Journal of Indian Cinema

Vol. 1. Iss. 12 | December 2019

Film Critics Circle of India

Gantumoote, fallaciousness of the (fe)male gaze

S Viswanath | Dec 24

Objectification, commodification, stalking and sexual harassment of heroines in cinema all in the name of professing love, saving the damsel in distress, heroine giving in to the ministrations of the hero, has long been a bane, the world over.

That, in majority cases, women, with aspirations, become willing participants looking to a glitz and glamourous career in the instant stardom providing industry, becoming putty in the hands of directors or film makers and producers, is another matter.

More so, it is an accepted belief that, if it is a man behind the camera, he, all the more ensures his female characters become lascivious objects of male gaze to drool upon. Giving play to the lurid imagination of voyeuristic audiences that takes its own flight of fancy as pro-active participants in the vapid visual narratives that unveil before them.

However, what is worrisome, and disconcerting is, that even women directors brook no bones being no better than their male counterparts when it comes to exploiting their own ilk, exceptions notwithstanding.

They are equally easily culpable when it comes to depiction of women and their subtle exploitation, all in the garb of championing feminist’s cause, providing a feminine perspective, intended at empowerment and emancipation.  In the guise of tackling bold and women-centric concerns, women directors too, under this convenient ruse of giving voice to womenfolk, have no qualms conspiratorially playing to the gallery, driven by the vicious dictates of market economics.


Protima Bedi — ultimate enfant terrible, model, Odissi dancer, sanyasi

Joy Bimal Roy | Dec 12

Protima was an attention seeker. She made sure she was in the news by doing one outrageous thing after the other. But the biggest scoop she created was when she married Kabir Bedi. Kabir was the other person every Bombayite of our generation had heard of. And some lucky people had the good fortune to see: in a loin cloth…

… Protima did not have particularly good features but as she danced she transformed herself into a Goddess. Her voluptuous figure transformed the sensuous moves into a temple statue come alive. Ma and I were mesmerized. She had started learning the dance form from the doyen of Odissi Kellucharan Mohapatra at the age of 27 and in a year’s time she was ready for her first public performance.


Hrid Majhare

Dipsikha Bhagawati | Dec 25

Adapts the stroke of ineludible destiny, precisely, the pithy maxim “character is destiny” effectuated by Shakespeare… The twisted narrative leads from one thing to the other and the protagonist’s settled life soon stares at traumatic fragmentation. When logic seems to bow its head to the power of fate, the two vulnerable souls fight hardhanded against the inescapable. Sempiternal love gets catechised, trust glimmers, and jealousy raises its vile head, making them victims of their own choices.


National Film Award

Amborish Roychoudhury wins the National Film Award for Best Book on Cinema – Special Mention for his book ‘In a Cult of Their Own: Bollywood Beyond Box Office’.

Utpal Borpujari is the chairman of this jury.

Anna Karina     Baradwaj Rangan
Ramachandra Babu     CS Venkiteswaran
Sexuality, Bias, Equality Festival circuit Literature Review - Film
Bellbird | Hamish Bennett     Rahul Desai
Champion | Suseenthiran     Ashameera Aiyappan
Chola | Sanal Kumar Sasidharan     Cris
Chola | Sanal Kumar Sasidharan     Sajin Shrijith
Dabangg 3 | Prabhu Deva     Rahul Desai
Dabangg 3 | Prabhu Deva     Saibal Chatterjee
Dabangg 3 | Prabhu Deva     Sukanya Verma
Dabangg 3 | Prabhu Deva     Tanul Thakur
Dance with me | Shinobu Yaguchi     Rahul Desai
Dark Waters | Todd Haynes     Rahul Desai
Dhanusu Raasi Neyargale | Sanjay Bharathi     Ashameera Aiyappan
Driving Licence | Jean Paul Lal     Cris
Driving Licence | Jean Paul Lal     Sajin Shrijith
Good Newwz | Raj Mehta     Baradwaj Rangan
Good Newwz | Raj Mehta     Rahul Desai
Good Newwz | Raj Mehta     Saibal Chatterjee
Good Newwz | Raj Mehta     Sreehari Nair
Good Newwz | Raj Mehta     Tanul Thakur
Happi | Bhavna Talvar     Sreehari Nair
Hero | PS Mithran     Baradwaj Rangan
Irandam Ulagaporin Kadaisi Gundu | Athiyan Athirai     Baradwaj Rangan
Jada | Kumaran     Baradwaj Rangan
Jada | Kumaran     Mani Prabhu
Jojo Rabbit | Taika Waititi     Rahul Desai
Jumanji: The Next Level | Jake Kasdan     Saibal Chatterjee
Kaalidas | Sri Senthil     Baradwaj Rangan
Kettiyolaanu Ente Malakha | Nissam Basheer     Baradwaj Rangan
Mamangam | M. Padmakumar     Sajin Shrijith
Mardaani 2 | Gopi Puthran     Rahul Desai
Mardaani 2 | Gopi Puthran     Sukanya Verma
Mardaani 2 | Gopi Puthran     Tanul Thakur
Mardaani 2 | Gopi Puthran     Saibal Chatterjee
Marriage Story | Noah Baumbach     Rahul Desai
My Santa | Sugeeth     Sajin Shrijith
Panipat | Ashutosh Gowariker     Saibal Chatterjee
Panipat | Ashutosh Gowariker     Sukanya Verma
Panipat | Ashutosh Gowariker     Tanul Thakur
Pati Patni Aur Woh | Mudassar Aziz     Saibal Chatterjee
Pati Patni Aur Woh | Mudassar Aziz     Sukanya Verma
Prathi Poovankozhi | Rosshan Andrrews     Cris
Prathi Poovankozhi | Rosshan Andrrews     Sajin Shrijith
Proxima | Alice Winocour     Rahul Desai
Sillu Karupatti | Halitha Shameem     Baradwaj Rangan
Stand Up | Vidhu Vincent     Sajin Shrijith
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker (IX) | J.J. Abrams     Johnson Thomas
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker (IX) | J.J. Abrams     Saibal Chatterjee
Thakkol | Kiran Prabhakaran     Sajin Shrijith
Thambi | Jeethu Joseph     Ashameera Aiyappan
Thambi | Jeethu Joseph     Baradwaj Rangan
The Body | Jeethu Joseph     Saibal Chatterjee
The Irishman | Martin Scorsese     Jai Arjun Singh
The Irishman | Martin Scorsese     MK Raghavendra
The Irishman | Martin Scorsese     MK Raghavendra
Valiyaperunnal | Dimal Dennis     Cris
Review - short fiction, & TV & web series Feature Interview List Film history
20 Years Of ‘Sethu’     Baradwaj Rangan
Journey of IFFI     Madhu Eravankara
Rise of Arunachali cinema     Megachandra Kongbam
The master and the actor     Siladitya Sen

Smile International Film Festival for Children & Youth (SIFFCY), New Delhi

Abas Aram’s Here My Village is the winner of the Film Critics Circle of India (FCCI) Award for the Best Children’s Film at SIFFCY. FCCI also confers a Special Mention Award upon Johan Timmer’s Fight Girl.

Ratnottama Sengupta (chair), Johnson Thomas, and Utpal Datta comprised the 3-member critics jury.


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