older feature pieces (non-reviews) by critics/writers and first-person columns of indie filmmakers

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Random movie trivia

By |June 3rd, 2019|Features, movies we loved|

A (random) look at a few identical film themes, hidden nuggets and striking visual cues.

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Sonchiriya: The goodness of evil

By |May 28th, 2019|Features, reviews|

Pankaj Sachdeva delves into the themes of Abhishek Chaubey's brilliant and underrated "Indian Western," Sonchiriya.

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Badla: Of Reversals and Power

By |May 8th, 2019|Features|

Pankaj Sachdeva delves into the twists and themes of Sujoy Ghosh's 2019 hit, BADLA.

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Autorickshaws in Hindi cinema

By |April 22nd, 2019|Features, movies we loved|

Pankaj Sachdeva does a roundup of the role of the modest autorickshaw – India's most loved and hated mode of everyday transport – in Hindi cinema.

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Test Your Bollywood Trivia

By |April 3rd, 2019|Features, movies we loved|

Pankaj Sachdeva extends his observational eye to this nugget-filled "random Bollywood trivia" post. There's something in this for everyone.

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The Politics of Vishal Bhardwaj’s Cinema

By |March 23rd, 2019|Features|

Pankaj Sachdeva writes at length about the political elements in the cinema of perhaps India's most politically expressive filmmaker, Vishal Bhardwaj.

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Gully Boy: Apna Time Aayega

By |February 27th, 2019|Features|

Pankaj Sachdeva delves deep into Zoya Akhtar's GULLY BOY, one of the most critically acclaimed Hindi films in recent times.

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The inherent oldness of alcoholism

By |February 22nd, 2019|Features|

Alcoholism in cinema should have a language. And it needs to come from the actors. Rahul Desai writes about "addiction in the movies" here.

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Elevators in Hindi cinema

By |February 12th, 2019|Features, movies we loved|

Pankaj Sachdeva returns with a fascinating trivia article about the use of "elevators" in Hindi cinema.

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Of Grieving fathers in “Manchester By The Sea” and “Talaash”

By |January 22nd, 2019|Features|

Pankaj Sachdeva writes about grief and fatherhood in two disparate but evocative films that explore this theme.

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Manmarziyaan: Let your soul fly

By |January 11th, 2019|Features, reviews|

Pankaj Sachdeva delves into the politics of love and cinematic inspiration in Anurag Kashyap's Manmarziyaan (2018).

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Food Lessons from Hindi Cinema in 2018

By |January 4th, 2019|Features, reviews|

A unique Hindi cinema year-ender for 2018 by Pankaj Sachdeva detailing an old Indian favourite: Food in films

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iiF Awards, Hindi Cinema, 2018

By |December 31st, 2018|Awards, Features, movies we loved, reviews|

The fourth edition of our custom-made iiF Awards is here. Rewarding the best and worst of Hindi cinema in 2018.

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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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The Circus of Cinema

By |December 15th, 2018|Features, movies we loved|

Film essayist Pankaj Sachdeva delves into the depictions of the "Circus" - a dying art - in Hindi cinema.

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How To Get A Censor Certificate

By |December 7th, 2018|Features, Filmmakers POV|

Based on his own experiences, independent filmmaker Kenny Basumatary details, step-wise, the extremely important process of securing a Censor Certificate. His third film, Suspended Inspector Boro, releases in cinemas soon.

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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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Laila Majnu: Love is Madness

By |November 27th, 2018|Features, reviews|

Pankaj Sachdeva dissects the Imtiaz Ali-written undertones of Sajid Ali's Laila Majnu (2018) - an underrated film elevated by one of the best male performances of the year.