Samit Kakkad’s ‘Half Ticket’ bags the coveted ‘Ecumenical Jury Award’

  • Indian filmmaker Samit Kakkad’s “Half Ticket” wins the prestigious ‘Ecumenical Jury Award’
  • Among the only few Indian filmmakers to win this coveted international award
  • Indian filmmakers such as Mira Nair (1988), Awtar Kaul (1974) and Rabindra Dharmaraj (1981) among the only others to have won this award
  • International filmmakers such as Andrei Tarkovsky, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Samira Makhmalbaf, Asghar Farhadi, Fatih Akin and Pedro Almodovar have won this award 

Continue reading “Samit Kakkad’s ‘Half Ticket’ bags the coveted ‘Ecumenical Jury Award’”

Basil Content Media, India’s Premier Film Representation Agency Launched

~  Basil Content Media (BCM) is India’s first of its kind film representation agency aimed at assisting filmmakers and producers; acting as a bridge between film festivals, buyers, distributors and content owners~

  ~ Founded by National award winning producer Vivek Kajaria (Fandry, Anumati, Siddhant)), BCM is led by former festival programmer and marketing executive, Sanjay Ram and Rajat Goswami ~

~  The company will represent a curated slate of titles for sales, festival representations and promotion ~

~ Announces digital partnership with leading digital distribution agency, FilmKaravan ~ Continue reading “Basil Content Media, India’s Premier Film Representation Agency Launched”

3 Indian Films are part of the 38th Cairo International Film Festival

The 38th Cairo International Film Festival, the only international competitive feature film festival recognized by the FIAPF in the Arab world and Africa, as well as the oldest in this category (IFFI-Goa is the only Indian film festival that’s approved under the competitive status overally by FIAPF) gets underway from 15th November and culminates on the 24th of November.Continue reading “3 Indian Films are part of the 38th Cairo International Film Festival”

Half Ticket Marathi Movie Review: An Honest Adaptation that’s Thankfully Not Half Hearted

Of late Marathi cinema seems to have taken a big liking towards remaking films from the South and all kinds of films across genres are being attempted with an idea of striking it big in Marathi as well. For every Classmates (remake of the Malayalam blockbuster Classmates) which is a success there are also films like Vrundavan (remake of the Telugu hit Brindavanam) and Shutter (remake of the critically acclaimed Malayalam movie by the same name) which didn’t really hit the bulls eye. So when I first heard of Samit Kakkad’s attempt at remaking Kaakka Muttai in Marathi, I was a little sceptical to be honest. It wasn’t that I did not believe in Samit’s intentions, but considering that Kaakka Muttai has been one of the best Tamil/Indian films in recent times, winning critical acclaim as well achieving commercial success, repeating the act in Marathi looked difficult to me. A chat with Samit when the first look poster of Half Ticket was unveiled did give me some hope for sure.Continue reading “Half Ticket Marathi Movie Review: An Honest Adaptation that’s Thankfully Not Half Hearted”

Half Ticket Marathi Movie : Trailer

Half Ticket is a remake of Kakka Muttai – the Tamil film which had won a lot of accolades when it was released a few years back. It had impressed the classes as well as the masses. The story of two impoverished slum boys with a lot of hope and charm, struck a chord with everyone.Half ticket still

The basic story remains the same, but the setting has been shifted to Mumbai. Half Ticket is about the rising economic inequality in India and how it affects underprivileged children.The official plot outline says: A story of the ‘Have Nots’ struggling to survive in a world of ‘Haves’. The film has been directed by Samit Kakkad who has made Aayna Ka Baayna before, while the screenplay has been adapted into Marathi by Dnyanesh Zoting. The camera department is helmed by Sanjay Memane popular for his work in Shwaas. The two children in the lead role are Shubham More and Vinayak Potdar. Priyanka Bose, Bhau Kadam and Usha Naik also star in the film. Nanu Jaisinghani of Video Palace has produced the film and Foxstar Studios are distributing it.

Half Ticket is slated to release on 22nd July, 2016. Check out its trailer: Continue reading “Half Ticket Marathi Movie : Trailer”

“Kaakka Muttai” Gets an Official Marathi Remake in the form of Samit Kakkad’s “Half Ticket”

Last year saw some really interesting films across India being made by debutant directors and M.Manikandan‘s Kaakka Muttai in Tamil certainly is one of the important films in that list. Winner of 2 National Awards and popular in the festival circuit as well, the film produced by Dhanush and Vetrimaaran also went on to do well commercially as well. Kaakka Muttai is a good example of the fact that award winning, critically acclaimed films can be entertaining as well. Samit Kakkad, producer of Marathi films like Huppa Huiyya (2010) and Aayna Ka Bayna (2012), turned director as well with Aayna Ka Bayna. He is now making Half Ticket, the official Marathi remake of Kaakka Muttai. The film is being produced by popular Marathi production house, Video Palace.  Continue reading ““Kaakka Muttai” Gets an Official Marathi Remake in the form of Samit Kakkad’s “Half Ticket””

‘Dhanak’ to Premiere in the ‘Half Ticket’ section at the Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival

On Friday, 30th October, ‘Dhanak (Rainbow)’ will be premiering in India at PVR Juhu, as a part of the Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival with Star India. The festival has a new section called ‘Half Ticket’ which is going to showcase movies specially meant for kids and young adults. Dhanak which has won accolades in the international circuit, will open the festival in this category. The movie is written, directed by Nagesh Kukunoor and produced by Manish Mundra, Nagesh Kukunoor and Elahe Hiptoola.Continue reading “‘Dhanak’ to Premiere in the ‘Half Ticket’ section at the Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival”

Fun Mode : Kishore-da's Unbridled Enthusiasm

Just the other day I was listening to Kishore songs, not the sad depressing numbers which can make even a normal person melancholic, but some fun songs for a change. One thing that came out loud and clear was the fact that he enjoyed singing those songs, however silly the lyrics was or however absurd the tunes were; he gave it his all.

If a singer himself does not seem kicked about a song, how will he ever enthuse others? That’s the feeling I get when I hear those inane new talents on the numerous talent hunt shows. They come, they sing, they don’t even bother to work on the comments given by the judges [some of the judges are not even worth their salt, better not hear their comments at all] and mechanically appear again in some other show.

Anyways, back to Kishore da. He totally gets into the mood, full-on, unplugged. There are legends about Kishore and the manner in which he rendered the Khaike Paan Banaraswala number. It goes like this: Kishore actually asked for a bunch of pans which come in those cases [as seen in Padosan] and a peek-daan to spit out the paan. He sat on the floor or some kinda bed and literally rambled the words Bhang Ka Rang Jama Ho Chaka-chak. I go back to my previous para where I mentioned that unless the singer does not enjoy the song, there is very less chance that others will. And Kishore was a master of that. The kind of energy that he would blow into the song and the infectious jovial nature is unparalleled.

Since his Padosan songs have been talked about no end, I shall refrain from doing so. Let me talk about his other songs, especially from the black & white era. In the same genre as Mere Bhole Balam from Padosan was a song called Gaana Na Aya Bajana Na Aya, Dilbar Ko Apna Bana Na Aya. Its a hilarious song that blows your top-off. Kishore is seen trying to create a new song and the result is pure comedy. The lyrics were again by Rajendra Krishen and music by Hemant da. There is a small Brit accent piece, Kishore trying an imitation, really funny. Who could imagine the ever-serious Hemant Kumar composing such a number, but such was the exuberance of Kishore that everyone was affected by it. Also seen in the video clip is Gemini Ganesan along with Meena Kumari who are baffled by Kishore’s antics. Probably the only time that the south matinee was seen with Kishore in the same frame.

How funny can Kishore da get? Well, turns out very funny. So funny that in the movie Aansoo Aur Muskaan, there is a song picturised on Kishore in a ashram which is called Swami Kishore-aanandam Kirtan Ashram. And the song itself is Guni Jano Bhakt Jano, which sees Kishore in the garb of a sadhu. The lyrics of the song even goes on to list all the stars of bollywood in a fine spin of words sounding like bhajan

brahmaande he koti sitaram prithvi par bhi anek sitaram
arre aashirvadam ashok-kumaram
prithvi-putram raja-kapuram shammi-kapuram shashi-kapuram
ramam shyamam dilip-kumaram purab-pashchim manoj-kumaram
arre premapujari dev-anandam, roopa-pujari IS-joharam
arre nilam-kamalam raj-kumaram, yade yadam sunil-dattam
are ittefaqam rajesh-khannam jai jaani rajendra-natham
uchhalamakudam jai mahamudam

Two of the wackiest Kishore songs feature Pran, and Kishore himself in motley attire, thats pure coincidence. In Cheel Cheel Chillake, he is dressed in a school uniform, probably on some tour in scouts jamboree. The movie was Half Ticket, I haven’t been able to see the movie yet. But if the movie is even half as good as the song, then it shall be a treat to watch.

No one can forget a pre-supposed duet song being sung by the same singer. Kishore achieved that feat in Aake Seedhi Lagi where he not only cross-dressed but also cross-voiced. He sang as Kishore for Pran and then as squeaky/screechy and rustic village-belle-Kishore for himself. I am not even finding words to describe Kishore’s ludicrous yet fantastic act. No one could have pulled it off, but him.

‘Kahani Kismat Ki’ had an unprecedented song picturisation. And much before Dharamendra had climbed atop a tank in Sholay, he was seen in a crane elevated carrier singing Rafta Rafta Dekho Aankh Meri Ladi Hai; which he does after gathering a small crowd. Towards the end, he even starts singing ghati lyrics which is hilarious, and an embarassed Rekha looks around for some kind of sanity.

Then, there is the Eena Meena Deeka number. The mukhda of the song is a string of garbled words that make no sense but have been sung with great conviction as though it were the commandments. Kishore totally believed in the song and executed it with perfection, just watch his choreography; amazing. And the lyrics of the song has some insensible wisdom. Check this

Mat socho ki sasta hai sauda
Phal paayega lagayega jo paudha
Dil ki ye kyaari banegi phulwaari
Ye duniya jalegi, jalan ki hai maari
Hasegi hasegi hasegi meri pyaari

If you thought Kishore had sung only romantic and sad songs for Rajesh Khanna, then you are wrong. Rajesh Khanna too had a fair share of Kishore’s masti songs. One of them being the Saasu Tirath, Sasura Tirath from the movie Souten. The lyrics literally mean that in-laws are are to be worshipped and visited regularly as a duty and a pilgrimage.

Another lesser spoken about song from the movie ‘Chalti Ka Naam Gadi’ was Hum The Wo Thi Aur Samaa Rangeen Samajh Gaye Na. The two brothers, Anup and Kishore, discussing the forbidden topic of an encounter with a woman which Anup hasn’t had and Kishore teases him with lyrics which go like this:

Khoya Mai Kaise Uski Baton Mei
Kehta Hoon Dam To Lene Do Ahhaha
Khoyi Woh Kaise Meri Baaton Mei
Kehta Hoon Dam To Lene Do Ahhaha
Kya Kya Keh Dala Aankho Aankho Mei
Kehta Hoon Dam To Lene Do Ahhha

Another song from the same movie, worth mentioning, is the Panch Rupaiya Barah Aana song. It so happens that Kishore repairs Madhubala’s car and she still owes him Rs.5.75. And Kishore is out to get that money, even if it means earning it by entertaining her.Watch Kishore dressed in leather pants, jacket and a feathered cap. And watch him each time he says Chahe Namoona Dekh Le and tunrs up in a different costume. This song later became an inspiration for a song in movie ‘Jeevan Ek Sanghursh’, where Amit Kumar crooned Dede Mera Dede Tu Bees Rupaiya, Twenty Rupees My Twenty Rupees.

Vinod Khanna has rarely been seen in comical acts, except for the movie Hera Pheri with BigB. But in this song Priye Praneshwari from movie ‘Hum Tum Aur Woh’ is a song which sees Vinod Khanna in never-seen-before getup. The only other funny getup Vinod Khanna ever did was in Hera Pheri. In this song, Vinod is singing to his lady love in chaste hindi and even I did not know the meaning of a few of those words. The lyrics of the song and Kishore’s rendition is just awesome.

priye praaneshwari, hridayeshwari
yadi aap hamey aadesh karey to
prem ka hum shri ganesh karey

If anyone is depressed, thinking about love and missing their loved ones, should listen to Hum To Mohabbat Karega from ‘Dilli Ka Thug’. Its another comical song which describes the extent to which a person can go, to prove his love and to stay with loved ones. After hearing words like Joota Polish Karega Tel Maalish Karega, they are bound to smile at their own stupidity and limitless affection for their loved one, what with thoughts like … joota paalish karega lekin tum par marega, laila laila karega thandi aahen bharega and doobegaa nahin tairega pyaar se ham nahin darega

A song which encapsulates the qualities that a man looks for in a woman is very humorously penned in Zaroorat Hai Zaroorat Hai Zaroorat Hai, Ek Shirimati Ki, Kalavati Ki, Seva Karey Jo Pati Ki. It may sound a bit idealistic, but its to be taken with a pinch of salt; because the song is really a romantic one at heart. Sample this:

haseen hazaaro bhi ho khadey, magar usi par nazar padey ho zulf gaalo se khelti, ke jaise din raat se ladey adaaon mei bahaar ho, nigaahon mei khumaar ho qabool mera pyaar ho to kya baat hai itar mein saanse basi basi, vo mastiyo mei rasi rasi zara si palkein jhuki jhuki, bhavey ghaneri kasi kasi phoolon mei gulaab ho khud apna jawaab ho vo pyar ki kitab ho to kya baat hai 

And with Kishore enacting it, his facial expressions and the naugtiness in the voice was great.

This is just the beginning of a long list of Kishore-da’s songs which continue to enthrall us. The man was a complete maverick and no one entertained us, the way he did; whether it was infront of the camera or behind it, be it in the recording studios or shooting a movie. Whereever there was a fun moment, he was there; or may I put it like this – wherever he was there, there were fun moments. So, please go ahead and list your fave Kishore songs which tickled your funny bone, I am sure that won’t be a tough task!