Brahman Naman (2016) Movie Review: Quizzical Days

Directors like Q in India are a rarity. While his brand of cinema is not exactly what would be considered palatable by the movie-going public, if one chooses to partake of that experience, it is quite an illuminating experience. After his controversial debut feature “Gandu” and the psychedelic “Tasher Desh”, when it was announced that his next feature would be a take on the quizzing subculture set in 80s Bangalore, it created some excitement among the Indie film fandom and the trailers that showed up just added to the excitement. The question here is, would this be as huge a shock to the system as Gandu? Or would this be the most accessible of all his works till date.Continue reading “Brahman Naman (2016) Movie Review: Quizzical Days”

X:Past is Present Movie Review: Experimental and Interesting

Deep down a lot of us are romantics right?And one of the things that excites us the most is to get nostalgic over our romantic tales,some great,some not so great.Some funny, some tragic, some silly, some plain embarrassing. And in case one feels he/she hasn’t had a colourful life, you may still want to feel or pretend otherwise. There are so many topics that we talk about and things that we tend to do but often get bored of, but falling in love or reminiscing about an old romantic tale is usually not something that one ever gets bored of, well normally at least 🙂 . That’s why it’s no surprise that films like Cheran‘s Autograph (2004) or the recent Malayalam blockbuster Premam have done well. After all these films have an instant connect with our basic psyche, also this perhaps explains why I’ve been looking forward to X: Past is Present or X The Film as it was called earlier.Continue reading “X:Past is Present Movie Review: Experimental and Interesting”

LUDO: Trailer

LudoThe  fantasy thriller  LUDO directed by Q (GANDU) and Nikon named LUDO is finally out. Produced by Idyabooster and Starfire Movies, LUDO is co-produced by OddJoint – Q and Céline Loop’s production house.
LUDO is a story about four desperate teenagers who decide to spend one fateful night in the big city. Horny and broke, they hide inside a gigantic shopping mall, after attempts to get a hotel room fail. At the mall all plans go haywire, as an old couple appears from nowhere inviting them to play a game, and a night of terror begins. The game, simple but deadly, is LUDO.

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X-The Film: Trailer

X-Past is Present an upcoming Indian experimental film directed by a team of eleven filmmakers including Abhinav Tiwari, Anu Menon, Nalan Kumarasamy, Hemant Gaba, Pratim D. Gupta, Q, Raja Sen, Rajshree Ojha, Sandeep Mohan, Sudhish Kamath and Suparn Verma. The film features Rajat Kapoor, Anshuman Jha, Huma Qureshi, Aditi Chengappa, Radhika Apte, Parno Mittra, Neha Mahajan, Piaa Bajpai, Pooja Ruparel, Bidita Bag etc. X – The Film is not an anthology,but one whole story with the eleven directors making various sections of it. Produced by Manish Mundra, the film has music by Maitreya and is edited by Sreekar Prasad, Vijay Prabhakaran, Vijay Venkataramanan, Biplab Goswami, Gairik Sarkar, Dhritiman Das, Shreyas Beltangdy, Ankit Shrivastava, Ninaad Khanolkar. The cinematographers who have worked in the film include Anuj Dhawan, Aseem Bajaj, Dinesh Krishnan, Gairik Sarkar, Maeve O’Connell, Ravi K. Chandran, Q, Sandeep Mohan, Siddhartha Nuni, Siddharth Kay, Sidhant Chowdhry, Viraaj SinghContinue reading “X-The Film: Trailer”

Tasher Desh Movie Review: Fantasy of a Sexual Liberation

PrintI was completely overdosed when i walked out of the theater after watching ‘Q”s movie ‘Tasher Desh’ (The land of cards). It’s originally a short story written by Rabindranath Tagore. It is said to be a children’s musical but surprisingly encompassing a heavy satirical drama of our political and social institutionalization and its liberation. Continue reading “Tasher Desh Movie Review: Fantasy of a Sexual Liberation”

Tasher Desh- Trailer of New Film from Director of Gandu -Q

When the trailer of Gandu was out in early 2010 ,it created a furore  among audience the World over for it’s quirky,refreshing and boldness which caught fancy of Audiences .Though the movie has been receiving rave reviews across the Film Festival circuit, it is yet to be released in India due to it’s explicit content.The Film was to be screened at a  Film Festival in Mumbai,but the show was cancelled at the last minute due to permission being denied to screen it.Now we present you the trailer of Q’S next film Tasher Desh.Continue reading “Tasher Desh- Trailer of New Film from Director of Gandu -Q”

Sunday Watch-Bollywood,Politics,India and Filmmaking

Tarun Tejpal @ the Think Conference 2011

We have 2 videos lined up for your viewing pleasure today that happens to be a ( leisurely?) Sunday.Filmmakers Anurag Kashyap,Q and Prakash Jha  along with ad man and Bollywood lyricist Prasoon Joshi discuss Bollywood cinema,politics and difficulties of making political films in India. Continue reading “Sunday Watch-Bollywood,Politics,India and Filmmaking”

Bengali Films -Then & Now…

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Richard Gere once said in an interview, ‘To me, Indian films mean Ray films…’

Well, Richard Gere might not be any great actor to be taken seriously. But then, I am sure, you don’t need anyone else to tell you about the magnificence of the man called Satyajit Ray. Filmmakers across the world including greats like Abbas Kiraostami, Martin Scorcese, Danny Boyle and even Akiro Kurosawa have heaved praises on his work. And the man deserved every bit of that adulation. Alas! My post is not about Satyajit Ray; may be in that case I would have had only positives to talk about. My post here talks about the Bengali Film Industry – of which the maestro, even if huge, only a part. Of course, Ray was not the only great filmmaker Bengal has ever produced, and people from that region have shown a penchant towards the art of filmmaking and storytelling – albeit with some major limitations of their own.Continue reading “Bengali Films -Then & Now…”

The New Indian Cinema-Vihir and Gandu

We love to celebrate the fact that we are the best in the World despite the mediocrity of things which we do and produce. All our streets have world famous eateries or beauty parlours and similarly our filmmakers have been trying to make crossover films, now I guess since a decade. Yet Indian Filmmakers have not reached anywhere and there are tall claims which are always made like a recent instance of 7am Arivu’s producer mentioning it as a global Tamil Film, whatever that means, or more recently a section of people saying RA.One cannot be ignored and in my opinion both of these films could be overlooked and we would still be the same nation; producing movies with song and dance, which foreigners find funny and amusing.Continue reading “The New Indian Cinema-Vihir and Gandu”