Peter asked :we are concerned with and focused on the role of design in relation to narrative. Every great director is a genius with narrative, that's a given. This issue in relation to any filmmaker would be - what is their relationship to design, and to a cross-media discussion that might exclude conventional linear film [...]
Nicole Kidman and Slumdog Millionaire
I tried to keep it quite and hush hush, but it's all over the news papers today in any case. I am at the Taj Lake Palace Hotel shooting with Nicole Kidman, Arjun Rampal and little Rubina from Slumdog Milionaire. Fascinating cast, even for a commercial !
Pankaj Parasher’s digital Art
Film maker Pankaj Parasher has always been obsessed by the use of new technology in the medium of cinema. He was scoring his films himself through pro-tools and his computers before we even knew they existed, and now intends to make movies and tell stories through Digital Art. Here is one of his digital paintings [...]
Gulal by Anurag Kashyap
Whether you agree with him or not, Anurag kashyap is one of the most compelling Directors in India. His innate rebellious natures transforms itself onto the screen so effectively that he is constantly challenging any preconceptions that you may have. Don't expect easy plots or 'armchair' cinema from him. His characters and nature of his [...]
7 Oscars for Slumdog millionaire
As the media frenzy behind the Oscars hots up, and the contenders are exhausted by the publicity, marketing, partying, and hype enforced upon them, it is good to sit back and take a clear picture of what is really going on behind the scenes and the incredible hype of the Oscars. First the contenders who [...]
Waltz with Bashir
Probably the best film this year. If the film was in English, it would be a serious contender for the Oscar. It left me moved and shattered at the same time. It is psychological, political and mythical at the same time. And about our modern day politics. It is animation, but it draws you so [...]
Cinema as a tool of social change ?
Harijim asked : "Can cinema be a tool for political change and can we make a film in 2 months flat here in India that will have a definitive effect on the coming elections and the whole region in general?" I think all art can be a tool of social change. Before Cinema became so [...]
Rahman and the Oscars
I am really happy for A R Rahman. He is a musical genius, and deserves everything he has got. In fact I gave him the title "Mozart of Madras" and it caught on. But does the West really get his art and his genius ? I remember getting into an argument with Andrew Lloyd Webber [...]
Slum Dog Millionaire scores a perfect 10
10 oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Director, ScreenWriter plus two nominations for A R Rahman. Actually three nominations for Rahman : Best Score and two best songs. I think we need to applaud ?
Slum Dog Millionaire, time to celebrate
Lets get this right. Slumdog is an Indian film. So what if it the funds came from outside India. The funds for Bandit Queen came from the same source and it is considered an Indian film. The funds for Chandni Chowk to China came from Warner brothers, but it is considered an Indian film. So [...]