Debanjan Dhar

The prologue of Pieces of a Woman — a prolonged one take, that spills over thirty minutes, unfolds in the cinema verite tradition. Kornel Mundruczo pushes the camera to a nearly suffocating point of proximity to the crisis the woman at the centre of the film is undergoing. Martha’s labour pain is conveyed to the viewer in punishingly intense detail. A series of grunts and belches and bellows and huffs, performed in awe inducing minuteness of expression by Vanessa Kirby interpolate the auditory composition of the unbroken sequence. Martha’s husband Sean cracks be Dad jokes to cheer her…


Saugata Bhattacharya

Srijit Mukherji’s Feluda Pherot is a smartly executed adaptation of an outstandingly written material. The story for this very first season of the series is based on Satyajit Ray’s original story Chinnomastwar Obhishap. Unlike his previous two films, Mukherji (both the writer and the filmmaker) has lived up to my expectations.

The story which is set at Hazaribagh in the 1970s begins when the iconic sleuth Feluda (Tota Roy Chowdhury) goes on a vacation to the enchanting hills of Hazaraibagh along with his sidekicks Jatayu (Anirban Chakraborty) and Topshe (Kalpan Mitra). And like all the other Feluda novels…


Debanjan Dhar, Subhadeep Das

Here’s our list of what we consider to be the absolute best of Indian and International Web series. (Please note we are only considering series that have been officially released in India this year.)

TOP 5 INDIAN WEB SERIES

  1. Scam 1992 (Dir: Hansal Mehta, Jay Mehta) (ALT’s Choice)

Technically slick and riding on pure kinetic storytelling thanks to a razor sharp screenplay and bolstered by an extraordinary Pratik Gandhi, Scam 1992 tracks the meteoric rise and eventual fall of Harshad Mehta with compelling nuance. …


Rachit Raj, Anshul Gupta

Here’s our list of what we consider to be the absolute best of Indian films and the most sterling performances there in, which riveted and had us spellbound in equal measure. (Please note we are only considering films that have been officially released in India this year.)

TOP 5 INDIAN FILMS

  1. Eeb Allay Ooo! ( Dir: Prateek Vats ) (ALT’s Favourite)

Eeb Allay Ooo! tells the story of Anjani Prasad (Shardul Bharadwaj) as he gets an odd job of shooing monkeys away from the high-profile areas of Delhi. It is an odd, absurd premise and this becomes the basis for…


Sagnik Kumar Gupta

Here’s our list of what we consider to be the absolute best of international films and the most sterling performances there in, which riveted and had us spellbound in equal measure. (Please note we are only considering films that have been officially released in India this year.)

TOP 5 INTERNATIONAL FILMS

1. SOUND OF METAL ( Dir : Darius Marder) (ALT’s Favourite )

“…Darius Marder’s ‘Sound of Metal’ is an unusual and authentic film about the usual life with a profoundly intricate sound design. The usual films about specially able persons depict their stories in a typical way by showing the…


Sagnik Kumar Gupta

A critically acclaimed director gets involved in a public brawl with a yesteryear superstar and kidnaps the star’s daughter to film his struggle in finding her in order to capture real sweat and blood. A film which may have easily been an insider joke driven by real-life stars making appearances (no to mention it is too enticing and juicy material to resist for both the makers and us Bollywood buffs) Motwane resists that urge and presents us with a moving portrayal of the mad asylum that is the Hindi film industry.

The film aims to be a…


Subhadeep Das

Netflix’s Paava Kadhaigal is a brilliant depiction of how the concept of “honour”, dictated by a community, is often detrimental to the well-being of the people belonging to that community. The anthology consists of four stories concerning four people who somehow, either of their own accord or not, damage the honour of their families and the undeserving repercussions they deal with. In society’s view, they are nothing but deviants who have sinned and the anthology horrifyingly depicts those despicable people who gain from perpetuating this violence against these so-called deviants.

The anthology has structured the four films quite…


Rachit Raj

Every story in Unpaused, the new anthology streaming on Amazon Prime, is grappling with an essential narrative conflict. How do you convey the chaos of a crisis we are still in the middle of, without making it something that is accessible solely for the now, but also works as a documentation of life during these strange times?

The answer is an easy one, the execution, tricky. Unpaused is by no means a perfect anthology. The pace is uneven, and some moments — and in extension some shorts — just don’t match the artistic, and political gravitas of some…


Souhardya Pramanik

For all lovers of dark, gritty, hard-hitting Hindi cinema, Anurag Kashyap is a name that certainly needs no introduction. By the time his two-part gangster epic came out in 2012 that significantly altered the course of Hindi cinema and put Wasseypur on the global map, he was already quite a prominent name. Kashyap never aspired to play by the rules. Hence, he had a long-standing bitter relationship with the censors. While films like Black Friday, No Smoking and Dev.D had a tough time getting past the scissors of CBFC, his debut feature Paanch never got released.

If we…


Saugata Bhattacharya

Darius Marder’s ‘Sound of Metal’ is an unusual and authentic film about the usual life with a profoundly intricate sound design. The usual films about specially able persons depict their stories in a typical way by showing the triumph of spirit over body. But Marder has broken this conventional style of storytelling with an exceptionally immersive screenplay.

The story begins with an adrenaline-fueled performance of an itinerant heavy-metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) along with his bandmate, singer and girlfriend Lou (Olivia Cooke). Just after a few minutes of getting introduced to the two central characters of the film…

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