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Finding her samm: Filmmaker Surabhi Sharma on her documentary
Phir Se Samm Pe Aana discovers Girgaum as a neighbourhood where music was taught and performed and seeks to understand its legacy.
Riding on dreams: Vedika Kruti's film documents the struggle of female auto drivers
The short student film tells the tale of a woman surviving in an alpha male's world, Haryana.
Win people's hearts when you make a documentary: Nupur Basu at IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival
Basu, a documentary filmmaker, is known for films like Dry Days In Dobbagunta (1995), Mothers Of Malapuram (1996), Michael Jackson Comes To Manikganj (2000), Velvet Revolution (2017), amongst several others.
Evocatively excavating personal rebellions: Uma Chakravarti’s Ek Inquilab Aur Aaya
The documentary traces the quiet rebellion by two Muslim women, Sughra Fatema and her niece Khadija Ansari, who resisted patriarchy in their own ways.
Thought-provoking Indian shorts at IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival
The festival, dedicated to showcasing films made by Asian women, has a special section on short films from India.
IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival is challenging status quo: Festival director Aradhana Kohli Kapur
The 14th edition of the festival will be held from 5-7 March 2018 at the India International Centre, New Delhi.
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Dedicated to her art: The journey of Sandhya Shantaram
Continuing our series on women in cinema featuring actresses whom time forgot, we look at the career of Sandhya whose fealty and devotion to legendary actor-filmmaker V Shantaram was unmatched.
Keeping the film culture alive: Filmmaker Sanjay Kak on Chalti Tasveerein
A much wider set of people is getting access to different kinds of cinema, says Kak, a member of the festival's advisory committee.
Chalti Tasveerein: Unique film festival travelling through 7 states
The festival, which seeks to free films from conventional platforms so that they can reach out to all kinds of people, is currently in Gujarat.
Too hot to handle: Remembering Kuldip Kaur, feisty actress from the 1940s
Celebrating women in cinema, we begin a series featuring actresses whom time has forgotten. The first is Kuldip Kaur, one of the early vamps in Hindi cinema.
10 years of Jodhaa Akbar: Remembering Ashutosh Gowariker's film in the wake of Padmaavat
Both films are reimagined epic tales of love in a historical setting that stoked the ire of self-appointed custodians of history, religion and morality; yet both couldn’t be more different in their evocation of history and love.
Remembering Chanda Kalrani – A life lived for dance
Chanda or Chandra Kala, as she was sometimes credited, died last week in Mumbai aged 78.
Halla Bol is still a film for our times – 10th anniversary special
The issues raised in Rajkumar Santoshi's film remain as alive today as they were at the time of its release on 11 January 2008.
Maheen Mirza: We need to bring back viewing of films as a community
The cinematographer said people have to have the agency to decide what they want to see and what they don’t, while speaking at the first Kazhcha Film Festival in Thiruvananthapuram in December 2017.
KIFF 2017: The beginning of a festival by filmmakers for filmmakers
The success of the first edition should, one hopes, make other festivals ponder over the kind of cinema they are promoting.
KIFF 2017: Story is driven now by market, not experience, says Pushpendra Singh
The filmmaker speaks about his influences for the film Ashwatthama and the oral tradition of storytelling, among other things.
We will look for good films which are rejected: Sanal Kumar Sasidharan on future of KIFF
Cinestaan.com caught up with the filmmaker behind the Kazhcha Indie Film Festival who spoke about wrapping up and his plans for the future.
KIFF 2017: Keep making films that cause trouble, say the Brothers Babusenan on censorship
Filmmaker Jiju Antony speaks of how archaic and absurd rules affect independent filmmakers who work with tiny budgets.
KIFF 2017: 'Important to do what we can without worrying what we can achieve'
Padmakumar Narasimhamurthy, director of the much-loved A Billion Colour Story, speaks about his film and his hopes and fears for his own son.
Lijo Jose Pellissery: KIFF is a space where independent films can reach much more easily
The filmmaker speaks about the space opened up by the Kazhcha Indie Film Festival in Kerala for young independent filmmakers.