Let me begin by honestly admitting that 2016 was a lukewarm year for Indian Cinema, at least that would be something that I firmly believe in. Be it Bollywood/Hindi cinema or any of the regional language film industries, things were largely subdued for a major part of the year. Be it businesswise or with respect to the quality of output, 2016 definitely seemed to lag behind 2015, forget going anywhere beyond that for a comparison. It’s not that the year was totally beyond redemption, there were some positives as well, but they were not sufficient enough to completely lift up the spirit of Indian cinema overall. Let’s begin by taking a look at Bollywood to start with. 2016 saw only 2 big blockbusters, Sultan and Dangal, none of the other successful films were runaway hits as such. So while Salman Khan and Aamir Khan delivered big time with Sultan and Dangal respectively, SRK came up with Fan which met with a mixed response, while gaining back some traction with one of the better Hindi films of the year, Dear Zindagi.Continue reading “The Best of Indian Cinema in 2016: A Perspective”
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Raam Reddy‘s Thithi has been one of the most keenly awaited indie films this year and a film that’s already turning out to be a trendsetter for Kannada cinema. Winner of the National Award for Best Kannada Film, 2 awards at the prestigious Locarno Film Festival and awards at festivals in Mumbai, Palm Springs, Marrakech etc, Thithi is all set for a theatrical release on 6th May. After an initial release in Karnataka the film is likely to release in select cities across the Country as well. Thithi is produced by Pratap Reddy and Sunmin Park and written by Raam Reddy and Eregowda. Doron Tempert is the DOP while editing is by Raam Reddy and John Zimmerman. There is not a single professional actor in the film, most of them being local talent sourced for the film and the main characters are portrayed by Thammegowda S., Channegowda, Abhishek H.N., Pooja S.M etc.Continue reading “Thithi: Trailer”
In Conversation with Filmmaker Raam Reddy: On Thithi and More
Amongst the films every MAMI Film Festival attendee is gushing about this year is Thithi that won the Jury Grand Prize in the International Competition section. A story about three generations of a family in the Mandya district of Karnataka and how they react when the great-grandfather passes away. It features what has to be the most interesting dead character in a movie since Satish Shah in Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron.Continue reading “In Conversation with Filmmaker Raam Reddy: On Thithi and More”
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”
Thithi, a Kannada-language film, is the only Indian feature to be selected in the International Category at MAMI
Raam Reddy’s directorial debut, Thithi is all set to make its Asian Premiere at Mumbai Film Festival, 2015.Thithi, the Kannada language film which premièred at Locarno International Film Festival early this year and won two top awards – Pardo d’oro Cineasti Del Presente Premio Nescens” (Golden Leopard, Filmmakers of the Present Competition) and “Swatch First Feature Award” for the best debut feature in the festival – is the only Indian feature to be selected in the International Category at MAMI.Continue reading “Thithi, a Kannada-language film, is the only Indian feature to be selected in the International Category at MAMI”
Raam Reddy’s debut feature, Thithi, wins two top awards at the prestigious Locarno International Film Festival
Raam Reddy’s directorial debut, Thithi, which premièred at Locarno International Film Festival has bagged two top awards –Pardo d’oro Cineasti Del Presente Premio Nescens” (Golden Leopard, Filmmakers of the Present Competition) and “Swatch First Feature Award” for the best first feature in the entire festival.
The Kannada-language film marked the end of a dry spell of eight years since an Indian film has been selected in competition at the Locarno International Film Festival. It featured in the Concorso Cineasti del Presente section at the festival held from August 5 – 15, 2015.Continue reading “Raam Reddy’s debut feature, Thithi, wins two top awards at the prestigious Locarno International Film Festival”