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 Malayalam Cinema in 2015: A Perspective

At the very outset while I do feel that 2015 wasn’t an exceptional year for Malayalam Cinema, there were some interesting films and certain interesting trends were noticed as well. The number of releases overall dipped a bit this year, with an overall number of 153 releases (140 straight and 13 dubbed releases) compared to 163 last year. There were disruptions to the movie business seen in the form of the exhibitors association shutting down the theatres in Kerala on 2 separate occasions. While in July we saw a strike (thankfully only for a day) due to protest over the piracy controversy surrounding Alphonse Putharen’s Premam, we saw the the Christmas releases being threatened thanks to the strike over the Government’s decision to introduce a Rs. 3 cess on tickets intended to be used for helping poor artists of the industry with a monthly pension. There were quite a few films which saw success at the box office, including 3 bonafide blockbusters, all of them bringing in a fresh aspect of filmmaking.Continue reading “The Best of Malayalam Cinema in 2015: A Perspective”

Ottaal Movie Review: A Film that’s Lyrical, Soulful and Touching

One often hears of children being forced to work against their wishes, often by family members knowingly and clearly exploiting them. But then there are also the odd cases of kids being pushed into working at an age when they should ideally be in school, a case of circumstances turning out to be the villain in their lives. Often people, who are considered trust worthy, go on to exploit the children or their family members, as a result the kids in question go on to suffer for no fault of theirs. There have been attempts made by quite a few filmmakers to highlight upon the aspect of child labour, which is illegally still being practiced in various parts of the country. But Jayaraj’s Ottaal aka The Trap, winner of 2 National Awards for last year and the winner of the Kerala State Film Awards for Best Film, is quite a special film indeed.Continue reading “Ottaal Movie Review: A Film that’s Lyrical, Soulful and Touching”

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”

Jio MAMI 2015 Diaries Days 5, 6 & 7

Here’s the final installment from us of our Jio MAMI 2015 Diaries,with a roundup of films seen by the MAM team on days 5, 6 & 7.

(For days 1 & 2,check here, for days 3 &4,check here).Continue reading “Jio MAMI 2015 Diaries Days 5, 6 & 7”

Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival with Star India Concludes,Winners in the Competitive Categores Announced

The 7 – Day event from October 29th to November 5th, 2015, screened over 200 films from 58 countries across the world and

witnessed a staggering turnout of over 7000 delegates which is a record turnout for the festival in the last 16 years.

 

India’s biggest Film Festival Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival with Star India, drew to a close onThursday, 5th November, 2015 at the Taj Land’s end, Bandra. World-renowned filmmakers, talent and Bollywood stars walked the red carpet to celebrate the end of Mumbai’s very own film festival.Continue reading “Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival with Star India Concludes,Winners in the Competitive Categores Announced”