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”

Waiting Movie Review: An Anatomy of Grief

Two strangers meeting in a hospital waiting for their beloved partners who are in a comatose state, is a perfect subject material for melancholy with a capital M inscribed all over it. But director Anu Menon’s tragically witty, humorous take on grief and desolation ‘Waiting’ is strangely uplifting and philosophical, without at once being pedantic or languorous. Beautifully described by a critic as a cross between ‘Lost in Translation’ and ‘The Descendants’, it is refreshingly restrained (a bit more restrained than maybe what it should have been).Continue reading “Waiting Movie Review: An Anatomy of Grief”

Waiting (2016) Movie Review: When Hope and Despair Co-Exist

Director: Anu Menon.  Starring: Naseeruddin Shah, Kalki Koechlin, Rajat Kapoor

“This is your grief, Tara. Your’s alone” says Shiv Kumar as Tara tries to come to grips with the lemons that life has thrown at her. This line seems to underline the film, where 2 strangers wait for their partners hospitalised in coma, and have no one but themselves and each other to turn to. Waiting is a subtle tale of loss, played beautifully with pathos and the odd smattering of hope by Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin as they come together after 5 years since That Girl in Yellow Boots.Continue reading “Waiting (2016) Movie Review: When Hope and Despair Co-Exist”

Waiting: Trailer

Waiting Poster 2Anu Menon who has made films like London, Paris, New York and X: Past is Present (one of the 11 directors on board) is now back with her latest film, Waiting that’s produced by Priti Gupta and Manish Mundra under the banner of Ishka Films and Drishyam Films. The film stars Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin in lead roles, with Rajat Kapoor, Suhasini Maniratnam and Arjun Mathur playing supporting roles.Continue reading “Waiting: Trailer”

X:Past is Present Movie Review: Experimental and Interesting

Deep down a lot of us are romantics right?And one of the things that excites us the most is to get nostalgic over our romantic tales,some great,some not so great.Some funny, some tragic, some silly, some plain embarrassing. And in case one feels he/she hasn’t had a colourful life, you may still want to feel or pretend otherwise. There are so many topics that we talk about and things that we tend to do but often get bored of, but falling in love or reminiscing about an old romantic tale is usually not something that one ever gets bored of, well normally at least 🙂 . That’s why it’s no surprise that films like Cheran‘s Autograph (2004) or the recent Malayalam blockbuster Premam have done well. After all these films have an instant connect with our basic psyche, also this perhaps explains why I’ve been looking forward to X: Past is Present or X The Film as it was called earlier.Continue reading “X:Past is Present Movie Review: Experimental and Interesting”

X-The Film: Trailer

X-Past is Present an upcoming Indian experimental film directed by a team of eleven filmmakers including Abhinav Tiwari, Anu Menon, Nalan Kumarasamy, Hemant Gaba, Pratim D. Gupta, Q, Raja Sen, Rajshree Ojha, Sandeep Mohan, Sudhish Kamath and Suparn Verma. The film features Rajat Kapoor, Anshuman Jha, Huma Qureshi, Aditi Chengappa, Radhika Apte, Parno Mittra, Neha Mahajan, Piaa Bajpai, Pooja Ruparel, Bidita Bag etc. X – The Film is not an anthology,but one whole story with the eleven directors making various sections of it. Produced by Manish Mundra, the film has music by Maitreya and is edited by Sreekar Prasad, Vijay Prabhakaran, Vijay Venkataramanan, Biplab Goswami, Gairik Sarkar, Dhritiman Das, Shreyas Beltangdy, Ankit Shrivastava, Ninaad Khanolkar. The cinematographers who have worked in the film include Anuj Dhawan, Aseem Bajaj, Dinesh Krishnan, Gairik Sarkar, Maeve O’Connell, Ravi K. Chandran, Q, Sandeep Mohan, Siddhartha Nuni, Siddharth Kay, Sidhant Chowdhry, Viraaj SinghContinue reading “X-The Film: Trailer”