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.
50 years of Abhinetri (1970): Feisty heroine sacrificed at the altar of a happy ending
Subodh Mukerji's film, starring Hema Malini and Shashi Kapoor, gives us a strong heroine but fails to follow through to the logical end of her subversion.
Cinestaan Curates: Mama's Boys is a hilarious spoof on the Mahabharata
Akshat Verma's short film was released a while ago, but the spoof on the epic is hilarious and worth a watch.
Buried under the sands of time, the melodies of composer Bulo C Rani
On Bulo C Rani's birth centenary today, we remember the largely forgotten music composer whose songs, however, remain immortal.
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I wanted to humanize people, says Mehvish Altaf Rather on her documentary about traditional Kashmiri bakeries
Kandurwan - Baking History is an attempt to portray the inhabitants of the valley in their normal everday life and not just as people in a state of turmoil.
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Fascinated by human stories, says Namita Lal on why she quit her corporate job for acting
The actress shares her journey, from being the MD of a bank to playing Rabbo in a film based on Ismat Chughtai's controversial short story, Lihaaf.
Mira Nair's Migration, Irrfan Khan’s lesser known short film
Irrfan Khan played a homosexual man in this short film on AIDS awareness by Mira Nair.
Cinestaan Curates: Boom Boom is a charming, funny film about wedding-night awkwardness
Rhea Chakraborty and Manjot Singh shine in this sweet film about a couple coming together in the most unexpected way.
Cinestaan Curates: Siblings presents a compelling portrayal of the ceaseless work of caregivers
With nuanced performances, the powerful film captures the frustration of two sisters as they struggle to take care of their comatose father while trying to live their own lives.
Chintu is a bit like meeting your childhood friend after a long time: Anubhav Anand on his short film
The short film is a reflection on urban life and the way in which its monotony often leaves one devoid of the emotions and beliefs that are central to one's being.
Men have to be incorporated into the feminist struggle: Aditya Kripalani on his latest film Devi Aur Hero
The writer-director's latest film is about a sex slave and a therapist, with sex addiction issues, who must fight their inner demons to help one another.
45 years of Julie: The anxieties around premarital sex and minority communities persist even today
Unwittingly perhaps, the film also raises some uncomfortable questions about the portrayal of women and 'others' in mainstream cinema.
How About A Kiss review: Predictable take on a student-teacher relationship
Starring Rajat Kapoor and Ritabhari Chakraborty, the muddled film does not have much to offer.
Trying to explore a poetic sense of being, says filmmaker Shashank Walia on his films
The filmmaker talks about how both, Somewhere Nowhere and In the Month of Love, explore the interaction between people and spaces in their own way. He also shares his experience of being at the Rotterdam Film Festival earlier this year.
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Classical vocalist Shanti Hiranand, Begum Akhtar's disciple, dies aged 87
Shanti Hiranand, a virtuoso performer in her own right, is best remembered for her devotion to her teacher, whom she called Ammi, and her art.
Cinestaan Curates: Stains presents a powerful portrait of a woman in the face of tradition
In the conflict between tradition and modernity, Rhea Mathews’s film exposes the way in which women have to constantly navigate the space of family and tradition.
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Shutdown Stories: Rohit Jugraj is learning the tricks of household chores, revisiting classic literature, and watching his temper
Filmmaker Rohit Jugraj says the downtime has enabled him to find creative ways of being at home and carry on with his work. He is also gaining new insights into life.
Cinestaan Curates: Bebaak is a blazing critique of religious authority and patriarchy
With a stellar cast and fine performances, Bebaak dissects the way in which the clergy and patriarchal authority keep women suppressed in the name of religion.
People usually think of me for negative roles, says actor Shaji Chaudhary on his career in Hindi films
The actor, who made his debut in Ashutosh Gowariker's Jodhaa Akbar, talks about his love for Rajasthan and his forthcoming films.
The goal is to do what you want to do, come what may, says cinematographer Riju Das
Das talks about the logistic and technical challenges that came up during the making of Aamis, his latest film, directed by Bhaskar Hazarika.
The multi-hyphenate Jaddanbai, Hindi cinema’s earliest woman composer
We wrap up our special series on women in early Indian cinema with a look at the imperious Jaddanbai, singer, actress, composer, lyricist, director, screenwriter and producer, who left an indelible mark on film history.