Parched Movie Review: The Girls Can Have all the Fun !

Just last week we had a movie about what 3 women go through after a fateful night. The women stayed in the capital city & were independent, educated and stood up to men. A week later, we have Leena Yadav’s Parched. A film that is set in rural Rajasthan, and is about 3 women who are uneducated, stubbed by men & society and are liberated only by their imagination.Continue reading “Parched Movie Review: The Girls Can Have all the Fun !”

Lion: Trailer

lion-posterLion, originally titled A Long Way Home, is an upcoming drama film directed by Garth Davis and written by Luke Davies, based on the non-fiction book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley. The film stars Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Nicole Kidman. It also features actors from India including Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Pallavi Sharda, Deepti Naval, Priyanka Bose, Tannishtha Chatterjee etc. It is scheduled to be screened at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. The film will be released in the United States by on November 25, 2016.Continue reading “Lion: Trailer”

Island City: Trailer

Island City PosterIsland City is a forthcoming Hindi film that’s written and directed by Ruchika Oberoi. After a successful festival circuit where it even fetched Ruchika Oberoi the FEDORA prize for the Best Young Director.at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival, it is now releasing in India on 2nd September thanks to Drishyam Films. Produced by NFDC, the film has music by Sagar Desai while Sylvester Fonseca is the DOP and Hemanti Sarkar is the editor.Continue reading “Island City: Trailer”

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””

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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Angry Indian Goddesses Movie Review: The Ladies on a Roll!

 Normally when you are going through tough times you may get into a shell, not wanting to reach out even to people who really matter to you and care for you. But when it’s a moment of great joy and happiness you don’t usually do that right? Generally by and large we like having people around us during our special moments, people who really matter to us. It’s also a time when people get to unwind and go back in time, as they tend to relive their past days of glory. That’s why weddings make no sense unless you are surrounded by really genuine friends of yours, people who have stood by you during days of gloom and bloom alike. We only tend to think of naughty bachelors/bachelorette parties when it comes to weddings when friends are coming over, but isn’t there something which goes beyond that? Why am I mentioning all this? Well when I’m about to share my take on Pan Nalin’s Angry Indian Goddesses there’s no way I can start any other way :).Continue reading “Angry Indian Goddesses Movie Review: The Ladies on a Roll!”

Angry Indian Goddesses premieres in India at the Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival

After garnering plaudits globally, Pan Nalin’s film Angry Indian Goddesses(AIG), a story which explores the free spirit of a group of Indian girls in Goa, premiered in India at the 17th edition of Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival with Star India on November 3rd and many of the big names in Bollywood attended the same. Continue reading “Angry Indian Goddesses premieres in India at the Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival”

NFDC’s ISLAND CITY wins FEDEORA award for the Best Director of a Debut film

Ruchika Oberoi, the debutant director of “Island City” produced by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) won FEDEORA award for the Best Director of a Debut film at the recently held 72nd Venice Film Festival.Continue reading “NFDC’s ISLAND CITY wins FEDEORA award for the Best Director of a Debut film”

Gour Hari Dastaan-The Freedom File Movie Review: Perseverance Pays or Does It?

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
by any other name would smell as sweet

William Shakespeare may have famously once said/written this no doubt, but ever wondered what our lives would be if we were suddenly stripped of our identity? How would it feel to wake up one day only to be told that your existence is nothing but a lie, probably just a figment of one’s imagination? That the name by which you have always responded to isn’t yours anymore? Sounds ridiculous or funny right? Well yes why not, after all why on earth would something like this happen? So let’s make it a lot simpler, what if you were known for some deed of yours in the past, only to be told one fine day that no such thing happened and that you are probably lying? Possible, quite possible and irrespective of whether you feel the same or not, I am sure Ananth Narayan Mahadevan’s latest film, Gour Hari Dastaan will make you ponder on the same.
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