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Inability to film something, that is an image for me: Filmmaker RV Ramani at Open Frame Film Festival
Ramani engaged with ideas of subjectivity and personal expression by tracing his journey as a filmmaker in an absorbing masterclass at the ongoing documentary festival.
Last Men In Aleppo preview: Stunning film that delves into lives of those fighting for humanity
The film captures the response of ordinary citizens who choose not to be armed men in the conflict, but chose not to leave their country and stay back to help.
Am in an endless documentary process: Filmmaker Paromita Vohra at Open Frame Film Festival
During an immensely enjoyable masterclass, Vohra delved into ways of thinking about the documentary form and the interview in particular.
One Mustard Seed preview: Exploring death and the idea of dying
National Award-winning filmmaker Aparna Sanyal’s documentary begins with a beautiful story that frames our inability to accept death.
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Must-watch films at the Open Frame festival 2018
As the Open Frame Film Festival starts in the capital, we bring you a list of documentaries that are not to be missed.
Thinking through the documentary form: Masterclasses and workshops at Open Frame 2018
A series of interactive sessions will be conducted by acclaimed filmmakers as part of PSBT's Open Frame Film Festival, being held from 10-18 September in New Delhi.
Sai Paranjpye's Sparsh (1980): Rethinking education for the differently abled
On Teacher’s Day (5 September), we look at a very different film which highlighted the education of the differently abled and the need to understand their needs and abilities.
Technology has brought film closer to a paintbrush or pen: Vivaan Shah on short film The Re-Bell
Artistes Shruti Bhardwaj and Vivaan Shah talk about the crucial issues that The Re-Bell dwells upon and the increasing popularity of the short film format.
The frenzy of love in tumultuous times – Shyam Benegal’s Junoon (1979)
We take a look at an earlier moment in history, the Revolt of 1857, in our continuing exploration of films that engaged with the birth of the Indian nation.
'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.
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.
'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.
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.
'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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.