Anil Kapoor's campy Nayak follows the rollercoaster ride of a journalist who becomes Chief Minister for a day.
Swaminathan, Gaitonde and Raza are India's famous abstractionists. Mehlli Gobhai has slipped through the cracks.
Once trashed as Scarface spinoff, Amitabh Bachchan's Agneepath holds a special place in the hearts of fans today.
Lahore-based artist Ali Kazim talks about nudity, freedom of expression and why interest in Pakistani art is on the ascent.
Born in Pune in 1949, when he first landed in Mumbai as a medical student in 1973, the scale of the city scared him.
Hubris is just one aspect of fame. It triggers something within a person, affecting the outer as much as inner personality.
An American professor and his extraordinary fascination with Bhupen Khakhar’s works that has led him to collect over 100 of them.
For years, Mithun Chakraborty has been a victim of elite prejudice — what multiplex goers call a ‘downmarket’ star.
Parallel cinema of the 1970s and 80s remains influential in Bollywood though chances are you will not notice it.
The mystery of why Joginder, father of the fabled lota dance, has fans just about everywhere. Even abroad. Ranga khush!
Atul Dodiya’s work is replete with influences and references (Duchamp to Tyeb Mehta). But it also subverts the way we see art.
The story of Deols begins with Dharmendra. Especially, his early years, made riveting each time it is narrated by the man himself.
Dhruvi Acharya's 'Permeated Absence' is about dealing with loss and her continued preoccupation with the female body.
Mr India's Music: If there’s one number that comes closest to being the film’s essential theme it is “Zindagi ki yehi reet hai.”
The Writer's World: Salim-Javed’s Zanjeer case and the good turn it may do Hindi film scriptwriters.
A blockbuster exhibition brings together works by all 13 of the ballsy youngsters who formed Bombay’s iconic PAG.
Did Farooq Sheikh play his real flirty self in 1983’s Katha? At least co-star Deepti Naval and director Sai Paranjpye think so.
Inspired by Sultana’s Dream, artist Chitra Ganesh believes the story of this 1905 Bengali sci-fi novel is relevant today.
Around the world in 80 minutes: India’s avant-garde filmmakers recommend world cinema classics that shaped them.
Born to movies, gone to movies: Rishi Kapoor had made a comeback recently, with newfound energy and hunger for more.
When RD Burman passed away in 1994, Gulzar lamented that a part of his soul, too, went away with his departed friend.
Moscow’s museums are reshaping our thoughts about art, its purpose, and influence on contemporary society.
Muzaffar Ali (of Umrao Jaan fame) is also an artist. 'The Other Side' (his first exhibition in 15 years) promises to reveal his other side.
'At the back of our minds is always this looming fear for his future, 'What’s in store for Salman?', says his father Salim Khan.
Female agency, in recent years, has emerged as an interesting cinematic tool—and a highly profitable one.
Melbourne has chic food, buzzing nightlife and great coffee culture. But for unspoiled Aussie splendour, hit the Great Ocean Road.
What makes Ranveer Singh the most exciting leading man Bollywood has seen in a long time?
In theatre, Neeraj Kabi has a reputation as a highly physical actor. He says he draws his technique from Natya Shastra.
In 2006, MF Husain made UAE his home. Being in the Gulf allowed him to become a bridge between two different cultures.
Never a figurative painter, even S H Raza's earliest of paintings on display prove his inclination towards landscape.
Azerbaijan's Nasimi Festival brings out Baku's beauty as scholars and poetry lovers descend upon this artistic epicentre.
Amidst anti-CAA protests, the politically-charged 'Jinhe naaz hai' Pyaasa is a reminder that poets and writers have always held a mirror to the ruling order.
In his latest artwork, Olafur Eliasson, the Danish-Icelandic conceptual artist invites viewers to create their own 'cabinet of curiosities.'
This is cinema that can make a masochist wince. So how come it is acquiring fans who know—or ought to know—good cinema from bad?
The anonymous lives of Bollywood lookalikes: In Hindi cinema, the job of a lookalike is not just to look like the original, but to do the ‘undoable’.
The 93-year-old Krishen Khanna talks about his devotion to art, the horrors of 1947 and his close friendships with MF Husain and Tyeb Mehta
Though M.F. Husain died a Qatari citizen, a new retrospective in Doha revisits his work from the several places he called home
What drew the modernist master to Gorbio, a hilltop hamlet near Nice? An admirer drives up to find out
The difficult and often distortive experiment of making movies of books
A grey-shaded hero and adulterous heroine, why the 1965 classic was ahead of its time
Akbar Padamsee's work was iconic even when esoteric. He leaves having enriched Indian art forever
Maker of cult indie film Om-Dar-Ba-Dar, Kamal Swaroop has spent the last 23 years zealously researching Dadasaheb Phalke’s life.
Anand (1971) may be Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Rajesh Khanna's most iconic collaboration, but it is their second movie Bawarchi that remains truly special
The actor was celebrated for his love stories, but his ability to portray intensity and angst deserve a second look
Drunk on Hemmingway, modern art and Woody Allen, an artist goes nosing around yesterday's art havens in Paris
Inspired Madness: Comedy is a communal hug – a “jaadu ki jhappi” as Raju Hirani’s Munnabhai would have it – that Bollywood has churned out in the best and bleakest of times.
Alongside escapist fare, Bollywood has had a great parallel tradition of poetic realism, stories of social issues and locating heroism in ordinary lives, led by Bimal Roy and V Shantaram.
It will do well for readers to remember that Bollywood’s forte is pulp thrillers with chartbuster music, unlike Hollywood that has over the years perfected the brain-twisting, genre-bending capers.
Literature may or may not need films, but films undoubtedly need literature for its creative growth and sustenance but mostly, to access material that’s inaccessible in cinema.
Led by Shyam Benegal, Mani Kaul, Govind Nihalani and Saeed Mirza, Hindi parallel cinema advocated uncompromising realism. Its influence can still be felt on contemporary filmmakers.
The gangster isn’t as fashionable as he used to be. (“Abhi politician sab se bada bhai hai,” says a character in Satya). By 9/11, terrorism had replaced mafia as cinema’s favourite subject.
90s, they say, was lousy. Just when all hopes were lost, thanks to the emergence of a new breed of indie players, Bollywood veered towards a seismic shift whose legacy shapes it even today.
Some movies are more entertaining when you are drunk. Ask a connoisseur of camp, and he will confirm that trashy films can be a source of pure and totally unforeseen fun.
Most Bollywood films are “romances” unless otherwise specified. That self-explanatory disclaimer says everything that you need to know about Hindi films.
Time, as they say, is a good judge of whether a work of art is great or not. Indeed, Mughal-E-Azam, Guide, Shree 420 and plenty others have stood the test of time.
Vishal Bhardwaj on the influence of William Shakespeare and Gulzar on his filmography. He also revisits Maqbool and Haider besides talking about other world cinema classics.
Kamal Swaroop's Om-Dar-Ba-Dar is an underground cult outside the ambit of anything that Hindi cinema has ever seen. It has been variously described by fanboys as 'avant-garde', 'surrealistic' and 'absurdist.'
Sriram Raghavan knows how to pump out thrilling capers, with their delicious pulpy flavour very much intact. In a video chat with us, the director of Andhadhun revisits his films and also shares his influences.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is a Delhi boy. Here he talks about the Capital, his influences and his key film, Rang De Basanti that gave birth to the fashionable candle marches.