Friday, July 21, 2017

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16 Jul 2017

When reel overtakes real

16 Jul 2017 | 1:26 AM

Audrey Truschke’s book Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth has been eliciting a response of chilling hate mails for presenting a tampered history of the last great Mughal emperor.

Few takers for festival hits

16 Jul 2017 | 1:26 AM

Can a film survive without an audience? Does it satisfy the filmmaker if his film wins laurels at a dozen film festivals in India and abroad but is either shunned by the home audience or not released in theatres here? It is like asking if a writer can survive without his readers.

09 Jul 2017

A besieged city in strife

09 Jul 2017 | 2:35 AM

“It’s not about us. The worry is our children. There is no place to send them to.” — Khaled Omar Harrah

Franchises are costing studios millions

09 Jul 2017 | 2:35 AM

As anyone who has been to the cinema recently will tell you, Hollywood is currently pumping out franchises and sequels like original concepts never existed.

Mother gets a makeover

09 Jul 2017 | 2:35 AM

With the impending release of Mom starring Sridevi, with Pakistani actress Sajal Ali as her daughter, a looking back into the way Hindi cinema has redefined the ‘mother’ on screen, is well-timed.

02 Jul 2017

Clash of the opposites

02 Jul 2017 | 2:07 AM

The Sarabhais are back, and with a bang! Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai Take 2 is airing on Hotstar as a part of the webcast series, with new episodes.

Freedom on the web

02 Jul 2017 | 2:07 AM

Fear of censorship compels conventional filmmakers in India to steer clear of political cinema. On a digital platform, however, there is creative freedom.

25 Jun 2017

The charm of Soumitra Chatterji

25 Jun 2017 | 1:28 AM

Satyajit Ray was looking for someone to play the role of Apu as a grown up man in the final chapter in his signature Apu Trilogy. Who would play the shy, likeable Apu, connoisseurs wondered.

Sporting glory blinds 7 mm

25 Jun 2017 | 1:28 AM

Just be patient. Let the game come to you. Don’t rush. Be quick, but don’t hurry, the famous basketball player Earl Monroe may have said. But closer home, Bollywood seems to be in a tearing hurry. Not to play games, but to immortalise sports heroes on silver screen.

18 Jun 2017

Of another time, another people

18 Jun 2017 | 2:51 AM

Konkona Sen Sharma has cinema in her genes. She is iconic director Aparna Sen’s daughter and the grand-daughter of late Chidananda Dasgupta, one of the most brilliant film critics in India.

Silences that make a film speak

18 Jun 2017 | 2:51 AM

Just like cognizance of darkness can only take place in comparison to light, since darkness is a result of absence of all light, silence is absence of all sound perceivable to the human ear.

11 Jun 2017

It is official: Knock-offs are dead!

11 Jun 2017 | 12:21 AM

Blatant plagiarism had long been the bane of Bollywood. Time was when Mumbai filmmakers would cannibalise Hollywood (and other foreign) blockbusters and get away with it.

The man & the myth

11 Jun 2017 | 12:21 AM

“Whoso pulleth out this sword of the stone and anvil is rightwise King of all England” — Thomas Malory

04 Jun 2017

A loveable bond

04 Jun 2017 | 2:10 AM

Irreverence was his calling card and Roger Moore walked into people’s heart with it; albeit with a gun in hand and blondes in tow. In the acting world, especially in the ‘I love me’ culture in Hollywood and British cinema, Moore was an aberration.

On the wild cat’s trail

04 Jun 2017 | 2:10 AM

Krishnendu Bose has made rescuing the tiger his mission in life. Under his banner Earthcare Films, Bose has made three outstanding documentary films on how the tiger has been marginalised, abused and is forced to face conflict with the human population.

28 May 2017

In a new age of entertainment

28 May 2017 | 1:24 AM

IT’s an age in which the rules of entertainment are changing as fast as the dwindling attention spans of the viewers. Call it new-age entertainment or the future of the world of make-believe, the tentacles of web series are growing sharper and wider.

Hindu Kush to Thames

28 May 2017 | 1:24 AM

Often a misunderstood minority, the Sikh community in Afghanistan is fast dwindling. Documentary filmmaker Pritpal Singh has successfully captured the strength and rootedness of this community.