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The Great Indian Kitchen (Malayalam), Amazon Prime Video : Domestic drudgery or domestic slavery

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By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 10 April 2021: If one delves into one’s own life, many episodes are stories to be told. Only, we want to be silent because of our own complacency. Indian domestic life in a joint family under one roof has been the saga in many movies. We even had the ‘Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ serial which gripped the nation. Bahu’ (daughter-in-law), Sasu Ji (mother-in-law), Sasur (father-in-law), husband’s sister, etc. are major players in a joint family. Things are not different in North and South India. Only, the language and culture are different. So, this sets the tone for ‘The Great Indian Kitchen’ in Malayalam (with English subtitles) now streaming on Amazon Prime Video (100 minutes).

An arranged marriage takes place in Kerala and the ‘bahu’ comes to the hubby’s home (joint family). As usual, the first night starts. The husband asks her, “Are you afraid of darkness” (subtitle). The teacher husband’s educated wife’s new life kicks off from the second day morning in the kitchen. The monther-in-law helps and the daily routine journey of cooking food, tea for the father-in-law, cleaning the utensils, a choked drain in the kitchen sink, serving the food, cleaning the table with leftovers, and so on.

The night is to make the husband happy and daytime is consumed in the kitchen. There are bits of gaps where she can talk to a friend or her mother (thanks to the mobile phone). The Great Indian Kitchen is in action. The lady’s kitchen work laced with the endless tantrums of the family (including the husband), discrimination during periods upset her. She applies for a job despite the hubby being unhappy about it. Sharp pangs of being humiliated as a human begun to shoot.

The movie step by step portrays the systematic violation of a woman as a human. There is no physical violence but gender rules for a woman are in action. Domestic drudgery becomes a norm. Relief is remote but possible. This is the 21st century. The woman is in India’s most literate state. Does this really matter? This is the question that arises. The plot of this film could be superimposed in any Indian state. There are leaders who continue to push for – ‘the place of a woman is the home’. Home dear home. Call it drudgery or slavery. The end is dramatic (better to see it). If you feel guilty seeing this stuff (that’s possible), the movie is a success.

Excellent movie from Director-Writer Joe Baby. A slap on the face of ‘sanskaris’. As the newlywed’s Nimisha Sajayan (woman) and Suraj Venjaramood’s (husband) give a powerful performance. The movie was shot in Kozhikkode (Kerala) mostly within a house.

I give it 4 and a half stars out of 5.

Chehre (Hindi) – TRAILER – Releasing in Australia, New Zealand & Fiji on 9 April 2021

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The game of justice and judgment has just begun! Everybody is a suspect until proven innocent. A mystery movie in Hindi starring Amitabh Bachchan, Emraan Hashmi is releasing across Australia, New Zealand and Fiji by the Mind Blowing Films. Check- www.mindblowingfilms.com

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.

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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

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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.