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In focus: A guide to making great movies about the movies

Indian films and TV shows about the movie industry should focus on human drama, offer a glimpse into the past, and go beyond the surface to explore deeper themes, according to experts. While authenticity is not crucial, the story should shine through, as in the 2023 series "Jubilee," which looks at a prominent film studio set in India's 1940s. "Luck By Chance" and "Rangeela" depict the struggles of actors, while "Bombay Talkies" illustrates how movies are part of life in India. "The Dirty Picture" delves into mental health issues triggered by the cut-throat entertainment industry, and "Supermen Of Malegaon" portrays a town where residents shoot slapdash remakes of popular Bollywood films on a shoestring budget.

When turning the spotlight on the entertainment world, don’t let the facts get in the way of the truth. Jubilee (2023) is set in the late 1940s, even though the protagonist based on Himanshu Rai died in 1940.
Updated on Jun 02, 2023 10:22 PM IST
ByAnushree Chatterjee

Enduring lessons about India from a 70-yr-old classic

Do Bigha Zamin made a huge impact because it spoke about life not just in India but in all countries which stand on the cusp of agrarian and industrial choices

Do Bigha Zamin was about life. The use of the past tense there, is wrong. It is about life, about life today. Each migrant worker’s family is that of Shambhu Mahato (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 21, 2023 07:22 PM IST

Fire breaks out at commercial complex in Thane

The blaze that broke out in the business park at around 8.30 pm later spread to a mall next to it. The thick smoke billowing out of the site of the mishap also affected vehicular traffic movement. Majiwada flyover was also jammed as the business park is located at the flyover end

Thane, India - April 18, 2023: Firefighters trying to extinguish a fire caused due to short circuit, at Orion Business Park. Police force, disaster management cell, fire brigade with fire vehicles, rescue vehicles, water tankers and jumbo water tanker vehicles have been pressed into the rescue operation, at Kapurbawdi, in Thane, India, on Tuesday, April 18, 2023. (Praful Gangurde/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 19, 2023 12:23 AM IST

Rani Mukherji on theatre vs OTT debate: Cinema experience can’t be compared to the boredom of watching it in your home

Actor Rani Mukherji talks about her belief in big screen world, and why it can’t be compared to the OTT world

Rani Mukherji was recently seen in film, Mrs Chatterjee VS Norway
Updated on Apr 18, 2023 11:56 PM IST

Shekhar Kapur: Earlier, the idea of sexuality meant seducing the girl, but now you’d be caught in MeToo movement

Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur believes that the #MeToo movement has brought positive change to the world of cinema, eliminating the idea of seduction as a love language and emphasizing the importance of consent. Kapur feels that the movement has had a lasting impact on the industry, improving the treatment of women and making it a more welcoming place for child actors. He has always tried to portray strong female characters in his projects, such as Bandit Queen and Mr. India.

Shekhar Kapur recently returned to the world of cinema with his Hollywood project, What’s Love Got to Do with It?
Updated on Apr 04, 2023 01:28 AM IST
BySugandha Rawal
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