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The Celluloid Closet


From 1895 to 2018, the portrayal of homosexuality in movies has come a long way. In Hollywood, the first film to even introduce or experiment with this concept was the movie, The Gay Brothers (1895), where two men were shown to dance embracing each other - but the stigma around homosexuality that time was far less stringent as compared to the next few decades. Thanks to these less demanding criteria, in the film Wings (1927) where Jack kissed David, the film won the very first Best Picture Oscar. Often times women were portrayed as the “villains” when having affairs with the same sex. Gay characters became a metaphor for anything outside the norm that society disliked at the time. But not all these characters were ...

Anomaly Of Cinema

Cinema as a term dictates the production of films as an art or industry. Furthermore, it paves the road for imagination to be brought into reality. The elements that act as the cement or rocks that help build the road are- director, actors, writers, cameraman, gazillion more things and most importantly - vision. It is that which brings all these elements together. Cinema in the 1800s meant - a single scene, about a minute long and they were- silent, which is nothing more than just pictures floating in front of the eyes that portrayed movements that never seemed to seep deeper. Once a while an

Kajol: The woman in a man's world


For someone who is criticised for staying in her comfort zone, Kajol for sure has had an amazing Bollywood career. Unlike most of her fellow 90s competitors, Kajol still is relevant in the media and with time has evolved as a household name. The 5-time Filmfare award for the Best Actress winner started her career on a low note with the commercial failure Bekhudi. However, because of her amazing performance in the film, she was picked by director-duo Abbas-Mustan for their crime-thriller Baazigar, which became the first of many films where she shared the screen with Shah Rukh Khan. The movie turned out to be a critical as well as a commercial success since then Kajol never looked back. Kajol soon became a mainstream media figure. However, unlike the fellow actresses of her time, Kajol had her own position in the film industry. It wasnt Raj...

Regional Cinema

India is a country of plurality, with people of numerous cultures, speaking hundreds of different languages and following multiple religions residing in the country. This kind of diversity is rarely found in any other country in the world. Keeping up with this diversity, Indian cinema too, all though usually only associated with Bollywood, has a number of regional film industries that produce over 1000 films each year. India annually produces the largest number of movies in the world.
The various Indian regional film industries have been producing films for many years but it is only recently that a lot of these regional...

Chronicles Of Entertainment


We as humans predominantly need entertainment to survive. It has been a way for us to pass down our culture, values and even history from one generation to the other. It has evolved over thousands of years, molding itself to fit the criteria of a generation that likes Ryan Gosling and Kendrick Lamar.
At every point in history, we see entertainment as a coping mechanism as well as a reflection of the kind of lives people led -the Greeks, with their competitiveness, started the first ever Olympics, hundreds of years before Christ, a tradition still pursued with great interest all around the world to this date. Then came the Romans, with their gladiators, meant to entertain the Roman Republic and the Empire, a class of extremely rich and affluent people. Kings often...

Purgation

Walking down the street, he pulled his thin jacket tighter around himself, barely shielding him from the cold. It was a foggy evening, and he couldn’t see twenty feet ahead of him. Across the street, he saw a group of older boys laughing, entering a dimly lit but warm café. It was the same group that had rejected him during football trials at school last week, saying that he was too scrawny to play a rough sport and maybe he could try next year, if the rest of his body can grow into the size of his forehead. Aaron knew he was better than most of the people on the team, he had been training for 8 years now. It was the only thing his father had ever taught him, before he walked out of the house on a Sunday afternoon, never to come back home again. He loved the sport with all his heart, and even when his mother forbade him...

The Perennial

What is it about any story that makes it appealing to people? Why is it that each person has a different kind of story that they are drawn to?
We've all heard thousands of tales, be it a romantic story from a book or a movie, or an urban legend shared around a dying campfire. The ambiguity and the thrill that accompanies it, is what makes a story amazing. The most wonderful, but also enigmatic quality about stories is that they relate to anyone and everyone, no matter how different people are.
The answer to those questions perhaps, can be found in our everyday life itself. Life works in mysterious ways. It's like an invisible script that people follow, where you don't really know what's going to come next. Sometimes it's predictable, other times it's a...

कथा

Once upon a time, in a land far away; in the midst of the forest with a trail of bread crumbs to lead the way- stood a house made of candy with its own tale to narrate.
If, just like me, you’ve been exposed to a plethora of ‘and they lived happily after’ fairy tales, you know just how the story of Hansel and Gretel unravels. First of the many stories that I read, it taught me skills that I believe are essential for surviving in this rather big bad world. For instance, if someone holds you captive and there’s a minuscule chance of survival, you...

Behind The Lens

"The power of thought, of idea, is incommensurable, is immeasurable. The world is dominated by thought. " - Emile Coue.
For a filmmaker every thought is an opportunity. An opportunity to express himself, his feelings and put forth his point of view to the world. These thoughts are not restricted. He manifests his own world, that functions on rules that he creates. There are no boundaries, no concept of the 'illogical' and no concept of time.
Anyone can learn the rules of movie making. You could play around with your camera and learn the right...

Frames : An Emotion

On the first day of college, every BMM student in SIES Nerul looks forward to a lot of things. There is a new and unexplored world just in front of them, and they can’t wait to dive right in. After going through the list of the year’s events, first year students are already setting dates in their calendars and making plans with their newly formed friends. But there’s something the first years don’t quite know anything about. It’s being talked about by all their seniors, but nobody tells them what it is. They see people sitting together in groups, exchanging excited whispers and after a few instances of casual eavesdropping; a simple word remains imprinted in...

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