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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 53, 2022, 07: Ratings of films seen or partly seen

IFFI 53, 2022, 07: Ratings of films seen or partly seen

  1. Major-India-Hindi-Director Sashi Kiran Tikka: ** ½
  2. Fatima-India-Hindi-Sourabh Kanti Dutta: ***
  3. Hatibondhu-India-English-Kripal Kalita: ** ½
  4. Anhonee-India-Hindi (1973)-Ravi Tandan: ** ½
  5. Parinda-India-Hindi (1989)-Vidhu Vinod Chopra: ***
  6. Alma and Oskar-Austria-German-Dieter Berner: ***
  7. Perfect Number-Poland-Polish-Krsyztof Zanussi: **
  8. Cold as Marble-Azerbaijan+France-Azerbaijani-Asif Rustamov: ***
  9. Mediterranean Fever-Palestine+Germany+France+Cyprus+Qatar-Arabic-Maha Haj: Walked out
  10. Red Shoes-Mexico-Spanish-Carlos Eichelmann Kaiser: ***
  11. Self Defense-Argentina-Spanish-Andrea Braga: ***
  12. Robe of Gems-Mexico+Argentina-Spanish-Natalia López Gallardo: Walked out
  13. Ann-Ireland-English-Ciaran Creagh: *** ½
  14. Happiness-Kazakhstan-Kazakh, Russian-Askar Uzabayev: ** ½
  15. Havana-South Korea-Korean-Hong Yongho: ** ½
  16. How to Blow Up a Pipeline-USA-English-Daniel Goldhaber: Walked Out
  17. Medusa Deluxe-United Kingdom-English-Thomas Hardiman: ** ½
  18. Piaffe-Germany-German, English-Ann Oren: *** ½
  19. Night Siren-Slovakia+Czech Republic-Slovak-Teresa Nvotová: ** ½
  20. Venus-Spain-Spanish-Jaume Balagueró: ** ½
  21. Sixteen-France-French-Philippe Lioret: ***
  22. The Green Perfume-France-French-Nicolas Parisar: ** ½
  23. The Last Film Show-India-Gujarati-Pan Nalin- ***
  24. Drishyam 2-India-Hindi-Abhishek Pathak: ** ½
  25. A Minor-Iran-Persian-Dariush Mehrjui: ***

I walked out of some 6-7 other films as well, giving each of them 30 minutes to grasp my attention. Unfortunately, I do not remember even their names.

Over a period of nine days, I saw some 32 films, attended nine press conferences and five dinner receptions. Only two films ranked *** ½, and that means that it was a poor festival for me.

Instead of blaming the selection jury, I will attribute the low score of good films to my own choices. I did not choose to see the films that ended up bagging most of the awards. But this is an occupational hazard, which one has to live with.

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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.

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