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Friday August 12, 2022

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film censorship in India
Chronicles

Cinema, Sensibilities and Censorship in India

Since every act of the so-called ‘free speech’ has certain political underpinnings, either endorsement or admonishment for free speech on any given issue depends not on the merit of the speech in itself, but on other practical or political concerns.

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Naseeruddin Shah actor
Feature

An Honest Actor is a ‘Work in Progress’ – Naseeruddin Shah

my dossier has more commercial films than all the art films I did put together. I worked in Mahesh Bhatt’s Sir, Dharmesh Darshan’s Lootere, Karma with Dilip Kumar and Bonny Kapoor’s Rajkumar in which I did a double role. Today too, films like A Wednesday, Ishquiyan, and Dedh Ishqiya are the kind of films I just loved to dig my teeth into.

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Nargis Dutt Indian actress
Reviews

Nargis: The Queen of Romance

Her original name Fatima A Rashid was changed to Baby when her film career began as a child artist at just five or six years. Her first role as leading lady was when she was just 14 in Mehboob’s film Taqdeer opposite Motilal.

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Raja Rammohun bengali film
Feature

Raja Rammohun: A Look Back in Wonder

When the first poster came out before the film’s release in October 1965, there was little to choose between Chowdhury and H.P. Briggs’ famous portrait of the Raja made in 1832. As the sestercentennial (250th) birth anniversary celebrations of Raja Rammohun Roy pick up pace in India and Great Britain, one can only look back in wonder at the film.

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Jeetu Kamal as Aparajito Ray
Reviews

Anik Datta Takes us Back in Time with Aparajito

The biggest takeaway from the film is the way Datta discovered a whole array of his cast to closely resemble the persons they were portraying. Among these, Aparajito would never have been the film it has turned out to be without Jeetu

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adoor gopalakrishnan
Feature

Adoor Ajar

The legendary director pays little heed to the brouhaha over the Rs 100-crore or Rs 500-crore box office collections of the present crop of movies. He said, “The public is easily swayed by the publicity blitz. They feel, if a film has made Rs 200 crore, it must be good. My first film ‘Swayamvaram’ (1972) cost only a few lakhs, won four national awards and did pretty well at the theatres.”

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