Movie Mahal

An online film journal for Indian Cinema

Canonizing Indian Parallel Cinema – Part 1: The foundational years/developmental phase (1968 – 1974)

There is a general consensus that Indian Parallel Cinema officially started in 1969 with the triptych of Bhuvan Shome, Uski Roti and Sara Akash. In 1968 B.K. Karanjia, former editor … Continue reading

January 20, 2017 · 1 Comment

Mehboob’s AAN (1952) – Indian Cinema’s entry into Europe

This latest piece on Aan is part of an on going series of tentative writings and research on the films of Mehboob Khan – earlier posts have focused on Roti … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

OM PURI (1950 – 2017) The Cosmopolitan-Parallel Cinema Actor

The film career of Om Puri is worth more than East is East. But since East is East is the film that first introduced a new generation of film audiences … Continue reading

January 7, 2017 · 2 Comments

PINK (Dir. Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, 2016, India) – Gestural Cinema

Stylistically and structurally Pink is a fairly parochial work. Where it resonates is in the ideological mode of address, polemicizing contemporaneous gender politics in which the norms of gender behaviour … Continue reading

November 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

OMAR AHMED

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

Teacher of Film & Media.
Freelance Writer & Cinephile.

Contact:
oahmed5@gmail.com

STUDYING INDIAN CINEMA (Auteur, 2015)

DIRECTORY OF WORLD CINEMA: INDIA (2015)

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