Sukhpreet Kahlon

Sukhpreet Kahlon
Head of Research

Sukhpreet Kahlon believes there is a treasure trove of films waiting to be discovered and brought to the fore in India. She gave up her love for teaching English literature to pursue film research. She has worked with prominent film festivals and likes to keep her finger on the pulse of the growing independent cinema movement. At Cinestaan.com, she writes on cinema and various film personalities. She also makes sure she never misses a Diljit Dosanjh film.
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Articles by Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi Punjabi

Shutdown Stories: Rohit Jugraj is learning the tricks of household chores, revisiting classic literature, and watching his temper

Filmmaker Rohit Jugraj says the downtime has enabled him to find creative ways of being at home and carry on with his work. He is also gaining new insights into life.

16 hours ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Review Hindi

Cinestaan Curates: Bebaak is a blazing critique of religious authority and patriarchy

With a stellar cast and fine performances, Bebaak dissects the way in which the clergy and patriarchal authority keep women suppressed in the name of religion.

1 day ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

People usually think of me for negative roles, says actor Shaji Chaudhary on his career in Hindi films 

The actor, who made his debut in Ashutosh Gowariker's Jodhaa Akbar, talks about his love for Rajasthan and his forthcoming films. 

2 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Assam

The goal is to do what you want to do, come what may, says cinematographer Riju Das

Das talks about the logistic and technical challenges that came up during the making of Aamis, his latest film, directed by Bhaskar Hazarika.

3 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

The multi-hyphenate Jaddanbai, Hindi cinema’s earliest woman composer

We wrap up our special series on women in early Indian cinema with a look at the imperious Jaddanbai, singer, actress, composer, lyricist, director, screenwriter and producer, who left an indelible mark on film history.

4 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article English (India)

We need to have these solidarities, says documentary filmmaker Nupur Basu, on women-only film festivals

Basu, who is also the managing trustee of IAWRT's India chapter, talks about the significance of organising a women-only film festival and the need to safeguard such niche spaces.

8 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Review Hindi

Cinestaan Curates: Ghar Ki Murgi places the drudgery of household work in sharp relief

Starting a new section where we recommend short films and documentaries for the keen viewer. This week, Sakshi Tanwar shines in this short film by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari about the unpaid, invisible labour of homemakers.

8 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

I had this artistic urge to do a horror film, says comedian Ashish Chanchlani

The popular YouTuber talks about his first short film, Aakhri Safar, and his growing popularity on digital media.

9 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

Foregrounding women’s sensibilities: Fatma Begum, India's first woman filmmaker

Continuing our special series on pioneering women, we look at the contribution of Fatma Begum, the first woman director in Indian cinema, who shattered stereotypes to be both in front of and behind the camera.

11 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Malayalam

Wanted to deal with the idea of cultural difference in the context of a relationship: Rhea Mathews

Filmmaker Rhea Mathews talks about the interaction between gender and tradition that she wanted to explore in her graduating film, Stains.

11 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

The transnational stardom of the 'lark of India', Jahanara Kajjan

Continuing our special series on some of the women in early Indian cinema, a look at the dazzling but short-lived career of Jahanara Kajjan, celebrated singer, actress, poet whose fame transcended India's borders.

19 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi Pakistani

Brilliant, dazzling Azurie, Indian cinema's first dancing star

Continuing our special series to commemorate International Women's Day on 8 March, we bring you Azurie who dedicated her life to dance and became a beacon for many others to follow.

25 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

You have to figure out your own ethical and moral universe, says documentary filmmaker Priya Sen

At the just-concluded IAWRT film festival, the filmmaker discussed the process of making Yeh Freedom Life, its form and aesthetics.

26 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Kashmiri

They are not pictures, but emotions, says Masrat Zahra on the images that capture the lives of Kashmiris

Masrat Zahra and fellow photojournalist Sanna Irshad Mattoo's pictures, which were exhibited at the just-concluded IAWRT Film Festival, document the lives of the people of the erstwhile state after the withdrawal of its special status under Article 370 of the Constitution.

26 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Malayalam

I am really grateful the jury could connect to the film: Sajin Baabu

The elated director, whose Biriyaani won the Special Jury Award at BIFFES 2020, says he was disappointed the film was not selected in his own state Kerala, for the IFFK.

about 1 month ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Marathi

Panghrun is one of the best films I have done: Mahesh Manjrekar

The actor-director-producer says he now wants to make the film in Hindi with Aamir Khan. 

about 1 month ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Assam Chhatisgarhi 3 more

Panghrun wins Best Film, Special Jury Award for Biriyaani at BIFFES 2020

Bodo film, Jwlwi (The Seed) gets Special Jury Mention, while The Dog and his Man from Chhatisgarh wins the FIPRESCI International Critics Jury Award.

about 1 month ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Assam

We should make films on our people and our land, says filmmaker Manju Borah

 The award-winning filmmaker from Assam talks about the importance of making films on indigenous people, with their universal subjects, like the struggle for existence, linguistic rights and political rights. 

about 1 month ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Assam

This film was like a catharsis for me, says actress-filmmaker Rajni Basumatary on her latest Bodo film

On the sidelines of the Bengaluru International Film Festival, the multi-talented artiste talks about the genesis of her film and why it was crucial for her to tell the story of the far-reaching consequences of a draconian law.

about 1 month ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Konkani

For me, making films is a basic joy: Indie producer Rajesh Pednekar on persisting despite the hurdles

Director Nitin Bhaskar and producer Rajesh R Pednekar speak about their Konkani film Kaajro (Bitter Tree) that was screened at the Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFFES).

about 1 month ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon