Ranjan Das
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ScreenSavour: The Fine Art of Pitching

“An improvised family from rural Bengal at the beginning of the 19th century struggles hard to negotiate their abysmal poverty and eventually migrate to Banaras in the hope of a better future.” We

SCREENSAVOUR: The big and the small

Hollywood cinema, since its inception towards end of the first decade of the 20th century became a huge draw all over the world with the setting up of big studios that systematised production that


Quite often, under immense media pressure, police are known to pick up suspects who later turn out to be innocent of the crime they are accused of.

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.