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Aseem Chhabra

Senior Rediff.com Contributor Aseem Chhabra is director of the New York Indian Film Festival, an entertainment writer and author of Irrfan Khan: The Man, The Dreamer, The Star. You can e-mail the author at aseem.chhabra@gmail.com

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'You Can Feel Buddha's Teaching In Ladakhi Culture'

'You Can Feel Buddha's Teaching In Ladakhi Culture'

Rediff.com4 days ago

'I have nostalgia for Ladakhi culture, which is common to both Muslims and Buddhists.' 'It is kind of a Buddhist way of life. You are compassionate and nice to each other.' 'You are good human beings.'

'Manthan Never Looked As Good As It Does Now'

'Manthan Never Looked As Good As It Does Now'

Rediff.com6 days ago

'The problems that the film explores still remain. It was a different time when we made the film. We were young and we thought we could change the world.'

Ripley Review: Mind-Blowing!

Ripley Review: Mind-Blowing!

Rediff.com15 Apr 2024

The show takes its own pace to pick up, but then when you least expect, it grabs you by the throat, notes Aseem Chhabra.

'I damaged my voice on purpose'

'I damaged my voice on purpose'

Rediff.com10 Apr 2024

'Pandi was promised something, that is not happening, so his anger is not of a villain's.' 'That's how all normal humans would react, or they stay silent.' 'Our violence is our silence. So in this world, everybody is innocent.'

The Oscars Are Not Always Predictable

The Oscars Are Not Always Predictable

Rediff.com11 Mar 2024

In the biggest surprise of the night, Emma Stone grabbed the Best Actress trophy for the complex portrayal of a Frankenstein-like character Bella, in Yargos Lanthimos' electrifying and most original film Poor Things. Aseem Chhabra recaps the 96th Annual Academy Awards.

Martin Scorsese Has An Announcement

Martin Scorsese Has An Announcement

Rediff.com22 Feb 2024

Martin Scorsese, 'the reigning king of cinema', gets an honorary Golden Bear at the 74th Berlinale.

The Indian Film Making Global Waves

The Indian Film Making Global Waves

Rediff.com21 Feb 2024

'I thought of a suppressed country and a free world.' 'If we travel from one to another, what will that road look like?' 'What colours, music there will be? What kind of people would you see?'

'This film makes you become patient'

'This film makes you become patient'

Rediff.com8 Feb 2024

'Usually, we are always worried that we are missing out something in life.' 'We are very keen for the audience to have this as a cinema experience in theatres.' 'You get the rare chance to be patient.'

'I wanted to write about a young woman's sexual awakening'

'I wanted to write about a young woman's sexual awakening'

Rediff.com5 Feb 2024

'I went to a school in Baroda, where if the boys harassed us, the teachers pulled the girls aside and said, "Oh, your skirts are too short".' 'They made us feel ashamed of having any sexual feelings or having bodies that were growing up to be a young women.'

371 Films And Shows To Watch!

371 Films And Shows To Watch!

Rediff.com28 Jan 2024

Aseem Chhabra rates the movies he's watched in 2023, and tells you where you can watch them!

'We all need a little piece of utopia in our life'

'We all need a little piece of utopia in our life'

Rediff.com24 Jan 2024

'This was a film, a story that had never been told before.'

'Nothing honorable about this killing'

'Nothing honorable about this killing'

Rediff.com12 Jan 2024

'Find a name that changes the words honor killing and hopefully it includes the word murder.' 'If you use the words, you are trying to justify the murders.'

10 Films: Indian Cinema At Its Best

10 Films: Indian Cinema At Its Best

Rediff.com27 Dec 2023

Aseem Chhabra lists his favorite 2023 films -- a healthy blend of Bollywood, Hindi indies and some of the best work that is being done in Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Bengali cinema.

2023's Must Watch Movies From Around The World

2023's Must Watch Movies From Around The World

Rediff.com26 Dec 2023

2023 was a good year for international cinema with many strong films premiering at the Berlin, Cannes, Venice and Toronto film festivals.

'I have very deep connections with India'

'I have very deep connections with India'

Rediff.com22 Dec 2023

'When democracy first came to Bhutan people had no idea and they were like 'What is that?' Oh it's that thing they have in India where the leaders are always fighting and arguing.' When I screened the film to Bhutan's film committee, they thought my film was good but they were concerned about that line. They wanted me to change that line. They said, 'We don't want to offend India.' I tried to tell them that Indians have a great ability to laugh at themselves but they insisted I change it.'

A Film About Sex Not Seen In India Before

A Film About Sex Not Seen In India Before

Rediff.com26 Oct 2023

'Agra is about sexuality and sexual repression, and the relationship of sexuality to the physical spaces that we are in.'

4 Palestinian Women: A Touching Story

4 Palestinian Women: A Touching Story

Rediff.com19 Oct 2023

'The idea of this movie is to trace these journeys and not to blame.' 'We could have talked what happened in 1948. This is what the Israelis did. This is what the Palestinians and Arabs did.' 'We didn't want to go there.'

'I was attacked for being anti-national'

'I was attacked for being anti-national'

Rediff.com12 Oct 2023

'What the film shows is an India, which was headed in a completely different direction than where we are headed.'

Kiran Rao Has Made A WOW Film!

Kiran Rao Has Made A WOW Film!

Rediff.com4 Oct 2023

'I guess things happen when they have to happen.' 'And the film got delayed by COVID a little bit. But yeah, it's been a decade which I do not regret.' 'I feel like I have grown so much, as an artist, as well as just a human being.' 'So much life experience to channel into films that I think is an advantage almost.'

Karan Johar Makes 'Most Violent Film' In India

Karan Johar Makes 'Most Violent Film' In India

Rediff.com29 Sep 2023

'The only violence I have had in any film of mine is a slap.' 'When Nikhil narrated the film to me, I was blown away.' 'I was literally screaming out of my chair.'

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