Hindi cinema's depiction of mental health vilifies single women. It's a trope we can no longer overlook
The representation of single women with depression in popular culture has been largely unidimensional: failure is depicted as the main cause of the mental illness, and characters are shown being self-destructive and suffering heartbreaks
Amit Trivedi on the art of finding a balance between composing for film narratives and making hit songs
In an exclusive interview with Firstpost, music composer Amit Trivedi talks about composing for film narratives, why he rises above industry diktats, and the reason behind romantic songs enjoying an instant connect.
Alia Bhatt made a glamorous debut but unlike most others, she has broken away from star kid presumptions and carved a unique place for herself in Hindi cinema.
After making a debut in Tere Bin Laden in 2010, Ali Zafar featured in Hindi movies like Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and Dear Zindagi
Ali Zafar on Meesha Shafi's sexual harassment allegations: I categorically deny all claims and have nothing to hide
Ali on Thursday took to Twitter and said he has "nothing to hide and that silence in not an option".
Beyhadh reinforces familiar 'paagalpan' stereotypes instead of sensitively portraying mental illness
Rather than taking responsible stand towards mental illness, Beyhadh served a mashup of 80s and 90s Bollywood clichés about the mentally ill.
Filmmakers like Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Saiwyn Quadras and Ketan Mehta will share their thoughts with the audience, with regards to writing biopics.
Imtiaz Ali’s Jab Harry Met Sejal is a marked departure from Shah Rukh Khan’s signature work. A look into SRK's slate of next few films.
In Badrinath Ki Dulhania, Alia Bhatt isn’t given the chance to be the loud, demanding character Vaidehi is.
Dangal, Neerja, Dear Zindagi and Hidden Figures are four female-oriented films that not only celebrate womanhood but also its changing perception in society
These rehashed Bollywood songs are designed to evoke a specific reaction from the viewer to help benefit the new film.
Shah Rukh Khan narrates the story of celebrated Portuguese warrior Dona Maria to Alia Bhatt in this deleted scene, as a lesson of self discovery
Hrithik Roshan plays a dubbing artiste in Kaabil. Alia Bhatt played a cinematographer in Dear Zindagi. Hindi films are throwing up new careers for characters to pursue, on screen.
Gauri Shinde ’s Dear Zindagi has become a hit despite its unconventional theme and the way it breaks Bollywood tradition by having a male megastar play second fiddle to a female star.
Bollywood in 2016 saw Amitabh Bachchan discussing consent, SRK making conversations about mental health mainstream, and a film like Kapoor & Sons introduce and explore the concept of homosexuality without any sensationalising. Bravo!
Celebrate films like Neerja, Dear Zindagi and Phobia for showcasing how feminism can fluidly make its way to mainstream cinema. But also shame those films that reveled in regressive sexism in 2016.
Dangal has been voted the Best Film of 2016 by a jury comprising 23 of India's best known movie critics.
A long term deal has been signed between Netflix and Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment, one that will ensure the superstar's former and upcoming films will be aired on the service. The announcement of Netflix's deal with Shah Rukh Khan comes on the same day as the launch of its other major rival — Amazon Prime Video — in India.
Film producers are diverting their releases from single screen theatres to multiplexes in times of demonetisation as the former thrives on a cash economy.
If the notoriously snail-like, risk-averse Hindi film industry can evolve to a point where it has stuck its neck out in our parent-adoring society to produce a Dear Zindagi, it is time to initiate a widespread public conversation about troubling questions relating to parenthood