MUMBAI FILM FESTIVAL

  • Why 'Chauranga' beat 'Killa' as best Indian film at MAMI October 22, 2014

    The just-concluded 16th Mumbai Film Festival has been a good one for Indian cinema, with nearly half the top prizes having been awarded to Indian filmmakers. Chaitanya Tamhane's Court took home 3 awards from the International Competition section - the Golden Gateway Award for Best Film, Best Director, and a...
  • The 5 best films from Mumbai Film Festival 2014 October 22, 2014

    The 16th Mumbai Film Festival, popularly called MAMI, has ended and cinephiles now have the depressing task of re-adjusting to the real world. I watched 22 films over 7 days at the festival, and the task of choosing my favourites was harder than I thought it'd be. Here is my...
  • Mumbai Film Festival Diary 2014: 'Next To Her' surprises with unexpected twists, 'Court' wins accolades for its masterful storytelling on Day 6 October 21, 2014

    What a day. On the penultimate day of the festival, film snobs heaved a huge sigh of relief as the madding crowd returned to their offices, now that the weekend had ended. I ended up watching four great films and returned home feeling giddy with cinema-induced happiness. It's amazing how empty the...
  • Mumbai Film Festival Diary 2014: 'Party Girl' doesn't surprise, 'Unto The Dusk' makes thoughtful points on religion, sexuality on Day 4 October 19, 2014

    Last night, I had a (few) round(s) of drinks with a film critic and filmmaker who works for a reputed Chennai-based publication. For me, it had been a not-so-good day at the movies; for him, it had been the opposite. We'd both watched one film in common: Chauranga, directed by...
  • Ask Mumbai police commissioner, says Preity Zinta to queries on Ness Wadia case October 19, 2014

    Mumbai: Actress-producer Preity Zinta, who filed a molestation case against her former boy friend Ness Wadia, Saturday declined to speak on the issue, saying all queries should be addressed to the Mumbai police chief about the details. "I have come here for a different reason and I would appreciate if you...
  • Mumbai Film Festival Diary: 'One On One' is an absolute bore, 'Mommy' leaves an impact on Day 3 October 18, 2014

    "Dude, you saw what she posted today?" "Nahi yaar, time nahi mila, screening mein thha. Dikha abhi?" "Yaar, the 3G here is very bad, it isn't opening." This was a conversation I overheard in the morning between two young men while rushing towards a screening at Cinemax Versova. Could they have been talking...
  • Snapshot: Imran Khan gets booed at the Mumbai Film Festival October 17, 2014

    According to media reports, actor Imran Khan, who was attending the ongoing Mumbai Film Festival, got booed by the audience at one point of time. The actor, who came on stage to introduce a film before it was screened, was heckled by the "artsy" and "intelligent" crowd. "Why are you...
  • Mumbai Film Festival Diary: On Day 2, awkward glitches continue, but 'Killa' stands out as India's very own 'Boyhood' October 17, 2014

    Until a year ago, there existed no method of seat reservation at the Mumbai Film Festival, referred to as MAMI (since it is organised by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Images). I remember attending the festival in 2010 and standing in queue for nearly two hours to watch Alejandro Gonzalez...
  • Mumbai Film Festival Diary 2014: Day 1 had its high points, but it laid bare the seams of the hurriedly-stitched-together festival October 16, 2014

    Oh, humans. This throwaway line from Iranian filmmaker Mehdi Rahmani's excellent Snow (Barf) best describes the overall feeling after day 1 of the 16th Mumbai Film Festival (MFF). As is now common knowledge, the MFF lost its title sponsor and was on the verge of being cancelled before film lovers and...
  • Aishwarya Rai flags off the 16th Mumbai Film Festival October 15, 2014

    Mumbai: Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Tuesday declared the 16th Mumbai Film Festival open, calling it a "honour" to be given the privilege. "Kudos to the team and everybody who has made this happen. I knew what was going on and what it took to keep the flag going. I am experiencing...
  • 20 real struggles every film fan understands about the Mumbai Film Festival October 14, 2014

    As the Mumbai Film Festivals kickstarted today, movie buffs logged on to their website to register themselves online. But to their utter dismay, the website crashed and the disappointed MAMI ( Mumbai Academy Of Moving Images) fans took to twitter to express their dissatisfaction. Here...
  • Filmmakers contribute to the 16th Mumbai Film Festival September 18, 2014

    Filmmakers contribute to the 16th Mumbai Film Festival to be held from October 14 to October 21. The festival this time is running short of 2.25 crore. "Sustaining this festival is important. It has a very interesting line up with Helen being awarded for her contribution to Indian cinema," said...
  • 10 films that made heads turn at the Mumbai Film Festival October 27, 2013

    Mumbai: From the French lesbian comingofage story to the power crisis in Kanpur, this year's Mumbai Film Festival, which concluded Thursday, presented a bouquet of films from different parts of the world that managed to entertain as well inspire audiences. IANS lists top ten films of the fest: Katiyabaaz: One of the...
  • The good, bad and ugly of Mumbai Film Festival October 27, 2013

    Mumbai: With over 200 films from across the globe and eight days of nonstop cinema viewing, the 15th edition of Mumbai Film Festival (MFF), which ended Thursday, was a rendezvous for hundreds of moviegoers to ideate, debate and dissect films. The fest, which did manage to impress overall, irked a...
  • Indian films shine among world cinema at MFF closing ceremony October 25, 2013

    Mumbai: Indian films such as 'Katiyabaaz' and 'Fandry' won top honours at the 15th Mumbai Film Festival which concluded Thursday night in style with active participation from Bollywood celebrities such as Irrfan Khan and Konkona Sen Sharma. The festival, organised by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI), included over 200...
  • Indian cinema shouldn't lose originality: Asghar Farhadi October 22, 2013

    Mumbai: Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, known for Oscarwinning film 'A Separation', Monday said that Indian cinema shouldn't try to imitate Hollywood or European cinema, but continue catering to everybody. "I think Indian cinema should not lose its originality by trying to imitate other film industries. It should continue making films and...
  • Film on Kanpur's power crisis awes viewers at MFF October 22, 2013

    Mumbai: Indie documentary 'Katiyabaaz', about Kanpur's battle for electricity, gave the Mumbai Film Festival audiences a slice of modernday life in the city now plagued by the worst power crisis. The movie not just entertained, but also left viewers inspired. Directed by Deepti Kakkar and Farhad Mustafa, 'Katiyabaaz' played to a...
  • Filmmaking getting frighteningly expensive: Mukesh Bhatt October 18, 2013

    Mumbai: Besides exhibition of movies, film festivals also serve as a platform for aspiring filmmakers to "showcase their talent" and "understand monetization", said Bollywood filmmaker Mukesh Bhatt Friday at the 15th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival (MFF). He was speaking at the opening ceremony of Mumbai Film Mart (MFM), an...
  • 'Gopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya' to be screened at Mumbai Film Fest October 9, 2013

    Mumbai: Two films from the Children's Film Society India (CFSI) 'Gopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya' and 'Kaphal' have been selected for screening at the prestigious Mumbai Film Festival starting Oct 17. 'Gopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya', directed by Shilpa Ranade, will be screened in the India Gold Competition category while Batul...
  • 15th Mumbai Film Festival: List of films to be screened September 26, 2013

    New Delhi: The list of the films that are scheduled to be screened at the 15th Mumbai Film Festival has been announced. Here is the list: International Competition for the First Feature Films of Directors The Rocket Dir.: Kim Mordaunt (AustraliaLaosThailand / 2013 / Col. / 96') La jaula de oro Dir.: Diego...
  • MFF to put spotlight on Afghani, Spanish films September 26, 2013

    Mumbai: The 15th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival (MFF), starting Oct 17, will brings as many as 200 films from 65 countries, celebrate Spanish cinema, and put the spotlight on Cambodian movies, Afghani movies and much more for cinegoers. 'The Butler' is the inaugural film of the festival where $220,000...
  • Bollywood helps fight depression: Julian Polsler October 28, 2012

    New Delhi: Austrian filmmaker Julian Polslers new film The Wall (Die Wand) features a woman who one day finds her movements restricted due to some invisible walls. She is completely cut off from the real world now and is facing the challenge of surviving in an alien environment. Julians psychological...
  • Waheeda Rehman remembers Yash Chopra October 26, 2012

    Veteran actress Waheeda Rehman was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award at the 14th Mumbai Film Festival. Manisha Mahaldar spoke to the legendary actress talking about her latest award. Speaking about Yash Chopra, Waheeda said that he was very true to his subjects and sincere and he believed in love...
  • Mumbai Film Festival celebrates spirit of cinema October 26, 2012

    Mumbai: An assortment of screenings, world premiers, tributes, discussions, celebrations, press conferences and interactions the 14th Mumbai Film Festival offered something for everyone and celebrated the spirit of cinema in its true sense. The festival, which ended Thursday, saw the screening of 230 films from around the world with a...
  • 'Miss Lovely' wins best film at Mumbai film fest October 26, 2012

    Mumbai: Director Ashim Ahluwalia's 'Miss Lovely' was named the best film in the 'India Gold' category of the 14th Mumbai Film Festival. It also won 'Reliance Media Works CreaTech (Creativity & Technology) Award' as the eightday cine extragvanza concluded Thursday here. While Hansal Mehta's 'Shahid' was the runnerup in the same...
  • Indians' love for films shocked me: 'Captive' director October 24, 2012

    Mumbai: Filipino director Brillante Mendoza, whose 'Captive' was screened at the 14th Mumbai Film Festival (MFF), is amazed to see the love of Indian audience for cinema. "I have been to India several times. First time I was in India I was in New Delhi when I was presented an award...
  • Silver Linings Playbook: Anil confident of Oscar nod October 19, 2012

    Mumbai: Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor feels Anupam Kherstarrer Silver Linings Playbook is the frontrunner for an Oscar nomination. "He (Anupam Kher) has been a kind of an actor who has been an integral part of so many films, like 'Hum Aapke Hain Kaun', 'Ram Lakhan', 'Beta', 'Saaransh', and 'Daddy'. Then 'Bend...