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

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It’s really happening

By |March 23rd, 2020|Critics Speak|

Rahul Desai muses on a life beyond films...in the time of the Coronavirus pandemic and social isolation.

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The anti-youth of Aunty Sudha, Aunty Radha

By |March 10th, 2020|Critics Speak, Features|

Film critic Poulomi Das writes about Tanuja Chandra's intimate new documentary, "Aunty Sudha, Aunty Radha".

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For the love of “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi”

By |March 6th, 2020|Critics Speak|

Rahul Desai's column on the subtext of Aditya Chopra's Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.

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2019: The horror of fascist systems

By |December 25th, 2019|Critics Speak|

An essay on the movies and shows that have eerily captured the "invisible horrors" of fascist systems in 2019.

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The necessary nakedness of Wildlife

By |September 14th, 2019|Critics Speak|

Rahul Desai writes about Paul Dano's directorial debut WILDLIFE, and the uniqueness of its dysfunctional family story.

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No country for old love

By |September 1st, 2019|Critics Speak|

A column on Aadish Keluskar's JAOO KAHAN BATA AE DIL.

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Share: Play, rewind, relapse

By |August 26th, 2019|Critics Speak, Film Festivals, reviews|

Film critic Poulomi Das writes about SHARE, Pippa Bianco's breakout high-school drama about the unending trauma of a teenaged assault survivor in the internet age.

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The Bombay of modern Hindi cinema

By |August 20th, 2019|Critics Speak|

We take a look how a certain dimension of Maximum City – "the immigrant's Mumbai" – is being represented in contemporary Hindi cinema and short films.

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Desi pulp ka pasha: Crime, lust & honey

By |August 10th, 2019|Critics Speak, reviews|

We look back at Desi Pulp ka Pasha, a short documentary about the creator of smutty true-crime spreads like Madhur Kathayen, Crime & Detective and Manohar Kahaniyaan.

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The visual language of “Once Again”

By |July 10th, 2019|Critics Speak, movies we loved|

Film critic Rahul Desai writes about the visual language and curious frames of Kanwal Sethi's 'middle-aged love story,' ONCE AGAIN.

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The tragic masculinity of Music Teacher

By |July 2nd, 2019|Critics Speak, movies we loved, reviews|

An essay on the haunted protagonist of Sarthak Dasgupta's MUSIC TEACHER.

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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.