Journal of Indian Cinema

Vol. 1. Iss. 3.

Film Critics Circle of India

Impact of digital platform on Kolkata film market

Arnab K Middya | Mar 15

It would be very difficult to bring back the aura that the episodes of Ramayana and Mahabharat once had. The days when people wouldn’t dare miss an episode and/or its repeat screening as there was no other option of watching them ever again is long gone. Some might even argue that it would be impossible for theaters to ever again pull crowds the way films such as Sholay and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge once did. This of course isn’t entirely true. For, even though everybody knows that all such content would be available on alternative platforms within weeks if not days, the thrill of watching films on the huge screen in a huge hall with a huge crowd is an altogether different experience.

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The politics of the selfie

MK Raghavendra | Mar 15

The selfie’s most obvious cultural precursor was the personal or family photograph. An aspect noted about the family photograph was that its visual quality did not matter. What was important was who took it, on what occasion and when; what people felt about the pictures was much more important than what they ‘meant’ individually. It was equally important that the pictures were shown to other people who could use them to picture events they were not present at, thus situating themselves within a social continuum of some sort.

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Cinema in Kashmir

Gautam Kaul | Mar 15

Cinema came to Kashmir around 1932, on demand from the resident British families who would drive up from Sialkot, Multan, and other cantonments, for the summer season. The British also decided to locate a big cantonment in the suburb of Srinagar town to watch over the doings of the Maharaja of Kashmir, who they never trusted. The first movie hall to be constructed was The Regal, located near the British Residency. A contractor family was pushed into constructing and running the establishment. An Indian exhibitor from Amritsar offered advice on how to run the establishment. And a film distributor of Jallundhar was attached to feed this movie hall with films…

…Cinema screenings in the Valley closed down totally by 1992. In fact, film shooting also came to a close in Kashmir Valley…

…The Valley eventually began to realize that post-1990 a new generation was born that had never been to a movie hall. Video piracy bloomed. The age of viewing films by streaming on laptops also commenced. The elders would talk of seeing films during their youth. And Doordarshan screened films periodically, which were no fun because of the frequent power breaks in homes. The charm of social gatherings to see films had disappeared. The more enterprising ones began to hire taxis to travel to Jammu and Udhampur to see their favourite films. Women would occasionally hire a busload of their friends for such outings. The new National Highway Bypass, which reduced the travel time between Jammu and Srinagar by nearly two hours, also led to the rise of the taxi shuttles between the two towns, solely to ferry cinema patrons.

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Book reviews Features Film reviews
90 ML | Anita Udeep     Baradwaj Rangan
Airaa | Sarjun     Baradwaj Rangan
Badla | Sujoy Ghosh     Rahul Desai
Badla | Sujoy Ghosh     Saibal Chatterjee
Badla | Sujoy Ghosh     Sukanya Verma
Badla | Sujoy Ghosh     Tanul Thakur
Boomerang | R. Kannan     Baradwaj Rangan
Boot Polish | Raj Kapoor     Jai Arjun Singh
Delhi Crime | Richie Mehta     Rahul Desai
Delhi Crime | Richie Mehta     Saibal Chatterjee
Gone Kesh | Qasim Khallow     Rahul Desai
Gone Kesh | Qasim Khallow     Saibal Chatterjee
Gone Kesh | Qasim Khallow     Sukanya Verma
Gully boy | Zoya Akhtar     Saibal Chatterjee
Hamid | Aijaz Khan     Johnson Thomas
Hamid | Aijaz Khan     Rahul Desai
Hamid | Aijaz Khan     Saibal Chatterjee
Hamid | Aijaz Khan     Tanul Thakur
Ispade Rajavum Idhaya Raniyum     Baradwaj Rangan
June | Ahammed Khabeer     Baradwaj Rangan
Kesari | Anurag Singh     Johnson Thomas
Kesari | Anurag Singh     Sukanya Verma
Kesari | Anurag Singh     Tanul Thakur
Lucifer | Prithviraj Sukumaran     Baradwaj Rangan
Luka Chuppi | Laxman Utekar     Rahul Desai
Luka Chuppi | Laxman Utekar     Sukanya Verma
Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota | Vasan Bala     Johnson Thomas
Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota | Vasan Bala     Saibal Chatterjee
Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota | Vasan Bala     Sukanya Verma
Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota | Vasan Bala     Tanul Thakur
Mere Pyare Prime Minister | Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra     Johnson Thomas
Milan Talkies | Tigmanshu Dhulia     Rahul Desai
Milan Talkies | Tigmanshu Dhulia     Saibal Chatterjee
Milan Talkies | Tigmanshu Dhulia     Sukanya Verma
Mr And Mrs 55 | Guru Dutt     Jai Arjun Singh
Photograph | Ritesh Batra     Saibal Chatterjee
Photograph | Ritesh Batra     Sukanya Verma
Photograph | Ritesh Batra     Tanul Thakur
Silsila | Yash Chopra     Sukanya Verma
Sonchiriya | Abhishek Chaubey     Rahul Desai
Sonchiriya | Abhishek Chaubey     Saibal Chatterjee
Sonchiriya | Abhishek Chaubey     Sukanya Verma
Sonchiriya | Abhishek Chaubey     Tanul Thakur
Soni | Ivan Ayr     Deepa Gahlot
Super deluxe | Thiagarajan Kumararaja     Baradwaj Rangan
The Least of these | Aneesh Daniel     Tanul Thakur
Thirumanam | Cheran     Baradwaj Rangan
Trishul | Yash Chopra     Jai Arjun Singh
Film reviews (short) Film reviews (web series)

South Asian Short Film Festival (SASFF) | Festival Co-ordinator ― Premendra Mazumder

Chalachitram National Film Festival (CNFF) | Festival Director ― Utpal Datta

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