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older feature pieces (non-reviews) by critics/writers and first-person columns of indie filmmakers

Chhapaak: Don’t Be A Nirashavadi

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

Pankaj Sachdeva delves deep into Meghna Gulzar's CHHAPAAK.

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.

Love Aaj Kal (2020): 2+2=5

By |April 1st, 2020|Analysis, Features|

Pankaj Sachdeva returns with a detailed piece on Imtiaz Ali's latest divisive film, Love Aaj Kal (2020).

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".

Staircases in films

By |February 29th, 2020|Analysis, Features|

Pankaj Sachdeva writes about the various roles – villain, hero, romantic device – that staircases have assumed in films over the years.

Noblemen: An eye for an eye

By |February 23rd, 2020|Analysis, Features, reviews|

By Pankaj Sachdeva In Noblemen, debutante director Vandana Kataria reimagines Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice by setting it in a boarding school in India. Her film tells the story of Shay (Ali Haji) who is selected to play the part of Bassanio from the aforementioned play in the annual function at his school. He is bullied by his senior Baaadal (Shaan Grover) as he wants to play the part of Bassanio as well. In connivance with the school captain Arjun (Mohommad Ali Mir), Baaadal tries to force Shay to withdraw from the play using violence and torture. The only support system Shay has [...]

Some more Hindi film trivia

By |January 17th, 2020|Analysis, Features|

Pankaj Sachdeva lists down more Hindi film trivia for hawk-eyed cinephiles.

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.

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.

The poetic solitude of Antaheen

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

In this detailed piece, Pankaj Sachdeva delves into the lyrical themes of Bengali film ANTAHEEN.

Judgementall Hai Kya: Can Sita save herself?

By |December 2nd, 2019|Analysis, Features|

Pankaj Sachdeva delves deep into the themes and vivid visual texture of the most fascinating Hindi film of the year, Judgementall Hai Kya.

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.

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.

Game Over: Fight like a girl

By |September 30th, 2019|Analysis, Features, movies we loved|

Pankaj Sachdeva writes about the Taapsee Pannu starrer GAME OVER, Ashwin Saravanan's audacious 2019 movie about video games and sexual assault survivors.

Nerdy movie trivia

By |September 7th, 2019|Analysis, Features, movies we loved|

Pankaj Sachdeva puts together a charming list of random movie trivia – exploring everything from striking colour palettes and film posters to irreverent opening credits.

18 Years of Dil Chahta Hai

By |August 17th, 2019|Analysis, Features, movies we loved|

Pankaj Sachdeva looks back at the relationships that formed the core of the 18-year-old DIL CHAHTA HAI, the defining Hindi film of the multiplex generation.

Awarapan: Love will set you free

By |August 6th, 2019|Analysis, Features|

Pankaj Sachdeva writes about arguably Mohit Suri's best film, the 2007 romantic action thriller AWARAPAN.

Court Judgements Citing Films

By |July 24th, 2019|Analysis, Features|

We take a detailed look at the various Indian court judgements that have cited films to make their point.