Nandita Dutta

  • Hava Aney Dey: a chance lost to censor 20-03-2012 05:58 PM

    Paan Singh Tomar, a film which was ready in 2010 but released two years later gained critical and commercial success. But not all films are fortunate enough to see the light of the day. Partho Sen-Gupta's Hava Aney Dey, a film set in Mumbai, is one of the most authentic...
  • Nargis: Lyrical documentation of a disaster 16-02-2012 06:16 PM

    New Delhi: It's quite easy to shoot a post-natural disaster region " just go there, aim your camera, and start recording the miseries of the people affected, and how the relief and rehabilitation is happening, or not happening. But it's not easy to create cinema out of it, giving those...
  • 'Matir Moyna' is rooted in socio-political space 07-10-2011 02:20 PM

    New Delhi: Directed by late Bangladeshi director Tareque Masud, 'Matir Moyna' is one of those films which though firmly rooted in the socio-political environment of a place can have tremendous appeal universally. The film demonstrates the power of a simple story set in a time of social and political upheaval...
  • Star Vs Star: Are film critics worth their salt? 23-09-2011 12:43 PM

    New Delhi: When it comes to certain stars, the film makes money regardless of what the reviewer says. Then they start looking like small street dogs barking at a huge elephant: Shyam Benegal. Quite a few things in cinema transcend logic, and this is one of them. Films that stick...
  • Anurag Kashyap's next 'Michael' is a thriller 02-09-2011 11:47 AM

    Ribhu Dasgupta's directorial debut Michael will have its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2011. Produced by Anurag Kashyap and starring Naseeruddin Shah, Michael is a psychological thriller set in Kolkata. Dasgupta tell us more about the film in an interview. What is Michael about? Michael is a...
  • Sunderrajan on 'Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project' 24-08-2011 01:46 PM

    Watching Srinivas Sunderrajan's The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project (2010) is like traversing a labyrinth; it is a meta film-about a film-within a film. What it really signifies is an independent filmmaker's challenging journey of making a film, his obsession with his art and the influence of uncanny extraneous factors on...
  • No southern actor was ready to play impotent don 06-08-2011 12:25 PM

    Thiagarajan Kumararaja's 'Aaranya Kaandam' is not another gangster film coming from the south, it is a tour de force of cinema. With the perfect mix of style and substance, the debutant director has gone on to create an indigenous and rooted film of the neo-noir genre, which has a universal...
  • 'Eclipse of Taregna': No takers for short films 02-08-2011 04:11 PM

    When Rakesh Chaudhary met a bigshot Bollywood producer to narrate his short film idea of The Eclipse of Taregna, the producer asked him " "What's a short film!". After meeting many such producers, Chaudhary ended up self-financing his film with the help of a cinematographer friend and the film went...