Saturday December 16, 2017

Watch & Weekend it: The 2 day weekly film festival at your place

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By Ishan Kukreti

Cinema is better than any history book. It is better than any waking dream. It is an alternate form of reality looking back in time, giving everyone a chance to live differently within that window of 2-3 hours. Cinema is that one medicine that wears off a week’s soot from the soul.

However, not everyone has 2-3 hours to escape reality on a usual day. But weekends bring with them that time when the brain is not constantly checking the to-do list. On weekends, NewsGram brings to you movies which will help you get your catharsis, and unclog your chocked system.

So, for those who like to unplug every once in a while, here is a 2-day film festival schedule, where you just have to download the movies and then to infinity and beyond! This list of three movies has been made with the sole reason to give you a break from the all-pervading kitsch in today’s society.

Plan a mini film fest of 9 hours, do nothing, just live differently.

 1. Sulemani Keeda, Director: Amit V. Masurkar

The film is an indie slacker comedy with many philosophical underpinning. Had it not been so jaw-achingly funny, it could have been an excellently shot crash course in existentialism, dreams and the nature of reality. Take this for instance, ‘How can one see herself in memories as a third person while the same is not possible in reality?’

It’s the best movie to snuggle to with someone special on this rainy day.

2. Gandu. Director – Qaushiq Mukherjee aka Q ( viewer discretion is advisory)

Q has a thing for making absurd cinema. His films have acquired cult status in the Indian indie film circuit. Gandu, dealing with, is somewhat more alt, if not weirder. The film becomes increasingly mind-boggling towards the end with Dhatura trip taking over the protagonist (Gandu) and his sidekick (Rickshaw). But the movie not once leaves the viewer behind or frustratingly confounded.

Gandu is a monochromatic journey through passion, obsession, addiction and satisfaction. It explores Rap and crap of Kolkata through a narrative on frustration that the self faces when it fails to express itself completely.

The film is just right to shake you around siesta time, enough to pump you up, but not enough to make you leave your film fest.

3. Tamas, Director – Govind Nihalani

Tamas is a masterpiece. It’s a relic from the golden area of Doordarshan. It was released as a four-part TV series for DD starring Om Puri, Pankaj Kapoor, Amrish Puri and other prominent actors from that era.

The film traces the rioting and mayhem during partition through a set of precisely carved  characters. The film is so powerful that it chokes the viewer with emotions at various points of time. The brilliance of some of the scenes will be hard to match for a long time in Indian cinema.

The film will leave you feeling light in a sense that will help you carry the burden of the coming weekdays.

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A huge Film Festival Inaugurated in Kashmir For the First Time

For the first time in Kashmir, a grand Film festival was inaugurated.

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Kashmir Film Festival Inaugural Event. Qazi Wasif

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Srinagar: Kashmir World Film Festival (KWFF) returned to Kashmir with more enthusiasm as the hall was Jam packed for its second edition and eminent Bollywood personalities like Rajat Kapoor, Govind Nihalani, Aruna Raje Patel, Syed Akhtar Mirza and others were present at the event. Among people from Mumbai, locals talent, Muzamil Ibrahim, Phunsuk Ladaki and a young filmmaker Rahat Kazmi were also present at the event. Speaking at the event, everyone reiterated the fact that there is a need to bring back cinema culture to Kashmir.

The second edition of the festival was inaugurated by Minister of Public Affairs, Nayeem Akhtar, at Tagore Hall, Srinagar. The five-day festival will take place between 1st – 5th November. Speaking about the revival of cinema in Kashmir, Nayeem Akhtar said that going to the cinema was a part of a family structure earlier. It was like an event where families would come together and enjoy watching cinema but we have failed the younger generation to provide them with means of entertainment.

“Whole world has cinemas now, countries like Pakistan have cinemas and even Saudi Arabia is also opening them now. I do not know why people do not think about opening cinemas here,” said Nayeem Akhtar.

The event is organized by Actors Creative Theatre (ACT), a non-profit organization. According to the organizers of the event, around twenty-five films will be screened in the festival. Not only Bollywood and Hollywood movies will be screened, but local movies of students from various colleges and universities will also be screened.

Saaz, Kotar Baaz, Bangar Bazaar and others are the local films which be screened during the five-day festival. On an inaugural Day, first Kashmiri feature film Mainz-Raat that was produced in 1964 was screened.

Film screening at Kashmir World Film Festival
Film screening at Kashmir World Film Festival. Qazi Wasif

director of the event, Mushtaq Ali Khan said, “We started with a first Kashmiri black and white movie as not many people know about this movie.”I’m really excited to be part of this event participate in the event.

Eminent film director, Govind Nihalani while praising Mushtaq Ali said that the aim of the festival is to “take Kashmir to the world and bring the world to Kashmir. We will love to hear stories from Kashmir.”

Veteran actress Aruna Raje Patel said, It’s a movement and it’s here to stay forever.”

Besides the film festival, a workshop on the topic ‘Introduction to Cinema’ was also held for the media students and cinema lovers in the first half of the day. Bollywood actors Rajit Kapoor, Muzzamil Ibrahim and others interacted with the students and shared with their experiences of working in film industry.

Meanwhile, while talking to reporters, Nayeem Akhtar said that Government would like to take an initiative to re-open cinemas in Kashmir.

All 9 cinemas in Kashmir were closed post the insurgency in 1989. Since then the government efforts to revive cinema has been a failed affair. Prior 1989, Kashmir was the favorite spot for filmmakers to shoot movies. Recently Kashmir started to attract Bollywood again with movies like Rockstar, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Bhrangi Bhaijaan and others being shot in the valley.

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After 28 years, Gulzar’s unreleased Movie “Libaas” is all set to hit the Big Screen

Libaas features various veteran actors such as Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi

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Gulzar's unreleased movie "Libaas" is all set to hit the theater. Wikimedia
  • Gulzar’s unreleased movie “Libaas” is all set to hit the theatre
  • The move is releasing after 28 years
  • It is released by Zee Classic’s brand proposition “Woh Zamaana Kare Deewana”

Mumbai, August 22, 2017: In a surprise for Gulzar’s fan on his 83rd birthday, his unreleased film “Libaas” is all set to hit the theatres this year.

Libaas was made in 1988. Due to some reasons, it has been not released till date. But now, its unreleased status is about to change.

On the maestro’s birthday on August 18- ‘Woh Zamaana Kare Deewana’, the brand proposition of Zee Classic, has announced the theatrical release of the movie “Libaas” by the end of this year, mentioned PTI report.

No one is unaware of Gulzar’s contribution to Hindi cinema. He is one of the prominent and prolific names in Hindi cinema. He had directed many classics such as “Prichay”, “Angoor”, “Maachis”etc., Later, he stopped directing movies and focused completely on being a lyricist. He has won the Oscar for “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire”. He is still a very active lyricist.

A still from Libaas. Youtube

Libaas features various veteran actors such as Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi. It also features Annu Kapoor, Raj Babbar, Sushma Seth, Utpal Dutt and Savita Bajaj. The music has been composed by one of Gulzar’s most frequent collaborators, RD Burman.

“Libaas” was screened at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa after a gap of 22 years on November 22, 2014. Earlier, it was also screened at the International Film Festival at Banglore in January 1992.

The plot of the movie is based on Gulzar’s own short story ‘Seema’ from his evergreen ‘Raavi Paar’ collection. The movie basically revolves around a theatre director Sudhir(played by Naseeruddin ShahShah) and his actor wife Seema(portrayed by Shabana Azmi). The movie revolves around the fact that wherein the world of showbiz life appears to be picture perfect, the appearances behind the scene are often deceptive.

“Libaas” was produced by Late. Vikas Mohan. His sons Amul Vikas Mohan and Anshul Vikas Mohan will make their father’s life -long dream come true by releasing “Libaas” by the end of this year.

Zee Studios will be distributing the film in India. The release date is yet to be announced.

prepared by a Shivani Chowdhary of NewsGram. Twitter @cshivani31

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Indu Sarkar Movie Exposes Unholy Nexus between the Congress Government and Indira Gandhi led National Emergency of 1975

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Madhur Bhandarkar's latest film 'Indu Sarkar' claims to expose the truth about the national emergency of 1975. Wikimedia
  • Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar’s latest masterpiece is titled, ‘Indu Sarkar’
  • The recently released movie has been controversial and criticized
  • The movie intends to inform the general public about the truth behind National Emergency of 1975-1977

New Delhi, July 30, 2017: Madhur Bhandarkar’s latest movie ‘Indu Sarkar’ has re-ignited many debates as it exposes the Unholy Nexus between the Congress Government and Indira Gandhi led National Emergency of 1975.

As the filmmaker claims that the movie reveals the truth behind the imposed national emergency. The movie tells about the accounts of people who were held in Tihar prison under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) and the people involved in the mass sterilization project were also interviewed.

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The 1975 emergency was a national emergency, imposed solely by the Prime Minister of the country Indira Gandhi. During the emergency, freedom was curtailed to minimum and mass atrocities were committed by the state. The emergency was implemented for 21 months.

The National Emergency is one of the lowest points of nationhood in independent India’s history. The national emergency is not taught with the effort that it deserves in schools and universities. Many people today are unaware of what it was and how it happened. Civil liberties of the very citizens of the country were quashed and made valueless overnight. The Constitution, all of a sudden, was meaningless. It was horrific.

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Hence, the Congress party requested the makers of the film to show it to the party before the censors take over. Sanjay Nirupam, the Congress leader, had issued a letter to Pahlaj Nihalani, the CBFC chief, in which he expressed his party’s request to watch the film before being censored.

Claiming herself to be Sanjay Gandhi’s biological daughter, Priya Singh Paul had filed a petition to the Bombay High Court and demanded that a stay must be put on the film by the censor board. Another petition was filed by a lawyer in Delhi to put a stay on the film. This petition, by the lawyer, claimed that the movie is a “propaganda film”.

Having struggled through various petitions, controversies, and opposition from the opposition party, ‘Indu Sarkar’ was approved for a Friday release after 12 cuts. As uncomfortable as the truth may be, the movie has taken up the responsibility to let us like it is.

– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394