Babloo (Jaideep Ahlawat) tells Lipakshi (Fatima Sana Shaikh) that he loved someone else, this is a marriage of convenience, a business deal and avows that there’ll never be an offspring to present to his father.Bharti (Konkona Sen Sharma bringing the butch) is a “craftsman” among machine-men according to her Brahmin boss who recruits a woman from his caste – Aditi Rao Hydari’s Priya Sharma – for the data operator job that Bharti was eyeing.
On January 1, when lakhs of Dalits had gathered in Pune to attend an event to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the battle of Bhima Koregaon, which eventually led to clashes that have paralysed Mumbai and Pune.
Guests are at home and the men are seen in high spirits talking about their day and engaging in some shop talk. While Manju (Shah) cleans and adds more water in the air cooler, one man is seen ranting about his new boss, a woman, who has purportedly made the workplace more systematic.The ending, left ambiguous, leaves one wondering if Manju, after her break, goes back to the kitchen to serve the men their food or does her husband finally see her as just another person being taken for granted.
Her work in the film won her the Best Actor Female Critics Choice award. Massan : Debutant director Neeraj Ghaywan won the Best Debutant Director award for his brilliant portrayal of Banaras.Coming second after Bajirao Mastani, Piku grabbed 4 awards, including the Critics Award for Best Film.Bajrangi Baijaan : Fans of the film were highly displeased to hear that this Kabir Khan film won only a single award, with Vijayendra Prasad collecting the ‘Best Story’ award.
The trailer of Ajeeb Daastaans, the Hindi anthology film by Netflix, was released on Friday. The film will release on April 16.
Bollywood’s studied silence on political issues finally ended yesterday. A group of actors, directors, writers, singers joined the protest against the violence in JNU yesterday.
Nationwide protests have rocked India since the Citizenship Amendment Act passed through both houses of the parliament. Many protests have been marred by violence, in which police’s heavy-handedness has killed some (in Assam) as well injured several across the country.
For the first time at an international level, a Dalit Film and Cultural Festival will happen at Columbia University, New York on February 23 and 24 this year. The festival will screen twelve films in languages like Tamil, Marathi, Malayalam, Hindi, and a Nepali series. All selected films will focus on Dalit assertion and identity amidst violence.
When the trailer of Dhadak was released last week, the reactions were varied. While some fulsomely praised the Karan Johar production (a remake of the Marathi blockbuster Sairat) that stars Ishaan Khatter and Janhvi Kapoor, most could not but gulp in disbelief at the flippancy of it all.
Set in Mirzapur, the story revolves around three families – Pankaj Kapoor who’s an all-powerful don; two brothers played by Ali Fazal and Vikrant Massey; a family of two sisters played by Shriya Pilgaonkar and Shweta Tripathi. “It’s the story about power-hungry people and the games they play,” says Shweta.
In 1999, Malayalam filmmaker Murali Nair made the film Maranasimhasanam which literally translates to ‘The Throne of Death’, was honoured with the Camera d’Or at the 1999 festival. This feature set in Kerala, is the tale of a villager who steals some coconuts to feed his family, and how he ends up being sentenced to death through a series of politically orchestrated events.
Many Bollywood celebrities make it a point to stay away from awards functions as they call it a sham, where merit is ignored that saleability and nepotism are given more importance. However, the winners of last night’s Filmfare awards have surprisingly been a melange of some really good talents and films.
This year, away from the mainstream films which stuck to cliches and tried and tested formulas, another medium managed to engage the audience. It’s the short films narrating the extraordinary stories of every day people. These films pack in a punch in the short duration. These films might lack the glitz and glamour but give voice to the quintessential ‘mango Indian’, highlighting their trials and tribulations through the prism of their mundane life.
While films like Juice, Tumhari Sullu with strong feminist undertones were received well, protests against Padmavati reached a nocomprendo level when a body was found at the Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur, Rajasthan along with a message inscribed on the stones: ‘Padmavati Ka Virodh’. Ashok Kumar, director M Sasikumar’s associate and relative, was found dead in his apartment in Chennai.
Like last year and the year before last, India will have no major representation at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival that will open on May 17 and go on till May 28.
Meanwhile, Bollywood films like Raman Raghav 2. 0, directed by Anurag Kashyap, and Sarabjit, directed by Omung Kumar, premiered at sidebar events of Cannes this year. Also, SS Rajamouli’s Bahubali will be screened at the Marché du Film, a film market event taking place alongside the festival. The sidebar screenings are held outside the Palais Des Festivals, the centre of all the festival action, including official screenings, and press and market interactions.
The Busan International Film Festival has nominated three Tamil films in different categories for its 20th edition – in addition to director Mani Ratnam’s Oh Kadhal Kanmani and Biju Viswanath’s Orange Mittai, Radiopetti, directed by Hari Viswanath, has been nominated in the category ‘New Currents’, which is awarded to the two best feature films from the first or second works of new Asian directors. This year eight films from ten countries will be competing for the award. Radiopetti tells the story of an old man and his radio set, and thematically addresses the alienation of the elderly from a unique perspective. Other films in the category include Nakamura Takuro’s West North West (Japan), which explores the subtle feelings of love and friendship between three young women, and Lee Seung-Won’s Communication & Lies (Korea), a film about a man and a woman who do absurdly crazy things.
According to producer Shobu Yarlagadda, SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali will soon begin its journey at the international festival circuits, beginning with South Korea’s Busan International Film Festival. The special international version of the film has been edited by Vincent Tabaillon, and is reportedly 20 minutes shorter. Tabaillon is known for editing films like The Incredible Hulk (2008), Clash Of The Titans (2010), and Now You See Me (2013). Baahubali has become one of India’s biggest box-office successes, and has grossed over Rs.600 crore worldwide. The film stars Rana Daggubati, Prabhas, Anushka Shetty, and Tamannaah Bhatia.
Director Mani Ratnam’s Oh Kadhal Kanmani and Biju Viswanath’s Orange Mittai will be screened at the 20th edition of the 10-day long Busan International Film Festival, in the category ‘A window on Asian Cinema’.Starring Dulquer Salman and Nithya Menen, the film was a major success for Mani Ratnam, on the heels of two releases that had failed to impress audiences, Raavanan and Kadal.