NISHANT / NIGHT’S END (Dir. Shyam Benegal, India, 1975)

Indian film director Shyam Benegal made a series of films in the 1970s that would came under the auspice of a parallel art cinema. Beginning with ‘Ankur’ (The Seedling) in 1974, the ideological interest with feudalism characterised much of the social criticism typically evident in the fiercely angry films of Benegal. ‘Nishant’ was the film… Continue reading NISHANT / NIGHT’S END (Dir. Shyam Benegal, India, 1975)

THAT GIRL IN YELLOW BOOTS (Dir. Anurag Kashyap, 2010, India)

Kalki Koechlin’s rise has been somewhat meteoric and deservedly so in many respects. She is a fine actress and her 2010 collaboration with husband-director Anurag Kashyap on That Girl in Yellow Boots (the title refers to the yellow Doc Martins worn by Koechlin) suggests she will inevitable shift into filmmaking. Koechlin wrote the screenplay with… Continue reading THAT GIRL IN YELLOW BOOTS (Dir. Anurag Kashyap, 2010, India)

TRIKAL – Past, Present, Future (Dir. Shyam Benegal, 1985, India)

Benegal’s interests in narrative subjectivity seemed to reach a creative epoch with his masterful Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda (Seventh Horse of The Sun, 1993). However, before Benegal arrived at such a sophisticated point in his career, his 1985 film Trikal marked the beginning of a formal interest in narrative structure. Trikal is a political melodrama… Continue reading TRIKAL – Past, Present, Future (Dir. Shyam Benegal, 1985, India)