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Screening of Raja Harishchandra (silent film) at the BFI

On Saturday 20th May, Dada Saheb Phalke’s film “Raja Harishchandra” was screened at the British Film Institute. But it wasn’t an ordinary screening. The silent film was screened with live music and a presentation about the early years of Indian … finish reading Screening of Raja Harishchandra (silent film) at the BFI

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Paromitar ek Din – a review

The purpose of writing these reviews is to give to the prospective viewer the opportunity to know what the film is like. Now that movie viewing is not as it used to be and we end up seeing dvds rather … finish reading Paromitar ek Din – a review

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Film review – Queen

Vikas Bahl’s recent release Queen is in a class of its own. It has broken the old stereotypes and tells a story in a refreshingly different way. This is the first film in a long while which I feel like … finish reading Film review – Queen

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Rest in Peace Ritu-da

Like everyone else I was very surprised to see the news of Rituparno Ghosh’s death on TV. The same footage and stills went on and on for hours, making it more irritating than informative. I immediately got a copy of … finish reading Rest in Peace Ritu-da

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Something more on English Vinglish

As a director, Gauri Shinde is head and shoulders above the better ones in India. Her script is tight and also comprehensive. It doesn’t miss out any important observation. There are moments in the film where you entirely believe that … finish reading Something more on English Vinglish

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The King is dead, long live the King

Rajesh Khanna is no more. The outpouring of emotions, as the news of his death was announced on television channels, was a proof of how he had always been present in the memory of people. It was not only in … finish reading The King is dead, long live the King

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Film Review – Antaheen (Bengali)

Once while zapping through the channels late at night I had chanced on this very unusual film. When I started watching it nearly half of it was over, so I was curious to know how the story starts. When I … finish reading Film Review – Antaheen (Bengali)

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Alexandra David-Neel: the film

At last, we had the much-awaited screening of the film on Alexandra David-Neel’s journey to Lhasa. Although it was held very quietly this was actually the very first screening anywhere in the world. For a long time we had thought … finish reading Alexandra David-Neel: the film

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Oscar Night

I woke up a bit late on 27th and found that I had missed the first one hour of the Oscar ceremony but once I found the channel which was telecasting it live I could not leave my seat. It … finish reading Oscar Night

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Do Dooni Char

The National Awards this year seem to have brought a few question marks to people’s minds. The one film, however, that seems to have got everyone’s nod is “Do Dooni Char”. I was convinced for all these years that Rishi … finish reading Do Dooni Char

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Review: Dhobi Ghat

When this film fist came out I was really not interested in watching it because I had no special feeling for Mumbai. But over the months I was more and more curious to see the performance of Prateik. And that … finish reading Review: Dhobi Ghat

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‘The King’s Speech’

The temptation to watch “The King’s Speech” was almost irresistible. So, along with a few friends, I saw the film a week back and felt that it deserved every award that it has won and all the nominations were totally … finish reading ‘The King’s Speech’

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Alexandra David-Neel

What a week this has been! I have been on the sets of the of the forthcoming film based on the life of Alexandra David-Neel. The role of the traveller, writer and seeker of Truth is being played by Dominique … finish reading Alexandra David-Neel

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Book Review

LEFTIST THOUGHT IN INDIAN CINEMA, by Lalit Mohan Joshi There is something almost infectious about Lalit Mohan Joshi’s enthusiasm for meaningful Indian cinema. He radiates a passion for cinema that anybody who has ever sat before a cinema screen can … finish reading Book Review

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