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.
20 years of Refugee: JP Dutta’s romantic drama poignantly portrays plight of those in search of a home
Refugee, an unusual choice for debut film, is best remembered as the launch vehicle of star kids Abhishek Bachchan and Kareena Kapoor.
Dandekar Makes A Sandwich review: Heartwarming film about old age and forging new relationships
The short, starring Brian George, is part of a virtual showcase of films made available for viewers by the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.
Cinemapreneur launches OTT platform for Indian independent films
The TVOD platform has put out a call asking for submission of short films, feature films and documentaries by independent filmmakers.
40 years of Karz (1980): Rishi Kapoor’s crackling energy lights up this deliciously entertaining, glitzy musical
Subhash Ghai's film may not have done blockbuster business when it was released, but it has become one of the more memorable and influential films in popular culture.
Cinestaan Curates: Kush is a moving film that examines the erosion of humanity in a time of crisis
Shubhashish Bhutiani's short film is frightfully relevant as it is testimony to the mindless communal violence that ravages the lives of innocent people.
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It's a journey I did not anticipate when I started IFFLA, says founder Christina Marouda
The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles founder talks abut how the festival was born out of a love for Indian cinema, which was largely ignored by most international film festivals 18 years ago.
45 years of Mili (1975): Celebrating the childlike exuberance of Jaya Bhaduri
Hrishikesh Mukherjee returned to the theme of his own Anand (1971) but ended Mili on a note of hope rather than tragedy.
50 years of Heer Raanjha: Chetan Anand's definitive adaptation of the love ballad is sheer poetry on screen
The film, starring Raaj Kumar and Priya Rajvansh, is the only one in Hindi cinema to have the entire dialogues written in verse.
Cinestaan Curates: Banana Bread is a simple film that has the pulse of life under lockdown
Starring Rasika Dugal and Mukul Chadda and also written by them, this slice-of-life narrative set in the current pandemic offers some light-hearted moments.
Amazon cannot shrug off accountability for taking down Khyanikaa, says filmmaker Amartya Bhattacharyya
Khyanikaa: The Lost Idea was the first Odia film to be released on Amazon Prime on 6 June, only to be removed on the night of 8 June without notice.
Gippy Grewal, Neeru Bajwa to be seen together on screen after a decade in Paani Ch Madaani
Directed by Vijay Kumar Arora, the film will be released in 2021.
The gentle charm of Bharat Bhushan – Birth centenary special
Bharat Bhushan, born on 14 June 1920, carved a niche for himself in Hindi cinema by mostly portraying spiritual and sensitive characters.
Home Stories review: Vignettes of altered reality in extraordinary times
The anthology, shot mostly on phones and laptops, captures four different stories of people trying to cope with life in the lockdown.
Cinestaan Curates: Vujá Dé melds together time, reality in the realm of dreams
The experimental short film by Joby Varghese is an exploration of love and relationships viewed through the prism of time.
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The moment I trust a creator, I am putty in their hands: Parvathy discusses her craft
Popular Southern actress Parvathy Thiruvothu discussed her craft at an engaging session, sharing her process and ways of absorbing the characters that she plays on screen.
15 years of Parineeta (2005): Time for a contemporary take on the silent, suffering protagonist
Pradeep Sarkar's film marked the impressive debut in Hindi cinema of Vidya Balan who delivered a fine portrayal of betrayal and silent suffering.
Miss Lovely review: Indulgent film that intricately creates the atmosphere of the C-grade movie circuit
Ashim Ahluwalia's 2012 film was made available online as part of a selection of films by The Viewing Room of the Dharamshala International Film Festival.
40 years of Red Rose (1980): Killing them not-so-softly in this psychological thriller
Rajesh Khanna played a psychopath in this remake of a Tamil hit that seemed more a horror movie than a thriller.
Cinestaan Curates: Maacher Jhol is an elegant film with delicate flavours
The short animation film is available for viewing for a limited period only courtesy the Dharamshala Film Festival’s Viewing Room.
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Basu Chatterji (1930-2020): Filmmaker who found beauty, humour and stories in everyday life
The master storyteller who gave us films like Piya Ka Ghar (1972), Rajnigandha (1974), Chhoti Si Baat (1975), Khatta Meetha (1978) and Ek Ruka Hua Faisla (1986), died on Thursday aged 90.