IFFI Goa 2009 – Watched the classics today: ‘Tales from the Golden Age’, ‘No Man’s Land’ and ‘Amelie’. Day well spent.
IFFI Goa 2009 – Had dinner with jury president Joao Batista de Andrade at Cidade de Goa beachfront resort. Talked everything else not films.
Not as entertaining as Nasir’s “Yeh hai Malegaon ka Superman” — which had much more original material, not really a spoof.
Singh out of jail trying to become a doctor at a Ramgarh hospital run by the Thakur. Sholay meets Munnabhai MBBS. Funny but 2nd half drags
IFFI Goa 2009 – Watched ‘Gabbarbhai MBBS’, yet another in the spoof series by Sheikh Nasir. As the title suggests, this one sees Gabbar
Aijaz Khan‘s debut feature film, about Shabri the drunkard and a ‘holy’ elephant which chooses him as its keeper, is set in a village in Kerala.The Hindi film, starring Tannishtha Chatterjee, Prroshanth Narayannan and Neena Gupta, is being screened at the 40th International Film Festival of India in Goa.Khan spoke to Reuters about ‘The White Elephant’, where he got the idea for the film and how the mahout controlling the elephant was the “real hero”.
Two good picks today at Goa film fest — Joseph Mathew Varghese’s ‘Bombay Summer’ and Makrand Deshpande’s ‘Shahrukh Bola Khoobsurat Hai Tu’
When a friend went to buy movie tickets for Vishal Bhardwaj’s “Kaminey”, she felt uncomfortable.She had never before used the word — Hindi slang for ‘scoundrels’ — and was embarrassed to utter it at the ticket counter.The film, set in Mumbai streets, is a crime thriller about petty desires that turn two brothers against each other.Director Bhardwaj says the title, though unusual, is apt. He went ahead with “Kaminey” after his mentor, filmmaker and lyricist Gulzar, approved it.Bhardwaj, speaking during a panel discussion at the Osian’s-Cinefan Film Festival in New Delhi, revealed that he took inspiration for the title from Gulzar’s “Ijaazat“.In a scene from the 1987 classic, actor Naseeruddin Shah uses the word as a term of endearment for his wife (Rekha) after she makes a cup of tea for him.Bhardwaj said this usage of “kaminey” as a romantic expression stuck in his subconscious and changed his perception of the word as used in everyday language.Not everyone was convinced.A schoolteacher said she was concerned by the number of children using the slang word after Bollywood gave it legitimacy. She urged filmmakers to be more responsible.But would “Kaminey” have retained its charm under a different name? And would that name have taken away the essence of the crime thriller.Should Bollywood filmmakers have the artistic freedom to use slang words in the names of their films? Why or why not?