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.
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Articles by Sukhpreet

Article Hindi

Why make movies if we can’t engage with what is happening around us: Filmmaker Prateek Vats

Prateek Vats speaks about his debut feature film Eeb Allay Ooo! and why it is important for a filmmaker to address socio-political realities in his work.

2 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Bengali

Totally unexpected: Riddhi Majumder on winning first Best Film award at Kazhcha festival

Pariah is filmmaker Riddhi Majumder's debut feature and raises pertinent questions about love, compassion and what it means to be human.

4 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

You can romanticize the dark, but we had to romanticize the light as it was so fleeting: Anandana Kapur

Anandana Kapur's documentary, which was chosen Best Film on Human Rights at the Woodpecker festival, examines the complex relationships between people and the state through the lens of electricity.

5 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Malayalam

Indie films should find a market of their own, says filmmaker Santosh Babusenan

In a candid conversation, controversial filmmaker Santosh Babusenan talks about going overboard with censorship and the essential difference between 'commercial' and 'parallel' cinema.

5 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Maithili

The foundation is very personal, says Achal Mishra of his debut film Gamak Ghar

First-time filmmaker Achal Mishra talks about the making of Gamak Ghar, which is winning appreciation at festivals across the country.

6 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Malayalam

We come together for joy and put the Kazhcha indie festival together for pleasure: Sanal K Sasidharan

Filmmaker Sanal Kumar, a co-founder of the Kazhcha-Niv Indie Film Festival, discusses his vision for the festival as well as some of its shortcomings.

6 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Malayalam

This is a do-or-die situation: Sanal Kumar Sasidharan on Chola's wide release in Kerala

The unprecedented release of Sanal Kumar's Chola in 145 theatres across Kerala is being watched eagerly by independent filmmakers as its success will encourage them to venture towards the box office.

7 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Malayalam

Most people don’t watch artistic cinema because it is not reaching them, says Sanal Kumar Sasidharan 

Speaking at a panel discussion at the ongoing Kazhcha-Niv Indie Film Festival, filmmakers debate over the blurring of the lines between mainstream and independent cinema.

7 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Malayalam

Need to bribe Animal Welfare Board, only then will get certificate for Biriyaani, says Sajin Baabu

In a candid chat, filmmaker Sajin Baabu talks about the impediments faced by him in releasing his latest film, Biriyaani.

7 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Bengali Hindi 1 more

One thought making a good film was enough, but it’s not: Saurav Rai on hurdles faced by filmmakers

At a panel discussion at the Kazhcha-Niv Indie Film Festival, filmmakers lamented the state of premier festivals in the country, where space for independent filmmakers seems to be shrinking.

7 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Kannada Malayalam

We hope our message gets through: Filmmaker Jiju Antony on 3rd edition of KIFF 2019

The Kazhcha-Niv Indie Film Festival (KIFF) began with a hall packed with an eager audience that welcomed another edition of this festival that continues to break conventional norms.

9 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

This screening of Bhor is very emotional for me: Kamakhya Narayan Singh at Woodpecker closing

The filmmaker recalled the time he had spent in the national capital as a student with fondness and thanked all those who had been a part of his journey.

10 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article German

To change a world, everybody has to look to themselves: Andreas Ewels on the importance of awareness

Journalist and filmmaker Andreas Ewels talks about his documentary on the darker aspects of vanilla production and the ways in which films about the environment need to create awareness, leading to responsible choices and action.

13 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

Jwar Bhata (1944): When Dilip Kumar's performance got him a zero

On the 75th anniversary of the release of Jwar Bhata, Dilip Kumar’s debut film, we look at the legendary actor's shaky beginnings that eventually congealed into a luminous career through determined effort.

16 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi Malayalam 1 more

Lots of stupidity, lots of blunders and survived 40 years, says filmmaker Priyadarshan on his career

At the ongoing International Film Festival of India (IFFI), the filmmaker sat down for a candid chat with the audience and spoke about his beginnings in cinema and the influences that shaped the films he made over a span of three decades.

19 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

My USP is that people can relate to me: Taapsee Pannu on what sets her apart in Hindi cinema

In a session held today at the ongoing golden jubilee edition of IFFI, she discussed her criteria for selecting scripts with moderator Madhureeta Mukherjee.

22 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Malayalam

Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s Chola to be released in Kerala on 6 December

Chola was premiered at the 76th Venice International Film Festival and won two Kerala State awards for its artistes.

25 days ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

He did not believe in borders: Syeda Hameed remembers uncle KA Abbas

On the 50th anniversary of the release of Amitabh Bachchan's debut film Saat Hindustani (1969), social and women’s rights activist and writer Syeda Hameed elucidates its relevance in contemporary times.

about 1 month ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Review Punjabi

Daaka review: Exciting heist film that leaves one in splits

The film starring Gippy Grewal and Zareen Khan is an enjoyable watch despite the stretched narrative.

about 1 month ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

50 years of Aradhana: Ashim Samanta on the incredible story behind the making

Filmmaker Shakti Samanta's son Ashim, a schoolboy in 1969, recalls the making of the film and its premiere.

about 1 month ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon