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The magic of cinema will never fade away: Shoojit Sircar & Ronnie Lahiri

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By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 18 June 2020: Director Shoojit Sarkar and Producer Ronnie Lahairi whose Amitabh Bachchan, Ayushmann Khurana starrer is making global waves on the streaming service Amazon Prime, remain committed to the magic of cinema which they feel will never fade away.

The two cinema icons were recently participating in the inaugural IFFM Film Club on Zoom organized by the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2020, and hosted by Rajeev Masand. Their film Gulabo Sitabo is one of the first mainstream Indian movies to release exclusively on a streaming service.

Rajeev Masand, Mitu Bhowmick Lange, Shoojit Sircar & Ronnie Lahiri. Photos- MBF

Answering to a question by SAT Editor, Neeraj Nanda, Saoojit Sarkar said, “The magic of cinema will never fade away. When the lockdown opens up, it is normal human behavior to watch something at a stadium, a tennis match, cricket or a movie in a cinema. This because human behavior is to come together and cinema magic will remain.”

“And, of course, streaming services being a new evolution will co-exist with cinema, he said.

Ronnie Lahari said, “We are a community of people and enjoy when we are with a lot of people. That’s not happening when you are watching on a streaming service. These are unrepresented times and we took a decision to release Gulabo Sitabi on the basis of the current situation.”

“It’s not that all our films will be on streaming services. As soon as the lockout opens I will be happy to release my next film on the big screen where everyone can watch it together,” he said.

The IFFM Film Club interview and interaction with Saoojit Sarkar & Ronnie Lahari event on zoom on the eve of the release of Gulabo Sitabo attracted massive participation from across Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Host Rajeev Masand’s penetrating questions and interesting questions from participants added to the glory of the unusual but lively and informative interaction. Kudos to IFFM CEO Mitu Bhowmick Lange and the Mind Blowing Films team for this exceptional digital experience. SEE FULL VIDEO BELOW:

‘Umrika’ among 30 world movies on Foxtel from Nov. 10


By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 17 October: During November the World Movies channel (available on Foxtel Ch. 430) will be showing 30 films from around the world, one of which is an Indian film - Umrika, starring Life of Pi’s Suraj Sharma. The movie is about a small village in India invigorated when one of their own travels to America (aka, UMRIKA) and details his adventures through letters home, sparking community debate and inspiring hope.

But when the letters mysteriously stop coming, his younger brother Rama (Suraj Sharma) sets out on a journey to find him. With the help of his best friend Lalu (Tony Revolori), Rama retraces his brother’s path to find himself charting one of his own. Set in the mid-1980s, UMRIKA is a funny and meaningful story of the lengths taken to realize one’s dreams.

Prashant Nair, director of Umrika says, “I wanted to make this film the same way I have lived my life: with people from different cultures, backgrounds, ideologies and beliefs. It’s my strong belief that when such people come together and share ideas and gravitate around a common vision, their varied perspectives and approaches are channelled coherently into something that we hope will be truly universal, regardless of whether it is viewed in Qatar, Kreuzberg or Kolkata.”

Meanwhile, across November, World Movies presents a dedicated month-long season of 30 films from 30 countries. Featuring a number of Australian TV premieres, including Oscar-winning Hungarian Film Son of Saul and other standout films including Taxi Tehran, Halal Love (and Sex), A Second Chance, and Glassland, the season takes viewers on a cinematic journey around the world in 30 days.

Chris Keely, SBS General Manager of Subscription Television, said: “World Movies has been bringing the best of world cinema to Australian screens for 21 years on Foxtel, and we are thrilled to present a stellar line-up of international films for our November Storytellers season.

“Including 13 Australian premieres throughout the month, the season features the finest films from around the world, with captivating storytelling and stunning performances.”

The films screening each evening embark on a route across the continents, taking viewers on journey from the Asia Pacific through to the Middle East, across Europe and Africa, and finishing off in the Americas.

World Movies Storytellers: 30 Films from Across the Globe airs exclusively on the World Movies channel at 8.30pm each night from Tuesday 1 November to Wednesday 30 November.

For more information visit: www.worldmovies.com.au/highlight/storytellers
World Movies is available on Foxtel (Channel 430).

- SAT News Service.