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.
25 years of DDLJ: We planned the Punjab locations and portions six months in advance, says cinematographer Manmohan Singh
Manmohan Singh, now a leading director in Punjabi cinema, recalls the challenge of making the visuals from Punjab match up to the beauty of the film's European locations. The whole impact of the film would have been lost otherwise, he says.
Omji never turned anyone away from his door, remembers wife Nandita Puri
On Om Puri's 70th birth anniversary today, Nandita launches the YouTube channel Puri Baatein and speaks about keeping his legacy alive.
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Smita Patil's 10 most memorable roles – Birth anniversary special
In a short span of just over a decade, Smita Patil, who was born this day in 1955, captured the hearts and minds of film watchers as well as makers with her powerful performances and earthy sensuality.
Bhanu Athaiya (1929-2020): A titan among costume designers
The doyenne of design, who made history by becoming India's first Oscar-winner, also played a role in cultivating the country's fashion sensibilities with her work.
Cinestaan Curates: MAD is a captivating film that fuses craft with sensitivity
Vinod Rawat gives us an unconventional film that exhibits the ways in which the mother and daughter carve out a sanctuary for themselves.
Burning review: A cumbersome exploration of sisterhood
Set on the ghats at Kashi, VS Sanoj’s short film is an exploration of religion, patriarchy and class through an unexpected conversation between two women brought together by desperate circumstances.
Cinestaan Curates: Uss Din examines the frenzy of violence in an increasingly polarized world
The 2010 short film starring Rajkummar Rao, Pubali Sanyal and Karan Mehat remains deeply relevant today.
40 years of Dostana: The bromance that launched Dharma Productions with a bang
Revisiting the star-studded movie for which screenwriting duo Salim-Javed were paid more than the leading men, making this a landmark moment in Hindi cinema.
Boundaries and borders are imaginary lines: Priya Belliappa on her short film Frayed Lines
The film won the best short film award in the Karnataka competition section of the Bengaluru International Short Film Festival 2020
Cinestaan Curates: Hey Ram! is a chilling film that speaks to our times
The short film makes us wonder about the idea of India and the spirit of humanity, brotherhood and secularism that forged the nation.
Film festivals are a way to reach the audience: Maharshi Kashyap on how his short film got discovered
The student filmmaker's Assamese-language short has travelled to almost 30 festivals around the world.
Cinestaan Curates: Oh Fish is a fun, refreshing take on unexpected connections
The Kannada short film is centred on two millennials whose lives intersect amid the nationwide lockdown.
Padman and Kadakh to be screened at the 2nd edition of the Indus Valley International Film Festival
The festival will be held digitally from 2-9 October 2020
Cinestaan Curates: Catdog creates a dream-like world that will unsettle you
Ashmita Guha Neogi’s short was the only Indian film chosen for the Cinéfondation Selection at the Cannes festival this year.
When I discovered cinema, it became easier to express myself: Siddharth Chauhan
Chauhan's short film The Flying Trunk will be screened virtually at the Silvereye International Film Festival being held from 18 to 20 September.
Call Him Eddy review: A loquacious exploration of the comfort of the human touch
Directed by Sanjeev Vig, the short film starring Sanjay Suri, delves into the psychology of human touch.
Cinestaan Curates: Onnu Chirikkoo is an exquisite, politically conscious film that wonders about our duty to our fellow humans
The directorial debut of actor Ganapathi, the politically conscious film makes us think about what it means to be a citizen
We still understand mental illness very little: Karishma Upadhyay on her Parveen Babi biography
Journalist Upadhyay, whose book creates a flesh-and-blood portrait of a star whose life was entwined with gossip and speculation, speaks of the need to treat celebrities with a bit of kindness.
25 years of Rangeela: Celebrating a sensuous joie de vivre and the innocence of starry-eyed dreams
On the 25th anniversary of the release of the Ram Gopal Varma hit starring Urmila Matondkar, Aamir Khan and Jackie Shroff, a look at its enduring popularity.
Punjab isn't only about cheer, colour, singing and dancing, says Kaali Khuhi filmmaker Terrie Samundra
The filmmaker's 2009 short film Kunjo is an exploration of agency and gender through an incident in the life of a young migrant girl