Anirban Lahiri

Anirban Lahiri is a film critic and cinematography teacher, and a member of the Film Critics Circle of India. A cinematography product of LV Prasad, he was for a while the executive editor of Film Perspectives. He has taught cinematography for years at a variety of top institutes, including Digital Film Academy. He is presently the cinematography faculty at Mumbai University.
  • Mumbai Film Festival

    Society, Cinema & the Critic

    Man is a political animal. So reflected Aristotle. He went a step further to see politics and culture as by-products of nature. Man is given speech and moral reason as natural, inborn, gifts. So, any further device, or design, such as politics, must be natural, Aristotle thought. History is...
  • allied


    “War is hypocrite, peace is worse.” Tolstoy could have written this on his epic treatment of the Napoleonic war. Since the end of the WWII, the world has been witnessing the scourge of peace, and silent violence, every year, at every turn on the road. Marriages have been nullified,...
  • Bridge of Spies

    Bridge of Spies

    Steven Spielberg’s penchant for historico-political films began with The Color Purple (1985), for which he was panned both by the American black community and the critics. He grew up, in a big way, since this early attempt, when he tried an epic scale recreation of the Auschwitz, its background...
  • Film Festivals

    On the History and Importance of Film Festivals

    In the Indian subcontinent, the tradition of film festivals goes back to 1952, when the first International Film Festival of India (IFFI) took place, in Mumbai. It gave birth to a new league of Indian filmmakers, such as the Bengali trio Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen, who...
  • spectre


    007 is dead. Spectre brought a Bollywoodish Bond home just when the previous three films sparked some hope of coming out of the typical feudal hierarchical structure of the chivalric Great Britain to address a more personal, neo-capitalist, contemporary existence. Probably, the old times had to be back as...
  • CSF

    Community Supported Film (CSF)

    Social Documentary Director Michael Sheridan’s Community Supported Film (CSF) initiates cinematic campaign by training local filmmakers, and video-journalists, especially from the underdeveloped and developing countries, in the art of storytelling. They have a three-fold goal which begins with the training of local people so that they can showcase the...