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Photograph: Memories of time

By |June 26th, 2019|Analysis, AnalysisDisplaySmall, 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|Analysis, 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|Analysis, 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|Analysis, 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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Flashback: Monsoon Shootout

By |March 4th, 2019|reviews|

A flashback to Amit Kumar's "Monsoon Shootout" - an intriguing, rough-at-the-edges film that was released five years after it was made.

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Manmarziyaan: Let your soul fly

By |January 11th, 2019|Analysis, 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|Analysis, 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|Analysis, 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|Analysis, 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|Analysis, 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|Analysis, 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|Analysis, 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|Analysis, 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. He asks Sehmat to get married to a Pakistani major's son Iqbal (Vicky Kaushal) so that she can spy on the secret plans of the other nation's army and relay them to the Indian intelligence. Sehmat is raazi (in agreement) to do the same and becomes a raazi (keeper of [...]

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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.