What does it take for somebody to stand up and raise their voice? What would make an ordinary man, accustomed to playing a cat and mouse game with the system, finally say enough is enough, and decide to fight back, irrespective of what happens to him? And if, and when, he actually does fight back, can he fight fairly, against a system that’s rigged to win 99.9% of the time, a system that he has only encountered bits and pieces of, but never truly encountered or experienced?
India Film Project’s newest initiative, Talk Shop, is all set to launch on June 9th. In a country celebrating cinema, where we praise our movie stars, much has not been said about the person who puts in his sweat to make a film happen.Continue reading “Talk Shop, an all-new Directors-only talk show to launch this June!”
Trapped is a forthcoming film directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, the maker of Udaan (2010) and Lootera (2013). Produced by Phantom Films, the film, a survival thriller, stars Rajkummar Rao, whose character is shut in a Mumbai apartment for 25 days. It was shot in less than a month in Mumbai in 2016. Written by Amit Joshi & Hardik Mehta, Trapped has music by Alokananda Dasgupta, while Siddharth Diwan is the DOP and Nitin Baid is the editor.Continue reading “Trapped: Trailer”
Among several firsts, the Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star announces a new category titled ‘Spotlight’. Spotlight is a carefully crafted segment of films that recognises Indian cinema’s historical trajectories, celebrates its creative impulses and explores its futures. The section kicks off with the world premiere of Vikramaditya Motwane’s ‘Trapped’. Continue reading “Jio MAMI with Star to host the World Premiere of Vikramaditya Motwane’s TRAPPED”
Amdavad Ma Famous is a documentary that explores the madness of kite-flying festival in old Ahmedabad through the eyes of a 11 year old kid Zaid. In a candid chat with Madaboutmoviez, director Hardik Mehta (Script Supervisor for Lootera & Queen) and DOP Piyush Puty (DOP/ co-director for the Making of Lootera) took us through the trials and tribulations of making this film which has won the best non-feature film award at the recently concluded National Film Awards.Continue reading “Tete-a-tete with the team of “Amdavad Ma Famous” – Winner of 63rd National Awards”
This one has been long overdue. I had met Anupama Chopra in the first week of June and published the first half of the interview in the first half of July. However, thanks to writing work related to Masaan promotions on MAM and the post production of my web-series, the second half got inordinately delayed. When in mid-September I finally could take out time to transcribe the interview, I decided to hold it off till MAMI, for what better occasion is there to write about the festival director of arguably India’s biggest film festival.Continue reading “Rendezvous with Anupama Chopra: Part 2”
If you are a movie buff then it’s highly unlikely that you’ve not heard of Neeraj Ghaywan and his debut film Masaan which has released today, after all the film has been in the news right from the very beginning. Be it for winning the 2014 Sundance Institute/Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award or much later for making it as an official entry to Cannes this year under the Un Certain Regard section where it even won a couple of awards, Masaan or (Fly Away Solo as it was called earlier) has been making the right kind of moves everywhere, not everything by design of course. It isn’t often that a filmmaker manages to make his debut with all these aspects. Added to it is the fact that the film has an impressive cast and crew and is supported by producers who make things matter. So eventually it won’t be surprising when you hear people interested in knowing if Masaan deserved all this and if Neeraj Ghaywan has made a convincing debut, after all its to do with human nature.Continue reading “Masaan Movie Review: From the Heartland with a lot of Heart”
Let me start this write-up with a bias, just like the disclaimer I put up whenever I write a review. I believe that Anupama Chopra is the most credible film reviewer we have in India right now. She is honest, fair but never mean – three qualities every person with a mouthpiece should have. There are critics who express polarising reviews, albeit very well written pieces, but she is possibly one of the most balanced reviewers. Thanks to Raja Sen, I got her email id and sent her the request for the interview. Within an hour I got a reply, and she agreed to take out time soon. However, at that point of time (early May) she was getting ready for Cannes and had too many things on her plate to squeeze out time for a one-on-one interview. On the other hand, I was insistent on not doing a telephonic conversation because that is almost never fruitful. So, I decided to wait till she came back from France. In the meanwhile, I got busy with the shoot for my web series and my vacation with friends. So, the moment I set foot on India again, I sent her an email to kindly schedule an interview in the first week of June. This time, she promptly replied yet again, and confirmed the meeting.Continue reading “Rendezvous with Anupama Chopra: Part 1”
Neeraj Ghaywan’s Cannes Award winning directorial debut Masaan had its trailer launch at a suburban multiplex amid much fanfare with its cast and crew in Mumbai.
Talking about the journey of the first Indian film to win two awards (FIPRESCI Award and the Most Promising Future Prize in the Un Certain Regard section) at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 26 years, the director, Neeraj Ghaywan said, “Varun Grover and I researched content for the film for around a year in Benares. We spent a lot of time with the Chaudhary family of the Dom community who work in cremation grounds. A lot of the film has been drawn from real life.”Continue reading “Neeraj Ghaywan’s Masaan: Trailer”