Follower, a Marathi/ Kannada feature film from debutant writer/ director Harshad Nalawade and from independent film powerhouse, HumaraMovie, premiered at the prestigious 52nd International Film Festival Rotterdam. It received rave reviews and progressively ran to packed screenings.
BFF kickstarts 2nd Year Festival Run with a stellar lineup
The Bandra Film Festival (BFF) enters its second year, celebrating its first anniversary announcing a strategic tie- up with Pocket Films for a year. The alliance entails curating a slate of a few special films to be showcased over the year, starting with ‘Detour’ starring Vikrant Massey and Sayani Gupta in lead roles.
Bandra Film Festival (BFF), a digital film festival presented by Filmkaravan in collaboration with YouTube is currently streaming four poignantly introspective drama shorts on its platform. These shorts are based on day-to-day life experiences that invoke ideas of identity and the self and being showcased under the theme ‘Introspect’ on the BFF Youtube Channel.
There are a lot of different interpretations of what a ‘silent crime’ can be. 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 poignantly introspective drama movies based on silent crimes. Crimes which we see happening in our daily lives, some which we ignore to speak against or worse still stay mute allowing it to happen .The posters of the films were unveiled recently on BFF’s social media and we can’t wait to watch them.
The festival’s next line-up of films themed ‘Silent Crime’ opening with ‘Vanaja’ a gem from the past, is a spirited drama film in Telugu directed by Rajnesh Domalpalli, dealing with a young girl trying to find her self-worth in the midst of a repressive caste system and physical abuse. ‘Tipu’ directed by Mihir Lath is a short heart wrenching drama about a 6-year-old transgender kid Tipu who is sent away to live amidst the transgender community against his own will by his own family, all the time thinking he has been abducted by witches and finally, ‘Crash’ a docu fictional film directed by Rajdip Ray takes a look on the impact of road accident on the people, their apathy, calculated concerns & emotions in the locality where the accident takes place.
Speaking about the thematic line up,Namrata Grewal from Marketing & Communication at BFF said, “ Silent Crime’ is an interesting term, because it’s not a cut and dry genre to define, like, say, ‘comedy’ or ‘horror.’ That means there are crimes going on that are not acknowledged, ignored or worse still hushed by society’s apathy. This is a genre which will keep the audiences hooked to their screens. BFF programmed this new thematic line up ‘Silent Crime’ so that our audiences can continue to have the opportunity to watch a wide range of films from the comfort of their homes and in coming days more movies will be added on BFF’s platform.“
Aati Rahengi Baharein – Music for the Soul Collection
In the group of legendary Indian film composers, Rahul Dev Burman stands apart. Even though it’s been two and a half decades since RD Burman (aka Pancham Da) passed away, his music continues to captivate the imagination of musicians and music enthusiasts to this day. He is remembered as the musical genius who had a unique style of composing music and inspiring many singers.
Also watch Shabana Azmi’s A Decent Arrangement and Fried Fish, Chicken Soup And A Premier Show directed by Mamta Murthy in this category.
Sushmita Sen’s daughter Renee Sen, who made her acting debut in January 2021 with Kabeer Khurana’s short film Suttabaazi, is excited to see her film getting a lot of praise. The film will be screened at the Bandra Film Festivals Youtube Channel on 2nd June 2021. The 14 mins short film will be showcased under the ‘Quirky’ category. The film revolves around a 19-year-old social media star stuck at home with online classes and nagging parents in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. The only respite is Diya’s (Renee’s) newly acquired habit of smoking on the sly. Apart from Renee Sen, the film also stars Komal Chhabria and Rahul Vohra.
Talking about her debut film and BFF Renee said, “I am so happy with all the love this poignant short film has received. We shot this during the last lockdown, I am glad to see so many platforms acknowledging our hard work and showcasing the film. Bandra Film Festival is said to have a good line up of films and I feel humbled to be a part of this film festival. Suttabaazi will always be special to me, I enjoyed every bit of playing Diya. The film has taught me a lot, both at personal and professional levels. No matter what the situation is – whether it’s a good day or there are mess ups on the set — I have to be able to give the perfect shot, it has made me a lot more goal oriented. Working on this film has been very fulfilling. I am very happy it happened.”
Life & Living of sex workers as portrayed in films is just about as far as you can get from the truth.
Bandra Film Festival (BFF), a digital film festival presented by Filmkaravan in collaboration with YouTube will be showcasing two poignant films based on life & vicissitudes of sex workers under the theme ‘Broken but Beautiful’.
The first film is Tikli & Laxmi Bomb stars Chitrangada Chakraborty, Vibhawari Deshpande, Saharsh Kumar Shukla and directed by Aditya Kripalani. The 2 hours 13-minute-long film is about two sex workers who decide to kick men out of the system and form a cooperative that runs the business for women and by women.
Speaking about the lineup of films, Pooja Kohli Taneja, Artistic Director of Bandra Film Festival, stated, “Broken but Beautiful captures feminism. It is a theme that showcases lives of perhaps the most oppressed women in our society yet how empowered they are to really fight the system. We are really a lucky lot, to sit back, sip our coffee and talk about feminism. The women who face oppression on a regular basis, standing up for their rights is a very different ball game. Through Broken but Beautiful we would like to salute these women for their exemplary resilience and strength to not only endure but to strive for change”.
The second film Bahadur: The Accidental Brave is a Nepali film acted and directed by Aditya Seth. The film talks about labor migration to India. Many Nepalese migrant workers are susceptible to high risk sexual behavior and end up contracting HIV. Far West Nepal from where maximum labor migration to Mumbai happens is reeling under the impact of an HIV micro epidemic. This documentary is an in depth look into the brave Nepalese migrants’ life in a social, economic and political context.
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.
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.