Bollywood of the Wild Wild West days was superb, but I wouldn't want to go back there: Anupama Chopra
Anupama Chopra's new book A Place In My Heart is a capsule of her evolution along with the film industry she reports on — from a cub reporter in the Bollywood of the "Wild Wild West" days to "marrying into the mob," all the while building three major film organisations.
Pandit Birju Maharaj's filmy detours were no short of magical; Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Kamal Haasan, Alia Bhatt pay tributes
“I have two idols. You can call them guiding light of my career. Lata Mangeshkar is in hospital. Pandit Birju Maharaj is gone. I can't believe it," says Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who has collaborated with the Kathak legend for Devdas and Bajirao Mastani.
Bullets Over Bombay is quite an immersive treatise on Satya because it does not just detail the making of the movie, but also gives a sense of what the real world was like back then, in the not-so-nice '90s.
Mall Content: Hindi cinema's manufactured depiction of Shimla is hopelessly limited to postcards and land of refuge
The average Indian filmmaker’s chauvinistic view of Shimla depicts it as a place so un-Indian, it can only be mined through the elitism of the tourist rather than the consciousness of the resident.
OTT regulation to Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill presents multiple challenges for new I&B Minister Anurag Thakur
Anurag Thakur has taken charge of the Information & Broadcasting Ministry at a turbulent time when Indian cinema is grappling with revival of a pandemic-struck exhibition sector, streaming platforms regulation, and proposed amendments to the act that governs censorship, film certification, and piracy.
Tracing Satyajit Ray's influence on Hindi cinema; Netflix anthology on auteur's short stories is only a drop in the ocean
A new Hindi anthology series aims to bring Satyajit Ray's legacy to the Netflix generation. Will this be our version of the 21st century retelling of Sherlock Holmes?
Despite often 'failing' Bechdel test, women-centered duets present dance as a site for gender-informed dialogue
While the test of course suffers from deficits, which have been extensively discussed by many film scholars, can it be used to analyse dance duets as a form of embodied conversation?
In the new book Nagme, Kisse, Baatein, Yaadein, Rakesh Anand Bakshi looks back at his father, legendary songwriter Anand Bakshi's illustrious career that spanned over five decades.
Read an excerpt from All You Need is Josh: An anthology of stories of courage and passion in modern India
Supriya Paul's book builds on the work she is engaged in as part of Josh Talks, a platform striving towards bringing to the fore stories of great courage and strength from all corners of the country.
How Indian cinema's timid portrayal of Indira Gandhi confined her to allusions, voices, silhouettes on screen
While several films have been made against the backdrop of Indira Gandhi's controversial decisions like the 1975 Emergency and Operation Blue Star, one has rarely seen an actor portray her in all her guts and glory.
Anubhav, Bhattacharya's frank and intimate treatment of marriage, employs a language very different from most other narrative Hindi films of the 1970s.
Watch: On Day 2 of Delhi Literature Fest 2021, Satyarth Nayak discusses Sridevi's nationwide stardom
The session included questions about Sridevi's career as a child actor, how her stardom reached its zenith at a point when the Hindi film industry was unable to offer a role that matched her stature, and her biggest fear — loneliness.
The Naseeruddin Shah interview | 'Writing has been the bane of Hindi movies. We were happy to plagiarise all the time'
In conversation with Firstpost, Naseeruddin Shah opens up about the bane of plagiarism in Hindi cinema, the joy of rediscovering Shakespeare and reciting Faiz in lockdown, and his fear of becoming a liability on his family.
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
Chintu ka Birthday movie review: A generous and life-affirming tale of an ordinary family in an extraordinary situation
Chintu ka Birthday is a small film about ordinary people trying to fulfill simple dreams in a big world overrun by greed.
TVF's Panchayat redeems the depiction of rural India by breaking out of the template perpetuated by the 1975 classic Sholay.
As part of our #SceneStealers series, writer and filmmaker Tanuja Chandra discusses her brand of women-led cinema, two decades in the making, and why change — although on its way — has been slow to set in
Laal Kaptaan’s textured portrayal of warrior ascetics brings a new, much-needed focus to an obscure history
Although the presence of warrior ascetics has been known in some quarters, it has variously been attributed to the advent of Islam and the depredations of Muslim rule in the subcontinent
Ophelie Wiel on her new book on Hindi cinema, why Bollywood lacks global appeal, sexism in the industry
French writer and film scholar Ophelie Wiel's book Rendezvous with Hindi Cinema takes the reader to Bollywood's backstage. In a series of 20 interviews conducted with many well-known and lesser-known names from Indian cinema, Wiel paints a holistic picture of modern-day Bollywood that seemingly accommodates insiders and outliers alike.
Super 30's flaw lies in turning an inspirational real-life story into 'social upliftment masala entertainer'
When a truly inspirational story about social upliftment is given ‘masala’ treatment, as in Super 30, all it demonstrates the filmmaker’s lack of faith in the subject, since he consigns it to the realm of fantasy.