Shaikh Ayaz

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The Miracle Maker

A new book revisits the film Amar Akbar Anthony and shines light on director Manmohan Desai’s enduring legacy

Aamir and Me

Director Kiran Rao talks about her cinematic influences, marriage as partnership and why she gave her son Azad Rao Khan a double-barrelled surname

Phalke’s Alter Ego

Maker of cult indie film Om-Dar-Ba-Dar, Kamal Swaroop has spent the last 23 years zealously researching Dadasaheb Phalke’s life

The Poor Man’s Pop Star

For years, Mithun Chakraborty has been a victim of elite prejudice—what multiplex goers call a ‘downmarket’ star. But the emergence of filmmakers from small-town India can change that

The Happy Quitter

Kai Po Che star Sushant Singh Rajput dropped out of his engineering course and a successful theatre and television career to boot, and even has a back-up plan to run a canteen in Film City in case cinema begins to bore him

A Student of Life

Mira Nair speaks of being a child of the street, her need for a talisman film while she is shooting, and of the perversity of item numbers