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”

The Best of Tamil Cinema in 2016

2016 was an interesting year for Tamil Cinema with a variety of topics being explored. Some big films didn’t do well, while some small films made impact. Certain stars did well,while some of them didn’t really do well. Here are the films in my opinion which stood a little apart from the rest of the pack and made an impact this year.The movies aren’t sorted in any order of merit. Sorting is done based on release dates.

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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?”

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”

Visaaranai Movie Review: Brutal yet Realistic Tale That Leaves You Pondering

I have lived across the country in various places, across various states without ever facing any problems in terms of adjusting to the new place. Of course I have been lucky for 2 reasons, for one I have been fortunate enough to be able to blend into any city that I have been part of, without really having any major cultural issues as such to handle. Secondly I never had to struggle for work, accommodation or food wherever I went, which I consider to be an advantage considering that the majority of the people who migrate to other locations, do so in search of better pastures and are not lucky enough to have access to resources easily. So these days when I see hordes of people from Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal in Kerala or in Gujarat, I do wonder what is it that makes them leave their own home state and go all the way to a totally different part of the country armed with just hope, hope of a better future.Continue reading “Visaaranai Movie Review: Brutal yet Realistic Tale That Leaves You Pondering”

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.

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Visaaranai: Trailer

Visaaranai PosterNational Award winning writer-director Vetrimaaran,known for films like Polladhavan (2007) and Aadukalam (2011) is now back with his next film Visaaranai (inquiry) which is produced by him along with Dhanush. Featuring Attakathi Dinesh, Kishore,Aadukalam Murugadoss, Anandhi, Samuthirakani etc, the film is supposedly based on real incidents and is a hard hitting tale of a group of youngsters undergoing a police inquiry. The music is by G.V.Prakash Kumar while S.Ramalingam is the DOP and late Kishore T.E is the editor.Continue reading “Visaaranai: Trailer”