Journal of Indian Cinema

Vol. 1. Iss. 13 | January 2020

Film Critics Circle of India

Directors’ Diaries: The Road to Their First Film

Utpal Datta | Jan 26

The principle attraction of an interview lives in the questions thrown by the interviewer. Questions are framed to dig out unknown facts from the inner core of the interviewee. Additionally, they mirror the study, preparation, insight, mental makeup and so much more of the interviewee too. And that mirrored picture determines the character, purpose, and philosophy of the interview…

…Readers enjoy reading any kind interview when they feel attached with the interviewer. Instead of lengthy, boring questions or a scholarly self-presentation of the interviewer, the author throws questions that are crisp and lead the interviewee to unravel their past. This pattern may be compared to the presentation of a Raga in Indian Classical music where the beauty of a Raga is being unfolded in a systematic pattern of movement…

… At one point, the author enters the dreaded realm that haunted the protagonist of Fellini’s 8½. Have you as a film director ever faced a barren state of mind, he asks. Film shooting, especially in the traditional manner, is a very expensive creative process where every single moment involves costs. Therefore, the question of whether a director can have that luxury of facing the situation of a director’s block is highly relevant. It also gives indication of how seriously the author attempts to explore the conflict zone in the creative process of a director.

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The Bimal Roy Path

Joy Bimal Roy | Jan 08

The present Bimal Roy Path was actually part of Mount Mary Road originally, but physically it was a cul de sac with just a few buildings on it leading to a dead end. But the wonderful thing was that the sign would be just opposite our bungalow. The site was the perfect choice. And the perfect date for the inauguration was Baba’s death anniversary on 8th January 2017…

… The sign is actually part of a public garden in which we had laid out tables and chairs and an authentic Bengali high tea. Only when people left and the sign lights came on that the significance of the moment sank in. Bimal Roy Path was a reality at last. Isn’t it wonderful that both Ma and Baba have become a tangible part of Bandra’s history?

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Emergence and popularity of the grey protagonist in Bollywood

Saurabh Turakhia | Jan 26

While probing the reason for cynicism of audiences would be a subject of psychology and sociology, filmmakers’ deliberate choice to flesh out the grey character in greater detail and lend them more screen-time; powerful, distinct dialogues; and multiple layers begs the important question — is this a case of absence of conviction, a sign of the time we inhabit, or compromised filmmaking?

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Women in cinema
Ambition and harassment     Ashameera Aiyappan
Forty years later     Deepa Gahlot
On 'sexual harassment'     Cris
Interview Review - feature film
1917 | Sam Mendes     Baradwaj Rangan
1917 | Sam Mendes     Johnson Thomas
1917 | Sam Mendes     MK Raghavendra
1917 | Sam Mendes     Rahul Desai
A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood | Marielle Heller     Saibal Chatterjee
Al Mallu | Boban Samuel     Sajin Shrijith
Anjaam Pathira | Midhun Manuel Thomas     Cris
Anjaam Pathira | Midhun Manuel Thomas     Sajin Shrijith
Bhangra Paa Le | Sneha Taurani     Rahul Desai
Bhangra Paa Le | Sneha Taurani     Sukanya Verma
Big Brother | Siddique     Sajin Shrijith
Blue Jay | Alex Lehmann     Rahul Desai
Cats | Tom Hooper     Ashameera Aiyappan
Chhapaak | Meghna Gulzar     Ashameera Aiyappan
Chhapaak | Meghna Gulzar     Jai Arjun Singh
Chhapaak | Meghna Gulzar     MK Raghavendra
Chhapaak | Meghna Gulzar     Rahul Desai
Chhapaak | Meghna Gulzar     Saibal Chatterjee
Chhapaak | Meghna Gulzar     Sukanya Verma
Chhapaak | Meghna Gulzar     Tanul Thakur
Cuties | Maïmouna Doucouré     Rahul Desai
Darbar | AR Murugadoss     Baradwaj Rangan
Darbar | AR Murugadoss     Saibal Chatterjee
Dhamaka | Omar     Sajin Shrijith
Don't Look Now | Nicolas Roeg     Jai Arjun Singh
Dream Horse | Euros Lyn     Rahul Desai
Exil | Visar Morina     Rahul Desai
Ghost Stories | Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, et al     Rahul Desai
Ghost Stories | Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, et al     Saibal Chatterjee
Ghost Stories | Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, et al     Sreehari Nair
Jai Mummy Di | Navjot Gulati     Rahul Desai
Jawaani Jaaneman | Nitin Kakkar     Sukanya Verma
Just Mercy | Destin Daniel Cretton     Johnson Thomas
Low | Jeet Thayil     Jai Arjun Singh
Memories of Murder | Bong Joon-ho     Baradwaj Rangan
Minari | Lee Isaac Chung     Rahul Desai
Never Rarely Sometimes Always | Eliza Hittman     Rahul Desai
Pain and Glory | Pedro Almodóvar     Baradwaj Rangan
Panga | Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari     Saibal Chatterjee
Panga | Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari     Sukanya Verma
Panga | Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari     Tanul Thakur
Pattas | RS Durai Senthilkumar     Baradwaj Rangan
Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani | Aziz Mirza     Sukanya Verma
Prathi Poovankozhi | Rosshan Andrews     Baradwaj Rangan
Promising Young Woman | Emerald Fennell     Rahul Desai
Shylock | Ajai Vasudev     Cris
Shylock | Ajai Vasudev     Sajin Shrijith
Street Dance 3D | Remo D'Souza     Saibal Chatterjee
Street Dance 3D | Remo D'Souza     Sukanya Verma
Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior | Om Raut     Aswin Bharadwaj S
Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior | Om Raut     Rahul Desai
Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior | Om Raut     Saibal Chatterjee
Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior | Om Raut     Sukanya Verma
Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior | Om Raut     Tanul Thakur
The Farewell | Lulu Wang     Baradwaj Rangan
The Father' & 'Falling'     Rahul Desai
The Forgotten Army | Kabir Khan     Saibal Chatterjee
The Kung Fu Master |Abrid Shine     Cris
The Kung Fu Master |Abrid Shine     Sajin Shrijith
Zola | Janicza Bravo     Rahul Desai
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