Where no-nonsense Indian Film Critics analyse and speak about their favourite and non-favourite Indie movies.

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There was a girl

By |September 5th, 2020|Critics Speak|

By Rahul Desai In my third year of college, the teachers marvelled at me. They cited me as an example to other students. Don’t make excuses. Be like Rahul. The more they embarrassed me like that, the more “rebellious” I tried to look. At one point, a Nike headband, two sweatbands, spiky streaked hair and a yellow Livestrong band became my reactionary choice of attire. I refused to look like an apple-polishing nerd. But the teachers’ adulation had nothing to do with my grades. My attendance was a whopping 94 percent. Anyone remotely connected to the hipster South Mumbai college [...]

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Rahul Desai’s streaming diary (August)

By |August 14th, 2020|Critics Speak|

Rahul Desai lists down the older streaming titles ("meal movies") he's revisited in August 2020.

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The man at the dining table

By |July 27th, 2020|Critics Speak, frontslider|

A personal essay by a film critic about dinners and dining tables.

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IIF Podcast: Breathe (Into the Shadows)

By |July 19th, 2020|Analysis, Critics Speak, Podcasts|

Film critics Rahul Desai & Tanul Thakur discuss their differing opinions of Breathe: Into the Shadows, before shedding light on the bigger picture of perspectives and film criticism.

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IIF Podcast: The legend of Tom Hanks

By |July 18th, 2020|Analysis, Critics Speak, frontslider, Podcasts|

Film critics Rahul Desai and Uday Bhatia do a definitive, long-form Tom Hanks podcast. Because the world needs one right now.

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Critic Diaries: A copy+paste tale

By |June 6th, 2020|Critics Speak, News, NewsDisplaySmall|

A film critic finds that a social media user has been passing off several published movie reviews as his own Facebook reviews. What happens next?

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Critic diaries #1

By |April 23rd, 2020|Critics Speak|

Film critic Rahul Desai writes about a recent experience with a disgruntled filmmaker.

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Weeks without days

By |April 14th, 2020|Critics Speak, reviews, Young Critics|

With the pandemic-stricken world in lockdown, young critic Rachit Raj mourns a life without the movies.

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It’s really happening

By |March 23rd, 2020|Critics Speak|

Rahul Desai muses on a life beyond films...in the time of the Coronavirus pandemic and social isolation.

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The anti-youth of Aunty Sudha, Aunty Radha

By |March 10th, 2020|Critics Speak, Features, reviews, ReviewsDisplayLarge|

Film critic Poulomi Das writes about Tanuja Chandra's intimate new documentary, "Aunty Sudha, Aunty Radha".

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For the love of “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi”

By |March 6th, 2020|Analysis, Critics Speak|

Rahul Desai's column on the subtext of Aditya Chopra's Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.

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2019: The horror of fascist systems

By |December 25th, 2019|Analysis, Critics Speak|

An essay on the movies and shows that have eerily captured the "invisible horrors" of fascist systems in 2019.

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The necessary nakedness of Wildlife

By |September 14th, 2019|Analysis, Critics Speak, reviews|

Rahul Desai writes about Paul Dano's directorial debut WILDLIFE, and the uniqueness of its dysfunctional family story.

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No country for old love

By |September 1st, 2019|Analysis, Critics Speak|

A column on Aadish Keluskar's JAOO KAHAN BATA AE DIL.

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Share: Play, rewind, relapse

By |August 26th, 2019|Analysis, 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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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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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 visual language of “Once Again”

By |July 10th, 2019|Analysis, Critics Speak, movies we loved, reviews|

Film critic Rahul Desai writes about the visual language and curious frames of Kanwal Sethi's 'middle-aged love story,' ONCE AGAIN.