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Tamasha : Post-Screening Q & A With Imtiaz Ali

Posted: November 29, 2015 by moifightclub in bollywood, News, Q & A
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Imtiaz Ali

Imtiaz Ali is one of those rare directors who is not afraid to take questions post-release. And we have always been very happy to take the initiative and make it happen. Thanks to Anurag Kashyap, what started it with Imtiaz’s Rockstar, we have managed to do with many other films. And directors have been very co-operative about it. Now, we are back to another new film by Imtiaz Ali, Tamasha. Going by reviews, FB posts and tweets, seems like this film has polarised people. That’s always interesting for a film.

Navjot Gulati has taken the initiative to get Imtiaz Ali for Tamasha post-screening Q and A. Here are the details –

Venue – PVR Icon, Infinity Mall (which was Cinemax Versova earlier)

Day/Date – Monday (30th November, 2015)

Time – After the 6pm show.

So do book your tickets, and wait after the film is over. For those of you who have already seen the film, or for some reason you can’t come for the screening but want to attend only the Q and A, do tweet to Navjot at the earliest and inform him. He is making the list and will get you in.

Come, we will have fun!


The Mumbai Film Festival concluded with a closing ceremony on Thursday evening where the winners were announced.

Here’s the list of winners in different categories-


Golden Gateway Award for Children’s Feature – OTTAL

The Silver Gateway Award for Children’s Feature – Operation Category

Special mention for Acting – Hetal Gada and Krrish Chhabria

Special Mention for Direction : Morgan Matthews for X + Y

The Golden Gateway for Children’ Short – Dina Velikovskaya for Pro Mamu (About a Mother)

Silver Gateway for Children’ Short: Olga Poliektova and Tatiana Poliektova for My Grandfather Was a Cherry Tree

Jury Special Mention for Direction – Mari Sanders for “Daan Durft” (Go Daan Go!)

Excellence in writing in Cinema AWARD – Gaata Rahe Mera Dil” by Balaji Vittal and Anirudha Bhattacharjee

Film for Social Impact Award by Yes Foundation – Jayaraj for OTTAL

Young Critics Choice Award – KAUL

Audience Choice Award – TAXI


The Silver Gateway Dimensions Mumbai Award – THE VOICE Disha Noyonika Rindani

The Golden Gateway Dimensions Mumbai Award – KUNAL Dhruv Saigal

Special Mentions for Dimensions Mumbai – I SHALL BOW Vedanti Chandrakant Dani


Jury Grand Prize for International Competition – THITHI by Raam Reddy

Silver Gateway Award for International Competition – Heavenly Nomadic by Mirlan Abdykalykov

Golden Gateway Award for International Competition – Volcano by Jayro Bustamante

Special Jury Mention for Achievement in Directing : Cesar Augusto Acevedo, LAND AND SHADE

Special Jury Mention for Achievement in Acting : Maria Telon of VOLCANO | “Mother Juana”

Special Jury Mention for Achievement in Acting : Farzana Nawabi of MINA WALKING | “Mina”

Special Jury Mention for Ensemble : Sleeping Giant Jackson Martin, Reese Moffat, Nick Serino

Special Jury Mention for Achievement in Screenwriting : Chloe Zhao, SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME


Jury Special Prize for India Gold : An Illusion of My Mind/ Mor Mann Ke Bharam by Karma Takapa, Heer Ganjwala and Abhishek Varma

The Silver Gateway Award for India Gold : Haraamkhor by Shlok Sharma

The Golden Gateway Award for India Gold : Chauthi Koot by Gurvinder Singh



As Mumbai Film Festival is all set to start, we are back with our film recco post. But this year, we have not made our list. We have taken the easy way out – compiled the list of all the film reccos done by others. So here you go…

– Rediff film reviewer and festival programmer Aseem Chhabra’s pick – 10 movies you must see at MAMI (The Apu Trilogy, The Club, From Afar, Junun, Mia Madre, Placebo, Virgin Mountain, The Second Mother, Sworn Virgin, Youth)

– Mint Lounge’s reviewer Uday Bhatia list of 10 Films – by First time directors (Ixcanul Volcano, Land And Shade, Thithi, Cities Of Sleep, Interruption, Island City, The Head Hunter, Turbo Kid, Kaili Blues, Mina Walking)

– First Post reviewer Mihir Fadnavis on fest’s new segment,After Dark – a list of bizarre horror movies (Ludo, Stung, American Burger, Deathgsm, Tag)

– Fadnavis also has a list of 10 Films You Must Watch + Some More (The Forbidden Room, Mountains May Depart, The Lobster, Dheepan, Room, Taxi, Heavenly Nomadic, Tangerine, Ixcanul Volcano, He Named Me Malala)

– MAMI Chairperson and filmmaker Kiran Rao’s pick of 5 Must Watch Films (Dheepan, The Boy And The World, Blue, Mountains May Depart, Restored copies of Pyaasa and all Chetan Anand films)

– Writer and blogger Satyanshu Singh’s long list of film recco is here. Has info on many fest winners.

If you have googled the films and made your list, or found a good list than we haven’t mentioned, do let us know in the comments section. We will update the post.


After writers and scientists, filmmakers have joined the protest in raising their voice against the murders of rationalist author MM Kalburgi, activist Govind Pansare, and in support of FTII students. The 10 filmmakers include Anand Patwardhan, Dibakar Banerjee, Nishtha Jain, Paresh Kamdar, Kriti Nakhwa, Harshvardhan Kulkarni, Hari Nair, Rakesh Sharma, Indraneel Lahiri and Lipika Singh Darai.

And here’s the full text of their letter to the President and PM.


The President and the Prime Minister of India,

New Delhi

Dear Sir,

It is with a deep sense of dismay that we write to you. Many of the undersigned had written a letter to you barely a month ago in support of the demands of the students of FTII. We had urged you to intervene and ensure that FTII continues to be a stellar educational institution with a commitment to freedom of expression.

The student strike has entered the 4th month. The issue remains unresolved and our sense of apprehension about the fate of the institute has only grown. We have seen the students conduct their protest in a democratic manner with utmost dignity. We have also seen an attack on their credibility mounted in the most disgraceful manner in the press by the very people who were meant to be their guardians on campus- the director and the registrar. The ministry has seemingly offered a patient hearing to the students no less than 5 times over 4 months yet have made no attempt to put into place a transparent process to make key appointments to the people who are meant to give vision to the institute. They have expressed an inability to reverse the process that provoked this strike. We see this as a blatant disregard for the voice of these students.

It has also become imperative that we see the government’s stone walling of the students’ protest in a context. The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has appointed people with a narrow vision in the institutions under them. FTII, Children’s Film Society and CBFC are examples that the film fraternity has objected to.

Meanwhile, we have watched the murders of rationalists and writers like Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and M.M.Kalburgi with dismay. These are clearly not random acts of violence. People are being murdered for their beliefs and opinions. There seems to be no attempt to unravel the larger picture and bring to book extremist groups that believe in ruthless violence to eliminate those who hold a counter view from theirs. There has been no official condemnation of these groups and we question this silence.

The lynching and murder of an ironsmith, Mohammed Akhlaq, in a village at the edge of our national capital has shattered our faith in the spirit of tolerance that is the core of our robust democracy. The mob that stood at this poor Muslim man’s house had been empowered by the belief that this was an acceptable way to express rage. The current climate has validated this sentiment. Those who stand outside the circle drawn by the ruling elite are vulnerable in the most appalling manner. It has now come to light that members of the party that rule at the Centre led the mob. It is imperative that we take note of the impunity with which the mob was instigated. No condemnation is complete without naming the politically powerful who scripted this attack.

We are filmmakers who have been awarded by your most esteemed office. We hold that to be a high honour. Our cinema represents a rich diversity of political opinions and aesthetic expression. It was a matter of great pride for us that the government of India had awarded this plurality. If we do not stand up and register our protest now we are in the danger of being a part of the process that is flattening out our beautiful landscape of diversity. Freedom of expression are not mere words for us, it is a way of life we hold dear. Each life led differently from the mainstream is precious, we must fight for this right to pray, eat, love, work as we wish.

We feel compelled to return the honour that the State had bestowed on us. This is not an attempt to undermine your office but a heartfelt plea. Condoling deaths without interrogating the forces that scripted those murders reveals a tacit acceptance of the ugly forces distorting our country. The Government of India must urgently reveal its commitment to protect the freedom of expression of each citizen. We, the undersigned, stand alongside the writers who have returned the country’s highest literary honour and hereby return our National Awards. As filmmakers we stand firmly with the students of FTII and are determined to not let them shoulder the entire burden of their protests. They have mounted a historic struggle and we urge others within our fraternity to come forward and carry this protest forward.

List of signatories

1. Dibakar Banerjee
Film: Khosla Ka Ghosla (2007)
Film: Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye (2009)

2. Anand Patwardhan
Film: Bombay Our City (1984)

3. Paresh Kamdar
Film: Rasyatra (1995)

4. Nishtha Jain
Film: Gulaabi Gang (2014)

5. Kirti Nakhwa
Film: Lost & Found (2008)

6. Harshavardhan Kulkarni
Film: Lost & Found (2008)

7. Hari Nair
Film: Sham’s Vision (1997)

8. Rakesh Sharma
Film: Final Solution (2006)

9. Indraneel Lahiri
Film: Aamar Katha, Story of Binodini (2014)

10. Lipika Singh Darai
Film: Gaarud (2009)
Film: Eka Gachha Eka Mainsha Eka Samudra ( a tree a man a sea) (2012)
Film: Kankee O Saapo ( dragonfly and snake) (2013)

Like every year, Kartik Krishnan has done his good deed again. For movie buffs who plan to watch back to back films at Mumbai Film Festival, the day wise schedule is always the best thing to refer to. So here it is.

And say thanks to Kartik and Yashpal who burnt their midnight oil on this.

You can check the embedded document, download it from Scribd, or you can download it directly from HERE.

But if you prefer the venue wise schedule, go here to download it.


Drishyam Films is organising The Masters, a monthly series of exclusive learning sessions with India’s finest cinematic talents.

Kickstarting this series will be a screening of Sriram Raghvan’s film Raman Raghav, followed by a master class with him. The film, at its first-ever public screening, will be introduced by filmmaker Atul Sabharwal, director (Aurangzeb, In Their Shoes), who will also be the moderator of the Q and A to be followed.

Raman Raghav is a two-part made-for-video series made by Raghavan in 1991. It is based on the successful investigations of the Stoneman murders that took place in the 1960s, drawing from official police case files. However, these films were never distributed and this will be their first theatrical outing, exclusive to early bird registrations.

– The event is free and open to all, based on a first-come-first serve basis.

– To register, do click here 

– The event will take place on October 21, 2015, 8 pm at PVR Andheri, Citimall. 

NFDC Film Bazaar 2015 has announces the final selected projects for its main segment – the Co-production Market which will be held between 20 – 24 November in Goa.

– This year, 19 projects have been selected to participate in the Market, including one invited project from IFP (Independent  Filmmaker Project).

– The Market has gained added leverage in 2015 with the introduction of Open Pitch where selected filmmakers will be pitching their projects to a curated audience of national and international producers, financiers and sales agents.

The selected projects for 2015 are:

  •  Bombay Rose (Hindi)

Directed by Gitanjali Rao (her short animation film Printed Rainbow won three prizes for the best short film in Cannes Critic’s Week 2006 and was short-listed for the Oscars in 2008) and produced by Clara Mahieu, Les Films D’ici

  • Pirates (Hindi)

Directed by Raj Rishi More (An associate and assistant director on films like  The Lunchbox) Pirates, his first feature, was part of Sundance ScreenWriters’ Lab, India 2015 and produced by Lunchbox director Ritesh Batra’s Poetic License Motion Pictures. It is his maiden production.

  • Newton (Hindi)

Directed by Amit V Masurkar (of Sulemani Keeda fame) and produced by Manish Mundhra, Drishyam Films

  • Manto (Urdu/Hindi)

Directed by Nandita Das and produced by Chhoti Production Company

  • Agra (Hindi)

Directed by Kanu Behl (writer director of Titli)  and produced by UFO Films

  • A Goat’s Life (Malayalam, Hindi, Arabic)

Directed by  Fahad Mustafa (of Katiyabaaz fame) and produced by Globalistan Films

  • Unread Pages (Assamese, English)

Directed and produced by Jahnu Barua, a twelve time National Award winner filmmaker as well as a Padma Bhushan recipient.

  • Aasai Mugam (Tamil)

Direced by Arun Karthick and produced by  Prabhu Ramasamy, Dream Warrior Pictures

  • Bhavarth (Konkani, Portuguese)

Directed by Laxmikant Shetgaonkar and produced by Entertainment network of Goa (ENG)

  • Children of the Sun (Sinhala)

Directed and produced by Prasanna Vithanage, a Sri Lankan filmmaker whose film,Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka With (You Without You) is the first Sri Lankan film to have commercially released in India.

  • Dhaar (Hindi, English)

Directed and produced by Salil Jason Fernandez

  • Meeting the Sumdees (English, Urdu)

Directed by Michael McNamara and produced by Markham Street Films

  • Memories and My Mother (Bengali)

Directed by Aditya Vikram Sengupta (his debut film Labour of Love premiered at the Venice Film Festival 2014 where it won the FEDEORA award for Best Debut Film) and produced by Vikram Mohinta, Jonaki Bhattacharya – For Films

  • Nigudha Manushyaru (Kannada)

Directed by M S Prakash Babu (His directorial debut, Attihannu mattu Kanaja (Fig Fruit and The Wasps) is co-produced by NFDC) and produced by Bayalu Chitra Productions

  • Sandhya (Marathi, Hindi)

Directed by Mukti Krishnan and produced by 7Seas Films, Ravi Kambhoj

  • The Poacher (Hindi, Bengali, English)

Directed by Suman Ghosh (his first feature film Footsteps won two National Awards)and produced by Colin Burrows, Beautiful Bay Entertainment

  • The Sweet Requeim (Tibetan)

Directed by Ritu Sarin (her debut feature Dreaming Lhasa  premiered at Toronto International Film Festival) and produced by White Crane Films

  • Unromantic Woman (English, Hindi)

Directed by Joan Carr-Wiggin, a former economist who specializes in woman-centric films and produced by David Gordian, Paragraph Pictures Inc.

– A few notable films that were represented at the Co-Production Market over the years are Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court, Anand Gandhi’s Ship of Theseus, Aushim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely, Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni’s Deool and Highway and Mostofa Farooki’s Television.

About Film Bazaar

– Film Bazaar in its 9th edition is exclusively created to encourage collaboration between the international and South Asian film fraternities. The market aims at facilitating the sales of world cinema in the region. The 2014 market saw an attendance of 1042 delegates from 38 countries with country delegations from Canada, South Korea and Poland.

– Film Bazaar will be held from 20-24 November 2015 at Goa Marriott Resort in Goa (India).

– FilmBazaar Co-Production Market Team can be reached at – coproduction@filmbazaarindia. com