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
By Neeraj Nanda
MELBOURNE, 14 January 2021: After the COVID-19 pandemic hit 2020 stopped movie releases in Australia, cine-goers have been eagerly waiting for enjoying restrictions-free movies in cinema halls. So, the Mind Blowing Films (MBF) is all set for their first 2021 release, Madam Chief Minister, on 22 January 2021. The Hindi movie with English subtitles stars Richa Chadha and is directed by Subhash Kapoor.
It’s a political-drama with a woman’s theme, the film raises the issue of a woman to live with dignity has always been at crossroads with society’s norms. Especially in the hinterlands of UP, where the birth of a girl child is still a stigma, a woman’s dignity lies simply in survival; survival by subjugating to men and society, in that order.
Apart from Richa Chadha, the movie stars Manav Kaul, Akshay Oberoi, Saurabh Shukla, Subhrajyoti Barat, Nikhil Vijay among others. It is produced by T-Series and A Kangra Talkies Production.
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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.