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Siraj Syed

Siraj Syed is the India Correspondent for and a member of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics. He is a Film Festival Correspondent since 1976, Film-critic since 1969 and a Feature-writer since 1970. He is also an acting and dialogue coach. 



IFFI 50: 11 Golden Lining films, made in 1969, to be part of IFFI’s golden jubilee screenings

IFFI 50: 11 Golden Lining films, made in 1969, to be part of IFFI’s golden jubilee screenings

IFFI, in its 50th edition, dedicates a section for Films, released in 1969, who turn 50 this year. These include National Award winning Films from all parts of India and bring in its fold, all the Indian Film Industry. The package includes Films in Odiya, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, Assamese and Malayalam languages.

One of the movies featured on this section is Tambdi Mati, by Bhalji Pendharkar, which is the story of a young widow, who is troubled by a village miscreant, and her struggles to survive.  This film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Marathi.

Another movie, Nanak Nam Jahaz Hai, in Punjabi, directed by noted Hindi film-maker Ram Maheshwari, features music composed by S. Mohinder (Mohinder Singh), who is noted for the song ‘Re mann aiso karr’ which earned him a National Film Award for Best Music Director. Mohinder also scored the music for many Hindi films.

The complete list of films featured in this category:

Varakatnam by N. T. Rama Rao

Dr. Bezbarua by Brajen Barua

Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne by Satyajit Ray

Iru Kodugal by K. Balachander

Nanak Nam Jahaz Hai by Ram Maheshwari

Satyakam by Hrishikesh Mukherjee

Stree by Siddharth

Tambdi Mati by Bhalji Pendharkar (music by Anandghan, the assumed name of Lata Mangeshkar)

Uyyale by N. Lakshminarayan

Aradhana by Shakti Samanta

Adimakal by K. S. Sethumadhavan

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About Siraj Syed

Syed Siraj
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Siraj Syed is a film-critic since 1970 and a Former President of the Freelance Film Journalists' Combine of India.

He is the India Correspondent of and a member of FIPRESCI, the international Federation of Film Critics, Munich, Germany

Siraj Syed has contributed over 1,015 articles on cinema, international film festivals, conventions, exhibitions, etc., most recently, at IFFI (Goa), MIFF (Mumbai), MFF/MAMI (Mumbai) and CommunicAsia (Singapore). He often edits film festival daily bulletins.

He is also an actor and a dubbing artiste. Further, he has been teaching media, acting and dubbing at over 30 institutes in India and Singapore, since 1984.

Bandra West, Mumbai


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