Meeruthiya Gangsters: Trailer

Meeruthiya Gangsters Poster 2Zeishan Quadri who shot to fame as the co-writer of Gangs of Wasseypur (even featured in part 2 of the same) now turns director with Meeruthiya Gangsters.Releasing on September 18th,the film is produced by Prasahnt Tiwari, Prateek Tiwari & Shoeb Ahmed. The film is based from the perspective of six youths who turn kidnappers. Meeruthiya Gangsters features Sanjay Mishra, Jaideep Ahlawat, Shadab Kamal, Akash Dahiya, Mukul Dev, Nushrat Bharucha etc and the music is by Siddhant Mishra and Vivek Kar. Naren Gedia is the DOP while editing is by Anurag Kashyap and Ashish Arjun Gaikar. Anurag Kashyap is also the presenter of the film incidentally.Continue reading “Meeruthiya Gangsters: Trailer”

In Conversation with Neeraj Ghaywan: On the Making of ‘Masaan’ and More

Neeraj Ghaywan, an engineer and an MBA, moved on from his corporate career in 2010 to pursue filmmaking. He has assisted renowned filmmaker Anurag Kashyap on the two-part film, Gangs of Wasseypur and was the second unit director for Ugly. He has also made two short films The Epiphany and Shor, the winner of the Grand Jury Awards at three international film festivals in New York, LA and London. However, at this point of time, he is best known for the man who gave us “Masaan” – the film that won FIPRESCI prize (International Jury of Film Critics prize for the Un Certain Regard section) and the Promising Future prize in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes, 2015.

Here’s the excerpt of the conversation I shared with him on Masaan and more…(Spoiler Alert-note the conversation includes some heavy spoilers,so ideally it is advisable to read this if you have already seen the film)Continue reading “In Conversation with Neeraj Ghaywan: On the Making of ‘Masaan’ and More”

In Conversation with Vicky Kaushal: From Engineering to Films, Gangs of Wasseypur to Masaan and Zubaan and More

As a shy kid, Vicky studied to become an engineer. Coming from an illustrious family had little effect on him until he discovered theatre.

Sethumadhavan, Shrinivas and Souvik from MadAboutMoviez recently had the opportunity to get into a conversation with Vikcy Kaushal, where-in he went on to talk about his initiation into the industry, his father and of course, Masaan, the film that has won many hearts already. Read on…..Continue reading “In Conversation with Vicky Kaushal: From Engineering to Films, Gangs of Wasseypur to Masaan and Zubaan and More”

In Conversation with the Multi Faceted Varun Grover: On Masaan and More

For a guy who studied to become an engineer and passed out of IIT (BHU), Varun Grower stands on a different planet today. He is now the go to guy for all Indie filmmakers. After starting his career as a writer in 2004, he wrote for “The great Indian Comedy Show” and later wrote scripts for stand-up comedies. The big shift happened when he team up with Anurag Kashyap for writing lyrics for “The Girl in Yellow Boots”. Since then he has written lyrics for films like Gangs of Wasseypur, Aankhon Dekhi and Dum laga ke haisha.

An even bigger shift happened when he took up the role of screen writer and dialogue writer for Neeraj Gheywan’s Masaan. The movie has gone on win several awards in the festival circuit and is up for release in India.Continue reading “In Conversation with the Multi Faceted Varun Grover: On Masaan and More”

In Conversation with Editor Nitin Baid: Masaan Tales and More

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”

Mastram Movie Review: A Likely Case Study for Unfortunately the Wrong Reasons

Mastram 2014Porn fiction is something that has been around us for time immemorial in some form or the other. And Mastram is an entity often referred to as the “baap of Hindi porn writing”, a name that has for the last 3 decades or so been catering to male fantasies in the Hindi belt. Considering that nothing till date is known of the true identity of the author or the publisher behind brand “Mastram”, wouldn’t it have sounded exciting for people to try and make a film on this particular premise? Well at least on paper this looks like a winner all the way and thus director Akhilesh Jaiswal (one of the writers of Gangs of Wasseypur), producers Ajay Rai and Sanjeev Singh Pal must have completely believed that the script available in their hands (written by Akhilesh Jaiswal himself along with Gunjan Saxena) was a recipe for success. But is it really so? Does the film actually do justice to this lovely premise? Does the end result satisfy completely?Continue reading “Mastram Movie Review: A Likely Case Study for Unfortunately the Wrong Reasons”

“There was slavery happening right in front of people’s faces, everyday, and nobody seemed to notice or care” – In conversation with director Maximon Monihan

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Maximon Monihan made his directorial debut with The Voice Of The Voiceless. The film had it’s World premiere at the recently conducted 15th Mumbai Film Festival. He spoke to Madaboutmoviez about the journey and the process involved in the making of the film amongst other things. Read on.

Tell us a bit about your background?

I was born in Seattle, Washington in the Northwest of the USA. I went to Garfield High School, the same school as Jimi Hendrix. I was a part of Seattle’s underground punk rock street scene and eventually somehow became a fairly well-known skateboarder. I studied Philosophy, Cultural Politics and History at University of California, Santa Cruz, but spent most of my University years living abroad, studying and researching for my professors while competing as a professional skateboarder at the same time (6 years of couch surfing). I eventually settled down in New York, working as a clothing designer, an online film critic and show host for the world’s first online tv network ( and as a Skateboard video/filmmaker. I also made a number of short films and music videos for music friends before starting my first feature film, La Voz De Los Silenciados.

What made you choose this subject for your debut film?

There was slavery happening right in front of people’s faces, everyday, and nobody seemed to notice or care. It was the perfect illustration of our diminishing humanity.

What was the kind of preparation you did while working on the film?

I had a friend, Jesus, who was close to one of the people who experienced the ordeal. So I got a lot of information from him (he basically relayed stuff back and forth and was able to translate). But I also went and read all the articles in the US papers (which were shamefully limited in numbers) but also went through the Mexican and Guatemalan publications. The details of what actually went on was pretty limited though, as more focus was put on the legal situation of the culprits and what would happen to the ‘students’ once the ring was busted. And honestly, once I got a good grasp of the facts, I felt it was important to push all the details away, so I could focus creatively on how best to tell the story, cinematically. I didn’t want to be bogged down with details and hyper accuracy. It was more important to tell the soul of the story and the emotional truths in a way that would pull the audience in.

How did you zero in on Janeva Adena to be cast as the leading lady?

I met Janeva at a party and her personality and charisma really stood out. Then I found out that she was from the same region that people who experienced this ordeal came from and I knew I had to convince her to take the role. She had never acted and actually had no interest in acting. So I really had to beg her to do the role. It took a lot of persuading. I was convinced, just based on her personality, just from watching her in real life, that she would be a great Olga. And she exceeded all expectations.

The entire film is shot in a traditional silent movie format.  Was this approach decided upon before the shooting began or was it a decision taken later on?

Because of the subject matter, a deaf teenager being forced into a modern day slavery ring, it made sense to make the film silent, forcing the audience to experience the story from the protagonist’s perspective. We also liked the idea of setting up challenges and hurdles for ourselves. We knew it would help us make a more original and creative story.

The film has a very unique sound design , how did the idea of doing such a sound design  come to you and your team?

We wanted to make a ‘sound-scape’ that replicated the vibratory frequencies that many ‘non-hearing’ people experience. And we also wanted to explore the ways in which sound and image are intertwined, by paradoxically trying to separate them from one another as much as possible. The goal was to make the audience really notice what sound means in their own lives, by denying them the typical interwoven sound and image marriage.

How do you intend to release the film?

What are the other film festivals where you intend to take it to? After Mumbai we went to Dharamshala for our Himalayan Premeire (:D) then we went to Thessaloniki, Greece for our European Premiere. We’re in Istanbul now, where we’re showing it to people from the big film festival here (to hopefully screen it at the festival in spring) and then we head back to Kerala for the big festival down there. We really hope to show it in the States sometime soon too (hopefully Palm Springs or San Francisco International film fests) and then in South and Central America as well. We also may come back to India for Jaipur. And possibly Melbourne, Australia? We love travelling and we want as many people to see this film as possible, so we’re really willing to go anywhere. If they want us to show it, we’ll be there.

Do you plan to the release this film theatrically in India?

We hope to. No definite plans yet, but I know some film societies want to have more screenings in some of the bigger cities. And it would be great if this kind of film could play in theaters in India. We really feel like Olga’s story is a story that audiences anywhere in the world could relate to. But especially in India, where disparity in wealth means similar types of exploitation are very common. We also feel that it’s important for audiences across the globe to see that this type of thing doesn’t only happen in their own countries, but also in so-called affluent ‘developed’ countries like the USA.

What projects are you currently working upon?

The next project will most likely be a film that takes place in Japan. It’s a very magical story about suicide, sadness and what makes life worth living.

Have you watched any Indian films?

Of course. My favorite films are the classics by Satyajit Ray as well as other parallel cinema greats like V. Shantaram, and Mrinal Sen. And I like Deepa Mehta’s films too. As for newer filmmakers, I really liked the sweep of Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur and I loved Nitin Kakkar’s Filmistaan for it’s ability to make an important political statement balanced with a perfect amount of pop-appeal. A much harder task than it may seem.

Aatma: Official Trailer

After a stupendous 2012 which saw Nawazuddin Siddiqui finally getting his due as an actor with films like Kahaani and Gangs of Wasseypur, Siddiqui stars in Aatma which probably is his first solo lead role.  The film which is a supernatural thriller also stars Bipasha Basu , Darshan Zariwala and Jaideep Ahalwat amongst others.Continue reading “Aatma: Official Trailer”

Cinemausher’s Best Films of 2012

I love lists, especially year end list for movies! Last year when i had an opportunity to make this list, I had jumped to the occasion and this year fortunately (or unfortunately) for readers, I am churning out a list of my best films of 2012. Personally, for me, this year has been good with regards to movie especially with resurgence of Malayalam Cinema. If you ask me to describe 2012 at movies in one word, then it has to be “FANBOYISM”, we witnessed it with Agent Vinod in Bollywood, Gabbar Singh in Tollywood, and even in Hollywood with the release of The Dark Knight Rises. Whether fanboyism is good or bad for industry in the long run is altogether a different matter. Coming back to the list, this year has been bit difficult, probably due to many choices. Also after watching so many movies one tends to become desensitized while watching films, but it is always good to see some good work of art which touches your heart and moves you. Oh, and lastly, the list is not in any particular order. So here goes my Best Films of 2012:Continue reading “Cinemausher’s Best Films of 2012”