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Siraj Syed


Siraj Syed is the India Correspondent for FilmFestivals.com 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. 

 

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MIFF: First day first show

MIFF: First day first show Monday morning, 29th January, marks the beginning of the 15th edition of the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) for Documentaries, Shorts and Animation Films. So which will be the first films at each venue? I have already given you the choice you have if you make it to Auditorium 1, Films Division Complex, at 10.30 am. You will be watching a film in the International Competition section: My Turn (Nae Chalye)/Dir: Nakyung Kim/ Short Fiction/...

Under the Smokey Roof, review: Choked souls and misguided goals

Under the Smokey Roof, review: Choked souls and misguided goals A classic Iranian family drama with a four players who let life dictate to them, rather than take the bull by the horns, provides an excellent backdrop for the intersections and conflagrations to launch a rivetting back and forth exercise of a swinging emotional see-saw. Not this time. Shows how easily a tale full of promise can turn into a pointless enactment of the plot that moves from point A to point B. Even that would not ha...

MIFF 2018, X: Redundant and Baatil at Jehangir Bhownagery Hall

MIFF 2018, X: Screening Schedule at Jehangir Bhownagery Hall 15th MUMBAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ( MIFF ) 2018   for Documentary, Short & Animation Films   SCREENING PROGRAMME   29 JANUARY 2018, MONDAY   JB HALL – FD COMPLEX   SPECIAL PACKAGE &nbs...

MIFF 2018, IX: I Am Not Your Negro to flag off the fest

MIFF 2018, IX: I Am Not Your Negro to flag off the fest Director General of Films Division (Additional Charge) Manish Desai addressed a press conference at the Press Club, Mumbai, on 24 January 2018, a curtain-raiser to the 15th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) for Documentary, Short and Animation films. The festival begins with an inaugural function at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), on the 28th of January, and then moves to its base at the Films Division complex...

Five-film package of Iran in Mumbai

Five-film package of Iran in Mumbai Bleeding Heart (Delkhoon) was the first film to be screened in the festival comprising five Iranian films. The festival is being organised by Culture House of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mumbai, and the Federation of Film Societies of India, Maharashtra, at Ravindra Mini Theatre, until January 26, 2018. I could not make it to this film but caught up with the second film, Hello Mumbai (Salaam Mumbai), shown on 23rd January. As the name gives away, this is...

MIFF 2018, VIII: S. Korea’s My Turn first film at Audi 1

MIFF VIII: S. Korea’s My Turn first film at Audi 1 South Korean film My Turn will be the first film to be screened at Auditorium 1, Films Division Complex. Here is the full screening programme at this auditorium. Remember, screenings will also be held at five other venues: AUDI – II, J.B Hall, R.R II Theatre, R.R III Theatre and the Russian Centre for Science & Culture.   15th MUMBAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ( MIFF ) 2018 for ...

FICCI FRAMES 2018, I: Dates announced, venue changed

FICCI FRAMES 2018, I: Dates announced, venue changed Federation of India Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has been organising a three-day international media and entertainment summit during the month of March every year. It is called FRAMES. This year, the dates are 5-6-7 March. FICCI FRAMES 2018, Asia's largest convention on the business of media & entertainment, will be held at Hotel Grand Hyatt, Bandra-Kurla Cimplex, Mumbai. For several years, the venue used to be Renaiss...

MIFF 2018, VII: Pitching for documentary films

MIFF VII: Pitching for documentary films Nilotpal Majumdar, founder of DocedgeKolkata and maker/editor/cinematographer of more than 18 documentaries, fiction and short films, including Dhatujhar/Metal Storm’96 and The Vehicle with the Soul of a Man, will conduct a workshop at Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) on Pitching. Besides making films, he also has more than 20 years of film teaching experience. This year, he has been given the 2017 EDN Award, from the European Documentar...

MIFF 2018, VI

MIFF 2018, VI The oldest and largest film festival for non-feature films in South Asia, Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) for Documentary, Short  and Animation films (28 Jan – 03 Feb 2018), which began in 1990, is organised by the Films Division, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India. The Organising Committee of MIFF is headed by the Secretary, I&B, and consists of eminent film personalities, documentary makers and film critics. This year, th...

2nd Global Content Bazar concludes in Mumbai

2nd Global Content Bazar concludes in Mumbai After organising the technology show Broadcast India for 26 years, Saicom Trade Fairs & Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd., decided to organise India's very first Content Market, in January 2017. The success of the first venture prompted the company to continue this year, and the 2nd Global Content Bazar (GCB) was held on January 19 and 20, at the World Trade Center complex in south Mumbai. Strategically, the dates are important, because by coming on ...

12 Strong, review: Lucky by the Dozen

12 Strong, review: Lucky by the Dozen You are about to watch the declassified true story of the first American soldiers sent into Afghanistan after 9/11. They were called the Army Green Berets Operational Detachment Alpha 595 (ODA 595) and consisted of just twelve. On the battleground in Afghanistan, they were outnumbered 40 to 1. But they won their battle, and all of them returned, largely unscarred. Now that is what I would call being lucky. They were heroes, nevertheless, but since the ope...

The Commuter, review: Taken, for a $100,000 ride

The Commuter, review: Taken, for a $100,000 ride More than the USA, India has a several million persons commuting to and fro work in local trains on a daily basis. There are groups that travel in the same train every day, sit at the same spot and forge strong friendships, for decades. Mumbai-ites pack local trains much beyond capacity and travel on footboards too, since the city is overpopulated and these are open trains. Metro rails are coming along, and gradually supplementing the local rak...

Iranian Film Festival begins in Mumbai on 22nd January

Iranian Film Festival begins in Mumbai on 22nd January Culture House of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mumbai, and the Federation of Film Societies of India, Maharashtra, are holding a festival of films from Iran. Five films will be screened at Ravindra Mini Theatre, during Jan 22-26, 2018. Mon. Bleeding Heart (Delkhoon) 22nd Jan. Dir: Mohammadreza Rahmani (2008/88min/Col/Eng. Subtitle) Emad has killed his wife & now waiting for his court verdict, but a female lawyer does her best to...

MIFF 2018, V

MIFF 2018, V A total of 24 films are scheduled to be screened in the National Prism section at the Mumbai International Film Festival, to be held in Mumbai, during January 28-February 3. These have been clubbed under three categories: short fiction, up to 45 minutes; documentaries up to 60 minutes and documentaries above 60 minutes. Here is the list. It includes Breaking all the Way, directed by Sunita Malpani, who has worked in TV serials and feature films, and produced by Films Division. En...

MIFF 2018, IV

MIFF 2018, IV Besides the competitive section, Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) 2018 will screen national and international films in the Prism category. A list of twenty films has been released in the International category under Prism. They are divided into three categories: Animation, short fiction up to 45 minutes in length, and documentaries of any duration. National selection will follow in the next update. LIST OF FILM SELECTED FOR INTERNATIONAL PRISM SECTION...

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: XI

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: XI Sixteen years is a long time in the life of a film festival. It seems an even bigger achievement when you consider the upheavals that the Third Eye Asian Film Festival has undergone during its tenure. In fact, it is a miracle that it has continued, against all odds. Asian Film Foundation, headed by Kiran Shantaram, son of late V. Shantaram, remains the driving force, as does Sudhir Nandgaonkar, journalist and a bunch of teenage students pool in their res...

Magnum Opus Padmavati adds a, drops i, eyes release on 25th January

Magnum Opus Padmavati adds a, drops i, eyes release on 25th January It will now be called and spelt Padmaavat, from its original moniker of Padmavati. The deletion of the i is in deference to the wishes of many Indians who hold the folklore of Rani Padmavati very dear, and would not allow a film that shows the actor playing her dancing, midriff exposed, to be released. Protests led to a delay of eight weeks in rescheduling the release, and even now, entire states, like Rajasthan (where the st...

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: X

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: X Besides features and docu-features, the 16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival (TEAFF) had a competitive section for shorts. As many as 25 films competed. Countries represented included India, Iran, Myanmar, Turkey, Tajikistan and South Korea. They were packaged into two screening slots, one of which I managed to attend. Audience Award, Short Film: Taghdir (Fate)/Iran/13 min/Azar Faramarzi Actress, producer and director Azar Faramarzi graduated in Film and ...

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: IX

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: IX Biler Diary, Cyanide and Jana Aranya. A Bengali film about a boarding school based on Hindu religious values, an Iranian political thriller about the period immediately preceding the Islamic revolution and a raved work of the master, Satyajit Ray—these were the last feature films I saw at the 16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival, Mumbai. The festival was organised in December 2017 by the Asian Film Foundation and P.L. Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Acad...

MIFF 2018, III

MIFF 2018, III Films in the National Competition section of the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) for Documentary, Short and Animation films have been categorised into Long Documentaries (above 60 minutes), Short Documentaries (up to 45 minutes), Short Fiction (up to 45 minutes) and Animation. Altogether, 43 films will be shown, varying in length from 6 minutes to 112 minutes. LIST OF FILMS SELECTED FOR NATIONAL COMPETITION SECTION IN MIFF-2018 ...

Paddington 2, review: Bear maximum

Paddington 2, review: Bear maximum Imagine a London where bears are accepted as persons and move about freely; a London where Aunt Lucy and her nephew Paddington board a bus and buy tickets for “One-and-a-half bears.” Imagine a bear named Paddington, so called because his adoptive human family find him at Paddington railway station. And imagine a bear that has the highest moral standards and sets the benchmark for ethics and courtesy, not only among regular humans, but even jailbi...

Downsizing, review: Mini We

Downsizing, review: Mini We Once in a while, a movie comes along that renews our faith in creative writing and the ability of cinema to rise above its own decadence. Maybe it took a dozen ‘shrink’, ‘little’ and ‘antman’ films, from 1957 to 2015, to inspire the writers of Downsizing, the title itself a pun, but the resulting effort has a fresh new feel about it. After setting up a very interesting premise and some smooth as silk spellbinding VFX, the film th...

MIFF 2018, II

MIFF 2018, II Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) for Documentary, Short and Animation Films, which begins on 28 January, 2018 in Mumbai, has released the list of films to be screened in four sections. Here is the list of films selected for the International Competition section, in the two duration-based categories, 45 or less and no specified duration. The shortest of the lot runs for 15 minutes while the longest is a marathon 183 minutes long. Films come from India, Canada, Australia,...

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: VIII

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: VIII Besides Marathi, Bengali language films saw fair representation at TEAFF. There were two Assamese films as well. Internationally, of course, we had a strong Iranian contingent. The festival was organised in December 2017 by the Asian Film Foundation and P.L. Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy, and co-organised by Prabhat Chitra Mandal and Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Chitrapat Mahamandal. An annual event, it is supported by Department of Culture, Government...

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: VII

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: VII TEAFF was organised by the Asian Film Foundation and P.L. Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy, and co-organised by Prabhat Chitra Mandal and Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Chitrapat Mahamandal. An annual event, it is supported by Department of Culture, Government of Maharashtra. Screenings were held at Ravindra Natya Mandir Mini Auditorium, Mumbai, which has been the venue for the last few years. In my last instalment, I covered two Marathi films. Today, we wi...

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About Siraj Syed

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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 FilmFestivals.com 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.


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