Friday, 31 January 2014

BALLAD OF RUSTOM IS PHILOSOPHICAL FILM. -Ajita Suchitra Veera

‘THE GOOD ROAD’ has failed to make India’s official entry in the Oscars 2014 nominations list in the Best Foreign Picture Category, but Ajita Suchitra Veera’s ‘BALLAD OF RUSTOM’ is shortlisted for Oscars 2014 in Best Picture Contention from 3000 entries worldwide. Ajita Suchitra Veera is writer, producer and director of the film. She is on a mission to introduce her film to the Indian audiences.
What is BAALAD OF RUSTOM?
BALLAD OF RUSTOM is a poetic 115 minutes tale of a nondescript telephone repairer Rustom who has knack for scientific experiments. The film was fully shot on KODAK VISION3 Color Negative Films 5207 - 250D and Vision 3 5219 - 500T on ARRI 535B on cinemascope format by Shanti Bhushan Roy Cinematographer with live sync-sound. It was an aesthetic and artistic decision by me on film and create a visually different scheme for the movie. The negative went through a processing technique called bleach bypass, to create a unique look. I took 4 years to complete the film with my particular choice of location and lighting.  The cast was carefully selected to lend authenticity to the characters. The powerful and evocative score was evolved over 2 years, with extensive collaboration between me and composer Andrew T Mackay.

What is story of Rustom?
Rustom is a silent character. He is a young imaginative man working without any great aspirations, or ambition in a small government office, in a remote township in India, leads a wandering life and falls in love with young painter and meets strangers on his journey and shares his small dreams with his friend and travels into his dream world in this beautiful and magical countryside, which is slowly disappearing. You can say, the film is about imagination, dreams of passion for life, love, hope, despair & conflicting philosophies of a few people in a countryside township in India.
You have used a technique called ‘Bleached By Pass’, Can you enlighten about it?
‘Bleach By Pass is a technique where you retain the silver on the negative in color film, so that you have an additional Black and white layer over the color image. This produces a desiderated image with high contrast and gain which creates very special look. I was particular about this desaturated color palette for my film to create the surreal atmosphere of Rustom’s dream world of technology, nature and his own subconscious.
Did you face any challenges during the making of film?
The film is constructed in a very different way, so obviously it not easy making a film which is highly visual, philosophical and not a strict narrative yet. It’s a deeply philosophical film of India. Me and my crew shot it at Coorg in Karnataka. There were several challenges of raising funds, shooting in right locations and finding right cast. But I love challenges.
What is your commercials distribution aspect for the BALLAD OF RUSTOM?
The films story is very near to me. When you watch sure you will get it near with you. I have made a good film and always I think a good film will do good business, I have so far financed my own film but I now want to approach big studios like Disney, Sony classic, Fox Searchlight , UTV, TV18 or Eros to become the release partners. I want to show my film to all Indians.
·        Shaami M. Irfan


Ahana Deol is getting married

Ahana with Vaibhav Vohra 
Esha with her husband Bharat Takhtani
Ahana Deol is getting married and the celebrations have started with her mehndi celebrations.
Hedma Malini with her daughters and son-in-laws
Hema Malini with her daughters Esha and Ahana


Friday, 24 January 2014

FILMFARE AWARDS 2014 WINNERS



BEST FILM                           :               BHAG MILKHA BHAG
BEST ACTOR                       :               FARHAN AKHTAR for Bhag Milkha Bhag
BEST ACTRESS                    :               DEEPIKA PADUKONE for Ram-Leela Goliyon Ki Rasleela
BEST DIRECTOR                 :               RAKESH OMPRAKASH MEHRA for Bhag Milkha Bhag
BEST DEBUT (Direction) :               RITESH BATRA for The Lunchbox
BEST DEBUT (Male)         :               DHANUSH K RAJA for Raanjhanaa
BEST DEBUT (Female)    :               VAANI KAPOOR for Shuddh Desi Romance
BEST FILM (critics)            :               RITESH BATRA for The Lunchbox
BEST ACTOR (Critics)       :               RAJKUMAR RAO for Shahid
BEST ACTRESS (Critics)   :               SHILPA SHUKLA for BA Pass
BEST ACTOR in a Supporting Role: NAWAZUDDIN SIDDIQUI for The Lunchbox
BEST ACTRESS in a Supporting Role: SUPRIYA PATHAK for Ram-leela
BEST MUSIC                       :  JEET GANGULY, MITHOON & ANKIT TIWARI for Aashiqui2
BEST LYRICS                        : PRASOON JOSHI for Zinda from Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
BEST PLAYBACK SINGER (Male): ARIJIT SINGH for Tum hi ho from Aashiqui 2
BEST PLAYBACK SINGER (Female): MONALI THAKUR for Sawaar loon from Lootera
BEST STORY                        `: SUBHASH KAPOOR for Jolly LLB
BEST  BEST SCREENPLAY : CHETAN BHAGAT, ABHISHEK KAPOOR, SUPRATIK SEN & PUBALI CHAUDHARI for Kai Po Che
BEST ACTION                     :               THOMAS STRUTHERS & GURU BACHCHAN for D Day
BEST BACKGROUND SCORE : HITESH SONIK for Kai Po Che
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY    : SAMIR & ARSH TANNA for Lahu muh lag gaya from Ram-leela
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : KAMALJIT NEGI for Madras Cafe
BEST COSTUME                 : DOLLY AHLUWALIA for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
BEST DIALOGUE                                : SUBHASH KAPOOR for Jolly LLB
BEST EDITING                    : AARIF SHEIKH for D-Day
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN : Acropolis Design Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
BEST SOUND DESIGN     : BISHWADEEP CHATTERJEE & NOHAR RAJAN SAMAL for Madras CafĂ©
SONY TRENDSETTER OF THE YEAR AWARD : CHENNAI EXPRESS
RD BURMAN AWARD     :               SIDHARTH MAHADEVAN
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD              :               TANUJAA
BEST VFX                                             :               TATA ELXIS for Dhoom 3

Friday, 17 January 2014

TYG-2 ‘TOM YUM GOONG 2’ REVIEW RATING THREE STAR

 
Banner: 
Indo Oversease Films

Producer: 
Somsak Techaratanaprasert, Prachya Pinkaew, Sukanya Vongsthapat





Director: 

Prachaya Pinkaew


Music: 


Howard Drossin








Khon, the elephant of Kham (Tony Jaa) has been abducted and he fights to find him. Framed from the murder, Kham goes on to run, but with help from his alleged victim’s daughter, Ping Ping (Jeeja yanin) and bumbling cop Sgt Mark (Petchtai Wongkamlao) he evade Interpol, thwart LC’s plan and rescue his beloved elephant khon.
The film is sequel of International blockbuster TOM YUM GOONG. The film focuses on the action as much as possible in Thai martial arts. From start to end the film is truly an edge-of-the-seat entertainer that successfully encapsulates a rather poignant tale of undying love between a man Kham and his pet elephant Khon amidst extremely stylized stunts in 3D format. 

Performance-wise, Tony Jaa is fantastic and does full justice to putting his life on the line as he effortlessly performs death defying stunts. Jeeja Yanin, Vismitananda, RZA and Marrese Crump and others are good. Director Prachya Pinkaew and action composer Panna Rittikrai have done good job. Cinematography is fair. Editing is okay. Production and technical values are good. Publicity in India is weak.

 
At the box office, the film has taken poor opening in both English (TYG2) and Hindi dubbed (HATHI MERA SATHI-2) version.




REVIEW
RATING:

THREE STAR

PARANTHE WALI GALI: REVIEW RATING ONE STAR


PARANTHE WALI GALI
RATING: ONE STAR

Banner: 

Chilsag – Civitech Motion Pictures

Producer& director: 
Sachin Gupta

Music: 
Vasundhara Das, Vikram Khajuria

THE STORY
Maulik (Anuuj Saxena) a theatre actor and director struggles with his team to get a show in Delhi. At the rehearsal time near Paranthe wali gali Naina Kaur (Neha Pawar) meets him and join the theatre group. For a show Naina manages to fix up a meeting with an event organizer Saluja (Vijayant Kohli). But on the show time Saluja dumps Maulik and his show, reasoning the non-sales of tickets and replaces with a sex-comedy show. Then what happened is in the film.
CRITICAL ANALYSIS
The script is written by Sachin Gupta about an artist’s passion for theatre, his living style, dreams, love, success, failure, friendship and relation. Performance-wise, Anuuj Saxena is good. Neha Pawar tries her level best to look the character.  The chemistry between Anuuj and Neha doesn’t work. The rest of the cast Mohinder Gujral, Himanshu Thakkar, Yuvaraj Haral, Prabhakar Srinet, Jaspreet and others are in adequate support.
TRADE ANALYSIS
Writer-director Sachin Gupta’s  debut film is totally aimless, seems a theatre play and fail to connect with the audiences. The music by Vasundhara das & Vikram Khajuria are passable and the lyrics are saving grace. Cameraman Debasish Banerjee is fair. Vinay Chauhan’s editing is okay. The production and technical values are average. Publicity was weak.
THE LAST WORD
At the box office, the film is a non-starter. PARANTAS are not Testy in the Paranthe wali Gali.