In the Mood for Lonesomeness

Scope | Tanushree Baijal 1963: A five year old boy and his parents migrate to British ruled Hong-Kong from Shanghai, three years before the Cultural Revolution is underway in China. 1997: Britain transfers its sovereignty over Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China, effectively marking the end of British colonial rule. 2000: A romantic melodrama about love, infidelity, longing and …

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From the inside, in Black and White: Tharlo, A Tibetan shepherd, by Pema Tseden

Scope | Françoise Robin Since January 3rd 2018, French cinema goers have had the opportunity to discover in art movie theaters Tharlo, the Tibetan shepherd, a film by today’s main Tibetan director, Pema Tseden (b. 1969). It is the first ever Tibetan film commercially released in France, and one of the very first released in the Western world.1 In this …

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ANDHA NAAL: A Case for Film Noir

Scope | Bharath Kumar Imagine a crowd of enthusiastic Tamil audience fighting for the tickets and rushing into a theater to get a glimpse of their beloved actor, an idol in every possible sense. Sitting on their seats, wiping the sweat off the forehead onto the floor of a Chennai NON-AC theatre in the 1950s. Unusually, without a barrage of …

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The Image Undone: Exploring the Unfinished and Continuous Construction and Deconstruction of Identities in Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding

Scope | Arundhati Sethi The opening credits of Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding are played out to the euphoric beats of an Indian wedding procession (baaraat) while the screen is drenched in bright colors and forms. It is almost as if we are pulled into the groom’s party, singing and dancing, twisting and twirling, and approaching the bride’s doorstep where their family …

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Rethinking Adaptation in the Indian Scenario

Scope | Ananya Parikh In a recent class on Indian silent films, my students brought up an interesting question, something that I have been trying to grapple with in my own research on early silent cinema. Their interest was sparked by the relationship between early cinema and the literature of the period and as we continued discussing the close relationship between …