Sachiniti

January 23, 2009

Of Slumdog Millionaire, Oscars And India

Freida Pinto Slumdog Millionaire actress- photograph by Ryan Martis

Freida Pinto Slumdog Millionaire actress- photograph by Ryan Martis

So Slumdog Millionaire has achieved a wondrous feat..nominations in 10 categories by the piously revered Oscar jury and won 7 (updated)! What a celebration of misery.

That India, specifically Mumbai has been portrayed belly up, replete with gamines bathed in poo, eyes gorged out by devilish beggar mafia, frenetic religion dominated outbreaks and filth, shot through hidden cameras, as revealed by Danny Boyle himself, is but a miniscule detail. Dont be silly ..stop fretting! We ought to kick our feet, jump sky high in utter glee now that India has been finally acknowledged by the divine Oscars as a country that is deserved of existing on the cinematic global map…

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Residents of a nearby slum demonstrate outside the office of Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor, one of the main casts of the movie �Slumdog Millionaire,� demanding that the name of the film be changed, in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009. Two dozen slum kids carried banners of protest Thursday, saying they were not slum dogs and demanded a change in the name of the award-winning movie “Slumdog Millionaire.” (AP Photo)

Srk and sex sell in India..true. RNBDJ a glaring example of the formers star value , the latter pervades every avenue of marketing. What is the sine qua non for global success..Indias poverty. Ask Mira Nair (nothing personal…she is one of the most talented Directors of Indian origin..read review of Namesake) Now Slumdog millionaire. Oh I know the snort that greets such averments by the liberal brigade who are  stridently invading every media channel proclaiming, democracy, freedom of expression, truth-portrayed and all of that.  I snort back in answer. (more…)

December 15, 2008

IFFI Goa 2008 – A Report

Filed under: goa,India n Me,Movies,Random — Kaveeta Oberoi Kaul @ 12:03 pm
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Mr. Mohan Siroya sent me this article on his experience at the IFFI 2008. He has been freelancing as a FILM JOURNALIST/CRITIC for last 40 years. He has been a prolific writer , having written critical articles ,features, reviews etc. on films, Music and TV in numerous English periodicals in India. Named a few are :- The Indian Express, Film Fare, Film World, Picture Post, Cine Advance, Screen , The Hitavada, Lokmat Times , The Twin City Times , Film Industry Journal, Day After, Femina , Eve’s Weekly, Free Press Journal , Blitz etc.

39 TH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA AT GOA
A DETAILED ACCOUNT BY MOHAN SIROYA

IFFI 08, this time ,organized jointly by two organizations viz; The Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF) and Entertainment Society of GOA (ESG) from 22 nd Nov. till 2 nd Dec. 2008

Smooth and colourful take off with a touch of Glamour

The Glamour Diva and ageless Rekha was specially flown down to Goa to be the Chief Guest and lead in lighting inaugural lamp for the 39 th International Film Festival of India at sprawlling Kala Academy, Goa on Sat. 22 nd Nov. (more…)

May 1, 2008

Amitabh Bachchan Blogs

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Big B Blogs!!! Bunderful!! Sorry could not resist the temptation to alliterate ‘the Big B’ 🙂

I have read most of AB’s blogs and quite simply .. I am impressed. The impeccable choice of words, control over his language, no imminent show of disrespect although make no mistake ..he is mincing no words when he wants to hit out… yet never does he offend. (more…)

April 24, 2008

On The Success Of ‘Race’ – A Few Thoughts

Filed under: bollywood,India n Me,Movies,opinions,Random,Truth of India — Kaveeta Oberoi Kaul @ 1:20 pm
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So ‘Race’ the racy, thriller, has grossed over a 100 crores worldwide, a thumping hit, its acceptance without a shadow of doubt an established fact. ‘Good going’.. I’d say..well done..as well. But wait a minute, what exactly is it that we are gloating over? The success of a film or the tacit acceptance of values it ‘enshrines’.

I have seen the film, enjoyed the spirit of its mood, liked the visual treat it offered, despite the fact that in South Africa you can place the camera randomly and you’d be sure to have captured some enticing scenery, noticed the belabored look of its actors, summarily thought it to be ‘paisa vasool’ to a large extent, thus sharing in the opinion of a large mass of the audience.

Hypocrisy and doublespeak are traits I cannot boast of having mastered . (more…)

January 28, 2008

A Year Later – O P Nayyar Remembered With Top 25

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Today 28th January marks the first death anniversary of maestro par excellence O P Nayyar.

I had written a post on OPN on April 16th 2006 whilst he was yet amongst us but in response to a news item which detailed how O P ji was living with an adopted family. One knows now that the family in question accorded him all the love and respect they could possibly summon. At the time however, to imagine a ‘Badshah’ of Music directors and especially someone who had lived life on his own terms, royally, in such dire straits, evoked a surge of emotion.

Thus the post ‘O P Nayyar- Not Forgotten” was born which has since accumulated staggering statistics of 20,000+ views and 1,000 + comments and growing. Perhaps the highest in the Desi blogosphere. This if anything is a reflection of the magic of OPN’s melodies and the ardent love of his fans from all over the world. Timelessness if a factor to evaluate talent, OPN wins hands down.

Of the hundreds who commented..Famed music composer from Pakistan, Sohail Rana, one of his ghazals being the unforgettable ‘mujhe tum nazar se gira to rahey ho, mijhe tum kabhi bhi bhula na sakogey’ , (more…)

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