A Potpourri of Vestiges is a one-stop destination for movie-buffs: film reviews, entertainment news, movie trivia, latest trailers and more. We also endeavor to feature an eclectic selection of avant-garde, auteur-driven, thought-provoking films from across the globe with the aim of acquainting the masses with the realm of cinema, especially as the ultimate medium of human expression.

A Potpourri of Vestiges is an award-winning entertainment blog, based out of India, operating since October 2011.

Indian top blogs (ITB) featured 'A Potpourri of Vestiges' in their prestigious Directory of Best Indian Blogs for the tenth consecutive year in June 2021

About Founder/Author

Film Critic Murtaza Ali Khan

Murtaza Ali Khan is an award-winning Film & TV critic, journalist, and Radio/TV panelist (All India Radio, Lotus FM, NewsX, Mirror Now, NDTV 24/7, News18, ABP News, Zee News, India News, News18 Urdu, News Nation, India Ahead, TV9, Zee Hindustan) based out of New Delhi, India. He runs the award-winning entertainment blog 'A Potpourri of Vestiges'. He has also been contributing to publications like The Hindu, National Herald, The Sunday Guardian, Newslaundry, The Patriot, Huffington Post, and The Quint. 

He tweets at @MurtazaCritic

As a mass communication professional and trained filmmaker, Khan frequently conducts workshops on film journalism, digital filmmaking, and screenwriting.

Murtaza has curated / presented retrospectives and film festivals for various embassies and high commissions in New Delhi. He has also served on the jury for a variety of short film festivals. He is a guest lecturer at various mass media / journalism institutions. 

He has made over 300 appearances on National Television (NewsX, Mirror Now, NDTV 24/7, News18, ABP News, Zee News, India News, News18 Urdu, News Nation, India Ahead, TV9, Zee Hindustan, etc.) in the capacity of cinema / media expert. He is also associated with radio (All India Radio, Lotus FM, Singapore’s CNA938 Radio, etc.)

Khan has conducted over 200 exclusive / tête-à-tête celebrity interviews published in leading publications such as The Hindu, The Sunday Guardian, The Quint, and Newslaundry, among others (Ajay Devgn, Manoj Bajpayee, Shaji N Karun, Tanuja Chandra, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Mahesh Manjrekar, Lijo Jose Pellissery, Shaad Ali, Sonu Sood, Shefali Shah, Guneet Monga, D. Suresh Babu, Kangana Ranaut, Kriti Sanon, Sanjay Mishra, Randeep Hooda, Emraan Hashmi, Adil Hussain, Huma Qureshi, Rasika Dugal, Kalki Koechlin, Sunny Leone, Akshaye Khanna, Lucky Ali, Gajraj Rao, Rahul Bose, Neena Gupta, Pankaj Tripathi, Vineet Kumar Singh, Rahul Dev, Jimmy Shergill, Rajpal Yadav, Saurabh Shukla, Tusshar Kapoor, Shreyas Talpade, Rakesh Bedi, Yashpal Sharma, Sunny Hinduja, Pavan Malhotra, Neeraj Kabi, Arif Zakaria, Sanjay Suri, Kunal Kapoor, Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub, Onir, Dolly Ahluwalia, Asif Sheikh, Shweta Tiwari, Zareen Khan, Sargun Mehta, Suzanne Bernert, Tim McGovern, Wayne McGregor, Azadeh Akhlaghi, Susmit Bose, Padma Shri Imtiaz Qureshi, Queen Harish, Keshav Suri, Yuna Taira, Sunil Grover, Sharad Kelkar, Sanya Malhotra, Radhika Madan, Sapna Pabbi, Sobhita Dhulipala, Vikrant Massey, Vivaan Shah, Anand Pandit, Gippy Grewal, Raja Bundela, Matthew Smith, Alexis Manenti, Rajeshwari Sachdev, Sadu, Varun Badola, Shahid Mallya, Ahsaas Channa, Rohitashv Gour, etc.)


Murtaza Ali Khan was awarded the prestigious Shri Krishna Gopal Richhariya Memorial Journalism Award for the year 2020

The citation read as follows:

“Mr. Richhariya always endeavored to bring the suffering of the marginalized and the deprived through his writings as well as through his compositions, he continued to highlight the current problems. While bestowing the Shri Krishna Gopal Richhariya Memorial Journalism Award 2020 on Murtaza Ali Khan (Film Critic), the Konch International film Festival wishes him a bright future ahead.”

For queries related to workshops, lectures, sessions, etc. you can write at murtaza.jmi@gmail.com.

Khan's education spans science & technology, mass communication, and management. Cinema is his greatest passion. His all-time favorite movie-makers are Akira Kurosawa, Stanley Kubrick, Luis Bunuel, Andrei Tarkovsky, Charles Chaplin, Orson Welles, Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Satyajit Ray, Fritz Lang, Sergio Leone, Francis Ford Coppola, and Martin Scorsese. He can be reached at murtaza.jmi@gmail.com / murtaza@apotpourriofvestiges.com. He tweets @MurtazaCritic

Indian top blogs (ITB) featured 'A Potpourri of Vestiges' in their eclectically chosen Directory of Best Indian Blogs for the ninth consecutive year in May 2020

In July 2019, Feedspot selected 'A Potpourri of Vestiges' as one of the 100 Best Movie Blogs & Websites on the planet after a careful scrutiny of thousands of Top Movie Blogs on the internet. It is the only movie blog in the list with a strong focus on Indian cinema. Feedspot's latest list (updated on June 10, 2021) also features A Potpourri of Vestiges as a top movie blog in the world.

Indian top blogs (ITB) had featured us in their eclectically chosen Directory of Best Indian Blogs for the eighth consecutive year in June 2019

Indian top blogs (ITB) had featured us for the seventh consecutive year in June 2018

In June 2017, Feedspot selected 'A Potpourri of Vestiges' as one of the 100 Best Movie Blogs on the web following a painstaking process that involved a careful scrutiny of thousands of Top Movie Blogs on the internet. It is the only movie blog in the list with a strong focus on the Indian Independent Cinema.

In December 2017, A Potpourri of Vestiges was awarded the best movie blog by an international jury at the Indian Blogger Awards 2017.

Also in December 2017, TierraGamer included A Potpourri of Vestiges in their list of Top Popular Blogs.  

In November 2017, Movie Hustle included A Potpourri of Vestiges in their list of Top Movie Blogs.  

In October 2017, 'The Writer Awards' chose A Potpourri of Vestiges as one of the top entertainment and film blogs of 2017 (#8 in the Top 50) after carefully sifting through over 500 blogs from across the world. 

In July 2017, ITB included us in their Platinum List of Indian blogs, which is the Crème de la Crème of Indian English blogosphere. In February 2015, Baggout featured A Potpourri of Vestiges at the 2nd spot in its list of Top 10 Bollywood blogs in India. 

In the prestigious BlogAdda Awards for the year 2015, we got featured among the Top 5 blogs in the Entertainment niche for the second year in a row. A Potpourri of Vestiges features among the top blogs in the IndiBlogger network with an IndiRank of 81 (on a scale of 100). We also bagged the "Blogger of the Fortnight" award from Winchimes. We are also enlisted on various major blogging directories/communities including the prestigious The LAMB (Large Association of Movie Blogs) Community.

Our prime focus is to highlight contemporary as well as classic cinema—art house, classic, indie, or cult—by analyzing movies through means of reviews, essays, critiques, etc. and by our coverage of major international award functions and film festivals. We have a strong and ever growing readership base, a healthy mix of masses and aficionados, uniformly distributed all across the globe.

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Readership Base

We also have a strong social media presence, with a considerably large number of followers and subscribers on Facebook (75K followers approx.), Twitter, and other platforms. On an average we receive 60,000 unique pages views per month.

Advertising Options

We currently offer banner placements, text based ads, promotional articles, etc., both site wide as well as post specific. We are also open to discussion on any other kind of advertising scheme/arrangement.

Please feel free to contact us for further details. Or, you can mail us directly at murtaza.jmi@gmail.com or murtaza@apotpourriofvestiges.com.

Blog Policy

Given below are the set of guidelines for authors/bloggers interested in getting their content/articles published on "A Potpourri of Vestiges":
1. All of you are welcome to contribute to A Potpourri of Vestiges; please feel free to mail us at: murtaza.jmi@gmail.com.
2. We would be happy to publish any piece of writing (in standard English only) relevant to the entertainment niche: critiques, reviews, essays, articles, biographies, etc.
3. We will only publish original content—it must be previously un-published and free from any kind of plagiarism.
4. The article should not have any (hidden or otherwise) commercial obligations.
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7. Once an article is published the authors are free to put it up on their personal blogs or elsewhere with a disclaimer stating that it was originally published at “A Potpourri of Vestiges” with a link back to the same.
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