the Habitat Film Festival (HFF), a celebration of pan-Indian cinema begins in Delhi today. ....

over 2 years ago | Sukhpreet Kahlon

Habitat Film Festival 2017: 10 films you shouldn't miss

From the popular to the art house, the 10-day festival brings the best of pan-Indian cinema to film lovers in Delhi. The film festival will run from 19-28 May 2017. ....

over 2 years ago | Keyur Seta

Found the idea of Mukti Bhawan strangely beautiful, says director Shubhashish Bhutiani

The filmmaker shares his experience of coming across the intriguing subject of a hotel where people check in to await deliverance. ....

over 2 years ago | Shriram Iyengar

I did not even have a script when I approached Nawazuddin: Shlok Sharma on Haraamkhor

A first-time director, Sharma exudes the quiet confidence of a man who trusts his product. The director of the critically-acclaimed Haraamkhor, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Shweta Tripathi, sat down for a talk with Cinestaan.com about his much-delayed film, and the nature of its simple story.  ....

over 2 years ago | Keyur Seta

Ananya Kasaravalli: I learnt about cinema by studying my father’s films

The young director's first film, Harikatha Prasanga, received a positive response at the Mumbai film festival last month. ....