December 31 2016
NOT quite the best or biggest stories in themselves (see the top 5 video stories too) but ones that made an impression a little bit above and beyond the usual…and some to keep looking out for… and more in chronological sequence than anything else…
‘You are my Sunday’
A charming, different film which goes against the grain of Bollywood, “You are my Sunday” already had something of a cult following but we were perhaps unprepared for the deluge of interest that follows Barun Sobti.
The Hindi TV actor has an international following (his TV work has been syndicated globally) and he plays one of the leading characters in a film about a bunch of guys who get together every Sunday to play football in Juhu Beach, Mumbai. We ran a competition and interviewed the stars (set to publish if it gets a UK release). It screened here during the London Film Festival and is a definitely an Indian Indie film to look out for…
You will find short videos with Barun Sobti on our Twitter feed…
That very popular competition for tickets to see the film at LFF
These are really two/three stories wrapped around one actor – Dev Patel. Who saw him in The Man Who Knew Infinity? – a very decent and watchable film about maths genius Srinavasa Ramanujan.
The video interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwtAu98yVbQ
More recently both Patel and Riz Ahmed were named as Golden Globe contenders. Patel for his performance in “Lion” which is already on release in the US and comes to the UK on January 19 2017.
Patel also joined onscreen mother Nicole Kidman to talk about the film at a special London Film Festival screen talk
The world-renowned director was part of this year’s London Indian Film Festival and made a special appearance as part of a screen talk with Sight & Sound magazine editor, Nick James.
Kapur talked expansively about the earlier years and how he made the transition from Bollywood to Hollywood and the challenges there. He also talked about his future projects and the state of filmmaking. If you’re a student of cinema, read it please…
In a year when the Bollywood blockbuster (apart from the odd Salman Khan vehicle) didn’t do the business required, it looks Aamir Khan’s “Dangal” will.
After all the criticism he faced for saying that intolerance had increased in India over the years, he appeared in a film that had a deep patriotic core and a subliminal message that India is stronger together when people work together for the same ideals and objectives.
And finally something to look forward to…Viceroy’s House
Gurinder Chadha’s “Viceroy House“. Her Partition epic is set to hit our screens in March. There’s an all star cast and the music is by AR Rahman…can we wait??
There were some very hard decisions here and time constraints but do browse the section at your leisure… the most recent stories are at the bottom…
Thanks to all our contributors to this section: Suman Bhuchar, Tasha Mathur, Sunil Chauhan.
A Very Happy New Year to You All!
Sailesh Ram, editor www.asianculturevulture.com