It’s Time for Bollywood To Shed Its Homophobia

It's Time for Bollywood To Shed Its Homophobia In September last year, after a long fought legal battle led by activists, the Supreme Court of India decriminalised homosexuality. In the landmark ruling, the Court unanimously declared that Section 377 was unconstitutional "in so far as it criminalises consensual sexual conduct between adults of the same sex.” Judge Indu Mishra, one of the judges on the five-member bench, further asserted that “History owes an apology to members of LGBT community and...

Dear Comrade: A Review

Dear Comrade : A Review The much hyped Telugu movie Dear Comrade released in cinemas last month & made its digital debut on Amazon Prime recently. The Rashmika Mandanna & Vijay Deverakonda pair returned to screens after their hugely successful outing Geetha Govindam.  Dear Comrade was a highly anticipated film because of various reasons – Deverakonda’s rising stardom, its release in 4 languages & the announcement of a Hindi remake by Karan Johar even before it was released. I recently...

Film Music Today

Film Music Today As we all know, cinema is both visual and auditory medium, and especially now with technology taking the upper hand and driving the filmmaking process, new age films are moving beyond the 4th wall and breaking the 5th wall as well. Yes, Bandersnatch. But these inherent elements or building blocks have remained the same. Sound being one of the biggest and the brightest. Since the beginning of sound cinema there has been a massive progress in the...

How Digital Platforms Are Shaping Indian Cinema

How Digital Platforms Are Shaping Indian Cinema While browsing through the endless catalogue of Netflix on a lazy weekend, I came across an unassumingly named film that promised nothing but the mundane from the poster art and the description. Aadish Keluskar’s Jaoon Kahan Bata Ae Dil was fashioned in the format of the Before Trilogy where an invisible camera follows a couple around a city as they are deeply engaged in a captivating conversation. Unlike the romantic setting of a...

4 Books That We Can’t Wait To See Adapted As Films

4 Books That We Can't Wait To See Adapted As Films Films or Books This debate will never end right ? We are of the opinion why not both! There are so many books that were masterpieces in their own right and were so huge in themselves but when they were made into movies, the books were added with a different dimension and a visual perspective to them, and also the piece of art became more and more accessible to...

Sacred Games – Characters That Made This Series Iconic

Sacred Games - Characters That Made This Series Iconic Last year, Netflix gave us Sacred Games, its first Indian original and the most popular one to have come out of any Indian platform ever since. The show was instantly renewed for a second installment that dropped in last week and while some might debate, it seems to have reached a conclusive end now.  What made the show so iconic? Was it the setting – a mafia leader based out of...

The Story of Bollywood’s first Superhit Film and Nationalism

The Story of Bollywood’s first Super-hit Film and Nationalism It was six months after Mahatma Gandhi had started the Quit India Movement and promulgated a nationwide non-violent campaign against the Britishers. In Bombay, lyricist Kavi Pradeep was working on a song for the new movie Kismet (1943) which was to star Ashok Kumar. Although the movie was about a small-time pickpocket and had a few bold themes for its time, Pradeep wanted to use the platform to send across a...

Is Laura Mulvey’s Feminist Film Theory Still Relevant?

Is Laura Mulvey's Feminist Film Theory Still Relevant? Laura Mulvey is a British film theorist who moved the realm of theory and film perception through her writings by combining film theory, psychoanalysis, and feminism. She is a pioneer in breaking down the role of men and women in Hollywood. Her essay Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema was first published in 1975 in the journal Screen where she extensively applies Freud and Lacan. Films and TV shows are dropped every day...

4 Characters From Hindi Cinema That We All Love

4 Characters From Hindi Cinema That We All Love There are some films that stay with us for a long long time. They become eternal in our hearts, and what makes them eternal could be the story or music, but more often than not, its the characters of the film. There are so many brilliant characters penned down in the history of films who have multiple layers to them, back stories and overall depth that add to their screen presence. Through...

World’s Largest Filmmaking Challenge – Success Stories

World's Largest Filmmaking Challenge - Success Stories There are many ways one can start their career in filmmaking - be it film schools or on-set exposure. India Film Project, in its 9th season now, has been consistently giving a platform to aspiring filmmakers to showcase their passion and work. A lot of aspiring filmmakers who may or may not have formal education or training in filmmaking have participated over the years at IFP's 50 Hour Filmmaking Challenge to kickstart their...

New Age Films & Web Series’ That Aced It With Editing

New Age Films & Web Series' That Aced It With Editing Mozat had famously said that music is not in the notes, but in the silence between the notes. When talking about film, this can be used as a metaphor for the cuts, the transitions made in between scenes, that speak the language of Cinema in silence. The cuts are where many of the tricks of the magic of cinema can be found- they are designed to go unnoticed by...

How To Make Short Films On Your Mobile Phone

How To Make Short Films On Your Mobile Phone Shooting short films on a mobile phone is not a brand new concept. Filmmakers have been using their smartphones to shoot full length feature films too. Be it a commercial or a short film, smartphones are used to shoot high quality videos which have a contrasty, rich, and elegant look. Here are a few hacks for shooting a film on the small screen. Don't Treat Your Phone Like a Phone There...

10 Songs You Didn’t Know Were So Detailed & Layered

10 Songs You Didn't Know Were So Detailed & Layered Unlike in the West, every Indian film is a musical in its own way ranging from soulful songs to party songs to romantic songs and much more. But there are a few songs that help drive the narrative of the film instead of merely focusing on selling music rights or being a promotional asset. When we are “Decoding The Song”, we take a look at some of the most meaningful...

How to Record Sound in a Short Film

How to Record Sound in a Short Film You have an astonishing script for your short film. Actors you hired stayed true to their character and have beautifully portrayed them. Your cinematographer captured the visuals through amazing compositions and lighting. But, there is just one problem... Audio. Dialogues written with so much thought and emotion are distorted, vocals are muddy because of background noise and wind, levels are all over the place. There are many independent filmmakers for whom audio...

10 Movie Scenes That You Didn’t Know Had A Hidden Meaning 

10 Movie Scenes That You Didn't Know Had A Hidden Meaning  Movie viewing experience has become very dynamic, the technology has developed, the content has improved and even the audiences have evolved. But as a viewer amidst all these advances what we still value the most are the moments in the movies that make you pause the film and then ponder about it for a while. The scene might be having hidden subtexts, some trivia around the film, an inside...

When to Break the 180 Degree Rule

When to Break the 180 Degree Rule 180-degree rule - filmmaking 101, we are here to break it. Even if you are an amateur filmmaker or someone who just started out and is unfamiliar with it, we will break it down for you.  The 180-degree rule exists to preserve screen direction. It's an invisible line drawn down the centre of a scene between two actors; a semi-circle extends half of a circle's radius (or 180 degrees) around them. The rule...

How To Become A Professional Cinematographer

How To Become A Professional Cinematographer Do you want to make short films for a living? Do you already consider yourself as an experienced cinematographer, looking for the much deserved break to be considered as a professional filmmaker? Either way, here are some important things that you should know and equip yourself with in order to get the ball rolling. "Cinematography is all about the art of visual storytelling" Technically, a cinematographer’s role is to operate a camera and setting...

How To Write A Short Script – First Draft to Production

How To Write A Short Script - First Draft to Production Are you sitting by the phone waiting for a producer to call & kickstart your career? Well, you always have another option: kickstart it yourself by writing short movie scripts. Writing short scripts for films is a great calling card for a writer to find representation or financing. Short films aren’t a lesser form of cinematic storytelling. In fact, writing them requires the exact same skills as writing a...