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 Hindi

Bioscopewalli: Innovative pre-cinema experience at the IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival

A live installation takes audiences to a pre-cinema experience while encouraging them to engage with contemporary gender issues and ways of seeing.

about 1 month ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Nepal

I think Manushi is meant to do great things: Filmmaker Surbhi Dewan on Daughter of Nepal 

Dewan's film Daughter of Nepal tracks the journey of Manushi as she embraces the path that she was meant to take in serving her homeland.

about 1 month ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

How will the country improve, asks filmmaker Manoj Tiwari in his upcoming film P se Pyaar, F se Faraar

P se Pyaar, F se Faraar explores hate crimes and the toll that caste-based violence takes on the victims as well as their families.

3 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Review Punjabi

Uda Aida review: It's Punjabi vs English in director Ksshitij Chaudhary's comic caper

Uda Aida explores in part the ramifications of giving up one's mother tongue.

3 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

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.

3 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

Diorama: You need the patience of a tree and the perseverance of grass in the film industry, says Pavan Malhotra

The veteran actor talks about his film choices and why he takes it as a compliment when people tell him they did not recognize him in a role.

3 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

Diorama 2019: Exciting time to be a scriptwriter if you can think originally, says Vipul Rawal

At a chat session at the first Diorama International Film Festival, screenwriter Rawal spoke about his journey in cinema, offering insights into what makes a good script.

3 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

Diorama: For me, acting is all about improvisation, says Divya Dutta

Divya Dutta talks about today's exciting times when the variety in content gives artistes wider avenues for exploration.

3 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

We are greedy people, we want good content: Vivek Rangachari on the process of greenlighting films

During a chat session at the Diorama International Film Festival, the co-founder of DAR Motion Pictures, Rangachari spoke about the process of selecting scripts and the lack of good writers in the country.

3 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

Diorama 2019: As actors we all look for stuff that gets noticed, says Arjan Bajwa

During a chat session at the Diorama film festival, artistes Divya Dutta and Arjan Bajwa spoke about the elements of a script that excite them and propel them to accept projects.

3 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

Raj Kapoor was a great teacher: Rahul Rawail on learning the ropes from master filmmaker

At the Diorama International Film Festival, Randhir Kapoor pointed out that the legacy in discussion was actually that of Prithviraj Kapoor, the acting powerhouse who was the first member of the Kapoor family to become a professional actor.

3 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Punjabi

In getting this footage, I’ve got a part of history: Filmmaker Kabir Singh Chowdhry on Mehsampur

In his unconventional film Mehsampur, Chowdhry breaks the barriers of conventional documentary filmmaking in order to access the layered personal  history of one of the most popular singers of Punjab — Amar Singh Chamkila.

4 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

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.

4 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Review Urdu

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 months 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.

4 months 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.

4 months 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.

4 months 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.

5 months 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.

5 months 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.

5 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon