26 February, 2015

Allahabad hosts Prayag 2015 Film Fest

Allahabad, ready to host 1st International Film Festival of Prayag 2015

Dhiraj Mishra, Om Puri and Hasan Haider
25th Feb 2015, Hotel , Yatrik, Allahabad: 
First time in the history of Allahabad, the holy city of India, is ready to hold 1st Edition of International Film Festival of Prayag. Focusing on promoting the Art in Cinema, IFFP’s theme is to bring in light the Talent of Northern India and on the other hand, inspire the young and dynamic film professionals. 
Going to be held on 26th, 27th and 28th Feb’15, this Film Festival will screen Documentaries, Short Films, Animation and Feature Films, from across the world. With the immense participation of the Filmmakers, this 3 day long festival is going to screen the best of Independent Films that have come from India and other countries like Poland, Israel, and Korea.   
Founded by Z&Z Media Pvt Ltd, IFFP has also received a prestige of honoring the Veteran Actor, Padmashri OM PURI with the Lifetime Achievement Award. As we quoted him saying: “It is really good to know that this kind of a Festival is going to be held in Prayag. This will certainly work as a booster for all the Film amateurs and young aspirants who want to make their stand in the Film Industry.”   Further, the ambience will become more enchanting with the presence of an acclaimed Filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia. Known for his films like Paan Singh Tomer, Saheb Biwi and Gangster, Kahaani, Bullet Raja and more, we will also be felicitating his contribution in the film industry. This is not all, but Tigmanshu Dhulia will inspire the ambitious young filmmakers by his motivational speech on films.  
The Festival will start with the Opening Film Jai Jawaan Jai Kisaan, a biopic on the glorious life of former Prime Minister of India, Lal Bahadur Shastri. This film is written by Dhiraj Mishra, who is also one of the guests in the film festival is quite happy with the thought of IFFP and says: “it feels nice to be a part of IFFP, wherein not only the experienced Filmmakers but also the Independent young Film enthusiasts are given a chance to showcase their works in front of the film professionals.”

Total 30 Films on both National and International grounds are going to be screened few of which have won several Awards at the other Film Festivals. Unique in their own ways and related to some social cause or the other, films like Sharminda, The Heat, Gandhi, Hindu Nectar, My Sin, Goonga Pehlwan, Tara, etc will be screened at the festival. 
- See more at: http://www.filmytown.com/allahabad-prayag-2015-film-festival/

22 February, 2015

BADLAPUR - Hindi movie review

Rating: ****

BADLAPUR - Hindi movie review

A dark thriller with its unique story telling approach gathering momentum with its pace, magnificent camera work and superlative performances from Varun Dhawan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Huma Qureshi.

Yet another spine-chiller from Sriram Raghavan who earlier made a notable revenge drama – Ek Hasina Thi (2004) and an out-and-out thriller – Johnny Gaddaar (2007). Badlapur doesn’t preach, has no message, it is just a plain thriller which has an unpredictable ending.

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19 February, 2015

QISSA - Hindi movie review

Rating: ****

QISSA is a story of Umber Singh (Irrfan Khan) a Sikh who lives with his wife Maher (Tisca Chopra), three daughters & forth Son set in post- Colonial India when it was a part of Punjab in Pakistan. Umber Singh builds a new home for his family.

As Umber Singh always yearned for a son who could grow his empire, he therefore brought up his fourth child (who is actually a girl) as his son. This child is named Kanwar and is played by Tillotama Shome. Kanwar discovered himself slowly as he grows up and Umber Singh sets his marriage with Neeli (Rasika Duggal). As Urban Singh could not get son from his wife Maher, so he tries to seduce his Daughter in law Neeli for the simple reason that he wanted a son in the family. However, this isn’t approved by Kanwar who shoots his father.

- See more at: http://www.filmytown.com/movies/qissa-hindi-movie-review

15 February, 2015

Filmy Town Print Edition Launched

Deepika Padukone was the unanimous choice for the Inaugural issue. She is classy, talented and has been appreciated for her performances by stars of yesteryears too.

Talking about yesteryear stars, its a pity that the depiction of family values and Indian culture is diminishing in Hindi movies.

Internationally acclaimed director Susanne Bier talks about working with Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper on Serena which is yet to be released in India. It has evoked a buzz amongst the critics. Susanne was speaking at a Master class for the National Film and Television School students.

Read more at: http://www.filmytown.com/filmy-town-print-edition-launched/

ROY - Hindi movie review

Rating: ***

The subject is abstract and more so is the story telling of ROY.

This film is not for the masses, its for the pseudo-intellectuals, to be precise.

Debutant director Vikramjit Singh who is also the writer of this romantic thriller is innovative in his presentation of life and times of a successful yet quirky filmmaker.

A different approach in showing on screen, the moods, senses, sensitive moments and the dreams of a director while he is working on the story simultaneously directing the film.

We get a visual treat of colours, the locales, the actual depiction of thought process of a filmmaker, most often dubbed as arrogant and abnormal.

About the story, ROY is the creative portrayal of the sketch of a filmmaker who works on his own terms.

Full review and more pics of ROY at: