Ranjan Das
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SCREENSAVOUR: Books vs Films

When Anurag Kashyap’s Black Friday was banned because the case was still in court and the judgments were awaited, the defence lawyers contended that the original book by S Hussain Zaidi had been ou

SCREENSAVOUR: Fake Rules- when 'deal-makers' become 'film-makers'

Some time back a young film school graduate made a very pertinent comment, that there are two kinds of people who are into filmmaking: one who want to make films, and the other who want to be filmm

ScreenSavour: The Insecurity of the Technician

A young technician starting out on his career in the film industry is most often an insecure fellow: what if he can’t make it?

ScreenSavour: Miscasting can spell doom for an otherwise brilliantly scripted film

There is an interesting anecdote that Subhash Ghai had recounted at a screenplay writing seminar at FTII many years ago about how Yash Chopra’s Deewar (1975) came to be cast.

SCREENSAVOUR: Dramatic vs Epic

In the recently released movie Andhadhun by maverick thriller director Sriram Raghavan, a young piano player who fakes his blindness witnesses the cover up of a murder by the deceased’s wife and he

SCREENSAVOUR: Gandhi on screen

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi — whose 149th birth anniversary we celebrated last week — still remains the most internationally-acclaimed Indian, apart from perhaps Gautam Buddha.

Snakes and Ladders

Couple of years ago Telegu actor Uday Kiran committed suicide at his house in Hyderabad.

SCREENSAVOUR: The Big Switch

Apart from the fact that both are filmmakers, albeit widely different sensibilities, what else is common between David Dhawan and David Lean?” This could be a question posed in any quiz contest.

SCREENSAVOUR: A Futile Debate

The word ‘Jhumri Telaiya’ wouldn’t ring a bell in the minds of today’s generation.

A Long journey

Strange as it may sound today, but during the 70s and 80s, for anyone wishing to watch a masterpiece from world cinema, it was an arduous task. First, he had to be a member of a film society.

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