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  • 5 years ago | Film and TV

    A title card at the end of Paresh Mokashi's Harishchandrachi Factory, India's Oscar submission for 2009 and a centerpiece of the Eighth Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, states the nation's claim to an output of more than 900 films a year. IFFL...

  • 6 years ago | Film and TV

    Priyas Gupta’s visually impeccable Siddharth: The Prisoner hitches a disquisition on urban angst to that most moth-eaten of noir conceits, the old “switched bag” trick, as an ex-con novelist’s precious comeback manuscript c...

  • 6 years ago | Film and TV

    Every great film festival is like the fabled elephant being pawed by blind men, each of whom describes it differently. This year’s Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, the seventh since 2002, feels especially elephantine, if not literally (2...

  • 6 years ago | Film and TV

    One of the most persistent legends about the Chinese martial arts is that their world-famous crowning glory, shaolin kwan (Shaolin temple boxing), was actually invented by a visitor from India. Admittedly, it wasn’t until the mid-19th centur...

  • 6 years ago | Film and TV

    It feels like the perfect time to be writing about Bollywood. Hardly a week goes by without some brazen new act of synergy being committed, like the news that DreamWorks SKG is getting bankrolled by the Indian company Reliance-ADA. There are some ...

  • 7 years ago | Film and TV

    Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (Click to enlarge) Amal Richie Mehta’s gorgeously realized Amal, a Canadian indie filmed in the teeming streets and elite suites of Delhi, makes perfect sense as the opening-night presentation at the sixth...