Archive for August, 2010

If this is not a Colour Test for eyes, we are not sure what is it. Vipul Shah might have the answer. Check it out.

PS – Can anyone explain the meaning of Replayy ? Why double Y ? Y ?

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POTD : When Dev D met Gulaal’s Dileep Singh

Posted: August 29, 2010 by moifightclub in bollywood, cinema, pics, POTD
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This one is strictly for the fanboys. And is posted by one such fanboy on Facebook.  Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap tweeted the pic today. So, here it is…we aren’t surprised because we knew about it. The scene is in both the films – Dev D and Gulaal. Have you noticed it ? If not, time to watch both the films again. For some cheap thrills atleast.

The theme song of the Commonwealth Games was finally released today. Its composed by A R Rahman. Click on the play button to listen to it……

And here is the video of Rahman performing the song…

The first trailer of Aamir Bashir’s directorial debut Harud is out. The film is going to have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Its selected in the Discovery section.

The film has been shot by Shanker Raman and stars Reza Naji ( His breakthrough role was in Children of Heaven directed by the renowned filmmaker Majid Majidi. In 2008 he won the Silver Bear at the Berlin film festival for his performance in the film Song of Sparrows), Shahnawaz Bhat, Shamim Basharat, Mudassir Khan, Salma Ashai.

To know more about the film, click here to go to its official website. And to read its synopsis and more, click here.

From Uttar Pradesh, he has happily moved to Gujarat. From one terror state to another. The actor, not really known for taking political stand, was criticised this time too. But he went ahead, saying he is promoting only Gujarat Tourism and not Narendra Modi. Aha!

BTW, do click here to read the Open magazine’s cover story on Amitabh Bachchan’s political affiliations and click here to read the open letter by Najid Hussain, son-in-law of late MP Ahsan Jafri who was killed in mob violence in Ahmedabad. And click on the play button to watch the Gujarat Tourism TVC…

After the super duper success of his high school musical Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Abbas Tyrewala is back. And this time its supposed to be a mature love story.  Jhootha Hi Sahi stars John Abraham, Pakhi Tyrewala (Abbas’ wife and co-writer) , Raghu Ram and a bunch of friends, like in JTYJN. Has music by A R Rahman. Check it out.

The first trailer of Danny Boyle’s new film 127 Hours is out. Wondering why we are posting it here ? Two reasons. Well, if Vishwanathan Anand is not Indian, then Danny Boyle can be half-Indian. And it has music by A R Rahman. Check it out.

Wow! What energy. And the best part is that Boyle goes to other extreme after Slumdog Millionaire. From populist desi masala to a film revolving around just one character. The film is going to have its premiere at the Toronto International Film festival. And here is the official synopsis of the film….

127 HOURS is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s (James Franco) remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah.

Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers (Clemence Poesy), family, and the two hikers (Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara) he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet?

A visceral thrilling story that will take an audience on a never before experienced journey and prove what we can do when we choose life.

And if it sounds interesting, do check the two videos where Aron Ralston talks about it….

Time to add one more to the list of desi films at Toronto International Film Festival ( TIFF) this year. And those who follow us on Twitter, they know that we have been shouting about it since quite sometime.

Actor Aamir Bashir turns director with Harud and its going to have its world premiere at the TIFF. Its selected in the Discovery section. The film has been shot by Shanker Raman and stars Reza Naji ( His breakthrough role was in Children of Heaven directed by the renowned filmmaker Majid Majidi. In 2008 he won the Silver Bear at the Berlin film festival for his performance in the film “Song of Sparrows), Shahnawaz Bhat, Shamim Basharat, Mudassir Khan, Salma Ashai.

And here is the official synopsis of the film..

Rafiq and his family are struggling to come to terms with the loss of his older brother Tauqir, a tourist photographer, who is one of the thousands of young men who have disappeared since the onset of the militant insurgency in Kashmir.

After an unsuccessful attempt to cross the border into Pakistan, to become a militant, Rafiq returns home to an aimless existence. Until one day he finds his brother’s old camera.

And to read what Cameron Bailey (Co-director of TIFF) thinks about it, click here or keep reading…..

The transition from actor to director was a smooth one for Aamir Bashir, whose debut feature Autumn offers a devastating glimpse into the wartorn wasteland of his native Kashmir, where survival is a daily challenge and dreams persist in the face of monumental loss. Bashir’s depiction of this region on India’s border with Pakistan – which has seen tens of thousands of deaths and disappearances since the 1989 outbreak of insurgency – is the meticulous and skilfully restrained work of someone well-acquainted with tragedy.

Rafiq (Shahnawaz Bhat) is a young man with an unsettling, silent bravery. After an unsuccessful attempt to cross the border into Pakistan, he rejoins his parents, who, like him, cannot recover from the disappearance of Rafiq’s older brother Tauqir. His father, Yusuf (Reza Naji), suffers debilitating paranoia, while his mother, Fatima (Shamim Basharat), gets by on hopeful delusion. Rafiq all but sleepwalks through the day, contending with ghostly images of his brother. A flicker of hope finally registers in Rafiq when he finds Tauqir’s old camera with a roll of undeveloped film. Photography (even the act of holding a camera) offers Rafiq a link to the past, a way to cope with the present and a source of hope for the future.

In Kashmir it is eternally autumn. Everything is on the cusp of destruction: parched leaves fall from trees, power lines spark ominously, while anger, fear and despair simmer beneath exhausted veneers. Death is everywhere. The film’s quiet, almost ethereal pacing is punctuated by jarring incidents. The oppressive surveillance of an overbearing military presence is echoed by Bashir’s widescreen framing of shots through door frames and windows; we too are implicated as voyeurs in this humiliating world where privacy does not exist. As tensions rise, Rafiq gravitates increasingly towards his camera, through which the boundaries between dream and reality, vision and hallucination, assume a fluid ambiguity.

Autumn is a remarkable achievement marked by indelible performances and a deeply personal understanding of the politics of family and war.

To know more about the film, click here to go to its official website.

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Pic Courtesy : Harud’s FB Group

Its an annual event organised by FWA (Film Writers Association). A forum that gets some of the best and well known filmmakers and writers to discuss and dissect Indian cinema and screenwriting. Read on to know all the details.

WHERE – National Film Archives of India (NFAI). Its on Law College Road, Pune. Close to FTII, which was the venue earlier.

DATES – 28th & 29th August (Sat & Sun)

ENTRY – Free. There is no registration fee.

REGISTRATION – Starts at 9am on 28th August at the venue.

SESSIONS -There will be six sessions. Three on 28th and three on 29th August. Rest follows.

28th August – Session 1 (11am-1pm)

How it all Began: Genesis of and Influences on the Early Indian Script

Chair:Adoor Gopalkrishnan

Speakers: Shama Zaidi, Kaushik Bhaumik

Panel: Virchand Dharamsey, Suresh Chhabria, Atul Tiwari

Session 2 ( 2-4pm )

Dramatic Highs: Melodrama and our Cinematic Form

Chair: Salim Khan

Speakers: Ira Bhaskar, K. Hariharan

Panel: Christine Gledhill, Ravi Vasudevan, Kamlesh Pandey

Session 3 ( 4:30-6:30pm )

A Song and Dance About Everything : Music, Song and Lyrics in the Script

Chair: Javed Akhtar

Speaker: Vinay Shukla

Panel: Madan Gopal Singh, Swanand Kirkire

29th Aug 2010

Session 4 ( 9:30-11:15am )

Anger and Rebellion : The New Wave Cinema (plus the Angry Young Man’s evolution)

Chair: Govind Nihalani

Speakers: Rashmi Doraiswamy and Ashish Rajadhyaksha

Panel: Kundan Shah, Saeed Mirza, Jahnu Baruah

Session 5 ( 11:30am-1:30pm )

Urban Foibles and a New Individualism : Current Trends in Indian Scriptwriting 1995-2010

Chair: Ashutosh Gowariker

Speaker: Ranjani Mazumdar

Panel: Rensil D’Silva, John Mathew Matthan, Bhawana Somaayaa

Session 6 ( 2:30- 4:30pm )

The Road Ahead : Globalism, the Digital Revolution and Other Attractions (Round Table)

Chair: Shekhar Kapur/ Kamal Hassan

Panel: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Paresh Mokashi, Anuvab Pal, Rohan Sippy, Navdeep Singh, Vivek Agnihotri

Speakers – Shekhar Kapur, Kamal Hassan and Shyam Benegal will confirm after 24th August. Shankar Mahadevan/Ehsaan may come for the music session- they are also yet to confirm.

If you are on Facebook, click here to join the group for all the details.

We are going. Who else is joining us ? We just hope that the speakers do come with some kind of preparations ( presentations or something exciting) and no just blabber their way to boredom. We will try to record and put video blogs of the same.

If not, read on. Its one of our favourite Ray films starring Uttam Kumar. If you haven’t seen it yet, do watch. BTW, what are you doing till now if you haven’t seen Nayak!

So, its easy to connect Satyajit Ray and Nayak. But Shah Rukh Khan ? Well, courtesy some Pillai who thinks “its screaming to be remade into a film with Shah Rukh Khan”. There comes BLASPHEMY! BLASPHEMY! Aren’t there better ways to suck up to the stars ? Here’s what he tweeted after watching the film..

But what else can you expect from the editor of the most expensive and glossy toilet paper roll! Well, there are better ways to connect the two. Click here to read a post by Gobbledyspook who connects the Nayak with the superstar!

And now back to bengali cinema. There is more to the Nayak story! Click on the play button to catch the promo of a new Bengali film called Autograph directed by Srijit Mukherjee. It completes the circle and looks interesting. The film stars Prosenjit Chatterjee, Nandana Sen and Indraneil Sengupta.

And here is the official synopsis of the film…

Calcutta , 1966.

An iconic Director collaborated with the greatest Superstar of Bengal … And a Classic was born.

43 years later, the film changed three lives forever.

Arun Chatterjee, the reigning matinee idol of the Bengali Film Industry.

Shubhobroto Mitra, an aspiring director who wants to remake Satyajit Ray’s Nayak with Arun as the lead.

Srinandita Sen, an idealistic theatre actress and Shubho’s live-in partner who gets cast as the journalist in the film.

“ Autograph ” charts the journeys of these three lives, as they bond and  separate through time and space, in two intertwining narratives.

That is…till their final tryst with destiny.

Autograph is about stories. Reel and real.

Autograph is about dreams. Converging and diverging.

Autograph is about ambition. That creates and destroys.