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Screen + Sound + Stage

Role Play with Pankaj Tripathi

Text and video interview by Shraddha Jahagirdar-Saxena

The popular and critically acclaimed actor – who may have remained an overlooked supporting performer under the pre-streaming cinematic normal – discusses how he shaped some of his memorable characters
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In Plain Sight

Text by Pavithra Dikshit. Photographed by Akanksha Pandey

A design director shares her take on the raunchy visual style of the B- and C-grade film posters that are plastered on the walls of Indian metros
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Heartstrings

Text by Akhil Sood

Singer and composer Priya Darshini wrote the Grammy-nominated Periphery (Best New Age Album), in less than two weeks and then recorded it live, in one take, in an abandoned Brooklyn church over a single day. In the run-up to the awards, we speak to the Chennai-born artiste about her deep-rooted classical background, that time when she almost charted a career for herself in Bollywood and the process of putting together this introspective, out-of-the-box album
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Scene And Heard

Text and videos by Zaral Shah

The pandemic and accompanying lockdown brought with them a noticeable change in the daily auditory landscape. Curiosity leads to experiments that examine how modifying the experience of sound during movie-watching can transform our perspectives
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Wonder Women
February 10, 2021

Wonder Women

Text by Ranjabati Das. Illustration by Swati Sinha

Our knowledge of mentorship in deeply patriarchal Bollywood is largely restricted to the narratives that get reported in the press – of the blue-eyed darlings of A-list production houses and male actors and directors. Conversations with a few good women from the Hindi film and webseries space – actors, writers, directors, costume designers, producers – firmly convince us that changing the way women are perceived on-screen is only possible when they actively lead the way off it and help other women feel heard and seen
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How Netflix India’s Srishti Behl Arya Keeps Audiences Hooked

Text by Shraddha Jahagirdar-Saxena. Illustration by Aishwaryashree

The director of International Original Films at the OTT platform speaks about her role and the diverse voices whose stories she is green-lighting
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Tre Ess, along with The Mellow Turtle, is working towards building an independent and socially conscious music scene in Jharkhand

Bridging Troubled Waters

Text by Uday Kapur

One of India’s most forward-thinking new musicians, Jharkhandi producer and MC Sumit Singh Solanki aka Tre Ess, is bringing attention to the affairs of his state through his music while showcasing its local young talent on a national stage
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Held every year since 2012 in McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh, DIFF’s 2020 slate was presented through an online edition that ran from October 29th-November 8th. We speak to the co-founder Tenzing Sonam and a group of long-time attendees about navigating the transition
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Verve talks to the makers of FIPRESCI award winner The Disciple
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From the Other Side 

Text by Vivek Tejuja. Collage by Aishwaryashree

While spending the lockdown together, a son discovers his mother’s latest pop culture obsession.
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A conversation with directors Anvita Dutt (Bulbbul), Neeraj Udhwani (Maska), Honey Trehan (Raat Akeli Hai) and Sharan Sharma (Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl). Moderated by Anuj Malhotra, founder of Lightcube
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Lights, Camera… Zoom!

Text by Shraddha Jahagirdar-Saxena

The cast and crew of The Gone Game interacted over video conference to conceptualise, produce, shoot and edit the web series while in lockdown, showcasing a new genre of content  
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