Where no-nonsense Indian Film Critics analyse and speak about their favourite and non-favourite Indie movies.

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Growing old at the movies

By |January 16th, 2019|Critics Speak|

Film critic Rahul Desai writes an essay associating his late grandfather with the moments of Pushan Kripalani's little-known indie, "The Threshold" (2015), which stars Neena Gupta and Rajit Kapur.

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The immortality of grief

By |December 26th, 2018|Critics Speak, Features, reviews|

A rock-climbing documentary and a space biopic collide to form a celestial body of fragile humanity.

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Sairat: The Symphony of Cloud Nine

By |November 30th, 2018|Critics Speak, Features|

Film critic Rahul Desai throws back to the "storytelling" of the path-breaking music of Sairat - the Marathi blockbuster that subverted the norms of Indian mainstream cinema.

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Gulabi Gang: What questions to ask, and when

By |November 23rd, 2018|Critics Speak, movies we loved, reviews|

A throwback to Nishtha Jain's illuminating 2014 documentary GULABI GANG -- not to be confused with the vapid Madhuri Dixit starrer Gulaab Gang -- by award-winning film critic Tanul Thakur.

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The anatomy of movie marriages

By |November 13th, 2018|Critics Speak, Features|

Film critic Rahul Desai explores the narrative language of "marriage" in modern Hindi cinema.

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In Conversation with Anupama Chopra

By |October 25th, 2018|Critics Speak, Features|

On the eve of the 20th edition of the JIO MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, we speak to the captain of the ship herself: the multifaceted Anupama Chopra.

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The cutters of consciousness

By |October 21st, 2018|Critics Speak, Features|

Film critic Rahul Desai delves into two separate films in 2018 about documentary makers and their unique perception of memories.

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Par Ek Din: The haze of city voices

By |September 14th, 2018|Critics Speak, Features|

Rahul Desai writes about Par Ek Din, a 89-minute documentary (streaming on Youtube) that features the struggles of an obscure Mumbai-based music band.

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The Indian Venal Code

By |September 5th, 2018|Critics Speak, reviews|

Rahul Desai writes about activist Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj's controversial documentary, Martyrs of Marriage.

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The Saviours of Idealism

By |August 27th, 2018|Critics Speak, Features|

Writer Poulomi Das delves into two Hindi films where the pragmatism of the older characters shields the idealism of the vulnerable younger ones.

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A Level Playing Field

By |May 30th, 2018|Critics Speak, reviews|

Film critic Rahul Desai writes about a short "sports" documentary that captures the impoverished - but inspiring - confines of rural Maharashtra.

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A jumbled kind of Loev

By |May 10th, 2018|Critics Speak, Film Festivals, reviews|

Film critic Rahul Desai writes about Sudhanshu Saria's critically acclaimed independent film (now streaming on Netflix), LOEV.

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Ankhon Dekhi: Seen, But Not Felt

By |February 20th, 2018|Critics Speak, reviews|

THROWBACK: Film critic Tanul Thakur wrote about Rajat Kapoor's Ankhon Dekhi in 2014 - the breakout indie of the year, and Sanjai Mishra's finest performance.

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History, His-Story

By |January 22nd, 2018|Critics Speak, reviews|

Film critic Tanul Thakur explores the intimacy of the award-winning documentary on late film archivist P.K. Nair: CELLULOID MAN, directed by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur.

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Meenakshi Shedde: The Poetics Of Curation

By |August 29th, 2017|Critics Speak, Film Festivals, Interviews|

Priya Bhattacharji picks the brain of renowned Indian film curator and critic, Meenakshi Shedde, about her specialist field, career, changing perspectives and the perception of Indian cinema across the globe.

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10 ml Love: The Glass is More Than Half Empty

By |August 27th, 2017|Critics Speak, reviews|

An analysis of one of the more interesting indies of 2012 -- Sharat Katariya's (Dum Laga Ke Haisha) first film, 10ml Love.

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Raees: Of Dhandha and Gandhian vision

By |April 27th, 2017|Critics Speak, Features|

Writer Pankaj Sachdeva provides us with an in-depth long-form look at the motifs and comparisons of Rahul Dholakia's SRK starrer, 'Raees'.

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A Masterclass with ‘Baahubali’ DoP, K.K. Senthil Kumar

By |March 24th, 2017|Critics Speak, Features, Film Festivals, Filmmakers POV|

A summary of an invaluable cinematography masterclass conducted by K.K. Senthil Kumar -- the DoP of the epic, Baahubali, and its much-anticipated upcoming sequel.