Gautam Chintamani
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English   |   Bangla

Cinephile, observer of society and technology and author of the of Dark Star: The Loneliness of Being Rajesh Khanna.

VARIETY

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Why it’s time for Indian filmmakers to switch to ‘filmmaker mode’

In some other countries, it would be sacrilegious to present a film in a format different from its original.

ART & CULTURE

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Utpal Dutt Today: How would the thespian have fared in the age of Netflix and Chill?

It's 26 years since Utpal Dutt passed on. Would he have achieved the same glory today with online platforms, where ‘content’ and ‘actor’ surpass the ‘star’, but have a much shorter screen life?

ART & CULTURE

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Surge of nationalism or political promotion: What is wrong with Bollywood’s recent blockbusters?

If the audiences are lapping up films that reinforce a sense of patriotism, why is it being talked about as effective propaganda?

ART & CULTURE

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Akshay Kumar, Fair Superstar: Why criticism over 'sexism' in Akshay Kumar’s 'Mission Mangal' is unwarranted

To many, it seems 'Mission Mangal' gives Akshay Kumar more prominent display than his woman co-stars. But Kumar has always shared screen space equitably with women actors.

ART & CULTURE

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Two decades on, The Sixth Sense still has the greatest 'twist'

The beauty of the movie's twist ending is not that it worked for the first time — it is about how it continues to still hold up even after 20 years.

ART & CULTURE

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Baby, love hurts: Bollywood's romance with violence against women has been its most enduring affair

From Amitabh Bachchan to the Khans, Bollywood has always normalised violence against women. Today, 'Kabir Singh' director Sandeep Vanga describes violence as expressing true love.

POLITICS

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Girish Karnad: Intellectual, artist and one of India's most fearless social voices

Karnad was an intellectual giant whose knowledge of, and contribution to, art, cinema and literature remains unmatched. He was also a fearless social voice who stood up for what he believed in.

LIFE

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Between myth and reality: Can you really believe what you see on screen?

It’s not as if movies have lost their edge as agents of conditioning, but what has changed is how the average audience refuses to drink the Kool-Aid of yore with the same enthusiasm.

LIFE

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ success: The film’s impact on the comic-book movie genre and how the ‘end’ might not be as near as we think

While the contribution of the film to the comic-book movie genre is unparalleled, it will be interesting to see how the film changes the course of future cinema.

ART & CULTURE

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Karan Johar: The man, the cinema and the persona

With 'Student of the Year-2' all set to hit the big screen on Friday (May 10), a look at Karan Johar's journey in Bollywood, pop culture and his own persona.