Friday, November 24, 2017

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19 Nov 2017

Brando’s great act of hiding

19 Nov 2017 | 1:11 AM

As patriarch Don Vito Corleone, Marlon Brando in his seminal work The Godfather (1972) has been interpreted as the man who only in the most private moments has let his self be seen by the audience.

Made ‘on’ India

19 Nov 2017 | 1:11 AM

The 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) kicks off in Goa tomorrow amid controversy over the axing of two Indian Panorama titles — Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s Malayalam thriller S Durga and Ravi Jadhav’s Marathi social drama Nude — after their selection by a 13-member jury headed by Mumbai filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh.

12 Nov 2017

Management lessons via Bollywood

12 Nov 2017 | 2:44 AM

The crossing of borders in modern education does not cease to surprise us.

A daughter remembers

12 Nov 2017 | 2:44 AM

Based on memoirs of the same name by Cambodia-born American human rights activist Loung Ung, Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father recounts the horrors she experienced as a five-year-old in the Cambodian genocide of 1975.

05 Nov 2017

As you munch on melodrama

05 Nov 2017 | 2:02 AM

It is a bit dicey to point out the downside of an Aamir Khan film. Each film of his has a downside, if you observe closely.

10 million views for “Ghoomar” in a single day!

05 Nov 2017 | 2:02 AM

The first song from Deepika Padukone’s Padmavati titled “Ghoomar” received 10 million views in a single day. The first look of Padmavati, starring Deepika Padukone, was released by the makers last month.

Unique cinematic voices

05 Nov 2017 | 2:02 AM

The avowed purpose of the Dharamsala International Film Festival (DIFF) — “bringing independent cinema to the mountains” — assumed a whole new meaning this year.

29 Oct 2017

A house with many rooms

29 Oct 2017 | 1:27 AM

It is June 2015 and inside Benares Hindu University’s archaeological museum stands Pushpendra Singh, the filmmaker and actor of Ashwathama, which opened at Busan Film Festival (2017) and recently played at MAMI Festival (2017).

Daddy’s gone so cool

29 Oct 2017 | 1:27 AM

Ja Simran ja, jee le apni zindagi”— the iconic dialogue from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is etched firm and square in our memory. But as we rewind to the role onscreen fathers have played in Bollywood, it’s their patriarchal sternness that comes to the mind.

22 Oct 2017

Story of an unequal friendship

22 Oct 2017 | 2:09 AM

Your book reveals an almost unknown story of friendship between the formidable Queen Victoria and her Muslim ‘servant’. Are you aware of any other historical book on this relationship?

Big little films get going

22 Oct 2017 | 2:09 AM

Is the game any easier today than it was a few years ago? Ask any independent Mumbai filmmaker, and the answer will probably be the same.

15 Oct 2017

Serenading the ‘fullness of life’

15 Oct 2017 | 2:44 AM

“Commercial viability”, “strategy” — I’ve never thought of cinema in those terms. I try and be as honest as possible to one question in all my work: how can I live without being ashamed of myself in our world today?

The mad mad world of Kishore da

15 Oct 2017 | 2:44 AM

With time, the legend of Kishore Kumar grows bigger. Thirty years after his death, it seems he is more popular than ever before. On HMV India’s list of the Top 10 songs bought online, seven are his.

08 Oct 2017

Mystery of silence

08 Oct 2017 | 12:03 AM

American director Todd Hayne’s mystery drama Wonderstruck is an exquisitely crafted adaptation of a novel of the same name by Brian Selznick.

Remix redux

08 Oct 2017 | 12:03 AM

No contemporary Hindi film album is complete without featuring a remixed number on its soundtrack. So much so that sometimes these are not even perceived as ‘inspired’ from the original and are brand new melodies in their own right.

Bridging boundaries

08 Oct 2017 | 12:03 AM

A 21-day workshop of filmmaking across the Punjab regions of India and Pakistan held in America’s Indiana University brought together 30 participants — 15 each from India and Pakistan.

01 Oct 2017

Playing with the conversation

01 Oct 2017 | 12:09 AM

Jacques Tati’s landmark comedy film Playtime, which completes 50 years this year, can be considered one of the landmarks in the genre of comedy and film history.

Losing bucks on the way

01 Oct 2017 | 12:09 AM

How do you define a hit director? Who will you pronounce as the master of craft? Many have produced quality cinema just like they have also failed some of the times. And in the process, they have made and lost money. The fate of the boxoffice changes every Friday, and so does that of the directors and producers. Examples are ample.