Making the Ordinary, Extraordinary: An Interview with Sunanda Bhat

Scope | Varsha R. Adibhatla Sunanda Bhat was at Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities recently where her movie ‘Have You Seen the Arana?’ was screened as a part of the National Workshop on Film and Democracy. The film interweaves contemporary narratives with an ancient tribal myth to explore the effects of a rapidly changing landscape on lives and livelihood. …

“It was not a planned move”: Salam Kodiyathur on Home Cinema

Profile | Mohamed Shafeeq Karinkurayil A school teacher by profession, Salam Kodiyathur is best known for ‘Home Cinema’, a concept of producing movies bypassing the theatrical release route and instead marketed directly through neighborhood CD shops; a model then widely replicated in Kerala. Financial success and popularity came to him when he tapped into a lacuna of the mainstream cinema: that …

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‘The Trouble is the Tedium’: An Interview with Ashish Rajadhyaksha

Ashish Rajadhyaksha is an independent film and cultural theorist. The Co-editor of Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema, his career spans over an illustrious four decades, during which he has published academic papers, written and co-written books, curated film festivals, art exhibitions and taught courses in universities across the world. He was at Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities recently as a …

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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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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 …