ROJA 1992: Kashmir with Conflicting Identities

In 1992 Director Mani Ratnam made the first installment of his famous terror trilogy, which contains 3 films: Roja(1992), Bombay(1995), & Dil Se(1998). Roja was his first take on terrorism and the way he depicted it is quite a complex picture. Mani Ratnam tried to put forth a nationalistic message through Kashmir and its militancy. … Read moreROJA 1992: Kashmir with Conflicting Identities

AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY: a tale of fateful coincidences

Amar Akbar Anthony is a very popular Bollywood film. It was one of the best-regarded and hit films of the 1970s. Hindi cinemas most successful director at that time Manmohan Desai directed this film. If you look for logical coherence in the film then you will stop watching this film at the very establishing shot … Read moreAMAR AKBAR ANTHONY: a tale of fateful coincidences

How BOLLYWOOD Ruined THE GODFATHER???

THE GODFATHER is regarded as one of the greatest films ever made in the history of cinema. Every Filmmaker & every cinema in the world had been impacted by it, so is Indian Cinema. But rather than adapting the subtleness of this masterpiece Indian filmmakers had messed up its beauty& value for Indian viewers with … Read moreHow BOLLYWOOD Ruined THE GODFATHER???

SHERSHAAH: A Relief from HYPER-NATIONANLISM???

Shershaah is a recently released Hindi/BOLLYWOOD film on the OTT platform Amazon Prime Video. The film is based on the life of Param Vir Chakra awardee Captain VIKRAM BATRA who fought the 1999 Kargil War with great strength & fearlessness like a lion. He was awarded Indian Army’s highest gallantry award posthumously and he became … Read moreSHERSHAAH: A Relief from HYPER-NATIONANLISM???

1964 Bollywood film with War, Rape, & Nationalism survived Censorship

After the country gained Independence and witnessed gruesome partition, Hindi cinema’s attempts of adding nationalist & patriotic themes to its films got reduced to very few films. One of the main reasons behind this was the uncompromising attitudes of the censor board. the censor board despite guaranteeing freedom of expression after independence has had issues … Read more1964 Bollywood film with War, Rape, & Nationalism survived Censorship

DHARTI KE LAL: a film that inspired DO BIGHA ZAMIN

When it comes to the depiction of rural life & farmers in Hindi Cinema aka BOLLYWOOD we talk about films like LAGAAN(2001), MOTHER INDIA (1957), DO BIGHA ZAMIN(1953), etc. But do we know about one of the most realistic depictions of rural life, poverty, hunger, prostitution, love in a pre-independence Hindi film??? DHARTI KE LAL … Read moreDHARTI KE LAL: a film that inspired DO BIGHA ZAMIN

FIRE 1996: Story of two lesbians “RADHA & SITA” this Pride Month

Sex or Homosexuality, in particular, had been a taboo in India. Whenever Filmmakers tried to explore this domain of society, they were neither encouraged nor supported. But few Filmmakers in this ocean of Indian Cinema were always open to these topics. Through their films, they had put a question mark on society’s conventional and toxic … Read moreFIRE 1996: Story of two lesbians “RADHA & SITA” this Pride Month

Anna Salunke: Restaurant boy who became First Actress of Indian Cinema

DADA SAHEB PHALKE also cited as Father of Indian cinema, creator of first Feature-Length Film of INDIAN CINEMA, named RAJA HARISHCHANDRA had faced enormous stress when he was casting for the female lead of this film. He was so helpless while making his first film, that he had to even approach prostitutes for the role … Read moreAnna Salunke: Restaurant boy who became First Actress of Indian Cinema

Not DADASAHEB PHALKE, but these two men were “FIRST FILMMAKERS OF INDIA”

Dhundiraj Govind Phalke also known as “DADASAHEB PHALKE” is considered the “FATHER OF INDIAN CINEMA” because in 1913 he made his first film “RAJA HARISHCHANDRA” in which all the departments of filmmaking was done by him (except for Acting), from writing to direction to editing he did it all alone. This film by many film … Read moreNot DADASAHEB PHALKE, but these two men were “FIRST FILMMAKERS OF INDIA”

KABIR SINGH v/s NEWTON: Story Complication

KABIR SINGH & NEWTON, both films named on Protagonist, both the protagonists deals with internal conflicts, like too much anger and too much honesty, & their internal conflicts and personalities puts them in opposition with society and usual norms, and they have two choices either they surrender and become like them or they resist, and … Read moreKABIR SINGH v/s NEWTON: Story Complication

Shabana Azmi: Boldness & Betrayal

Shabana Azmi is one of the best actresses that Hindi Cinema ever had, she has done different kinds of roles in her career spanning over four decades and over 100 films both in Parallel and Mainstream cinema, and one interesting thing that her filmography has is Infidelity caused by Infertility, Here are four films of … Read moreShabana Azmi: Boldness & Betrayal

ALIGARH v/s DOSTANA : GAY CINEMA & BOLLYWOOD

When it comes to Bollywood, the subject of Gender Sensitization hardly gets addressed through films. But few films do talk about LGBTQ Community in either conventional narrative or else through unconventional masterpieces. Today we are comparing one conventional Bollywood film with an unconventional one & both films represent GAY MEN.ALIGARH (2015) & DOSTANA (2008) are … Read moreALIGARH v/s DOSTANA : GAY CINEMA & BOLLYWOOD

GARAM HAWA: THE MUSLIM PLIGHT OF PARTITION

PARTITION- The division of British India into two separate states- India & Pakistan; the consequences were horrific for both sides and for both Hindus and Muslims, not all Indians wanted partition still millions of them moved to what they hoped would be a safer territory with Muslims going to Pakistan & Hindus and Sikhs moving … Read moreGARAM HAWA: THE MUSLIM PLIGHT OF PARTITION

POPULAR CINEMA: MAINSTREAM MASSALA OF INDIAN CINEMA

INDIAN CINEMA from its very beginning had been more of a medium of Popular Entertainment/Culture than an ART form, Popular culture or pop-culture is the combination of ideas, perspectives, attitudes, images, and other phenomena that are within the mainstream of a given culture The expression ‘popular culture’ is preferred as it denotes what majority of … Read morePOPULAR CINEMA: MAINSTREAM MASSALA OF INDIAN CINEMA

WOMEN ADULTERY IN INDIAN CINEMA

In INDIAN SOCIETY, You know who is an ideal woman? well there can be lot of subjective answers for this , But traditional Indian society, definite and consensual norms of behavior handed down from the past regulated the conduct of women. For example, the Concept of woman as Sita is prevalent in Indian society. Sita, … Read moreWOMEN ADULTERY IN INDIAN CINEMA

PARALLEL CINEMA: SIDE HUSTLE OF INDIAN CINEMA

CINEMA OF INDIA has a very long history ; The first Indian film was made in 1913; the earliest talkie was released in 1931. From the very beginning, Indian cinema evolved as a popular form of entertainment. Where there is a “hero, heroine,& villain” Format. Song, Music, Dance, & spectacle are considered essential elements of … Read morePARALLEL CINEMA: SIDE HUSTLE OF INDIAN CINEMA