Friday, March 27, 2015

The Trends in Marathi Cinema

By Sunita Lancaster

When most people think of Indian cinema, they immediately think of the raunchy dance numbers, dramatic sound effects and twisted family dynamics that define “Bollywood,” the booming Hindi language film industry based out of Mumbai in the state of Maharashtra. Bollywood, however, isn’t the only player in the Indian film industry. In fact, the very first Indian film ever made (Raja Harishchandra, produced and directed by Dadasaheb Phalke in 1913) was part of the Marathi film industry, also based in Maharashtra. Don’t worry, that came as a surprise to me as well! Marathi cinema is thus the oldest film industry in India; yet, its prominence in Indian film has greatly declined over the years.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Don't Look Now (1973): British filmmaker Nicholas Roeg's masterpiece in allusive storytelling

Filmmaking as a form of intellectual and emotional expression as well as visual art

By Tanmay Shukla

Featured in IMDb Critic Reviews

Don't Look Now, Movie Poster, Directed by Nicholas Roeg, starring Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland
Don't Look Now (1973) By Nicholas Roeg
Reviewer's Ratings: 9.0
IMDb Ratings: 7.4
Genre: Drama | Horror | Thriller
CastJulie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason
Country: UK | Italy
Language: English | Italian
Runtime: 110 min

Summary: John and Laura Baxter are in Venice when they meet a pair of elderly sisters, one of whom claims to be psychic. She insists that she sees the spirit of the Baxters' daughter, who recently drowned. Laura is intrigued, but John resists the idea. He, however, seems to have his own psychic flashes, seeing their daughter walk the streets in her red cloak, as well as Laura and the sisters on a funeral gondola.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Seven reasons why it's essential to watch Praveen Morchhale's "Barefoot to Goa" this summer

Award-winning indie to release in cinemas across India on April 10 

A Potpourri of Vestiges Guest Post

By Swati R

Barefoot to Goa, Official Release 10th April, Directed by Praveen Morchhale, Indie

Barefoot to Goa is an indie film written, directed and co-produced by the Mumbai-based independent filmmaker Praveen Morchhale. After collecting accolades at 12 film festivals in India and abroad, the makers are finally releasing the film in cinemas across India on the 10th of April, 2015. On the face of it, is a tale of two siblings: an eleven year old brother and his nine year old precocious sister, who witness the loss of innocence during a life-changing road trip that they undertake in order to meet their ailing grandmother. But, in its essence, Barefoot to Goa is a social commentary on the great rural-urban divide in India. Morchhale limns a vivid canvas to depict the dichotomy between the two Indias and the manner in which their inhabitants think, behave, act, and live.

Here are my seven reasons why it's essential to watch Barefoot to Goa in cinemas across India this summer:

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Catalyst - A Kannada short film by Vaishnavi Sundar based on a short story by Punjabi writer Kartar Singh Duggal

A poignant tale that questions morality and its changing relevance in the present times

The Catalyst, Movie Poster, A Short Film by Vaishnavi Sundar, Kannada Film
The Catalyst: A Short Film by Vaishnavi Sundar
The Catalyst is the second short film directed by the indie filmmaker Vaishnavi Sundar. Vaishnavi, whose debut venture ‘Pava’ continues to create a lot of buzz at various international film festivals, seems to have once again struck all the right cords with her new film, The Catalyst. Based on a short story by the late Punjabi writer Kartar Singh Duggal called “The Taxi Driver,” The Catalyst is a poignant tale revolving around an honest Bangalore-based auto rickshaw driver, his wife and their bright young son that questions morality and its changing relevance in the gruesome times we are forced to live in. Through the familial microcosm, we are presented with a sneak peek into the testing lives of the rickshaw drivers in India. The general opinion about the auto rickshaw drivers in India is far from being good. They are known to be particularly notorious for their roguish behavior, whimsical ways (when it comes to picking and dropping passengers) and for charging outrageous fares from their passengers. Vaishnavi, with her humanistic portrayal of the auto rickshaw drivers in The Catalyst, certainly makes us think to the point of making us question our own perception about the fraternity.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

NH10 (2015): Navdeep Singh's social commentary on the plight of women in a male dominated society

A taut crime thriller sparked up by Anushka Sharma's memorable performance

NH10, Movie Poster, Directed by Navdeep Sharma, starring Anushka Sharma
NH10 (2015) - By Navdeep Singh
Our Rating: 6.5
IMDb Ratings: 8.1
Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller
Cast: Anushka Sharma, Neil Bhoopalam, Ravi Jhankal
Country: India
Language: Hindi
Runtime: 115 min
Color: Color

Summary: Meera and Arjun are professionals living in Gurgaon. When Meera walks out of a party late one night, she gets attacked by a group of unknown men. Although she escapes through the skin of her teeth, it leaves her disturbed. Arjun, partly blaming himself for not being there that night, tries to make up for it by treating her to a luxurious desert holiday. As they stop on a Highway Dhaba for dinner, they witness a young girl being picked up by a bunch of hoodlums. Arjun chooses to step in, unmindful of the danger ahead.