Category Archives: Film

Screening of Raja Harishchandra (silent film) at the BFI

On Saturday 20th May, Dada Saheb Phalke’s film “Raja Harishchandra” was screened at the British Film Institute. But it wasn’t an ordinary screening. The silent film was screened with live music and a presentation about the early years of Indian … finish reading Screening of Raja Harishchandra (silent film) at the BFI

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The Man who knew Infinity

About 8 years ago I saw a play in London which showed scenes from the life of Srinivasa Ramanujan, the Tamil mathematician whose genius was recognised after he went to Cambridge University. Since then I have had a curiosity to … finish reading The Man who knew Infinity

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DVD Review – Kadambari (Bengali film) 2015

This film was released last year and I had been eagerly waiting to see it. So I watched it with great eagerness and I wasn’t disappointed at all. The film stars Konkona Sen Sharma and Parambrata. Both are among my … finish reading DVD Review – Kadambari (Bengali film) 2015

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Bela Seshe

This film just shows how far Bengali Cinema has progressed when it comes to themes and stories. Bela Seshe is about an old couple who are going to complete 50 years of married life when the man announces that he … finish reading Bela Seshe

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Udta Punjab – killing three birds with one stone

Abhishek Chaubey’s Udta Punjab has opened a new chapter in the history of Indian cinema. It set out to expose the drug abuse problem in Punjab but actually it has also exposed the outdated mindset of the Central Board of … finish reading Udta Punjab – killing three birds with one stone

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Bombay Velvet

This is not really one of my usual reviews. This piece is for those who have already seen the movie. I am just sharing my experience. This was a film I was really looking forward to seeing. In fact, I … finish reading Bombay Velvet

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Hemlock Society (2012)– a DVD review

For a couple of years I didn’t watch this film because I was sure that it was a pretentious film with people philosophising about life and death. But ever since I saw “Jaatiswar” I was curious to know more about … finish reading Hemlock Society (2012)– a DVD review

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Jaatishwar (Bengali film) – a dvd review

The film I am going to write about was on the list of available Indian regional films on the flight from London Heathrow to Dubai. The special point about watching a film on a flight is that you are a … finish reading Jaatishwar (Bengali film) – a dvd review

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Little Miss Sunshine – a dvd review

This is one othe funniest movies I have seen in a long time. It was made in 2006 and was nominated in four categories for the Oscars in 2007, including Best Picture. The film won the best original screenplay and … finish reading Little Miss Sunshine – a dvd review

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Paromitar ek Din – a review

The purpose of writing these reviews is to give to the prospective viewer the opportunity to know what the film is like. Now that movie viewing is not as it used to be and we end up seeing dvds rather … finish reading Paromitar ek Din – a review

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Review of Aparna Sen’s film ‘Iti Mrinalini’

For those who are fans of Aparna Sen this film which was released in 2011 is a must-see. Her sensibility is present in many aspects of this work. Unlike her other films this story unfolds over a longer spanof time … finish reading Review of Aparna Sen’s film ‘Iti Mrinalini’

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Shubho Muharat

When I bought the dvd of Shubho Mahurat on College Street in Calcutta I realised that it was thanks to so many changes in technology and marketing in the world of Indian cinema that I could watch a film which … finish reading Shubho Muharat

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Aamir Khan

I became a fan of Aamir Khan after seeing Mangal Pandey. I had no doubt that he was a good actor but after watching Satyameva Jayate I now also have a great deal of respect for him. He has taken … finish reading Aamir Khan

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Poroma by Aparna Sen, a review

I had seen this film a good 20 years ago but I found the dvd at a friend’s house and thought of watching it once again. Films, like books, should be revisited once every 10 years. What has escaped your … finish reading Poroma by Aparna Sen, a review

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Film review – Queen

Vikas Bahl’s recent release Queen is in a class of its own. It has broken the old stereotypes and tells a story in a refreshingly different way. This is the first film in a long while which I feel like … finish reading Film review – Queen

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Rest in Peace Ritu-da

Like everyone else I was very surprised to see the news of Rituparno Ghosh’s death on TV. The same footage and stills went on and on for hours, making it more irritating than informative. I immediately got a copy of … finish reading Rest in Peace Ritu-da

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Alexandra David-Neel

This is a film which has been sold to television channels in most Buddhist countries, but it is of interest even to non-Buddhist countries. Here we see the deep interest that the Europeans, particularly the French had in Buddhism at … finish reading Alexandra David-Neel

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Something more on English Vinglish

As a director, Gauri Shinde is head and shoulders above the better ones in India. Her script is tight and also comprehensive. It doesn’t miss out any important observation. There are moments in the film where you entirely believe that … finish reading Something more on English Vinglish

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Review – English Vinglish

I am a bit disappointed that, at all the glittering award ceremonies that took place recently, English Vinglish did not receive more awards. In my eyes this was by far the best film that was produced from the Mumbai film … finish reading Review – English Vinglish

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Bhooter Bhabishyat

Bengali is a language which lends itself so well to humour that it is a pity there aren’t more comedies made by the Bengali film industry. Bhooter Bhabishyat, the title, is itself a pun. The word bhoot means ‘ghost’ but … finish reading Bhooter Bhabishyat

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