Friday, 2 December, 2022
TopicIndian Cinema

Topic: Indian Cinema

Mughal-e-Azam, Pakeezah to Gadar, Hindi cinema’s Muslim characters are never Pasmandas

Dalit cinema in India has put marginalised Hindus on the silver screen but the Muslim Pasmanda community remains untouched.

‘Shut up! Damn you! Go to hell’ – Ashok Kumar, the heartthrob who struggled with fame

In ‘Dadamoni,’ Nabendu Ghosh writes about Hindi cinema’s first superstar who starred in Kismet, Mahal, Parineeta, Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, and Jewel Thief.

Majrooh Sultanpuri—Unani doctor who Raj Kapoor paid 4 times to compose songs for his films

Majrooh mostly worked with R.D. Burman, Laxmikant-Pyarelal and O.P. Nayyar. With over 250 films, the 'wounded soul' became a celebrated colossus.

Saani Kaayidham is an indulgent tale of revenge drama. But its violence feels simplistic

Violence is an essential cog of Amazon Prime Video's Saani Kaayidham — it is the facilitator for the initial conflict, the solution, and redemption.

Cinema wronged domestic workers — Hum Aapke Hain Koun to Kal Ho Naa Ho. The script’s changing

Suresh Triveni’s Jalsa, Zoya Akhtar’s Lust Stories and Rohena Gera’s Sir have brought new interpretations of the domestic workers into Indian cinema.

Lagaan to Jhund, how does India pick sports films? Dalit stories are starting ‘second innings’

The idea of the nation is central to the sports film genre, where underdogs represent the nation by fighting the odds. But things are changing.

Netflix’s Cobalt Blue isn’t flawless. But its queer heart beats the shortcomings

Cobalt Blue talks of a world where loving a person of the same gender was still a crime. It's a poignant portrayal of love and sexual awakening.

SS Rajamouli’s RRR is everything you expect it to be – freedom struggle on Baahubali scale

SS Rajamouli’s RRR may be a good ol' tale of good vs evil, but it packs everything that Indian cinema offers, plus spectacular VFX.

Dev.D to BJP: How Mahie Gill went from being the new Tabu to ‘sanskari Bharatiya naari’

Mahie was the queen of indie cinema, the ‘chosen one’, who was cast by every major auteur from Kashyap to Tigmanshu Dhulia. So what happened?

Forget Gehraiyaan, Dev Anand & Waheeda Rehman’s Guide is the OG film of complex characters

The three-hour-long film is a cocktail of romance, melodrama, brilliant music-dance sequences, and a thought-provoking story.

On Camera

YourTurn

Prannoy Roy in Abu Dhabi

You can call NDTV elitist, anglicised. But it defended democracy, gave us Ravish Kumar

In all these years of covering elections on NDTV, I do not recall a single occasion when I was asked or even hinted to say or not say something. I disagreed with Prannoy Roy off-screen and on-screen and that was never a problem.

51 cow universities, old pension scheme, jobs — what RSS affiliates want from 2023 Budget

Welfare schemes and ‘self-reliance’ figure high on Sangh organisations’ wishlists for finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman ahead of the Budget, which she will present on 1 February.

Defence

A soldier with 'Arjun', a black kite trained to down enemy drones, during the Yudh Abhyas exercise being held in Auli, Uttarakhand | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

It’s a plane, no it’s a bird! Army’s training eagles & falcons to swoop down on hostile drones

The birds are also being trained for surveillance at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut, with cameras fitted to their heads to record videos.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.