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Fear and Harassment in Suburbia: Pawan Kripalani’s Phobia

Pawan Kripalani’s Phobia may tease you with cliches of the genre. There is an eerie silence that is built up to a shocker of a moment. The background score sometimes lends a helping hand to Kripalani. An apartment that boasts of a mysterious ex-occupant. There are mirrors, perfect and fractured, projecting the broken soul of… Continue reading Fear and Harassment in Suburbia: Pawan Kripalani’s Phobia

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Impressive But Mama Don’t Preach: Ashwini Iyer Tiwari’s Nil Battey Sannata

In simplest terms, one of the greatest things about Ashwini Iyer Tiwari’s Nil Battey Sannata is that it passes the Bechdel Test with flying colors. The tenth standard mathematics test may be an important plot point but Bechdel is a different matter. The test is never indicative of the quality of a film but it… Continue reading Impressive But Mama Don’t Preach: Ashwini Iyer Tiwari’s Nil Battey Sannata

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The Unexpected Virtue of Fandom: Maneesh Sharma’s Fan

There is that famous scene in Slumdog Millionaire where a very young Jamal Malik chooses to literally wade through scum and feces to get a glimpse of his hero Amitabh Bachchan. The scene marries Jamal’s never-say-die attitude with India’s obsession with part art-masquerading-as-pastime and part pastime-masquerading-as-art – cinema. There was another film last year, this… Continue reading The Unexpected Virtue of Fandom: Maneesh Sharma’s Fan