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PREVIEW: Oxygen (Netflix, 2021) – French Sci-Fi thriller releasing on May 12, 2021

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 27 April 2021: Oxygen is a French survival thriller produced & directed by Alexandre Aja. The film tells the story of a young woman (Mélanie Laurent, 6 Underground, Inglourious Basterds), who wakes up in a cryogenic pod. She doesn’t remember who she is or how she ended up there. As she’s running out of oxygen, she must rebuild her memory to find a way out of her nightmare.

Poster photo-Netflix

The 101 minutes French movie stars Mélanie Laurent, Mathieu Amalric and Malik Zidi. It’s written by Christie LeBlanc and edited by Harve Schneid. Cinematography is by Maxime Alexandre and written by Christie LeBlanc.The language is French. The original title of the film was O2.
Oxygen will start streaming on Netflix on May 12th, 2021 at 5:00 PM GMT+10.


QUICK REVIEW: Searching for Sheela, Netflix


By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, April 24, 2021: Sheela Birnstiel, earlier named Ma Anand Sheela, iconic cult leader Rajneesh’s Personal Secretary who flees Rajneeshpuram, to Switzerland to set up two care homes including “Matrusadan’, a home for caring for the disabled, visits India after 35 years in 2019. The 58 minutes documentary by two companies including Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and starts off with she landing in Delhi and driving straight to a designer boutique for a new dress. The stage is set for her visit to different cities including her hometown Vadodara.

Her shady past includes her 20 years of conviction by a US court for attempted murder, assault, and role in the Rajneeshpuram bio-terror attack. She later is paroled after 39 months for good behavior. In fact, she had pleaded guilty to some charges against her. The chain of events that started off with her being a disciple of Acharya Rajneesh can be seen in Duplas Brothers ‘Wild Wild Country’, streamed earlier in 2018 on Netflix.

Lots of old footage of interviews and some clips from ‘Wild Wild Country’ with her India visit crisscross the loose narrative in the documentary. A sugar-coated sophisticated former criminal with designer clothes and cinema-type make-up builds up the 71-year-old lady’s hype as a celebrity. She is the darling of India’s English-speaking elite spread out in exclusive enclaves in different cities.


I did no wrong, she says. Was her being in love with Acharya Rajneesh Platonic, Barkha Dutt asks her. I was in love with him, she says. In one clip Acharya Rajneesh says, ” How can I be in love with a prostitute.”

Nothing new emerges in the documentary. Her visit to her home in Vadodara is nostalgic. She is recognized and enjoys a home swing. But little is explained or revealed why she chose Rajneesh. Or, was it just that things were happening. In fact, She says, “I wish I can move on…”

With parents & a young Sheela

She seems to be excited at the attention she gets in the glitter and wealth of Gurugram and Chhatarpur. “I feel like a dulha,” she says.

The documentary ends with she back in Switzerland. She deals with difficult patients. Is she balancing her past life? She is confident and looks relaxed. Does not appear to be a spiritualist. She is unapologetic. She is in her own world.

The Executive Producer is Shakun Batra. The director’s name is missing. In all, the story still remains sketchy.

I give it one and a half out of five stars.

PREVIEW: Ajeeb Daastaans (Hindi), NETFLIX – with Trailer

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Ajeeb Daastaans – Geeli Pucchi Photo: NETFLIX

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 6 April 2021: The four-part ‘Ajeeb Daastaans’ (Hindi), produced by Dhamatic Entertainment and directed by Shashank Khaitan, Raj Mehta, Neeraj Ghaywan, and Kayoze Irani, the anthology releases on April 16, 2021, exclusively on Netflix

A twisted tale of lovers, a struggle for daily life, a calculated friendship, and a journey to find solace… Netflix’s Ajeeb Daastaans explores jealousy, entitlement, prejudices, and toxicity. Blurring the lines between right and wrong, the anthology explores the complexities of human behavior and relationships.

Writer and director Shashank Khaitan said, “My film Majnu explores the dynamics of three characters, their interpersonal relationships, and how they keep evolving with each scene. Jaideep, Fatima, and Armaan’s characters all want love on their own terms and the space to express themselves but are trapped within the norms of society, much like a lot of people around us. Working on a predefined theme about flawed relationships was a unique experience for me as this is the first time I made something so unusual yet realistic.”

Talking about his film, director Raj Mehta said, “Khilauna was made with the intention of bringing an unexpected storytelling experience to the audience. The story and the title itself might have different interpretations for each viewer and that is what makes it exciting. Nushrratt, Abhishek, and Inayat have this multi-dimensional relationship which adds depth to the film. We have presented imperfect characters, much like real life with no clear blacks or whites. It is entirely on your perspective and hopefully, the film will leave audiences feeling perplexed yet entertained!”

National Award-winning director, Neeraj Ghaywan on writing and directing his film said, “Geeli Pucchi explores the intersectional realities of two women from disparate worlds. They are both longing for an emotional connection which they end up finding in one another. It was truly inspiring to see Konkana and Aditi bring these characters and their relationship to life. Gelli Pucchi is a complex ride of emotions and I am very excited to see the audience’s reaction to it.”

Making his debut as a director, Kayoze Irani said, “Ankahi is all about emotions – those that can be expressed and those that are left unsaid. What attracted me to the film was the fact that communication doesn’t need to be verbal and a lot can be said without words. Manav and Shefali were a treat to direct and they lift the entire storyline. It’s an amazing feeling when lines written on paper transform into a beautiful vision because of fabulous acting and chemistry. The sense of fulfillment after completing a film is immense and I can’t wait to share it with the audience.”

Bringing together some of the finest creative talents from across India, Ajeeb Daastaans is produced by Dharmatic Entertainment.


Producers- Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta, Somen Mishra & Dharmatic Entertainment.


Director: Shashank Khaitan, Writer: Shashank Khaitan, Cast: Fatima Sana Shaikh, Jaideep Ahlawat, Armaan Ralhan


Director: Raj Mehta, Writer: Sumit Saxena, Cast: Nushrratt Bharuccha, Abhishek Banerjee, Inayat Verma

Geeli Pucchi

Director: Neeraj Ghaywan, Writers: Neeraj Ghaywan, Sumit Saxena, Cast: Konkona Sensharma, Aditi Rao Hydari


Director: Kayoze Irani, Writers: Uzma Khan, Sumit Saxena, Cast: Shefali Shah, Manav Kaul, Tota Roy Chowdhury


REVIEW – Bombay Begums Season 1 (Netflix): “Survival is the battle for every woman”


By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 23 March 2021: The quote in the heading is uttered by one of the five women (Begums) who form the core of the six episodes serial streaming now on Netflix. The canvas is Mumbai (Bombay) with things happening around a major private bank and these five ‘Begums’ battling (or, struggling) blues in real life despite being high and well connected on the corporate ladder.

I remember watching Director Alankrita Srivastava’s ‘Lipstick Under the Burka’ at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM), a black comedy showing the secret lives of four women searching for freedom. Many sitting with me in the cinema hall were shaken as the women free themselves breaking barriers. It was a bit too much for a patriarchal mindset. Bombay Begum’s women also open up to claim their freedom but the perils are laced with tough traditional responses. No doubt, it’s a question of ‘survival’.


The story revolves around Rani (Pooja Bhatt) the bank CEO, Fatima working under her, Lily a former bar dancer, and Ayesha, in Mumbai from a small town. Every episode (50 minutes plus) step by step explores situations in urban India where freedom confronts tradition and actions confront hurdles. It speaks for itself with a brilliant expose of a decadent patriarchal society. With the powerful acting talent on display, the theme of the series shines.

A woman on top in the corporate world grapples with emotional issues in her family, a migrant woman in the metropolis opens up in life but struggles, a childless married woman in peril, and a woman who never fails to dream. Alankrita’s women have a steely resolve in a life that is not black and white. It gives a positive message in a rather gloomy society. Well done, Alankrita and team.


Directors – Alankrita Srivastava & Bornila Chatterjee; Starring Pooja BHatt (Rani), Shahana Gowsami (Fatima), Amruta Subhash (Lily), Plabita Borthakur (Ayesha), Asdhya Anand (Shaahi), Manish Chaudhary, Vivek Gomber, Dinesh Husain, Imssduddin Shah, Siya Mahajan, Sachin Chaudhary, etc and the series is produced by the Los Angles-based Chernin Entertainment and Endemol Shine Group.

Geetanjali Rao’s ‘Bombay Rose’ to dazzle on Netflix from 8 March 2021


By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 26 February 2021: Netflix is releasing Director Geetanjali Rao’s 93 minutes ‘Bombay Rose’ on 6 March 2021. Geetanjali Rao who has also written, edited, and designed the film is a self-taught animator and filmmaker, Gitanjali Rao arrived on the international stage with Printed Rainbow (2006), her first animated short film, which had its premiere in the Critics’ Week at the Festival de Cannes. Among many other prizes, at Cannes it took the Kodak Discovery Award, the Petit Rail d’Or, and the Young Critics’ Award, and was shortlisted for the Academy Awards. In addition to making films, Rao also creates graphic novels and illustrated stories, and is an award-winning actor. Six years in the making, Bombay Rose (2019) is her feature-length debut.

Those who have given their voices in this animation movie are Cyli Khare, Amit Deondi, Anurag Kashyap, Makrand Deshpande, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Shishir Sharma, Virendra Saxena, and Amardeep Jha. It is made by frame-by-frame painted animation on the computer and took 18 months to make with 60 artists. Music is by Cyli Khare and Yoav Rosenthal and is produced by the Cinestaan Film Company. The movie is in Hindi.


Marvellous hand-painted animation captures the dramatic streets of Mumbai in this tale that places the cheerful excesses of Bollywood side by side with the gritty reality of life on the streets. Strung along this explosion of colour, music, and emotion is a garland of characters, among them Kamala, a beautiful flower-seller whose daydreams are like Mughal miniatures accompanied by her lush singing; the aging Mrs. D’Souza, a former film star who inhabits the silver-screen past as much as the present; and Salim, a handsome, down-on-his-luck young Kashmiri with the spark of a Bollywood hero in him. Inflected with complex social issues – child labour, religious conflict, and the exploitation of women – Bombay Rose is at its core a story of love, loss, and hope, unbounded by time or place.

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