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

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For the “love” of Gully Boy

By |May 24th, 2019|Critics Speak, movies we loved, reviews|

An essay on the language of the "love story" at the core of Zoya Akhtar's GULLY BOY.

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In conversation with Utpal Borpujari

By |May 4th, 2019|Critics Speak, Interviews|

Our chat with award-winning film critic, curator and filmmaker Utpal Borpujari about the evolution of North-Eastern cinema and the voices he aspires to represent.

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The modern workspace movie

By |April 15th, 2019|Critics Speak, movies we loved, reviews|

Through the cultural prism of three distinct but similarly "spaced" movies, Rahul Desai looks at the role of the workspace in modern cinema.

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The rebellion of the Hindi film heroine

By |March 29th, 2019|Critics Speak|

An analysis of the modern transformation of the "heroine" through the prism of Hindi cinema in 2018.

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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.