Haoban Paban Kumar’s ‘Lady of the Lake’ To Have Its European Premiere At Berlin International Film Festival

lotl-1Haoban Paban Kumar’s debut feature in Manipuri language, Lady of the Lake will be having its European Premiere at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival, one of the world’s most celebrated film festivals to be held from 9-19 February 2017. It will be screened in the ‘International Forum of New Cinema’, which is considered to be the most daring section of the Berlinale featuring avant-garde, experimental works, political reportage and yet-to-be-discovered cinematic landscapes.Continue reading “Haoban Paban Kumar’s ‘Lady of the Lake’ To Have Its European Premiere At Berlin International Film Festival”

Ottayaal Paatha (The Narrow Path): Trailer

ottayaal-paathaBrothers Satish Babusenan and Santosh Babusenan who came out of a self imposed hibernation to get back to filmmaking,ended up getting into trouble with the CBFC thanks to their Malayalam film “Chaayam Poosiya Veedu” (The Painted House) in 2015. After a battle with the court which saw the film being cleared without any cuts they have gone on to make their next film, Ottayaal Paatha (The Narrow Path) which recently won the Silver Gateway Award at the JIO MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival. Ottayaal Paatha is now competing under the International Competition section at the prestigious 38th Cairo International Film Festival. The film features a relatively unknown cast comprising of Kaladharan, Sarath Sabha, Krishnapriya and Prajusha.Continue reading “Ottayaal Paatha (The Narrow Path): Trailer”

Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star Officially Closes after a Week-long Movie Extravaganza

The curtain fell on India’s biggest Film Festival, Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star on Thursday, 27th October, 2016. The ceremony took place at Bal Gandharva Rangmandir, Bandra. World-renowned filmmakers, talent and Bollywood stars walked the red carpet to celebrate the end of Mumbai’s very own film festival’s latest edition.Continue reading “Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star Officially Closes after a Week-long Movie Extravaganza”

JIO MAMI 2016 Diaries: Days 5 & 6

Continuing with our series on JIO MAMI 2016, here is an update of the films that the MAM team got to watch on days 5 & 6 of the festival.

To check out our updates for days 1 & 2 click here and for our updates on days 3 & 4 click here.


It’s a normal-length song with video about anti-black brutality, made extremely effectively.
Watch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2E432cI5V3c

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JIO MAMI 2016 DIARIES: Days 3 & 4

Continuing with our updates for JIO MAMI 2016 here is a brief recap of the films that the MAM team got to watch on days 3 & 4 of the festival. For the updates on days 1 & 2 click here.Continue reading “JIO MAMI 2016 DIARIES: Days 3 & 4”

JIO MAMI 2016 DIARIES: Days 1 & 2

Come October, cinephiles are excited for the Mumbai Film Festival.This year the festival is playing from Colaba to Mulund, almost covering the whole part of Mumbai. Here’s the list of films which we saw on the first two days.  The MAM Team which will be attending the fest will share their thoughts regularly.Continue reading “JIO MAMI 2016 DIARIES: Days 1 & 2”

Sila Samayangalil: Trailer

sila-samayangalil-posterPriyadarshan who has just recently met with a huge commercial success in the form of his Malayalam film Oppam is now ready with his Tamil film, Sila Samayangalil (sometimes). Incidentally this marks his return to Tamil cinema after the well received Kanchivaram (2008) and also seems to be in the same space and unlike most of his films which are commercial entertainers. Produced by Prabhu Deva, Isari Ganesh and Alagappan, the film has music by Ilaiyaraaja while Sameer Thahir is the DOP and Beena Paul is the editor. Sila Samayangalil features Prakash Raj, Ashok Selvan, Shriya Reddy, M.S.Bhaskar, Nassar etc and is scheduled to play during the ongoing JIO MAMI 2016 film festival.Continue reading “Sila Samayangalil: Trailer”

The “417 Miles” Diary

When Mainak and I met in the summer of 2014 for one of our casual lunches, I arrived at the little hole-in-the-wall Nepali joint with the biggest question on my mind: will I eat the aloo-puri or the mixed vegetable curry with rice? Both were so damn delicious, it was always tough to choose one over the other. Moreover, those were the only two vegetarian dishes, so not like I had much choice. It was still a puzzling one though. When I left the little hole-in-the-wall Nepali joint, however, I had an even bigger question on my mind: what the hell’s wrong with Mainak, and why does he want to make a movie about two people talking to each other in a car about life?Continue reading “The “417 Miles” Diary”

Alternate Way of Navigating Jio MAMI 2016

Lets begin with acknowledging what a great line-up this years MAMI has brought to us. There are 175 films to watch. Even if you try to watch as many films as humanly possible, you could only see four films a day. If you are a insane person maybe few days you will end up seeing five. For every film you will watch you will be missing eight other films. See how important that decision is to watch a film? Many of you will follow lists published in the last few days. MFC, Pandolin, MadaboutMoviez. Each of those lists are excellent. But I’m giving you an alternate strategy:  Don’t watch anything that will be available to watch later easily, in theaters, iTunes, streaming. This will likely eliminate more than half the films in the list you made in the last couple of days. It is controversial when I say don’t stand in line for 45 mins to watch Herzog’s Lo and Behold, but I believe that is the smart way to navigate a huge festival like this. Continue reading “Alternate Way of Navigating Jio MAMI 2016”