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List of Winners at 14th New York Indian Film Festival

Held from May 5-10, 2014, the 14th New York Film Festival saw a tough competition across all the sections and the winners have now been announced. Liar’s Dice by Geethu Mohandas won the Best Film at the New York Indian Film Festival 2014. Other films nominated were- Astu, Fandry,Goynar Baksho and Ugly. Nagraj Manjule won the Best Director for Fandry. Other nominees…

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Dedh Ishqiya Movie Review: Love and a half

Sanwaar nok palak abruon mein kham kar de, Gire pade hue lafzon ko mohtaram kar de This is one of the few couplets from many a Dr. Bashir Badr’s poems this film borrows. And no, I am not someone who is strong at literature. And no, had Abhishek Chaubey and co. not mentioned during the…

Hero Hiralal Movie Review: Phata poster, nikla Hero!

The advent of cable-TV happened in India in the early 1990’s when foreign channels were beaming in the houses of the privileged upper-middle-class. A decade later came the age of the reality shows with Channel V running a contest to form a girl-band on the lines of Spice Girls; and in 2002 Viva happened. But much before cable-tv…

Shyam Benegal: The Master of Indian Parallel Cinema

“Benegal has put up a model of committed film-making in a thoroughly professional manner that could be eminently useful for both the mainstream, with its recklessly expensive habits, and art cinema, with its holier-than-thou attitude and amateurism.” It is ironical that talking about Shyam Benegal is extremely easy as well as quite difficult at the…

The Rajiv Rai Trilogy

Recently I’ve come across many trilogies by great directors, like the Color trilogy, death trilogy, some zombie trilogy, some vampire trilogy and there are many more which I’m unaware of. When we look for trilogies coming from India, the first one that comes to mind is the Apu trilogy. I am sure Shyam Benegal also…

Anurag Kashyap's Second Best!

What is common between Govind Nihlani, Shyam Benegal, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Mira Nair, Aditya Chopra? How are Anurag Kashyap and Dibakar Banerjee different from these filmmakers? With the buzz now about 100 years of INDIAN Cinema (yep – let us get that one correct), and the buzz about the upcoming movie ‘Bombay Talkies’, I remember…