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.
What’s Your Story? review: Examining the ecosystem of indie cinema
OP Srivastava’s documentary takes the viewer into an almost parallel universe in a bid to depict all aspects of making an indie film.
Xogun review: A searing critique of journalism in our times
Utpal Borpujari’s Assamese-language short film reflects upon media ethics and their rapid erosion.
Auroville allows for everybody to find their place, says filmmaker Christoph Pohl
Ever Slow Green tells the remarkable and inspirational story of the man-made woodland in the experimental township.
Pinni review: The meandering journey of a boy in search of happiness
The Kannada-language short film is centred on a young man’s quest to find and follow his passion.
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Cinestaan Curates: Café Regular, Cairo offers an intricate insight into relationships
Ritesh Batra's Arabic language short film sheds light on modern-day relationships in Cairo.
75 years of Hum Ek Hain (1946): A parable of national integration which marked Dev Anand’s debut
Released on 8 June 1946, the film imparts the message of tolerance, oneness and unity.
Certain films are just evergreen, says Rati Agnihotri on Ek Duuje Ke Liye's enduring appeal
In an exclusive interview on the 40th anniversary of the film's release, Agnihotri reminisces about her debut in Hindi cinema with Kamal Haasan.
Cinestaan Curates: Mummy is a tender film about the bond between mother and son
Shot in the documentary mode and inspired by a personal moment, it examines the beginning of the process of separation.
We are giving consumers unseen content and filmmakers a platform, says ABC Talkies founder Siddharth Sinha
The film tech company enables directors to set their own ticket prices and directly access audiences through its pay-per-view model.
Cinema has the ability to surprise me every time, says Sthalpuran director Akshay Indikar
In an exclusive interview, the filmmaker talks about the centrality of using landscape as his canvas and making it reverberate with meaning.
Interested in the politics and poetics of the domestic space, says Sushma Khadepaun about her film Anita
The Gujarati-language short takes a hard look at the institution of marriage, patriarchy, women’s empowerment and marital rape, among other things.
Sikandar (1941): Masterful meeting of titans Sohrab Modi and Prithviraj Kapoor
On Prithviraj Kapoor's death anniversary, we revisit one of his legendary roles as Alexander the Great in Sohrab Modi’s historical classic.
Cinestaan Curates: Almost is a heartfelt portrayal of break-ups during the pandemic
The short film, which has a runtime of only six minutes, stars Ankush Bahuguna and Shibani Bedi as a couple going through a break-up.
Nagaland is where you see a tattoo-faced hunter sitting next to a guy in a Guns N Roses T-shirt: Theja Rio
His short film Angh, an intergenerational story, looks at the coming of Christianity to the region as a moment of displacement and loss.
Anita review: Shattering the construct of the independent, progressive NRI couple
Sushma Khadepaun’s short film deals with gender, patriarchy, women’s empowerment, marital rape and the misguided idea that by leaving one's country, one can escape its prejudices.
Angh review: Charting the historical demise of a way of life
The film won a Special Jury Award at the 2021 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and is being screened as part of the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.
Am partial to domestic dramas, says Ambiecka Pandit of her National award-winning short Custody
The short film is being screened as part of the virtual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, which begins today.
Never distinguished between commercial and parallel films, says Meel Patthar's Ghalib, Suvinder Vicky
Vicky won the Best Actor award at the Singapore International Film Festival for his role in Ivan Ayr’s acclaimed film.
The intention behind Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele was to encourage acceptance, says actor Anshuman Jha
Written and directed by Harish Vyas, the film was released on Disney+ Hotstar on 9 May.
Cinestaan Curates: Khujli is an endearing film about a middle-aged couple trying to get kinky
Written and directed by Sonam Nair, the short film stars Neena Gupta and Jackie Shroff.