Category: Film

Jodha Akbar – The Film / Seema Bawa

    Seema Bawa analyses this highly controversial film with a historical perspective Actors: Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan The historian in me could not resist having a dekko at a historical romance based on a...

Who’s afraid of the documentary film / Keval Arora

    Remember the cynical manoeuvring by which the Film Federation of India had, some years ago, denied entry to video documentaries in their festival? And how this had brought home the threat that...

The Cinema of M.F. Husain

M.F. Husain’s two feature length fiction films, Gaja Gamini and Meenaxi are classic examples of having one’s cake and eating it too.  In each case, the cake is delectable. True that the two films...

Memories and Vagaries – Ritwik Ghatak

An artiste, even in this age of mindless greed and hurry, captures the public imagination, if only for a moment or two, should he or she answer to type, that is, of being a...

The Elusive Mr Tanvi

Habib Tanvir (1923-2009), was perhaps the most famous Theatre personality in north India. An actor-manager in the Old-School mould, he led a crowded professional life, which, over the years, had invariably spilt over into...

The film ‘Manto’–A Review by Raj Ayyar

‘I am a walking, talking Bombay.’ ‘Saadat Hasan Manto, RIP. He lies in that grave, wondering: Who is the greater storyteller? God or Manto?’ –Saadat Hasan Manto. I enjoyed watching the biopic ‘Manto’,  A great...

Doordarshan Schedule July 2018

PRASAR BHARATI (India’s Public Service Broadcaster) Directorate General: Doordarshan Copernicus Marg: New Delhi-110001 Films Division File No-26/1/2017-P-6. Film Dated: 12.06.2018 Subject: Schedule of Hindi Feature Films to be telecast from 01.07.2018 to 31.07.2018 on...