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Global Desi Records launched with Chhori, featuring Tanmay Ssingh and Nikki Tamboli

Global Desi Records launched with Chhori, featuring Tanmay Ssingh and Nikki Tamboli Global Desi Records launched their label with a track called Chhori (meaning Girl, in dialect), featuring Nikki Tamboli of Bigg Boss fame, who is a fashion icon and a supremely talented actress, and popular actor Tanmay Ssingh, marking their first on-screen collaboration. The song is written and composed by Danish Sabri, who has written the music and lyrics for several Salman Khan and Varun Dhawan movies. It ...

Uunchai, Review: Plateau

Uunchai, Review: Plateau Rajshri Productions have a tradition of making family oriented subjects and shaping them into very lengthy films. By comparison, Uunchai, at 169 minutes, is a short film. Even at that length, it fails to reach the heights that the cast and the director promise. With no less an actor than Amitabh Bachchan himself heading the cast, Uunchai (height; spelt unconventionally, this was instead of the phonetic, Oonchai) was expected to reach some dizzy heights, with a s...

Armaan Malik and Vedika Pinto croon and swoon to Rochak Kohli’s tune for T-Series’ ‘Bas Tujhse Pyaar Ho’

Armaan Malik and Vedika Pinto croon and swoon to Rochak Kohli’s tune for T-Series’ ‘Bas Tujhse Pyaar Ho’ Multi-platinum singer Armaan Malik has released yet another collaboration with Bhushan Kumar of T Series, titled ‘Bas Tujhse Pyaar Ho’. The ‘prince of sonorous romance’ teams up with composer Rochak Kohli for the first time, to bring the lyrics, penned by Kumaar, to life. The soft and soulful love ballad features Malik and Vedika Pinto in th...

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, Review: Ada-girl Harris, the Dior dress is your dress

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, Review: Ada-girl Harris, the Dior dress is your dress If Mr. Deeds could go to Town and Mr. Smith could go to Washington, what prevents Mrs. Harris from going to Paris? Mr. Deeds Goes to Town was made in 1936, and was a comedy romance-drama, while Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) was a political comedy. Both were American films, directed by the legendary Frank Capra. Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (2022, but set in 1957), which has a cute inbuilt rhyme in its title, i...

Mili, Review: Chilly

Mili, Review: Chilly A remake it is. And an ideal vehicle to draw boundless sympathy from audiences for the lead actress, Janhvi Kapoor. For who would not root for a girl locked in a freezer chamber and subjected to temperatures of -12 degrees to -18 degrees Celsius? What if hypothermia sets in, and she freezes to death? No chance. Mili is producer Boney Kapoor’s mini Titanic tale, minus the boy, and killing her would be like committing suicide. So, once the premise of a girl battling s...

Double XL, Review: Dreams double XL, reality check less than M

Double XL, Review: Dreams double XL, reality check less than M What happens when two ambitious women, of XL size, meet, after their dreams are all but shattered? They help each other and everything becomes alright. Exactly. That is the trouble with Double XL…it is so predictable. Moreover, there is considerable difference in the sizes of Sonakshi Sinha and Huma Qureishi, with Sonakshi appearing to be L against Huma’s definite XL, maybe even XXL. They needed someone on par with H...

Cittador International Film Festival Vienna – Selected Films until November 01, 2022

Cittador International Film Festival has selected ten promising short films until November 1, 2022! The submission period is until December 15, 2022. We are excited about new submissions! Key data: The submission period: until December 15, 2022;  Selection date: shortly after submission, but no later than December 15, 2022;  Notification date: December 22, 2022;  Screenings: December 27, 2022 at the Studio Cinema Lugner City Vienna.   Homepage: https://iff.citta...

„When the Woodlark Sings“ – Official Selection on the Bogocine 39

Our film “When the Woodlark Sings” / “Cuando la alondra canta” was selected on the Bogocine 39 – Festival de cine de Bogotá in Columbia! From the pre-selection of 30 films, we made it to the OFFICIAL SELECTION among 9 films in the INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION! Bogocine - Bogotá, Colombia - is a world-renowned film festival and celebrates its 39th year this year. We are very proud and grateful that this festival has selected our film among 2000 films tha...

Bengaluru’s Suchitra Film Society celebrates 50 years, releases book by Aruna Rajé Patil

Bengaluru’s Suchitra Film Society celebrates 50 years, releases book by Aruna Rajé Patil Suchitra Film Society (SFS) organised a Film Festival in collaboration with the Federation of Film Societies of India (FFSI) and Surana College. The festival was formally inaugurated on 15 October, by watering a potted plant by the Principal of Surana College, D.N.S. Kumar, and Principal of PU College, Chandrashekharappa, in the presence of the President and Secretary of SFS, Suresha B. and D...

Puranjay Khanna’s debut book of poems, Second Star, released on his birthday

Puranjay Khanna’s debut book of poems, Second Star, released on his birthday For many a literate person, reading was a lifeline throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. With the world on pause, many found themselves reading more than ever. While pandemic led to increased readership, it also gave rise to many writers. One among them is a young lad, Puranjay Khanna, whose debut book, titled Second Star got released yesterday, in the presence of renowned dignitaries, at the Taj Land’s End H...

Cinematography Art, Review: A magazine for the learned and the learners

Cinematography Art, Review: A magazine for the learned and the learners At the Broadcast India exhibition, held at the Jio World Convention Centre, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai, October 13-15, I chanced upon a stall that displayed several issues a magazine and a large poster of a film school. The film school was named Craft, while the magazine was called Cinematography Art. Art and Craft co-existing. Inquiries revealed that the two ventures are run by Naresh Sharma, who is known to me, as a c...

FIPRESCI’s Top Ten Indian films of all time includes two Satyajit Ray movies

FIPRESCI’s Top Ten Indian films of all time includes two Satyajit Ray movies FIPRESCI-India (India chapter of the International Federation of Film Critics: FIPRESCI) conducted a secret poll for making a list of the All Time Ten Best Indian Films. 30 Members of FIPRESCI-India voted in confidence and on the basis of maximum number of votes polled in favour of the films the following list was declared officially: ALL TIME TEN BEST INDIAN FILMS: 1. Pather Panchali (Song of the Littl...

„When the Woodlark Sings“ – Double Award Winner on the Crown Point International Film Festival in Chicago

Our film "When the Woodlark Sings" was selected on the Crown Point International Film Festival in Chicago USA and it is Award Winner in categories BEST 1st TIME DIRECTOR and BEST SCORE!  We are overjoyed and grateful for the double Award! We thank the whole cast and crew as well as our supporters who believed in us! Watch the trailer with english subtitles: https://youtu.be/oXuEJiN3rD0 More information: https://heidelerche-film.cittador.com ...

High Tide, Review: Time and tide wait for one

High Tide, Review: Time and tide wait for one There was a film in which the main character is a psychopath who buries his victims alive. This was a European film, probably Austrian, that sent several chills down my spine when I saw it several decades ago. High Tide uses that basic premise, but builds an entirely new take around it. Three-quarters of the film are located in a box, the size of a large coffin, with a man trapped there. His plight evokes instant sympathy, for he has done nothing ...

Uunchai trailer launch: Heightened expectations

Uunchai trailer launch: Heightened expectations Uunchai is not about family. It is about friendship. How far will you go to fulfill the last wish of a dear friend? Mount Everest? There can be no greater Uunchai (Height) on earth, and never mind the spelling. Should be Oonchai, but I guess numerology dictated the changed spelling. Numerology again seems to be at play in choosing the release date: 11-11-22. But two factors have kindled keen interest in the film: firstly, the return of Amitabh B...

Phone Bhoot ghost shoots a mockumentary

Phone Bhoot ghost shoots a mockumentary The trailer of Phone Bhoot, the comedy horror film that is scheduled for release on 04 November, was trending continuously for 24 hours on YouTube. Taking ahead their constant efforts of building anticipation, the makers dropped a fun promo of a mockumentary, a few days back, and now they are finally here with the full video. As we see the full video now, we notice the actors indulging in hilarious banter and enjoying taking a dig at each other. The ch...

Kahani Rubber Band Ki, Review: Precaution first, protection afterwards

Kahani Rubber Band Ki, Review: Precaution first, protection afterwards No, it is not the story of a rubber band. The term is used as a euphemism for something that was known as French Leather in the latter part of the twentieth century. Towards the end of the twentieth century and till now, the term ‘protection’ has taken its place. It appears from the film, set in Varanasi, that in towns and Tier III (small) towns at least, men are still shy about saying the word “condom&rd...

Doctor G, review: A 124-minute operation, performed by a novice

Doctor G, review: A 124-minute operation, performed by a novice G in the title could stand for ‘jee’, a suffix denoting respect, or for gynæcology. Neither is moniker material, so why title your film Doctor G? Because the protagonist is a male student of medicine and has his heart set on orthopædic studies and practice, but no seats are available in that branch of study and the only option is gynæcology. Pray, why the reluctance to study gynæcology? B...

Kantara, review: Dispossessing the 'possessed'

Kantara, review: Dispossessing the 'possessed' Kantara is about conflict. Conflict between nature and human beings. Conflict between landlords and their subjects. Between Forest Officers and villagers using forest resources for subsistence. Between two powerful and major landlords. Between humans and ‘possessed-by-deities’ humans. Between humans and wild beasts. Between a mother and her son. Between a hero and his nemesis. Between a film and its audience. Yes, a film and i...

Aye Zindagi, Review: Goodness of human beings, greatness of cinema

Aye Zindagi, Review: Goodness of human beings, greatness of cinema A very touchy, sensitive and polarising subject, Aye Zindagi (O Life) hits the right chords and sticks diligently to its theme and thrust. Based on an “incredible” true story, the film comes across as honest and well-crafted. One can feel emotions similar to those evoked by Anand, made 50 years ago, and Safar, before it, but, though both starred the new star on the horizon, Rajesh Khanna, both were works of fiction...

Phone Bhoot trailer launch: Horrorlarius

Phone Bhoot trailer launch: Horrorlarius Ever since the audience saw the first poster of Katrina Kaif, Siddhant Chaturvedi, and Ishaan Khattar starrer Phone Bhoot, they were eagerly waiting to get more glimpses of the film. Their wait is over: the trailer of this most awaited comedy of horrors was launched on 10 October at the PVR multiplex, Juhu, Mumbai. Phone Bhoot is a title most likely chosen as a pun on the word Phone Booth, and has been in the news for some time now, because superstar ...

Trailer launch of 1st Marathi multilingual film Har Har Mahadev: 300 against 12,000

Trailer launch of 1st Marathi multilingual film Har Har Mahadev: 300 against 12,000 ZEE Studios' released the trailer of their upcoming film Har Har Mahadev on 10 October at the PVR Cinemas, Juhu, Mumbai. The film is the story of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj (King Shivaji), from the point of view of Baji Prabhu Deshpande, who was initially an opponent, but joined ranks with Shivaji later on. The trailer is trending high in the Tamil and Telugu versions. Har Har Mahadev (a battle cry among ...

Janpath Kiss, play review: Kiss and miss

Janpath Kiss, play review: Kiss and miss Staged in testing circumstances, Janpath Kiss, a full-length play in Hindustani, provided its share of laughs and satirical commentary on the contemporary socio-legal scene in India, particularly New Delhi. With a huge cast and three musicians seated on stage, it appeared to be under-rehearsed and a bit longer than necessary, considering there was no intermission or act division. Showing patches of imaginative theatrical ideas, it started on the wrong ...

„When the Woodlark sings“ – Best Writer on the Couch Film Festival in Toronto

Our film "When the Woodlark Sings" was selected on the Couch Film Festival in Toronto, Canada and ANA BILIC is the AWARD WINNER in the category Best Writer. The actress Valentina Himmelbauer received the NOMINEE in the category Best Actress. That was great news and we are overjoyed!  Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/oXuEJiN3rD0 More information: https://heidelerche-film.cittador.com ...

Toronto International Film Festival 2022

The growing audience of major and lesser-known film festivals certainly does not signal the end of the cinema. It mirrors the growing number of movies which are produced and the social and commercial attractions of film festivals. Though one should keep in mind that over a twenty-year period through 2018 only about four percent of independent films in the Unites States generated a profit and that just ten percent were ever shown in theaters.  The relative decline of independent films refl...
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