Amborish Roychoudhury | May 07
The mainstream Hindi film industry… was experiencing its worst phase back in the 1980s. So much so that many were declaring it dead… Precious few films were able to recover their investment, even fewer reported hits at the box office. In the middle of this dry spell, Rishi Kapoor had a blockbuster in Nagina (1986).
It was around this time that Rishi appeared in an interview for a Canadian television channel, which remains his only televised interview from that time.
”Jo cheez badi routine ho, usey aap ek novel tareeke se karke dikhaaye, uss cheez ko main bahut maanta hoon kyonki main khud ek spontaneous kism ka actor hoon”
He was, of course, referring to his approach to acting. Nobody at the time bothered too much about “the craft”. Nobody spoke about it, nobody wanted to hear about it. But here Rishi Kapoor, a “commercial cinema” actor, was talking about his “craft”. And this brings to light another aspect that was unique about that era.
Like in the rest of the world, the cinema of India was undergoing a shift in the 70s. A commitment to realism and what was seen as an emphasis on substance rather than form, gave rise to the Parallel Cinema movement.
Sayantan Dutta | May 13
With The Warrior, Irrfan Khan marked his presence as a lead performer in cinema. Stylistically, the film locates itself in the arena of international art-house cinema, where the presence of actors is historically more important than the typical mainstream films… Nasiruddin Shah, albeit modestly, noted the rare quality of Irrfan’s performance in The Warrior, the kind of which, he claims, he himself hadn’t mastered at that young age
Utpal Datta | May 09
Rahul Rawal’s specialty was to adorn Love Story with his own aesthetic skills, ignoring the prevailing notions. The name Love Story evokes a kind of poetic tone and the director was keen to preserve that tone and mood through out the film… Even later, Rahul Rawal’s harsh and rude reality based films like Dakait and Arjun were a continuation of the poetic beauty of the loneliness and the elegant picturisation. Rahul Rawal and especially Love Story are still relevant today because of the creativity shown in making a mainstream commercial film, a sensitive work of cinematic art. Sadly, the identity of Rahul Rawal was not engraved on the body of the film in which he was established.
May 2nd marks the alpha of Satyajit Ray's centenary birth anniversary.
Amitava Nag talks about 'THE CITY' in the cinema of Ray.
Amitava Nag talks about 'THE ACTING' in the cinema of Ray.
|Irrfan Khan & Rishi Kapoor|
|Alphonse Putharen | filmmaker|
|Anu Menon | filmmaker|
|Mathivanan Rajendran | film actor-producer|
|Raveena Ravi | voice actor-turned-actor|
|Vipin Kumar | marketing strategist /celeb manager, Malayalam cinema|
FILM FESTIVALS: near future
Baradwaj Rangan, et al, speak on Cannes, and the importance and near-future of film festivals.
REVIEWING: craft v/s entertainment
Saibal Chatterjee talks of the film reviewer's job and the resulting backlash from irate fans.
FILM MAKING: on change
Utpal Borpujari talks about his foray into filmmaking, on OTT platforms, film subjects, crews, & such.
HOMAGE: Irrfan Khan & Rishi Kapoor
Aseem Chhabra et al take a sweet stroll down memory lane, remembering the star legends Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor.
FACE TO FACE: Rajiv Menon
Baradwaj Rangan converses with cinematographer/director Rajiv Menon on the 20th anniversary of his Kandukondain Kandukondain.
FACE TO FACE: Karan Johar
Baradwaj Rangan converses with Karan Johar, who explains why South Indian films have always been the pioneers of new technology.