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Supriya Devi (1933-2018): The Legend of Bengali Cinema

By Rimli Bhattacharya
In 1960, she featured in Ritwik Ghatak’s iconic movie, Meghe Dhaka Tara (The Cloud Capped Star), where she plays the heart tugging role of Neeta, the sole earning member of an uprooted refugee family during the Partition of India. As she is admitted to a sanatorium because of consumption, she tells her jobless elder brother, who dreams to be a singer and with whom she shares a unique bond, that she wants to live. This movie was based on an eponymous Bengali novel by Shaktipada Rajguru.

Films: Four Reviews

By Prashila Naik
I like films that feel real, with real people, with real conflicts, and real imagery. This is probably why I have always been fascinated with the Art/Non-commercial films in India. Shorn of gloss and star power, it is these movies that have defined many of my most memorable movie moments over the years. What also adds to this magic is the potent melting pot that India is, with its multitude of languages and mini-cultures.

An interview with actor, Govind Namdev

By Murtaza Ali Khan
In my opinion, the biggest challenge of acting in a film is the close up. While shooting a close up you only perform for the camera as usually you don’t have any character in front of you. There is only the camera and the cameraperson. So, the actor is expected to get into the skin of the character, perfecting the emotions to a tee.

Padmavati controversy: What is history?

By Ananya S Guha
Did Khilji’s falling in love with the Queen determine the forces of history? The praxis of history is change, laws of determinants taking further course into the future – it is futuristic. It is past as well, when viewed from the vantage point of the present.

Cinema in the time of Political Antagonism

By Syed Akrama
The 40-minute documentary, “The White Helmets” won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short but one of its three cinematographers, Khaled Khatib, was denied entry into the United States. Director Orlando von Einsiedel accepted the award and read the statement from the White Helmets founder, Raed al-Saleh, which had one particular phrase from the Koran: “To save one life is to save all of humanity.”

Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the latest chapter in the rise of Hindu radicalization

By Murtaza Ali Khan
Everybody keeps talking about the extreme side of Islam and its endless dangers but tend to overlook the maleficent ways of Hindu fundamentalism. What has happened to Bhansali is a classic example of the rise of Hindu extremism in the country, post-2014 general elections. With the NDA government not too keen on tightening its grip on them, these Hindu extremist groups feel that they can take the law in hands and still go scot-free.

The Fascinating Journey of SRK

By Kouser Fathima
SRK has had a long journey, every turn of which is fascinating, successful, and larger than life. His journey has not yet ended. Rather, a new era has started which, we assume, will be as exciting as his older ones. I hope he would continue to teach and inspire men to be chivalrous and refined which is largely lacking in this time and era.

How and why does Bollywood promote stalking?

By Kouser Fathima
One can imagine the impact this hit movie had on his fans. Many guys must have come out of the movie hall thinking it is not only okay to stalk a girl but that stalking was heroic, something which can be done without any remorse or regret. That it’s okay to follow a girl, trying to impress her against her wish, until she eventually reciprocates the feeling.

Film Review: Shujaat Saudagar’s ‘Rock On 2’

By Nadira Khan
A scattered plot doesn’t help weak performances from the actors. The film solely focuses on Farhan Akhtar, who appears utterly confused and distracted without any reason: sometimes, he is dedicated to his adopted village; at other times, he is the devoted lead vocalist of ‘Magic’.