We all must be aware that in terms of filmmaking, ‘Path-Breaking’ is an adjective used for films which in a way opens up a different genre/style/theme or redefines a previously known genre/style/theme. In case of Marathi cinema, ‘Path-Breaking’ could be a title used to honor films that broke the mould of conventional ‘Marathi’ genres/styles/themes & while doing so also succeeded in overall aspects, expected from a good film. Comedy & family drama have always been the most conventional genre in Marathi, not to forget ‘melodrama’! There are people who have recently recognized Marathi cinema & have also coined the term ‘The Marathi New Wave’ which includes any random popular Marathi film (like Natsamrat or Katyar..) of recent times. Is the ‘Wave’ really there? Even if it’s there, is it even averagely substantial? Well, let’s examine it!
2015 has been an interesting year overall for Indian Cinema, there have been a lot of films across languages which appealed to both the audience and critics alike. Writers and filmmakers seem to have shown their willingness to explore a variety of topics, often surprising people in the process. As for Hindi Cinema it was a decent if not an excellent year and there were quite a few interesting developments observed. There were some good Hindi films in the first half of 2015 including Baby, Badlapur, Dum Lagake Haisha, NH10, Piku, Tanu Weds Manu Returns etc. This clearly indicated that variety was key and that even a big star like Akshay Kumar was keen to try out meaningful films within the commercial boundary. The third quarter of the year was dominated by two biggies, Baahubali and Bajrangi Bhaijaan, while thankfully a relatively smaller film like Masaan also got noticed. Baahubali’s success in Hindi is unprecedented, as no dubbed film has performed anywhere close to how Baahubali has performed in Hindi. It will be interesting to see if this remains an exception to the norm or whether there will be more such films to follow. The last quarter of the year saw some interesting films like Talvar, Titli and Bajirao Mastani, while the success of Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 took everyone by surprise. SRK showed that he definitely is good at marketing, but that alone can’t change the quality of a film like Dilwale. Sooraj Barjatya returned after a long hiatus with Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, which despite having Salman Khan in a dual role, didn’t do as well as expected.Continue reading “The Best of Indian Cinema in 2015: A Perspective”
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?”
Nitin Baid is a film editor based in Mumbai, India. He made his debut as a feature film editor with Masaan (2015), which received the FIPRESCI Prize and the Un Certain Regard Avenir Prize at Cannes this year. Born in Kolkata, Nitin did his graduation from Christ College, Bangalore, post which he pursued a course in Film Editing at Whistling Woods, Mumbai. Soon after his studies, he worked as assistant editor on Gangs of Wasseypur. Later, he worked as an associate editor on Hasee Toh Phasee.
He is the promo editor for some of the latest Indian films such as The Court, Supermen of Malegaon and The World Before Her which had received worldwide recognition. A Berlin Talent Campus alumni, his script has been selected among top 15 scripts from around the world to be pitched for the Berlin Today Award. He was also one of the very few who got selected to be a part of a workshop with Abbas Kiaraostami at Busan Film Festival.Continue reading “In Conversation with Editor Nitin Baid: Masaan Tales and More”
COURT – A film that gives you the elaborate meaning of the Popular line ” Tareekh pe Tareekh…”
I was a part of this incidence that happened a few years back. Our Government had made the “Drink and Drive” issue very strict. I really respect our Government for that move and the rule is still that strict. Back to the incident, once I and my friends were partying on our building’s terrace. One of my dearest friends used to work as a driver. After the party naturally everyone was high and some were on the moon. My friend who was slightly in control wanted to go home by 3 o’clock, so he took his Indica out, which he used for transportation purpose, and left. Unfortunately he was caught near Powai and the blow test proved that his alcohol levels were high enough to prove him guilty. He started pleading in front of the cops. One of them asked him for Rs. 10,000 for immediate bail, which he obviously could not afford. He was held back in the police chowkee the entire night and in the morning they took him to the court for further procedures. It was Andheri’s Magistrate Court. I decided to visit him in the court for moral support. On my way to Andheri, as I sat in the bus, many thoughts began to strike me. I recalled many Bollywood Court scenes. A frame in my mind about what I am about to witness. I could see Your Honour, Lawyers, Katghara (the box where the victim stands), Geeta (the holy book), Statue of Kanoon (Law), pristine surroundings, white washed pillars and many other elements that I knew about Court. But the raw premises and filthy ambiance of the Court I confronted was itself an eye-opener. I saw dirty rooms, heaps of old and rugged files, unsorted documents, lawyers hovering like vultures at the entrance and so many things which cannot be found in any Bollywood movie.
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”
Chaitanya Tamhane‘s debut film Court has been the toast of the International film festival circuit for a while now. This Marathi movie which is produced by Vivek Gomber and is eyeing a theatrical release in India later this year finally has a trailer ready.Court features Usha Bane, Vivek Gomber, Pradeep Joshi, Vira Sathidar etc. The music is by Sambhaji Bhagat while Mrinal Desai is the DOP and Rikhav Desai is the editor.
Plot- A sewerage worker’s dead body is found inside a manhole in Mumbai. An ageing folk singer is tried in court on charges of abetment of suicide. He is accused of performing an inflammatory song which might have incited the worker to commit the act. As the trial unfolds, the personal lives of the lawyers and the judge involved in the case are observed outside the court.Continue reading “‘Court’ (Marathi Movie): Trailer”