Newton Wins Jury Prize For Best Film At The 41st Hong Kong Film Festival

 Produced by Manish Mundra and directed by Amit V Masurkar, Newton has won the Jury Prize for the Best Film at the 41st  Hong Kong Film Festival 2017. The film had its Asia Premiere at the festival where it was screened in the Young Cinema Competition category.

The jury awarded the film “For the intelligent and human presentation of a political situation in a country. The film balances the humour, disillusion and – against all odds – a steadfast belief in the meaning of democracy”

Thrilled with the audience and jury response to his film, Director Amit V Masurkar says, “We are delighted to win the Jury Prize at the 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival! It’s one of the oldest and most prestigious film festivals in Asia and will help us get an audience in that part of the world”. Newton is Amit V Masurkar’s second film after the sleeper hit, Sulemani Keeda in 2014. Continue reading “Newton Wins Jury Prize For Best Film At The 41st Hong Kong Film Festival”

Schedule of Nitte University’s Maiden International Film Festival from April 24 to 27

Mangaluru is all set to witness International Film Festival (NIFF) organised by Nitte University from April 24 to 27, 2017 at Bharath Cinemas, Bharath Mall, Mangaluru.

It is an initiative by Nitte Institute of Communication aiming at showcasing award winning, and critically acclaimed cinema from across the world to audiences in Mangaluru.Continue reading “Schedule of Nitte University’s Maiden International Film Festival from April 24 to 27”

63rd National Film Awards (2016): List of Winners

The 63rd National Film Awards for Indian Cinema of 2015 has just been announced a short while ago.  The awards will be distributed in early May this year. Given below is the list of winners-Continue reading “63rd National Film Awards (2016): List of Winners”

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”

Top 10 Bollywood Films of 2015

Let me start the post with the disclaimer that I haven’t seen some of the acclaimed films of 2015. The most prominent ones among them are Titli, Manjhi, Drishyam,Maragarita with a Straw and Court (though I am told that the last one is mostly in Marathi). On the other hand, I have purposefully kept BAAHUBALI away from this list because the Hindi version is primarily a dubbed one. So, my post may suffer from the problem of exclusion. At the same time, it’s a highly personal choice and in no way reflects the true merit of any film.Continue reading “Top 10 Bollywood Films of 2015”

Bollywood Movies 2015: The Year End List

2015 was arguably a good year for Hindi Cinema. Though there might not have been any landmark movies, but there were many brave attempts and I am sure a few of them will live long enough to be discussed on forums like these.One can never possibly compile the year’s best list. A movie, like love, is an extremely subjective experience. So I won’t say this is my list of year’s best films,but rather list of 10 films that engaged me sufficiently and a few of them left an impact deep enough to mull over them for days in a row.Continue reading “Bollywood Movies 2015: The Year End List”

Indian Panorama promises to showcase riveting films from different parts of the country at IFFI 2015 in Goa

~ Indian Panorama Section to screen 26 Feature and 21 Non-Feature films ~

 

~The list of films includes internationally acclaimed films like Court, Masaan, Radiopetti, Katyar Kaljat Ghusali and Cinemawala ~

 

~Salman Khan-starrer Bajrangi Bhaijaan to be the only commercial film in Indian Panorama section~Continue reading “Indian Panorama promises to showcase riveting films from different parts of the country at IFFI 2015 in Goa”

Drishyam-Sundance Screenwriters Lab,2016 Calls for Submissions For Their Second Edition

Drishyam Films, in partnership with the Sundance Institute, USA, is organising the Drishyam-Sundance Screenwriters Lab 2016 to be held in Jodhpur, Rajasthan in March, 2016.

The Lab is inviting applications as a part of its Open Submission Process. The deadline for submission of scripts is November 10, 2015.Continue reading “Drishyam-Sundance Screenwriters Lab,2016 Calls for Submissions For Their Second Edition”

Vakratunda Mahakaaya Marathi Movie Review : The Elephant Deity And Its Adventures

Vakratunda-Mahakaya-Marathi-Movie-PosterAmong the innumerable gods and goddesses worshiped by Indians, Lord Ganesha occupies a special place. Perhaps that is why the Ganesh Chaturthi festival continues to be celebrated with great pomp and fervour even today. That the public celebration of the festival has acquired quite a nuisance value in recent years is a discussion best left for another day.Continue reading “Vakratunda Mahakaaya Marathi Movie Review : The Elephant Deity And Its Adventures”