Vees Mhanje Vees: Trailer

Vees-Mhanje-Vees-poster.The National Film Development Corporation’s (NFDC) next Vees Mhanje Vees (20 Means 20), written and directed by the debutant filmmaker Uday Bhandarkar is a Marathi language feature, that is set to release across Maharashtra on June 10.Continue reading “Vees Mhanje Vees: Trailer”

The Best of Indian Cinema in 2015: A Perspective

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”

NFDC Film Bazaar 2015 calls for entries for Work-in-Progress Lab and Viewing Room

NFDC Film Bazaar 2015 is calling for entries for the Work-in-Progress (WIP) Lab and the Viewing Room (VR). This year, the Film Bazaar will be held from November 20-24, 2015 at the Goa Marriott Resort, alongside the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2015.

Films previously in the Work-in-Progress Labs at Film Bazaar have had their world premieres at leading international films festivals, often winning awards as well as enjoying successful theatrical runs.Continue reading “NFDC Film Bazaar 2015 calls for entries for Work-in-Progress Lab and Viewing Room”

In Conversation with Avinash Arun: On Killa, Masaan and More

Avinash Arun is a Director – Cinematographer from Maharashtra, India. Born in the textile town Solapur in 1985 in a middle class Maharashtrian family, he started assisting in FTII Diploma films at the age of 16. He eventually graduated in Cinematography from FTII in 2011. In 2010, his school project “The Light and Her Shadows” won him the cinematography award in Kodak film school Competition. His diploma film “Allah Is Great” was the official entry from India for Student Oscars. It also won several awards including the National award in 2012. Avinash has worked on “Kai Po Che!” (Berlinale Panorama section 2012), Deool (National Award winner 2011). Killa is his first feature film as director. He is also the cinematographer on this film. KILLA won the Crystal Bear for the Best Film awarded by the Children’s Jury in Generation Kplus section at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. He has recently shot MASAAN, the double award winner at Cannes and Ajay Devgn and Tabu starrer DRISHYAM.

Given below are excerpts from a conversation with Avinash Arun that MAM had recently.Continue reading “In Conversation with Avinash Arun: On Killa, Masaan and More”

Killa: A Quick Review

Killa Poster 3Good Marathi films come with a formula: Simple story set in rural settings or a period drama, watertight script, cast with at least one naughty kid, ”postcard” frames cinematography, mellifluous music score and distributed/ co-produced by Esselvision.Continue reading “Killa: A Quick Review”

Killa (The Fort) Marathi Movie Trailer

Killa

Killa (The Fort) is a 2015 Indian Marathi drama film directed by Avinash Arun. The film revolves around an 11-year-old child who has a difficult time adapting to a small village after the death of his father. The film was selected for the 64th Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Crystal Bear by the Children’s Jury in the Generation KPlus Selection. Avinsh Arun has also shot the film while the screenplay  is written by Tushar Paranjape and Upendra  Sindhaye. It  stars Archit  Deodhar, Amruta Subhash  and Parth Bhalerao amongst other.Continue reading “Killa (The Fort) Marathi Movie Trailer”

Killa Movie Review: Transporting you back to the days of innocence

Isn’t it ironical that as children we just can’t wait to grow-up, become adults and start doing a lot of things which are forbidden or out of reach for kids, but the moment we actually grow-up, we just wish the very opposite? Unless we have had a difficult childhood don’t we generally get nostalgic when we think of our days spent while in school, when life was a lot more simpler, when probably the only pressure that was upon our shoulders was to ace our exams? Time and again I am reminded of my childhood days, of a period when I was probably the most happiest in life. Nowadays thanks to Social Media tools like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp a lot of us are back in touch with our old friend’s right? Of late a lot of Marathi films have been coming out with children at the focus of it, talking of themes like teenage angst/romance and/or nostalgia etc.Continue reading “Killa Movie Review: Transporting you back to the days of innocence”

Notes from MAMI 2014

I have been attending MAMI since 2006, it is an annual ritual for film lovers in Bombay. This festival has grown, but not in the way one would have liked it. This year one month before the fest opened, news report came that fest would not happen as Reliance was not renewing the contract.

Well the organizers knew from last October that the contract was over, yet they sat and did nothing. Moreover look at the audacity of the organizers who could not even come with an official press release but leaked the news via news report. We need to know why Reliance backed out from the fest. Is it because they felt they ROI was not great or that they felt the funds were being not used properly?Continue reading “Notes from MAMI 2014”

The 16th Mumbai Film Festival Concludes as ‘Court’, ‘Chauranga’ and ‘Killa’ bag Top Honors

Painting a whole new world of cinema, creativity and master classes, the 16th Mumbai Film Festival organized by Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) traversed from screens straight to the cine goer’s hearts over the last 8 days. A testimony to faith of cinema patrons, the festival saw exemplary success and drew to a close with assurance to return next year with more glitz and glamour.

The closing night sparkled in the presence of celebrities such as Madhuri Dixit, Vaani Kapoor, Esha Gupta,  Parineeti Chopraand Anushka Sharma joined by business world stalwarts including Ajay Bijli, Chairman PVR, Gayatri Yadav, CMO, Star India among others and the coveted members of the Jury.Continue reading “The 16th Mumbai Film Festival Concludes as ‘Court’, ‘Chauranga’ and ‘Killa’ bag Top Honors”