Oorvazi Irani’s next film – “Anahita’s Law” raises relevant questions on cast & gender-based stereotyping in the 21st century

God gave us equality ~ Now women are determined to fight for it  Continue reading “Oorvazi Irani’s next film – “Anahita’s Law” raises relevant questions on cast & gender-based stereotyping in the 21st century”

Tom Alter: Real Life imitates Reel Life

Mysteriously in my case real life imitated reel life. Tom played the character of the enlightened grandfather in my film “The Path of Zarathustra” where I played a young woman seeking true wisdom and understanding the world as it really is. My experience of enacting these scenes with Tom and interacting with him on the sets of my film was like gaining wisdom on and off screen. I feel blessed that he agreed to play the most important role in my film and feel fortunate that all the other Parsi actors I approached before him said a big ‘No’. He may not be a Parsi but epitomizes the spirit of the character (which is beyond belonging to any religion) with every gesture, word and look.  He had an aura of something pure which makes the film come to life.Continue reading “Tom Alter: Real Life imitates Reel Life”

“Capturar A Story”: A Short Film Competition for Young Film Aficionados

SVKM Culturama 5 presents “Capturar A Story” a short film competition for all you young film aficionados (14-19 years) all over India. The event is mentored by Ms Oorvazi Irani who is a notable and proficient filmmaker and film educationalist.

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SVKM Culturama is a International school festival inviting schools all over India, including 70 schools in Mumbai from various international boards – IB, A levels, IGCSE and also ICSE (8th to 12th standards) Continue reading ““Capturar A Story”: A Short Film Competition for Young Film Aficionados”

Releasing an Independently Made Film: My Experience with “The Path of Zarathustra”

At the very outset I’d like to begin this write-up by admitting that I am no expert on movie marketing or film distribution, far from it in fact. However these are indeed subjects close to my heart and I am happy that I’m in a position to continuously learn and improve in the same. While I’m partly a media professional as I write for MAM and elsewhere on cinema, I am very transparent in admitting that I’ve always wanted to work in films directly as well. Over the last few years ever since I quit the comfort of a secure corporate career, I’ve tried various routes to break in via both the conventional and unconventional routes. While the prospect of working with a good studio/production house always excited me, considering that the brand in question and the projects associated thereby would help me improve my learning, I realized that it is not easy to break in to that space.Continue reading “Releasing an Independently Made Film: My Experience with “The Path of Zarathustra””

The Path of Zarathustra Movie Review

Cast: Oorvazi Irani, Tom Alter, Rushad Rana, Shishir Sharma, Darius Shroff, Firdausi Jussawalla, Vivek Tandon
Director: Oorvazi Irani.

“The film reminds me of Alice In Wonderland,” I remember the director’s remark about her film in a candid chat, soon after the end title starts rolling. Now I truly understand why Oorvazi Irani relates her debut feature film to the classic fantasy. While Alice In Wonderland is a tale of a girl who falls through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world and encounters quirky characters. The Path Of Zarathustra narrates the story of a young Parsi woman — Oorvazi (played by Oorvazi Irani) , who embarks upon a spiritual quest after inheriting a mysterious book from her dying grandfather (Tom Alter) and encounters famed spiritual figures of Zoroastrians—Kardir (Vivek Tandon), Zurvan (Shishir Sharma), Mani (Firdausi Jussawalla), and Mazdak (Darius Shroff).Continue reading “The Path of Zarathustra Movie Review”

The Path Of Zarathustra Movie Review: Well-intentioned, But Not Very Well Made

Oorvazi Irani’s The Path Of Zarathustra gets a release this Friday, thanks to the undying efforts of the team and great support by PVR Director’s Rare to back another indie film. The film focuses on the dwindling state of the Parsi community in India, definitely a rare issue touched and raised by its makers. Produced by SBI Impresario, a company owned by Oorvazi’s father, the film has minimal budgets and thus, no real buzz in the market out there. Yet, it has managed to secure around 4 odd screens in Mumbai and is also releasing in other important cities (Delhi,Pune, Ahmedabad, Bangalore). The Path Of Zarathustra is a well-intentioned film no doubt, focusing on a community that the Industry has only used for caricatures, but despite being sensitive to our times, it ends up being a little misfired in its own right.  Continue reading “The Path Of Zarathustra Movie Review: Well-intentioned, But Not Very Well Made”

It is not autobiographical yet there is a lot of me in there: Oorvazi Irani on her debut feature film The Path of Zarathustra

“I identify myself as an artist first and foremost; film maker, actor, educationalist, all of these are facets to the same identity” says Oorvazi in her calm composed and assured manner setting the tone for what turns out to be a deeply reflective journey into her mind and method of art.Continue reading “It is not autobiographical yet there is a lot of me in there: Oorvazi Irani on her debut feature film The Path of Zarathustra”

The Journey of ‘The Path of the Zarathustra’: Oorvazi Irani’s Quest for Authentic Parsi Locations

Zoroastrians (popularly recognized as either Parsis or Iranis) have always been that enigmatic, close-knit community that all of India wants to know more about. An affable community with dwindling population, but a very distinct identity and a host of great achievers in all walks of life, could have ideally been a great fodder for cinematic narrative of Indian films. But, most mainstream films, with a few notable exceptions like Little Zizou, Ferrari Ki Sawari, Being Cyrus and Pestonjee, have stuck to stereotypical and somewhat superficial portrayal of the Parsis.Continue reading “The Journey of ‘The Path of the Zarathustra’: Oorvazi Irani’s Quest for Authentic Parsi Locations”

The Path of Zarathustra: A film I will not miss!

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A still from The Path of Zarathustra

When I had caught the cinema bug around half a decade back, I started exploring films from directors around the world. Some left me in a state of awe and others clueless. Just at the beginning of this journey into the fascinating world of cinema-watching, I happened to attend a film appreciation course conducted by a certain Oorvazi Irani of whom I had no idea of. But her impressive blog convinced me to take the course and I have always patted myself for that decision. The course and my correspondence with her since then has not only helped me appreciate the finer nuances of the movies but has also played a major role in shaping my taste in cinema.Continue reading “The Path of Zarathustra: A film I will not miss!”