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CHOMANA DUDI / CHOMA’S DRUM (1975, India, B. V. Karanth)

In Chomana Dudi the sound of the drumbeat never really stops. It is a sound at first made by Choma (Vasudeva Rao in a remarkable performance), the aging bonded labourer … Continue reading

August 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

‘Marking’ the Muslim in Raees (2017)

Introduction Of the three recent films SRK has made, including Fan and Dear Zindagi, Raees has by the far most complicated ideological address. SRK plays a gangster who goes by … Continue reading

July 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

MASSEY SAHIB (Dir. Pradip Krishen, 1986, India)

Filmmaker and environmentalist Pradip Krishen only ever directed three full length feature films in what was a significant but short-lived filmmaking career (although Krishen has directed numerous short films) that … Continue reading

June 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

VICEROY’S HOUSE (Dir. Gurinder Chadha, UK, 2017)

Where to start with Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy’s House? It is a film that is likely to polarize audiences. Fatima Bhutto wrote a dismissive opinion piece for The Guardian on the … Continue reading

March 5, 2017 · 3 Comments

OMAR AHMED

PhD Researcher (Indian Parallel Cinema), The University of Manchester (AHRC 2015).

Teacher of Film & Media.
Freelance Writer & Cinephile.

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