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The bold and the beautiful

RAMNATH N PAI RAIKAR | NT BUZZ Q: Your debut film, ‘Bhuvan Shome’ has completed 50 years since its first release and achieved a milestone status in the film world. How do you assess this film today? I think, unfortunately, nothing has changed around us, as shown in ‘Bhuvan Shome’ 50 years ago. The story of the film as you …

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‘I want to make Tom Cruise dance’

Filmmaker-choreographer Farah Khan delivered a Masterclass ‘Step-Up’, at the ongoing International Film Festival of India 2019 (IFFI 2019) RAMANDEEP KAUR | NT BUZZ Farah Khan may be an acclaimed choreographer, filmmaker, writer, producer and host of televisions shows, but the renowned Bollywood name believes that her primary role is that of being a mother to her three children. “Everything else …

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‘So many good films put the IFFI delegates in a dilemma’

The director of the International Film Festival of India 2019, Chaitanya Prasad in conversation with NT BUZZ RAMNATH N PAI RAIKAR Q: In hindsight, how do you see the organisation of the golden jubilee edition of the International Film Festival of India? In hindsight, I can only say that we had put architecture together for the convenience of the delegates, …

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IFFI at 50: A mixed bag

The 50th edition of the International Film Festival of India comes to an end after eight days of movies and more movies. There were a lot of expectations since it was the golden jubilee of the oldest festival in Asia and effectively, it was a mixed bag. Usually, there is little fault that one can find with the film selection …

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Stories of humans, stories of India

When the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape case came to light, it left the nation shocked and beyond words. Various segments of society came out and expressed their disgust and ire through various media. The case also made filmmaker Dayal Padmanabhan pause and ponder. And he decided to use the medium he knew best to come out with a film around …

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Exploring the dark and the grotesque

Post the screening of the Japanese film ‘First Love’, director Takashi Miike along with producer Misako Saka addressed the media to shed light on the film. Miike is the Director in Focus at the festival this year. His movies ‘Audition’, ‘’Dead or Alive’ and ‘Ichi the Killer’ were also screened at the festival. His latest film ‘First Love’ is the …

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BBC at IFFI 2019

He is no actor or director. But Brij Bhushan Chaturvedi nicknamed BBC is a legend in his own right. Having covered the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) for 48 years, the 83-year-old journalist, film critic and columnist from Indore is in Goa to attend the Golden Jubilee edition. He catches up with NT BUZZ Danuska Da Gama | NT …

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Unravelling truths on screen

Two feature films ‘In the Land of Poison Women’ directed by award winning film director Manju Borah and ‘Bahattar Hoorain’ directed by Sanjay Puran Singh were screened in the Indian Panorama (Feature Film) Section at the International Film Festival of India 2019 (IFFI 2019). Borah who has served as jury member for Indian Panorama at IFFI 2007, for the 10th …

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One festival, diverse themes

Unconventional themes from across the world converged on a common screening platform that IFFI offered. The international section brought stories from across 91 countries. Speaking about their films at a press conference, Jhett Tolentino director of ‘Lingua Franca’ said that the groundbreaking film is the first of its kind. “It’s written and directed by a trans-woman of colour. It defies …

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