Articles by Sahil

Review English

Noblemen review: Stomach-churning tale of bullying in a boys' boarding school

Some may say Noblemen is a feel-good story, but one needs to look under the surface to realize it isn’t.

4 months ago — Sahil Bhalla

Article Hindi

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.

4 months ago — Sahil Bhalla

Article Hindi

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.

4 months ago — Sahil Bhalla

Review Marathi

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.

5 months ago — Sahil Bhalla

Article

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.

5 months ago — Sahil Bhalla

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

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

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 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 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 Hindi

Documentary Tungrus gives insight into a family's relationship with a rooster

Nusrat Bharde brought home the rooster — a newborn — one day and the decision hasn’t settled well with the family six months down the line.

11 months ago — Sahil Bhalla

Article Hindi

7th DIFF comes to a close amidst open screenings, informal chats and unseasonal rains

Dharamshala International Film Festival keeps on getting bigger, year-after-year, despite the lineup being less than stellar this time around.

11 months ago — Sahil Bhalla

Article Tibet

Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam's The Sweet Requiem gets a full house at DIFF

Set amongst the exile Tibetan community in India, The Sweet Requiem is a deeply personal and moving drama.

11 months ago — Sahil Bhalla

Article Ladakhi

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.

11 months ago — Sahil Bhalla