Category Archives: Cinema

DIFF maps the cultural crossroads at 14

By Anamika Chatterjee

In the UAE’s cultural calendar, December is no ordinary month — it’s the time when the region celebrates cinema — in all its forms, in all its glory. In its 14th year now, the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), which kickstarted this week, has been consistently showcasing some of the finest films from all over the world, besides offering a robust platform to Arab cinema. Raising the bar consistently is not easy. It requires a happy marriage of creative fulfilment with commercial ambition. A reason why Shivani Pandya’s job as the managing director of DIFF is as challenging as it is exciting.

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What history has to do with Padmavati being real, or not

By Anamika Chatterjee

Histories are written by the powerful, but memories are owned by the powerless as well. That might explain why a 14th century Rajput queen has made her way to our primetime debates. Today, Rani Padmavati — she of unparalleled beauty, devotion and valour — exists somewhere between this tussle between history and memory.

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‘The Graduate’: Why this stellar, coming of age film is relevant even today

By Sushmita Bose

I watched The Graduate when I wasn’t a graduate; I was in middle school, had been initiated into Simon & Garfunkel by my globe-trotting uncle, and I’d managed to sneak in a watch – the VHS was lying around the centre-table, begging to be popped into the VCR player – when the parents were not at home. Continue reading ‘The Graduate’: Why this stellar, coming of age film is relevant even today