Nil Battey Sannata Movie Review: A Tale of Desires and Boundaries

I have often wondered how much do we know about the lives of the people doing odd jobs all around us. Be it a driver, a maid servant, a watchman etc, do we know anything apart from their names in the first place? They are the ones who ensure that our lives go on unaffected in the best possible ways.  But do we care to know what their desires are? Or what they would like to do for the people in their family? Sometimes people tend to care a lot for their pets but end up ill-treating the people working for/with them, how is this justified in the first place? No one voluntarily takes up a job which comes with low self esteem, it’s a function of fate and one’s helplessness that sees one take up an assignment like this. So it’s amazing to see people from socially and economically downtrodden backgrounds managing to remain hopeful of a better future and work their way towards the same. Continue reading “Nil Battey Sannata Movie Review: A Tale of Desires and Boundaries”

In Conversation with Bikas Mishra: “A simple story told simply, that is Chauranga”

This is a simple story of love, about simple people told simply. That is how Bikas Mishra describes Chauranga, his first feature film in a sentence. Simple however, the film is not by a large measure. Neither is the journey of this writer film maker who is savoring the release of his film across the country.

A quick look across multiplexes shows limited screens listed for Chauranga, something that is not surprising given the star obsessed movie industry we all live with.  A small non main stream film like this has to jostle for mind space and footfalls whenever it releases, even in a lean week like this one. “It does not really matter though, there is an audience for Chauranga and films like it” says Bikas confidently, “films like these have made it to the screens and even run well in the recent past proving that content , good content at that, is appreciated.” Even a film in Khortha, a dialect from Bikas’s village near Hazaribagh in Jharkhand. “A lot of my experiences in my life, growing up where I did are reflected in the film” adds Bikas as we discuss how tough it was to make a film dealing with issues usually brushed under the carpet by many in our society.Continue reading “In Conversation with Bikas Mishra: “A simple story told simply, that is Chauranga””

In Conversation with Actor-Producer Sanjay Suri: On Chauranga and More

Sanjay Suri is an Indian actor and producer from Bollywood. He made his acting debut in 1999 with Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi and turned producer with Onir’s “My Brother Nikhil” (2005). Onir and Sanjay are the co-founders of the film production company, Anticlock Films, which has produced Bikash Ranjan Mishra’s much acclaimed film ‘Chauranga’ in international festivals. The film sees the light of day on 08 January, 2016, and here’s an excerpt of a small rendezvous with Sanjay – who is not only the producer but has also played one of the major characters in the film.Continue reading “In Conversation with Actor-Producer Sanjay Suri: On Chauranga and More”

Chauranga (Hindi Movie) Trailer

Chauranga_poster_goldposter_com_1Directed by Bikas Ranjan Mishra, Chauranga tells the story of fourteen-year-old Santu who wants to go to school. But it is not easy, since he stays in a village that’s deep rooted in caste-hierarchy, oppression and debauchery. Whether Santu is able to overcome this and fulfill his dream forms the crux of the film.

The film which stars Sanjay Suri, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Anshuman Jha and Dhritiman Chatterjee among others had won the Grand Jury prize at IFFLA (International Film Festival Of Los Angeles) and the Best Film award in the India Gold category at MAMI (Mumbai Film Festival) 2014. The film has also been an official selection at Dubai International Film Festival and Chicago South Asian Film Festival among other international film festivals.

The film which is produced by Sanjay Suri, Onir and Mohan Mulani is scheduled for a theatrical release in India on 8th January 2016.

Meanwhile, here’s the trailer of the film.

 

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Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare (as the River flows) Movie Review: A film with many questions

By now a lot of people must be aware of filmmaker Bidyut Kotoky and his struggle to get his bilingual film- as the River flows (Hindi)/ Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare (Assamese) released. Though an NFDC production, for some reason or the other the film was lying in cold storage for quite some time. Towards the end of 2011/early 2012 things started looking up with the news of the Assamese version being in contention for the National Awards. Continue reading “Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare (as the River flows) Movie Review: A film with many questions”

The National Film Awards and the controversy around 'Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare'

Ekhon Nedekha Nadir Xipaare is an Assamese film directed by Bidyut Kotoky and starring Sanjay Suri, Victor Banerjee Raj Zutshi, Priti Jhangiani and Bidita Bag. Incidentally, the film also has a Hindi version- as the River flows. Continue reading “The National Film Awards and the controversy around 'Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare'”

The National Film Awards and the controversy around ‘Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare’

Ekhon Nedekha Nadir Xipaare is an Assamese film directed by Bidyut Kotoky and starring Sanjay Suri, Victor Banerjee Raj Zutshi, Priti Jhangiani and Bidita Bag. Incidentally, the film also has a Hindi version- as the River flows. Produced by NFDC, the film also has been certified by the Censor Board as an Assamese movie ( the Hindi version is still awaiting its censor certificate ). A prime candidate in contention for the National Film Awards this year, it came as a surprise to many that the film ultimately did not win any award.Continue reading “The National Film Awards and the controversy around ‘Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare’”

and Brahmaputra cried…

Wanting to write for the last few days… but was not able to access the proper words… it seemed that the emperor of words had taken his treasure along when he had departed… The other day, while going through a book came across an interesting anecdote – narrated by Professor Narayan Parashuram of St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. Continue reading “and Brahmaputra cried…”