Ondu Motteya Kathe Movie Review: To Make An Omelette…

There is a fascinating stretch in the middle of Ondu Motteya Kathe, when the protagonist agonizing over his uninteresting love-life wonders if he should look up a childhood playmate on Facebook. As he strikes up an awkward conversation with her, the interaction shown to us through a Facebook Messenger chat window seems to be between Dr Rajkumar (Our protagonist’s display picture) and Deepika Padukone (The display picture of the playmate) and you end up wondering, is that what Raj B Shetty, the writer, director and lead of the movie is trying to do, an attempt to promote Kannada Cinema in a time where Bollywood commands the longest lines while Sandalwood is just scraping by? Is Raj’s debut effort a ray of hope for Sandalwood, being another indie production while eschewing the normal masala tropes, instead narrating a slice of life tale?Continue reading “Ondu Motteya Kathe Movie Review: To Make An Omelette…”

Ondu Motteya Kathe: Trailer

Directed by Raj B. Shetty and presented by Pawan Kumar of Lucia and U-Turn fame, Ondu Motteya Kathe is a forthcoming Kannada feature film that is produced by Pawan Kumar and Suhan Prasad. Featuring Raj B. Shetty himself in the lead, the film talks of a young bald man trying to find his soulmate, who would see the person he is and not the shine up his forehead. And in this journey of finding his true love, he discovers more about himself. Not only does he have a shiny head, he also has a dark spot in his heart. Will he find the girl of his dreams? Will he make his heart shine brighter than his head?Continue reading “Ondu Motteya Kathe: Trailer”

U Turn: A Quick Review

U Turn Poster 3Suspense movies need a very acute sense of film-making acumen. Not only does it need a good story and direction, but also a sustained effort in keeping the audience engaged continuously, changing the plot and ‘whodunnit’ angle and finally revealing the plot at the right time.

Pawan Kumar managed this almost to near perfection in his debut film ‘Lucia’ that also made for a strong case study in crowd-funding and crowd-distributing a movie. Sadly, his next Kannada language films falls short of expectations in many counts. Though, to his credit he starts of very well and navigates the twists and turns effectively in the first half.

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U Turn Movie Review: Mystery Junction

Over the past 3-4 years, it seems that a small section of the Kannada Film Industry, inhabited by indie filmmakers is making a serious attempt to shake off the cobwebs that have been gathering for nearly 2 decades. While the audience is assailed with cinematic atrocities in the name of masala in the form of regurgitated formulaic potboilers, and remakes of hits from other Southern industries, we do occasionally come across rare gems, some polished, some not fully, and it reminds us that there may still be hope for Sandalwood if more movies like last year’s smash hit, Rangitaranga, Ulidavaru Kandante, Simple Aagi Ondh Love Story, and this director’s very own Lucia are made more often. But the real question here is, does Pawan Kumar’s sophomore effort live up to expectations?Continue reading “U Turn Movie Review: Mystery Junction”

NFDC Film Bazaar 2014 Calls for Entries for the Producer’s Lab

FDC Film Bazaar 2014 is calling for entries for the second edition of Producer’s Lab, a segment which was introduced in the Film Bazaar in 2013 and was a huge success.The deadline for submission of application is 30th September 2014. This year, the NFDC Film Bazaar will be held from November 20-24, 2014at the Goa Marriott Resort alongside the International Film Festival of India 2014.The aim of the Lab is to provide training and networking opportunities to upcoming Independent Producers from across the world. The Lab will consist of Workshop Sessions, Case Studies and Master Classes spread over the five days of the Bazaar.Continue reading “NFDC Film Bazaar 2014 Calls for Entries for the Producer’s Lab”

My Best Of Regional and World Cinema In 2013

Yet another hectic and eventful year at the movies comes to an end. Every year we see films which we love, hate, abhor, feel indifferent towards. And this year has been no indifferent.

As the year draws to an end, every film buff (including yours truly) loves making a compilation of films under various such categories (good films, bad films etc)

As a movie buff this year too was no different.  There were some films, which made for pleasurable viewing while some films induced sheer boredom and made for a rather tedious viewing.  Regional cinema (esp. Tamil and Malayalam films) in my opinion once again reiterated that they are churning out films which are different from the regular fares, yet makes for some good viewing  while being commercially viable .

Besides there were a lot of foreign language films which made all the right noises amongst movie buffs and the film festival circuits.

So here goes my list of best films in the foreign films and regional cinema section.

Too many films and too little time has been the bane of every film buff. As always there were quite a few films I wanted to watch but could not due to various reasons. So in case you do not find a particular favourite of yours mentioned in this list, kindly excuse me. 🙂
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Lucia Kannada Movie Review- Drown In Your Dreams

In a world where the best film in recent times is hailed to be the mediocre Mungaaru Male, it is rather very bold and very heart warming that a film like Lucia has been made and allowed to see the light of day. It is extremely satisfying to see that a multiplex audience sat through the film for its entire run time of 135 minutes. After handling romance in Life Ishtene, Pawan Kumar handles a complex film like Lucia.

The film handles subjects ranging from lucid dreaming to  identity struggles , existentialism to love, and the best part is that it does all this without becoming an overbearing exercise in futility like most experimental films end up becoming. Nikki(Satish Neenasam), an usher at the local talkies suffers from insomnia. Nikki is like any insomniac who wishes he could sleep and not have his eyes open like an owl. He encounters two people who offer him pills named Lucia which would help him sleep. They also tell him that these pills would make him dream; the dream would be like watching a movie and he should not stop taking the pill.

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Lucia Movie Review : A Commendable Experiment

 

In the last few years,  Crowdfunding has fast emerged as one of the newest and innovative ways to raise money for  investing in projects in the creative arts, especially movies.Director Pawan Kumar made a reasonably good debut as a director with the Kannada film Lifeu Ishtene in the year 2011. Interestingly for his second film titled Lucia, Kumar undertakes the route of generating finances through crowdfunding .

Lucia tells the story of Nikki aka Nikhil (Satish Neenasam) a largely aimless guy working as a cinemausher in a decrepit theatre in Bangalore owned by Shankar anna (Achyuth Kumar). Owing to his dreary and his monotonous life, he is also not able to sleep. As a result of this, he starts consuming pills which help him to sleep and dream peacefully. In his illusionary life Nikki is a film star. But soon due to an overdose of these pills, his reality and illusions soon start to intersperse dangerously.  In the midst of this are also Swetha (Shruthi Harihran ) who also plays his real life interest and a couple of cops who are hot on the trail of the drug mafia.Continue reading “Lucia Movie Review : A Commendable Experiment”