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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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Seen these FANTASTIC films?

Seen these FANTASTIC films?

Rediff.com22 Oct 2020

The New York Film Festival served an amazing plate of films. Aseem Chhabra picks the best ones.

Which of these films will win Oscars?

Which of these films will win Oscars?

Rediff.com25 Sep 2020

Aseem Chhabra lists the films that won his heart at the recent Toronto International Film Festival.

Why Mira Nair's Films Speak To Me

Why Mira Nair's Films Speak To Me

Rediff.com21 Sep 2020

Mira's films are alive, rocking and so true to the reality I know. They are gifts that I keep revisiting, and I cannot wait for what more she will share with us, notes Aseem Chhabra.

Lovers Rock review

Lovers Rock review

Rediff.com18 Sep 2020

Lovers Rock is sexy, romantic, charming and hugely entertaining -- a perfect gift for movie lovers in these tough times, feels Aseem Chhabra.

Will the Oscar go to this actress?

Will the Oscar go to this actress?

Rediff.com15 Sep 2020

Vanessa Kirby is sure to be nominated for the Best Actress Oscar award, and Frances McDormand of Nomadland will give her a healthy competition, feels Aseem Chhabra.

Why we must watch Meel Patthar

Why we must watch Meel Patthar

Rediff.com14 Sep 2020

'We are a young nation. But I wanted to explore the conflict between the young and the old.' 'The cynicism of people who have lived it versus the optimism and naivete of the young.'

The Disciple review

The Disciple review

Rediff.com12 Sep 2020

The Disciple is an ode to music and a salute to Mumbai. The city can be harsh, but it also lets the voices of struggling classical musicians exist, although often they live on the edge of society, observes Aseem Chhabra.

Pather Panchali, the film that made history

Pather Panchali, the film that made history

Rediff.com31 Aug 2020

August 26, 1955. 65 years ago, Pather Panchali was released. Aseem Chhabra salutes the Masterpiece.

'I could only imagine Dev as David Copperfield'

'I could only imagine Dev as David Copperfield'

Rediff.com26 Aug 2020

'Dev for me embodied all that kind of charm, optimism, energy, vulnerability, awkwardness and yet strength.' 'He's in every scene for two hours.' 'He has to play drama, melodrama, romance, pathos, comedy.' 'It was a relief when he said yes.'

A Suitable Boy review

A Suitable Boy review

Rediff.com26 Aug 2020

In A Suitable Boy, Mira Nair holds our hands and takes us through the magical journey, introducing us to so many fascinating characters from another era, observes Aseem Chhabra.

A Suitable Boy, Episode 1, Review

A Suitable Boy, Episode 1, Review

Rediff.com27 Jul 2020

'Ishaan Khattar, with the please-fall-in-love-with-me looks in his eyes, carries the first episode,' observes Aseem Chhabra.

Basu Chatterjee was the Master of Hope

Basu Chatterjee was the Master of Hope

Rediff.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!

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 Kapoor

Knowing the REAL Rishi Kapoor

Rediff.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 Irrfan

5 Things You Didn't Know About Irrfan

Rediff.com1 May 2020

Aseem Chhabra introduces you to the Irrfan you never knew.

10 Shows To Watch During Lockdown

10 Shows To Watch During Lockdown

Rediff.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...

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, Floyd

Farewell, Floyd

Rediff.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?

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!

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'

'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 Decade

The BEST 200 Indian Films of the Decade

Rediff.com13 Nov 2019

Aseem Chhabra picks the finest Indian films in the 2010-2019 decade.

10 AMAZING movies you must see!

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'

'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'

'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'

'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!

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 audience

Review: Article 15 will live with its audience

Rediff.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 year

What made the Oscars SO DIFFERENT this year

Rediff.com26 Feb 2019

The 91st Annual Academy Awards was anything but boring, feels Aseem Chhabra.

My Top 10 Films at the Berlin Film Festival

My Top 10 Films at the Berlin Film Festival

Rediff.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!

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 films

365 days. 319 films

Rediff.com21 Jan 2019

How many of the 319 films Aseem Chhabra watched in 2018 have you seen?

SHOCKING night at the Golden Globes!

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 Films

2018's 10 Best Moments In Hindi Films

Rediff.com3 Jan 2019

Aseem Chhabra picks the scenes that left him impressed this year.

2018's TOP 15 Indian films

2018's TOP 15 Indian films

Rediff.com28 Dec 2018

Aseem Chhabra looks at the year's best Non-Hindi Indian movies.

What are Priyanka's plans after her wedding?

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 Bertolucci

The Last Tango with Bernardo Bertolucci

Rediff.com27 Nov 2018

Aseem Chhabra salutes the late Italian Master and his cinema.

AMAZING movies coming up!

AMAZING movies coming up!

Rediff.com24 Oct 2018

The jewels to watch out for at MAMI.

Is he India's answer to Bruce Lee?

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 producer

How Nandita Das convinced Rishi Kapoor to play a sleazy producer

Rediff.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.'

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