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Lights, Camera, Conversation… “Sex… and the city-based thriller”

November 1, 2013

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On seeking out, um, interesting films at the Mumbai Film Festival. And how the Bengali film industry seems to have managed a viable middle-of-the-road cinema. The most interesting film I saw at the Mumbai Film Festival was Srijit Mukherji’s Baishe Srabon. I didn’t expect it to be the most interesting film. That slot, I thought, […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “And the Oscar doesn’t go to…”

September 27, 2013

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Some thoughts on cricket and baseball and the movies we send out for Best Foreign Film consideration. So the powers that be chose The Good Road over The Lunchbox, and Twitter exploded. I thought, first, that this was an overreaction. (Then again, what’s Twitter for if not overreacting?) After all, isn’t this the same system […]

Masters of different mediums

April 3, 2012

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The essay that inaugurates Filming Fiction: Tagore, Premchand, and Ray (edited by M Asaduddin and Anuradha Ghosh) makes a persuasive case for the existence of this anthology, which, at first glance, presents itself as simply yet another book on Satyajit Ray. In a disquisition titled His Films, Their Stories (whose name, of course, looks back […]

Films & Feni: The Big Bong

December 2, 2009

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THE BIG BONG DEC 2, 2009 – THE PHRASE “FILMED PLAY” HAS, by now, entered the lexicon of moviemaking as an embarrassing pejorative, an indication that declamatory acting and theatrical mise en scène has been foisted upon us in the name of cinema. But the Brazilian director, Daniel Filho, in his thrillingly dramatic Tempos de […]

Films & Feni: Window to the World

December 1, 2009

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WINDOW TO THE WORLD DEC 1, 2009 – IT’S PERHAPS TOO FACILE TO LABEL Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s Janala (Window) as, well, a window to the world – but it is, at some level, a porthole to musings about the fluid nature of relationships, the value of the selfless deed in a selfish universe, and above all, […]

Films & Feni: Oscar Ahoy!

November 30, 2009

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OSCAR AHOY NOV 30, 2009 – CAN A FILM BE COMMERCIAL, incorporating songs (wonderfully tuned by Shantanu Moitra) and ingratiating product plugs, and yet not too commercial, wanting to embrace a wide audience but not at the cost of losing its soul along the way? Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s beautifully bittersweet Antaheen somehow finds that magical […]

Films & Feni: India Unplugged

November 29, 2009

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INDIA UNPLUGGED NOV 29, 2009 – WHAT, OUTSIDE OF THE UNIVERSE OF Monty Python, is the Meaning of Life? Is it the sight of a woman retching out the contents of her stomach as her male companion launches, casually, into the opening bars of O sole mio? Is it Hitler popping out, like a jack-in-the-box, […]

Films & Feni: Star Gazing

November 28, 2009

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STAR GAZING NOV 28, 2009 – A FILM FESTIVAL ISN’T EXACTLY THE PLACE you’d trawl for stars, so it was a refreshing change-of-pace to slip into Manoel de Oliveira’s I’m Going Home – part of a retrospective-tribute to the great (and apparently ageless) director — and lock eyes with Michel Piccoli, John Malkovich and, especially, […]

Films & Feni: The Man Who Loved Yngve, Not Yngwie

November 26, 2008

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THE MAN WHO LOVED YNGVE, NOT YNGWIE NOV 27, 2008 – BEFORE THE SCREENING OF ANJAN DUTT’S Chaurasta: Crossroads of Love, Victor Banerjee warned the audience that his director marched to the beat of a distinctly different drummer inside his head (“he doesn’t care too much if you don’t understand his film”), and that we […]

Interview: Shaji Karun

April 23, 2006

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‘MY STRENGTHS ARE THE VISUALS, NOT WORDS’ Shaji Karun’s first film was about a commoner. His forthcoming feature is about Raja Ravi Varma. The filmmaker talks about aspects of this interesting journey. APR 23, 2006 – TYPE IN WWW.SHAJI.INFO AND you’ll be greeted by the photograph you see in this story. If this isn’t a […]