Archive for April 16, 2014

After releasing digitally restored classics like Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, Salaam Bombay, Chashme Buddoor and Om Dar B Dar, PVR is releasing Satyajit Ray’s timeless classic Mahanagar (The Big City) on 18th April, 2014, under its PVR Director’s Rare banner.

The movie will release with English subtitles across Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata Chennai, Bangalore, Pune and Ahmedabad. Mahanagar has been digitally restored by The RDB Organization under the leadership of Mr. Kamal Bansal.

Mahanagar was originally released in 1963 and Satyajit Ray won the Silver Bear at the 14th Berlin International Film Festival for it in 1964.

Whether you’ve seen it before or not, this is one unmissable big-screen event. Here are some good articles to bookmark and read on the this timeless and universal classic:

And finally, here’s the original illustrated poster by Ray himself followed by a fan made poster by Jahan Bakshi:


Mahanagar poster (1)


We generally don’t have a culture of discussing movies with the makers after they are made. Most of the talk on the film happens before its release, mostly as a PR exercise. But things are changing slowly/steadily and after similar discussions on Gangs of Wasseypur, Rockstar, Paan Singh Tomar, and recently Highway, we got a chance to interact with Rajat Kapoor on his excellently reviewed ‘Ankhon Dekhi’.

Here’s the video in 3 parts, and advance apologies for low sound on the questions (keep your speakers at full-blast please). Though Rajat Kapoor’s responses are loud and clear enough. The session was moderated by our own Somen Mishra and film’s music director Sagar Desai, lyricist Varun Grover, and actor Taranjit Kaur (who played Rajat’s wife in the film) were also present on/around the dais.

(A quick thanks to Cinemax Versova managers and our PVR-man Shiladitya Bora for the venue permissions and arrangements, and Sameer Sheikh for getting the video recorded and uploaded..)


61st National Awards for 2013 – Complete List is here

Posted: April 16, 2014 by moifightclub in Awards

The 61st National Film awards were announced today. Among the major winners are – Anand Gandhi’s Ship of Theseus as Best Feature Film, Hansal Mehta for Best Director (Shahid),  Rajkummar Rao for Best Actor (Shahid) which he shares with Suraj Venjaramoodu for Malayalam-film Perariyathavar. Geetanjali Thapa got Best Actress for Liar’s Dice and Rajeev Ravi for its cinematography. Sourabh Shukla bagged it for Best Supporting Actor (Jolly LLB), Amruta Subhash (Astu – Marathi) and Aida El-Kashif (Ship of Theseus) got it for Best Supporting Actress.

Fandry won the award for Best Debut Film of a Director (Nagraj Manjule). Award for Best Production Design went to Ashim Ahluwalia, Tabsheer Zutshi and Parichit Paralkar for Miss Lovely. The film also won the Special Jury award. Best Children’s Film Award was announced for Batul Mukhtiyar’s Kaphal.

In the non-feature category, Kamal Swaroop’s Rangbhoomi won the Best Film. Shubhashish Bhutiani’s Kush won the award for Best Promotional film. Nishtha Jain’s Gulabi Gang won the awards for Best Film on Social Issues and for Best Editing. Best Investigative Film went to Deepti Kakkar and Fahad Mustafa’s Powerless.

For Fiction films,  the 11-member jury was headed by noted directed Saeed Akhtar Mirza.

Here’s the complete list of winners