Monday, May 29, 2017

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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.

21 May 2017

A many-gendered love

21 May 2017 | 12:25 AM

Platonic, romantic or passionate, love has been represented in many different ways on the 70mm screen. This censor-proof love, however, required a man and a woman in the story. However, the moment it came to express the same-gender relationships, it became a taboo.

The name is Shabana

21 May 2017 | 12:25 AM

If her rare appearances on the large screen make you think Shabana Azmi has retired from films, think again. She is very much present as herself, as a social activist and as an actress par excellence.

14 May 2017

An insightful drama

14 May 2017 | 2:23 AM

If we would see our lives bared out before us, would we change anything? American director Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi movie Arrival is based on Ted Chiang’s science fiction book The Story of My Life.

The sequel juggernaut rolls on

14 May 2017 | 2:23 AM

Nothing succeeds like success. What is true of life is even more true of Bollywood. So when a film hits the bull’s eye at the boxoffice, directors can’t resist the temptation of replicating its success code. Rather, they patent it as best as they can. What better way to rake in more moolah than announce a sequel and tap on to the hit quotient of the prequel?

07 May 2017

Cannes pushes for gender balance

07 May 2017 | 2:15 AM

WHEN it’s Cannes, can politics ever be far behind? You are more likely to spend several weeks in a sweltering desert without encountering a sandstorm or two than to get through the 12 hectic days of the world’s premier film festival without running into cinematic takes on global hot potatoes that are, at once, blistering and revelatory.

30 Apr 2017

Notes that set the tone

30 Apr 2017 | 12:56 AM

In his foreword of Michel Chion’s path-breaking book Audio Vision, American editor and sound designer Walter Murch explains how a child starts hearing in its mother’s womb itself. Sound is the first of the five senses a human being experiences.

‘This kind of award is quite scary’

30 Apr 2017 | 12:56 AM

It took a long, long time for Adil Hussain to get noticed. But once he did, there was no looking back. He made his debut with Bengali film Srikanto, but it sank without a trace. It took several films for Adil to be finally noticed.

23 Apr 2017

Capturing the uncommon threads of life

23 Apr 2017 | 12:29 AM

The bubbly and ever-smiling Bobby Sarma Baruah has done it again. Her second feature film The Golden Wing (Sonar Baran Pakhi) has won the Best Feature Film Award at the recent Indian Film Festival at Los Angeles.

Sylvester Stallone sues Warner Bros

23 Apr 2017 | 12:29 AM

Sylvester Stallone has filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros.

Back to the roots

23 Apr 2017 | 12:29 AM

Entertainment is the key for director Brinda Muralidhar. It is part of a strategy that she has honed in the course of her creative work at the Toronto-based not-for-profit theatre collective Kalaaranga Performing Arts, which has thus far produced 14 successful plays in Hindi and Kannada.

16 Apr 2017

Cinema of constraints

16 Apr 2017 | 12:07 AM

Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning film The Salesman opened in all Indian metropolitans recently. It’s a taut piece of drama where a husband and wife, who work as actors in the theatre, find themselves in a situation where the wife is violated in her bathroom while her husband is away.

‘Trapped is my most challenging film’

16 Apr 2017 | 12:07 AM

Films like Shahid, Aligarh, Queen, Kai Po Che and Trapped have one thing in common — Rajkummar Rao. He does not have the drop-dead looks of a Siddharth Malhotra, the muscular body like Hrithik Roshan, the charisma of Aamir Khan or the hypnotic X-factor Shah Rukh Khan exudes.

09 Apr 2017

A tale of love & courage

09 Apr 2017 | 2:22 AM

Some movies are modest in presentation but leave an impact. Loving is an American drama film, directed by Jeff Nichols, which evokes positive emotions, and even outrage without resorting to melodrama.

Romance fades

09 Apr 2017 | 2:22 AM

Hindi cinema and love stories could well be conjoined twins. Not only was India’s first talkie Alam Aara a love story, run back in time and most classics have a love angle at the heart of it.