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Film critics Rahul Desai and Tanul Thakur discuss the excellent new SonyLIV show, TABBAR. 
October 26, 2021
Sardar Udham
Film critics Rahul Desai, Uday Bhatia and Tanul Thakur discuss Shoojit Sircar's Sardar Udham. 
October 20, 2021
Film critics Rahul Desai and Tanul Thakur discuss the Kangana Ranaut starrer, Thalaivii. 
October 11, 2021
In conversation with Hemant Gaba
In our new artist podcast, National Award-winning filmmaker Hemant Gaba discusses his films Shuttlecock Boys (2011), Japan In Nagaland (2015) and An Engineered Dream (2018) with host Sashi. He also speaks about choosing the indie way, taking the film festival route and the evolution of indie film distribution in India over the past decade. 
October 9, 2021
Break Point
Film critics Rahul Desai and Uday Bhatia discuss the ZEE5 sports documentary series about Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, BREAK POINT. 
October 7, 2021
Indie Parishad: Harshajit Goyary
In this special fifth episode, host Sashi catches up with his long-lost school friend Harshajit Goyary, who currently works as a sound designer and recordist in the film industry. Harshajit talks about his life as an FTII student, the technicalities of sound design, his thoughts on Assamese cinema and shares his experience of working in indie films in the north-east. Having worked with filmmaker Rima Das, Harsha also discusses the auteur’s upcoming projects.
September 25, 2021
Indie Parishad: Megha Chakraborty
Megha Chakraborty is a writer, DP and producer working in Mumbai. In this 4th episode of Indie Parishad, she discusses the indie space and talks about her experience of making/distributing the films, Apoorna Viram and Kaali Peeli. 
September 20, 2021
Bhoot Police
Film critics Rahul Desai and Tanul Thakur discuss the new Bollywood horror comedy on Disney+ Hotstar, BHOOT POLICE. 
September 16, 2021
Mumbai Diaries 26/11
Film critics Rahul Desai and Poulomi Das discuss the new Amazon web series, MUMBAI DIARIES 26/11. 
September 14, 2021
Indie Parishad: Falah Faisal
This episode features Bangalore-based filmmaker, stand-up comic, sketch & comic creator and actor, Falah Faisal. He speaks of his superhero comic Musalman, his tryst with Brahman Naman and Shreelancer as an actor, and his love for low-budget indie filmmaking. He also reflects on how being in jail transformed his writing process, and how repression enhances one’s creativity. 
September 14, 2021
Film writing: Pankaj Sachdeva & Rahul Desai
Writer-blogger Pankaj Sachdeva chats with film critic Rahul Desai about their shared love for cinema, writing and everything in between. 
September 5, 2021
Shershaah, Bhuj: The Pride of India
Film critics Rahul Desai and Tanul Thakur discuss the two Independence Day 2021 Bollywood releases, SHERSHAAH and BHUJ: THE PRIDE OF INDIA. 
August 17, 2021
Indie Parishad: Sayantan Bose
In the second episode, Kolkata-based filmmaker Sayantan Bose speaks his heart out on indie filmmaking and the struggles of telling stories the way one intends to. 
August 9, 2021
Sarpatta Parambarai
Film critics Rahul Desai, Uday Bhatia and Aditya Shrikrishna trade thoughts about Pa Ranjith's SARPATTA PARAMBARAI. 
August 4, 2021
Indie Parishad: Samya Mukt Kavita
In our new podcast series INDIE PARISHAD, host Sashi will speak to independent filmmakers across the country. The first guest is Delhi-based poet-filmmaker, Samya Mukt Kavita. They discuss all things cinema, and love for the indie route in the wake of "aatmanirbharta".
August 3, 2021
Bullets Over Bombay: The film-book podcast
Rahul Desai and Tanul Thakur discuss with fellow film critic Uday Bhatia the upcoming release of his first book: the journey, the balance, the Satya legacy and the quirks of long-form writing. 
July 30, 2021
Movies Are Us: Jayasmita Dutta Roy
Our 13th episode of "Movies Are Us" features history graduate and writer Jayasmita Dutta Roy, who discusses the movies Eyes Wide Shut, Mulholland Drive and The Sacrifice. She also speaks about her love for analysing and reviewing cinema.
July 23, 2021
Film critics Rahul Desai, Uday Bhatia and Tanul Thakur have a *spoiler-filled* discussion about Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's boxing movie TOOFAAN, what it gets wrong and why the writing feels dated.
July 17, 2021
Haseen Dillruba
Film critics Rahul Desai and Tanul Thakur discuss the new Netflix thriller, Haseen Dillruba, its criticism and its now-controversial legacy. 
July 6, 2021
Film critics Rahul Desai and Tanul Thakur discuss at length their differing views on – and the problems with – Netflix's latest anthology RAY. 
June 29, 2021
Film critics Rahul Desai, Tanul Thakur and Uday Bhatia discuss Amit Masurkar's SHERNI, inevitable comparisons with NEWTON, its "documentary-like" strengths and flaws. 
June 22, 2021
Audio essay: The real F.R.I.E.N.D.S
Palestinian Indophile and "Bollywood Over Hollywood" creator Rashad speaks about FRIENDS and a little-known Fox sitcom that premiered a year before the airing of the famous all-white phenomenon. 
June 22, 2021
Movies Are Us: Roopkatha Das
In the 12th episode of Movies Are Us, Aerospace Engineering student Roopkatha Das speaks about how the movies "A Separation" and "Into The Wild" influenced her life and decision-making process.
June 15, 2021
Vidya Balan
On the eve of SHERNI, film critics Rahul Desai and Tanul Thakur discuss the exceptional legacy of actress Vidya Balan. 
June 14, 2021
The Family Man 2
Film critics Rahul Desai and Tanul Thakur go long on THE FAMILY MAN Season 2, its merits, controversies, criticisms and the need for nuanced film appreciation. 
June 9, 2021
Manoj Bajpayee
On the eve of "The Family Man 2," film critics Rahul Desai and Tanul Thakur discuss the multifaceted acting career of the great Manoj Bajpayee. 
June 2, 2021
"Alma Matters" Interview: Prashant Raj
In our latest IIF interview, host Sashi discusses the Netflix documentary series "Alma Matters: Inside the IIT Dream" with its creator and co-director, Prashant Raj. 
June 2, 2021
Another Round
Sober film critics Rahul Desai and Tanul Thakur discuss Thomas Vinterberg's Oscar-winning ode to drinking, ANOTHER ROUND.  
May 27, 2021
The Ray Podcast: HIRAK RAJAR DESHE (1980)
In the second episode of The Ray Podcast, host Sashi discusses with his Kolkata based friends Debosmita Sarkar and Nabanita Kundu the much-loved Hirak Rajar Deshe (1980) and its many layers of relevance in today’s times.
May 17, 2021
Milestone (Meel Patthar)
Film critics Rahul Desai and Tanul Thakur discuss Ivan Ayr's terrific second film, MILESTONE (Meel Patthar), which is now streaming on Netflix. 
May 11, 2021
The Disciple
Film critics Rahul Desai and Tanul Thakur discuss their love for THE DISCIPLE, Chaitanya Tamhane's second film, now streaming on Netflix. 
May 2, 2021
The Ray Podcast: NAYAK
To mark 100 years of Satyajit Ray, we kick-start our new podcast series with a discussion on NAYAK (1966). The first episode features host Sashi Mukherjee along with Mohit Chomal, Saundarya Jain, Sudhanshu Shekhar and Vishwapriya Iyer. 
May 2, 2021
Ajeeb Daastaans
Film critics Rahul Desai and Tanul Thakur discuss the four short films of the new Netflix anthology, AJEEB DAASTAANS. 
April 19, 2021
Movies Are Us: Syed Habeeb Tehseen
The 11th episode of "Movies Are Us" features Syed Habeeb Tehseen, a Masters student in German Literature Studies at JNU. Habeeb talks about how the classics Pickpocket, Wild Strawberries and Magnolia resonate with his life. 
April 14, 2021
Movies Are Us: Shivani Dixit
Shivani Dixit, a Delhi-based entertainment journalist, talks about how the films Pyaasa, Manchester By The Sea and The Pursuit Of Happyness impacted her life. She also discusses her profession & the changing landscape of Indian content-making.
April 6, 2021
Film critics Rahul Desai and Tanul Thakur discuss the Sanya Malhotra starrer, Pagglait. 
March 31, 2021
Movies Are Us: Nabanita Kundu
Sashi talks to Nabanita Kundu, a visual merchandiser for Godrej in Guwahati, about how the Ray films Teen Kanya, Hirak Rajar Deshe and Ghare Baire impacted her life. Nabanita also speaks of painting as her catharsis. 
March 25, 2021
Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar
Film critics Rahul Desai and Tanul Thakur discuss their opposing views of Dibakar Banerjee's "Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar" – and the inherently personal nature of film reviewing. 
March 22, 2021
Movies Are Us: Mohit Chomal
Movies Are Us host Sashi chats with his Kolkata-based ex-colleague Mohit Chomal about how the films Salaam Bombay!, Maqbool and Ashani Sanket impacted Mohit's life. The conversation then morphs into a passionate talk on Ray and contemporary Bengali cinema.
March 15, 2021
Bombay Begums
Four film critics – Poulomi Das, Rahul Desai, Uday Bhatia and Tanul Thakur – discuss the Alankrita Shrivastava-created new Netflix series, Bombay Begums. 
March 11, 2021
Eeb Allay Ooo!
Film critics Rahul Desai and Tanul Thakur discuss the experience of debutant Prateek Vats' EEB ALLAY OOO!, one of the finest Indian films of 2020 now streaming on Netflix. 
February 19, 2021
Movies Are Us: Angad Singh
Our latest "Movies Are Us" episode hosted by Shashi Mukherjee features his Paris-based childhood friend Angad Singh, who speaks about how iconic underdog films like 127 Hours, Guzaarish & The Pursuit of Happyness impacted his life. 
January 31, 2021
The White Tiger
Film critics Rahul Desai and Tanul Thakur discuss the flaws of Netflix's The White Tiger, a book-to-screen adaptation of Aravind Adiga's Booker-winning novel.
January 26, 2021
Pieces of a Woman
Film critics Rahul Desai, Tanul Thakur & Uday Bhatia discuss the new Netflix drama, PIECES OF A WOMAN, Vanessa Kirby's performance and *that* astonishing single-take sequence. 
January 13, 2021
Film criticism and Hindi cinema in 2020
In our final podcast of 2020, film critics Rahul Desai and Tanul Thakur discuss the effect this warped year has had on their craft of film criticism, and run through the hits and misses of Hindi cinema. 
December 31, 2020
IIF Podcast: Cinemapreneur founder Gaurav Raturi
In our latest IIF podcast, host Shashi Mukherjee is in conversation with the young founder of the new pay-per-view OTT indie-film platform "Cinemapreneur," Gaurav Raturi. In this 30-minute chat, they speak about the Indian streaming circuit, the online theatre model, Raturi's ambitions and more. 
December 13, 2020
Movies Are Us: Milind Kelkar
Our 6th MOVIES ARE US episode features Pune-based 'Art Of Living' teacher, Milind Kelkar. Mr. Kelkar worked as an electrical engineer with ONGC for 32 years before pursuing his passion. He talks about Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, The Gods Must Be Crazy and shares his love for Ray movies, thoughts on humour in cinema and his interest in scientific fiction.
December 1, 2020
IIF Podcast: SIR
Film critics Rahul Desai and Tanul Thakur discuss Rohena Gera's masterful feature "SIR," starring Tillotama Shome and Vivek Gomber. 
November 20, 2020
IIF Podcast: Mirzapur 2, Scam 1992
Film critics Rahul Desai and Tanul Thakur discuss the two recent web shows, MIRZAPUR 2 and SCAM 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story.  Time stamps: Mirzapur (0-29:45), Scam 1992 (29:45-end). 
November 6, 2020
IIF Podcast: "Scam 1992" co-writer Saurav Dey
Our latest podcast features Saurav Dey, the co-writer of one of the most acclaimed Indian web shows in recent times, Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story. 
October 27, 2020
Interview: "Scam 1992" actor Jaimini Pathak
For our latest IIF podcast, host Shashi Mukherjee chats with Jaimini Pathak, the terrific actor behind the role of R. Sitaraman, the SBI assistant manager in Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story. Amongst other things, he breaks down that Coimbatore accent and body language. 
October 25, 2020
Movies Are Us: Rakshitha Madhusoodan
It’s 25 Years Of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) today and this fifth episode of MOVIES ARE US is a tribute to the phenomenon. Our guest is Rakshitha Madhusoodan, a Bollywood lover who works in a Bangalore-based corporate company. Here she speaks about how DDLJ, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani and The Karate Kid have affected her life. Rakshitha has no qualms admitting that she is still hopelessly waiting for her ‘Raj Malhotra’.
October 20, 2020
Movies Are Us: Ayushi Anand
Ayushi Anand is a writer, editor and director who works in an advertising company in Bangalore. In our latest MOVIES ARE US, she speaks about how the movies Amélie, A Separation and My Blueberry Nights made a difference in her life. 
October 13, 2020
Movies Are Us: Madhuram Aparajita
In our latest episode of MOVIES ARE US, host Shashi Mukherjee speaks to Madhuram Aparajita, a Delhi-based lawyer and disability rights activist. She opens up about how The Great Debaters (2007), A Beautiful Mind (2001) and October Sky (1999) helped her evolve as a professional and become a better person.
October 10, 2020
IIF Podcast: Halahal, Serious Men
Film critics Rahul Desai and Tanul Thakur discuss Randeep Jha's HALAHAL (Eros Now) and Sudhir Mishra's SERIOUS MEN (Netflix).  (oo-19.10: Halahal; 19:10-end: Serious Men)
October 5, 2020
Movies Are Us: Kruti Kattige
The latest "Movies Are Us" podcast – where Shashi Mukherjee speaks to non-film people about how movies affect their lives – features Kruti Kattige. Kruti is a 24-year-old architect from Mumbai, who pursues stand-up comedy & improv along on the side. She speaks about how the movies Kapoor & Sons, Yes Man and I Feel Pretty gave her new perspectives and helped her become a better version of herself.
September 28, 2020
IIF Podcast: Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare
Film critics Rahul Desai and Tanul Thakur trade thoughts about Alankrita Srivastava's Netflix film, DOLLY KITTY AUR WOH CHAMAKTE SITARE. 
September 20, 2020
Movies Are Us: Chandni Sethi
In our new series, MOVIES ARE US, Shashi Mukherjee (@shashpicious) examines the personal dimension of cinema – by speaking to people about how movies have defined their lives. First up is 20-year-old political science student, Chandni Sethi. Her movies: Before Sunrise, Life Is Beautiful and Thappad. 
September 15, 2020
IIF Podcast: CARGO
Film critics Rahul Desai and Tanul Thakur discuss Arati Kadav's CARGO, the Hindi-language sci-fi film now streaming on Netflix.
September 12, 2020
IIF Podcast: Class of '83
Film critics Rahul Desai, Tanul Thakur and Uday Bhatia discuss their differing opinions of Atul Sabharwal's CLASS OF '83 (Netflix). 
August 26, 2020
IIF Podcast: Writer-improviser Rohit Nair
In the latest artists' podcast, IIF contributor Shashi Mukherjee speaks to Rohit Nair – a Mumbai-based improviser and screenwriter – about his craft and career so far. 
August 23, 2020
IIF Podcast: Gunjan Saxena
Film critics Rahul Desai and Tanul Thakur discuss the Netflix biopic GUNJAN SAXENA – in a chat that starts with MS Dhoni's retirement (till 13:35) and ends as a rave on Pankaj Tripathi. 
August 16, 2020
IIF Podcast: Shakuntala Devi, Raat Akeli Hai
Four film critics – Aditya Shrikrishna, Rahul Desai, Uday Bhatia & Tanul Thakur – discuss the biopic Shakuntala Devi (Amazon) and the noir thriller Raat Akeli Hai (Netflix). Time stamps: o-32 (Shakuntala Devi), 32-end (Raat Akeli Hai).
August 4, 2020
IIF Podcast: The music of Manas Ullas
In our latest Artists' podcast, music aficionado Arpit speaks to Manas Ullas, a veteran indie musician whose band Mode.AKA's track, "Chase in Chinatown," was featured on the soundtrack of Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!. He's also part of ViceVersa with Rohit "P Man" Pereira, where they have collaborated with several artists from the Delhi and Bangalore scene.
August 2, 2020
IIF Podcast: Indian Matchmaking
Film critic and trashy-reality-TV expert Poulomi Das hijacks the IIF podcast to discuss the latest internet sensation – Netflix's INDIAN MATCHMAKING – with fellow critic Aditya Shrikrishna (of "The Other Banana" pod). Come for the #trend, stay for the analysis. 
July 22, 2020
IIF Podcast: Breathe (Into the Shadows)
Film critics Rahul Desai and Tanul Thakur trade differing opinions of the Amazon series, Breathe: Into the Shadows, before discussing mental health, natural bias, perspective and the subjectivity of film criticism. 
July 19, 2020
IIF Podcast: The legend of Tom Hanks
Film critics Rahul Desai and Uday Bhatia get overexcited and have a long-form discussion about "great guy" Tom Hanks – and their all-time favourite Hanx performances. 
July 18, 2020
IIF Podcast: The art of casting
In our new Artists' Podcast, IIF contributor Shashi Mukherjee speaks to upcoming casting director Yash Nagarkoti (Shakuntala Devi, Chintu Ka Birthday, Durgavati) about his young career and the new-age ecosystem of casting in Indian cinema. 
July 13, 2020
IIF Podcast: The art of cutting trailers
Writer/podcaster Aditya Khanna discusses the art & business of cutting movie trailers with Maulik Sharma, a freelance filmmaker who also edits films & commercials for a living. 
July 4, 2020
It's a full house! Five film critics discuss the highly acclaimed series Hotstar's AARYA (0-29:00), before moving on to trade different opinions about Netflix's BULBBUL (29:00-1:09:35). 
June 27, 2020
IIF Podcast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Gulabo Sitabo & Da 5 Bloods
Four film critics – Rahul Desai, Uday Bhatia, Poulomi Das and Aditya Shrikrishna – discuss a week at the movies that ended in tragedy. 
June 19, 2020
IIF Podcast: Chintu Ka Birthday
Three film critics – Aditya Shrikrishna, Poulomi Das and Rahul Desai – discuss the hell out of "Chintu Ka Birthday," the warmly reviewed anti-war chamber drama now streaming on ZEE5. 
June 9, 2020
IIF Podcast: Equipment Rentals and Coronavirus
In the latest IIF episode, filmmaker Vaibhav Munjal chats with Pratik Jain, the founder of Paxton Equipments – a Mumbai-based camera equipment rental company – about the rental trade, on-set incidents, and a future that could look very different for the Indian film industry. 
May 31, 2020
IIF Podcast: The Sports Movie Nuts
Film critics Rahul Desai and Uday Bhatia are back, this time getting lost in the "Sports Movie" memory lane. In this episode, they steer clear of the illustrious names and instead discuss their favourite comfort-food titles. 
May 15, 2020
IIF Podcast: A Dubbing Artist Speaks
Filmmaker Vaibhav Munjal chats with dubbing and voiceover artist Barkha Swaroop Saxena about the significance of her craft in the Indian film industry. 
May 10, 2020
IIF Podcast: Remembering Irrfan
Film critics Rahul Desai and Uday Bhatia get melancholic and trade thoughts about the late, great Irrfan Khan. 
May 1, 2020