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Film Impressions

Why FILM IMPRESSIONS? Because we believe film lovers deserve better. The quality of film criticism in India has been steadily deteriorating, losing its credibility and intellectual rigour. Instead of informed and unbiased opinion we have been subjected to publicity-driven writing, often manipulated by vested interests. We wish to offer well-argued criticism, insightful interviews, historical perspective... and celebrate cinema in all its glory

Jan 4, 2012

Goodbye superhero, hello real guy: The best actors of 2011

No shortage of six packs but the men of Bollywood men got a little more real in 2011. Film Impressions picks the best of 2011. #Amitabh Bachchan #Bollywood #Hrithik Roshan #Mohit Chauhan #Mumbai #Ranbir Kapoor #Randeep Hooda

Dec 26, 2011

Best Actresses of 2011: The Year of the Bad Girl

If this were the 80s, many of the women in this list would have been slapped into submission. Fortunately,the ‘bad girls’ lit up the silver screen this year, and we look at some of the top actresses from 2011. #BestOf2011 #Katrina Kaif #Manisha Koirala #Rani Mukerji #Vidya Balan

Dec 24, 2011

The lost thumris of Pakeezah

Kamal Amrohi weaves in some brilliant thumri and ghazal melodies as some kind of intricate ambient sound, riffs that waft in from neighbouring kothas. #Inpraiseof #Meena Kumari #Naushad #Pakeezah

Dec 13, 2011

I never prayed again after Smita’s death: Remembering Smita Patil 25 years later

Smita Patil's death was a huge loss to films but it also shattered one Bombay schoolgirl's world. On the 25th anniversary of Smita's death today, Deepa Deosthalee remembers how their lives had briefly touched. #InMemoriam #Smita Patil

Dec 9, 2011

S*x, M*rality and Cens*rship about to hit the 50 mark

Sunil Shanbag's play is a delectable juxtaposition of contemporary concerns with a rather shameful chapter in Indian theatre history. #S*x M*rality and Cens*rship #StageCrit #Sunil Shanbag #Vijay Tendulkar

Nov 19, 2011

The eternal oomph of Helen: A Canadian drag queen’s fan letter

She's not a great actress, not even a great dancer. But Helen is a real star. That's why a Canadian drag queen is shimmying into that amazing 'baithe hain kya' costume. #Bollywood #Helen #Inpraiseof #queer idol

Nov 18, 2011

Centrestage Festival: A week of theatre at the NCPA

Hope the festival, with its awkward mix of art and commerce, delivers another round of exemplary theatre through its 15 premiering plays starting today. #Centrestage Festival #Event #NCPA #Theatre

Oct 17, 2011

MAMI: The good, the bad and the plain annoying

The MAMI film festival has gotten bigger but it's hard to say it's gotten better. But good cinema addicts sweated out all the logistical problems to try and find some movie gems. #Gus Van Sant #Ingmar Bergman #MAMI #Pablo Giorgelli #TheBigEvent

Oct 12, 2011

The Ten Best of the MAMI Fest

As another edition of Mumbai's premiere film festival gets underway on 13 October , here's a pick of 10 must-watch films. #ListsEtc #MAMI #Melancholia #Miss Sundari #Mumbai's premiere film festival #Pina

Sep 19, 2011

Satyadev Dubey: The enfant terrible of Indian Theatre

Shanta Gokhale's new book on Satyadev Dubey brings together essays, interviews and reviews by playwrights and theatre critics, and a selection from Dubey's own articles. The book will be launched in Mumbai in October. #BooksWeLike #Satyadev Dubey #Satyadev Dubey — A Fifty Year Journey Through Theatre #Shanta Gokhale