Ranjan Das
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Screen Savour: India calling

Australian director Baz Luhrmann, while discussing his 2001 musical Moulin Ro­uge, acknowledged the influence Bollywood had on his film: “…2000 members, hi­gh comedy, high tragedy, br­other kills b

From a technician to a storyteller

More than twenty years ago just before Hum Aap Ke Hain Koun was released, a song from the film featuring Madhuri Dixit began to run on television screens which became a cult immediately after the f

SCREENsavour: Blunder averted

Despite his affection for the Premchand short story that Ray nurtured for a long time, wanting to turn it into a Hindi film if he ever made any, Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977) almost never got made.

Screen Savour: Any takers?

Born in 1914 in Moscow to an Indian Sufi spiritualist father and an American mother, Noor Inayat Khan — a descendant of Tipu Sultan grew up in a Parisian suburb, writing and publishing children’s s

SCREENsavour: Write or wrong

Do you know of any good writer?’ is an oft repeated query by a lot of filmmakers and producers trying to work up scripts for their feature films.

Spot the difference

Akshay Kumar’s gushing tribute to Amitabh Bachchan during the closing ceremony of the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) held in Goa recently generated equally gushing reports in diff

SCREENsavour: The burden of greatness

“…Tired of lying in the sunshine, staying home to watch the rain / You are young and life is long, and there is time to kill today / And then one day you find, ten years have got behind you / No on

Screen Savour: Books wide shut

A young man finds out that his father whom he had presumed dead all these years is still alive, serving life on charges of allegedly killing a sex worker 15 years ago.

SCREENsavour: How to tech it forward

Few years ago, Naseeruddin Shah spoke out against the plans to remake Masoom (1983), stating that the story will not be able to stand up to today’s times because a young boy could easily look up hi

Screen Savour: In the shadow of glamour

In a poignant but funny scene from Chachi 420, Kamal Hassan comes to seek Amrish Puri’s permission to marry his daughter Tabu.