Farhan Akhtar On Bollywood Bole Toh: Movies Dying In India?

May 14, 2017

I’m sorry to sound alarmist, but here’s the fact: A plastic bag has been put over the head of the movie industry in India. The challenges before it are obvious. What are we doing about it? Absolutely nothing. Of course, at one end, there’s the invasion from digital space, which is actually a good thing, […]

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A world beyond Bollywood

March 14, 2017

As a programmer of Indian and South Asian cinema working with Western festivals, it has always seemed bizarre to me that Bollywood and mainstream Indian films – those with stars, songs and dancing – have so often been programmed alongside arthouse cinema from other countries. At the Berlinale, for instance, where I have worked since […]

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Nepotism Is Not Just A Bollywood Problem

January 14, 2017

Over the last several days, the entire debate about nepotism in Bollywood has resurfaced after a lame attempt at a joke at the IIFA Awards landed filmmaker Karan Johar and actors Saif Ali Khan and Varun Dhawan in a social media mess. The outrage many rightly felt was specifically targeting the self-made actress Kangana Ranaut. […]

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