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8th Film of ''Navarasa'' series : 'Malayalam film ''Hasyam'' directed by Jayaraj. A review by Mr. Lalit Rao (FIPRESCI)

''Hasyam'' : An ingeniously amusing film by veteran Malayalam director Jayaraj which deals with ''death' as a serious business albeit in a pleasantly humorous vein !!!! 02/02/2021 © Lalit Rao (FIPRESCI)     ‘‘The denial of death’’ written in 1973 by famous American cultural anthropologist Ernest Becker is one of the few great books of 20th century. It discusses the most fundamental problem of mankind, ‘the fear of deat...

Short film ''Shameless'' underscores the importance of the adage ‘Respect for all’ as the cornerstone of all human interactions.

Shameless : A unique short film which underscores the importance of  the adage ‘Respect for all’ as the          cornerstone of all human interactions !!!! Indian short film ‘‘Shameless’’ directed by Keith Gomes reviewed by film critic Mr. Lalit Rao (FIPRESCI) 29.01.2021.                  Each day thousands of people come to Mumbai in search of jobs. Each one of them wishes ...

‘‘Ashes on a road trip’’: An independent ‘road movie’ which highlights the importance of the joint family system !!!!

‘ ‘Ashes on a road trip’’: An independent ‘road movie’ which highlights the importance of the joint family system !!!! © Mr. Lalit Rao (FIPRESCI) 24.01.2021 [ibdpibo@gmail.com/lalitrao@gmail.com]     Collin English dictionary defines the term ''Road Movie'' as a genre of film in which the chief character is on the run or travelling in search of, or to escape from, himself or herself. It is a subgenre of the &lsq...

“The Promise”= A film about how ancient and modern worlds can coexist in order to make wines and people who make them happy ?

Interest in wine and wine making has always fascinated humanity since olden times. However, this fascination has taken a completely new turn in contemporary times especially in an international market governed by numerous socio-economic concerns. This is one reason why there is always room for news as well as ‘works of art’ about anything related to wine. One can quote China's acquisition of 100 Bordeaux chateaux as a recent example. It can be stated that Asia’s dominance...

“Yesterday’s films for tomorrow” by P.K.Nair = An indispensable book for anybody who considers cinema as an art form.

“Yesterday’s films for tomorrow” by P.K.Nair = An indispensable book for anybody who considers cinema as an art form which needs to be preserved at all costs.                              © Mr.Lalit Rao (FIPRESCI) “Yesterday’s films for tomorrow” has been penned by one of world’s foremost authority on film archiv...

Straddling between different genres-Malayalam cinema director Dr.Biju and his films by Mr.Lalit Rao [FIPRESCI]

The world of cinema is full of surprises. One needs to learn the intricacies involved with this art in order to transform words into images. Hence, it is not so often that an ordinary layman can think of embarking on a creative journey in order to become a filmmaker merely by watching some good Iranian and Turkish films shown at film festivals. However, Bijukumar Damodaran is a very strong exception to this rule. In his native Kerala, South India, he is more commonly known as Dr.Biju. &n...

Documentary Film Review-“When the Sun didn’t rise” directed by Teena Kaur Pasricha.

In recent times, if one were to discuss key events related to politics and society in India, most people are likely to evoke the assassination of Indian prime minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi in 1984 by her Sikh bodyguards and subsequent violence perpetrated against Sikh community in Indian subcontinent. It was a grim chapter of post independence Indian history when old friends turned into mortal foes. These two tragic events form the backdrop of a new Indian documentary film “When the sun di...

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