The Best of Indian Cinema in 2016: A Perspective

Let me begin by honestly admitting that 2016 was a lukewarm year for Indian Cinema, at least that would be something that I firmly believe in. Be it Bollywood/Hindi cinema or any of the regional language film industries, things were largely subdued for a major part of the year. Be it businesswise or with respect to the quality of output, 2016 definitely seemed to lag behind 2015, forget going anywhere beyond that for a comparison. It’s not that the year was totally beyond redemption, there were some positives as well, but they were not sufficient enough to completely lift up the spirit of Indian cinema overall. Let’s begin by taking a look at Bollywood to start with. 2016 saw only 2 big blockbusters, Sultan and Dangal, none of the other successful films were runaway hits as such. So while Salman Khan and Aamir Khan delivered big time with Sultan and Dangal respectively, SRK came up with Fan which met with a mixed response, while gaining back some traction with one of the better Hindi films of the year, Dear Zindagi.Continue reading “The Best of Indian Cinema in 2016: A Perspective”

Do Indian Films need an Oscar?

Every year during this time of year, we have our own tamasha for Oscars. We are more excited for Oscars than probably say Harvey Weinstein.

How we select a film as official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film categroy is still a mystery to most Indians. How FFI nominates members is a bigger mystery than the big bang theory. Thanks to the influx of social media, now we have an opinion on which film we should send to Oscars. Sadly it does not depend upon on the person’s own choice, but it depends on what this person thinks that the Goras will like.Continue reading “Do Indian Films need an Oscar?”

Thithi: Trailer

Thithi Still 2Raam Reddy‘s Thithi has been one of the most keenly awaited indie films this year and a film that’s already turning out to be a trendsetter for Kannada cinema. Winner of the National Award for Best Kannada Film, 2 awards at the prestigious Locarno Film Festival and awards at festivals in Mumbai, Palm Springs, Marrakech etc, Thithi is all set for a theatrical release on 6th May. After an initial release in Karnataka the film is likely to release in select cities across the Country as well. Thithi is produced by Pratap Reddy and Sunmin Park and written by Raam Reddy and Eregowda. Doron Tempert is the DOP while editing is by Raam Reddy and John Zimmerman. There is not a single professional actor in the film, most of them being local talent sourced for the film and the main characters are portrayed by Thammegowda S., Channegowda, Abhishek H.N., Pooja S.M etc.Continue reading “Thithi: Trailer”

63rd National Film Awards (2016): List of Winners

The 63rd National Film Awards for Indian Cinema of 2015 has just been announced a short while ago.  The awards will be distributed in early May this year. Given below is the list of winners-Continue reading “63rd National Film Awards (2016): List of Winners”

In Conversation with Filmmaker Raam Reddy: On Thithi and More

Amongst the films every MAMI Film Festival attendee is gushing about this year is Thithi that won the Jury Grand Prize in the International Competition section. A story about three generations of a family in the Mandya district of Karnataka and how they react when the great-grandfather passes away. It features what has to be the most interesting dead character in a movie since Satish Shah in Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron.Continue reading “In Conversation with Filmmaker Raam Reddy: On Thithi and More”

Raam Reddy’s Kannada language film debut feature, Thithi wins the Jury Grand Prize in the International Competition at Mumbai Film Festival, 2015

Raam Reddy’s directorial debut, Thithi wins the Jury Grand Prize at Mumbai Film Festival, 2015. The Kannada-language film, which made its Asian Premiere at Mumbai Film Festival, 2015, was the only Indian feature to be selected in the International Competition.The film had its international première at Locarno International Film Festival in August this year and won two top awards – Pardo d’oro Cineasti Del Presente Premio Nescens”  (Golden Leopard, Filmmakers of the Present Competition) and “Swatch First Feature Award” for the best debut feature in the festival.Continue reading “Raam Reddy’s Kannada language film debut feature, Thithi wins the Jury Grand Prize in the International Competition at Mumbai Film Festival, 2015”

Jio MAMI 2015 Diaries Day 3 & 4

We continue the coverage of Jio MAMI 2015 and given below is a roundup of films watched by the MAM team on days 3 & 4.

(for days 1 & day 2,check here)Continue reading “Jio MAMI 2015 Diaries Day 3 & 4”

Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival with Star India Concludes,Winners in the Competitive Categores Announced

The 7 – Day event from October 29th to November 5th, 2015, screened over 200 films from 58 countries across the world and

witnessed a staggering turnout of over 7000 delegates which is a record turnout for the festival in the last 16 years.

 

India’s biggest Film Festival Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival with Star India, drew to a close onThursday, 5th November, 2015 at the Taj Land’s end, Bandra. World-renowned filmmakers, talent and Bollywood stars walked the red carpet to celebrate the end of Mumbai’s very own film festival.Continue reading “Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival with Star India Concludes,Winners in the Competitive Categores Announced”

Jio MAMI 2015 Diaries Days 1 & 2

As every year, it’s the time of the year when film lovers across Mumbai rejoice, thanks to MAMI. This year we were looking forward to MAMI, with enthusiasm as Jio MAMI 2015 was supposed to get bigger and better. As usual our authors who attended MAMI share their thoughts about the movies they watched.

Here’s an account of the movies watched during days 1 & 2 of the festival.
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