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Here’s continuing from our Mumbai Film Festival. The recco list is here, click here for Day 1 & 2 report and here is the post on Dimensions Mumbai.

Moving on –

Day 3

1. Jesus Henry Christ – A super non filmy yet subversive (you-dont-know-where-it-is-headed) film, my little miss sunshine of this year. Eccentric & weird american family-comedy. Trippy and funny all the way. Recco for everyone and especially for aspiring screenwriters

2. Toast – Stanley ka dabba meets Udaan. At first felt like a food porn film but slowly goes onto becoming a coming of age film set in UK 60s-70s. Very good film based on the life of a famous british chef. Also stars Helen Bonham Carter (and she’s not the only reason to watch the film)! Dont watch it on a hungry stomach !

3. Monster’s Dinner – ok clearly the most bizzare film of the day inviting maximum different opinions. Two couples have dinner in a dystopian turkey urban town. Smoking banned, painting banned, child abuse allowed and become a buisness, social norms are abnormal, satire on everyone under the sun. Clearly set up like a “play” with a single house setting (read low budget and limited resources so maximum innovation). Dark and creepy without showing a single violent act but puke-inducing. Many felt the film doesn’t move after the first 30 min (and may be even after the first 60 min), but personally felt it was very well directed. Very interesting film to watch it for sure – depending on if you decide to hate/love it later

4. First time for everything – Another russian Udaan father-son bonding story. Walked out after 70 min since it was taking way tooo much time to make a point.

5. Ides of March – Big Q for this one. Guess I know the right people. Nevertheless managed to sneak in. Must watch. Shiva the God Of Death goes corrupted. Wow. Watch it. Just felt longing for more by the end of it. Depressing film in a moral-istic way.

6. Aadukalam – national award winning tamil film. Had seen it already. But neverthless do check it out. A super film (yes made in commercial tam film format) And as a friend said – the drama is pretty “shakespearean”

Other mentions – Wrecked starring adrien brody, saamna, king of devil’s island (starring the super stellan skarsgard), armadillo. Didn’t see them since they are available (you-know-where). Will check them out. Comments welcome in case you did watch them

Day 4

1. Chinese takeaway – super stud ricardo darin (secret in their eyes, aura, 9 queens, carancho, signal) is reason enough to watch this quriky comedy film. An irritable common hardware shop owner’s life gets disturbed by a chinese man who comes into his life. Very well written and expertly directed. Recco’d

2. Tabloid – docu by Errol morris – a “simple” case gone awry thanks to the scandal-loving Brit media. Based on a true story. Highly recco’d. Offers multiple insights (pov’s) into the case – what happened, what was witnessed, what was reported.

3. Mountain – another low budget film with two characters and a “setting”. Thelma & Louise meets Kids are all right meets Rabbit Hole. But wow. And for a change great to see the dir not just relying on the lovely visuals of snow capped peaks but also wonderful drama. And someone give the leading lady an oscar for the best performance please. Was also part of an (informal) Q&A. Shot on Red. Must must “mast” watch. Silences, minimal dialogues but superb.

4. 17 girls – Based on a real life incident. 17 rebel-without (or with)-a-cause high school girls decide to get pregnant simultaneously. Liked it a lot despite the fact that pregnant women freak me out (I know I know, I’m sorry. Just have a phobia). Recco’d. And the girls are such good actors. I wondered how does one write the script of one such film.

5. Sleeping beauty – Epic fail super NG film. Everything established in the first 45 min, after that its purely one tharki budhdha after another. As Prof Saab said – “Pure mind fuck but no penetration”. Avoid. Allegedly an indian well versed “indie” director asked the dir of the film “Were you aware of what you were trying to do?”. Didnt get a satisfying response. I cursed myself for going for this and not standing in the 500 odd queue off Pina !

Other mentions – Win win by station agent, visitor dir, 36 chowringhee lane (arguably best film by aparna sen), Pina (still to be seen but have heard great things about it)

Day 5

1. Aparoopa – Finally saw a Jahnu Barua film on the big screen.. His debut film based on a real life incident which happened in assam in the 60s. A gorgeous suhasini muley and breathtaking assam visuals (DOP – Binod Pradhan), lovely music. A story and treatment which might seem a little dated today but for it’s time it was quite “progressive”. A typical HKA-ish/Charulata-ish Love triangle in which there is no bad guy (villain). And the good news is that he is trying to get all of his films released on DVD. Fingers crossed.

2. Love Wrinkle Free– A good first time effort by dir Sandeep mohan. Goa eccentric family comedy of sorts, in english. Couldve been trimmed by 20 min or so. Low budget film but which boasts of some good performances from the ensemble.

3. OR (Mon tresor) – Minimal dialogues, long takes, lovely visuals, self destructive characters, Father-son character from Aaranya Kaandam into a mom-daughter track.This is what Sleeping Beauty should have been. Highly recco’d. Last 5 min couldve been trimmed but still.

4. Almanya – Funny german family comedy. A man travels from turkey to germany to start a life. 50 yrs later family moves back on a vacation to turkey. Film cuts back and forth. Slightly meta-filmy (and hence also) super. Recco’d.

Other mentions – Salt of life, Habesu Papam (heard they were good), JBDY (need one say more?), Yellow Sea (hmmm-need repeat viewing. Some superb action sequences), Even the rain (available you-know-where), Another Earth, Melancholia (ho-hum, except super performances)

58th National Awards have been announced. And as expected, most of the winners are from down south. The feature films jury was headed by J.P. Dutta, Non-Feature Films jury was headed by A.K. Bir and Best Writing on Cinema jury was headed by Ashok Vajpeyi.

FEATURE FILMS

1. BEST FEATURE FILM

Adaminte Makan Abu (Malayalam) –   Producer: Salim Ahamed.    Director : Salim Ahamed

(For a simple yet evocative articulation of humanist values that frees matters of faith from the constrictions of narrow parochialism. The concerns of Abu, son of Adam, are timeless and universal in their scope. )

2. INDIRA GANDHI AWARD FOR BEST DEBUT FILM OF A DIRECTOR

Baboo Band Baaja  (Marathi) –   Producer: Nita Jadhav.   Director : Rajesh Pinjani

(For a riveting tale of a father reluctant to educate his son, a mother who fiercely believes in its liberatory value, and the son who is caught in the crossfire, ‘Baboo’ is an outstanding debut project by director. )

3. AWARD FOR BEST POPULAR FILM PROVIDING WHOLESOME ENTERTAINMENT

Dabangg (Hindi) – Producer: Arbaaz Khan, Malaika Arora Khan & Dhilin Mehta. Director : Abhinav Singh Kashyap

(Answers the need of cinegoers for entertainment rooted in Indian soil.)

4. NARGIS DUTT AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE FILM ON NATIONAL INTEGRATION

Moner Manush (Bengali) – Producer: Gautam Kundu. Director : Goutam Ghose

(For celebrating the union of the human spirit through the life and song of Sufi poets in the Baul tradition.)

5. BEST FILM ON SOCIAL ISSUES

Champions (Marathi) – Producer: Aishwarya Narkar. Director : Ramesh More

(In a world of deprivation, the thirst for an education surpasses the hunger for food amongst two young brothers fending for each other and their mother)

6. BEST FILM ON ENVIRONMENT CONSERVATION/PRESERVATION

Bettada Jeeva (Kannada) – Producer: Basantkumar Patil. Director : P. Sheshadri

(An old couple steeped in the soil of their environment yearn for the return of their son while nurturing the growth of their young plantation against all odds)

7. BEST CHILDREN’S FILM

Hejjegalu (Kannada) – Producer: Basantkumar Patil. Director : P.R. Ramadas Naidu

(A little girl cheerfully takes on the challenge to preserve the fabric of her family)

8. BEST DIRECTION

Aadukalam (Tamil) – Vetrimaran

(For a gritty tale of love, jealousy and betrayal in the midst of bloodsport and violence, in the manner of realistic cinema)

9. BEST ACTOR

Aadukalam (Tamil) – Dhanush

Adaminte Makan Abu (Malayalam) – Salim Kumar

(Two riveting performances that fuse character and actor into one: To Dhanush for the raw, nuanced portrayal of a cocky young man who learns lessons about life the hard way. To Salim for a deep, restrained performance of a simple man with an unshakeable belief in his quest for salvation )

10. BEST ACTRESS

Baboo Band Baaja (Marathi) – Mitalee Jagtap Varadkar

Thenmerkku Paruvakkatru (Tamil) – Saranya Ponvannan

(The picture of two mothers whose concern for bettering the lives of their children in the face of untold hardship: As a mother who strives to realise through her son her dreams of a better future. As a fiercely combative single mother who shields her son to the point of sacrifice.)

11. BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Mynaa (Tamil) – J. Thambi Ramaiah

(For a heart-warming performance as a policeman who discovers his humanity in the process of capturing an escaped fugitive.)

12. BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Namma Gramam (Tamil) – Sukumari

(For a sensitive portrayal of an aged widow who challenges orthodoxy when restrictions are placed upon her widowed granddaughter)

13. BEST CHILD ARTIST

I am Kalam (Hindi) – Harsh Mayar

Champions (Marathi) – Shantanu Ranganekar & Machindra Gadkar

Baboo Band Baaja (Marathi) – Vivek Chabukswar

(Four actors for expressing with charm and heartbreak the world of the child: For performing with bright, shining eyes and an urchin smile, the razor sharp spirit of a survivor who dreams of excelling. For two brothers bonded by blood and responsibility battling for survival in the underbelly of a heartless city. For capturing the indomitable spirit of a young village boy who is hungry to learn in an environment that closes all doors on him.

14. BEST MALE PLAYBACK SINGER

Mee Sindhutai Sapkal (Marathi) – Suresh Wadkar

(For rendering soulful lyrics in a resonant voice soaked in emotion with a purity of musical expression and spiritual empathy)

15. BEST FEMALE PLAYBACK SINGER

Ishqiya (Hindi) – Rekha Bhardwaj

(For a sensual and evocative rendering of a heart longing for the beloved.)

16. BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Adaminte Makan Abu (Malayalam) – Madhu Ambat

(For the visual poetry that augments and reinforces the concern of the narrative and for unfolding the infinite vistas of nascent digital technology in the visual medium.)

17. BEST SCREENPLAY

Original : Aadukalam (Tamil) – Vetrimaran

Adapted : Mee Sindhutai Sapkal (Marathi) – Anant Mahadevan & Sanjay Pawar

Dialogues :  Mee Sindhutai Sapkal (Marathi) – Sanjay Pawar

(For its kaleidoscopic variety that uses realism, tradition and contemporaneity, soaked in local flavour on an infinite canvas.

For retaining the concerns and values of a biographical account while translating it into the cinematic medium and honouring the essence of the original.

For bringing to life the textures of various characters through articulating their emotion and thought process.)

18. BEST AUDIOGRAPHY

Ishqiya (Hindi) : Location Sound Recordist : Kaamod Kharade

Chitrasutram (Malayalam)Sound Designer : Subhadeep Sengupta

Ishqiya : Re-recordist of the final mixed track : Debajit Changmai

(For capturing the soft nuances and variations of the artists’ voices and location ambience in a sensorial manner.

For the use of various sound effects along with existing ambience to impart a subliminal experience in this abstract work.

For merging voices, location ambience, background music and other sound effects to create a near-tactile experience that is both real and artistic. )

19. BEST EDITING

Aadukalam (Tamil) – T.E. Kishore

(For the subliminal impact created by the use of montage so as to bring to the fore thematic concerns of the narrative in a holistic manner)

20. BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Enthiran (Tamil) – Sabu Cyril

(For the style and finesse realised in the creation of a set design that is coherent with the futuristic visual style of the narrative.)

21. BEST COSTUME DESIGNER

Namma Gramam (Tamil) – Indrans Jayan

(For realising effectively the texture of a period in the history of modern India through miniscule attention to detailing)

22. BEST MAKE-UP ARTIST

Moner Manush(Bengali) – Vikram Gaikwad

(For the admirable detailing and remarkable consistency achieved in the etching of the characters across an extensive time span.)

23. BEST MUSIC DIRECTION

Ishqiya – Music Director (Songs) : Vishal Bhardwaj

Adaminte Makan Abu (Malayalam) – Music Director (Background Score) : Issak Thomas Kottakapally

(For blending rustic flavour with the Indian classical tradition.

For minimalistic use of appropriate background score to nurture the essence of the narrative.)

24. BEST LYRICS

Thenmerkku Paruvakkatru (Tamil) – Vairamuthu

(For giving a meaningful expression to the narrative through contextual amplification of the emotion)

25. SPECIAL JURY AWARD

Mee Sindhutai Sapkal (Marathi) – Producer: Bindiya & Sachin Khanolkar. Director : Anant Narayan Mahadevan

(For a powerful cinematic presentation of an epic journey of a living character, an abandoned woman who refused to become a victim and in the process not only transformed her own life but also the lives of many others)

26. BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS

Enthiran (Tamil) – V. Srinivas M Mohan

(For bringing of age a spectrum of visual special effects in Indian cinema and creating a space for the practitioners of this art form on the global map.)

27. BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Aadukalam (Tamil) – Dinesh Kumar

(For the native charm and innovative design in the art of choreography that creates an effervescent energy in the spectator)

28. BEST FEATURE FILM IN EACH OF THE LANGUAGE SPECIFIED IN THE SCHEDULE VIII OF THE CONSTITUTION

BEST ASSAMESE FILM – Jetuka Patar Dare

BEST BENGALI FILM – Ami Aadu

BEST HINDI FILM – Do Dooni Char

BEST KANNADA – Puttakkana Highway

BEST MALAYALAM FILM – Veettilekkulla Vazhi

BEST MARATHI FILM – Mala Aai Vhhaychay

BEST TAMIL FILM – Thenmerkku Paruvakkatru

BEST ENGLISH FILM – Memories in March

SPECIAL MENTION – Bettada Jeeva (Kannada), Aadukalam (Tamil)

58th NATIONAL FILM AWARDS FOR 2010 – NON- FEATURE FILMS

1. BEST NON-FEATURE FILM – Germ (Hindi). Director : Snehal R. Nair

2. BEST DEBUT NON-FEATURE FILM OF A DIRECTOR – Pistulya (Marathi & Telugu). Producer: Nagraj Manjule. Director : Nagraj Manjule

3. BEST ETHNOGRAPHIC FILM – Songs of Mashangva

4. BEST BIOGRAPHICAL FILM – Nilamadhaba

5. BEST ARTS and CULTURE FILM – Leaving Home (English & Hindi)

6. BEST SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FILM – Heart to Heart (Manipuri & English)

7. BEST PROMOTIONAL FILM – Ek Ropa Dhan (Hindi)

8. BEST ENVIRONMENT FILM – Iron is Hot (English)

9. BEST FILM ON SOCIAL ISSUES – Understanding Trafficking (Bengali, Hindi & English)

10. BEST EDUCATIONAL FILM – Advaitham (Telugu)

11. BEST FILM ON SPORTS – Boxing Ladies (Hindi)

12. BEST INVESTIGATIVE FILM – A Pestering Journey (Malayalam, Punjabi, Hindi, English & Tulu)

13. SPECIAL JURY AWARD – Kabira Khada Bazaar Mein (Hindi)

14. SHORT FICTION FILM – Kal 15 August Dukan Band Rahegi (Hindi)

15. BEST FILM ON FAMILY VALUES – Love in India (Bengali & English)

16. BEST DIRECTION – Shyam Raat Seher (Hindi & Engish). Director : Arunima Sharma

17. BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Shyam Raat Seher (Hindi & English). Cameraman: Murali G.

18.  BEST AUDIOGRAPHY – A Pestering Journey (Malayalam, Punjabi, Hindi English & Tulu). Re-recordist (final mixed track) : Harikumar Madhavan Nair

19. BEST EDITING – Germ (Hindi). Editor : Tinni Mitra

20. BEST NARRATION (for Writing the Narration) – Johar : Welcome to Our World (Hindi & English) Nilanjan Bhattacharya

21. Special Mention : a. Ottayal (One Woman Alone) ( Malayalam) – Director: Shiny Jacob Benjamin b. The Zeliangrongs (Manipuri & English) –  Director : Ronel Haobam c. Pistulya (Marathi & Telugu) – Child Artist: Suraj Pawar

58th NATIONAL FILM AWARDS FOR THE YEAR 2010 – BEST WRITING ON CINEMA

1. BEST BOOK ON CINEMA

From Rajahs and Yogis to Gandhi and Beyond: Images of India in International Films of the Twentieth Century (English)

Publisher : Seagull Books Author: Vijaya Mulay

2. SPECIAL MENTION

1. Cinema Bhojpuri (English)

Publisher : Penguin Books India Ltd. Author : Avijit Ghosh

2. Thiraicheelai (Tamil)

Publisher : Trisakti Sundar Raman. Author : Oviyar Jeeva

3. BEST FILM CRITIC

Joshy Joseph (English) and N. Manu Chakravarthy (Kannada & English)