Court Movie Review: A Wonderful Satire on the Indian Judiciary

I’m never really sure of what to expect from an Indian Oscar nominee. At times we outdo ourselves with the likes of Lagaan, Salaam Mumbai, and Anjali….and then at times we really outdo ourselves with cult movies like Barfi, Eklavya and Jeans (I believe we even spelt the movie name wrong). So we do swing it from extremes.Continue reading “Court Movie Review: A Wonderful Satire on the Indian Judiciary”

46th IFFI takes off at Goa with national and international celebrities

The 46th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) today started off in Goa with a gala show held at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium. Hon’ble Minister, I&B, Finance & Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley today inaugurated the film festival in the presence of Chief Guest Anil Kapoor along with Defence Minister, Shri Manohar Parrikar, Governor of Goa, Smt. Mridula Sinha, Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Laxmikant Parsekar, Minister of State, I&B Shri Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Secretary, I&B, Shri Sunil Arora among other national and international dignitaries.Continue reading “46th IFFI takes off at Goa with national and international celebrities”

NFDC’s ISLAND CITY wins FEDEORA award for the Best Director of a Debut film

Ruchika Oberoi, the debutant director of “Island City” produced by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) won FEDEORA award for the Best Director of a Debut film at the recently held 72nd Venice Film Festival.Continue reading “NFDC’s ISLAND CITY wins FEDEORA award for the Best Director of a Debut film”

Court: Does it do enough justice to the expectations?

This review is going to be short. Because by this time you have either seen this movie or decided to see/not see it or have no idea about the existence of any such movie. For the uninitiated, Court is a Marathi- English (Minglish?) movie which was not only judged the Best Film at this year’s National Film awards, but has also won many accolades in other international film festivals. Should you grab this one on DVD once it releases? Read on to find out.Continue reading “Court: Does it do enough justice to the expectations?”

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”

Second edition of Navi Mumbai International Film Festival

The Second edition of Navi Mumbai International Film Festival (NMIFF) 2015 is to be hosted at CIDCO Exhibition Center, Vashi, Navi Mumbai from 29th – 31st May 2015. The festival just in its second year, we have received 410 entries and the participating countries that the entries have been received from have gone upto 75. The festival was founded with the idea to showcase the talent & creativity of filmmakers from Navi Mumbai as filmmaking and inclination for creating excellence in the cinematic world was almost negligible till before the festival was founded. With the NMIFF, film-makers now have a reputable film festival that will give a global exposure to their creativity and innovative ideas while film-goers have a repository of fine movies of different taste & calibres from across the globe, to enjoy.Continue reading “Second edition of Navi Mumbai International Film Festival”

Court Movie Review: A Bittersweet Realistic Tale of the Indian Judiciary

Having grown up on a staple diet of Indian films, both Hindi and regional, like most Indians even I have had a certain notion in terms of how a Court in India would look like thanks to so many courtroom scenes from films over the years. Yes I knew that various levels of hierarchy existed in the judicial system, spilling over to the courts in question as well, but sub consciously the image in my mind (and that of most people) remained that of what I have seen in films. The first time I had to actually go to a court was some 6 years ago in Vijayawada when a vendor had filed a case against the firm I was working with & I had to go on behalf of the firm to sign some documents. While the lawyer ensured that I did not really have to witness the court proceedings then, my actual moment of truth arrived sometime last year, thanks to an unavoidable legal proceeding.Continue reading “Court Movie Review: A Bittersweet Realistic Tale of the Indian Judiciary”

Jai Ho Democracy: Trailer

Jai Ho Democracy is a satirical comedy from the veteran writer of Jaane Bhi Do Yaara (1983).Continue reading “Jai Ho Democracy: Trailer”

Nagesh Kukunoor’s next, Dhanak produced by Manish Mundra bags two awards at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival

Nagesh Kukunoor’s Dhanak (Rainbow) bagged two awards–The Grand Prix for the best feature-length film and the Special Mention for the best feature film by The Children’s Jury for Generation Kplus, at the recently concluded 65th Berlin International Film Festival.The film, which is co-produced by Manish Mundra, Nagesh Kukunoor and Elahe Hiptoola, had its world premiere at the prestigious film festival, Berlinale held from February 5-15th, 2015. The only Indian feature selected in the festival was competing in the Generation Kplus category against films selected from across the world.Continue reading “Nagesh Kukunoor’s next, Dhanak produced by Manish Mundra bags two awards at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival”