The Best of Indian Cinema in 2016: A Perspective

Let me begin by honestly admitting that 2016 was a lukewarm year for Indian Cinema, at least that would be something that I firmly believe in. Be it Bollywood/Hindi cinema or any of the regional language film industries, things were largely subdued for a major part of the year. Be it businesswise or with respect to the quality of output, 2016 definitely seemed to lag behind 2015, forget going anywhere beyond that for a comparison. It’s not that the year was totally beyond redemption, there were some positives as well, but they were not sufficient enough to completely lift up the spirit of Indian cinema overall. Let’s begin by taking a look at Bollywood to start with. 2016 saw only 2 big blockbusters, Sultan and Dangal, none of the other successful films were runaway hits as such. So while Salman Khan and Aamir Khan delivered big time with Sultan and Dangal respectively, SRK came up with Fan which met with a mixed response, while gaining back some traction with one of the better Hindi films of the year, Dear Zindagi.Continue reading “The Best of Indian Cinema in 2016: A Perspective”

Shankhachil Movie Review: An Envious Flight of a Bird

Every now and then I keep wondering how India’s position in the World could have got stronger on various counts, if the partition of 1947 and the war of 1971 had not happened. I know it’s easy to imagine but not all that simple in reality, but can you imagine the prospects if Pakistan, Bangladesh and India were to remain united as one single Nation? Be it in politics, sports, international affairs, commerce and more, we would certainly be looked upon with far more respect by the rest of the World. There’s another strong reason for me to feel so, if not for the political and religious divide that set in post 1947, I strongly believe that there isn’t much of a difference between people on the either side of the border. Artists of Pakistan continue to be popular in India, while Hindi films are enjoying terrific patronage in Pakistan. The cultural synergy between West Bengal and East Bengal i.e Bangladesh is still very much on display, what with the language and love for literature and music remaining intact on either side of the border.Continue reading “Shankhachil Movie Review: An Envious Flight of a Bird”

Shankhachil: Trailer

Shankachil Poster 2Acclaimed filmmaker Goutam Ghose is back with his latest Bengali film, Shankhachil which is again an Indo-Bangladesh co-production similar to couple of his earlier works Padma Nadir Majhi (1992) and Moner Manush (2010). Shankhachil (boundless) is produced by Prosenjit Chatterjee and Mou Roychowdhury from India, along with Habibur Rahman Khan and Faridur Reza Sagar from Bangladesh. Featuring Prosenjit along with Kushum Shikder, Shajbati (Introducing), Dipankar Dey, Nakul Vaid, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Arindam Sil etc, the film has music by Goutam Ghose himself. Ishaan Ghose is the DOP while editing is by Baishali Dasgupta Bhaumic and Niladri RoyContinue reading “Shankhachil: Trailer”

Jury of the fifth edition of Jagran Film Festival announced

The jury for the 5th edition of Jagran Film Festival, Mumbai 2014, which will commence on 22nd September, 2014 to 28th September, 2014 at PVR Cinemas, Andheri and Cinemax Versova has been announced. The festival promises to feature an interesting lineup of movies from across the world. Veteran Actor and Director Amol Palekar will head the jury of Indian Showcase while Bengali Film-maker, Goutam Ghose will head the International Short Film Competition at 5th Jagran Film Festival, Mumbai.Continue reading “Jury of the fifth edition of Jagran Film Festival announced”

Chotushkone: Trailer

Chotushkone PosterAfter the critical and commercial success of Jaatishwar which also went on to win 4 National Awards, writer and director Srijit Mukherji returns with his next film, Chotushkone. A film which has been in the news ever since it was announced, Chotushkone was originally supposed to feature Rituparno Ghosh, Anjan Dutt, Aparna Sen and Goutam Ghose. But with Rituparno’s demise and with Anjan Dutt moving out the cast underwent further changes. Finally the film has now been completed and now the film is toplined by Aparna Sen, Goutam Ghose, Parambrata Chatterjee and Chiranjeet Chakraborty. This thriller is produced jointly by Reliance Entertainment and DAG Creative Media, who also produced Jaatishwar. The film has music by Anupam Roy while Sudeep Chatterjee is the DOP and Rabi Ranjan Maitra is the editor.Continue reading “Chotushkone: Trailer”

Baishe Srabon (2011) Bengali Movie Review: Breaking Bard

Let me tell you at the very outset that Srijit Mukherji’s Baishe Srabon (22nd of the Bengali month-Srabon) fails to work as thriller, but many other aspects of the film is enjoyable and watchable. It is 2011 and the City of Joy is witnessing serial murdes similar to Stoneman Murders, and the killer leaves behind every time a Bengali poem near the scene of murder. The case is being handled by Abhijit Pakrashi (Parambrata Chatterjee) who is unable to crack the case while the murder count piles up. His boss Amit Srivastav (Rakesh Sharma) advises him to take the help of his ex-colleague Probir Roy (Prosenjit Chatterjee). Probir is an ex-cop who used extra judicial method to kill people, whom he thought are criminals and to get a confession from a suspect he would go to any extent. Probir has been suspended from the police force due to this. An initially reluctant Probir agrees to help Abhijit solve the case.Continue reading “Baishe Srabon (2011) Bengali Movie Review: Breaking Bard”

Workshop Masterclasses to be conducted at 4th Jagran Film Festival

jagran-film-festival-b-2-7-Jagran Film Festival, has reached its 4th and concluding stage. Besides proudly presenting an exciting line up of national and international feature and short films across various genres from every corner of the world, the festival has also created a platform for cinephiles to discuss and get acquainted with various aspects of national as well as international cinema from global viewpoint.

Under the banner of Master Class, key representatives of national and international cinema are going to connect with each other for special insightful discussions on films. Sriram Raghavan, Govind Nihalani, Mahesh Bhatt, Saurabh Shukla, Piyush Mishra, Kamlesh Pandey, Pavan Malhotra, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Goutam Ghose, Swanand Kirkire, Farouque M. Shaikh and Atul Tiwari are some of the names forming the part of the panel. There are going to be two panel discussions and one workshop to be held under the banner of Master Class.

LA Film Council on Co-productions :  This is the first panel discussion under this banner going to be held on 25th September 2013, Wednesday at 11.30 am at Zee Preview, Fun Republic 1, Andheri West, Mumbai. The objective of this panel discussion is to facilitate Indian productions and investment in California, and similarly, encourage Hollywood productions and investment in India. It is also aimed to find solutions to overcome various production and distribution challenges faced by each of these industries in the other’s market. It offers a platform for commercial collaboration and knowledge exchange, which would support the technological development of the Hollywood and Indian film industries. It will also assist in cross-industry talent acquisition and creative collaboration.
Date and venue details : 25th September 2013, Wednesday at 11.30 am at Zee Preview, Fun Republic 1, Andheri West, Mumbai.

Master Class – Dervis Zaim : This is a workshop to be held on 26th September 2013 at 11:30 am by the famous Turkish Director Dervis Zaim. He is best known for his film The Cycle. Through this workshop, the festival provides an opportunity to everyone to learn his style of film making and get acquainted with his approach to cinema. In this workshop, which is mostly targeted to youngsters, the Turkish master teaches the art of cinema to the participans
Time and date : 26th September 2013 at 11:30 am Zee Preview, Fun Republic 1, Andheri West, Mumbai.

Master Class – Finding Money For Films : It is the second panel discussion under the banner, which is going to be held on 27th September 2013, Friday at the same venue and time. It is going to be a very interactive and fruitful discussion by the experts of the industry, which will guide and provide consultancy to new film makers and budding talents on how to find the right source to fund their upcoming projects.
Time and date :  27th September 2013 at 11.30 am
Venue: Fun Republic

Bengali Films -Then & Now…


Richard Gere once said in an interview, ‘To me, Indian films mean Ray films…’

Well, Richard Gere might not be any great actor to be taken seriously. But then, I am sure, you don’t need anyone else to tell you about the magnificence of the man called Satyajit Ray. Filmmakers across the world including greats like Abbas Kiraostami, Martin Scorcese, Danny Boyle and even Akiro Kurosawa have heaved praises on his work. And the man deserved every bit of that adulation. Alas! My post is not about Satyajit Ray; may be in that case I would have had only positives to talk about. My post here talks about the Bengali Film Industry – of which the maestro, even if huge, only a part. Of course, Ray was not the only great filmmaker Bengal has ever produced, and people from that region have shown a penchant towards the art of filmmaking and storytelling – albeit with some major limitations of their own.Continue reading “Bengali Films -Then & Now…”