Getting Noodles in the Rain
An enactment of the circularity of life, Wong Kar Wai's In the Mood for Love takes the writer on a journey of reading the construction of moments in film and life.
May 21, 2022
and in a mystery to be
(when time from time shall set us free) forgetting me, remember me
- E. E. Cummings
Taking the leap to committing to watch a TV show, the writer recalls his impressions of slick advertising professionals on screen, his own disastrous attempts at being an adman, and the college culture in India through the lens of his own time at university.
Mad Men of Scholars' Avenue
Feb 7, 2022
What kind of national identity have post-liberalisation Hindi films conjured up for their audiences? Taking a look at Mohabbatein provides an insight into the way India’s economic liberalisation began to define what ‘Indianness’ meant according to Hindi cinema.
The New Bollywood Hero
Oct 15, 2021
Abhishek Chaubey's cinematic language actively builds other-worldliness into the fabric of the story, be it Mary Jane swimming to the light in Udta Punjab or Lakhna watching himself on a camel in Sonchiriya. Can this be called Hindi cinema's surrealist moment?
A Surreal Matter
Sep 28, 2021
Who would we be if our memories of material objects were taken away from us? How fleeting is memory? The writer reflects on our attempts at trying to forget and remember things that have shaped us, tangible or otherwise.
Part 1 of the Memory series
Memory Is a Thing With Feathers
Feb 13, 2022
After three films based on autobiographical elements, Ceylan ventured into a zone which was more of a homecoming for him. The issues and themes which he deals with post his 2006 film “Climates”, are more contemporary, relevant, and Turkish in nature. Ceylan is ironic, juggling between implied pessimism and sanguine temperament.
Ceylan’s Landscape - Part 2
Feb 2, 2022
If the generally misinterpreted Auteur Theory isn’t dead already, is it worth an exploration via an overlooked Indian director, Karan Johar? Or is Mr. Johar worth an exploration via the actual definition of the Theory?
Part 1 of 3
In Defense of the Auteur - Part 1
Dec 10, 2021
A look into the peregrination of a second-hand movie camera of Jyoti Chitraban – the only government film studio in Assam – and chronicling the parallel history of Assamese cinema. Part 1 of 3 from the writer’s series, The Assam Dispatch.
Mitchell Camera of Jyoti Chitraban
Nov 12, 2021
Spike Jonze’s Her imagines a different kind of romantic relationship-between a human and an AI. But how different is it, really? How does gender identity and female sexuality play a role in the envisioning of a cyborg? Is there such a thing as the ‘perfect woman’?