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.
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Articles by Sukhpreet

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.

11 months 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.

11 months 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.

11 months 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.

11 months 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.

11 months 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.

11 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

You never know whose eyes are on you: Anandana Kapur on her film about women detectives

On the sidelines of the 6th Woodpecker International Film Festival, Kapur speaks about her documentary that looks at women detectives and their lives in a refreshingly nuanced way.

11 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

Unless you can make a frog look sexy, nobody is interested: Akanksha Sood Singh

On the second day of the Woodpecker International Film Festival 2018, National award-winning filmmaker Akanksha Sood Singh discussed key elements of wildlife filmmaking in her masterclass.

11 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article American Canadian 1 more

10 must-watch international films at the Woodpecker festival

The films range from wildlife documentaries to stories of the human spirit.

11 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

I think I am a gangster at heart: Vishal Bhardwaj at Film Bazaar 2018

The filmmaker speaks about his journey in cinema and what defines his choices in a conversation with Nasreen Munni Kabir.

11 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

Want Vaikhari to trigger a new journey for people: Lubdhak Chatterjee

The documentary will be screened today (23 November) at the 6th Woodpecker International Film Festival in Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi.

11 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

Ten must-watch Indian films at the Woodpecker festival 2018

The festival this year has a strong focus on contemporary issues of global migration and displacement as well as on films with woman protagonists.

11 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Bengali

India continues to disappoint me: Filmmaker Rajaditya Banerjee on how globalization has left the marginalized behind

Rajaditya Banerjee, whose Death Certificate was screened at KIFF 2018, talks passionately about his reasons for making the film and explains why he is critical of a developmental model that means progress for a few.

11 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Australian

Australian films are not well represented in India: Film curator Mitu Bhowmick Lange at KIFF

On the sidelines of the Kolkata film festival, Mitu Bhowmick Lange discusses the selection of Australian films for the festival and ways in which the two countries can strengthen cultural bonds.

11 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

I want to work with people who enrich my craft, experiences: Filmmaker Sanjoy Nag on Yours Truly

The filmmaker talks about his inspirations for the story and the choice of casting Soni Razdan in his film.

11 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article American Australian

Bollywood had a big impression on me: Australian film editor Jill Bilcock on her brush with Hindi films 

The renowned film editor was at the Kolkata International Film Festival as part of the celebration of Australian cinema.

11 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Argentinian

Picked this subject to preserve the culture and folk elements: Filmmaker Bobby Sarma Baruah on Mishing

Baruah, whose latest film Mishing was screened at the Kolkata International Film Festival, talks about the reasons she was drawn to the unusual story of a small community in Arunachal Pradesh.

11 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Malayalam

Kanthan The Lover Of Colour's asset is the social worker Daya Bai: Writer Pramod Koovery

Filmmaker Shareef Easa's directorial debut Kanthan The Lover Of Colour was screened at the Kolkata International Film Festival.

11 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Malayalam

Wanted to make a film on the theme of fragmentation: Ratheesh Ravindran on Pixelia

The first-time filmmaker spoke about what it means for him to have his debut film screened at the 24th Kolkata International Film Festival.

11 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Nagaland

Support us to make movies in little known languages: Actor Dinesh at KIFF

An unusual section titled Unheard India, at the Kolkata International Film Festival, brings remote parts of the country in focus, keeping little known dialects of India alive.

11 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon