Habitat Film Festival: News

Review Hindi

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.

5 months ago — Keyur Seta

Review Kannada

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.

5 months ago — Sahil Bhalla

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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.

5 months ago — Yatharth Vohra

Article Malayalam

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.

5 months ago — Sahil Bhalla

Review Kannada

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.

5 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article English (India)

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.

5 months ago — Sahil Bhalla

Article Himachali Hindi

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.

5 months ago — Our Correspondent

Article Malayalam

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.

5 months ago — Sahil Bhalla

Article Hindi

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.

5 months ago — Yatharth Vohra

Article Malayalam

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.

5 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article English (India)

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.

5 months ago — Sahil Bhalla

Article Bengali English (India) 4 more

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.

5 months ago — Our Correspondent

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Review Urdu

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.

7 months ago — Keyur Seta

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Review Ladakhi

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.

7 months ago — Prateek Rawat

Article Himachali

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.

9 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Bengali

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.

10 months ago — Roushni Sarkar

Review Hindi

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.

11 months ago — Suparna Thombare

Review Malayalam

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.

11 months ago — Suparna Thombare

Article Bengali

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.

11 months ago — Roushni Sarkar

Review Marathi

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.

11 months ago — Keyur Seta