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  • The show must go on: The show comes home! (Column: B-Town)

    The show must go on: The show comes home! (Column: B-Town)

    After a filmmaker makes a film, a distributor calls exhibition, and exploitation of that film happens. It was his domain to take the best out of a film assigned to him, at the box office. In the present situation, exhibition of films through cinema halls

  • Review: The Current War: Low-voltage drama

    Review: The Current War: Low-voltage drama

    You could counter that, of course, arguing there is no documented evidence to the contrary either. And in any case, never mind that the film is pitched as historical drama, we understand that history has never really been Hollywood's strongest subjects. We will take the War with a pinch of salt.

  • A new kind of talent endorsement! (Column: B-Town)

    A new kind of talent endorsement! (Column: B-Town)

    The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) enters the Indian entertainment sphere. Among its other activities in the cause of recognising and promoting the medium, BAFTA is more commonly known for its film awards, and is considered to be a pr

  • Lockdown impact: Will TV shows with low ratings shut shop?

    Lockdown impact: Will TV shows with low ratings shut shop?

    With shoots coming to a halt in Maharashtra owing to the resurgent wave of Covid cases, the TV industry has been the worst hit. Episode banks are fast drying up, and although many shows have moved out to alternative locations as Goa, long-term sustenance

  • Amit Sial: I won't do anything that sidelines me anymore

    Amit Sial: I won't do anything that sidelines me anymore

    Actor Amit Sial has carved his space in digital domain with projects such as "Hostages", "Inside Edge", and "Mirzapur", as well as the recent "Kathmandu Connection". Sial says today he can afford to avoid projects that would leave him "sidelined".

  • Review: Another Round: Mads Mikkelsen served with heady twist

    Review: Another Round: Mads Mikkelsen served with heady twist

    Midlife crisis gets a heady twist in Thomas Vinterberg's tragicomedy, serving Mads Mikkelsen on the rocks. "Another Round" (titled "Druk" in original Danish version) kicks in its plot by reversing the premise of alcoholism as cinema normally peddles it.

  • The Thalaiva knows no boundaries

    The Thalaiva knows no boundaries

    The recent announcement of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award this year for South superstar Rajinikanth is celebrated by all Indians, in India and abroad. Actually, it is quite strange, since the Indian film industries as well as their stars are accepted only amo

  • Abolished: The last resort

    Abolished: The last resort

    Looks like when it comes to the film industry, the powers that be believe in making their work and life more miserable by the day. To this end, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) seems to be the tool of choice. Of course, the governments have

  • Review: The Big Bull: Big bore

    Review: The Big Bull: Big bore

    Forget comparisons. Even if you willingly dismiss the idea of sizing up "The Big Bull" against "Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story", Abhishek Bachchan's new film is a washout from the word go.

  • The National Awards never mattered more

    The National Awards never mattered more

    The 67th National Film Awards for the year 2019 have been announced and, as usual, there are opinions for and against the selections. This has always been so. Never have the awards been accepted universally. The most disappointed are those others nominees