Sukhpreet

Sukhpreet
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.
Editorial Team

Articles by Sukhpreet

Review Punjabi

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.

10 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Himachali

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.

10 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

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.

11 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

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.

11 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

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.

11 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

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.

11 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

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.

11 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

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.

11 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Punjabi

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.

11 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Urdu

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.

12 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Review Urdu

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.

12 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Malayalam

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.

about 1 year ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

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.

about 1 year ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Malayalam

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.

about 1 year ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Malayalam

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.

about 1 year ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Malayalam

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.

about 1 year ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Bengali English (India)

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.

about 1 year ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Malayalam

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.

about 1 year ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article American

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.

about 1 year ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

I want conservation stories to reach the masses: The Firefox Guardian director Gunjan Menon

The Firefox Guardian was screened at the recently concluded Woodpecker International Film Festival. The filmmaker talks about her fascination with the lesser known animal and her motivation as a wildlife filmmaker.

about 1 year ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon