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ALTERNATIVE ENTERTAINMENT: MUSIC OF THOUGHT AND IMAGINATION

It is Kumar Shahani's Khayal Gatha (The Saga of Khayal), a 1989 Indian experimental film written and directed by Kumar Shahani, that O....

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ALTERNATIVE ENTERTAINMENT: A DEEP DIVE INTO THE SOUL OF CLAY

Kaul’s films were revelations even when the themes were well-known and had ancient roots, like dhrupad and pottery. He avidly hunted for ...

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ART HOUSE: THINKING ABOUT JAANE BHI DO YAARO

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (Just Let It Go, Friends) is a 1983 black comedy directed by Kundan Shah and produced by the NFDC. It is a satire on bureauc...

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ACHIEVING CULT STATUS: MASSEY SAHIB

O.P. Srivastav brings Raghubir Yadav and Arundhati Roy's celebrated debut Massey Sahib, a 1985 Hindi drama, adaptation of Joyc...

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A CHAPTER ON KUMAR SHAHANI’S KASBA

Kumar Shahani’s aesthetic sensibilities were shaped while assisting Robert Bresson on Une Femme Douce (A Gentle Woman, 1969). Additionall...

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EK RUKA HUA FAISLA (12 ANGRY MEN) IN FOCUS THIS WEEK

Ek Ruka Hua Faisla (A Pending Decision) is a 1986 Hindi language courtroom drama directed by Basu Chatterjee, writes O.P. Srivastava Read More

OM DAR-B-DAR: MOVING PIECES OF BROKEN GLASS

During the lockdown period, I made a documentary titled What’s Your Story. The idea was to figure out the factors that motivate a filmmak...

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ANKUR: THE SAPLING OF PARALLEL HINDI CINEMA

“In the early 1970s, a new class of population was emerging in India, which had started to get rid of the legacy of the past and reboot t...

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ARDH SATYA: TRAPPED IN A LABYRINTH OF DECEPTION

O.P. Srivastava travels back in time to reflect on Govind Nihalani’s Ardh Satya (Half Truth) written by Vijay Tendulkar,...

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MANI KAUL’S ICONOCLASTIC USKI ROTI

This film is a juxtaposition of slow-moving close-ups and wide shots layered with lots of silence and interspersed with a few monotonous dialog...

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