Gautam Kaul | July 31
There are film directors who create film stars and then there are film directors who become stars themselves.
Since cinema started as a means of business, stars and star film directors have both co existed. A star could not survive without a good film director but a star film director could thrive without stars. Each national language cinema has had its fair share of both stars and star film directors. In India, individuals in both categories have lived and thrived by the dozens; while in countries with smaller film audiences, star directors have been few. Miklós Janscó was one such rare star among directors…
… The introduction of Hungarian cinema in India started with the screening of Janscó’s The Round-Up...
… Janscó is best remembered for a unique signature in film narrative that was marked by the sparing use of words in dialogues interspersed by long scene takes. In Red Psalms, this style took an extreme position when scenes were allowed to linger on for 9 minutes and more without a single cut. Film critics found in such depiction, symbolism that perhaps even the film director never thought of. But he accepted these interpretations since they created for him a distinct image that added to his cinematic aura in the international film circles.
Saurabh Turakhia | July 31
Cinema has come a long way from a time when long dialogues struck gold at the box-office and cemented a struggling protagonist’s position as a dependable hero to a time when it is cool to be conversational. Alongside, the big screen has ceded much of its audience to the small screen. Clearly, it is not merely a change in the format, but in the preferences as well…
… Amitabh Bachchan’s iconic scene at the temple in the Deewar climax is etched in public memory. What made it so? It lent depth, and established layers for the flawed but loved protagonist. It gave space to his angst and emotions, and, to an extent, it justified his questionable and conventional choices…
… What is it about dialogues that endear themselves to audiences? Is it mere wordplay? Are dialogues like closed curtains, using which we can get to know a personality better? Do dialogues have to be merely instructional or can they stand out as life mantras? The popularity of dialogues reflects the power of words in creating an impact on minds and hearts. What songs and dance are for expressions, dialogues are for the story. The inherent risk in keeping cinema stark real is that it can appear to be an isolated episode and not an integrated construct. Dialogues also reflect the fact that the character has a very good understanding of their life or their situations or their principles.
Festival and awards circuit
Premendra Mazumder | Bengali Film Festival of Dallas
Premendra Mazumder | Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Rashmi Doraiswamy | Eurasian Film Festival, Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan
Saibal Chatterjee | Bengaluru Bengali Kannada Film Festival
Siladitya Sen | Bengaluru Bengali Kannada Film Festival
GP Ramachandran /Academy members | Kerala State Film Awards
GP Ramachandran | Green Panorama Environmental Film Festival
Talks & screenings
Jai Arjun Singh talks on b-grade films | Second edition of the Film Walon Ka Adda, Delhi
Ratnottama Sengupta talks on children and artistic talents | Kolkata Centre for Creativity
Utpal Datta talks on film (Photo: Khanjan Kishore Nath) | Renaissance Junior College, Nagaon
Utpal Datta participates in a poetry reading session | Sahitya Akademi, Guwahati
VK Joseph speaks at the AGM of the Federation of Film Societies of India - Keralam
Aseem Chhabra speaks, following the Indian premiere of Arshad Khan's Abu | Habitat Centre, Delhi
GP Ramachandran pays tribute to theatre artiste Girish Karnad | Sri Shankaracharya Sanskrit University
GP Ramachandran pays tribute to Girish Karnad | Cinema Collective, Vadakara
Anil Zankar presents his translations of Pasternaks' and Neruda's poems | Flame University, Pune
GPR pays tribute to MJ Radhakrishnan (Photo: Krishnadas M) | Mannarkkad Taluk Reference Library
VK Joseph pays tribute to cinematographer MJ Radhakrishnan | Kerala State Film Academy
|Booo Sabki Phategi | Farhad Samji|
|Chernobyl | Creator: Craig Mazin|
|Gullak | Amrit Raj Gupta|
|Stranger Things | The Duffer Brothers|
|Typewriter | Sujoy Ghosh|
|Life in Metaphors | OP Srivastava|
|Reading Gerald Durrell|
|Shivaji Sawant’s Mrityunjay illumines mind of Mahabharata's Karna, at the point of his moral faltering|
Baradwaj Rangan on K Balachander, who explored the 'dynamics of inter-personal relationships.'
Deepa Gahlot on presentations, formats, structures and styles of storytelling.
Rahul Desai, Baradwaj Rangan, et al review Kabir Singh and Article 15, on 'Let's Talk Movies.'