Category Archive: Cinema etc.

Yet another open letter! To Bhakts, trolls and faux nationalists

I do not have a direct pipeline to God, but I promise, I will pray for your speedy mental recovery and ask him to finally give you what makes us human – a mind and a heart, for you to discover those alien things called thoughts and emotions, that can lead you to feeling empathy for fellow humans.

भाजपा के ‘फ़्लॉप’ सितारे

अनुपम जी यह बात नहीं बताना चाहते हैं. उन्हें यह बताना चाहिए कि बिहारी सिनेमा-टीवी के घोर उपभोक्ता हैं और भाजपा के दर्जन भर से अधिक केंद्रीय मंत्री और आस-पड़ोस के राज्यों के दिग्गज बिहार में कई सप्ताह से जमे हुए हैं. और, यह कि इसके बावज़ूद पार्टी का प्रचार ढीला है. इसे राजनीतिक दृष्टिकोण से देखा जाना चाहिए, न कि कुछ रुपयों के लिए प्रचार करने आये सिने-कलाकारों की असफलता के रूप में.


The social and political scenario of our beloved country is worsening with every passing day. Right wing forces have polarized nation in the name of religion, caste and ethnicity for political gains. Dissent is systematically crushed and rational thinkers and writers are threatened and brutally killed in broad daylight.

Bajrangi: Not A Review

It’s a belief in innocence. It’s a cry for turning the clock back. It’s a want for getting back to your roots. There would be a million eyes across the North who yearn to go and see that wooden door through which their childhood flew into manhood overnight.

शोले के बहाने

सिनेमा को समाज के दर्पण के रूप में पढ़ा जाए या नेशनल अलेगोरी के रूप में? दर्शक भरत मुनि का रसिक है या चार्ली चैप्लिन का इग्नोरैंट फ़ेलो? वह घटक का प्रोजेक्शन है या रे का प्रोजेक्ट? वह मोंटाज का उपभोक्ता है या लाइट एंड साउंड का भुक्तभोगी? वह अवंतिका का रेपिस्ट है या बजरंगी के लिए दुआगो?

Learning Hindi in Paris

The world turned azure, and amidst boozy banter and the ruffling of denim, you were there, alone, bidding the night farewell.

Keshav Lal and Soni Bai Waghini

Keshav Lal has worked with legendary composers such as Laxmikant Pyarelal and makers like V. Shantaram . Fate bought him to streets of Pune where he lived with his wife and together they… Continue reading

‘Film industry people are indulging in wrong doings and harassment!’

Monisha Kanwar interviews Filmmaker Dilip K Mukharaiya on his upcoming film Pareshaanpur… How did the idea of Pareshaanpur originate? The idea of Pareshaanpur came as a routine subject, I always looking for a… Continue reading

This is Not Cricket : Feature length documentary project

In Rome, two friends are rebuilding their undefeated cricket team that broke up due to  pressure from social and religious issues… Support the project Italian Director Jacopo de Bertoldi graduated in philosophy from Ca’… Continue reading

There is a difference between postponement and ban

Vrinda Grover is a noted lawyer and activist. Read her earlier comments on the issue here. Justice is central to our struggle. Legal processes are integral to justice. Many rights are at stake.… Continue reading

what a truly controversial film on rape and rape culture in India could be like

Ayesha Kidwai teaches at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. I have just watched a film that leaves me underwhelmed but not angry or distraught. It is not hate speech, it is not racist,… Continue reading

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