Raazi Movie Review: For God and Country

It is said that war is hell, no two ways about that. But while reams of paper are devoted to immortalizing the slain and surviving heroes of battles we know of, there are so many more anonymous individuals who served their country by just doing their duty when called upon, and went above and beyond the call, only to move back into the shadows when they were done.Continue reading “Raazi Movie Review: For God and Country”

Katyar Kaljat Ghusali: A Quick Review

Katyar Kaljat Ghusali (The dagger pierced the heat)

There are movies and then there are masterpieces. Movies comprise actors.. masterpieces comprise the characters portrayed with perfection. The masterpiece – KKG – is an experience where the central character is music, that too classical music. Moreover, it has many firsts. Shankar Mahadevan’s acting debut, Subodh Bhave’s directorial debut, Sakshi Tanvar’s Marathi film debut and Sachin Pilgaonkar playing a classical singer for the first time! The 4 ‘S’ weave’ an experience of a lifetime, that is well peppered with drama, music, cinematography and dialogues.Continue reading “Katyar Kaljat Ghusali: A Quick Review”

Katyar Kaljat Ghusali Marathi Movie: Trailer

Actor Subodh Bhave known for his performances in films such as Balgandharva, Anumati, Aiyya and Touring Talkies among others turns director with Katyar Kaljat Ghusali.

Based on a classic Marathi play written by Purushottam Darvekar, the film tells the story of a state in which the king organizes a competition to choose a Raj Gayak (Court Singer). The competition sees two veteran musicians belonging to different gharanas – a Hindu Pandit (Shankar Mahadevan) and a Muslim singer Khan Saab (Sachin Pilgaonkar) compete against each other. And the competition results in an emotional drama that brings out the various shades of all the characters and their prejudices.

The film also stars Subodh BhaveAmruta Khanvilkar, Mrunmayee Deshpande and Sakshi Tanwar among others. The music is composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy while the story is written by Purushottam Darvekar and Prakash Kapadia (who has also written the screenplay of the film).

The film which is produced by Essel Vision and Ganesh Films is scheduled for a Diwali release on 13th November.

Meanwhile here’s the trailer of the film.

Welcome Zindagi: Trailer

Welcome Zindagi Poster 2Marathi Cinema which of late has been remaking films from other languages,especially Malayalam has now turned to Bengali Cinema as well. Written and directed by Srijit Mukherji, Hemlock Society (2012) was quite well received commercially and critically. Now it has been remade in Marathi as Welcome Zindagi, which is written by Ganesh Matkari and directed by Umesh Ghadge.Produced by Ajit Satam, Sanjay Ahluwalia & Bibhas Chhaya, the film features Swapnil Joshi and Amruta Khanwilkar in the lead, while the supporting cast includes Mohan Agashe, Rajeshwari Sachdev, Urmila Kanitkar, Murli Sharma, Bharti Achrekar, Mahesh Manjrekar etc. Music is Amit Raj, Pankaj Padghan, Soumil-Siddharth & Shamir Tandon while Prasad Bhende is the DOP and Pranav Mistry is the editor.Continue reading “Welcome Zindagi: Trailer”

Aayna Ka Baayna Movie Review: Second-half syndrome spoils the film

Dance films are not known to have great plots. For some reason, the puerile plots have never been an obstacle for these films to get popular. People watch these films only for the adrenalin rush they get by watching the crazy dance they have. So I went into Aayna Ka Baayna, the first Marathi dance film that presents Western dance forms, without expecting any solid plot or characters. The dance seemed impressive from the promos and I had mentally prepared myself to not look for any plot and just enjoy the dancing. But, rather surprisingly, the first half of the film left me impressed not only with its dancing but also its introduction of the characters and the plot. There were quite a few seeti-maar dialogues too. The first half gave me a feeling that this might turn out to be the first dance film I have seen with a good plot. Unfortunately, post- interval the infamous second half syndrome crept in and washed away almost all of whatever little good, in terms of substance, the film had promised before.Continue reading “Aayna Ka Baayna Movie Review: Second-half syndrome spoils the film”

In conversation with Marathi filmmaker-Samit Kakkad

Aayna Ka Bayna is a rare Indian film(and the first Marathi Film) that has western dance forms as an integral part of the story. Prabhu Deva‘s Style is probably the only other film which presented the Hip Hop and other Sachin Khedekarwestern styles of dancing. This is the second film of  director Samit Kakad who was the creative director and producer of  Huppa Huiyya earlier. He has roped in cinematographer Sanjay Jadhav who has reportedly broken many conventions of cinematography while making this film. It stars Sachin Khedekar and Amruta Khanvilkar and nine other boys.Raqesh Vashisth ( earlier Rakesh Bapat of Tum Bin fame ) makes his entry into Marathi Cinema with Aayna Ka Baayna.Continue reading “In conversation with Marathi filmmaker-Samit Kakkad”