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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.
How will the country improve, asks filmmaker Manoj Tiwari in his upcoming film P se Pyaar, F se Faraar
P se Pyaar, F se Faraar explores hate crimes and the toll that caste-based violence takes on the victims as well as their families.
Uda Aida review: It's Punjabi vs English in director Ksshitij Chaudhary's comic caper
Uda Aida explores in part the ramifications of giving up one's mother tongue.
We wanted to create an experience: Ridham Janve on his debut feature The Gold-Laden Sheep & The Sacred Mountain
Ridham Janve, whose debut feature has been doing the rounds of festivals, explains why nature is not used as a mere backdrop in the film but is a character.
Diorama: You need the patience of a tree and the perseverance of grass in the film industry, says Pavan Malhotra
The veteran actor talks about his film choices and why he takes it as a compliment when people tell him they did not recognize him in a role.
Diorama 2019: Exciting time to be a scriptwriter if you can think originally, says Vipul Rawal
At a chat session at the first Diorama International Film Festival, screenwriter Rawal spoke about his journey in cinema, offering insights into what makes a good script.
Diorama: For me, acting is all about improvisation, says Divya Dutta
Divya Dutta talks about today's exciting times when the variety in content gives artistes wider avenues for exploration.
We are greedy people, we want good content: Vivek Rangachari on the process of greenlighting films
During a chat session at the Diorama International Film Festival, the co-founder of DAR Motion Pictures, Rangachari spoke about the process of selecting scripts and the lack of good writers in the country.
Diorama 2019: As actors we all look for stuff that gets noticed, says Arjan Bajwa
During a chat session at the Diorama film festival, artistes Divya Dutta and Arjan Bajwa spoke about the elements of a script that excite them and propel them to accept projects.
Raj Kapoor was a great teacher: Rahul Rawail on learning the ropes from master filmmaker
At the Diorama International Film Festival, Randhir Kapoor pointed out that the legacy in discussion was actually that of Prithviraj Kapoor, the acting powerhouse who was the first member of the Kapoor family to become a professional actor.
In getting this footage, I’ve got a part of history: Filmmaker Kabir Singh Chowdhry on Mehsampur
In his unconventional film Mehsampur, Chowdhry breaks the barriers of conventional documentary filmmaking in order to access the layered personal history of one of the most popular singers of Punjab — Amar Singh Chamkila.
Landscapes are characters in my films, they play their own role: Praveen Morchhale on Widow Of Silence
Award-winning filmmaker Praveen Morchhale speaks about the importance of aesthetics for him while making a film and why he cannot wait to tell the stories he wants to tell.
Widow Of Silence review: Riveting exploration of ruined lives in a mesmerizing landscape
Filmmaker Praveen Morchhale's fascinating film takes a searing look at the lives of the so-called half-widows in Kashmir and the people left behind in a conflict zone.
I made hardcore commercial cinema, just to exist: Malayalam film veteran Sreekumaran Thampi
At the closing ceremony of the 2nd Kazhcha-Niv Indie Film Festival, Thampi recounted his own challenges and journey in Malayalam cinema.
We are here, and not at IFFK, because we are passionate about cinema: Apurva Asrani at KNIFF 2018
The editor-screenwriter was one of the mentors at the Kazhcha-Niv Indie Film Festival Script Lab this year.
Screenplay writers should be aware of socio-political situation of the country: PF Mathews at KNIFF
Speaking on day 4 at the Kazhcha-Niv Indie Film Festival lab, Mathews shared some crucial aspects that writers should keep in mind while penning their scripts.
Making films is nothing short of ecstasy: Filmmaker KP Kumaran at the KNIFF Coffee Chat
Day 2 of the Kazhcha-NIV Film Festival saw filmmaker and screenwriter KP Kumaran bring to the fore some of the challenges in making independent films.
We need a connection between filmmakers and critics: Sanal Sasidharan at KNIFF 2018
At a Coffee Chat session, filmmakers discussed the state of film criticism in India and thought through modes of exhibition wherein independent filmmakers could reach out to a wider audience.
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A beacon and an inspiration: Filmmaker Sangeeta Datta on Rituparno Ghosh's legacy
Bird Of Dusk, filmmaker Sangeeta Datta's tribute to Rituparno Ghosh opened the Kazhcha-NIV Indie Film Festival. Datta speaks about hitherto unknown aspects of Ghosh's personality and his formidable legacy.
KNIFF is kind of an anarchy that includes everything: Sanal Kumar Sasidharan
The second edition of a unique film festival, Kazhcha-Niv Indie Film Fest, is being held in Trivandrum from 7-10 December. Sanal, one of the founders and organisers of the festival speaks on the focus of the festival as well as its future.
IFFI 2018 has been a disaster as it is run by cinema illiterates: Veteran film aficionado Abhijit Ghosh Dastidar
A regular at film festivals in the country, he has been attending the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), or the Filmotsav as it was called in those days, since 1982.