articles by Aparna Pednekar

Entertainment

Salman Khan, the 'simpleton': How the superstar has milked his 'real life' personality on screen

Salman Khan was never considered the smartest cookie in the tin, but the 51-year-old actor has chanelled the simpleton with a heart of gold trope into a string of gargantuan hits

Entertainment

Aapla Manus to Gulabjaam: How Marathi cinema widened its appeal with stories from cities, hinterland

For a film industry considered to be obsessed with the heartland, Marathi cinema has explored new avenues with its stories set in the urban milieu.

Entertainment

There's something about Sidharth Malhotra: With off-track lead role in Aiyaary, will the understated actor finally get his due?

In an industry where actors behave like rowdy cousins at a family wedding off-screen, Sidharth Malhotra comes off as a regular guy at just another regular job: unerringly professional.

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Oscars 2018: Why Meryl Streep, Frances McDormand are deserving frontrunners for the Best Actress award

Frances McDormand and Meryl Streep: a look at the two versatile thespians who have essayed a range of unlikely heroines over the last five decades.

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Debutant directors, with fresh, engaging stories, master-minded 2017's most successful films

Armed with fresh, engaging stories, clear vision and a phantom-esque less-talk-more-work aesthetic, debutant directors have pulled strings and master-minded 2017’s most daring and successful films.

Entertainment

Shefali Shah on being part of Neeraj Ghaywan’s short film Juice and her artistic inclinations

Two years after Dil Dhadakne Do, Shefali Shah is back as the protagonist of Neeraj Ghaywan’s short film, Juice. In an interview, she talks about the film and her acting career.

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Tumhari Sulu is a throwback to the feel-good family films of yore: A look back at their era

Tumhari Sulu is a wonderful reminder of the films of Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Basu Chatterjee and Sai Paranjpe

Bollywood

Padmavati, and the signature sumptuous aesthetic of Sanjay Leela Bhansali

From Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam to Bajirao Mastani and now Padmavati, Sanjay Leela Bhansali has crafted visual extravaganzas on screen that bear his individualistic stamp

Bollywood

Daddy may have missed the bus, but these Mumbai films do a fine job of capturing the city on screen

While Mumbai has played second fiddle to Delhi and small towns across the vast Northern belt over the past decade, it’s hardly a silver screen ingénue.

Bollywood

Akshaye Khanna's reticence has kept him on Hindi cinema's fringes, but he's back with MOM

Old school reticence might keep Akshaye Khanna on the fringes of Hindi cinema’s marquee, but the Mom actor is adept at pulling punches

Bollywood

Tubelight missed the mark, but Kabir Khan is the closest we have to a modern-day Manmohan Desai

A close contender for the modern-day Manmohan Desai monicker, Kabir Khan may have missed the mark with Tubelight, but like his itinerant protagonists, he’s likely to find and cross newer borders with his sneakily political happy-making, tear-jerking brand of cinema.

Life

Oman: From wildlife to souqs, the desert sultanate is an oasis for travellers

A munificent, peace-loving Sultanate of sandy souqs, soaring mountains and aquamarine wadis, Oman offers everything you need for an Arabian odyssey

Life

Havelock-ed: An Andaman beach holiday that exemplifies dreamy, coastal languor

Havelock, part of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal, offers the chance for an FOMO-free holiday that heals, quietly.

Entertainment

'Ekk Albela' review: This Bhagwan Dada biopic falls short of 'Harishchandrachi Factory'

While it imparts entertaining nuggets of information for cinephiles and rides on the charm of a striking leading man, Ekk Albela is largely a lost opportunity to dramatise the life and times of the Hindi film industry’s most unlikely star

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'India is one of the largest film industries in the world': Director of Sundance Institute

In a chat with Firstpost, the veteran indie exec shares his pick of the projects that could be festival darlings in the coming years.