Depicting history in a period movie is honestly not an easy feat. While the filmmakers often add a slice of fiction and their imagination to the story, they still go to be authentic about the era they’re bringing live on the big screen and director Ram Alladi’s Ra’s Metanoia is one of them. Premiered last year on several international film festivals it is based on Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s life and most significantly, his memoir, Magic Spell Of A Book. The film is shot entirely in the USA and it combines vintage film styling with state of the art computer-generated sets to create this spellbinding non-linear story of Gandhiji. A periodic drama with historically accurate elements, Ra’s Metanoia takes the audience through the key moments in Gandhi’s life; from childhood to his untimely death in 1948 in New Delhi.
Ra’s Metanoia has won major critical acclaim with 9.5 IMDb ratings it has been praised for its accurate portrayal of the life of Gandhi, his love for Music and also for Mr.Srinivasa Rao’s (who played Bapu character) superlative performance, production values and theme, not only Ram has won the Best Director award at the Dada Saheb Phalke film festival but the film listed in the best short film category in the ReelHeART International Film and Screenplay Festival in Toronto and has been recognized by both the European and New York Cinematography Awards, as well as London’s Gold Movie Awards, Venice Shorts, JellyFilm Fest, Los Angeles, and the Amsterdam World International Film Festival. It has won trophies for best biographical film and best screenplay at the Oniros Film Awards in New York, best visual effects and best short film at the Cult Critic Movie Awards and best editing, best score and best short film at Virgin Spring Cinefest.
Talking about the film and Gandhi, Director Ram Said , “Ra’s Metanoia is a period drama film with fictional elements it chronicles Gandhi’s extraordinary life with a combination of fact and fiction whilst encapsulating scientific concepts such as quantum mechanics, Einstein Rosenberg bridge and rare space elements. The film seamlessly weaves a tapestry of a richly narrated story with Gandhi principles and is based on true events of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s life, which starts from the first hours of his last day. I started writing the plot in my mind when I saw Gandhi’s blood stained shawl in a showcase in Gandhi Museum, New Delhi, where I had gone for my high school educational tour and so it took me nearly 30 years to make this film and I personally feel it is such an amazing experience to have write the story and direct it.”
Ram Alladi’s next film titled “Nabhamsi”, a feature-length film entirely in Sanskrit is set to release soon.
After being noticed in small but significant parts in films like Batti Gul Meter Chalu and Baaghi 2, actress Shriyam Bhagnani makes her OTT debut with Season 2 of the popular Disney+ Hotstar original series, City of Dreams. We caught up with her recently for a fun conversation & here are excerpts from the same.
Nagesh Kukunoor’s City of Dreams season 2 releases on 30th July and Actors Ankur Rathee and Sriyam Bhagnani will be seen starring opposite each other. Kukunoor’s political drama series, scheduled to premiere on Disney+ Hotstar, has already received great feedback on its trailer, which captures glimpses of a power struggle between a father and daughter.
The life of air hostesses or flight attendants has always been of interest. From reel life in movies like Garam Masala and Anjaam to real life where Monica Bedi was spotted and offered a film, their jet setting life has enamored quite a lot of people. But no one has actually got down to understanding their daily routine and how they beat jetlag, as they change flights and move from city to city. The series based on booky by same name authored by Chris Bohjalian, tries to throw some light on this profession.
In 1991, Jatin Pandit gave music for the classic chartbuster “Bin Tere Sanam” from the movie Yaara Dildara. After 30 years, he has penned a new original song with the words “Bin Tere” for his son Raahul. Commenting on the same, Raahul said, “Both are very different types of songs. Honestly, I had never even thought about this comparison earlier. It just a twist of fate that both the songs have the words “Bin Tere” in them. My dad and my uncle Lalitji have given some incredible music – today it’s hard to imagine anybody giving so many great songs one after another. I have just started my journey as a musician, as an artist, as a singer. There is a long way to go, and I can never even think of comparing myself to my dad and my uncle. They have done some landmark work, work that is kind of just irreplaceable in today’s day and age. I have composed Bin Tere from my heart and that’s about it. I just hope that everybody likes it.”
I was channel surfing on a boring day, not sure what I wanted to watch, my eyes fell on “Nobody”. There was Bob Odenkirk, probably lying on the ground, and many fists landing on his contorted face. Images of Saul Goodman from “Better Call Saul” & “Breaking Bad”, who usually got roughed up or picked up by gang members, started popping out of my memory. I had never seen Bob in a movie before, so I felt, this was as good a time as any, to watch a full fledged movie of Bob Odenkirk.
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.
Right in the middle of the movie, Nangia, played by Neeraj Kabi, delivers a lecture in a seminar on how development and environment does not go hand in hand. Hence, we should strive for a balance, where both can coexist, exclaims Nangia.