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In Nandita Das' Zwigato Kapil Sharma finally makes the grade as an actor
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In Nandita Das' Zwigato Kapil Sharma finally makes the grade as an actor

In Zwigato, Kapil Sharma reminds us of Amol Palekar in Basu Chatterjee’s cinema. After two very dark directorials, Firaaq (2008) and Manto (2018) Nandita Das attempts a much lighter shade in Zwigato.

The Sound of Music, Hairspray, Peter Pan and Billy Elliot  musicals making way to Indian television
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The Sound of Music, Hairspray, Peter Pan and Billy Elliot musicals making way to Indian television

In conversation with Shailja Kejriwal, Chief Creative Officer - Special Projects, ZEEL on bringing the musicals The Sound of Music, Hairspray Live, Peter Pan Live and Billy Elliot to Indian television

Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the price of stardom
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Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the price of stardom

The breakthrough performance of Nawazuddin Siddiqui was not Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wasseypur or Sacred Games, as most believe. It was a film called Patang in 2012 where he played a small part.

Let's remember Shiv Kumar Subramaniam as a fine writer of seminal cinema, rather than just 'that 2 States actor'
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Let's remember Shiv Kumar Subramaniam as a fine writer of seminal cinema, rather than just 'that 2 States actor'

To reduce Parinda, Iss Raat Ki Subah Nahin, and Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi writer Shiv Kumar Subramaniam's work to "2 States actor" is similar to when publications referred to Girish Karnad as "Tiger Zinda Hai" actor.

Devil's Advocate | Hindi cinema's depiction of the writer is ludicrous — but that's how authors want to see themselves on screen
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Devil's Advocate | Hindi cinema's depiction of the writer is ludicrous — but that's how authors want to see themselves on screen

The portrayal of the writer in both Gehraiyaan and Bestseller are simultaneously hilarious and the fantasy land most authors are dying to get to. Either way, the joke is on them.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui: 'The day characters are especially written for me, my growth will stall'
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Nawazuddin Siddiqui: 'The day characters are especially written for me, my growth will stall'

Ahead of the International Emmy Awards on 22 November, Nawazuddin Siddiqui discusses his nominated performance from Serious Men, his fears as an actor, and his favourite performance of self, in an exclusive interview.

Lihaaf movie review: Rahat Kazmi's adaptation lacks the fire of Ismat Chugtai's story
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Lihaaf movie review: Rahat Kazmi's adaptation lacks the fire of Ismat Chugtai's story

What Ismat Chugtai's short story had in abundance, — a pressing need to reveal difficult truths through beautifully crafted metaphors — is what Rahat Kazmi's adaptation falls short of, despite staying ardently faithful to the source material.

Through Manto, how Nandita Das understood fence-sitters better, and employed cinema to evoke empathy
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Through Manto, how Nandita Das understood fence-sitters better, and employed cinema to evoke empathy

Only a year since her film Manto (2018) took her across the world to a myriad festivals and meets, Nandita Das is on the road yet again, with Saadat Hasan continuing to keep her faithful company. Firstpost catches up with the actor-director turned writer in Kolkata, and talks about her journey with Manto, her politics, and the only kind of people she wishes to engage with at present.

Rasika Dugal says it was refreshing to headline a project like Out of Love: Always wanted to play the protagonist
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Rasika Dugal says it was refreshing to headline a project like Out of Love: Always wanted to play the protagonist

Rasika Dugal says she always wanted to play the lead characters in all her films/projects, like Manto, Hamid, Mirzapur, and Delhi Crime.

Reading Fikr Taunsvi's The Sixth River in 2019: Searing account of horrors of Partition resonates even today
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Reading Fikr Taunsvi's The Sixth River in 2019: Searing account of horrors of Partition resonates even today

The first-person account of the Partition by Fikr Taunsvi, titled The Sixth River: A Journal from the Partition of India, refers to the five rivers of Punjab, to which a sixth river, that of ‘fire and blood’, was added during that bloody period. Maaz Bin Bilal’s translation brings this stunning account to readers in English, and does so at a time when those histories are repeating themselves.

Tahir Raj Bhasin's method involves drawing inspiration from real life, and blending it with a little bit of himself
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Tahir Raj Bhasin's method involves drawing inspiration from real life, and blending it with a little bit of himself

Tahir Raj Bhasin speaks to Firstpost about how his Chhicchore character, Derek, led a college life that was very different from his own, and his reaction on meeting Sunil Gavaskar for his upcoming film, 83.

Rasika Dugal on the 'long and short' of it: How the actress moved from small projects to big roles, while getting her due
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Rasika Dugal on the 'long and short' of it: How the actress moved from small projects to big roles, while getting her due

Over the last year, Rasika Dugal has received rave reviews for her performances in Manto, Lust Stories, Once Again, Hamid, Made In Heaven and Delhi Crime. Rasika confesses, however, that she struggles with choosing which project to take up next because prioritising and strategising are not her strong suits.

It is finally acche din for Vivek Oberoi: Why EC stalling Modi biopic is a win-win situation for the actor
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It is finally acche din for Vivek Oberoi: Why EC stalling Modi biopic is a win-win situation for the actor

If the Modi biopic is blockbuster hit when it releases, Vivek Oberoi can take all the credit. If it tanks like Accidental Prime Minister he can blame the EC, (whereas Anupam Kher had no one to blame but himself.)

News18 Reel Movie Awards 2019: Alia Bhatt, Ayushmann Khurrana, Gajraj Rao win top honours
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News18 Reel Movie Awards 2019: Alia Bhatt, Ayushmann Khurrana, Gajraj Rao win top honours

The REEL Movie Awards, one of country’s biggest celebration of Bollywood’s saw actors Alia Bhatt, Pankaj Tripathi, Gajraj Rao in attendance

Badhaai Ho, Andhadhun, Tummbad among Hindi films from 2018 that made Anurag Kashyap 'jealous'
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Badhaai Ho, Andhadhun, Tummbad among Hindi films from 2018 that made Anurag Kashyap 'jealous'

Anurag Kashyap, who directed the romantic drama Manmarziyaan last year, said he felt 'jealous' of films like Badhaai Ho and Tumbbad, as a filmmaker.

Bollywood Awards 2018: Alia or Tabu? Amit Trivedi or SEL? Manoj Bajpayee or Ranbir? A pick of the year’s best work
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Bollywood Awards 2018: Alia or Tabu? Amit Trivedi or SEL? Manoj Bajpayee or Ranbir? A pick of the year’s best work

Meghna Gulzar's Raazi wins big in Anna Vetticad's Bollywood Awards list of 2018, with Best Film, Best Actress (Alia Bhatt), Best Writing, Best Director and Best Song (Ae Watan). Best Actor: Ranbir Kapoor for Sanju.

#MeToo, weakening of star power, biopics: Five trends that shaped the Hindi film industry in 2018
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#MeToo, weakening of star power, biopics: Five trends that shaped the Hindi film industry in 2018

The Hindi film industry has witnessed several changes in the year that has gone by, from a more open dialogue about sexual harassment to a growing preference for biopics

Ali Zafar hopes Manto releases in Pakistan: 'This generation must get to know its literary heritage and heroes'
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Ali Zafar hopes Manto releases in Pakistan: 'This generation must get to know its literary heritage and heroes'

Director Nandita Das had tweeted that she was disappointed after learning that Manto did not get clearance for release in Pakistan.