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

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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.

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Mulk: When Your Own Disown You

By |November 19th, 2018|Features, movies we loved|

Pankaj Sachdeva deep-dives into one of the most passionately argued, well-acted and progressive Hindi films of 2018.

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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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Breaking the Fourth Wall in Hindi Cinema

By |November 9th, 2018|Features|

Pankaj Sachdeva delves into the various ways Bollywood characters break the fourth wall in the movies.

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The musicality of narrative film

By |November 4th, 2018|Features, Filmmakers POV|

Young filmmaker Kabeer Khurana writes, through his own personal experiences as a director, about a very underrated aspect of filmmaking: the musicality.

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Karwaan: Finding Focus

By |October 30th, 2018|Features|

Pankaj Sachdeva deep-dives into the themes and observations of Akarsh Khurana's KARWAAN.

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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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Once Again: Pehli Baar Phir Se

By |October 15th, 2018|Features, reviews|

Pankaj Sachdeva explores Kanwal Sethi's mature, atmospheric "Once Again" - a Netflix release starring Shefali Shah and Neeraj Kabi.

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Design Thinking in Visual Storytelling

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

Upcoming filmmaker Kabeer Khurana writes about one of the most underrated aspects of cinema today: Visual Design.

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Raazi: If the heart agrees

By |September 20th, 2018|Features, reviews|

By Pankaj Sachdeva Meghna Gulzar's Raazi is the story of Sehmat (Alia Bhatt) who is a daughter, a wife, and a spy. The film is based on Harinder Sikka's novel Calling Sehmat which itself was inspired by real events. Sehmat is the twenty-year-old daughter of Hidayat Khan (Rajit Kapur) who dedicated his life to the service of his nation. [...]