Yes, now I am a twit too

With the start of the MIAAC  film festival, I have finally succumbed to Twitter and opened an account.   You can find me here. Looking forward to an amazing line-up of films and panels with directors….Anurag Kashyup, Shyam Benegal, Akhtar père et fils, Sudhir Mishra and so many more.

Today’s the day: Priyan and Prakash

Am very happy today for these two Southern film luminaries as they receive their National Awards for Kanchivaram.   So, so well deserved. I just hope now the film will get a new breath of life and make it to more screens than just on the festival circuit (where we were fortunate enough to see […]

Sunset Bollywood

The Sundance Channel ran the 2005 documentary Sunset Bollywood this evening. Just under an hour, it tells of the rapid success and almost equally prompt descent back to earth of Rahul Roy, Kumar Gaurav and Bhagyashree after their initial hits, and the halting attempts made by all to get back on top. In between interviews […]

New York

Question:   When is New York not New York? Answer: When it’s Philadelphia, or Jersey City, or Toronto, or anywhere else. It rankles when a film is supposed to be set in NYC, but isn’t actually shot here.   Last night, as I watched Kabir Khan’s New York and its car chases and street scenes, […]

Guru Dutt at Lincoln Center in the fall

When he participated in yesterday’s SAJA webcast about the Satyajit Ray retrospective that opens today at Lincoln Center, Richard Pena, Program Director for the Film Society, mentioned something in a  throwaway comment that just warmed my heart to no end:   the Film Society at Lincoln Center will be holding a tribute to Guru Dutt […]

See Ray in NY

  If you’ve never seen his work before, here’s a chance to see why he’s so revered…..Lincoln Center begins a two-week homage to Satyajit Ray starting tomorrow, April 15, and going on ’til April 30, at the Walter Reade theater. There will be screenings of over 20 of his films (many in new 35mm prints), […]