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Slumdog Millionaire: Are you sure this is it?

The Toast of TorontoSlumdog Millionaire, darling of the international festival circuit and on Tuesday nominated for ten Academy Awards, hit Indian shores this weekend. I watched it on a sold-out Friday night; the movie is packing shows deep into the week. I see that over at The Times of India, Nikhat Kazmi has pronounced Slumdog Millionaire “a piece of riveting cinema, meant to be savoured as a Cinderella-like fairy tale, with the edge of a thriller and the vision of an artist.” And here is Shubhra Gupta, writing for the Indian Express: “One look at Slumdog Millionaire and you know that its spirit and soul is flagrantly, proudly India: the Empire has been finally, overwhelmingly trounced.” Film criticism in the Indian press has been gone to the dogs for a while; it is now en route to the slumdogs. [Read more →]

January 29, 2009   7 Comments  

Zizek in Tamil


Slavoj Zizek

IJZS (International Journal of Zizek Studies), edited by Paul Taylor and David Gunkel, seeks to spread the message of the Slovenian philosopher in an essentially Zizekian way, to attempt what others have ignored. Academic journals of the online kind mostly subsist on the ephemeral advantages of being online and seldom leverage the character of being online as an ideological mission. The IJZS seeks to be different and sees an ideological mission in being online. One implication of the same is its true international character, if not in the spread of content, at least in the number of world languages in which reflections on Zizek find their voice for the first time ever. This is probably the only peer reviewed international journal that is international in the true sense of the word. IJZS attempts to host content in disparate languages such as Spanish, Tamil, Portugues, Chinese, Polish and a host of other languages.

Last week saw the publication of the key articles in Vol.1 No.1 of IJZS in Tamil and marked the first ever initiative to bring the writings on a living continental philosopher through the medium of a peer reviewed journal in Tamil. With the support of volunteer translators willing to spread the message of Zizek in Tamil, a full-fledged Tamil edition of IJZS will become a reality soon.

December 31, 2008   No Comments  

Review: Oye Lucky Lucky Oye

To say that a new dawn is visible in Bollywood is a tad contrived, but somehow that is all I can think of when I think about Dibakar Banerjee, the director of Oye Lucky Lucky Oye. Banerjee’s earlier film, Khosla Ka Ghosla came at a time when small-budget films with relatively unknown or character actors like Parvin Dabbas, Ranvir Shorey and Boman Irani were still treading a tightrope between appreciation and rejection, and yet, the honesty of the film, its complete rootedness, pulled it through, and got Banerjee a National Award. [Read more →]

November 29, 2008   5 Comments  

Edit Room presents Akasmat, Ep 1

Edit Room humbly submits a film by yours truly and Abhimanyu Goel, the first in the Akasmat trilogy. Shot with a digital camera (Fuji Finepix s5700).

October 7, 2008   4 Comments  

Review: Three Monkeys

Three Monkeys

Three Monkeys

Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s award-winning film Three Monkeys is the coming together of great directorial skill and a fairly ordinary story. A review I wrote for NDTVMovies.com, is linked here. Click the picture or the link below to read it. Click here

September 22, 2008   No Comments  

India’s Oscar entry…

Here is to looking idiotic at the Oscars!!

India’s Oscar entry….

September 21, 2008   No Comments  

Rocking is overrated!

Rock On

Rock On

I read some film critic calling Abhishek Kapoor’s Rock On, a worthy successor to Farhan Akhtar’s Dil Chahta Hai. I can’t think of a statement further than the truth. There is not a doubt in my mind that, being ‘a worthy successor’, or in less kind terms, ‘cashing in on DCH’s popularity’ is what this film aimed to do. But that doesn’t mean it manages. What it does manage, is to look like a far less competent, ‘inspired’ film, as Bollywood is prone to calling a number of its endeavors.

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September 19, 2008   6 Comments  

Gerry Coulter on Wide Screen editorial board

Wide Screen welcomes Dr Gerry Coulter, founder editor of the peer-reviewed, open-access International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, to its editorial board. His research and teaching interests include contemporary theory, the arts, technology and culture, and photographic imagery. In 2006 he was awarded Bishop’s highest honour for teaching: The William and Nancy Turner Prize. He is also a past winner of the Division of Social Science [Read more →]

September 17, 2008   No Comments  

Film Festival Calendar

We are delighted to announce the launch of a film festival calendar, and we hope to provide listings of key international film festivals. To access the calendar click → here. If your festival is not listed here, please give us a shout (details are on the page).

August 13, 2008   No Comments  

Osian mention for Edit Room, a.k.a SubalternCinema


We were delighted to be tipped off by Satyen Bordoloi that Subaltern Cinema was mentioned in Osian Cinefan’s Festival Daily (Dt 14 July, 2008) gave a glowing review to Subaltern Cinema and nominated it as the Website of the day. A little occasion to be smug, just for a day, not longer. The text of the review: [Read more →]

July 30, 2008   No Comments