articles by Devansh Sharma

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Victims of sexual assault within the home fight lonely battles; Netflix whodunit Raat Akeli Hai probes why

Radhika Apte's character in Raat Akeli Hai assumes that the sexual abuse she is subjected to is a one-off affair, only to discover that all the other women in the family, too, have suffered similar fates.

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Shakuntala Devi to The Dirty Picture, Vidya Balan destigmatises women who lived on their own terms

Vidya Balan may have rejected many-a-biopics but she has always chosen to play women who share her feisty spirit, like Shakuntala Devi and Silk Smitha.

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Shakuntala Devi, Raat Akeli Hai, Yaara, Lootcase: Four films releasing on same day is no longer a 'clash'

Streaming platforms serve as intangible exhibition centres where films neither exhaust their theatrical run nor eat into each other's box office numbers.

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Rekha Bhardwaj on launching record label with husband Vishal: 'Hope to seek out listeners who believe in our music'

The lockdown has allowed singer Rekha Bhardwaj, and her husband Vishal Bhardwaj, to finally take the leap and set up their much-awaited label VB Music.

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MUBI India's Svetlana Naudiyal on how the curated service is making its mark amid sea of streaming platforms

MUBI India's director of content Svetlana Naudiyal on bringing world cinema to Indian audiences, providing a platform to smaller Indian films, and why the streaming service operates in collaboration with movie theatres.

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Netflix India is dialling up the diversity with its new 2020 slate, says Monika Shergill, VP-Content

Monika Shergill talks about how the lockdown has benefited streaming, and how they maintain inclusivity and quality control at Netflix India.

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Yash Raj Films completes 50 years: Picking the best album of every decade, from Kabhie Kabhi to Ishaqzaade

Just like its movies, the music of Yash Raj Films has endured over the years, with albums like Silsila, Darr, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, and Veer-Zaara.

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When Javed Jaffrey opened up on how his father Jagdeep's rags-to-riches life shaped his career and politics

"BR Chopra happened to find him [Jagdeep], and decided to cast him in his directorial debut Afsana (1951). After that film, there was no looking back."

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Aarya, Bhonsle, Pushpavalli season 2, Thappad: Best Hindi films and series of 2020 so far

2020 is the year no one asked for. If there has been a ray of sunshine, it is the variety of quality content it has offered, including Aarya and Thappad.

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How Juhi Chaturvedi wove the motifs of her hometown Lucknow into the evocative tapestry of Gulabo Sitabo

Juhi Chaturvedi, writer of Gulabo Sitabo, on why the Shoojit Sircar directorial was the ideal film to set in her hometown, Lucknow.

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Rajasthan, long exoticised on screen, transcends glorified backdrop status in Sushmita Sen-starrer Aarya

In Aarya, a thriller set in Rajasthan, there’s little of the usual fetishisation of the state’s exotica.

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How Saroj Khan, Madhuri Dixit depicted 'longing' through their storied song-and-dance collaborations

Saroj Khan and Madhuri Dixit built their songs around longing for love, but they were always champions of self-sufficiency over victims of dismissive patriarchy.

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Werner Herzog's Family Romance, LLC reveals the closing gap between humans and artificial intelligence

Director Werner Herzog explains how humans are becoming more transactional, and artificial intelligence more humane, in Japanese film Family Romance, LLC.

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Vishal Bhardwaj confesses he's often undervalued as a composer: I want to make music for films that aren't mine

In this exclusive interview with Firstpost, Vishal Bhardwaj talks about how he thinks of himself as a music composer first, and a filmmaker later.

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Hamilton movie review: Film adaptation of the iconic Broadway on Disney+ boasts of rich archival value

The audience on Disney+ Hotstar get beyond "the best seat in the house" through the agile cinematography that documents Hamilton.

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With Bollywood heading straight to home, box office may no longer remain the primary criterion of success

The suspension of theatrical releases during the lockdown has come as a blessing in disguise since the films are no longer merely judged by box office pull.

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On World Social Media Day, revisiting Ingrid Goes West — equal parts cautionary tale and chronicle of a zeitgeist

The Instagram-obsessed protagonist of 2017's Ingrid Goes West holds up a mirror to our own relationship with social media

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Remembering Shrek 2: How Kelly Asbury and team played around with the idea of a subversive Disney fairy tale

With the 2004 animated film, director Kelly Asbury overturned Disney fairy tale tropes like Prince Charming, Fairy Godmother, and Happily Ever After.

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Bhonsle director Devashish Makhija on making films on the marginalised: Never been interested in status quo

As Bhonsle releases on SonyLIV, Devashish Makhija talks about directing Manoj Bajpayee in a feature film, and his relationship with Mumbai as an outsider.

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Yash Raj Films turns 50: A look at anti-heroes who made villainy fashionable, from SRK in Darr to Hrithik Roshan in War

From Shah Rukh Khan's twisted stalker in Darr to the swashbuckling bad guys of the Dhoom franchise, Yash Raj Films has given us some memorable anti-heroes.