By Anamika Chatterjee
It must feel great to be in Guneet Monga’s shoes at the moment. Her co-production, Period. End of Sentence, a film about a group of women in rural India learning how to operate a machine that makes sanitary pads, won an Oscar this week for Best Documentary (Short Subject). In a career spanning 10 years, the 35-year-old Monga has already set her own path to acclaim having backed critically lauded films, such as The Lunchbox and Masaan. In a conversation with Khaleej Times, Monga talks about her journey that has led her to become an influential voice in indie cinema.
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By Keith Pereña
Very few humans in modern history perhaps are as notoriously infamous as Adolf Hitler. In fact, the very mention of his surname alone evokes feelings of fear. But in the world of cinema, portrayals of the Nazi dictator are often exaggerated and even satirical.
Continue reading Why no one can do Hitler better than Bruno Ganz
By Aresh Shirali
In advertising circles, and especially in the ad agency Lintas that he led, Alyque Padamsee, who died on November 17 in Mumbai, was called “God”. An accident of recruitment — or mistaken roles, rather — as he once explained in his inimitably theatric voice: at Lintas, he also had a secretary by the name of Pope and the rest of the office knew only too well that to get access to him, they had to consult the Pope Continue reading Ideas adman Alyque will be dearly missed
By Keith Pereña
It was only last weekend when actor Chris Evans shook Twitter with a long tweet. In the tweet Evans said that he’s officially done filming for Avengers 4 – the finale to the grandiose cinematic experience that was Avengers: Infinity War. Since that tweet fans like myself knew what was coming – the end of an era, the home stretch for a beloved character.
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By Anamika Chatterjee
What happens to a family in the aftermath of the wear-and-tear of hearts? This week, a detailed account of Soon-Yi Previn, published in the New York Magazine on September 17, glimpsed into this deeply conflicted world. Soon Yi, the adopted daughter of Hollywood actress Mia Farrow, landed in our collective conscience way back in 1992, following the news of an affair with filmmaker Woody Allen, who’d been dating Farrow for nearly a decade. In the years that followed, Soon-Yi assumed several roles in our collective imagination — she is at once the victim of Allen’s whims and fancies and a willing accomplice. Her silence over the years has done little justice to the perceptions attached to her. A reason why her recent interview with Daphne Merkin was a story waiting to be told.
Continue reading Why Woody Allen’s wife’s story is not anti-#metoo
By Allan Jacob
Strange are the ways of Hollywood and the folks who inhabit it. The same can be said of Silicon Valley where excess breeds success. Showbiz celebrities and software rock stars take pains to let us know how much they value their privacy, and how much time they spend working out.
Continue reading Why ol’ Marky Wahlberg is giving me a fitness complex
By Sushmita Bose
Last week, I went for a movie to the theatre, and realised it was “house full”: every single ticket was sold out. In this empowered age of technology, I’d purchased my virtual tickets on the Vox app, where you can see exactly how many seats are “available”, and can choose your seats at the click of a button; you don’t even need paper tickets any more since you only have to airily wave a barcode in front of some machine in order to waltz right in. But it was nice to see that people were actually taking time out to visit the movie theatre instead of streaming pirated prints on deadbeat television sets and feeding off them like zombies.
Continue reading The glory days when single-hall cinemas declared “House Full”