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.
Wanted to deal with the idea of cultural difference in the context of a relationship: Rhea Mathews
Filmmaker Rhea Mathews talks about the interaction between gender and tradition that she wanted to explore in her graduating film, Stains.
The transnational stardom of the 'lark of India', Jahanara Kajjan
Continuing our special series on some of the women in early Indian cinema, a look at the dazzling but short-lived career of Jahanara Kajjan, celebrated singer, actress, poet whose fame transcended India's borders.
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Brilliant, dazzling Azurie, Indian cinema's first dancing star
Continuing our special series to commemorate International Women's Day on 8 March, we bring you Azurie who dedicated her life to dance and became a beacon for many others to follow.
You have to figure out your own ethical and moral universe, says documentary filmmaker Priya Sen
At the just-concluded IAWRT film festival, the filmmaker discussed the process of making Yeh Freedom Life, its form and aesthetics.
They are not pictures, but emotions, says Masrat Zahra on the images that capture the lives of Kashmiris
Masrat Zahra and fellow photojournalist Sanna Irshad Mattoo's pictures, which were exhibited at the just-concluded IAWRT Film Festival, document the lives of the people of the erstwhile state after the withdrawal of its special status under Article 370 of the Constitution.
I am really grateful the jury could connect to the film: Sajin Baabu
The elated director, whose Biriyaani won the Special Jury Award at BIFFES 2020, says he was disappointed the film was not selected in his own state Kerala, for the IFFK.
Panghrun is one of the best films I have done: Mahesh Manjrekar
The actor-director-producer says he now wants to make the film in Hindi with Aamir Khan.
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Panghrun wins Best Film, Special Jury Award for Biriyaani at BIFFES 2020
Bodo film, Jwlwi (The Seed) gets Special Jury Mention, while The Dog and his Man from Chhatisgarh wins the FIPRESCI International Critics Jury Award.
We should make films on our people and our land, says filmmaker Manju Borah
The award-winning filmmaker from Assam talks about the importance of making films on indigenous people, with their universal subjects, like the struggle for existence, linguistic rights and political rights.
This film was like a catharsis for me, says actress-filmmaker Rajni Basumatary on her latest Bodo film
On the sidelines of the Bengaluru International Film Festival, the multi-talented artiste talks about the genesis of her film and why it was crucial for her to tell the story of the far-reaching consequences of a draconian law.
For me, making films is a basic joy: Indie producer Rajesh Pednekar on persisting despite the hurdles
Director Nitin Bhaskar and producer Rajesh R Pednekar speak about their Konkani film Kaajro (Bitter Tree) that was screened at the Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFFES).
I lost my heart to cinema and have since been devoted to it, says Aruna Vasudev, on being felicitated at BIFFES
The International Federation of Film Critics also commended Narahari Rao and Sudhir Nandgaonkar for being the pillars behind the film society movement in India.
Still not easy to get funds for a film about women, by a woman: Geetha J
The filmmaker talks about her debut feature, Run Kalyani, which is being screened at the ongoing Bengaluru International Film Festival, as well as her journey as a woman filmmaker.
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Remembering the first woman in Indian cinema, Kamlabai Gokhale
To mark International Women's Day (8 March), we bring you a series of articles that look at some of the pioneering women in Indian cinema. First up, Kamlabai Gokhale and her mother Durgabai, who forayed into cinema when not much was known about the medium.
Ik Sandhu Hunda Si review: Mindless film that promotes toxic masculinity and glorifies violence
Gippy Grewal makes an unconvincing action hero in a film that justifies violence that stems from bruised egos and small insults.
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Remembering Shanta Apte, the 'stormy petrel' of Indian cinema
A fiery actress and gifted singer, Shanta Apte remains one of the more compelling early woman stars of Indian cinema, with her refusal to bow to societal conventions. On her death anniversary, we take a look at her life and career in film.
Zindagi In Short review: This Guneet Monga-helmed anthology offers compelling vignettes of the extraordinary within the ordinary
Seven short films artfully explore situations that arise in the lives of ordinary people as the anthology takes us through a gamut of emotions
The comical, the witty and the satirical: Remembering the many facets of IS Johar
On his birth centenary today, we look at the multi-hyphenate talent of writer, actor, director, producer Inder Sen Johar.
Sufna review: An evolved idea of love in contemporary times
Despite a lumbering pace, Jagdeep Sidhu's latest film offers an inclusive message along with a unique exploration of what love means.
Sufna song 'Ammi': Soulful number that captures a child's yearning for her mother
The song 'Ammi' from the Punjabi film Sufna captures the loneliness of a young girl as she remembers the love and care showered on her by her mother.