Newton Wins Jury Prize For Best Film At The 41st Hong Kong Film Festival

 Produced by Manish Mundra and directed by Amit V Masurkar, Newton has won the Jury Prize for the Best Film at the 41st  Hong Kong Film Festival 2017. The film had its Asia Premiere at the festival where it was screened in the Young Cinema Competition category.

The jury awarded the film “For the intelligent and human presentation of a political situation in a country. The film balances the humour, disillusion and – against all odds – a steadfast belief in the meaning of democracy”

Thrilled with the audience and jury response to his film, Director Amit V Masurkar says, “We are delighted to win the Jury Prize at the 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival! It’s one of the oldest and most prestigious film festivals in Asia and will help us get an audience in that part of the world”. Newton is Amit V Masurkar’s second film after the sleeper hit, Sulemani Keeda in 2014. Continue reading “Newton Wins Jury Prize For Best Film At The 41st Hong Kong Film Festival”

The Best Of Bollywood: 2014

This has been a bad year for the Hindi movie watcher. I am not particularly enthused about including any of these in the top 10 for they all have flaws, major or minor, which I have tried to point out in the synopsis. If you are amongst those who will first scroll down to see which film has come out tops…don’t bother. I have kept the No. 1 position blank for I did not see a film that in my books deserved to take this spot. The other 9 are arranged in ascending order.Continue reading “The Best Of Bollywood: 2014”

The Best of Indian Cinema in 2014: A Perspective

At the very outset I wish to express that I personally felt that 2014 was overall an ordinary year for Indian Cinema. It was largely devoid of truly path breaking content and Hindi Cinema in particular was very disappointing, especially the second half of the year. This is even more alarming considering that the 1st quarter of the year saw some decent films like Dedh Ishqiya, Hasee Toh Phasee, Highway, Queen and true blue indie films like Ashim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely, the long pending Om-Dar-B-Dar of Kamal Swaroop and Rajat Kapoor’s Ankhon Dekhi. The last among the films mentioned (Ankhon Dekhi) in particular was a delight, more on that later. But with subsequent weeks throwing up disappointment after disappointment, I had almost given up on the year but thank goodness for the last 2 Fridays of the year which brought in some relief. 19th December saw Raj Kumar Hirani’s Aamir Khan spectacle PK release, one of the most awaited films  of the year while 26th December saw Anurag Kashyap’s long pending Ugly release. PK for me is Raj Kumar Hirani’s weakest film, but it is still an earnest film and Aamir thankfully is good in the film. So while I have no problem with the film’s spectacular success, I do oppose the way the so called moral and religious police are dragging it into an unnecessary controversy.Continue reading “The Best of Indian Cinema in 2014: A Perspective”

Ankhon Dekhi (2014): DVD Review

Truth- it may mean something for me, while for you it could be totally something else. It is like one man’s freedom fighter is other man’s terrorist. We all have our bias, prejudices and our truth is based on the prism of our experiences. Ankhon Dekhi is one such film, which explores the travails of a man who has to unlearn and look at his ideology towards end of his life.

Set in old Delhi, Rajat Kapoor manages to create a perfect atmosphere of Delhi. Very rarely do we see Indian filmmaker getting atmosphere of the film right. Bauji (Sanjay Mishra) who belongs to a middle class family in Delhi has his own Eureka moment one day. He decides to trust only things which he has experienced or has seen. This decision affects not him but also his family, neighbours and his colleagues.  In the process he also earns a legion of followers who are hooked to each and every word coming out of his mouth.Continue reading “Ankhon Dekhi (2014): DVD Review”

Ankhon Dekhi (2014) Movie Review: A Poignant Flight

Language : Hindi | Running Time : 107 Minutes | Director : Rajat Kapoor

Ankhon Dekhi PosterIn a whimsical scene in the film, one which establishes Rajat Kapoor‘s genius best is one where a boy who cannot stop talking finally lapses into silence. He is holding the hand of Bauji(Sanjay Mishra), his mom and his aunt are sitting and lamenting and people from the “mohalla” are sitting about. As he lapses into silence, the whole scene empties out of sound. There’s a silence which is both dramatic and beautiful. Rajat Kapoor’s “Ankhon Dekhi” is like that moment of silence; poignant, deep and astonishingly beautiful.Continue reading “Ankhon Dekhi (2014) Movie Review: A Poignant Flight”