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THE POLITICS OF CINEMA

Sunday, 01 Jan 2017 | Rajesh Singh | in Agenda

Nearly all controversies Hindi films battled were related to politics. Often the fracas was created inadvertently, at times intentionally. In either case, the film gained instant appeal and a good opening Legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese once said: “Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out.” This has...

The Hindie cinema

Sunday, 23 Feb 2014 | OmarAhmed | in Agenda

With Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox, Ajay Bahl’s B.A. Pass, Gyan Correa’s The Good Road, Ashim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely and Anand Gandhi’s Ship of Theseus, the year 2013 has not just opened the floodgates of indie cinema but also brought to the fore a new breed of directors The history of independent...

Nobody is a superstar today

Sunday, 23 Feb 2014 | Ananya Borgohain | in Agenda

In the past two years, we have seen him as a revenge-driven gangster in Gangs of Wasseypur and the good-humoured Shaikh in The Lunchbox, as a struggling actor trying to prove his worth to his daughter in Bombay Talkies and also as an evil-spirited father who is a threat to...

On the cusp of change

Sunday, 23 Feb 2014 | Jigna Kothari | in Agenda

From Mother India to English Vinglish and Dedh Ishqiya, women in Hindi cinema have come a long way. But has the female protagonist managed to break away from all constrictions? Why did Shashi have to go to the US to learn English? This was a question that popped up in an...

The lost world of Mona darlings

Sunday, 23 Feb 2014 | Utpal Kumar | in Agenda

With the entry of ‘Westernised' actresses like Zeenat Aman and Parveen Babi, the ‘Mona darlings' of Bollywood had to pack their bags. But was their extinction all about the emergence of new heroines who were ready to shake their legs? Naveen has always been a self-confessed fan of Kareena Kapoor. From...

Tales from the margins

Sunday, 23 Feb 2014 | Utpal Borpujari | in Agenda

Cinema from the Northeast, despite being almost 80 years old and with some of the best Indian filmmakers hailing from the region, has mostly remained on the margins — just like the ‘Seven Sisters’ have been in the country’s consciousness In 1935, when freedom fighter-poet-playwright-lyricist-tea planter and scion of one of...

The accidental classic

Sunday, 23 Feb 2014 | Utpal Kumar | in Agenda

More than three decades since its release in 1983, Kundan Shah's Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro is a shining example of the fact that classics cannot be planned; they just happen from nowhere Growing up in the late 1980s, one had very few things to cherish in the world where money was...

Mumbai filmmakers believe Northeast is in Antarctica

Sunday, 23 Feb 2014 | Ananya Borgohain | in Agenda

Recipient of multiple national and international awards, Assamese filmmaker Jahnu Barua’s body of work resonates with thought-provoking social realism and compassionate interpersonal interfaces. His women are strong and plots riveting. A product of Pune’s Film and Television Institute of India, he began his career in1982 with his film Aparoopa (Expectation)....

Mapping Bengal’s cinema history

Sunday, 23 Feb 2014 | Sharmistha Gooptu | in Agenda

With master filmmakers like Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen, Bengali cinema has had its own presence, producing some of the country’s best films. Has it become a thing of the past? Or, can the new generation of Bengali filmmakers strike back? As Indian cinema celebrated its 100 years, attention,...

The Marathi renaissance

Sunday, 23 Feb 2014 | Deepa Deosthalee | in Agenda

Marathi film history is now reviving its legacy that was dislocated towards the latter stages of the last century Last year cinematographer-director Sanjay Jadhav’s Duniyadari was released three weeks before Shah Rukh Khan’s Chennai Express. Made on a modest budget of `2.5 crore as opposed to Chennai Express’s reported one of...


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Azam Khan demands nationwide ban on cow slaughter

28 Mar 2017 | pns | Lucknow

Apparently miffed over the campaign of the newly elected BJP government against the illegal slaughter houses and cattle smuggling, the senior Samajwadi party leader and former minister Azam Khan has demanded all India ban on cow slaughter and also urged the muslims to stop eating beef. Azam Khan in a statement in Rampur on Monday said ``why cow slaughter is still legal in states like Kerala and West Bengal...

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