It is difficult for me to select one role from the 40 films I have done in ten different languages. For different reasons they are important to me, both as a person and as an actor. It is tough to compare the village woman in Mrinal Sen’s Amar Bhuvan with the Tamil Sri Lankan ‘freedom fighter’ in Mani Ratnam’s Kannathil Muthamittal. Or to portray a real-life survivor of gangrape in Bawandar or the women in Fire and Earth by Deepa Mehta. Each of them gave me personally something to feel and think about and I am grateful for those stories I could be part of and the characters I could portray. … [Read more...] about ‘Listen to Her’, a short film by Nandita Das, exhorts women to break the silence on domestic violence
Premalo short film
Boon or curse?Film exhibition is the most affected sector, for, it has practically come to a standstill. Mani Ratnam observed that the film distribution and release market would get affected and explained the need to bring down the production cost. “Stars and technicians will have to reduce their price, to make sure that the industry remains afloat,” he said, “We will also require help from the Government so that we can get back on our feet soon.” … [Read more...] about Stars will have to reduce their price: Mani Ratnam on films and filmmaking in a post-COVID world
The making of the film took three days, but filming ants took time. “I have gone looking for anthills and waited outside them for the perfect shot that would go with the storyline,” he says. The film was shot entirely on his mobile phone. Rajeesh wants to send the film as an entry for film festivals and therefore has not uploaded it on YouTube; it has, however, has been uploaded on actors Tini Tom, Priyanka Nair and Anaswara Rajan’s Facebook pages. … [Read more...] about When ants ‘starred’ in a Malayalam film
Several veteran film-makers and workers’ unions have raised concerns over the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce’s push to restart as their opinions have not been sought on the matter. Ashok, chairperson of the Kannada Film Workers’, Artists’ and Technicians’ Federation, said despite the fact that they play an important role in film shoots, the federation has not been consulted to date. “There are nearly 5,000 workers who earn their daily living from the industry, who are suffering the most owing to the lockdown. We have an interest in restarting work, but our lives are more important. We will resume work only if our safety is assured. Health and death insurance for everyone is a must,” he said. … [Read more...] about Film industry keen to restart, but not everyone is on board
The crimes committed by two rich spoilt kids are whitewashed and is pinned on a woman, who was only trying to save her child. She is ruthlessly executed and the society is false fed information about her, which is lapped up as it plays into the community’s fears of outsiders. … [Read more...] about ‘Ponmagal Vandhal’ review: Does the Jyotika film make a good argument?