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

Sairat: The Symphony of Cloud Nine

By |November 30th, 2018|Analysis, Critics Speak, Features|

Film critic Rahul Desai throws back to the "storytelling" of the path-breaking music of Sairat - the Marathi blockbuster that subverted the norms of Indian mainstream cinema.

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.

Mulk: When Your Own Disown You

By |November 19th, 2018|Analysis, Features, movies we loved|

Pankaj Sachdeva deep-dives into one of the most passionately argued, well-acted and progressive Hindi films of 2018.

The anatomy of movie marriages

By |November 13th, 2018|Analysis, Critics Speak, Features|

Film critic Rahul Desai explores the narrative language of "marriage" in modern Hindi cinema.

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.

The musicality of narrative film

By |November 4th, 2018|Features, Filmmakers POV|

Young filmmaker Kabeer Khurana writes, through his own personal experiences as a director, about a very underrated aspect of filmmaking: the musicality.

Karwaan: Finding Focus

By |October 30th, 2018|Analysis, Features|

Pankaj Sachdeva deep-dives into the themes and observations of Akarsh Khurana's KARWAAN.

The cutters of consciousness

By |October 21st, 2018|Analysis, Critics Speak, Features|

Film critic Rahul Desai delves into two separate films in 2018 about documentary makers and their unique perception of memories.

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.

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 [...]

Par Ek Din: The haze of city voices

By |September 14th, 2018|Analysis, Critics Speak, Features|

Rahul Desai writes about Par Ek Din, a 89-minute documentary (streaming on Youtube) that features the struggles of an obscure Mumbai-based music band.

Anatomy: “Chaav Laaga” from Sui Dhaaga

By |September 11th, 2018|Analysis, Features|

Pankaj Sachdeva delves into the themes and images of Sharat Katariya's beautifully designed song, Chaav Laaga, from the upcoming SUI DHAAGA.

The Insaaf Man of Malad

By |August 31st, 2018|Analysis, Features|

Pankaj Sachdeva dives deep beneath the metaphorical cape of Vikramaditya Motwane's BHAVESH JOSHI SUPERHERO.

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.

Lust Stories: Heart Matters

By |August 10th, 2018|Analysis, Features|

Pankaj Sachdeva dives deep into the most talked-about Indian anthology film of the year, LUST STORIES.

Critic Next Door

By |August 3rd, 2018|Features, Filmmakers POV|

Writer-filmmaker-comic Somdeb Roy writes about the culture of social media currency and instant validation in an age where "everyone is a critic".

Gifts in Hindi Films

By |July 10th, 2018|Analysis, Features|

From Kahaani to Masaan to Dil Toh Pagal Hai, we take a closer look at the kinds of "gifts" exchanged by Hindi film characters over the years.

October: Fragrance of Jasmine

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

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