Reviews of the latest (and sometimes not-so latest) independent films from South Asians everywhere.

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Review: BALA

By |November 12th, 2019|reviews|

Rachit Raj reviews BALA, the latest in a string of feel-good Ayushmann Khurrana social-message entertainers.

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Review: Saand Ki Aankh

By |October 25th, 2019|reviews|

Rachit Raj reviews Saand Ki Aaankh, starring Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar as 60-something rural grandmothers who become senior shooting champions.

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Review: LAAL KAPTAAN

By |October 20th, 2019|reviews|

Rachit Raj reviews Navdeep Singh's LAAL KAPTAAN, starring Saif Ali Khan and dust.

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Review: The Sky Is Pink

By |October 12th, 2019|reviews|

Rachit Raj reviews Shonali Bose's bittersweet terminal drama, THE SKY IS PINK.

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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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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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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 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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Photograph: Memories of time

By |June 26th, 2019|Features, reviews|

Pankaj Sachdeva does a deep-dive into Ritesh Batra's fourth film, PHOTOGRAPH, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra.

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Urban existentialism in a Turkish tragicomedy

By |June 20th, 2019|Film Festivals, reviews|

Rahul Desai writes about a game-changing Turkish drama that premiered at the 2018 Tokyo International Film Festival.

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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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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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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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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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Film Review: Sudani From Nigeria

By |December 21st, 2018|reviews|

A lawyer and movie enthusiast writes about why Sudani From Nigeria, a cross-cultural Malayalam title, is both a personal film and a communal experience.