Ranjan Das
My Stories

Long back in an interview, Ram Gopal Varma had narrated how his mother, despite his success, was still worried about him, constantly fearing that he would be eaten up by the ‘big bad world’.

SCREENSAVOUR: old is not always gold

Wallowing in a heady mix of world and Indian cinema viewed on Netflix, Amazon Prime and different film festivals, and dipping into your own collection contained in multiple hard disks, one is sudde

So, what actually makes a film tick?

The year was 1991. Shah Rukh Khan was yet to make his debut and Laxmikant Pyarelal still ruled the roost.

All you need is fire in the belly

Time was when a young person keen on learning a craft found it necessary to attach himself to a guru and learn the nitty-gritties through a long period of association and rigorous training.

Screen Savour: When Reel is very real

In a country blooming with different cine award functions that grace television screens, each competing with the other in glitz and endorsements, resplendent with smiling faces of dashing stars in

Screen Savour: Get creeped out

In Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr.

SCREENsavour: Point & shoot

The euphoria being created by the media and government surrounding the recent visit of the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu — a first such visit by an Israeli head of state to our country

Screen Savour: India calling

Australian director Baz Luhrmann, while discussing his 2001 musical Moulin Ro­uge, acknowledged the influence Bollywood had on his film: “…2000 members, hi­gh comedy, high tragedy, br­other kills b

From a technician to a storyteller

More than twenty years ago just before Hum Aap Ke Hain Koun was released, a song from the film featuring Madhuri Dixit began to run on television screens which became a cult immediately after the f

SCREENsavour: Blunder averted

Despite his affection for the Premchand short story that Ray nurtured for a long time, wanting to turn it into a Hindi film if he ever made any, Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977) almost never got made.