Suparna

Suparna
Senior Assistant Editor

Suparna Thombare hates being put in a box unless of course its made from film reels! A cinema lover -- she spent most of her childhood writing lyrics, singing Hindi film songs, reading movie magazines and watching films. So it was natural that after dabbling in news features and music journalism she decided to marry the movies. Sometimes she is also seen bouncing off the walls over rock music or an animation movie or fussing over a poem she is writing or indulging in her other favourite activity - talking! After over 12 years in the media industry, her enthusiasm for film journalism and the online medium is only peaking!
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Articles by Suparna

Article Hindi

CBFC panel members jumped in shock when I uttered the word 'breast': Leena Yadav

Filmmaker Leena Yadav spoke about her experience with members of the Central Board of Film Certification, who were really awkward about a scene involving partial nudity in her film Parched. 

8 months ago — Suparna Thombare

Article Hindi

My next film is on Sam Manekshaw's life, says Meghna 'Raazi' Gulzar

Meghna Gulzar, Leena Yadav and Gauri Shinde attended a conversation titled 'Calling the shots' on female directors in Indian cinema at the 49th International Film Festival of India on 26 November.

8 months ago — Suparna Thombare

Article Israel

I don't mind making bad films, but I want to work all the time, says Dan Wolman

The 77-year-old Israeli writer-director speaks about his unusual working process with the aim of inspiring young filmmakers to pursue all kinds of ideas and make films on their own terms.

8 months ago — Suparna Thombare

Review Hindi

Bhor review: Authentic and immersive story of an 'untouchable' girl

Director Kamakhya Narayan Singh's film tackles the themes of open defecation and women's empowerment through the lens of Bihar's Musahar community.

8 months ago — Suparna Thombare

Review Malayalam

Bhayanakam review: Poetic piece on a postman and the horrors of war

Set during World War II, director Jayaraj's film juxtaposes the beauty of Kerala's Kuttanad region with the horrors of a war being waged miles away from the homeland.

8 months ago — Suparna Thombare

Article Marathi

Looking at a festival run of a year or two for Kharvas: Aditya Suhas Jambhale

Jambhale's 38 minute-long Marathi drama about a woman coming to terms with stillbirth was the opening film of the Indian Panorama (Non-feature) section at IFFI 2018.

8 months ago — Suparna Thombare

Review Malayalam

Olu review: Fascinating visuals enhance this dreamy story of love

Shaji N Karun's vision is splendid, but the execution does not fully deliver on the promise of a brilliant work.

8 months ago — Suparna Thombare

Article Hindi

Varun Dhawan working in my film was bizarre for many: Shoojit Sircar at IFFI 2018

In a conversation with film critic Saibal Chatterjee, Shoojit Sircar discussed his latest film October, from the unlikely casting of Dhawan to digging into the experience of his own mother being in a coma.

8 months ago — Suparna Thombare

Review Marathi

Bin Savalyanchya Gavat review: A study of the lack of a dalit narrative in Pune's heritage

Gouri Patwardhan's documentary delves into the non-existence of the dalit community's history during the rule of the peshwas and the ongoing reclamation.

8 months ago — Suparna Thombare

Review Marathi

Kharvas review: Poignant, hopeful tale about coming to terms with tragedy

Aditya Suhas Jambhale's short film delves into the physical and emotional challenges of a woman dealing with a stillbirth.

8 months ago — Suparna Thombare

Article Malayalam Marathi

IFFI 2018: Almost 7 months of VFX went into Olu, says filmmaker Shaji N Karun

Shaji N Karun's Olu and Aditya Suhas Jambhale's Kharvas opened the Indian Panorama feature and non-feature sections, respectively, at the 49th International Film Festival of India.

8 months ago — Suparna Thombare

Article Hindi

5 memorable roles of Meenakshi Seshadri – Birthday special

Meenakshi Seshadri had a relatively short film career of 13 years before she got married and moved to the US. As the former beauty queen and actress turns 55 today, we look at the best roles of her career.

8 months ago — Suparna Thombare

Review Hindi

Barsaati review: A surreal conversation on a cold Delhi night

Director Priya Naresh takes inspiration from the magical realism in Vimal Kumar Shukla's writing. 

8 months ago — Suparna Thombare

Review Hindi

The Sound Man Mangesh Desai review: Rich portrait of a man who defined Hindi cinema's soniscape

Director Subash Sahoo explores what made Mangesh Desai indispensable, with many interesting anecdotes from people who worked with him and ample video footage for support.

8 months ago — Suparna Thombare

Review Tamil

Sivaranjani and Two Other Women review: Effective depiction of patriarchy and sexism in daily life

Vasanth's minimalistic and matter-of-fact approach pushes you to see how deeply entrenched patriarchy is in our marital system. 

8 months ago — Suparna Thombare

Review Hindi

Mehsampur review: Fact and fiction merge in this outrageous mockumentary

Fictional characters meet real characters in this bizzare meta-movie on making a documentary on the assasination of Punjab's iconic and controversial singer Amar Singh Chamkila. 

8 months ago — Suparna Thombare

Article American

Hollywood films influenced me growing up, but those aren't the films I want to make: Sean Baker

In a masterclass at this year's Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, Baker asserted that he wasn't inclined to follow in the path of other independent filmmakers who eventually broke into Hollywood mainstream. 

9 months ago — Suparna Thombare

Review Bengali

Jonaki review: A story woven through visually stunning, dream-like snippets

Director Aditya Vikram Sengupta experiments with the visual form to depict an 80-year-old woman's decaying memories.

9 months ago — Suparna Thombare

Review Hindi

Jaoon Kahan Bata Ae Dil review: Anti-romantic film that makes you extremely uncomfortable

Director Aadish Keluskar and cinematographer Ameya Chavan, choose unflattering angles and extreme close-ups to make you uneasy.

9 months ago — Suparna Thombare

Article Hindi

MAMI 2018: Market vibrancy, youth, population are reasons for confidence in India, says Ted Sarandos

At the masterclass with Sarandos, chief content officer, Netflix, the conversation expectedly veered towards the streaming giant's plans for India, apart from how their original content gets greenlit.

9 months ago — Suparna Thombare