Alternative Entertainment

ALTERNATIVE ENTERTAINMENT: REALISM OF THE MATERIALISTIC WORLDVIEW

Sharad Raj explores the evolution of realism in Indian cinema, its many forms and structures, and the deviations in its style through the lens of Kumar Shahani’s “...

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ALTERNATIVE ENTERTAINMENT: A POETIC DOCUMENTARY

This week it is O.P. Srivastava's tryst with temporality as he remembers Mani Kaul's documentary film, a masterpiece, Siddheshwari – a film that leaves itself to interpr...

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ALTERNATIVE CINEMA: THE CINEMA OF SOUND & CUT

"The Zone of Interest" and the cinema of sound and the cut is what Sharad Raj explores as he shares his personal experience while viewing the film. I hadn’t heard of Jo...

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ALTERNATIVE ENTERTAINMENT: TAPAN SINHA’S EK DOCTOR KI MAUT

Tapan Sinha’s Ek Doctor Ki Maut (1990) shows how scientific research and innovation is not given its due in India, and how professional jealousy and insensitive governme...

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ALTERNATIVE ENTERTAINMENT: THOSE FREEZE SHOTS OF TARUN MAJUMDAR

Satyabrata Ghosh explores the genesis and evolution of the freeze shot used by auteurs of cinema to capture a lasting impact of on emotional moment, through the cinema of Taru...

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ALTERNATIVE ENTERTAINMENT: MUSIC OF THOUGHT AND IMAGINATION

It is Kumar Shahani's Khayal Gatha (The Saga of Khayal), a 1989 Indian experimental film written and directed by Kumar Shahani, that O.P. Srivastava narrates today. The film ...

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ALTERNATIVE ENTERTAINMENT: BETWEEN REALITY AND REPRESENTATION

SHUDDHI is an emotional journey, a call to action, and a symbol of hope all in one. It aims to generate renewed discussion on Leprosy. A rare film, writes Vinta Nanda. Direct...

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ALTERNATIVE ENTERTAINMENT: A DEEP DIVE INTO THE SOUL OF CLAY

Kaul’s films were revelations even when the themes were well-known and had ancient roots, like dhrupad and pottery. He avidly hunted for those cycles of time that these ...

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INDEPENDENT FILM: THE STORY OF A YOUNG BOY IN KASHMIR

In conflict-ravaged Kashmir, Adnan, a young boy from a lower middle-class family, stretches himself beyond limits to earn a smile on his blind sister’s face by buying he...

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ART HOUSE: THINKING ABOUT JAANE BHI DO YAARO

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (Just Let It Go, Friends) is a 1983 black comedy directed by Kundan Shah and produced by the NFDC. It is a satire on bureaucracy, the media, the real estate...

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FESTIVALS: THE LOKHANDWALA STREET-CORNER START-UPS

Today, Siddharth Kak explores the by lanes of his neighbourhood to discover a variety of...

April 14 2024

POLITICS: INJUSTICES AND MISINFORMATION

Humra Quraishi comments on the troubling times lying ahead because accountability and tr...

April 13 2024

BOLLYWOOD: ALL ABOUT REMAKES AND SEQUELS

As Bade Miyan Chhote Miyan and Love Sex Aur Dhokha 2 are set to release, with both films...

April 12 2024