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Thappad: A sky of my own

By |May 21st, 2020|Analysis, AnalysisDisplayLarge|

Pankaj Sachdeva delves deep into the subtext of Anubhav Sinha's THAPPAD.

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Chhapaak: Don’t Be A Nirashavadi

By |April 28th, 2020|Analysis, Features|

Pankaj Sachdeva delves deep into Meghna Gulzar's CHHAPAAK.

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The loneliness of “Tanhayee”

By |April 9th, 2020|Analysis, AnalysisDisplayLarge, Features|

In these times of social isolation, Pankaj Sachdeva writes on Tanhayee, the definitive song on loneliness from Dil Chahta Hai.

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Memorable Hindi film scenes of 2019

By |January 10th, 2020|Analysis, Features, movies we loved, reviews|

Pankaj Sachdeva writes about his favourite Hindi film scenes of 2019.

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iiF Awards, Hindi Cinema, 2019

By |December 31st, 2019|Features, movies we loved, reviews, ReviewsDisplaySmall|

The definitive list of the best and worst of Hindi cinema in 2019.

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The five worst Hindi films of the decade

By |November 21st, 2019|Features, reviews|

We list down the five worst Bollywood movies of this decade. There were many contenders. Only a few won.

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Kabir Singh: Suffering is very personal

By |November 16th, 2019|Analysis, Features|

Pankaj Sachdeva delves into the creases of the most discussed Hindi film of the year, Kabir Singh.

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The Bombay of modern Hindi cinema

By |August 20th, 2019|Analysis, Critics Speak|

We take a look how a certain dimension of Maximum City – "the immigrant's Mumbai" – is being represented in contemporary Hindi cinema and short films.

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Mangoes in Hindi cinema

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

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

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Badla: Of Reversals and Power

By |May 8th, 2019|Features|

Pankaj Sachdeva delves into the twists and themes of Sujoy Ghosh's 2019 hit, BADLA.

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Autorickshaws in Hindi cinema

By |April 22nd, 2019|Analysis, 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 rebellion of the Hindi film heroine

By |March 29th, 2019|Analysis, Critics Speak|

An analysis of the modern transformation of the "heroine" through the prism of Hindi cinema in 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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In Conversation with “Poster Boy” Raj Khatri

By |December 18th, 2018|Interviews|

Our 'graphic' chat with the passionate Raj Khatri, one of the foremost movie-poster designers in India, about his craft, his personal work and the perception of poster art in a nation still coming to terms with the key mediums of moviemaking.

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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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Breaking the Fourth Wall in Hindi Cinema

By |November 9th, 2018|Analysis, Features|

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

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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 Saviours of Idealism

By |August 27th, 2018|Analysis, Critics Speak, Features|

Writer Poulomi Das delves into two Hindi films where the pragmatism of the older characters shields the idealism of the vulnerable younger ones.