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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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Top Gun: Maverick Review

Top Gun: Maverick Review

Rediff.com7 days ago

'Why was Top Gun: Maverick made? 'And the only reason I can think of is that the new film was made to emphasise and re-establish Tom Cruise's superstar status,' notes Aseem Chhabra who watched the Top Gun sequel at its premiere in Cannes.

The Buddhist Who May Bring Home The Oscar

The Buddhist Who May Bring Home The Oscar

Rediff.com11 Mar 2022

'The richness of Buddhism makes it possible for us to create these stories and to interpret them.'

'This Oscar journey is for all of South Asia'

'This Oscar journey is for all of South Asia'

Rediff.com11 Mar 2022

'How is it to live in a place that does not have electricity or a telephone connection, where people do not have any concept of what the world is beyond the mountains?'

The Batman Review

The Batman Review

Rediff.com4 Mar 2022

Twists and turns, shocking revelations, explosions, chase sequences and a lot of moodiness make The Batman a riveting movie going experience, notes Aseem Chhabra.

10 AMAZING Stories from Across The World

10 AMAZING Stories from Across The World

Rediff.com2 Mar 2022

Aseem Chhabra brings you the Best of the Berlinale.

Badhaai Do Is A Giant Step Forward for Hindi Cinema

Badhaai Do Is A Giant Step Forward for Hindi Cinema

Rediff.com21 Feb 2022

Two men smiling, eyeing each other as they briefly let their guard down, with no care of what the world around them is thinking, that has almost never been shown in a Bollywood film, notes Aseem Chhabra.

The Dilemma Ali Fazal is Struggling With

The Dilemma Ali Fazal is Struggling With

Rediff.com15 Feb 2022

'There is a part of me that says it is a great time to tell stories from my own land.' 'But then opportunities are coming my way from all over the world.' 'So one foot is here and one foot is in the West.'

Can You Watch 384 Films In A Year?

Can You Watch 384 Films In A Year?

Rediff.com11 Feb 2022

Aseem Chhabra watched some great films and some huge disappointments in 2021.

Lata's Voice Kept The Nation Moving Ahead

Lata's Voice Kept The Nation Moving Ahead

Rediff.com7 Feb 2022

One could be anywhere -- huddled around a transistor radio at home in the evenings, walking past a neighbour's house, or waiting at a bus stop and Lata Mangeshkar's voice would reach us. Aseem Chhabra pays rich tribute to The Legend.

While Stars Won Globes, Audiences Lost Out

While Stars Won Globes, Audiences Lost Out

Rediff.com10 Jan 2022

There was no drama, no applause, no tears, no laughter. The 79th Golden Globes had indeed lost its lustre, says Aseem Chhabra.

The BEST Indian Films of 2021

The BEST Indian Films of 2021

Rediff.com29 Dec 2021

Aseem Chhabra lists his favourite Indian films of 2021.

The BEST International Films of 2021

The BEST International Films of 2021

Rediff.com15 Dec 2021

Aseem Chhabra lists his favourite films, most of them shown at international film festivals held virtually (Berlinale and Rotterdam), hybrid (Toronto) or physical (Cannes and Venice).

'Cinema is not only about selling tickets'

'Cinema is not only about selling tickets'

Rediff.com7 Dec 2021

'You need to be very passionate towards life, not because you are a film-maker, but because you are a human being.' 'If you can do that, then I think it reflects in the films that you make.'

10 Films You Must Watch

10 Films You Must Watch

Rediff.com11 Nov 2021

Films that amazed Aseem Chhabra at the El Gouna Film Festival in Egypt.

11 BEAUTIFUL STORIES From Around The World

11 BEAUTIFUL STORIES From Around The World

Rediff.com19 Oct 2021

Aseem Chhabra lists his favourite films from the recent Toronto International Film Festival.

No Time to Die review

No Time to Die review

Rediff.com1 Oct 2021

To be able to bid farewell to Daniel Craig is an emotion all fans of the Bond franchise must experience, feels Aseem Chhabra.

'I wanted the audience to reflect on their lives'

'I wanted the audience to reflect on their lives'

Rediff.com28 Sep 2021

'If someone is consistently horrible to you, for me, I would ask myself, what am I doing?' 'Why am I continuously putting myself as a target for this?'

'I am bored of this obsession with Tagore and Ray'

'I am bored of this obsession with Tagore and Ray'

Rediff.com6 Sep 2021

'So much so we don't feel the need to create anything, but just bask in that glory.' 'It's time to move on.' 'How much burden can you put on a person or the legacy of the person?'

A Beautiful Childhood Made From Shankar's Fairies

A Beautiful Childhood Made From Shankar's Fairies

Rediff.com24 Aug 2021

'My Nani passed away in January 2016 and the house belonged to her and my Nana.' 'After they passed away, the family decided to sell the house.' 'My mother's immediate response was that we have to make a film in this house before it was sold.'

10 Films that Amazed Me at Cannes

10 Films that Amazed Me at Cannes

Rediff.com26 Jul 2021

Aseem Chhabra lists 10 of his favourite films that played in various sections at the 74th Cannes Film Festival.

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