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.
Books of the week: From Jeet Thayil's Low to Nandita Das' Manto and I, Indian books to look forward to in 2020
Our roundup of 10 Indian books releasing in 2020 that should be on your radar.
Rahat Kazmi's Lihaaf lacks the fire of Ismat Chugtai's story, weighed down by an inadvertent male gaze
Rahat Kazmi's Lihaaf screened at the recently concluded 25th Kolkata International Film Festival.
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
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
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
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
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.)
The REEL Movie Awards, one of country’s biggest celebration of Bollywood’s saw actors Alia Bhatt, Pankaj Tripathi, Gajraj Rao in attendance
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
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.
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'
Director Nandita Das had tweeted that she was disappointed after learning that Manto did not get clearance for release in Pakistan.
Nandita Das says she is disappointed Manto won't release in Pakistan: He belongs to both countries equally
Nandita Das said that Manto was not passed by Pakistan's Censor Board, citing that 'the film has anti-Partition narrative theme and explicit scenes'
Manto director Nandita Das honoured at Asia Pacific Screen Awards; Nawazuddin Siddiqui named Best Actor
Shoplifters, which won the Palme d’Or earlier this year, won the top honour — Best Feature Film — at APSA.
Nandita Das most recently directed Saadat Hasan Manto's biopic starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Nandita Das reacts to sexual harassment allegations against father Jatin: I do believe truth will prevail
Nandita Das has responded to the allegations of sexual harassment levelled against her painted father Jatin Das.
Steve McQueen's thriller Widows will open the 62nd London Film Festival while Jon S. Baird's Stan & Ollie will close the fest
Rajkumar Hirani recently said he never thought Nawazuddin Siddiqui would go on to become a huge star