Thursday, September 25, 2014

Finding Fanny (2014): Homi Adajania's meditation on life and death

A perfect amalgamation of mainstream and offbeat cinema

By Murtaza Ali

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Finding Fanny, Movie Poster, Directed by Homi Adajania, starring Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapur, Dimple Kapadia, Deepika Padukone and Arjun Kapoor
Finding Fanny (2014) By Homi Adajania
Our Rating: 8.0
IMDb Ratings: 6.4
Genre: Drama | Comedy | Romance
CastDeepika Padukone, Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapur
Country: India
Language: Hindi English | Konkani
Runtime102 min

Summary: The film follows the journey of five dysfunctional friends who set out on a road trip in search of Fanny, the love-interest of the village's aging postman Ferdie.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Politics of Hindi Cinema in the New Millennium: Bollywood and the Anglophone Indian Nation - A Book by M.K. Raghavendra

A candid conversation with eminent film critic and author M.K. Raghavendra 

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The Politics of Hindi Cinema in the New Millennium: Bollywood and the Anglophone Indian Nation, Book Cover Book by M.K. Raghavendra

For 1.2 billion Indians, cinema is synonymous with Bollywood - the popular moniker for the Hindi cinema. If Cricket is our nation's lifeline then surely Bollywood forms its DNA. No Indian, whether living in India or abroad, is left untouched by the razzmatazz that's become Hindi cinema's signature in the whole world over the last decade or so: Songs, Music, Dance, Crappy Action, and Cheesy Dialogue. But, has Hindi cinema always been the same? As they say, change is the only constant! Now, every change needs a stimulus of some kind or the other. There is no denying that the Hindi cinema experienced a metamorphosis of sorts around the turn of the millennium. But, has anyone ever tried to study or analyze this transmutation? If your curiosity has already started to get the better of you then rest assured that the eminent film critic, author and researcher M.K. Raghavendra's latest book, "The Politics of Hindi Cinema in the New Millennium: Bollywood and the Anglophone Indian Nation," is just for you!

I myself got so excited when I first heard about the book's theme that I just couldn't resist the temptation of directly contacting the eminent author. And, I must confess that I consider myself really fortunate to have got such a positive response from Mr. Raghavendra. He was kind enough to share his valuable thoughts on his latest book as well as the Hindi cinema at large.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Boyhood (2014): Richard Linklater's treatise on life and the relationships that give it its meaning

A thumping triumph of creative vision and a landmark in modern cinema

By Murtaza Ali

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Boyhood, Movie Poster, Directed by Richard Linklater
Boyhood (2014) By Richard Linklater
Our Rating: 9.0
IMDb Ratings: 8.8
Genre: Drama
CastEllar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke
Country: USA
LanguageEnglish | Spanish
Runtime165 min

SummaryTwelve years in the less than nuclear life of a nuclear Texas family is presented, focusing on the younger Mason's entire public school years. This phase of their story begins in 2002 when Olivia and Mason, who originally married because she was pregnant, are now divorced, the marriage which was destined to dissolve due to these circumstances. Olivia has custody of the two children, and when he is around, Mason has weekend visitation rights. Boyhood is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting.