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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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Amimon’s Wireless for every video production

Amimon’s Wireless for every video production Amimon offers both embedded boards and fully enclosed reference design product solutions for professional filmmaking and high-end productions. Their Zero Delay technology enables the perfect shot in film production, with the highest value. Amimon solutions work perfectly in indoor, studios, urban or outdoor locations. Their product line brings the cinematography industry a cable-free environment, enabling fast changes on the set saving time ...

ConnecTechAsia 2018, June 26-28, Singapore: Exhibition Review

ConnecTechAsia 2018, June 26-28, Singapore: Exhibition Review Asia’s mega technology event premièred, with much acclaim from attendees. ConnecTechAsia encompassed 3 focused shows – BroadcastAsia, CommunicAsia and NXTAsia, and represented the convergence of technologies and industries. Across 2 venues and a total of 67,000sqm, the event welcomed close to 40,000 attendees from around the world. The event kicked off with an Opening Address by Mr S. Iswaran, Minister for Commu...

Teri Bhabhi Hai Pagle, Review: Mediocre mockery and tiresome satire

Teri Bhabhi Hai Pagle, Review:  Mediocre mockery and tiresome satire Films about films and film-makers are dicey propositions. The earliest in my time was Guru Dutt’s Kaaghaz Ke Phool, which bombed so badly at the box office that the director-actor never recovered, only to become an all-time classic a decade later. Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Guddi enjoyed above average success and Asrani’s Chala Murari Hero Banne was not bad either. Tanveer Ahmed’s Aakarshan flopped,...

Lathe Joshi, Review: Better Lathe than never

Lathe Joshi, Review: Better Lathe than never In a rare combination of inspirations, writer-director Mangesh Joshi looks up to Satyajit Ray and Charlie Chaplin to churn out a serviceable film about a soft-spoken man who has only one skill, and his world crumbles around him when he is retrenched from his job, a victim of new technology and upgrading of a manufacturing process. Modern Times and Pather Panchali blend in the India of 2018, to tell the tale of loneliness and poverty, old age and th...

Dry Day, Review: To avoid a hangover, stay drunk!

Dry Day, Review: To avoid a hangover, stay drunk! A Marathi language film with an English name, Dry Day picks its title from the term used to define certain days in the year when liquor sales and serving are not allowed in a particular state, or even the entire country. The local or union government decides which days should be Dry. On such days, habitual drinkers stock-up alcohol or get it from smugglers/suppliers, and consume the stuff out of the range of the police patrols that are entrust...

Soorma, Review: Bio-pick

Soorma, Review: Bio-pick Diljit Dosanjh pours his heart into a dream role, and director Shaad Ali inspires the cast to turn a real-life, touching tale of a star hockey player into a rivetting bio-pic. Even if the writers have deviated from incidents and facts (we call it cinematic licence), it all jells together into a highly convincing drama that survives a 132-minute run and stays with you for even after a full 24 hours and more. Soorma (not to be confused with surma, which is applied in t...

Ant-Man and the Wasp, Review: Wassup the ante

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Wassup the ante Ant-Man 2 begins while Scott Lang is under house arrest by the FBI, some two years after he interfered with Captain America’s mission in Germany. That is in perfect sync with Ant-Man 1, which was released in 2015. Part 2 features expanding and shrinking ants, wasps that fly at fabulous speeds and a woman who suffers from 'ghost syndrome', which makes her body density change from visible to almost invisible and again visible, in milliseconds....

Sarkaar Haazir Ho, Review: Unstirred and unshaken

Sarkaar Haazir Ho, Review: Unstirred and unshaken Sarkaar is a Hindi/Urdu word that means Sire/Madam/government, depending on the context it is used in. It is also a common surname among the Bengali community, where it is pronounced Shorkaar. In this court-room, it is the surname of the family which is at the epicentre of a double murder. Sarkaar Haazir Ho, which translates as Sarkaar ‘may be produced in court’, is a sensationalised title that lends itself to a belief that it cou...

ConnecTechASia/CommunicAsia 2018, III: PSN Indonesia selects Hughes JUPITER

ConnecTechASia/CommunicAsia 2018, III: PSN Indonesia selects Hughes JUPITER  PSN of Indonesia has selected Hughes Network Systems, LLC’s JUPITER system to enable Broadband Services throughout Indonesia, it was announced in Singapore on 27 June. It will operate over the PSN VI High-Throughput satellite. Hughes, the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services, has been selected by PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN), the oldest private telecommunication and information...

ConnecTechAsia/CommunicAsia 2018, II: Hughes News

ConnecTechAsia/CommunicAsia 2018, II: Hughes News Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services, announced at CommunicAsia 2018, Singapore, June 26-28, that it has been selected by Mutiara (which translates as Pearl) Smart Senderian Berhad (Private Limited), a leading provider of network telecommunication and IT services in Malaysia, to deploy the JUPITER™ System bring enterprise-grade, managed network services to Malaysian governme...

ConnecTech Asia/BroadcastAsia 2018, I: Promises to keep

ConnecTech Asia/BroadcastAsia 2018, I: Promises to keep Promise Technology Inc., a leading developer of open storage platforms, showcased its latest rich media storage technology innovations, tailored for the entire rich media workflow, at BroadcastAsia 2018, SunTec City, Singapore, June 26-28. Highlights included the newly launched SANLink3 N1 (Thunderbolt 3™ to SAN bridge); the TD-300 (high speed Thunderbolt™ 3 Dock with power delivery), and the VTrak D5800 (unified storage sys...

Hanuman v/s Mahiravana, Review: Monkey god, who knows many tricks and means business

Hanuman v/s Mahiravana, Review: Monkey god, who knows many tricks and means business Green Gold Animation, the creators of India's favourite animation character which is a rage among TV watching children, Chhota Bheem, has released Hanuman vs Mahiravana in stereoscopic 3D. A mythological animation movie, it's based on a less known story from the, Hindu holy book, the Ramayana. The movie showcases the race against time for Hanuman to save the princes of Ayodhya, Rama and his brother, a...

Sicario 2-Day of the Soldado, Review: Benicio and Josh raise the' False Flag' and kill at will

Sicario 2-Day of the Soldado, Review: Benicio and Josh raise the' False Flag' and kill at will ‘Soldado’ is Spanish for a soldier who fights for a cause. ‘Sicario’ was the name of those who resisted Roman colonial invaders, and that in Mexico, it means ‘hit-man’. And in Sicario (2): Day of the Soldado, the twain meet. The movie is not too different from Sicario (1), but different enough to hold its own. Overall, it is just a notch below its predeces...

Isle of Dogs, Review: No bow-wows only wow-wows

Isle of Dogs, Review: No bow-wows only wow-wows Dog lovers of the world, unite, stop motion—you have everything to keep but your dogs to lose! Imagine a scenario where all the dogs in a city are captured and dropped-off on a deserted island by cable cars, because of a dog flu epidemic. The story is set in Japan, in the dystopian near-future, and a lot of the dialogue and captions/sub-titles are in Nihongo…er…Japanese. But the appeal is universal, both to dog lovers and pet...

The Incredibles-2, Review: The unbelievable Dash of Jack-Jack and Elastigirl

The Incredibles-2, Review: The unbelievable Dash of Jack-Jack and Elastigirl In gestation for a good14 years, a sequel to the 2004 animation cartoon superhero flick, The Incredibles, has been worth the wait. In the story, an evil mind takes control of hapless victims by placing a pair of hi-tech glasses on their faces and makes them do ‘unacceptable’ things. As a parallel, you will be donning 3D glasses to watch Incredibles 2, a totally acceptable, mandatory need that the format d...

MTV’s Date to Remember: End is near, my Dear Exs and eXs, so step on the accelerator

Afreen MTV’s Date to Remember: End is near, my Dear Exs and eXs, so step on the accelerator MTV’s popular show ‘Date to Remember’ is nearing the end of its seasonal and things are getting complicated. There are fights, new love stories, and fresh grouping of the contestants. It all started with the nail-biting suspense at the elimination stage in the last episode. This week, we would only see it going a step further. Some contestants are in the danger zone already, i...

CommunicAsia 2018, 03: Telos Infinity IP Intercom at InfoComm

CommunicAsia 2018, 03: Telos Infinity IP Intercom at InfoComm Award-winning Telos Infinity™ IP Intercom will be featured at InfoComm 2018, which is part of CommunicAsia 2018. This has been described as the AoIP solution that ‘changes everything’. At booth # C713you will experience the first product in a new series of Telos Infinity solutions that provide infinite scalability and increased functionality in a simplified, cost effective, and more elegant form, for distributed...

CommunicAsia 2018, 02: Brainstorm to showcase its graphics and virtual set range at BroadcastAsia

CommunicAsia 2018, 02: Brainstorm to showcase its graphics and virtual set range at BroadcastAsia If you come down to booth 4P-01 at the Broadcast Asia segment of CommunicAsia, you will find Spain's Brainstorm, a leading manufacturer of real-time 3D graphics and virtual studio solutions. They will be showing the latest enhancements for high-end and hyper-realistic content, creation using virtual sets, Augmented Reality and data-driven graphics. The company will showcase a photo-realistic...

Jurassic World-A Fallen Kingdom: Tyrannosaurus, Baryonyx, Indoraptor, Pterosaurs Carnotaurus, Mosaurus, Thesaurus and some human

Jurassic World-A Fallen Kingdom: Tyrannosaurus, Baryonyx, Indoraptor, Pterosaurs Carnotaurus, Mosaurus, Thesaurus and some humans You’ve got to give it to them. Since the film is about dinosaurs, they filled the screen with myriad variations on the thematic anima/bird. Problem is, they all do almost the same thing, except with the handler, and that too when he pretends to be sad. The ‘same thing’ is making ferocious calls, and then getting into the seek-and-destroy anything ...

Stars sparkle for World Environment Day in Mumbai

Aditi Govitrikar and Asif Bhamla Stars sparkle for World Environment Day in Mumbai Sparkles Diamond Jewellery joined hands with Bhamla Foundation to observe World Environment Day on June 05. Present on the occasion were actors Tanisha Mukerji, Sidhhant Kapoor (son of Shakti Kapoor), Aditi Govitrikar, singer composer Armaan Malik and playback singer Shaan (real-name Shantanu Mukherjee). Shaan and Tanisha Sparkles Diamond Jewellery is a brand of Poddar Diamonds Limited and Asif Bhamla is a p...

CommunicAsia 2018, 01: Intro

CommunicAsia 2018, 01: Intro CommunicAsia is back at the Marina Bay Sands and SunTec City, in Singapore. The dates for this edition are June 26, 27, 28. Free shuttle bus services will ply through the day, connecting the two venues. Inspired by the radical changes in the ICT industry, the refreshed CommunicAsia continues to be Asia’s most established and relevant event for industry professionals in the telecommunications sector. It brings together thought-leaders, decision makers, and i...

Dad’s Girl-friend, Play review: Giggles, chuckles and a tear for your tissue

Dad’s Girl-friend, Play review: Giggles, chuckles and a tear for your tissue It’s not as shocking as it seems. Dad’s a widower. He is an acclaimed novelist and the girl- friend is someone who begins as a protégée and ends up being her mentor’s soul-mate. The feelings are completely mutual, but how do they convince author’s daughter and son-in-law about their plans, and how can you choose between your daughter and your girl-friend, who, incidentally,...

फेmous, Review: Nothing famous infamous

फेmous, Review: Nothing famous infamous Some fellow critics, when emerging from the screening of a film that tests your patience and insults your intelligence, often mutter quite audibly, “Why do they make such films?” The context, quite obviously, is not existentialist, as codified by Jean Paul Sartre and other European scholars in the 1930s and 40s. Rather, it is angst that is vented out at being taken for a royal ride. A few of those who have seen such films do not review t...

Goodbye, Philp Roth

Goodbye, Philp Roth A 1969 production, Goodbye Columbus must have reached India at least a couple of years later, as was the norm for all Hollywood films, due to some policy issues that lasted through the 80s. I had turned 18, and the buzz around the film was exciting enough to draw me to the theatre. It was technically Ali MacGraw’s debut as a leading lady. Richard Benjamin, the lead actor, had worked in television, and it was also his big screen debut. I liked its bursting sexuality a...

Parmanu—The Story of Pokhran, Review: More fission, less fusion

Parmanu—The Story of Pokhran, Review: More fission, less fusion India has carried out several nuclear (parmanu is Hindi for nuclear) tests since 1975. Yet, the 1998 experiments in the desert land of Pokharan, near Jaisalmer, have remained the talk of the nation. These were the tests that put India squarely in the nuclear power league. Records of such defence-related activities are usually classified. Unless the makers of Parmanu-The Story of Pokharan, have been allowed privileged access...

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About Siraj Syed

Syed Siraj
(Siraj Associates)

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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