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Siddhant Adlakha

Siddhant Adlakha is a filmmaker, actor, television writer, and film critic. He splits his time between New York and Mumbai.

DDLJ, the Film That Took Bollywood Global

How the iconic movie plays at 25.

Siddhant Adlakha

October 20, 2020

DDLJ, the Film That Took Bollywood Global

The Indian Films of the Decade

Indian cinema tends to be absent in most Western retrospectives — so we wrote our own.

Siddhant Adlakha

December 19, 2019

The Indian Films of the Decade

Sholay Gets Its Streaming Moment

The Bollywood classic has long been relegated to cable and piracy. It’s now available on Amazon Prime — if anyone will watch.

Siddhant Adlakha

October 07, 2019

Sholay Gets Its Streaming Moment

South Asia’s Largest Queer Film Festival

Ten years on, KASHISH continues to bring the world of LGBTQIA cinema to India.

Siddhant Adlakha

September 04, 2019

South Asia’s Largest Queer Film Festival

In Queens, the Bombay Theatre Persists

New York City’s last remaining Bollywood theater faces multiple threats: streaming, multiplexes, and changing demographics.

Siddhant Adlakha

July 12, 2019

In Queens, the Bombay Theatre Persists

What is Ritesh Batra Nostalgic For?

The award-winning filmmaker behind The Lunchbox and Photograph discusses cooking, memories, and telling stories about a changing India.

Siddhant Adlakha

June 04, 2019

What is Ritesh Batra Nostalgic For?

The Trauma is in the Details: Hotel Mumbai and 26/11 on Film

From Hotel Mumbai to its predecessors, portrayals of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks rarely focus on brown lives and experiences — or get the details right.

Siddhant Adlakha

March 27, 2019

The Trauma is in the Details: Hotel Mumbai and 26/11 on Film

Fighting to Make India's Cinemas Disability-Friendly

Though a national legislation requires businesses to be disability-friendly, few have complied ahead of its July deadline.

Siddhant Adlakha

February 25, 2019

Fighting to Make India's Cinemas Disability-Friendly

The Spitting Lyrics of Gully Boy

What a refreshing change, to see Bollywood lean on hip hop — and vice versa — in a way that feels so authentically Indian.

Siddhant Adlakha

February 14, 2019

The Spitting Lyrics of Gully Boy
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