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Sharad Raj

Sharad Raj is a Mumbai based independent filmmaker and a senior faculty at whistling woods international. An alumnus of the film and television institute of India, Pune, Sharad has been a creative director in television and has launched several shows. He recently completed his debut feature, Ek Betuke Aadmi Ki Afrah Raatein starring Adil Hussain and has previously directed two short features, namely Ek Thi Maria starring Raghuvir Yadav and Irrfan and Ward No. 6 starring Kay Kay and Atul Kumar.

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Mise en scene: a metaphysical expression

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The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

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Failed promises of the right wing: Andrzej Wajda

Sharad Raj transports you back to the film Ashes and Diamonds - an all-time masterpiece of Polish cinema, directed by one of the most important filmmakers,...

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When men change and repent: Cinema of Kenji Mizoguchi

Men are at loose ends without women to enslave, to desire, to abandon. Sharad Raj explores why the director is forgiving of th...

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Reflecting humanity through the struggle of a woman: Federico Fellini

Much before he made 8 ½, Federico Fellini, the Italian master, had honed his neo-realist pursuits, writes Sharad Raj. <...

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An auteur in the true sense: Werner Herzog

The new wave German cinema with its mighty generals like Wim Winders and Reiner Werner Fassbinder had a maverick for company, an eccentric geni...

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Climates: A metaphor for changing human behavior

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The genius of Jacques Tati

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Goodfellas: The patriarchal architecture of the mafia world

Goodfellas is considered to be one of the greatest gangster films ever, writes Sharad Raj.