Cinema Escapist

Exploring the world and self through a cinematic lens

South Asia

If Indian movies want bigger profits, they should focus on China


Lessons from Aamir Khan's "Secret Superstar" and "Dangal".

“Haider” is “Hamlet” with AK-47s


This movie is the most entertaining—and meaningful—adaptation of "Hamlet" you'll ever see.

Meet India’s “third gender” in “Black Sheep”


A new documentary profiles the hijra - a unique transgender community in India with several thousand years of history.

A taste of South Indian indie film from “Six Feet High” and “An Off-Day Game”


Keralan director Sanal Kumar Sasidhara's first two features offer an example of world-class cinematic technique applied to local, Indian narratives.

Trailer: Jackie Chan’s “Kung Fu Yoga” premieres Jan 28


Kung Fu Yoga is a Chinese-Indian coproduction starring Jackie Chan that hits Chinese theaters on January 28, 2017.

Interview with Niharika Popli, director of “Rasan Piya”


Niharika Popli is the director of Rasan Piya, a documentary about a renowned classical Indian musician named Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan.

Review: Kothanodi (India, 2015)


A refreshing, artistic independent film from the northeastern Indian state of Assam.

Review: 3 Idiots (India, 2009)


All izz well. As my heart was incessantly thudding, waiting to open the page where Cornell University would determine my fate forever, I whispered to...