Begum Jaan Movie Review: Of Women Behaving Badly

Partition and Prostitution are two plot devices that can ensure a hard hitting cinematic experience if handled with restraint, and end up making a mockery of human tragedy and resilience, if handled without finesse. Therefore, when the promos of Begum Jaan showed up, one ended up being intrigued. A tale set during the partition involving women of the night promised to be a tantalizing premise. And when it is a massive cast headed by Vidya Balan in a never before avatar, one does walk into the theatre with high expectations. So does Begum possess enough Jaan to hook the viewers?Continue reading “Begum Jaan Movie Review: Of Women Behaving Badly”

Zulfiqar: Trailer

Zulfiqar PosterZulfiqar is a forthcoming Bengali crime drama from Srijit Mukherji which is based on adaptation of two of William Shakespeare’s tragedies: Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra. Produced by Shree Venkatesh Films, the film has a huge ensemble cast comprising of Prosenjit Chatterjee, Dev, Parambrata Chatterjee, Jisshu Sengupta, Ankush Hazra, Koushik Sen, Rahul, Arunoday Banerjee, Kanchan Mullick, Nusrat Jahan, Paoli Dam, Kyra Dutt, June Malia. Soumik Haldar is the DOP while Anindya Chatterjee is the editor. The songs are composed by Anupam Roy while the backgorund score is provided by Indraadip Dasgupta.Continue reading “Zulfiqar: Trailer”

The Best of Indian Cinema in 2015: A Perspective

2015 has been an interesting year overall for Indian Cinema, there have been a lot of films across languages which appealed to both the audience and critics alike. Writers and filmmakers seem to have shown their willingness to explore a variety of topics, often surprising people in the process. As for Hindi Cinema it was a decent if not an excellent year and there were quite a few interesting developments observed. There were some good Hindi films in the first half of 2015 including Baby, Badlapur, Dum Lagake Haisha, NH10, Piku, Tanu Weds Manu Returns etc. This clearly indicated that variety was key and that even a big star like Akshay Kumar was keen to try out meaningful films within the commercial boundary. The third quarter of the year was dominated by two biggies, Baahubali and Bajrangi Bhaijaan, while thankfully a relatively smaller film like Masaan also got noticed. Baahubali’s success in Hindi is unprecedented, as no dubbed film has performed anywhere close to how Baahubali has performed in Hindi. It will be interesting to see if this remains an exception to the norm or whether there will be more such films to follow. The last quarter of the year saw some interesting films like Talvar, Titli and Bajirao Mastani, while the success of Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 took everyone by surprise. SRK showed that he definitely is good at marketing, but that alone can’t change the quality of a film like Dilwale. Sooraj Barjatya returned after a long hiatus with Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, which despite having Salman Khan in a dual role, didn’t do as well as expected.Continue reading “The Best of Indian Cinema in 2015: A Perspective”

Rajkahini: Trailer

Rajkahini PosterAfter the wonderful Nirbaak earlier this year, Srijit Mukherji is back with his next film Rajkahini which will be released during Durga Puja this year. Featuring an ensemble cast which includes 11 major female characters, Rajkahini is produced by Shree Venkatesh Films and is a tale that is based during 1947 when India gains freedom from the British and the Partition happens. The star cast includes Rituparna Sengupta, Jisshu Sengupta, Saswata Chatterjee, Abir Chatterjee, Kaushik Sen etc. The music is by Indraadip Dasgupta while Avik Mukhopadhyay is the DOP and editing is by Srijit Mukherji and Pronoy Dasgupta.Continue reading “Rajkahini: Trailer”

Welcome Zindagi: Trailer

Welcome Zindagi Poster 2Marathi Cinema which of late has been remaking films from other languages,especially Malayalam has now turned to Bengali Cinema as well. Written and directed by Srijit Mukherji, Hemlock Society (2012) was quite well received commercially and critically. Now it has been remade in Marathi as Welcome Zindagi, which is written by Ganesh Matkari and directed by Umesh Ghadge.Produced by Ajit Satam, Sanjay Ahluwalia & Bibhas Chhaya, the film features Swapnil Joshi and Amruta Khanwilkar in the lead, while the supporting cast includes Mohan Agashe, Rajeshwari Sachdev, Urmila Kanitkar, Murli Sharma, Bharti Achrekar, Mahesh Manjrekar etc. Music is Amit Raj, Pankaj Padghan, Soumil-Siddharth & Shamir Tandon while Prasad Bhende is the DOP and Pranav Mistry is the editor.Continue reading “Welcome Zindagi: Trailer”

Nirbaak (2015) Movie Review: Shades of Love

Nirbaak PosterSrijit Mukherji is a prolific Bengali filmmaker, since his debut he has made a film every year, sometimes even two films in a year. He has been dabbling with various genres successfully, this time he brings us to Nirbaak (Speechless).

Nirbaak deals with the core emotion of love, can only humans love? What is love? Is possessiveness a trait of love?Continue reading “Nirbaak (2015) Movie Review: Shades of Love”

Nirbaak: Trailer

Nirbaak PosterNational Award winning writer-director Srijit Mukherji is now ready with his latest Bengali film,Nirbaak (Speechless). The film was in the news from the time it was launched,being Sushmita Sen‘s 1st Bengali film. Produced by Shree Venkatesh Films, Nirbaak also features Anjan Dutt, Jisshu Sengupta and Ritwick Chakraborty. The music (BGM) is by Neel Dutt while Soumik Haldar is the DOP and Pronoy Dasgupta is the editor.Continue reading “Nirbaak: Trailer”

62nd National Film Awards (2015): List of Winners

So the 2nd National Film Awards for Indian Cinema of 2014 has just been announced a short while ago.  The awards will be distributed on May 3rd this year. Given below is the list of winners-Continue reading “62nd National Film Awards (2015): List of Winners”

The Best of Indian Cinema in 2014: A Perspective

At the very outset I wish to express that I personally felt that 2014 was overall an ordinary year for Indian Cinema. It was largely devoid of truly path breaking content and Hindi Cinema in particular was very disappointing, especially the second half of the year. This is even more alarming considering that the 1st quarter of the year saw some decent films like Dedh Ishqiya, Hasee Toh Phasee, Highway, Queen and true blue indie films like Ashim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely, the long pending Om-Dar-B-Dar of Kamal Swaroop and Rajat Kapoor’s Ankhon Dekhi. The last among the films mentioned (Ankhon Dekhi) in particular was a delight, more on that later. But with subsequent weeks throwing up disappointment after disappointment, I had almost given up on the year but thank goodness for the last 2 Fridays of the year which brought in some relief. 19th December saw Raj Kumar Hirani’s Aamir Khan spectacle PK release, one of the most awaited films  of the year while 26th December saw Anurag Kashyap’s long pending Ugly release. PK for me is Raj Kumar Hirani’s weakest film, but it is still an earnest film and Aamir thankfully is good in the film. So while I have no problem with the film’s spectacular success, I do oppose the way the so called moral and religious police are dragging it into an unnecessary controversy.Continue reading “The Best of Indian Cinema in 2014: A Perspective”