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Kaamyaab (Round Figure): The Success-dream of Every Commoner

Kaamyaab (Round Figure): The Success-dream of Every Commoner

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Written By : Simran Saini New Delhi, India Photo: Official Facebook Page Film Review: Kaamyaab (Round Figure) Country: India Director: Hardik Mehta Cast: Sanjay Mishra, Deepak Dobriyal. In Hindi cinema, the line between the new and the old is not a thin one. To the general public, who goes to the cinema only for 'entertainment' (read item numbers, popular actors and fascinating plots), this line may be thick, but almost a blur. If you look closely though, you may read the words 'critically acclaimed' engraved on this line. This term has become quite common these days, among the viewers of Hindi cinema. Especially for the urban youth, this term defines cinematic experience. Movies like City lights, Masaan, NH 10, Shahid etc - these are realistic, heart touching m...
Abu- a personal account with a political bearing

Abu- a personal account with a political bearing

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Written by: Shreya Seth Kolkata, India Film Review: Abu Country: Canada-Pakistan Director:Arshad Khan The camera is a beautiful device that succinctly captures and retains all that our restless vision and cramped memories cannot. However, it might seem to be losing its charm in a world that is predominantly obsessed with capturing everyday life, not with the intention to retain or revisit, perhaps to abide to a false sense of self- portrayal and self-validation. Amidst these changes, Arshad Khan's documentary 'Abu' comes as a refreshing take on personal life told primarily through a camera that is not a mere intruder or an object that prompts one to alter their expressions or mannerisms, but one that captures an individual with all their idiosyncrasies, devoid o...
Uri and Accidental PM: Pure Co-incidence or Two Manifestos of the Same Gimmick?

Uri and Accidental PM: Pure Co-incidence or Two Manifestos of the Same Gimmick?

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Written By : Simran Saini New Delhi, India The second decade of the 21st century saw the beginning of a new era of the Hindi film industry – a range of new age films based on social issues, historical events, biopics and the like. It is indeed a breath of fresh air from the classic face of Bollywood which has always been about music, over-hyped family drama/ romance and iconic dance moves. The new avatar of Bollywood is raw, (almost) liberal and quite daring. This second decade has also seen quite a few movies based on politics at the box office. But the most interesting release(s) in the New Year are the ones that released on the 11th January 2019 – The Accidental Prime Minister and Uri: the Surgical Strike. Although the former instantly and boldly reveals the plot and the pr
The Accidental Prime Minister: A flimsy excuse for a blinkered film

The Accidental Prime Minister: A flimsy excuse for a blinkered film

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Written by: Shreya Seth Kolkata, India Photo: Official Facebook Page Film Review: The Accidental Prime Minister Country: India Director: Vijay Ratnakar Gutte Cast: Anupam Kher, Akshaye Khanna, Suzanne Bernert, Divya Seth Shah, Hansal Mehta, Vipin Sharma, Arjun Mathur, Aahana Kumra. As India gears up for the 2019 general elections, the strategic move to release a potentially controversial film that seeks to target a prominent political family in India, did not just instill curiosity but was also expected to cause unrest, as is the norm today. However, as one sits through the one hour fifty minute film, it leaves you gawking at the sheer ineptitude of the makers who claimed to be embarking on a route that is seldom taken by the likes and could cause discomfort in an already ...
Village Rockstars: The film that gifts us blue skies and hope in abundance

Village Rockstars: The film that gifts us blue skies and hope in abundance

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  Written by: Shreya Seth Kolkata, India Film Review: Village Rockstars Country: India Director: Rima Das Cast: Bhanita Das, Basanti Das, Manabendra Das Seldom do we come across stories that can communicate to a wide range of audiences without trying too hard. Village Rockstars is one such organic and refreshing film that marks a departure from conventional forms of storytelling and consumes you if you allow yourself to succumb to the flow. Set in a remote village in Assam named Chayagaon, Village Rockstars is a coming of age story of a ten-year-old girl who dreams of owning a guitar and forming a rock band with her friends. While the desire to own a guitar may not seem impossible to some, Dhunu (Bhanita Das) is dreaming of the impossible amidst poverty and natural calami...
Stan The Man

Stan The Man

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Written By: Debkumar Mitra Kolkata, India Illustration: Sagar Mondal Stan Lee: Born: New York, December 28, 1922 Died: Los Angeles, November 12, 2018 Known for: Co-writing comic book superheroes Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and X-Men The man who claimed to have co-created Spider-Man with Jack Kirby is no more. ‘Stan the Man’ would not have liked his obituary to begin with this way. The man who created the superhero culture and gave comics the shine and the gloss of a Hollywood A movie, Marvel legend Stan Lee is dead. He left behind millions of Marvel Universe fans who grew up on Lee’s writing for Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Incredible Hulk and many more. Marvel without Lee won’t be the same again. His biggest contribution is to brand M
Ya omri: where memory meets life at crossroads

Ya omri: where memory meets life at crossroads

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Written by: Somrita Bhattacharyya Paris, France. Film Review: ‘Ya omri’ (104 wrinkles) Country: Lebanon Director: Hady Zaccak We are born. We are growing old, year after another. And every year is arriving with a new wrinkle, often hiding the old one that was a gift of the previous year. So, can we call this wrinkle the ‘time’ itself, or is it a layer of memory? And what does remain with us at the end after all, except our good, bitter memories? Look at Henriette, she has lived 104 wrinkles. All those wrinkles are passionately crafted with rich memoirs of her life. After reaching the final chapter, now she is a bit choosy about which wrinkle to recall, and which not to. The medical science might name it dementia, but you know what Gabriel García Márquez said in his ‘Living to t
Manto: The relentless censorship on reality and dissent

Manto: The relentless censorship on reality and dissent

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Written by: Shreya Seth Kolkata, India Film Review: Manto Country: India Director: Nandita Das Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rasika Dugal, Rajshri Deshpande, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Rishi Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Bhanu Uday, Vinod Nagpal A growing climate of intolerance has no room for dissent. Saadat Hasan Manto, an Urdu author and playwright born in British India, met the same fate that many others do for speaking their minds today. Infamous for his raw portrayal of reality, Manto wrote extensively during the partition era of the 40’s and was tried for obscenity in British India and later in Pakistan. Written and directed by Nandita Das, the film ‘Manto’ is a biographical account of the author’s life, set in the backdrop of the chaotic Indo-Pak partition era of the late 1940’s wh
From Darwin’s world

From Darwin’s world

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Written By : Riaz Quadir Paris, France Book Review Rediscovering Darwin – By David Elliot Loye If you are going to read only one book this year, or in the next two years or the next five, let David Elliot Loye’s “Rediscovering Darwin” be the one. As has happened many times before in human history, original ideas get hijacked, transformed, mangled, suppressed or misrepresented by those who came after. The greater the ideas the greater the chances of any of this or a combination of these happening to them. The irony is that such distortions happen more often by the proponents of the ideas rather than their opponents. That has been the case with the ideas of one of the greatest and most revolutionary scientists of all time, Charles Darwin. He changed the way humanity thinks
A Quarter Mile Country

A Quarter Mile Country

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  Film Review By : Riaz Quadir Paris, France Have you ever experienced one of those fretful nights when you are drifting from deep sleep to hazy wakefulness, never knowing which is which; from horrific nightmares to brief glimpses of bygone sweetness of tender love; all in a jumbled, incoherent sequence that seems unending… Watching “A Quarter Mile Country” seemed like revisiting one of those nights. All that intensity tightly packed into a 34 minutes package. Noman Robin, the director, takes us to Conrad’s 21st century Heart of Darkness, in the refugee camp in Bangladesh where many hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees driven away from Myanmar have been given shelter by the Bangladeshi government and people. Despite the Bangladeshi Prime Minister, Hasina Begum’s

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