MK Raghavendra | Jan 26
Fiction films of the world use three elements that combine to produce ‘cinema’ – objective reality, authorial subjectivity, which is in the nature of distortions to demarcate the real from the director’s subjective take on it, i.e.: the exercising of his or her powers of expression. Lastly, there is the notion of character subjectivity and this is the element needed to be used in abundance to create suspense. Suspense depends on knowledge of events being held by some and not by others…
… Why Indian films are omniscient in perspective is not easy to explain but my view is that it lies in the notion of transcendental truths in which people have more faith than in the evidence of the senses, judged to be ephemeral; this is perhaps why most films have eternal messages to relate, usually from the epics or traditional wisdom.
Muktha | Jan 26
In the context of cinema being a culture, we should look into the politics of filmmaking and biases in the field. Also, how cinema shapes society and how society further alters the evolution of films. The focus of this term paper is gender politics and how women’s ‘hands’ behind screen would make a difference to the medium and how this would give rise to an alter form. When world cinema completes more than a century from its origin, the role played by women off screen is extremely scarce. Women decorated roles as actresses and singers, but a significant position in the industry where her ‘voice’ is heard in cinema was left blank…
… The influential French daily Le Monde once published an open letter. It read: “At Cannes, women show their breasts, men show their films.”
Gautam Kaul | Jan 26
Few would know that once upon a time Lucknow also featured on the map of India as a centre of film production… It was Dilip Kumar who felt that Uttar Pradesh should have a film production centre and he applied for a piece of agricultural land in 1961, to develop a film studio… Uttar Pradesh is now threatening to provide more incentives of hassle free studio facilities and strike free environment to film production companies…
Parthajit Baruah | Jan 26
The legacy Jyotiprasad Agarwala has left in Assam has been carried forward by Padum Barua, Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia, Jahnu Barua and a recent group of promising filmmakers such as Rima Das, Deep Choudhury, Reema Bora, Jaicheng Dohutia, Suraj Dowarah, Kangkan Deka, Khnajan Kishor Nath, and Nava Kumar Nath. But he who among others pioneered the growth of Indian cinema still remains ignored in the national narrative.
Devdutt Trivedi | Jan 26
The cinematograph provides us with a view of the world that is not a representation of the world outside, but is instead a space-time continuum representing an interiority that captures the internal state of the audience. This continuum is in the form of a sound-image block that provides us with a new understanding of reality. In other words, there is always a film playing beneath the surface, which is an indexical sign to the nature of reality that is both manifested and unmanifested…
Talks, literature, and screenings
CS Venkiteswaran at the Kerala Literature Festival, Kozhikode
Anil Zankar speaks at the 3-day Sci-Fi film fest | NFAI - Pune
Utpal Borpujari chairs a panel on Media and Documentary Films | GICFF, Guwahati
Dalton L pays tribute to Mrinal Sen | Cinema Society of India screening of ‘Aakaler Sandhane’, Cochin
Siladitya Sen speaks at Mrinal Sen tribute | Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata
Ratnottama Sengupta et al speak on contemporary relevance of Mrinal Sen | Muktodhara Conference Room, Delhi
Premendra Mazumder speaks at Mrinal Sen commemoration ceremony | Dhaka | Photo: Md Abid Mallick
Utpal Borpujari, at an interactive session on the past, present and future of Assamese cinema | Guwahati
MK Raghavendra presents his paper ‘The Meaning of Kannada Popular Cinema’ | Bangalore
Manoj Barpujari presents his paper, ‘New Wave in the cinema of North East India’ | Cotton University, Guwahati
Aseem Chhabra speaks at the Bhopal Literature and Art Festival | Bhopal
Ratnottama Sengupta curates festival to commemorate 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi | Delhi
Amitava Nag's book, 'Satyajit Ray's Heroes and Heroines', launched | Abar Baithak, Kolkata
|Mrinal Sen: the master of cinema with a warm heart|
|Mrinal Sen... last giant from a key era in Indian cinema|
|Mrinal Sen: the man who fought through cinema|
|I loved Kader Khan. I spoke Kader Khan|
|Why the Sivaji Ganesan kind of stardom isn’t possible anymore|
|Today, women don’t fall for unsuitable men|
|Marathi movies: a confident beginning|
|Othello and Hamlet figure in Assamese narratives|
ON OLD FILM ARTICLES
Jai Arjun Singh, Yasser Usman, and Rakshanda Jalilin in a discussion around Yasir Abbasi's book of translations of old film pieces from Urdu magazines.
Baradwaj Rangan, on TEDx IIM Shillong, talks about cinema and lateral thinking /interpretation, and reveals the art of finding meaning in every single shot.
ON A CHILDREN'S FILM
Utpal Borpujari's National Award winning 'Ishu' picks up the Sailadhar Baruah Award for Best Film, and closes the Guwahati International Children's Film Festival.