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In this episode, the QID gang discusses the head-spinning and heart-breaking pleasures of the Cannes-Best-Director winner that also happens to be a (sort of) preamble to our upcoming episode on Noirvember! Listen to the full episode for Amartya's in-depth dissection of the film's narrative, with Aryan, Sanjeet, and Dhruv regularly interjecting to a…
 
We're back! Dhruv and Sanjeet return to discuss (& disagree on) Cannes Top Prize Winner "Triangle of Sadness" - another "Eat the Rich" satire. Listen to the full episode for an in-depth discussion about the film's impressive formal touches, namely its Priyadarshan and/or Godardian roots, that fascinated both the hosts and their disagreement over bi…
 
In this episode, Dhruv and Amartya discuss the latest Netflix release that everyone loves to hate right now. They try to review the film for what it is vs. what they want it to be—still, concluding that Dominik's technically proficient but painfully unsubtle approach fails to show anything that hasn't been shown before in shorter, more viscerally c…
 
In this episode, Dhruv and Aryan respectfully disagree about the merits of the latest Bollywood release that takes a stab at film critics and their volatile relationship with the filmmakers and thier films. Whereas the former takes issue with both the dramatization and the muddled messaging, Aryan finds value in some of Balki's filmmaking. He also …
 
In this very special episode, Dhruv and Amartya welcome another Filmstagrammer they have long admired - Anisha Roy, creator of the Instagram handle Maze of Mumblings - to discuss a specific, less talked about part of a filmmaker's filmography whose other work is otherwise consistently discussed. Post-setting up the political context of 1970s Calcut…
 
In this episode, Dhruv, Amartya, Ahendrila, and Aryan share thier pain, anger, frustration, exasperation, and annoyance for the biggest Hindi-language film of the year. WARNING: THIS EPISODE IS SPOILER-FILLED, SNARKY, SARCASTIC, AND SALTY. Follow our Instagram page: https://instagram.com/queenisdead.filmpodcast Do hit 'Follow' on Spotify if you hav…
 
In this QID reunion, Dhruv, Aryan, and Amartya welcome back Lord Sanjeet to discuss a film that itself feels like a reinvigoration of the Hollywood spectacle. Critically, though, from a revisionist African American perspective. The four discuss the different degrees to which they each love and/or admire the film. Regardless, they agree that it is t…
 
In the first, totally uncensored part of the episode, Dhruv, Aryan, and Amartya decide which version is better - the Spanish-language time-travel/murder-mystery thriller on Netflix - "Mirage" - or its official Indian remake, "Dobaaraa." By discussing both films individually and then detailing the minor (but integral) differences between the two fil…
 
In this very special episode, Dhruv welcomes Filmstagrammer Devi, the voice behind the incredible page "film.trance," to discuss three of their favorite films that cleverly ride the line between art-house and mainstream cinema. Especially focusing on Bong-Joon Ho's "Parasite," they both gush about the meticulous construction of these films that hel…
 
In this very special episode, Dhruv welcomes returning guest Simon Ezra to talk about a film movement recommended by one of our listeners! We try to make sense of the origin of this Danish film movement, its absurdly strict rules (courtesy Lars Von Trier & Thomas Vinterberg), its flailing reputation, its influences, and some of its most seminal fil…
 
In this very special episode, Dhruv and Amartya welcome High on Films writer Ahendrila Goswami to talk about some essential feminist film theory and then apply it to two special films that they feel establish a different form of looking compared to mainstream cinema - Shoojit Sircar & Juhi Chaturvedi's "Piku," & Mira Nair and Sooni Taraporevala's a…
 
In this episode, Dhruv and Aryan welcome cine-enthusiast and writer Sudeshna Oruganti to use Dharma Production's latest release, "JugJugg Jeeyo," as a springboard to talk about the state of comedy in the modern-day Hindi film industry. Using Hrishikesh Mukherjee's 1975 film, "Chupke Chupke," as an example of a "clean comedy," they question if it is…
 
In this episode, Sanjeet, Dhruv, Aryan, and returning guest, Shashwat discuss their three favorite films of the year (up till and including July). Not limited to any particular language or industry, this discussion gives you a wide variety of films from all over the world that fascinated us in ways that we had not anticipated. Check out this episod…
 
In this episode, Sanjeet and Dhruv welcome Arijit back to continue their trek through Horror-Ville. This time they are venturing into the deep dark tunnel of contemporary art-house horror, first discussing their introduction to it and the general reception towards it nowadays. Then, they discuss two extremely divisive releases from this year - Alex…
 
In this latest episode, Dhruv and Sanjeet welcome back Ashwani Kumar Tiwari (critic at High on Films) for a "spiritual sequel" to their previously recorded episode on director Anubhav Sinha. They discuss the successes and failings of his latest film, aNEk, and how it stacks up against his previous three efforts - Mulk, Article 15, Thappad. Also, th…
 
After an unannounced mid-season break, the QID members return to help with Dhruv's film school assignment. Sanjeet, Amartya, and Aryan share their thoughts about Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire," its controversial legacy, and the "The White Tiger" effect on it. Aryan faces technical difficulties; Sanjeet and Amartya suffer memory deficiency in t…
 
Miraculously, all four QID members (mostly) agree about the merits and demerits of the recent Hindi releases on streaming services. To find out about the specifics, listen to the rarest episode. Do hit 'Follow' on Spotify and rate us, if you haven't already to help the podcast reach more people! Follow our Instagram page: https://instagram.com/quee…
 
In this very special episode, Dhruv & Amartya welcome returning guest Simon Ezra to discuss three films representing three different Japanese Cinema styles. They try to go beyond championing the maze-like narrative structure of "Rashomon," the fruitful provocations of "In the Realm of the Senses," and the meditative pacing of "Drive My Car" to cont…
 
In this episode, Dhruv, Sanjeet, Aryan, and Amartya take on the never-ending Art vs. Artist debate fueled by the breaking news of two widely respected international auteurs - Asghar Farhadi and Sian Sono - being charged for two very different offenses. Discussing the severity of the charges leveled at these filmmakers, they get into unsolvable deba…
 
In this episode, Sanjeet & Dhruv welcome aspiring filmmaker, currently assistant to Vikramaditya Motwane, Jasmin Singh, to discuss all things Bollywood. Before that, though, we discuss her experience working with Mr. Motwane and the filmmaking choices of her lovely short film, "Purple." Listen to the full episode to hear at least two of us gush abo…
 
In Part 2 of our Oscar discussions, QID members Dhruv and Aryan welcome High on Films writer Shashwat Sisodiya to briefly discuss (more like destruct) the awards ceremony before championing the Documentary and Animated Categories that were especially forgotten because of the Best (at least most noticeable) Male Performance of the evening. Also, sha…
 
In our most extended episode yet, QID members Sanjeet, Dhruv, Aryan, and Amartya stomp down the well-trodden Academy Awards lane. They find some pleasures in what is there. But, a whole lot more pain in what all is not. Listen to the full episode to know what they think about the significant contenders in almost all categories. The technical awards…
 
In this episode, Batman experts Sanjeet and Amartya gush about the aesthetics and mystery-style narrative of the newest iteration of the Cape-Crusader. Novice Dhruv listens, learns, and, as usual, defuses their excitement. Check out this episode to know more! Follow our Instagram page: https://instagram.com/queenisdead.filmpodcast You can also foll…
 
In this episode, Dhruv interviews freelance film critic Mike McCahill (has previously written for "The Guardian," "The Reader's Digest") about what it is to watch and professionally review Indian Cinema (particularly Bollywood) outside of India. We discuss Mike's introduction to the Indian Film Industry, some surprising (maybe, shocking) films he l…
 
In this episode, podcast hosts invite Maheedhar to discuss much anticipated Vikram-starrer 'Mahaan'. The film is directed by Karthik Subbaraj and also features the likes of Bobby Simha, Simran, Sananth, and Dhruv Vikram. We discuss what works in the film and what doesn't. We also preface Karthik Subbaraj's filmography and try to put the film in con…
 
The OG QID members - Teja and Hemant - are back (at least for this episode)! They join Sanjeet and Dhruv to have a spoiler-filled discussion about the latest Amazon Prime release, "Gehraiyaan," that has initiated incredibly polarized responses. To find out if they are on a similar wavelength to each other and you, do listen! ***********************…
 
In this episode, Dhruv and Sanjeet welcome not one, but TWO "Filmstagram" influencers - Cinetasticc & Simp_For_Cinema a.k.a Yash & Itish - to discuss the films and filmmakers that made them see cinema and the world in different ways than they ever imagined. This allows them to talk about some common favorites, discuss why they are so obsessed with …
 
In this episode, Sanjeet, Aryan, and Amartya discuss the best regional films they saw this year as Dhruv bemoans the lack of time he invested in them. All four unanimously agree on one film’s excellence that has sadly been buried by the Netflix algorithm. This episode was recorded before Garuda Gamana Vrishabha Vahana landed on OTT platforms, which…
 
In this episode, Sanjeet, Dhruv, and Simon introduce some major international film movements - Italian Neorealism, French New Wave, and Indian Parallel Cinema - before going through some of Simon's favorite, obscure ones, like the Czech New Wave. Then, each of us recommends three-four films/filmmakers whose films have gotten us more into the world …
 
Joining us on this episode is the "Filmstagram" sensation, The Bong Cinephile, a.k.a Simon Ezra! We talk extensively about the great questions sent by our listeners that have us discussing specific films (Simon's favorite of the year "Titane"), underseen ones, and the precarious position of independent cinema in the ever-growing Disney landscape. W…
 
In this episode, podcast hosts Sanjeet, Dhruv, and Aryan get down to talk about the best Hindi films in a year that hardly gave us any. More than the individual films themselves, the three discuss the declining quality of Bollywood films, and the sad predictability of the good films only coming from the people we usually associate with quality film…
 
In this Christmas special, we choose to cover (courtesy, Criterion Channel’s curation) not merriment but murder. Hosts Sanjeet & Dhruv join regular collaborator Arijit for yet another descent into horror/thriller/dark comedy madness. This time, gushing over their collective (and specific) love for films directed by the “master of suspense,” Alfred …
 
In this episode, King Sanjeet returns with Dhruv and regular collaborators Aryan and Amartya to discuss Pablo Larrain's unique take on Princess Diana in the critically acclaimed "Spencer" starring Kristen Stewart. Three out of the four love the film, praising the Chilean director's psychological horror take on the biopic. Specifically, they praise …
 
In this episode, Dhruv and Sanjeet invite Youtuber, and fellow podcaster, Sanket Mistry, to talk about three films each that the three of them saw during the past month and would recommend. We also answer some questions that we received from the latest Instagram Q&A. To participate in future Q&As and for contacting us, follow our Instagram page : @…
 
In this episode, Dhruv, Aryan, and another returning guest, Vashist, discuss the audio-visual triumphs and the (potential) narrative and thematic shortcomings of Edgar Wright's latest release. Positioning Last Night in Soho as a brave departure from Wright's usual style, the three welcome the switch-up in style, tone, and genre while also questioni…
 
In this episode, host Dhruv and regular collaborator Aryan gush for the entirety of the episode about Mr. Wright's stellar filmography to celebrate the release of his latest film, Last Night in Soho (which will get an episode of its own!). Unlike the director's trademark precision, this episode is much more rambling, with most attention given to th…
 
In this episode, podcast host Dhruv and regular collaborator Aryan try to make sense of Marvel's newest extravaganza, "Eternals." Looking at the film as an unsuccessful mishmash of indie filmmaker Chloé Zhao's directorial sensibilities and the Disney offspring's tried and tested formula, both Dhruv and Aryan question the "comfortable" state of mode…
 
In this episode, Dhruv, Sanjeet, and Arijit celebrate the arrival of Halloween 2021 more productively than David Gordon Green and Co. did by cohesively (relatively, ofc) demonstrating their love and admiration for the horror genre and some of their favorites from it. Do hit 'Follow' on Spotify if you haven't already to help the podcast reach more p…
 
In this episode, podcast hosts Sanjeet and Dhruv invite frequent guest and collaborator Aryan to monologue their way through Mike Flanagan's latest, most personal project, "Midnight Mass." They briefly discuss Flanagan's filmography and his brand of "art-house meets mainstream" horror that sets him apart from his contemporaries. Championing his pat…
 
In this episode, Sanjeet, Dhruv, returning (at least for one episode) host Hemant, and returning guest, Amartya, discuss Denis Villeneuve's ambitious science-fiction adaptation of Frank Gerbert's "unadaptable" Dune. The usual discussion about the theatrical experience abounds, with two of the hosts championing the visceral experience that only an I…
 
In this episode, Sanjeet, Dhruv, Karthik & Arijit each recommend three new films/TV shows they watched this month. The diverse selections lead us to specifically discuss the docu-fiction nature of popular Iranian films, the understated stylisations of Ozu’s color-films, and the rocky recent output from Pixar. Most importantly though, Karthik claims…
 
In this episode, Sanjeet and Dhruv champion the ambitious (and mostly successful) subversions of Shoojit Sircar’s new Amazon Prime release, “Sardar Udham.” Positioning the film as a response to the stale biopic story template, the hosts applaud the film’s non-linear storytelling structure, its consistently somber tone, and its courage to portray a …
 
In this episode, Sanjeet, Dhruv, and Karthik welcome Hindustan Times’ chief content producer and film critic Rohan Naahar to discuss what it means to be a film critic today. We interview him about his life as one for a major publication before delving into the dwindling state of online criticism that increasingly seeks to propagate fanaticism rathe…
 
In this episode, hosts Sanjeet and Dhruv welcome die-hard (pun not intended) 007 fan, and film reviewer for High on Films and Popcorn Pixel, Amartya Acharya, to discuss Daniel Craig's latest outing as James Bond. What begins as an articulated, non-spoilery, discussion about the joys and exhaustion of his latest adventure gradually becomes more of a…
 
In this episode, hosts Sanjeet and Dhruv welcome professional software engineer and aspiring filmmaker, Vashist Thakwani, to discuss the newly released films in Indian cinemas (yes, they do exist!). The majority of the discussion involves a spoiler-filled discussion of Mr. Shyamalan's latest film, "Old," because it is near impossible to constructiv…
 
In today's episode, podcast hosts Sanjeet and Dhruv invite guest Aryan (once again!) to discuss the new Amazon Prime show Mumbai Diaries 26/11. They talk extensively about its many positives and its equally noticeable negatives. Before, as usual, ending up in another place all together, discussing the cult of RGV…because why not?Do hit 'Follow' on …
 
Joining us on this episode is special guest Arijit Paul, student at Satyajit Ray Film Institute, Kolkata. We talk to him about his experience as a student in an Indian film institute, the perks of film school, and what made him get into filmmaking. We also spend way too much time answering the latest questions sent in by our listeners. BONUS: Some …
 
In this episode of Queen Is Dead, podcast hosts Sanjeet and Dhruv join guest Ashwani Kumar Tiwari, writer for the acclaimed film blog High on Films, to discuss the anomalous filmography of director Anubhav Sinha. While most filmmakers in Hindi cinema have had a downward trajectory in terms of quality of films, Anubhav Sinha's segue into becoming a …
 
In this semi-coherent, semi-rambling episode, Sanjeet and Dhruv briefly critique Amazon prime blockbuster “Shershaah” before delving deep into its discourse that, once again, massively divided fans and detractors. As non-fans, the hosts try to understand the immense love for the film while also bemoaning cultish fans who refuse to accept any form o…
 
In this episode, podcast hosts Sanjeet and Dhruv invite guest Aryan to talk about the best Hindi films this year (up till and including July). More than the individual films themselves, the three discuss the declining quality of Bollywood films, and the sad predictability of the good films only coming from the people we usually associate with quali…
 
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