Hollywood these days is agressive in its support of the young-adult genre. A number of such movies have come out in recent years, and many have done considerably well at the box office. While most of the recent films in this segment are based on popular young-adult books, there are a few exceptionally-made original works that are now available to watch too. Here’s a short roundup of the best that this emerging genre has to offer.
Swara Bhaskar, an emerging and outspoken Bollywood actor, speaks to Preeti Singh about being an outsider in the Hindi film industry and about making films that are socially engaged.
Tanishaa Mukerji is now a well-known face in Bollywood. She started her career with Sssshhh in 2003, while her subsequent films, such as Sarkar and Neal ’n’ Nikki, helped her mark her presence on the silver screen. Tanishaa speaks to Guardian 20 about the challenges she faced while playing the role of a journalist in her upcoming film Anna, a biopic of the social activist Anna Hazare.
While Bollywood has enthusiastically taken to the sports biopic genre in recent years, the movies produced here so far have been barely able to compete, in qualitative terms, with their Hollywood counterparts. Akshay Sharma looks back at some memorable sports biopics made in the West.
At a time when McLeod Ganj in Dharmasala had only a few video parlours showing mainstream Bollywood and Hollywood films, filmmakers Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam decided that what this town needs is a full-scale film festival of its own and came up with the idea of the now well-known Dharamsala International Film Festival (DIFF).
Over the last few years, Soha Ali Khan has carved a niche of her own in Indian cinema. Her filmography includes movies that are socially engaged and that often touch directly upon subjects like Indian politics and history. She speaks to Preeti Singh about her upcoming film, 31st October, which is based on the 1984 riots, and about her flourishing career in Bollywood’s off-beat segment.