In Conversation with Sudhir Mishra on Daas Dev

With highly acclaimed films like Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Dharavi and Chameli to his name, Sudhir Mishra is one of the most acclaimed directors of the Hindi film industry.

His latest feature Daas Dev is an adaptation of the Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel Devdas. Despite getting adapted on the big screen numerous times, trust Mishra to add his own flavour to the tragic tale.

He got talking to us on the film. Here are excerpts from the interview:Continue reading “In Conversation with Sudhir Mishra on Daas Dev”

“It’s Always Your Debut Film That Chooses You” – Zain Khan Durrani On Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz, His Journey & More

Director Onir’s latest film Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz is quite a deviation from his previous works which mostly took a serious look at everyday issues and the people affected by these. The film is a romantic drama which revolves around Archi or Archana (Geetanjali Thapa) as she is fondly called in the film. She makes a living creating internet memes and is addicted to a late-night radio show that is hosted by RJ Alfaz (debutant Zain Khan Durrani). The show sees RJ Alfaz narrating tales of love and longing in a very poetic or a shayarana style. A chance meeting and a host of WhatsApp messages lead them to meeting and eventually falling for each other. However, the path to their unison is not as easy as it seems.

The film which released yesterday to glowing reviews also marks the debut of it’s lead actor Zain Khan DurraniWe recently spoke to the actor about the film, his role and more.

Republished below are excerpts from the same.  Continue reading ““It’s Always Your Debut Film That Chooses You” – Zain Khan Durrani On Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz, His Journey & More”

In Conversation With Onir On Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz, Kolkata And Lot More

Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz has opened to glowing reviews by the critics. National Award winning director of the film, Onir, who’s made highly acclaimed films like ‘My Brother Nikhil’ and ‘I Am’ before, talks to us about this latest venture. He has lovely things to say about the screenplay of the film written by our very own Abhishek Chatterjee and a lot more:Continue reading “In Conversation With Onir On Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz, Kolkata And Lot More”

In Conversation With Geetanjali Thapa On Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz and Staying Away From Social Media

 Actor Geetanjali Thapa made her debut with the critically acclaimed I.D. (2012) directed by Kamal K.M. The film which shared Thapa in the lead was feted at several international festivals including International Film Festival of Kerala, 2012 and Los Angeles Film Festival, 2013 where the film won the NETPAC Award (for the Best Asian Film) and Jury Prize for an Outstanding Performance (by Geetanjali Thapa). She followed this up with director Geethu Mohandas’ Liar’s Dice which won Thapa a National Award for Best Actress (Silver Lotus).

Since then she has appeared in a variety of critically acclaimed shorts and features such as Anurag Kashyap’s That Day After Everyday and Vikramaditya Motwane’s Trapped. The actor’s latest release Kuch Bheege Alfaaz hit the screens today. Directed by Onir, the film is a romantic drama which revolves around Archi or Archana (Geetanjali Thapa) as she is fondly called in the film. She makes a living creating internet memes and is addicted to a late-night radio show that is hosted by RJ Alfaz (debutant Zain Khan Durrani). The show sees RJ Alfaz narrating tales of love and longing in a very poetic or a shayarana style to be precise. A chance meeting and a host of WhatsApp messages lead them to meeting and eventually falling for each other. However, the path to their unison is not as easy as it seems.

Personally, the film is also special since it also marks the writing debut of Abhishek Chatterjee, a close friend and a fellow author of Madaboutmoviez.

We recently caught up with the talented Ms. Thapa and spoke to her about the film, her journey as an actor and much more. Republished below are excerpts from the same.Continue reading “In Conversation With Geetanjali Thapa On Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz and Staying Away From Social Media”

In Conversation with editor Irene Dhar Malik: “An objective and if necessary, ruthless, editor can benefit the film immensely.”

We recently caught up with the Irene Dhar Malik who has edited Onir’s upcoming movie Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz starring Zain Khan Durrani and Geetanjali Thapa in the lead role. It is a special film for us at MAM as our very own Abhishek Chatterjee has written the story, screenplay and dialogues. Irene also edits documentaries and has won a National Award for her work in the docu Celluloid Man.

So here we go:
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Vivek Shukla On Scripting ‘Chhota Bheem’ And ‘Surreal Play’ – A Screenwriting Initiative For The Visually Impaired

Since an early age, Vivek Shukla was quite the filmbuff and an ardent dreamer (by his own admission). But was quite unsure, as to what he wanted to do in his life. Whilst in college, a theatre workshop subsequently led Shukla to find his true calling i.e. scriptwriting.

In the later years, Shukla went on to write some of the most noteworthy animated shows for Indian television such as New Adventures Of Bal Hanuman and the extremely popular Chhota Bheem.His repertoire also includes other shows such as Akbar Birbal  for Discovery Kids and Bunty Aur Billi for Toonz Animations.

Interestingly, the writer has decidedly stuck to writing a wide variety of animated shows for Indian television. This decision coupled with his vast experience has helped him evolve as one of the most prominent names in the field of of Animation Screen Writing and Live action TV in India.

In a tete-a-tete with Madaboutmoviez.com, Vivek Shukla spoke to us about his journey, his creative influences and Surreal Play – an amazing initiative that helps visually impaired learn the art of scriptwriting.Continue reading “Vivek Shukla On Scripting ‘Chhota Bheem’ And ‘Surreal Play’ – A Screenwriting Initiative For The Visually Impaired”

In Conversation With Anand Surapur On The Fakir Of Venice And The Transition From Ad Films To Feature Films

Anand Surapur is no stranger to the world of showbiz. He began his journey by making ad films under the banner of Phat Phish Productions and directed ad films for brands such as Dominos Pizza (which featured Paresh Rawal), Thumbs Up (which featured the popular Telugu star Chiranjeevi) and the ad for Bajaj’s range of two wheelers (Pulsar, Spirit) which used a revamped version of the iconic Hamara Bajaj jingle and was aired during the early 2000’s.Continue reading “In Conversation With Anand Surapur On The Fakir Of Venice And The Transition From Ad Films To Feature Films”