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Siraj Syed

Siraj Syed is the India Correspondent for and a member of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics. He is a Film Festival Correspondent since 1976, Film-critic since 1969 and a Feature-writer since 1970. 



IFFI Goa 2017, VII: Pablo César’s film on Tagore to close IFFI 2017

IFFI Goa 2017, VII: Pablo César’s film on Tagore to close IFFI 2017 

Head of the Indian Panorama Selection Jury, eminent director of raved films like Kahaani, Sujoy Ghosh, did not like the turn the selection saga was taking, and has decided to disassociate himself with this decision. The gesture is merely symbolic, as the selection process has long been completed and the festival screenings of Panorama Films will begin on 21st November, less than seven days from now. No details are available at the moment.

Pablo César’s film on Tagore to close IFFI 2017

The Indo-Argentine film by Filmmaker Pablo César is set to be the closing movie of IFFI 2017. The film, Thinking of Him, which revolves around the relationship of legendary poet and intellectual of Bengal, Rabindranath Tagore, played by Victor Banerjee, will be screened at IFFI on the 28th of November. The film captures the magic of Rabindranath Tagore’s relationship with Argentine feminist, writer and activist Victoria Ocampo. The movie has scenes in both B&W and Colour. The black and white scenes portray the life of Tagore and his time spent with Ocampa, who is played by the talented Eleonora Wexler. The colour portions of the movie follows Felix, a geography teacher who becomes fascinated by Tagore’s work and travels to Shantiniketan, to learn more about him. Hector Bordoni plays Felix while Raima Sen plays Kamali, a young woman whom Felix meets on his journey. Music is by Amjad Ali Khan.

“This film is not about what you and I think of Tagore. It is about what she [Ocampo] thought of Tagore and what Argentine people think of him,” Victor Banerjee has said.. Pablo César conceived the idea of making the film back in 2008. This is not director Pablo César’s first visit to IFFI. In 1994, he was invited to screen his 3rd feature film, Grey Fire. For this year’s edition of IFFI, he is coming back with his 11th film, that is close to the heart of every Indian. The film will be screened after the red carpet closing ceremony on the 28th of November.



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About Siraj Syed

Syed Siraj
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Siraj Syed is a film-critic since 1970 and a Former President of the Freelance Film Journalists' Combine of India.

He is the India Correspondent of and a member of FIPRESCI, the international Federation of Film Critics, Munich, Germany

Siraj Syed has contributed over 1,015 articles on cinema, international film festivals, conventions, exhibitions, etc., most recently, at IFFI (Goa), MIFF (Mumbai), MFF/MAMI (Mumbai) and CommunicAsia (Singapore). He often edits film festival daily bulletins.

He is also an actor and a dubbing artiste. Further, he has been teaching media, acting and dubbing at over 30 institutes in India and Singapore, since 1984.

Bandra West, Mumbai


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