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Pathaan, Review: Exploits and exploitation

Pathaan, Review: Exploits and exploitation Encyclopedia Brittanica defines a pathan thus: Pashtun, also spelled Pushtun or Pakhtun, Hindustani Pathan, Persian Afghan, ethnolinguistic group residing primarily in the region that lies between the Hindu Kush in northeastern Afghanistan and the northern stretch of the Indus River in Pakistan. The Pashtun constitute the largest ethnic group of the population of Afghanistan and bore the exclusive name of Afghan before that name came to denote any na...

New Year’s Special: Distributor Anil Thadani in an exclusive interview with Siraj Syed, Part III

New Year’s Special: Distributor Anil Thadani in an exclusive interview with Siraj Syed, Part III Siraj: How do you choose multiplexes or single screen cinemas for particular films? Anil: Basically, you have to understand your own product. The kind of film you are releasing. And then you pick and choose where you think…which is the pocket that deserves a film like…a particular film. And that is how you release. It is your gut feeling about your product… what you are...

Zindagi Shatranj Hai, Review: Partly chess, partly mess

Zindagi Shatranj Hai, Review: Partly chess, partly mess With a title like Zindagi Shatranj Hai (Life is a game of chess), you are ready to watch some smart moves, and the film does offer a few such moves. But it also offers several false moves that negate the positive ones. Designed as a mystery-suspense-thriller, it has a plot within a plot within a plot. Besides that, there is pretty little in terms of good cinematic content. There are many loose ends that are left untied and several thread...

Broker, Review: Brokering a deal for heavy, serious, dark cinema

Broker, Review: Brokering a deal for heavy, serious, dark cinema A Japanese film won the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or in 2018, titled Shoplifters. It was directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. The following year, a South Korean film bagged the honours. It was called Parasite. After the lean, Covid years of 2020 and 2021, we have a South Korean film directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, called Broker, releasing in 2022. The film competed for the Palme d’Or, but bagged only the Ecumeni...

T24: Tiger in a man’s world

T24: Tiger in a man’s world Not often do we see a feature length documentary on a tiger get a theatrical release. But here is one that makes it, thanks to the initiative of brave distributor Anil Thadani’s AA Films. The title refers to the number given to a tiger named Ustaad, who inhabited the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. Charmed by his majestic looks and gait, short-film-maker Warren Pereira (Lovely Coffee, Salt and Silicone, Moving Higher) decided to capture his movements and li...

Trailer and music launched for first Marathi underwater supernatural thriller, Gadad Andhar

Trailer and music launched for first Marathi underwater supernatural thriller, Gadad Andhar Shot 110 feet below sea level, in the sea near the Maldives coast, Gadad Andhar, meaning intense darkness, breaks new ground in the Marathi film universe. The trailer of the film was released on 17 January 2023, at Famous Preview Theatre, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai, in the presence of the cast and crew, and media. A song, ‘Dariya dariya’ (dariya means sea), was also shown. It is a background number ...

Farzi: ‘Fake’ encounter with the team of Amazon Prime Video’s new show and trailer launch

Farzi: ‘Fake’ encounter with the team of Amazon Prime Video’s new show and trailer launch Creators of the mega-hit web series, The Family Man, Raj and DK are back in action with the crime thriller Farzi, which marks the digital debut of Shahid Kapoor and ‘Makkal Selvan’ Vijay Sethupathi (full name: Vijaya Gurunatha Sethupathi). The series also stars Kay Kay Menon, Raashii Khanna, Amol Palekar, Regina Cassandra, Bhuvan Arora and Kubra Sait, in pivotal roles, and w...

Kuttey, Review: Gulp Friction

Kuttey, Review: Gulp Friction Quentin Tarantino can rightfully claim a patent to the format used in Kuttey: prologue, epilogue and a non-chronological structure, with the present merging with the past and the past merging with the present. The co-writer and director of Kuttey (Dogs), Aasmaan Bhardwaj was born one year after Pulp Fiction (1994) was released, bagged top honours at home and abroad, and attained cult status soon afterwards. Twenty-seven years after he was born, Aasmaan has made h...

Lakadbaggha, Review: Hyena in a dog’s world

Lakadbaggha, Review: Hyena in a dog’s world Considering the amount of footage devoted to dogs, Lakadbaggha (Hyena) is more a dog film than a hyena flick. The first and only hyena you see is late in the second half of the film. But, to be fair, that hyena is in sharp focus as the film moves towards its climax. Besides a thought-provoking insight into the world of dogs, the film gives us some raw, bare handed, martial arts, in the krav maga style of combat, which originated in Israel. It ...

Sachin-The Ultimate Winner, Review: No option of a third umpire

Sachin-The Ultimate Winner, Review: No option of a third umpire Sometimes a film is made amateurishly, for home consumption. ‘Home’ here could mean captive audiences, like a chain of schools, some of whose students feature in the film. Sachin-The Ultimate Winner is one such film. It is probably close to what is called a zero-budget movie, has tacky values, a predictable plot, passable performances, and music that leaves much to be desired. It seems stuck in a time warp, and heavil...

Spy thriller G2 launched in Mumbai, with Telugu superstar Adivi Sesh

Spy thriller G2 launched in Mumbai, with Telugu superstar Adivi Sesh In a significant move, a Telugu unit has launched a film in Mumbai, on January 9, 2022, at the PVR Multiplex, Citi Mall, Andheri. It is a spy thriller, starring Adivi Sesh, in continuation of the first instalment of the highly successful G series, Goodhachari (2018, co-written by Sesh), produced by T.G. Vishwa Prasad and Abhishek Agarwal and directed by Vinay Kumar Sirigineedi, who were all present on the occasion. No more ...

Victoria-Ek Rahasya, Review: The Untold Tale of Victoria Hotel

Victoria-Ek Rahasya, Review: The Untold Tale of Victoria Hotel Any film-maker venturing into the spirit world has the following things to keep in mind: 1. Is he going to endorse the existence of spirits/ghosts? 2. Is he going to give the audience genuine scares, or jump scares/hallucinations? 3. How convincingly is he going to explain the goings-on in the climax? Marathi-English film Victoria-Ek Rahasya (Victoria, A Secret) leaves the first clause vague, goes halfway down the jump scare/hallu...

New Year’s Special: Distributor Anil Thadani in an exclusive interview with Siraj Syed, Part II

New Year’s Special: Distributor Anil Thadani in an exclusive interview with Siraj Syed, Part II Siraj Syed: Any films that you are currently releasing in partnership with producers? Anil: I have done many films like this. Siraj: Do you tie up with distributors to jointly release films? Anil: No. I usually get solo world rights, which include both India and overseas rights. Siraj: Have you been involved with some films right from the launch till the release? Anil: Most of the Excel ...

Cittador International Film Festival 2022 - Catalog

After the first edition of the Cittador International Film Festival 2022, the catalog remains as an important document of the Cittador International Film Festival. The catalog contains information about the festival, which took place on December 27, 2022 in Vienna, Austria, and provides information about the participating short films, presents the winning films including the jury statement and includes short interviews with the filmmakers. Projector Edition #1, Paperback, 80 Pages, ISBN: 979-8...

In the mood for Mood Banaleya, with Amruta Fadnavis

In the mood for Mood Banaleya, with Amruta Fadnavis Her instant intro on Instagram reads, “Banker, Singer, Social Worker, Unadulterated Free Spirit! What you have many can have...but what you are no one can be! Stay Unique!” Click on www.amrutafadnavis.in, and you can discover her biography, in her own words. “Amruta Fadnavis is a trained classical singer, a social activist and a banker. She is married to Deputy Chief Minister (and former Chief Minister) of Maharashtra, Deve...

Surya, Review: Twilight zone

Surya, Review: Twilight zone Giving no clue about its content, Surya is an eponymous title, being the short form of the name of the protagonist. Symbolically, it also stands for the sun, as the dispeller of darkness. While there is no denying that the hero of the film does what all action heroes do, namely dispel darkness by annihilating the baddies, the way he is made to go about it is not only jaded but beaten to death, pun intended. Surya, made in Marathi language, with a generous dose of ...

Trailer launch of Lakadbaggha: Hyenas, dogs and animal vigilantes

Trailer launch of Lakadbaggha: Hyenas, dogs and animal vigilantes For many, the meaning of the word lakadbaggha was discovered yesterday, when they attended the trailer launch of the eponymous film at Cinépolis, Fun Republic, Link Road, Andheri, Mumbai. It means hyena. And I bet no Indian film has been made with this title, before this. It is produced by First Ray Films, the production unit headed by actor Anshuman Jha. In an amazing co-incidence, a film called Kuttey (meaning ‘d...

Kishore Kumar, The Ultimate Biography: The Penultimate Review

Kishore Kumar, The Ultimate Biography: The Penultimate Review Anirudha Bhattacharjee and Parthiv Dhar have been both adventurous and courageous in calling their Biography of that eccentric genius, Kishore Kumar, ‘The Ultimate’. Some biographies about one of India’s greatest ever playback singers-actors, also a music director and film producer, have already been written, and others will be written. And so, Ultimate is an indulgent word. Not given to such extravagance, I shall...

Ved, review: The craze phase

Ved, review: The craze phase To those who do not know Marathi, and maybe a few of those who do, the word Ved, with its present spelling, could mean the ancient scripture of Hindus, part of the Vedas. But that is not what it means here. It could also mean ‘time’, which has a similar pronunciation. Negative again. Ved is an approximation of the sound that means madness or craze in Marathi. Ved, the film, is about craze, no doubt. In fact, many a craze. The protagonist confesses that...

Connect, Review: ConnectShun

Connect, Review: ConnectShun Many a film, both Indian and foreign, has exploited the theme of an evil spirit possessing an innocent victim, usually a teenage girl, the havoc it causes in the victim’s skeletal family and the exorcism that has to be performed to get rid of the evil spirit. Some have been of a high quality, while the others have been mere pot-boilers. Connect, made with scarce resources, as it would appear, has nothing new to offer, except some special effects. A supernatu...

Marathi film Saath Sobat’s trailer launched

Marathi film Saath Sobat’s trailer launched The trailer of the upcoming Marathi film Saath Sobat, which follows the release of its popular teaser, was released today at the Famous Cine Laboratories’ mini-theatre, at Mahalaxmi, Mumbai. This trailer gives an indication of what the audience will actually get to see and explains the true meaning of the words, Saath Sobat. Saath Sobat will be released on January 13, 2023. The ceremony was attended by several dignitaries, including art...

Regular submissions deadline TODAY!

  Attention independent filmmakers! Mirror Mountain Film Festival’s regular submission deadline is TODAY!   We want to see the most creative, groundbreaking, outrageous and personal films out there, so if you have an original drama, documentary, animation, experimental, music video, dance film, interactive media, or something different altogether, visit our website for more info! http://bit.ly/1DsPZy7 ...

Trahimam, Review: This MLA stands for Murderer of Loyal Associates

Trahimam, Review: This MLA stands for MLA Murderer of Loyal Associates In Hindu mythology, when human’s faced insurmountable tragedies, they invoked the Gods by crying out, “Trahimam” (spelt Traheemam in the Hindi title of the film). In this film, only one couple is shown undergoing untold misery, at the hands of the local legislator and the mafia. In particular, the woman is the victim of multiple rape, over a period of time. The makers were inspired by what they said was a...

Ajay Wardhan, Review: Toothache

Ajay Wardhan, Review: Toothache What do you get when a film about a dentist gives you an ache? Toothache, right? Not headache. Ajay Wardhan is inspired by true events, which only goes to prove that truth is worse than fiction. While receiving an award, B.D.S. (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) Dr. Ajay Wardhan faces TV reporters, and their leading questions lead him to narrate a 96-minute flashback, more or less in sequence. Probably due to drinking and smoking scenes and one scene of a battered f...

Regular deadline approaching soon!

  Are you an independent filmmaker with a unique creative voice? Mirror Mountain Film Festival’s regular deadline is coming up next Monday, December 19th. We want to see the most original, groundbreaking, outrageous and personal films out there, so submit your work today!   Narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, music video, dance film, interactive media and more are welcome.    Visit our website for more info: http://bit.ly/1DsPZy7 ...
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