Stories By Ritesh Mehta
“Making Movies as Timeless as They Can Be”: Director Ritesh Batra on Evoking Longing in PhotographMay 16, 2019
In an early scene in Photograph, Ritesh Batra’s return to his hometown Mumbai after his directorial...
Film Independent Forum 2019: Nisha Ganatra and Lilly Singh on Measures of Success as Queer Women of ColorMay 2, 2019
In an honesty-first keynote at the 2019 Film Independent Forum at Loyola Marymount University’s Playa Vista...
Out of the Ordinary: How Indian Moviemaker Rima Das Finds Beauty In Everyday LifeMarch 21, 2019
In an incandescent moment in Indian moviemaker Rima Das’ third feature Bulbul Can Sing, the titular character, an Assamese teenage girl, is guided...
The Touring Talkies of India: India’s Mobile Theaters Are Becoming Extinct, As Doc The Cinema Travellers DepictsAugust 28, 2017
Red mud-baked roads. A smoggy pink dawn. Air redolent with saffron. Loudspeakers propped precipitously. Two boys...
Lipstick Under My Burkha: Alankrita Shrivastava’s Celebration of Female Desire Survives a Ban, Opens in IndiaJuly 19, 2017
For the past decade, the independent film scene in India has been thriving—in particular, movies that...
2017 Slamdance Fest Preview: 10 Feature Film Picks From An Appropriately Eccentric LineupJanuary 17, 2017
If you’re going to Sundance, you’re going to Slamdance. And if you’re going to Slamdance, you’re...
The Most Beautiful Scenery in North America? Perhaps. Welcome to the Canadian Northwest TerritoriesJanuary 11, 2017
A long, relaxed magic hour—say what? It’s true: Deep into the summer in Canada’s diverse, gorgeous...
Evocations from The English Patient: An Anniversary PoemDecember 6, 2016
Twenty years ago, writer-director Anthony Minghella’s adaptation of Michael Ondaatje’s novel The English Patient was released to a firestorm...
2016 AFI Fest Preview: 10 Feature Film Picks From a Vivid International Line-UpNovember 4, 2016
Los Angeles’ grandest festival begins in Hollywood next week, and it’s movie paradise. AFI Fest (November...
Book Review: Reel World: An Anthropology of Creation Examines Cinema in Everyday LifeOctober 25, 2016
A farmer—his name is Logandurai—sings in a grape orchard in Tamil Nadu, a state in southern...