Megha’s Divorce marks its India Premiere at IFFI, Goa
After the success of Barot House, Manjari Fadnnis makes her presence felt in a United Nations backed project, Megha’s Divorce helmed by award winning director Nila Madhab Panda. Megha’s Divorce is a short film which part of an anthology of shorts curated from world over. In India the film will premiere at IFFI(International Film Festival of India),Goa while the World Premiere took place last month at International Film Festival, Rome, Italy. Continue reading “Manjari Fadnnis bags an United Nations backed international project- Megha’s Divorce”
The number of private schools in Mumbai is burgeoning rapidly; and privatization means cut throat competition and no job security. Chalk and Duster attempts to throw some light on the plight of teachers in private schools who are paid far less than their counterparts in public schools but face a lot more work pressure along with the constant fear of losing their jobs. The film also tries put across the nobility of the profession of teaching and how it does not get its due in today’s world.
This review contains spoilers. Tread lightly but do tread.
Language : English | Running Time : 134 Minutes | Director : Sriram Raghavan
Sriram Raghavan’s “Badlapur” starts off looking like he has been watching too much of Haneke’s “Caché” or Hitchcock’s “Rope” and it very well might be the shot of the year or atleast the best opening sequence in an Indian film this year. If in “Rope”, Hitchcock opens the film with a shot from the window, the viewpoint of a man looking down at the street opposite him and in “Caché”, Haneke shows us the vantage point of a street camera, in “Badlapur” Sriram Raghavan goes one further and makes the street scene seem like we are bystanders. The long shot gathers the workings of an ordinary Pune morning where two men bring down the shutters of a building, a woman is buying flowers with her child in hand, a guy is selling his wares and a cop is on his beat. Traffic is moving along on MG Road, Pune. All the while, we feel like bystanders who might be waiting for the bus or drinking tea from the neighbourhood tea vendor’s stall. There’s action but the enormity of the scene doesn’t register, not until a woman, Misha(Yami Gautham), is jumped and her car is used as a getaway vehicle by two bank robbers, Laik(Nawzuddin Siddique) and Harman(Vinay Pathak). In both “Caché” and “Rope”, the scene is supposed to show us the character’s eye, asking us to identify with the setting but in “Badlapur”, the sudden burst of action takes us by surprise, draws us in and rather than tell, Sriram Raghavan implies that there is something extraordinary taking place. And so we have the posters and the censor certified title of Badlapur always telling us “Don’t miss the beginning”, because here is Sriram’s best scene and one of the most magical of opening scenes I’ve witnessed. It’s beautiful, riveting and pulsating.Continue reading “Badlapur (2015) Movie Review : Dark, Twisted and PMSing Noir Film.”
“Don’t Miss the Beginning”, the posters of the film ordered. Dutifully, I landed up at the first day first show screening. A Sriram Raghavan film is usually something to look forward to. Ek Hasina Thi and Agent Vinod have their sets of fans and naysayers. But Johnny Gaddaar is universally liked. True to its claim, the film begins with a terrific ‘post-heist’ scene. A casual shot of a road in Pune ends up as a double murder of a mother and child. The sudden shift from calm to violence will have your heart pounding. One of the perpetrators, Vinay Pathak escapes with the loot and the other one, Nawazuddin Siddiqui has no option but to surrender. We learn that the aggrieved father/husband is Varun Dhawan who for once, emotes the way one would emote in real life. Without resorting to theatrics. Nawazuddin denies he had anything to do with the murder and does not divulge details of his partner in crime. He is sentenced to twenty years in prison.
Manjunath, a biopic written and directed by Sandeep Verma, is a film that has the least limelight amongst the slew of releases this past weekend. When I had seen the trailer of the film long back, I had immediately been intrigued by it as I had only heard scant bits of the original death case of Shanmughan Manjunath. The film looked like a good compensation for my callow overlook as I was growing up. I decided to watch it first thing amongst the multiple releases and was a little underwhelmed. With literally no buzz around it, a film can still do decently well at the Box Office if its made stunningly. While Manjunath is an honest biopic, it leaves a lot to desire. Continue reading “Manjunath Movie Review : Well-intentioned, but faulty”
Armed with an MBA from of IIM Lucknow, Manjunath was a Marketing Manager for the Indian Oil Corporation. He was murdered for sealing a corrupt petrol station in Lakhimpur Kheri, UP.
The story of Manjunath has now been translated into a motion picture directed by debutante film maker Sandeep A. Varma. Co-produced by ICOMO and NFDC, the film stars Divya Dutta, Seema Biswas & Yashpal Sharma in pivotal roles. The music of the film has been given by Indian rock-band Parikrama and the lyrics have been written by Rajneesh Bisht besides the director Sandeep A Varma. Sandeep Frances has edited the film and the cinematography has been done by Prakash Kitty.Continue reading “Manjunath: Official Trailer”
Ekta Kapoor’s Ragini MMS 2 is a very smart film. Smart not because it is made like one, but it is sold like one. What does a child do when he has to face his parents after making a mistake at school? He tries to pretend that nothing ever happened and behaves extra sweet to his dad or mom. But Balaji Telefilms/ALT Entertainment completely forgot that the dads may not always be that naïve. And I am the worst dad possible, the one who calls up the teacher every day to check up what the kid did in school. So yes, the two promotional songs became a raging success and I was promised double the fun of the first film, hereby accepting that I did like the first film in parts. But hey, this one is a bunch of junk, and even showing Sunny Leone’s junk cannot redeem it.
How often do we see a big studio Bollywood film with a female as the protagonist? Even less frequently if she is a school going kid. And hardly ever if she is not good-looking in the conventional sense. Given the odds stacked against Gippi, you root for the film hoping it will open the doors for more non-traditionally cast ventures in the future. But that’s until you actually see it. If the film fails, trade analysts are sure to pin the blame on the above mentioned factors. But the fact remains that Gippi is actually a rather bad film.Continue reading “Gippi Movie Review: Gypped of an Opportunity”