Vakratunda Mahakaaya Marathi Movie Review : The Elephant Deity And Its Adventures

Vakratunda-Mahakaya-Marathi-Movie-PosterAmong the innumerable gods and goddesses worshiped by Indians, Lord Ganesha occupies a special place. Perhaps that is why the Ganesh Chaturthi festival continues to be celebrated with great pomp and fervour even today. That the public celebration of the festival has acquired quite a nuisance value in recent years is a discussion best left for another day.Continue reading “Vakratunda Mahakaaya Marathi Movie Review : The Elephant Deity And Its Adventures”

Film Bazaar Co-Production Market 2015: Call For Entries

Co-Production Market 2015 officially announces call for submissions from filmmakers with compelling South Asian stories seeking co-production, financial and artistic support from attending co-producers, sales agents, distributors and financiers from the world over. We begin accepting entries from 19 June 2015, submissions close on 31 July.

20 remarkable South Asian stories will be selected this year. Projects get to pitch their film to the Indian and international film community that attends Film Bazaar with a focus on fiction features. Continue reading “Film Bazaar Co-Production Market 2015: Call For Entries”

Details of Seven Selected Projects for the Inaugural Drishyam / Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab in Goa, India April 12-16

Sundance Institute and Drishyam today announced the artists and creative advisors selected for the inaugural Drishyam | Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab in Goa, India April 12-16. The Lab supports emerging filmmakers in India, as part of the Institute’s sustained commitment to international artists, which in the last 25 years has included programs in Brazil, Mexico, Jordan, Turkey, Japan, Israel and Central Europe. Continue reading “Details of Seven Selected Projects for the Inaugural Drishyam / Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab in Goa, India April 12-16”

Ritesh Batra’s workshop with Farah Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui at Merwan Cafe

A workshop was conducted by  Ritesh Batra’s production company Poetic License with Farah Khan and actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui on April 4 at Merwan Cafe in Grant road.

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Ritesh Batra’s workshop with casting directors Atul Mongia (Queen) and Seher Latif (The Lunchbox, Fast and Furious 7)

A workshop was conducted by  Ritesh Batra’s production company Poetic License with India’s brightest and media shy Casting Directors, Atul Mongia (Queen, Lootera, Shaghai, Titli) and Seher Latif (Lunchbox, Tigers, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel part 1 and 2, Fast and Furious 7, Zero Dark Thirty, Eat Pray Love) on March 27 at Excelsior Cafe in Fort. 

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No Golden Age for Bollywood

Dhoom 3 Krissh 3 Chennai ExpressLess than a month ago, I went to watch Dhoom 3 with a friend on the night of 24th December for a 11:30 show in a suburban Mumbai multiplex. We had decided to catch the film instead of spending a bomb in some club, primarily because we thought the movie would be good fun. Frankly, I didn’t expect Dhoom 3 to be anything else besides being entertaining. I am someone who thoroughly enjoyed the previous installments of the franchise, though both of them had barely much storyline to boast of. I had committed a similar blasphemy when I got so curious about Chennai Express – it broke 3 Idiots’ record and I thought there would some merit in the film to do so. But man, both of them were so lame that they are insults to their own genre. I am someone who enjoyed Rajiv Rai films tremendously; I still swear by Mohra, Tridev & Gupt – Dhoom 3 and Chennai Express are films which fail even the word ‘entertainment’.Continue reading “No Golden Age for Bollywood”

Nominations For the Best of Bollywood 2013!

Like most other years, 2013 too has been an eventful year for the Hindi film industry. And unlike other years, 2013 was also the 100th year for the Hindi film industry. However, the centenary wasn’t really a landmark in terms of quality; we didn’t have a watershed of extraordinary films. Yes, we had a few brilliant pieces of cinema but we also had a truckload of terrible movies. What has been most encouraging in this entire melee is the gradual acceptance and support rendered to smaller films. While we had Kiran Rao helping a “Ship of Theseus” to get a release, we had a Karan Johar taking “The Lunchbox” out to the masses. In this post, I enumerate my (completely) personal list of favourite films of 2013 and their different aspects. These are my nominations for the best of Bollywood in the year 2013. While I have considered six nominees for every category (most of which are non-technical), I have added one more as “Almost There”, whom / what I feel is good but not enough to be on the list. Would love to get your vote from the nominees or any additional candidate you feel like.Continue reading “Nominations For the Best of Bollywood 2013!”

The Lunchbox (2013) Movie Review

Rating: – 9/10.

“We forget things if we have no one to tell them to.”

the-lunchbox (1)That line encapsulates the pandemic of loneliness that seems to have engulfed modern society. The irony of our hyper-connected world is that it gets pretty lonely when everyone’s out living their lives. Continue reading “The Lunchbox (2013) Movie Review”

Special Delivery : Ritesh Batra's short film 'Cafe Regular, Cairo'

Ritesh Batra’s ‘The Lunchbox‘ is easily one of the most assured debuts of our times. Not only do the performances seem natural, but the way the camera closes in and captures every moment is amazing too. I never really get how so many filmmakers ignore what the real Bombay stands for – they forget, no, ignore Mumbai’s filled-to-the-brim-and-spilling milieu.

Thankfully Ritesh knows what he’s doing. You remember that scene when Irrfan gets bugged with the trafficContinue reading “Special Delivery : Ritesh Batra's short film 'Cafe Regular, Cairo'”