They say that life imitates art and vice versa, last night I ended up thinking of the same in a strange manner. I took a nostalgic trip back in time, to a period when I was in my final year of college and discovering the joys of alcohol. It was the first time in my life that I had a lot of freedom. With my family having shifted to another city, I chose to avoid the college hostel, preferring instead to living with 5 other friends in a compact independent house. I was specifically reminded of a month where all of us ended up experimenting with alcohol consumption, just for fun of course, going on to learn and unlearn a few things in the process. If you are wondering, why am I ranting about an old story, don’t worry as that is not what this post is all about. But its hard not to watch Thomas Vinterberg’s latest film Another Round (Danish title-Druk) and not reflect upon one’s own tryst with booze.
As Guns & Guitars recently made its debut in the OTT platform MUBI India, it seems like a good time to revisit our sojourn in Shillong, the rock capital of India, during the shoot of the film.
By now we all know the importance of OTT/digital platforms and their impact upon our lives, the pandemic having the environment around us. With cinemas remaining closed for several months & with several issues plaguing the entertainment sector even today, it’s very unclear as to how things would turn out for the industry for the rest of 2021 as well. While the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) has been in the news of late for the development of a ‘toolkit’ by 17 major OTT platforms, in line with the implementation of the self-regulation code that was introduced in 2020, now they have made a major announcement, all these 17 major OTT platforms will offer one month’s free subscription to Indian consumers.Continue reading “Breaking News: Leading OTT Platforms to Offer a One-Month Free Subscription for Indian Audience, Move Aimed at Widening Subscription Base”
The 67th National Film Awards were announced earlier today in New Delhi. This was after a long delay of a year or so due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The awards are for films from the year of 2019. The announcement event was organised by the Directorate of Film Festivals, which comes under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.Continue reading “67th National Film Awards (for films from 2019): List of Winners”
Covid-19 has given a break to theatre-going experience across the globe. Even though Indian cinema halls have opened up slowly from October 2020 onwards, there has been no tentpole release which has revived the fortunes of cinema halls so far. December saw the release of Telugu film Solo Brathuke So Better which indicated that the audience in Southern India is willing to watch movies in the theatre. With this being the Pongal/Sankranti week in India, we have two films in Tamizh and three in Telugu (plus Master’s dubbed version) hitting marquee in a span of less than a week. If we go by the initial response, it is sure that cinemas are here to stay and co-exist with OTT. Continue reading “Master (2021) Movie Review: Vijay Shines, Lokesh Flatters to Deceive”
China is a country which is known for stealing ideas and not respecting copyrights of anyone in the world and also known for deliberately hiding the spread of China Virus aka Covid 19 and putting the entire world to the risk for years to come. Like the typical Chinese mentality which is to knock off better products and make cheaper replacements, the Chinese Communist Government has been encouraging propaganda films. There is no harm in it, the Nazis and Russians did it too and it worked for them. Propaganda films can be interesting if it is engaging otherwise it just is another press release from the Government which no one bothers to read but mainstream media is forced to carry out due to the pressure from higher-ups. Continue reading “Vanguard (2020): Another Wolf Warrior Propaganda film”
The world has moved on but clearly Anurag Kashyap and his coterie have not. Way before one of our most influential leaders (whose followers are known to be bhakts), Kashyap cracked the formula on Twitter by abusing everyone and he could do better, but when it came to delivering Kashyap does not have a great record. Testimony to this fact is this movie (AK vs AK) where talks more about Allwyn Kalicharan, his shelved film than the films that he made. Continue reading “AK vs AK (2020 Netflix Film): Bas Kar Bey”
David Dhawan is now on a quest to position his son as the next Superstar of Bollywood remaking his own remakes, but then this time it flatters to deceive. Coolie No 1 (1995) itself is a problematic film if you look at it. There is a person who catfishes a female to marry her and the film does not show any remorse on his part and justifies it by saying that as her father wanted her to have a secure life, the daughter deserves to be cheated. Continue reading “Coolie No 1 (2020- Amazon Original): The Curse of Nepotism in Bollywood”
Ranbir Kapoor’s first ever short film titled Karma, directed by Abhay Chopra, grandson of the legendary B.R. Chopra will be screened at the Bandra Film Festivals Youtube Channel on 5th of May 2021. The 26 mins short film will be showcased under the ‘A Point Across’ category. The film revolves around capital punishment in India and is about a jailer who has to face the dilemma of performing the execution of his own son. The film was also nominated for Student Oscars.
Actress Ruchi Malviya who was last seen in Flip, a series directed by Bejoy Nambiar streaming on Eros Now and Alt Balaji’s show The Verdict directed by Ken Ghosh is super excited to have bagged one of the lead roles in Disney + Hotstar’s new show Mukesh Jasoos. Ruchi will be seen opposite actor Rahul Bagga who plays the role of Mukesh in the series. The trailer is out and is receiving a great response.
Actor Vikrant Koul who we have seen in prominent roles in movies like Gold with Akshay Kumar and Darbar with Rajinikanth and cameos in movies like Fan and Mardaani, is currently basking in glory of his new show Hello Mini 3. The show has been received with a great response from the audience and Vikrant too has been getting a lot of appreciation for his acting chops. The actor plays one of the primary roles of Argho Chowdhary in the series and has an interesting track with the female lead, Anuja Joshi.
Ushering in fresh talent, the latest issue of well-known Bollywood magazine FASHIONIISTA features Salman Khan’s sister Shweta Rohira and Faizan Ansari on the cover.
Mind Games at Bandra Film Festival
Some of the best movies are those that take us on a journey along with the heroes. But some of the greatest movies are those that let us get inside their minds and get a sneak-peek of their thoughts and voices. While pandemic still continues to rage around the world, Bandra Film Festival, a digital film festival presented by Filmkaravan in collaboration with YouTube is all set to stream some really crazy thriller movies based on mind games full of mystery and suspense. The posters of the films were unveiled recently on BFF’s social media and we can’t wait to watch them.
Salman Ali, who won the trophy at Indian Idol 10 and who has earlier crooned for films such as Satellite Shankar and Dabangg 3. is all set to release his new song along with Vipin Aneja called Manzar. Manzar is penned by Musicpreneur and lyricist Gilbert Chettiar and the music video will be released digitally on Lafzon Music’s Youtube Channel. The song portrays the emotions and turmoil that the photographer in the song is going through due to the global pandemic and how he manages to conquer the most powerful and personal emotion of all- smile. The music video is conceptualised and directed by Devansh Patel and features actor Prashantt Guptha.
New technique and discovery took cinema to the digital stage and now COVID-19 has shifted cinema further towards the OTT and web platforms, which is one more digital form of consuming content. One such web platform Bandra Film Festival, a digital film festival presented by Filmkaravan in collaboration with YouTube has been successfully showcasing a mixed bag of hidden gems from the past, new discoveries and off beat stories of interesting features ,short films and docu dramas.