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By Neeraj Nanda
MELBOURNE, 23 October 2020: Just saw the opening film of the IFFM-2020 ‘NATKHAT’ directed by Shaan Vyas and also produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Vidya Balan. In a country where domestic violence and rape is a big issue, the film tells us how masculinity takes hold from the family in childhood. The result is obvious what we see in today’s India. Talks at the dinner table and school experience make what we call serious gender issues in adulthood. Vidya tells a story which contrasted with real-life keeps the boy in perpetual excitement. In 33.28 minutes this short film speaks tons about a vibrant social issue. Shall I call it a feminist movie? Or, is it just reality speaking. A good start for the IFFM-2020.
I give it 4 and a half stars out of 5.
By Neeraj Nanda
MELBOURNE, 5 July 2020: Cinema needs to reflect the truth of the times, says Aparna Sen India’s leading cinema actress and director. She was answering questions by Rajeev Masand during a zoom interview, for the IFFM Film Club, Melbourne.
Aparna’s 2019 Bengali movie ‘Ghewre Barey Aaj’ (Home and the World) is loosely based on slain journalist Gauri Lankesh, a triangle story of a Hindu nationalist professor, a Dalit girl and her liberal editor husband. The background is India’s current political climate.
Answering to Rajeev Masand’s questions, Aparna detailed her story writing in school and development as an actor, writer, and director over the years.
” Times have now changed and I feel worried about the lack of harmony in India. Hindus, Muslims, and others fought together for the independence of the country.
My idea of India is under threat and telling the story of an individual in the context of the times is important,” she says.
On a question by SAT about the role of a film person when the idea of India is under threat, she says, actually, it is up to the filmmaker and their conscience. There are people who are afraid to speak. It’s important to reflect the times.”
IFFM-2020 Director Mitu Bhowmick Lange appreciated all participants and Aparana Sen’s participation in the web interaction conducted by Rajeev Masand and hoped Aparna will be in Australia for the next International Film Festival of Melbourne.
By Neeraj Nanda
MELBOURNE, 14 Match 2020: Akshay Kumar’s ‘Sooryanvanshi’ which was to release on 24 March 2020 in Australia, PNG, and Fiji has been postponed till the next announcement.
A message on the Mind Blowing Films website (mindblowingfilms.com) posted by the ‘Rohit Shetty Picturez’ says:”… due to the recent outburst of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we the makers, have decided to postpone the release of your film Sooryavanshi, keeping in mind the health and safety of our beloved audience…And Sooryavanshi will be back for you just when the time is right..”
A text message from the Mind Blowing Films has confirmed that “all releases have been delayed.”
By SAT News Desk
‘Baaghi 3′ releasing on 6th March stars Tiger Shroff, Riteish Deshmukh, Shraddha Kapoor, An upcoming Indian action thriller film directed by Ahmed Khan. Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala under Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment and distributed by Fox Star Studios, it is a spiritual sequel to Baaghi and Baaghi 2.
‘Kaamyaab’ releasing on 6th March stars Sanjay Mishra and Deepak Dobriyal, The human drama is based on an interesting premise of a seasoned character actor who decides to come out of retirement and begin a quest for a record of some sorts, that elusive 500th role, the one for which he shall be remembered forever.
‘Chal Mera Putt 2‘ releasing on 13th March stars Amrinder Gill and Simi Chahal; A direct sequel to 2019 film Chal Mera Putt. The film has been shot in Birmingham, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
‘Sooryavanshi’ releasing on 24th March stars Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Anupam Kher; An upcoming Indian Hindi-language action film directed by Rohit Shetty, and produced by Shetty and Karan Johar under their banner of Rohit Shetty Pictures and Dharma Productions respectively, in association with Reliance Entertainment and Cape Of Good Films.