Articles by Anupama Chopra
More than 12,000 people are at the festival this year. It’s a breath of fresh air amid the pandemic, and a reminder that cinema remains our constant, says Anupama Chopra.
It started with artists buying the spotlight, then believing they‘d earned it. The level of delusion and hubris tends to be proportional to the mediocrity of the work. Meanwhile, films from the South continue to top Hindi charts and set new records.
KGF: Chapter 2, RRR, Pushpa: The Rise, Sooryavanshi... I hope the hyper-masculine heroes of recent hits, bashing and bathed in blood, don’t become the new industry standard, Chopra says.
There is a ferociousness and flamboyance to the filmmaker’s vision that the Hindi film industry needs more of. He doesn’t rest on past glory; there’s effort in every frame, Chopra says.
The movie explores the bond between a widower and the woman hired to drive him around Hiroshima. 'It's a quietly devastating meditation on grief. Make time for it,' says Anupama Chopra.
His latest film, Gangubai Kathiawadi, celebrates elements of Hindi cinema that are at risk of being lost.
Pawo Choyning Dorji’s debut Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom is a tender portrait of a country and people in transition
It’s thrilling to see streaming platforms treat age an asset to be celebrated, rather than something to be camouflaged, and to see stories created for women across varied age groups.
Stories that are urban, high-concept and mid-budget should not be destined for streaming alone. They deserve to be seen on big screens too.
Dubbed versions of films such as Pushpa: The Rise are topping the charts. They’ve got all the elements of the traditional Bollywood blockbuster: gangs, fights, songs, sibling rivalry, love angles. They’re the kind of mass entertainer Bollywood rarely makes anymore, says Anupama Chopra.
‘May we see more original stories, may our stars learn to be more humble, may we tell tales that speak for us all, in 2022.’
Minnal Murali starts out in a lungi, with a gamcha for a mask. The made-in-Kerala man of steel is endearing, brash and funny, says Anupama Chopra.
Too many recent releases have centered on superhuman men bashing and smashing. It’s exhausting to watch, leaves no room for a story, and offers far too little for even the men to do.
His films serve up masala and thrills, hyper-masculinity and problematic politics. Crores pour in, but the mix is off-balance, says Anupama Chopra.
It’s hard to get right, easy to lose the audience. And yet films like Badhaai Ho have shown the way. What will it take to get a Hindi classic in the league of The Bridges of Madison County, asks Anupama Chopra.
Tales of star-crossed love facing villainous opposition seem to be a thing of the past. The new opponents are much duller: careers, commitment, choices.
Theatres are set to reopen in Maharashtra. The deck is already stacked. It’s now up to filmmakers to make these months count.
Anthologies have caught on in the pandemic because they’re easier to execute. But making a short film is a unique talent, and the sad truth is that not even all good filmmakers have it.
New platforms and changing audiences have finally put talent at centrestage in Bollywood. Stardom today must contain skill.
Chetan Anand’s 1964 film can teach today’s blockbusters a thing or two about the price we pay for the battles we pick
The streaming giant’s co-CEO has been using charm, drive, a massive budget and his discerning eye to showcase voices from around the world. Notes from a recent conversation.
Too often, the tensions between critic and talent now play out in public. A review isn’t personal, why should the backlash be?
The audio-only, invitation-only app could be the antidote to the film world’s PR-managed and airbrushed publicity content.
Can Bollywood reinvent itself, learn from those who have survived and thrived in this time, and emerge better, stronger?
The awards are too White, too arbitrary, too much of a closed club. Next year’s bash is being boycotted even by Hollywood.
This is a man whose stardom just doesn’t fade and whose fans remain as frenzied as ever. So why has he stopped trying?
His life taught us to navigate death. In the honest note that he brought to each character, we found our better selves.
The French series satirised celebrity, laid bare all the backstabbing in service of the art. It will be missed, says Chopra.
It’s a treat to see gifted actors flourish outside the blockbuster ecosystem, through stunning tales told in non-Hindi languages, Chopra says.
At the screening of the first major Hindi film to be released in the pandemic, viewers kept their masks on and were excited to be back. A look at what has changed, and what should.