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Game Over: Fight like a girl

By |September 30th, 2019|Features, movies we loved|

Pankaj Sachdeva writes about the Taapsee Pannu starrer GAME OVER, Ashwin Saravanan's audacious 2019 movie about video games and sexual assault survivors.

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Kumbalangi Nights: Master of all trades

By |September 24th, 2019|movies we loved, reviews|

A writeup about how the breakout Malayalam hit "Kumbalangi Nights" subtly does full justice to all the social issues it addresses.

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Hidden gem: Kaun Kitney Paani Mein (2015)

By |September 22nd, 2019|movies we loved|

We take a look at a hidden Hindi movie gem from 2015, Kaun Kitney Paani Mein, a tale about rotting royalty and water shortages.

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Nerdy movie trivia

By |September 7th, 2019|Features, movies we loved|

Pankaj Sachdeva puts together a charming list of random movie trivia – exploring everything from striking colour palettes and film posters to irreverent opening credits.

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18 Years of Dil Chahta Hai

By |August 17th, 2019|Features, movies we loved|

Pankaj Sachdeva looks back at the relationships that formed the core of the 18-year-old DIL CHAHTA HAI, the defining Hindi film of the multiplex generation.

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Mangoes in Hindi cinema

By |July 19th, 2019|Features, movies we loved|

A very seasonal look at fleeting cameos by everyone's favourite fruit in Hindi cinema.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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.