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

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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.

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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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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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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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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. [...]

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The Indian Venal Code

By |September 5th, 2018|Critics Speak, reviews|

Rahul Desai writes about activist Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj's controversial documentary, Martyrs of Marriage.

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Throwback: Gour Hari Dastaan (2015)

By |July 19th, 2018|reviews|

We look back at Ananth Mahadevan's 2015 biopic on freedom fighter Gour Hari Das - a film driven more by its social relevance than overall craft.

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Film Review: For Here Or To Go?

By |July 6th, 2018|reviews|

Our review of the Ali Fazal starrer, For Here Or To Go? - a small crossover film that played at MAMI 2015 and releases in Indian cinemas this week.

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October: Fragrance of Jasmine

By |July 2nd, 2018|Features, reviews|

Pankaj Sachdeva reads between the lines in Shoojit Sircar and Juhi Chaturvedi's beautifully fragrant world of "October".

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What Women (don’t) Want

By |June 18th, 2018|reviews|

A throwback to Angry Indian Goddesses, the angry 2015 feminist Indian film helmed by a male director.

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Longing for the tones

By |June 4th, 2018|Filmmakers POV, reviews|

Young filmmaker Vaibhav Munjal writes about Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere," a beautifully 'tonal' film that has influenced him more than most.

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A Level Playing Field

By |May 30th, 2018|Critics Speak, reviews|

Film critic Rahul Desai writes about a short "sports" documentary that captures the impoverished - but inspiring - confines of rural Maharashtra.

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Pari: Of the Inner Demon

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

Pankaj Sachdeva looks into the legends of Prosit Roy's fascinating horror film starring Anushka Sharma, PARI: Not A Fairytale.

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A jumbled kind of Loev

By |May 10th, 2018|Critics Speak, Film Festivals, reviews|

Film critic Rahul Desai writes about Sudhanshu Saria's critically acclaimed independent film (now streaming on Netflix), LOEV.