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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AR Rahman and the Oscars ‘curse’

When it comes to the likes of Rahman, and Pookutty, there could also be something else at play. There is a mindset that stops people from approaching artists that might simply be too good.

VARIETY

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Can films usher in social change?

Post-independence popular Hindi films considered class disparity as one of its go-to themes and included it in nearly all genres ranging from romance to drama.

ART & CULTURE

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Will nostalgia be able to beat lockdown blues?

Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were. However, the time in the history of the world where the bygone is recalled can do wonders.

VARIETY

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Why Sushant Singh Rajput's death is a wake-up call for Bollywood

This isn't the first time someone with immense potential got the short end of the stick in the Hindi film business on account of being an outsider.

ART & CULTURE

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The colour of film nostalgia

In a scenario where even officially older films are a mess to watch with DVDs and Blurays butchering their aspect ratios, the trauma of witnessing colourisation of some of the seminal classics is far from over.

ART & CULTURE

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What the future of cinema halls looks like

With the world fast adapting to the changes unleashed by the pandemic, the film industry needed to re-look at its mechanism. The same way cinema halls also need to adapt.

VARIETY

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The enduring legacy of an icon

Few can stake the same claim as Irrfan, who at the time of his death was one of the best-known Indians in the world of cinema.

ART & CULTURE

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Covid-19: Will Hindi cinema's disaster genre now come of age?

It would be difficult to imagine that a real-life event like the coronavirus pandemic wouldn’t usher in a new phase for the disaster genre within Hindi film.

ART & CULTURE

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Why poor copies of great originals rankle

Much like the oft-repeated points in the remix debate, the powers that be invariably end up blaming the public for accepting the new version.

VARIETY

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When movies come to life in the times of coronavirus

The eerie similarities between present-day events and the plot of Contagion where a virus leads to the loss of social order has expectedly renewed interest in the nine-year-old film.