65th National Film Awards (2018): List of Winners

The 65th National Film Awards for Indian Cinema of 2017 have been announced earlier today.The awards will be distributed in early May this year. Given below is the list of winners-

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The team of Mr. India to unite for the first time at the Jio MAMI Movie Mela With Star India

Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, Boney Kapoor, Satish Kaushik, Aftab Shivdasani and a host of other cast and crew members from the film

to come together and share their experience of making the film with movie lovers at Mehboob Studio on Saturday, 31st Oct


This year, the Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival With Star India introduces the Movie Mela – a one-day celebration of cinema.  On Saturday, October 31st, when delegates of the festival walk into Mehboob Studio, they will enter a different world – a world of movie characters, movie merchandising and above all, movie conversations.Continue reading “The team of Mr. India to unite for the first time at the Jio MAMI Movie Mela With Star India”

Puli Movie Review: Lofty in Ambition, Mediocre in Output

Chimbu Deven who started his career as a cartoonist with the popular Tamil magazine, Ananda Vikatan went on to turn filmmaker with Imsai Arasan 23am Pulikesi (2006). A period comedy, the film was widely accepted for its novelty and made comedian Vadivelu acceptable as a hero as well. Chimbu Deven then went on to make more films like the contemporary fantasy Arai En 305 il Kadavul (2008), the western comedy Irumbukottai Murattu Singam (2010) and a contemporary tale like Oru Kanniyum Moonu Kalavaanikalum (2014). When it was announced that his next film would be with Vijay it didn’t really surprise me as he did have a decent track record to talk about. But considering that the film in question, Puli was to be a period fantasy adventure, I was quite skeptical. Skeptical only because of the fact that a project like this is expected to be a little too ambitious and isn’t something that everyone can actually deliver.Continue reading “Puli Movie Review: Lofty in Ambition, Mediocre in Output”

The Tamil Cinema Heroine: Mini Skirts and Bar Counters

Two years back, a Tamil movie had a female lead who drinks vodka, albeit unknown to her family and on seeing a girl she calls her “matter”, having seen her profile on desigirls.com. By all means, this was an unconventional Tamil heroine character in a very conventional commercial Tamil film. The film is Thuppakki, one which is talked more about for calling a single terrorist as “sleeper cells” than anything else. I find it as one of the first commercial films where Tamil cinema is getting ready to see its heroine as more than the “veetu kutthuvezhaku” that she has been expected to be.

Film critic Baradwaj Rangan, tells about Silk Smitha and the image of the vamps of Tamil cinema as “Till the end of the 1960s, the bulk of movies, unlike the Hindi film industry, were not shot at hill stations. They were family dramas with strong family-oriented cores. The heroine was sari-clad, demure and sexy in a girl-next-door way. There was no boa, no bikinis. The first of the vamps were Jayamalini and Jyothilakshmi. They were made to stand for everything negative in society that the heroine could not represent. Who were the heroines at the time? Ambika, Radha, Revathi and Suhasini. These were the ‘sexy’ heroines in the non-erotic sense. They represented the family. As a variety of villains cropped up, they became gangster molls. The vamp began to represent society’s hypocrisy.”Continue reading “The Tamil Cinema Heroine: Mini Skirts and Bar Counters”

Top 10 Romantic Characters: Female

In Hindi films, we have epitomised romance and romantic heroines. Think of Hindi films minus the heroines clad in chiffon saris and Lata Mangeshkar’s melodious voice. It wouldn’t be the same, would it be? Would you have returned home bedazzled by the charm of the heroine and buy the latest poster to stick it on your walls? Every Indian man has wanted, at some point of time or the other in his life, to marry an actress – and that my friend could be ascribed only to the romantic films. In the second part of the twin post, we look at the top 10 female romantic character portrayals in Hindi cinema.Continue reading “Top 10 Romantic Characters: Female”

Himmatwala : Not Begging for a Remake

I remember seeing Himmatwala years ago as a kid and with each passing year, it has made way for newer, better films in my memory space. Now all that I can recall about the film is Jeetendra and Sridevi dancing around colourful pots to the tune of “Naino mein sapna”. So when a remake comes along, it becomes necessary to revisit the original, which went on to become one of the most commercially successful films of 1983.
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Himmatwala: Trailer

K.Raghavendra Rao the veteran prolific Telugu filmmaker is also popular for remaking many of his films in Hindi. One such Telugu blockbuster of his which found a Hindi remake was Ooriki Monagadu (1981) which had Krishna and Jayapradha in the lead. The Hindi version which released in 1983 was Himmatwala with Jeetendra and Sridevi in the lead. Continue reading “Himmatwala: Trailer”

The Best of Bollywood: 2012

Unmindful of their box office gains, I present a list of 10 films which I rate as the best churned out by Bollywood in 2012. A few obvious choices, a few dark horses. If you still haven’t seen any of them, consider this list as a recommendation.
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Thank you 2012: You changed our lives !

While we lost many icons in 2012, there were many who got a new lease of life. Character actors making breakthroughs, directors finding appreciation after a spate of flops, veterans making comebacks; 2012 saw it all.

I have tried to put together few of those names here. Not an exhaustive list. Just a few I personally felt were significant.Continue reading “Thank you 2012: You changed our lives !”