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Friday , November 04, 2011

Up, close and personal with Dibakar Banerjee


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An interview with filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee on the sets of his forthcoming film "Shanghai". While all the questions and answers relating to "Shanghai" will be out closer to the film's release, Dibakar here speaks about his previous films, chasing the stars, the craft of filmmaking and more. Q: Do you always manage to make the film that you set out to make, or do pressures from the producer and the market finally work their way into your film? DB: You see market is wavy kind of flag that's waved in front of you; I generally don't know what the market is. You see when the film is made, the biggest truth is at the point of making and selling a film, it is made for two markets, one is for the audience that will pay the ticket price and one is for the distributors and producers and....


Saturday , September 09, 2006

Lage raho Munnabhai


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It was November 2004, almost a year after it's release Munnabhai MBBS was still the talk of the town. A windy evening, I was in Goa covering the International Film Festival of India at Panjim. One of the most awaited screenings 'The Motorcycle Diaries' had just got over and I was busy taking reactions from the celeb frat. Nearby filmmaker Aziz Mirza walked up to Rajkumar Hirani and after congratulating him for making a brilliant film went on to offer a piece of advice - which went something like '...please don't make a sequel to it... it won't match up to the original and it will kill the reputation of something so good'. Well it seems Rajkumar Hirani thankfully didn't take Mirza's suggestion and went on to make the kind of film that reaffirms you faith in many things but most of all - good cinema. ....


Thursday , August 17, 2006

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna


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How does a director mature? How does a filmmaker attempt to get serious? How does Karan Johar try to shift gears from teenage mush to adult post-marital blues? Well by merely talking about it, because for all the interviews and buzz about Bollywood's Peter Pan growing up, he has virtually nothing to show for it in 'Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna'. Okay, kudos to Karan for telling it like it is. One CAN fall in love after marriage. One HAS every right to explore a relationship honestly post marriage. DOWN with being moralistic about extra-marital sex if you indeed are in a relationship. And yes, by all means do go ahead and TIE that knot a second time. But unfortunately films aren't made ONLY to showcase a filmmaker's outlook. Portraying extra-marital relationships and its fallouts isn't exactly child's play. And after films like 'Arth', 'Masoom'....


Saturday , July 22, 2006

Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota


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Hui muddat ke Ghalib mar gaya par yaad aata hai,
Woh har ek baat pe kehna ke yun hota toh kya hota
-Mirza Ghalib Years after playing the Urdu poet on the small screen Naseeruddin Shah breathes life into his verse on the big screen. Naseer's debut piece has nothing to do with either Ghalib or Urdu poetry; in fact it unreels like a short story. For an actor who has delighted the classes, masses and critics alike for about three decades - it's hard to take on the task of a director at 57 without building expectations. But thankfully the actor/filmmaker does not disappoint. Striking a perfect balance between content and style Naseer draws his audience into four disparate tales that finally intertwine for a chilling climax. A structure that's been emulated since Altman and more recently Innaritu's powerful Amores Perros; Naseer....


Saturday , July 08, 2006

Krrish


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A little late in the day, but here goes - India's first definitive superhero? Definitely not! For starters, the guy turns 'superhero' only in the second half and to top it he's never in India when he finally does become 'Krrish'. Also unlike a Superman, Batman or a Spiderman - Krrish doesn't chase the bad guy to save humankind - he leaps, jumps and zips around to rescue his father (so bloody selfish!). And yes he does save the odd kid from getting killed on a Singapore road while he is on his vengeance trip. After the completely 'paisa-vasool' Koi Mil Gaya Rakesh Roshan disappoints with a premise which holds so much promise. Bad script, Bad acting, Bad camerawork, Bad music, Bad direction... unfortunately Hrithik as 'Krrish' has to battle the bad guys AND all these Bad, Bad, Bad elements that plague the film. The first part....


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