films

A More Permanent Record

Achal Mishra’s Maithili-language film Gamak Ghar is pieced together from tangible and intangible relics from and of an earlier time and place.

Fault Lines and Paper Trails

In conversation with Sumithra Prasanna about her film Stateless in India, and her experiences of filming through Assam as the state grappled with the repercussions of the N.R.C.

Meat-and-Greet

In conversation with Bhaskar Hazarika about his critically acclaimed film Aamis, and its place within a genre that combines the bleak with the beautiful.

Art in Conflict, Conflict in Art

In conversation with the makers of Raqs-e-Inquilab about creative freedom, censorship, the role of art in a time and place of crisis, and about the one-sided narratives of hate and fear about Kashmir and its people spread by the media.

Kumbalangi Nights

Film Review: Kumbalangi Nights

Facial hair plays an important role in Madhu C. Narayanan’s Kumbalangi Nights, a film that brings to the surface the perils inherent in popular notions of masculinity.

Stray Dolls

Film Review: Stray Dolls

The path to the American dream is paved with nightmares in Sonejuhi Sinha’s Stray Dolls, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last month.

Kia and Cosmos

When the Cat’s Away

Loneliness and loss, the perception of absence, and the choices that emanate from it are some of the themes filmmaker Sudipto Roy explores in Kia and Cosmos.

The Real World

How did Dazed and Confused, a movie that didn’t really have much to say, resonate with an entire generation?

Film Review: Court

Chaitanya Tamhane’s acclaimed film Court is a study in how people present themselves to the world.

Masaan

The Mortal Envelope

In Neeraj Ghaywan’s Masaan, sex is young and brand new; it is curiosity and desire all wound up in wires and technology and Facebook and computers. Death, in contrast, is old and ceaseless and long.

Asha Jaoar Majhe

Coming and Going

Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s debut film Asha Jaoar Majhe forces us to ask questions about what we do with love in our lives.

Fandry

Beyond Bollywood #5: Fandry

Even when a larger-than-life portrait of Ambedkar is looking over you, there is only so far the love story of a lower caste boy and an upper caste girl can go.