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Posts from — November 2009

IFFI 2009

While none of us here at Wide Screen managed to make it to IFFI this year since we are working on the second general issue of the journal, I feel that despite all the criticism that comes its way, it is important to track this festival.  The opening film is He Ping’s Wheat (China) and the festival closes with Pedro Almodovar’s Broken Embraces (Spain).  Indian film critic Saibal Chatterjee is covering the festival for the official web partners – NDTV, so I’m attaching a link for anyone who is interested in the festival, its goings-on, reviews, jury meets, and general news (which is bound to erupt very soon, already Kamal Hassan and Amitabh Bachchan have created a stir with their absence.)

Click here to access the official coverage.

November 23, 2009   No Comments  

Heroes of the hinterland

supermen

The Osian’s film festival in New Delhi this year had a surprise hit in the form of Fiaza Ahmad Khan’s documentary Supermen of Malegaon that traced the making of Malegaon ka Superman by Sheikh Nasir, Malegaon’s one-man film industry. Neha Bhatt of Business Standard looks at this developing trend of local cinemas in India and their popularity.

An excerpt:

“In an ill-fitting costume, long red socks and bathroom chappals, the superman of Malegaon is suddenly the overnight hero of popular imagination. Thanks to Supermen of Malegaon, a recent documentary that is winning applause at film festivals across the world, the local film artistes of a town more familiar for the blasts of 2006, are turning into overnight stars. Well, almost. The documentary captures the thriving local cinema in Malegaon through the making of Shaikh Nasir’s local film, Malegaon ka Superman, which, tongue-in-cheek, has a thin superhero battling a Gutka king.”

Click here to read the complete article.

November 7, 2009   2 Comments