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New York Indian Film Festival 2016- a feast for film lovers

Indian cinema has long had a trusty following in far flung corners of the world…and it isn’t just the diaspora pining for a slice of the homemade masala mix. Indian movie fans are everywhere – “Awara” former soviets have an abiding love for Raj Kapoor, Amitabh fans belt out songs atop mountains of Afghanistan, young British girls imitate Shahrukh’s dance moves and while Peruvian fans are fida on Fanaa, Chinese damsels hide their mouths as they giggle over Aamir Khan

AND THE AWARD GOES TO…

…a tumultuous road to the Oscars. As the world anticipates the upcoming Oscar celebration of 2016 at the end of February at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, we who were born in India can totally relate to the controversy looming over this ceremony. Every time an Indian film was nominated for the Oscars it has been riled with a struggle to even get into the final rounds. This 88th awards ceremony has become the target of a potential boycott

George Cukor – Spit and Gloss Entertainer

On his death anniversary today. During a career of fifty years and more, George Cukor directed outstanding movies – a resplendent record, enough to earn him a permanent seat in the hall of fame of world cinema. As Gavin Lambert puts it, “There are artists whose work is basically a release from personal tension and there are others for whom their work is an extension rather than a tension, a mode of pleasure and a way of expressing curiosity about the world; Cukor is of the second kind!”

Federico Fellini – The Trailblazing Italian

On his birthday today. Federico Fellini was in the limelight of the world of lens and lights ever since he burst on the international film arena in the early years of the fantastic Fifties. He displayed a rare combination of technical brilliance, high sense of visual imagery, a feeling for places and people, an ability to peer and peek behind the facial masks the men and women of the pill-swallowing and Punch-and-Judy show world of our times wear.

Chetan Anand – The Dynasty Founder

Remembering Chetan Anand on his birthday (03 Jan). The Anands became a symbol of refinement; through their films and their conduct. Genetic intelligence, deeply rooted in spirituality, evidences a fundamental commonality in all the Anand brothers; a strong sense of self. And each Anand’s, (Dev and Vijay) sapling career began under the giant shadow of the more established brother Chetan Anand,

Mike Leigh on Mr.Turner

In MR. TURNER, British auteur Mike Leigh follows the latter half of the life and career of iconoclastic landscape painter J.M.W. Turner. Played by Timothy Spall in a Cannes Best Actor-winning performance, Turner is at once charming and a repulsive brute of a man, using unusual methods to craft stunning masterpieces while employing considerably less elegance in his personal relationships.

WILD Interview – Jean-Marc Vallée

Over the course of the last 20 years, Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée has helmed over a dozen acclaimed films – both features and shorts. Last year, he directed two actors (Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto) to Academy Award-winning performances in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB. His newest film is WILD which is based on the powerful true story of Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) and her life-changing solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail.

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