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 Hindi

'Desh ko tumhari zaroorat hai' – The patriotic zeal in Chetan Anand’s Haqeeqat (1964)

In revisiting early films with themes around the country and its freedom, we look at one of the early war films, Haqeeqat, a salute to the soldiers who protect our country and ensure that our freedom remains secure.

11 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

Countering Hindu extremism through the message of harmony – Yash Chopra’s Dharmputra (1961)

Continuing our series on early Hindi films that explored the project of nation-building and of freedom, we look at Yash Chopra's Dharmputra (1961), a film that explored religious identity in the context of the struggle for India's independence.

11 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

'Jab insaan haiwaan nahin bana tha' – Impassioned plea for humanity in Manmohan Desai’s debut film Chhalia (1960)

In our continuing exploration of early films centred on the theme of India's independence, we look at the Nutan-Raj Kapoor starrer Chhalia, a powerful story of families separated at the time of Partition.

11 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

Questioning faith in turbulent times – IS Johar’s Nastik (1954)

Revisiting early Hindi films that dealt with India's independence, we take a look at Nastik, a film that was banned for a while for its attack on organized religion.

11 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

'Everything is for sale in this wretched nation' – The prophetic words of V Shantaram’s Apna Desh (1949)

As part of our series on early Hindi films dealing with India's independence, we look back at V Shantaram's Apna Desh and its examination of the disease of corruption, which can lead the country to ruin.

11 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

'Beti zyada pyaari hai': The progressive vision in ML Anand’s Lahore (1949)

Celebrating 71 years of India's  independence, we take a look at some early Hindi films that dealt with the freedom struggle and the birth of the nation. First in the series is ML Anand's Lahore (1949), one of the earliest portrayals of gendered violence during Partition.

11 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

In the name of independence, we are not communicating: Filmmaker Riju Bajaj on The Re-Bell

We speak to Riju Bajaj, cinematographer-producer-director of the short film The Re-Bell, as he takes us through his journey of making the film and the critical issues that it deals with.

11 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

The luminous star of Hindi cinema: Meena Kumari — 85th birth anniversary special

From Baiju Bawra (1952) to Pakeezah (1972), we remember the quintessential performances of the actress who outshone many of her leading men.

12 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

Bhappi Sonie, the man who made Brahmachari – Birth anniversary special

On his 90th birth anniversary (Sonie was born on 31 July 1928), we look at the career of the director who gave us some of Shammi Kapoor’s most memorable films.

12 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

Revisiting Aadmi: Dilip Kumar’s riveting exploration of the human psyche

On its 50th anniversary today (the film was released on 26 July 1968), we take a look at this unique love triangle.

12 months ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

Anita Guha, a different ‘Maa’ in Indian cinema – Death anniversary special

On Anita Guha's 11th death anniversary today, we look at the phenomenal success of her role in Jai Santoshi Maa, one of the more popular mythologicals of all time.

about 1 year ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Bengali

It was the pen that picked me up rather than me picking up the pen: Sinjini Sengupta on Elixir

The author, columnist and public speaker spoke about the experience of turning her screenplay into a novel and writing for a film.

about 1 year ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap, Vishal Bhardwaj launch Delhi edition of MAMI Year Round Programme

The programme brings the latest Indian and international films, workshops and conversation sessions to film lovers throughout the year.

about 1 year ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

No fictional story is as fake as you might think it is: Filmmaker Rahul Jain

In a conversation with us, the Machines filmmaker talks about his influences and choices. 

about 1 year ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Review Punjabi

Carry On Jatta 2 review: Laughter abounds in this medley of fools

An apt follow-up to the success of the first film, Carry on Jatta 2 ensures that the laughter never stops in this rib-tickling sequel.

about 1 year ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Slideshow Hindi

Roundup: 13th Habitat Film Festival 2018 in pictures and quotes

While Aruna Vasudev lit the lamp at the inauguration of the 13th Habitat Film Festival, Gulzar recounted his journey from a writer to a filmmaker in conversation with Vishal Bhardwaj and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. Here's a quick rewind of the 13th Habitat Film Festival in pictures and quotes. Photos: Habitat Film Festival

about 1 year ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Malayalam

Put any religion’s name in Ee. Ma. Yau. you’ll find same issues: Lijo Jose Pellissery

On the sidelines of the 13th Habitat Film Festival, Pellissery spoke to us about his influences, some of the enduring themes of his films and his ever-increasing fan following.

about 1 year ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Bengali

My belief, hope, faith in humanity is something I cling on to: Srijit Mukherji at Habitat Film Festival

Speaking to us after the screening of his upcoming film Uma at the 13th Habitat Film Festival, the filmmaker spoke about the message of hope in his film and the need for positivity in our lives. 

about 1 year ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Hindi

Wanted to tell a story that will touch me, bother me: Filmmaker Dar Gai at Habitat Film Festival

In a conversation with us, the filmmaker talks about her journey in making Teen Aur Aadha and shares what filmmaking means to her.

about 1 year ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon

Article Malayalam

Capital punishment is State-sponsored murder: Jiju Antony at Habitat Film Festival

Jiju Antony's directorial debut, Eli Eli Lama Sabachthani? (The Forsaken), delves into the psyche of violence and examines the city in all its darkness.

about 1 year ago — Sukhpreet Kahlon