Happy Feet and Many Hats

Shaikh Ayaz

Prabhudheva’s journey from southern dance sensation to hit actor to one of Bollywood’s most wanted directors

The Politics of Costa-Gavras

An encounter with the director who made Z, a political thriller set in a mystery country that inspired a guessing game on its release in 1969 and has become a classic since

The Miracle Maker

A new book revisits the film Amar Akbar Anthony and shines light on director Manmohan Desai’s enduring legacy

A Director’s Mind

Baradwaj Rangan’s book is proof that there is space for intelligent questions in Indian cinema

The Three-Star Filmmaker

Director of Paan Singh Tomar Tigmanshu Dhulia on tightfisted critics, producers he could perhaps kill, and what his experience of theatre and television taught him about filmmaking

Saeed Mirza Is Still an Angry Man

The director of the seminal Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyoon Aata Hai on his career as a novelist, the West’s racist ideas and why he found films “very limiting”

The Monstrous Hit Maker

Giant hits like Singh is Kingg notwithstanding, Anees Bazmee stands accused of filming Bollywood’s crassest comedies in recent times. He remains steadfastly unapologetic

Stay South, Mani Sir

One of South India’s most talented directors is proving himself an utter waste in trying to appeal to a wider market, his Raavan being a glaring case in point.

Director’s Cut

Making a movie is all about having the patience to endure long intervals. This author has taken eight years, with several abandoned projects in between, to debut as a director in Bollywood.


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