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A Photograph by Aby Abraham

In the Husaini Alam locality in the old city of Hyderabad is the 150 years old Khursheed Jah Devdi, a palace designed in the Palladian architectural style, of the Paigah dynasty, now in ruins.  Frequently used as a site for film shoots, this heritage monument slowly succumbs to neglect.   About the Writer Aby Abraham is a doctoral candidate at …

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From Caste to Class: Recovering North Kerala in Malayalam Cinema

Scope | Shyma P There has been a resurfacing of North Kerala [1] in predominant ways in Malayalam cinema post-2009. A series of films beginning from Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathira Kolapathakathinte Katha (Ranjith 2009) has North Kerala being inscribed as a region of historical significance, political consciousness and secular values. This transition, however, reiterates the casteist patriarchal ideology of Malayalam …

From the Editor

The MCPH film club screenings have always been a space for a collective experience of movie watching and sharing of the watching experience. Sharing these experiences have been an absorbing affair and often have given rise to interesting conversations about film and film culture. The film club decided to widen its activities by the end of the last academic year, …

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State and Cinema in Revolutionary Soviet: A Centenary Perspective

Scope | Binayak Bhattacharya State interventions in creative practices are not received with warm gesture. Such a mindset enjoys a consensus across the ranks of practitioners and connoisseurs of art. However, only a handful of them ever attempt contradicting the interest of big capital in artwork. The reason behind it can be attributed to a prevalent understanding of the relationship between …

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Star, or just a dot in history? The story of Suchitra Sen

Profile | Asmita Das One of the most telling stories of the Bengal film industry is the life and untold story of Suchitra Sen. Critics and fans have hailed her as the Greta Garbo of Bengali cinema, a mysterious figure for the generation that came after her, who knows her only through her films. Suchitra Sen vanished from the limelight …

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Book Review

Paper Bound | Mohamed Shafeeq Book: Performing Self, Performing Gender: Reading the Lives of Women Performers in Colonial India.  Author: Sheetala Bhat Publisher and Year: Manipal University Press, 2017 Manipal University Press has released Performing Self, Performing Gender, a book on the women performers in colonial India, authored by Sheetala Bhat.  Primarily a reading of biographies and autobiographies of women …

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About the Art of Cinematography

Apparatus | Abhimanyu Acharya When it comes to films, we take certain things for granted. Every time we look at the credits, we see categories like ‘editor’, ‘cinematographer’, ‘VFX’ and so on. While we superficially know what these things entail, most of us hardly know their mechanics, and the way they function. All credit goes usually to the actor, and …

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Realism as Ethics: with an example from Abbas Kiarostami

Scope | Sudha K F One of the pioneers of Film Theory, Andre Bazin has written about the indexical property of the photographic image where an image is formed almost entirely mechanically without the intervention of a human being, though it might contain subjective traces of human personality. (Bazin 13) .  Abbas Kiarostami is one director who foregrounds the indexical …

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Rainy Afternoon Hunting For Posters

Life | Megha Solanki The streets of Mumbai haven’t changed much through the years. Maybe the cars have upgraded and the fashion changed but it is still the hustle and bustle of crowds that paint the posters of a colourful Mumbai. It’s grey skies and cold rains that surround the narrow lanes of the busy city on a Friday afternoon …

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Interview with Govind Kalburgi

Profile | Varsha Ravindranath Govind Kalburgi, a young graduate of Animation from Manipal University is now working for some of the biggest films in the Hollywood Animation category. He has worked with DreamWorks Animation from 2010 to 2016  and was a Production Coordinator for a number of installments of the Madagascar series. He is also worked on 2017’s biggest animated …