All stories by ASEEM CHHABRA
Basu Chatterjee was the Master of HopeRediff.com4 Jun 2020
'I always felt that Basu Chatterjee was a kind, gentle, man who truly believed that in directing films like Chhoti Si Baat, he was impacting our lives,' remembers Aseem Chhabra. 'He seemed to be on a mission to make us believe that the world could be a better place.'
Hail the actors in Pataal Lok!Rediff.com18 May 2020
Paatal Lok is definitely a must watch show. The credit for its success goes to the writers who enthralled us with their unique characters, but also to the wonderful band of actors who grabbed the opportunity to showcase their frightening raw talent, notes Aseem Chhabra.
Knowing the REAL Rishi KapoorRediff.com1 May 2020
'It will take me a while to process the meaning of the loss of a man who meant so much to me through my entire life,' says Aseem Chhabra.
5 Things You Didn't Know About IrrfanRediff.com1 May 2020
Aseem Chhabra introduces you to the Irrfan you never knew.
10 Shows To Watch During LockdownRediff.com28 Apr 2020
Aseem Chhabra lists his 10 favourite non-Indian shows streaming in India -- classics as well as recent shows.
When movie theatres no longer exist...Rediff.com16 Apr 2020
Aseem Chhabra imagines a time, 20 years from now, when movie-watching in theatres will be long gone, thanks to the coronavirus, and pens a letter to his grandchild, explaining the magic of the cinema hall.
Farewell, FloydRediff.com26 Mar 2020
Aseem Chhabra remembers Master Chef Floyd Cardoz who died of coronavirus in New York on Wednesday.
Can you watch 309 films in a year?Rediff.com23 Jan 2020
On planes, on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar, Zee5, Hulu, MUBI, Kanopy, film festivals... Aseem Chhabra tell us how he watched 309 films in 365 days.
You must watch these AMAZING movies!Rediff.com11 Jan 2020
Aseem Chhabra picks 10 fascinating films he watched in Macao -- a blend of Asian, independent, Hollywood projects and even a 66-years-old classic Japanese film that still stands the test of time.
'Irrfan's not going to die'Rediff.com7 Jan 2020
Varun Gautam, Irrfan's friend from his Jaipur days, learned about Irrfan's illness when he received a phone call from Sutapa. This was sometime before Irrfan officially announced his illness. He assured her, 'Even if the doctors are concerned, he will still stay alive.'
The BEST 200 Indian Films of the DecadeRediff.com13 Nov 2019
Aseem Chhabra picks the finest Indian films in the 2010-2019 decade.
10 AMAZING movies you must see!Rediff.com17 Oct 2019
As the MAMI film festival kicks off, Aseem Chhabra picks the must watch Indian movies.
'Actors want to work with me, not producers'Rediff.com16 Oct 2019
Moothon's script won the Sundance Institute's Global Filmmaking Award. Geethu Mohandas's movie is now coming to a theatre near you.
'Sky Is Pink required big stars'Rediff.com10 Oct 2019
'There is never a safe choice in the movie business.' 'Everything is chance.'
'Priyanka was intense'Rediff.com17 Sep 2019
'... and committed.' 'Priyanka had so much happening in her personal life...' 'Once we started, Priyanka rose to it.'
AMAZING FILMS, coming up!Rediff.com13 Sep 2019
Aseem Chhabra picks Indian and other South Asian gems at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Review: Article 15 will live with its audienceRediff.com29 Jun 2019
'Even though the film focuses on caste discriminations in rural India, it is first of all a riveting police procedural, and one of the best made in India,' says Aseem Chhabra.
What made the Oscars SO DIFFERENT this yearRediff.com26 Feb 2019
The 91st Annual Academy Awards was anything but boring, feels Aseem Chhabra.
My Top 10 Films at the Berlin Film FestivalRediff.com22 Feb 2019
Aseem Chhabra is impressed by Rima Das's Bulbul Can Sing, Ritesh Batra's Photograph and eight other outstanding films.
Gully Boy Review: Ranveer rocks!Rediff.com10 Feb 2019
'Gully Boy is a pulsating salute to the new angry India and its youth,' says Aseem Chhabra who watched Zoya Akhtar's movie at the Berlin film festival.
365 days. 319 filmsRediff.com21 Jan 2019
How many of the 319 films Aseem Chhabra watched in 2018 have you seen?
SHOCKING night at the Golden Globes!Rediff.com7 Jan 2019
Why were two of 2018's critically panned films awarded?! exclaims Aseem Chhabra.
2018's 10 Best Moments In Hindi FilmsRediff.com3 Jan 2019
Aseem Chhabra picks the scenes that left him impressed this year.
2018's TOP 15 Indian filmsRediff.com28 Dec 2018
Aseem Chhabra looks at the year's best Non-Hindi Indian movies.
What are Priyanka's plans after her wedding?Rediff.com30 Nov 2018
Will Priyanka start a family? Or does she have some career aces up her sleeve? Longtime Rediff.com contributor Aseem Chhabra, author of
The Last Tango with Bernardo BertolucciRediff.com27 Nov 2018
Aseem Chhabra salutes the late Italian Master and his cinema.
AMAZING movies coming up!Rediff.com24 Oct 2018
The jewels to watch out for at MAMI.
Is he India's answer to Bruce Lee?Rediff.com9 Oct 2018
'When we make these action machismo films, the stupidest thing is to show that the hero sails through a thousand people. It's a tradition we have grown up with.' 'We don't have the basis of creating a Bruce Lee or a Jackie Chan.'
How Nandita Das convinced Rishi Kapoor to play a sleazy producerRediff.com25 Sep 2018
'Rishi Kapoor was shocked and said, 'Woh sare log jinko main janta hoon, unki filmein main nahin kar raha. Aapko to main janta bhi nahin hoon.'
'Someone asked me why did you cast Paresh Rawal'Rediff.com25 Sep 2018
'People were apprehensive when I cast Nawaz. Especially after Sacred Games, people told me you are diminishing Manto.' 'But he is an actor and actors don't diminish.'
'A lot of mothers don't end up doing films'Rediff.com25 Sep 2018
'We don't have that support system.' 'The last six years has gone into making Manto and raising Vihaan and it has been tough.'
Why Village Rockstars needs Aamir KhanRediff.com25 Sep 2018
Politics, favouritism and poor taste in cinema have contributed to embarrassing choices for the Oscar race in the past. This little gem from India needs the love, emotional and financial support from the government as well as the Indian film industry, argues Aseem Chhabra.
Shocking! What 26/11 film ignoresRediff.com14 Sep 2018
'Despite its noble attempts, tight editing, terrific sound design, good performances and a compelling story, Hotel Mumbai tells a big lie.'
10 Hindi Movies That Define IndiaRediff.com15 Aug 2018
Aseem Chhabra lists the movies that taught him about the Idea of India.
'Irrfan is one of the world's greatest actors'Rediff.com26 Jul 2018
'You can't take your eyes off him.'
When Priyanka Chopra was an American teenagerRediff.com9 Jul 2018
What was life like for the confident Priyanka Chopra of today when she was a gawky teenager?
No Sir! The Oscars weren't boring at all!Rediff.com5 Mar 2018
'The way the winners react and the speeches they deliver.' 'That is where the fun happens, when the actors and other winners let down their guard, challenge the system, talk about issues that should matter to us,' says Aseem Chhabra.
354 films in 365 daysRediff.com10 Jan 2018
How many of the 354 films Aseem Chhabra watched in 2017 have you seen?
Golden Globes: When stars let down their guardRediff.com9 Jan 2018
'To me,' says Aseem Chhabra, 'the Golden Globes hold the most meaning as one gets to see stars celebrating, getting emotional, letting their guard down and showing us their regular human side.'
The stars who will win the Golden GlobesRediff.com5 Jan 2018
If anyone thinks that the Golden Globes are insignificant, the Hollywood studios are out to prove them wrong.