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I recently watched Hardik Mehta's National Award-winning documentary Amdavad Ma Famous ("Famous in Ahmedabad") on Netflix. The film is set in the city of Ahmedabad and endeavours to capture the city's...
The film unfolds like a low-key thriller.
One of the most telling moments in Obaidah Zytoon's stunning documentary The War Show is a face-off between two sets of protesters in a small Syrian town square, one that lies completely in ruins. Bot...
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There goes that diet. The 18th Mumbai Film Festival has officially begun, kick-started by a fabulous opening ceremony at the newly refurbished Royal Opera House. For regular attendees such as this wri...
A now there's a documentary film on her.
From a docu on the editor-in-chief of Vogue's Italian edition to one that chronicles the rise of Aam Aadmi Party, these are the films that need to be on your must-watch list.
“Don’t give mom a hard time, OK?” the trailer of Netflix’s upcoming documentary White Helmets shows a Syrian Civil Defence (SCD) volunteer, a “White Helmet”, kissing his child, and then stepping out in the dystopian background of the bombed-out city of Aleppo in Syria. He looks up at the sky, scanning it for planes and helicopters, which come and drop bombs every day, killing scores of people who do not matter much to the world anymore.
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Abhay Kumar’s experimental documentary on the lives of students at India's finest medical college meanders, but eventually crawls under your skin and stays there.
The long-delayed docu, directed by first-timers Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla, focuses on the birth and initial rise of the Aam Aadmi Party.
Even candid shots, such as for bridal make-up, are often not actually candid. Most are taken after the make-up is already complete; the touch of the make-up brush is only for effect. Compare this to some of my bridal make up shots and you will see they are not always "pretty", because the bride is still half-dressed, the skin is not yet perfect and so on.
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Filmmaker Chandrashekhar Reddy recalls the first time he stepped inside a coal mining pit. It was in mid-2012, near Lad Rymbai, Meghalaya. It was pitch-black, of course, and he could feel the oxygen l...
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In the months leading up to the general elections of 2014, filmmaker Kamal Swaroop, best-known for his postmodernist drama Om Dar-B-Dar (1988), parked himself in Varanasi. The eternal city had turned...
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Michelin-starred chef Vikas Khanna has added another feather to his cap. After celebrating the name and fame he has gotten from his passion of cooking and appearing on the reality show Masterchef, Kh...
A 120-minute film by Muslim scholar and former diplomat Akbar Ahmed, Journey Into Europe, seeks to explore several layers of Muslim-European identity. The film digs out the rich past of Islam in Europe, it unveils the challenges of the present, and in some heart-warming moments it offers glimpses of hope that humanity will prevail.
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MUMBAI -- With arms wide open, Shah Rukh Khan redefined romance as Raj in "Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge", but the superstar says he nearly refused the film as he found the role too "girlish." Shah Ruk...
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NEW YORK -- A film banned by Indian authorities about the deadly rape of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi has opened in the United States to acclaim, with Hollywood star Meryl Streep saying it dese...
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Climate change is an important issue, especially in a city like Delhi, where 80 people reportedly die from air pollution everyday. Which is why it makes sense that renowned Hollywood actor Leonardo Di...
National-Award-winning filmmaker Kamal Swaroop is, currently, somewhat baffled. His upcoming documentary Battle For Banaras, which chronicles the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in Varanasi, has reportedly b...
Walls and the Tiger
There's a scene in Ian McDonald's documentary Algorithms, which had a limited release in India on Friday, that any respectable sports movie would've been proud to have. Young Sai Krishna, all of 14 ye...
Set for an autumn release in the US, the documentary film Walls and the Tiger highlights the plight of farmers facing displacement from their land due to the nationwide push for economic development. The film focuses on a community of farmers in Andhra Pradesh who are fighting to retain ownership of their property.
Despite the Modi government's efforts to ban the telecast of India's Daughter, a documentary by British filmmaker Leslee Udwin on Delhi gangrape victim named 'Nirbhaya' by some sections of the media,...