5 months 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. ....

5 months 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. ....

5 months 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. ....

5 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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.  ....

6 months 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 ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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.  ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

6 months 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. ....

7 months 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. ....

7 months 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. ....

8 months 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. ....

8 months 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.  ....