Award-Winning Filmmakers Collaborate On The New “Viewfinder” Film Consulting Company

Award-winning and internationally lauded Indian filmmakers M. Manikandan, Bramma G., and M. Anucharan form the Advisory board of the new VIEWFINDER FILM CONSULTING (VFC), a company founded by Canadian management professional Dilani Rabindran. VFC, whose branding and website were unveiled today, is dedicated to helping South Indian films reach international audiences.Continue reading “Award-Winning Filmmakers Collaborate On The New “Viewfinder” Film Consulting Company”

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”

The Best of Tamil Cinema in 2015

2015 was an interesting year for Tamil Cinema with a variety of topics being explored. Some big films didn’t do well, while some small films made impact. Certain stars did well,while some of them didn’t really do well. Here are the films in my opinion which stood a little apart from the rest of the pack and made an impact this year.The movies aren’t sorted in any order of merit. Sorting is done based on release dates.Continue reading “The Best of Tamil Cinema in 2015”

Kuttram Kadithal Movie Review: A Brave New Film in Every Sense

When I was in school I was a slightly peculiar kind of student. I was good at academics and extra-curricular activities, but had no friends in the vicinity of my home and hence I kept myself busy reading whatever I could. On the contrary in school I had the company of my friends and would sometimes end up doing something mischievous, often getting into trouble. My parents would often wonder how come I would remain trouble free at home, but get into various naughty situations in school. Whenever I would get punished by a teacher for anything silly I would needlessly get upset at the teacher for punishing me, some of the teachers preferred to discipline the kids with a ruler but others were content in just doling out punishments and restraining themselves from getting angry and violent. Years later when I would do my bit of teaching myself, I often wondered whether we realize how tough it is for a teacher to instil discipline in his/her students and whether we really know how much they care for the students. We keep hearing instances of some teacher or the other abusing or physically assaulting a student, becoming a big issue of concern of late. But is every such incident genuine? Have we ever wanted to know the teachers side of the story?Continue reading “Kuttram Kadithal Movie Review: A Brave New Film in Every Sense”

Kuttram Kadithal: Trailer

Kuttram Kadithal PosterBramma.G‘s (writer-director) debut Tamil film Kuttram Kadithal (The Punishment) has been making all the right moves of late. Having been reasonably successful in the film festival circuit, the film recently got declared as the Best Tamil film in the 62nd National Film Awards. Produced by J. Satish Kumar and Christy Siluvappan, the cast includes Master Ajay, Radhika Prasidhha, Sai Rajkumar and Pavel Navageethan.The music is by Shankar Rengarajan while Manikandan is the DOP and C.S.Prem is the editor.Continue reading “Kuttram Kadithal: Trailer”

62nd National Film Awards (2015): List of Winners

So the 2nd National Film Awards for Indian Cinema of 2014 has just been announced a short while ago.  The awards will be distributed on May 3rd this year. Given below is the list of winners-Continue reading “62nd National Film Awards (2015): List of Winners”