Tag: long essay

vishal bhardwaj, postmodernism & kaminey

Here is a question that seems to provoke a lot of debate even today; is it easier to dismantle and dismiss mainstream cinema whilst feverishly propagating the cause of art and world cinema? Such a situation tends to generate a cannablised cannon of films that subjectively interpret the longings of auteurs through personal, cinephile concerns. […]

video essays

This page will be updated with video essays. I also have a presence on Vimeo. Lal Salaam! – Naxalite Cinema from Omar Ahmed on Vimeo. A Video Essay on the representation of Naxalism in Indian Cinema from the Past and Present. The Wandering Soul – A Video Essay on Apur Sansar (1959) from Omar Ahmed […]

the story of ‘Hindie’ cinema: an introduction

This piece was written for The Daily Pioneer in India, titled ‘The Hindie Cinema’ in 2014.  The history of independent cinema in India has in the past been an intermittent one, beset by a dearth of funding, insufficient distribution and disinclination by critics to take directors seriously. The most sustained and creative period arose with […]

reclaiming blade runner from the past

Introduction: Interrogating the Past If Blade Runner (1982/1992/2007) is a film that has been reclaimed from the past then such a modified position does in fact also leave the filmic past behind, reconstructing the film’s new identity as both a cult film and science fiction landmark within a contemporary context. The critical discourse on Blade […]