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The dreamlife of Bombay

New Delhi, Aug. 17 -- Indian animated features are rare enough in themselves, so a premiere at a major international festival is a huge deal. Shilpa Ranade's Goopi Gawaiyaa Bagha Bajaiyaa played at th... Read More


The impartiality of 'Batla House' slowly unravels

New Delhi, Aug. 16 -- Nikkhil Advani's Batla House ends with the words "fighting for India". There's been a lot of that this year. Fighting against the British, fighting for India (Manikarnika). Fight... Read More


Film Review: 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood' goes nowhere fast, beautifully

New Delhi, Aug. 15 -- In an alternate Hollywood, in 1969, Bruce Lee gets his ass handed to him by a washed-up stunt double named Cliff Booth. Before you say that this would never have happened, consid... Read More


The art of the unhurried interview

New Delhi, Aug. 9 -- George Plimpton, American sports writer and co-founder of The Paris Review, was an evangelist for the art of the interview. "Try to think of the interview as a dramatic form in it... Read More


Film review: 'Jabariya Jodi' can't force you to like it

New Delhi, Aug. 9 -- A few weeks ago, Hrithik Roshan was on the big screen, doing battle with the Bihari tongue. It was, like everything the actor does, labour-intensive. Still, honest effort will get... Read More


Indian horror is knocking at your door

New Delhi, July 28 -- Like the one Gaulish village surrounded by the Roman empire, horror cinema has not only staved off the threat of Hollywood studio blockbusters but is actually thriving. At a time... Read More


The Bangalore Queer Film Festival turns 10

New Delhi, July 26 -- This year marks the 10th edition of the Bangalore Queer Film Festival (BQFF), but it almost didn't happen. Several of the organizers, a close-knit group of 10, suffered personal ... Read More


Movie Review: 'Judgementall Hai Kya' is twisty and twisted

New Delhi, July 26 -- One of the people thanked in the opening credits of Judgementall Hai Kya is Sriram Raghavan. Whether or not he was involved with the film, this nod by director Prakash Kovelamudi... Read More


Looney tunes: the moon in music

New Delhi, July 20 -- If you want to write a song about the heart/ Think about the moon before you start," Paul Simon advised in Song About The Moon. It's not just the heart, though-the malleability o... Read More


The German who changed Hindi cinema

New Delhi, July 13 -- Josef Wirsching was an up-and-coming cinematographer in Germany in the early 1930s. As the Nazis were tightening their grip on the industry, India was coming into its own as a fi... Read More