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Sukhpreet Kahlon

Sukhpreet Kahlon
Head of Research

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sukhpreet.kahlon@cinestaan.com

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.

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Article English Hindi

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.

about 1 month ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

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.

2 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Review Hindi

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.

2 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Review Hindi

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.

2 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

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.

2 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

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.

2 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

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.

3 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Review Hindi

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. 

3 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

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.

3 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article American Hindi

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.

3 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Review English

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.

3 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi Punjabi

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.

3 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Review Hindi

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.

3 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

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. 

3 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Assam

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.

3 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

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.

3 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article English (India)

We need to have these solidarities, says documentary filmmaker Nupur Basu, on women-only film festivals

Basu, who is also the managing trustee of IAWRT's India chapter, talks about the significance of organising a women-only film festival and the need to safeguard such niche spaces.

3 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Review Hindi

Cinestaan Curates: Ghar Ki Murgi places the drudgery of household work in sharp relief

Starting a new section where we recommend short films and documentaries for the keen viewer. This week, Sakshi Tanwar shines in this short film by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari about the unpaid, invisible labour of homemakers.

3 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

I had this artistic urge to do a horror film, says comedian Ashish Chanchlani

The popular YouTuber talks about his first short film, Aakhri Safar, and his growing popularity on digital media.

3 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

Foregrounding women’s sensibilities: Fatma Begum, India's first woman filmmaker

Continuing our special series on pioneering women, we look at the contribution of Fatma Begum, the first woman director in Indian cinema, who shattered stereotypes to be both in front of and behind the camera.

3 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon