Shabana Azmi to be honoured with “Icons of Indian Cinema” Award at the Closing Ceremony of 8th Jagran Film Festival

The 8th edition of Jagran Film Festival will honour Shabana Azmi during the closing ceremony of the Mumbai edition on 24th September in the presence of the Indian Film Fraternity.Continue reading “Shabana Azmi to be honoured with “Icons of Indian Cinema” Award at the Closing Ceremony of 8th Jagran Film Festival”

‘NFDC Film Aaj Kal’ – A Marathon of NFDC Classics In Mumbai To Begin From July 15

NFDC India is coming up with its Cinema Outreach Initiative, Film Aaj Kal, a radio show as well as the Ground-Activation event – Film Aaj Kal Screenings and Conversations to build film communities and empower the viewer.

As part of the 360-degree initiative, NFDC collaborates with 92.7 Big FM for a weekly radio show named, ‘Film Aaj Kal’ on Cinema Education and Awareness program which has the filmmakers discussing about the classics, bringing these films back to the fore.Continue reading “‘NFDC Film Aaj Kal’ – A Marathon of NFDC Classics In Mumbai To Begin From July 15”

The Black Prince, True Story of The Last Maharajah of Punjab, Wins Special Prize at WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival

THE BLACK PRINCE, an historical drama based upon the true story of Maharajah Duleep Singh, the boy who became king of Punjab shortly before it was annexed to the British empire, was awarded the Special Jury Remi Award today at the 50th annual WorldFest International Film Festival in Houston. The event’s Gold Remi was also awarded to the film’s Natalie O’Connor for achievement in Art Direction. Continue reading “The Black Prince, True Story of The Last Maharajah of Punjab, Wins Special Prize at WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival”

Atul Kasbekar Gets A Surprise From His Reel Life ‘Neerja’ Passenger

Ace Photographer turned producer Mr Atul Kasbekar is on a high these days as his film Neerja is running successful pan India.He was recently given a surprise by his reel life passengers from film Neerja who kept a special screening of the film and gifted him a photo frame with a beautiful poem written by Madhu Chandhock. The screening was arranged by her son Kashyap Chandhock on behalf of all the fellow passengers.

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Neerja Movie Review: An Outstanding Biopic That Gives us the Lovely Shabana Azmi Back

If I would have to bet my life on an actor who could make anyone cry in a matter of two minutes, I will put all my money in Shabana Azmi’s kitty. The veteran actor, who plays Neerja Bhanot’s affable mother in the biopic Neerja, totally steals the show in the last 20 minutes of the film, gently slicing through every emotional chord in your heart, making you root and cry for her brave daughter as if she was one of your own. It is this incredible emotional pull in director Ram Madhvani’s Neerja that makes it an unmissable film in many ways.Continue reading “Neerja Movie Review: An Outstanding Biopic That Gives us the Lovely Shabana Azmi Back”

Neerja Movie Review: A Tearjerking Tribute!

The tale of Neerja Bhanot isn’t one that’s narrated too often, and Ram Madhvani sets out to change that. Madhvani’s repertoire of work includes some award-winning ad campaigns like the famous Happydent commercial that won the silver lion at Cannes, and the critically acclaimed, and sadly criminally under-viewed Let’s Talk, that introduced Boman Irani to Bollywood. Therefore, when it was announced that he was going to bring Neerja Bhanot’s story to life on celluloid, and cast Sonam Kapoor in that role, there was some trepidation, as Sonam’s not exactly been a favourite of the critics. So the question here is, was justice done to her legacy?Continue reading “Neerja Movie Review: A Tearjerking Tribute!”

Chalk n Duster Movie Review : Noble Intentions, Shoddy Execution

Chalk_and_Duster_PosterThe number of private schools in Mumbai is burgeoning rapidly; and privatization means cut throat competition and no job security. Chalk and Duster attempts to throw some light on the plight of teachers in private schools who are paid far less than their counterparts in public schools but face a lot more work pressure along with the constant fear of losing their jobs. The film also tries put across the nobility of the profession of teaching and how it does not get its due in today’s world.

Now, the storyline does not sound too bad and the competition between private schools in Mumbai has seldom been explored on screen. But you just have to see Chalk and Duster to know what a royal mess the film is.Continue reading “Chalk n Duster Movie Review : Noble Intentions, Shoddy Execution”

Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival hosts the ‘Women In Film’ panel discussion with eminent women from the world of cinema

On Tuesday, November 3rd, Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival with Star India brought together distinguished women from Indian and international cinema.  Shabana Azmi, Vidya Balan, Kangana Ranaut, Kiran Rao, Anupama Chopra and American filmmaker Ava DuVernay took part in a conversation on Women in Film that was powered by Lifebuoy and their initiative ‘Help a Child Reach 5’  that examined the position of women in film today.Continue reading “Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival hosts the ‘Women In Film’ panel discussion with eminent women from the world of cinema”

Jazbaa Movie Review: More Filtered than Instagram, Photoshop and Your Cup of Coffee Combined

First things first. I don’t know why they have called the film ‘Jazbaa’. ‘Jazbaa’ roughly translates to ‘passion’ in English and I am not sure how the theme of passion fits the bill to be this film’s title. Are the makers hinting at the passion of a mother to save her child or is it about the passion to fight against a social evil like sexual harassment? Whatever be might the intent, it does not come out well at the end of the film. The only aspect of the film that showcases true passion is Sanjay Gupta’s weird obsession with green filters that makes at least half of the film look like a series of poorly-edited Instagram posts. More on that later.Continue reading “Jazbaa Movie Review: More Filtered than Instagram, Photoshop and Your Cup of Coffee Combined”