articles by Gautam Chintamani

Entertainment

Cannes Film Festival 2019: Why inclusion of Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood in the lineup is ideal

What makes the prospect of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood more enticing is how exactly 25 years ago, Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction won the filmmaker his first Palme d’Or

Life

NTR, A Biography: This account of Telugu matinee idol-turned-politician's life is a must-read

Pitched as the first-ever biography of NTR in English, K Chandrahas and K Lakshminarayana’s NTR, A Biographyruns over a mammoth 600 pages and barely leaves anything about the iconic star behind.

Entertainment

Saand Ki Aankh should have cast women closer to its real-life characters' age, instead of Taapsee and Bhumi

Imagine a Neena Gupta opposite a Shabana Azmi, Surekha Sikri or a Hema Malini portraying Shooter Dadi and her sister-in-law instead of opting for the conventional approach — prosthetics and makeup on younger actors.

Entertainment

The Tashkent Files opens possibilities of adapting for screen varied non-fiction material on Indian political leaders

Post The Tashkent Files, it would be fascinating to see similar projects on Anuj Dhar’s India's Biggest Cover-up and What Happened to Netaji.

Entertainment

Navin Nischol, Amjad Khan's 1977 film Aafat is a rare Bollywood procedural drama worth unearthing

The meandering screenplay fails to seamlessly string the narrative and a few things being stilted to the extent of hilarity notwithstanding, Aafat is thoroughly enjoyable. T

Politics

Shatrughan Sinha set to join Congress: Ex-Bollywood star struggles for political relevance ahead of Lok Sabha polls

Shatrughan Sinha's history of party switching, from supporting Jayaprakash Narayan's Janata Party to joining Congress ahead of Lok Sabha Election 2019

Entertainment

Peter Jackson's They Shall Not Grow Old affirms trend of top filmmakers turning to docus to tell their stories

With documentaries, filmmakers like Peter Jackson, Martin Scorsese are finding new ways to tell old stories

Entertainment

What Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox means for Hollywood and its global audience

The $71.3 billion Disney-Fox deal has ushered in a new phase of media consolidation and also brought down the number of big Hollywood movie studios down to five — Warner Bros., Sony, Disney, Universal, and Paramount.

Entertainment

Kangana Ranaut is a perfect pick to play Jayalalithaa in Thalaivi; both women have led trailblazing, unapologetic lives

Like Jayalalithaa, Kangana Ranaut has also had a fair share of rivalry, bitterness, animosity and, dare one say, all-consuming vindictiveness directed towards her.

Bollywood

Filmfare Awards 2019: Inclusion of Critics' Choice category doesn't hold water in times when content is the king

Filmfare Awards have taken a giant step back by 'compensating' Ranveer Singh and Ayushmann Khurrana with the Critics' Choice award this year.

Bollywood

Jackie Shroff and Nana Patekar's Angaar remains an under-appreciated urban crime drama from 1990s

Kader Khan’s dialogues in Jackie Shroff-starrer Angaar were a slight departure from his usual flourish, as seen in his iconic lines that he wrote for Amitabh Bachchan.

Life

Three Classic Films by Gulzar: New book serves as an initiation into filmmaker's universe, and his cinematic journey

The recently released Three Classic Films by Gulzar (HarperCollins, 2019) manages to pick up three films — Aandhi, Angoor, and Ijaazat — which on their own might not be at the very top of any ‘best of Gulzar’ lists, but stand out as great singular examples of the legendary artist’s oeuvre and also encapsulate Gulzar’s cinema, in more ways than one.

Entertainment

Filmfare Awards 2019: Meghna Gulzar's Best Director win for Raazi proves tide turning for female filmmakers

In the last decade, three women have won the Filmfare award for Best Director — Zoya Akhtar for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011), Ashwini Iyer Tiwari for Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017) and Meghna Gulzar for last year’s smash hit Raazi (2018).

Entertainment

Will Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar come together for Hindi remake of Dileep's Kodathi Samaksham Balan Vakeel?

The world was a much different place two decades ago when Akshay Kumar and Shah Rukh Khan featured together in Yash Chopra’s Dil To Pagal Hai (1997).

Entertainment

Badla, Total Dhamaal and Uri: The Surgical Strike's box office success reinforces the power of word of mouth

Uri: The Surgical Strike made more money in its second weekend than its opening weekend which stands as an example of how potent word of mouth can be

Entertainment

Pakistan bans release of Indian films in the aftermath of Pulwama attack; what are they going to watch now?

Keeping in mind the developments of the past few days, Pakistan’s decision to impose a ban on the release of any Indian movie or content in their country was an expected response.

Entertainment

Akshay Kumar has a busy 2019 with five releases in Kesari, Housefull 4, Good News, Mission Mangal, Sooryavanshi,

The bigger the star, lesser the number of films they release in a year has been the norm for popular Hindi cinema. Well, not for Akshay Kumar in 2019.

Entertainment

Oscars 2019: How Alfonso Cuaron made history with Roma, by cranking camera for his directorial

Alfonso Cuarón thought it would be better to trust his own self to translate his vision unto the screen, hence the decision to shoot Roma himself

Entertainment

The Academy will present four awards off-air to save time — but they need to honour art, not the ratings

If the Academy believes that such shenanigans will help regain viewership it couldn’t be further away from the truth.

Entertainment

Womaniya to Saand Ki Aankh: Sparring over a film's title isn't a new phenomenon in Bollywood

Kashyap might be better off by moving on and not giving into Nandy’s demands but one can’t really say much about the new title Saand Ki Aankh and how it will help the film's cause.