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  • | May 14th, 2013

    Mocking the Khans of Bollywood

    Mocking the Khans of Bollywood

    Cineswami takes a dig at Shahrukh, Aamir, Salman and Saif Ali Khan and also Sanjay Dutt, while telling us about Gestures, a new silent film in Kannada and also actor Priya Anand’s entry in Aishwarya R Dhanush’s new film
    Director Sairam Shanthakumar has rolled cameras on Gestures, ostensibly a Kannada film but in reality a silent film in 99 languages. Confused? Not to worry, Cineswami is at hand to explain all. The leads of the film are Dhruva Sharma and Spoorthi. Both actors are speech and hearing impaired and the film will therefore be played out in sign language with all the songs also being only in instrumental rather than vocal versions. Thought bubbles will pop up around the leads, reflecting what they are thinking at any given moment and these, being customisable, will be in 99 different languages. Click here to read more

  • | November 28th, 2012

    Mumbai Film Festival to screen 9 silent films

    Mumbai Film Festival to screen 9 silent films

    The screenings will take place as a part of the MAMI celebration of 100 years of Indian cinema
    The decision makers behind the 14th Mumbai Film Festival have decided to use the platform to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema. And they are going to do it by screening nine silent films! Shyam Benegal, chairman, Mumbai Academy of Moving Images (MAMI), which organises the festival, confirmed this when he said, “The main thing is going to be the nine restored silent films that will be shown the way it used to be shown in the silent days of Indian cinema. The way it used to be shown 100 years ago…with live music.” Click here to read more

  • | September 28th, 2012

    14th Mumbai Film Festival: Complete list of films to be screened

    14th Mumbai Film Festival: Complete list of films to be screened

    With focus on Italian, French and Afghanistan cinema and restored classics, this year’s MFF will showcase 200 films from 65 countries
    The 14th Mumbai Film Festival (MFF) that will be held from October 18-25, 2012, has an interesting line-up of films. Taking a cue from the response received to The Artist last year (before it won the Oscar), there is a tribute to silent films at this year’s MFF. But all the silent movies will be Indian as part of the Celebration of 100 years of Indian cinema. This year, the MFF’s focus is on Italian cinema and French films. There is also a special introduction to cinema from Afghanistan under Kabul Fresh: New Voices in Afghan Cinema. Click here to read more

  • | February 27th, 2012

    ‘The Artist’ is a delight to watch: Amitabh Bachchan

    ‘The Artist’ is a delight to watch: Amitabh Bachchan

    Amitabh Bachchan, who is recuperating at home after abdominal surgeries, is enjoying a “no time-table” life. Apart from doing other things, he watched Oscar-winning film The Artist and said it was a “delight” to view the silent black and white French movie. “Being by myself and almost in solitary confinement, is getting contagious. I am beginning to rather like this state. Nowhere to go, nothing obligatory to perform, random timings and the liberty to do what I desire. I eat whenever, sleep whenever, watch a movie whenever and happy doing so,” Big B posted on his blog.
    He added: “I watched a lovely film ‘The Artist’ via the UFO set up in the house and it was a delight to see a black and white, silent movie in February of 2012!! In an age when color and music and speech and sound play such an important role in cinema today, it was most innovative on the part of the makers to present something like this. I believe it is up for the Oscars, which are out tomorrow on Sunday.”Click here to read more