Sukhpreet

Sukhpreet
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.
Editorial Team

Articles by Sukhpreet

Article Urdu

Landscapes are characters in my films, they play their own role: Praveen Morchhale on Widow Of Silence

Award-winning filmmaker Praveen Morchhale speaks about the importance of aesthetics for him while making a film and why he cannot wait to tell the stories he wants to tell.

3 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

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Widow Of Silence review: Riveting exploration of ruined lives in a mesmerizing landscape

Filmmaker Praveen Morchhale's fascinating film takes a searing look at the lives of the so-called half-widows in Kashmir and the people left behind in a conflict zone.

4 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Malayalam

I made hardcore commercial cinema, just to exist: Malayalam film veteran Sreekumaran Thampi

At the closing ceremony of the 2nd Kazhcha-Niv Indie Film Festival, Thampi recounted his own challenges and journey in Malayalam cinema.

6 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

We are here, and not at IFFK, because we are passionate about cinema: Apurva Asrani at KNIFF 2018

The editor-screenwriter was one of the mentors at the Kazhcha-Niv Indie Film Festival Script Lab this year.

8 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Malayalam

Screenplay writers should be aware of socio-political situation of the country: PF Mathews at KNIFF

Speaking on day 4 at the Kazhcha-Niv Indie Film Festival lab, Mathews shared some crucial aspects that writers should keep in mind while penning their scripts.

9 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Malayalam

Making films is nothing short of ecstasy: Filmmaker KP Kumaran at the KNIFF Coffee Chat

Day 2 of the Kazhcha-NIV Film Festival saw filmmaker and screenwriter KP Kumaran bring to the fore some of the challenges in making independent films.

10 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Malayalam

We need a connection between filmmakers and critics: Sanal Sasidharan at KNIFF 2018

At a Coffee Chat session, filmmakers discussed the state of film criticism in India and thought through modes of exhibition wherein independent filmmakers could reach out to a wider audience.

10 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Bengali English (India)

A beacon and an inspiration: Filmmaker Sangeeta Datta on Rituparno Ghosh's legacy

Bird Of Dusk, filmmaker Sangeeta Datta's tribute to Rituparno Ghosh opened the Kazhcha-NIV Indie Film Festival. Datta speaks about hitherto unknown aspects of Ghosh's personality and his formidable legacy.

10 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Malayalam

KNIFF is kind of an anarchy that includes everything: Sanal Kumar Sasidharan

The second edition of a unique film festival, Kazhcha-Niv Indie Film Fest, is being held in Trivandrum from 7-10 December. Sanal, one of the founders and organisers of the festival speaks on the focus of the festival as well as its future.

12 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article American

IFFI 2018 has been a disaster as it is run by cinema illiterates: Veteran film aficionado Abhijit Ghosh Dastidar

A regular at film festivals in the country, he has been attending the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), or the Filmotsav as it was called in those days, since 1982.

15 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

I want conservation stories to reach the masses: The Firefox Guardian director Gunjan Menon

The Firefox Guardian was screened at the recently concluded Woodpecker International Film Festival. The filmmaker talks about her fascination with the lesser known animal and her motivation as a wildlife filmmaker.

16 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

You never know whose eyes are on you: Anandana Kapur on her film about women detectives

On the sidelines of the 6th Woodpecker International Film Festival, Kapur speaks about her documentary that looks at women detectives and their lives in a refreshingly nuanced way.

23 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

Unless you can make a frog look sexy, nobody is interested: Akanksha Sood Singh

On the second day of the Woodpecker International Film Festival 2018, National award-winning filmmaker Akanksha Sood Singh discussed key elements of wildlife filmmaking in her masterclass.

23 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

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10 must-watch international films at the Woodpecker festival

The films range from wildlife documentaries to stories of the human spirit.

25 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

I think I am a gangster at heart: Vishal Bhardwaj at Film Bazaar 2018

The filmmaker speaks about his journey in cinema and what defines his choices in a conversation with Nasreen Munni Kabir.

26 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

Want Vaikhari to trigger a new journey for people: Lubdhak Chatterjee

The documentary will be screened today (23 November) at the 6th Woodpecker International Film Festival in Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi.

26 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

Ten must-watch Indian films at the Woodpecker festival 2018

The festival this year has a strong focus on contemporary issues of global migration and displacement as well as on films with woman protagonists.

26 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Bengali

India continues to disappoint me: Filmmaker Rajaditya Banerjee on how globalization has left the marginalized behind

Rajaditya Banerjee, whose Death Certificate was screened at KIFF 2018, talks passionately about his reasons for making the film and explains why he is critical of a developmental model that means progress for a few.

28 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Australian

Australian films are not well represented in India: Film curator Mitu Bhowmick Lange at KIFF

On the sidelines of the Kolkata film festival, Mitu Bhowmick Lange discusses the selection of Australian films for the festival and ways in which the two countries can strengthen cultural bonds.

about 1 month ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

I want to work with people who enrich my craft, experiences: Filmmaker Sanjoy Nag on Yours Truly

The filmmaker talks about his inspirations for the story and the choice of casting Soni Razdan in his film.

about 1 month ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon