Art on Art: 5 Films on Artists You Need to Watch

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This Nandita Das film stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Saadat Hasan Manto, the august Urdu writer known for his radically honest views on society. The author was frequently charged with obscenity and was even sentenced to imprisonment for his work.


Amit Dutta's directorial is based on the life and works of Nainsukh, an 18th-century Indian miniature painter. The film is presented in the style of the painter, with each frame turning into a miniature painting.

Becoming Jane

Becoming Jane takes a compelling look at Jane Austen's passionate affair with a poor Isrish man, much before she became one of the leading voices of 18th century literature. Austen is played by Anne Hathaway.

The Inner Eye

Satyajit Ray's 1972 documentary has Benode Behari Mukherjee at its centre, a blind artist and teacher from Visva-Bharati University. Ray captures how Mukherjee allows his "inner eye" to lead his body into creating art.

Figures of Thought 

Arun Khopkar captures the technique, method and creations of three leading visual artists: Bhupen Khakar, Nalini Malani and Vivan Sundaram in his 33-minute documentary.

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