Nominations For the Best of Bollywood 2013!

Like most other years, 2013 too has been an eventful year for the Hindi film industry. And unlike other years, 2013 was also the 100th year for the Hindi film industry. However, the centenary wasn’t really a landmark in terms of quality; we didn’t have a watershed of extraordinary films. Yes, we had a few brilliant pieces of cinema but we also had a truckload of terrible movies. What has been most encouraging in this entire melee is the gradual acceptance and support rendered to smaller films. While we had Kiran Rao helping a “Ship of Theseus” to get a release, we had a Karan Johar taking “The Lunchbox” out to the masses. In this post, I enumerate my (completely) personal list of favourite films of 2013 and their different aspects. These are my nominations for the best of Bollywood in the year 2013. While I have considered six nominees for every category (most of which are non-technical), I have added one more as “Almost There”, whom / what I feel is good but not enough to be on the list. Would love to get your vote from the nominees or any additional candidate you feel like.Continue reading “Nominations For the Best of Bollywood 2013!”

Average Bollywod Films: 2013

There are two ways of looking at this list. Either these are films that lack that element necessary to have them counted amongst the best 10 or they have done enough to not merit inclusion in the worst 10. So depending on how you perceive it, the glass is either half empty or half full.

Arranged in alphabetical order.

Ankur Arora Murder Case

At the Jagran Film Festival where I was in attendance, director Sohail Tatari mentioned that he liked to take on issue-based subjects as against regular formulaic films. It is this choice then that almost works for the film. Medical malpractice is a subject rarely ever tackled by Bollywood. So even when the treatment is rather simplistic, it still interests you. The performances range from bad to OK to good with Kay Kay Menon being the best of the cast as the negligent, megalomaniac doctor.Continue reading “Average Bollywod Films: 2013”

Madras Cafe: A plot happens over Coffee…

Madras CafeSome Melancholy Memories

Well I am not exactly sure where to begin. It can be considered to be a minor success in itself on part of the filmmaker to get people confused. Anyways my confusion is partly because of the film and partly because of my personal memories associated with the events that it explores. In fact those are one of the most difficult memories from my childhood.Continue reading “Madras Cafe: A plot happens over Coffee…”

Madras Cafe Movie Review: A film not to be missed, for anything, by anyone

Madras CafeIn the last scene of Madras Cafe, this week’s anticipated release, the lead character of the film recites a famous Rabindranath Tagore couplet that talks about a free nation. Save for this dramatic outburst, Shoojit Sircar’s fictionalized dramatization on the backdrop of real-life events in Madras Cafe, sticks to its guns and does not play to the gallery.Continue reading “Madras Cafe Movie Review: A film not to be missed, for anything, by anyone”

In Conversation with Producer Ronnie Lahiri: "Madras Cafe would be an experience the Indian audience has never had before"

In a candid interview to MadAboutMoviez, producer of Madras Cafe, Mr. Ronnie Lahiri, shared with us his experience of making the film and told us why it would be different from run-of-the mill stuff movies.

What is Madras Cafe all about?

Madras Cafe is an espionage political thriller with settings and backdrop in Sri Lanka. ‘Madras Cafe’- the place- plays a central character in the film and the whole plot revolves around it. Hence the title.

Given its massive scale, how did you manage to keep the film tight-budgeted?

Well with good planning one can control the costs. We have been in the advertising business for 15-16 years. So we did maximum possible optimization of resources. We did not spend on frills. Only on what could be seen. With our Production Designer and VFX Team we had visualized how exactly the film would be and spent on what was required for the film rather than food and luxury.Continue reading “In Conversation with Producer Ronnie Lahiri: "Madras Cafe would be an experience the Indian audience has never had before"”

In Conversation with Kamlajeet Negi: On Madras Cafe, Cinematography and More

Kamaljeet-NegiKamaljeet Negi; the cinematographer of  Vicky Donor, speaks to MAM about Madras Cafe and his journey in the profession.Continue reading “In Conversation with Kamlajeet Negi: On Madras Cafe, Cinematography and More”