Money Monster (2016) Movie Review: Where’s My Money

I am in my wrong side of the 20’s and whenever I meet people and talk about finances, I am surprised to realize that so many of us are ignorant about basic stuffs. What is scarier is that people indulge in stock market based on rumours or various messages or so called “stock tips” that they receive,without really verifying it for themselves. Jodie Foster’s Money Monster highlights this fact of how many gullible people invest based on the advice of someone who is probably not really an expert.Continue reading “Money Monster (2016) Movie Review: Where’s My Money”

IFFI 2015 becomes more exciting internationally with 26 Oscar entries and 120 premieres

Creating a benchmark of showcasing exceptional films from world cinema, the 46th International Film Festival of India will be screening a stellar line-up of official Oscar entries from 26 countries. The festival will also feature 120 premieres in different sections which will represent spectacular International films. Argentina‘s Oscar entry and this year’s biggest Argentinean box office hit, The Clan (El Clan) will be the Closing Film of IFFI 2015. The film has recently won Silver Lion Award at Venice Film festival.Continue reading “IFFI 2015 becomes more exciting internationally with 26 Oscar entries and 120 premieres”

Rendezvous with Anupama Chopra: Part 2

This one has been long overdue. I had met Anupama Chopra in the first week of June and published the first half of the interview in the first half of July. However, thanks to writing work related to Masaan promotions on MAM and the post production of my web-series, the second half got inordinately delayed. When in mid-September I finally could take out time to transcribe the interview, I decided to hold it off till MAMI, for what better occasion is there to write about the festival director of arguably India’s biggest film festival.Continue reading “Rendezvous with Anupama Chopra: Part 2”

Gulshan Devaiah and Radhika Apte to star in ‘Hunterrr’ sequel

After the success of Hunterrr, the lead duo, Gulshan Devaiah and Radhika Apte, have been approached for the sequel to the film. Harshavardhan Kulkarni who also directed ‘Hunterrr’, will direct the sequel.

Commenting on the sequel, Gulshan Devaiah said, “I was really happy with the response ‘Hunterrr’ received, so when Harshavardhan approached us for the sequel I immediately said yes. My character, Mandar, was a terribly insecure man in Part 1, till he found Tripti (Radhika Apte) who accepted him with all his flaws. In the sequel we will not go down the rocky track of the married couple fed up of each other. We saw that already in Tanu Weds Manu Returns.”Continue reading “Gulshan Devaiah and Radhika Apte to star in ‘Hunterrr’ sequel”

Tatsumi : An Animated Experience Of A Lifetime!

(Smaran Savanal, Animation Director, Ripple Media, shares his experience of working on TATSUMI (2011), a Japanese animation feature based on the life and work of the late Yoshihiro Tatsumi, a Japanese Comic Art Legend.)

                                        Prologue

TATSUMI 2Singapore. June 2010; a month that proved to be a turning point in my life. Years and years of hard work, patience, staying power, blood, sweat and tears finally bore fruit. An opportunity to transit to mainstream feature film animation had beckoned! It was a ‘Dream come true’!

During the final year exhibition, the Animation department of Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore hosted HR heads from various studios at the exhibition space on Campus (this was primarily to butter them up for placements 😉  ) Ahem..anyway, moving on, I was chatting up with colleagues and faculty with a beer and a pizza slice when I felt a tap on my shoulder.  It turned out to be one of my classmates from China, urging that someone wanted to meet me and was standing by my screen (we had screens displaying our work)

To my delight, it was the then Vice President of Infinite Frameworks studios (now Infinite Studios) Singapore and Indonesia. In a very pleasant chat that followed, he said he liked my work and that they (Infinite Frameworks) were hiring interns for a Japanese animation feature and that I should apply. Needless to say, I wasted no time in doing so J.

Post an animation test, a telecon and an interview at a coffee shop, I found an offer letter in my email inbox stating that I was hired as a junior animator! This was my ‘Chandler moment’ per se. (those who have seen the episode from ‘FRIENDS’ will know what I am referring to 😉 ) In no time, I was on my way to the island of Batam in Indonesia! The animation studio was based there at Nongsa Riau whilst the Head Office was based in Singapore.

Continue reading “Tatsumi : An Animated Experience Of A Lifetime!”

Rendezvous with Anupama Chopra: Part 1

Let me start this write-up with a bias, just like the disclaimer I put up whenever I write a review. I believe that Anupama Chopra is the most credible film reviewer we have in India right now. She is honest, fair but never mean – three qualities every person with a mouthpiece should have. There are critics who express polarising reviews, albeit very well written pieces, but she is possibly one of the most balanced reviewers. Thanks to Raja Sen, I got her email id and sent her the request for the interview. Within an hour I got a reply, and she agreed to take out time soon. However, at that point of time (early May) she was getting ready for Cannes and had too many things on her plate to squeeze out time for a one-on-one interview. On the other hand, I was insistent on not doing a telephonic conversation because that is almost never fruitful. So, I decided to wait till she came back from France. In the meanwhile, I got busy with the shoot for my web series and my vacation with friends. So, the moment I set foot on India again, I sent her an email to kindly schedule an interview in the first week of June. This time, she promptly replied yet again, and confirmed the meeting.Continue reading “Rendezvous with Anupama Chopra: Part 1”

Neeraj Ghaywan’s Masaan: Trailer

Neeraj Ghaywan’s Cannes Award winning directorial debut Masaan had its trailer launch at a suburban multiplex amid much fanfare with its cast and crew in Mumbai.

Talking about the journey of the first Indian film to win two awards (FIPRESCI Award and the Most Promising Future Prize in the Un Certain Regard section) at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 26 years, the director, Neeraj Ghaywan said, “Varun Grover and I researched content for the film for around a year in Benares. We spent a lot of time with the Chaudhary family of the Dom community who work in cremation grounds. A lot of the film has been drawn from real life.”Continue reading “Neeraj Ghaywan’s Masaan: Trailer”

June Film Screenings (Mumbai)

Here is a list of free film screenings in Mumbai which we feel you shouldn’t give a miss:

2nd June

Place Matterden CFC
Time: 7pm

Jacquot de Nantes, by Agnès Varda (118’)

Jacquot Demy is a little boy at the end of the thirties. His father owns a garage and his mother is a hairdresser. The whole family lives happily and likes to sing and to go to the movies. Jacquot is fascinated by every kind of show (theatre, cinema, puppets). He buys a camera to shoot his first amateur film…

 

Red Like The Sky6th June

Place: NCPA
Time: 2 pm

Red Like The Sky (Rosso come il cielo)

A young boy who loves movies goes blind. His distraught parents want to keep him by their side but the law requires he attend residential school with other blind children. At first, he rebels only to triumph over his loss when he learns to share his magical world with others. Film based on the true story of Italy’s most renowned cinematic sound editor, Mirco Mencacci.

Director: Cristiano Bartone

(For children between seven and 14 years)

 

9th June

Place:  Matterden CFC
Time: 7pm

Les 400 coups / The 400 blows by François Truffaut (99′)

Francois Truffuat’s masterpiece, it is an intensely touching story of a misunderstood young adolescent who, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.

 

16th June

Place:  Matterden CFC
Time: 7pm

Pickpocket (73′)

Luc Bresson’s exceptional film, is about Michel who takes up picking pockets as a hobby, and is arrested almost immediately. After his release, though, his mother dies, and he returns to pickpocketing because he realises that it’s the only way he can express himself…

 

17th June

Place: Prithvi Theatre, Juhu
Time: 7pm

Cyrano de Bergerac by Jean-Paul Rappeneau (137′)

The classic and tragic story of Edmond Rostand’s play brought back to the screen. Cyrano tells the tale of the soulful poet/philosopher and expert duelist embodied by a majestic Gérard Depardieu, who loves the fair Roxanne, but is ashamed to woo her because of his huge nose. Instead he writes love letters for slow-witted, but handsome Christian in order to win her hand for him. She falls deeply in love with the author, but doesn’t know they were written by Cyrano…

 

19th June

Place: Russian Centre
Time: 6 pm

The Flight by Alexander Alov  (197′)

The film is about a group of people who in other times wouldn’t have anything in common, some of them innocent bystanders, some moral criminals. But nothing is straightforward and simple. From Russia “the run” continues to Constantinople, to Paris, back to Russia. Some of them have understood that they can`t live outside Russia and go back maybe to be happy, maybe not, some go back to face sure death for their crimes, some don`t go back and know that are going to miss homeland forever, some are comfortably well off (are they?) in exile.

 

23rd June

Place: Matterden CFC
Time: 7pm

Pierrot le fou (version restaurée) by Jean-Luc Godard (115′)

Quintessential Godard, the film is about Pierrot who escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run.

 

29th June

Place: Alliance Française Auditorium
Time: 6:30pm

Cyrano de Bergerac by Jean-Paul Rappeneau (137′)

The classic and tragic story of Edmond Rostand’s play brought back to the screen. Cyrano tells the tale of the soulful poet/philosopher and expert duelist embodied by a majestic Gérard Depardieu, who loves the fair Roxanne, but is ashamed to woo her because of his huge nose. Instead he writes love letters for slow-witted, but handsome Christian in order to win her hand for him. She falls deeply in love with the author, but doesn’t know they were written by Cyrano…

 

Laurence Anyways30th June

Place:  Matterden CFC
Time: 7pm

Laurence Anyways by Xavier Dolan  (168′)

Montreal, 1989. Laurence has lived for two years with Fred, the love of his life. On his 30th birthday, he decides it’s time to tell her the truth about who he really is: although he’s madly in love with her, he’s a woman trapped in a man’s body and wants to undergo a sex change…

If you think we have missed any must watch screening, feel free to let us and other movie buffs know about it.

Neeraj Ghaywan’s “Masaan” produced by Manish Mundra bags two top awards at Cannes, 2015

Manish Mundra’s Masaan directed by Neeraj Ghaywan, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2015, won two awards– FIPRESCI, International Jury of Film Critics prize and Promising Future prize in the Un Certain Regard section.

The film, starring Richa Chadda, Sanjay Mishra, Vicky Kaushal and Shweta Tripathi in the lead roles, received a five-minute-long standing ovation after the first screening at the festival. Continue reading “Neeraj Ghaywan’s “Masaan” produced by Manish Mundra bags two top awards at Cannes, 2015”