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.

ART & CULTURE

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Pati Patni Aur Woh: Why Bollywood refuses to grow up even in the time of #MeToo

The film industry continues to fail in terms of onscreen portrayal of sexual harassment, especially in the shadow of its legacy of trivialising the issue.

ART & CULTURE

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Soft power for hard messaging

While PM Modi excels at using Bollywood's soft power for hard messaging, his predecessors used it to supplement their own messaging.

ART & CULTURE

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War's success shows critics and audiences differ on what is a good film

The Hrithik Roshan-Tiger Shroff starrer film is as far as it can be from anything that could further the cause of cinema, but that isn't something that concerns the viewer.

VARIETY

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Why Gully Boy is a good bet for India at the Oscars

The movie checks most boxes in terms of factors that the West expects from the cinema it terms 'foreign'.

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.