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Tribute to K K Mahajan

— Excerpts from an Interview with Cinematographer K K Mahajan

On filming Mani Kaul‘s “Uski Roti “ (1970)

 “I worked on two films with Mani Kaul. Uski Roti” (1970) and “Ashad Ka Ek Din“(1971) Mani was very particular about his shots. He would explain exactly what he wanted. The compositions in “Uski Roti” were all inspired by Amrita Sher Gil‘s paintings. Mani told me that he wanted Sher Gil kind of compositions. I had just finished a film on her before I started
 “Uski Roti“. I had seen almost all her works, about 150 paintings.This particular film ( “Uski Roti” has a lot of resonance with Sher Gil’s compositions.

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Telling the Stories Beyond the Silver Posters of Satyajit Ray

By Piu Mahapatra. Read full article on Silhouette

Posters are an extension of movies. In a pre-digital world, they were the precursors to come first in public view, not the trailers that cloud the youtube sky like today. Satyajit Ray, a visual artist of immense caliber was particular that the posters of his films remained refreshing and different from the disappointingly dull and monotonous bandwagon. In this article, Piu Mahapatra delves in deep to see how some of these posters, when considered in pairs, whisper a story to each other.

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Interview with Achal Mishra (Gamak Ghar)


Achal Mishra’s potent debut “Gamak Ghar” won the Manish Acharya Award for New Voices in Indian Cinema at Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star 2019, deservedly so. He has successfully emerged as an interesting voice in the independent Indian cinema with his first feature that harmonizes itself with the stories about us or the stories attached to us by reflecting the transformation of the events of the present to the bittersweet memories of the future. In our interview with Achal Mishra, we asked the young passionate mind to deconstruct his perspective on one of the best Indian films of the year so far and understand his approach to the craft, as well as his inspirations. Continue reading Interview with Achal Mishra (Gamak Ghar)

Tathagata’s short ‘Miss Man’ creating waves

Being gay is not less than a taboo that many people may assume even today and Tathagata Ghosh directed ‘Miss Man’, a short film addressing the same issue, perfectly sums up what it feels like to be a gay.  After being shunned by his homophobic father for his sexuality and his lover for not being a woman, Manob finds himself travelling to the city for a sex change operation. However, as he struggles with his identity, he faces challenges and questions he may not be ready to confront yet. Continue reading Tathagata’s short ‘Miss Man’ creating waves

Saroj Dutta and His Times (Kasturi Basu, Mitali Biswas) India

Saroj Dutta and His Times
Kasturi Basu, Mitali Biswas
India.  2018.  115 min

A communist poet and radical journalist, a secret State killing, an attempted revolution sparked in the village of Naxalbari at the Himalayan foothills.  Setting out to tell the story of the slain revolutionary Saroj Dutta (lovingly known as comrade S.D.), the film gets drawn into a vortex of his tumultuous times, tracing turns and twists of the communist movement in India over three decades.  A search by present-generation filmmakers, the film uses personal and public historical archives and conversations with rebels of the Naxalbari rebellion.  Five decades later, the film holds a key to understanding the turbulent, audacious sixties and seventies in India and the world.

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Martin Scorsese: ‘Satyajit Ray’s artistry, filmmaking took my breath away’

Oscar-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese writes about the intimate image of India that Satyajit Ray’s films presented to the world.

In the relatively short history of cinema, Satyajit Ray is one of the names that we all need to know, whose films we all need to see.  And to revisit, as I do pretty frequently. Continue reading Martin Scorsese: ‘Satyajit Ray’s artistry, filmmaking took my breath away’

Molly Stuart (Objector) In Imagineindia

First published in FILM DAILY

Molly Stuart is an up-and-coming filmmaker with a message to send. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area,  Molly was a 2018 Women Peace and Security Fellow.  She did all this while earning an MFA in cinema at San Francisco State University. That’s not all. Molly has won the Bill Nichols Excellence in Cinema Award, the Canon Best in Show Award, the Spotlight on Women in Film Award, and the Barbara Hammer Award. Continue reading Molly Stuart (Objector) In Imagineindia

Interview to Pavel Lungin (Brotherhood, Official Section)

Interview by Sasha Sulim

Russian director Pavel Lungin’s new film Brotherhood is out in Russian theaters, but its journey to this point has not been easy. The pacifist film,  which depicts the withdrawal of Soviet troops at the close of the brutal Afghan war, struggled to attract funds despite approval from prominent veterans. After a successful premier, the film raised hackles among some government officials, most prominently Senator Igor Morozov, who called the movie “unpatriotic.” After Morozov’s criticism came to light, Russian culture minister Vladimir Medinsky asked for the film’s government-approved public release date to be pushed back by a day so that it would not coincide with Victory Day,  which is celebrated on May 9. In advance of the film’s release, Sasha Sulim spoke with Lungin about making Brotherhood and watching Russian society grapple with its demons. Continue reading Interview to Pavel Lungin (Brotherhood, Official Section)