Wednesday, October 28, 2009

IA Dialy: Osian Film Festival 2009

Friday, 24th October 2009 saw the commencement of the 11th Osian Cinefan, the prestigious film festival that centers itself in New Delhi. The festival will be noted for the first significant instance of a major festival’s embracement and acknowledgment of changes in our mainstream cinema that they can see and we cannot. Thus, the fortress of Delhi, after much resistance from its enclosed and exclusive art culture, has finally fallen to the all pervasive market phenomena of Mumbai. It is an invasion, thus, of the old sacred space whose preservation is as essential as the protection of a national monument – for like the latter, the former is a document of the existence of a minority like us – a document we are not willing to let go of just as yet.Read More


The ongoing work of Cinedarbaar was briefly mentioned in the leading daily Times of India.

Ruhi Basin

Popular flicks screened at multiplexes and on television no longer satisfy these `cinephiles' for their interest in cinema goes much beyond just watching a `good' film. For these new critics, movie viewing is serious business and discussing the nuances of each film transcending language barriers important.

Cine Darbaar, a film appreciation club in the city, calls itself one such group of cinephiles. Started by Nitesh Rohit and Supriya Suri, who come from a mass communication background, the club screens movies twice a week on Saturdays and Sundays. Twenty-three-year-old Suri said, "As an alumnus of a film school in Paris, I noticed the inability of some film schools to mould students such that they appreciate the history of cinema. I and my friend decided to start Cine Darbaar to fill this void. The club is simply a platform to watch and discuss movies.''

From the story line, narrative, camera work to music, sound and editing, various aspects of a movie are discussed here. "There are several film screenings, festivals and TV channels that show world movies, but our city lacked a forum where one could debate over movies,'' added Suri. Cine Darbaar also maintains a video library of its own and is now planning to hold a film festival in the city colleges in October to promote cinema from Taiwan. The club doesn't charge any membership fee.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Indian Auteur: Forum

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The primary goal of Indian Auteur is to initiate a discussion among people who love cinema and everything else that is part of the medium. Discussion is an important reason for us taking different initiative across India. From our journal, Cinephile Meeting, Film Experiences and the Online Forum.

The Forum is a place where one should engage in a discussion to understand and discover cinema. The Forum is a place to learn and interact. So please abide by the rules and guidelines to keep a healthy, passionate and engaging discussion among cinephile brewing across the world.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Indian Auteur E-Mag and Website Online.

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Those who view the storm from afar.

…see no difference between

Here and there

To join in and to become a part of it.

This is the call of the times,

Here and there

- Kafi Azmi.

Despair is the breeding ground for any form of revolution; it makes one do the unthinkable, film the unimaginable and write knowing that this may be one’s last sentence. Nicolas De Stael leaped into the void; MS Sathyu filmed Garam Hawa and Jack Kerouac fired with On the Road…and Indian Auteur is a child of one such despair.

In a country that is in a state of transition; where the struggle to live each day is a task; that history or critical thinking cease to exist for most; hence, our relation with our very own roots is slowly and steadily disappearing. Film Archives are selling films as scraps, auteurs works are facing extinction and cinema in the nation begins with the birth of Bollywood in 80sRead More

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Delhi Manifesto

The seeds of Indian Auteur were sown with the initiation of "The Delhi Manifesto" and nine months down the line we are working towards the same goals. So before we come online again. Our Manifesto. Relaunched

* Our cinema screen has become an ill-constructed, and conventional portal to a world we aspire of, rather than a mirror, which reflects us.

* Our emotions are guided by leitmotifs placed deftly, and religious beliefs exploited.

* Our spirit of inquiry has become dead and we have been reduced to mere receivers in the process.

* Cinema and television has replaced interaction with imposition of thought. Its thought. An artificial, fake and ill-created thought, a manifestation of our needs to escape ourselves.

* The medium has become a symbol of cheap entertainment, devoid of any examination of the form, and a victim of our collective need to create personalities, perfect alternate universes, and images of our aspiration.

* Our criticism has become trivial. Stories take precedent over the intrinsic qualities of the cinematic medium.

* Our film lovers are snobs, indulging in their wholehearted pseudo-intellectual diatribe, condemning the ignorant, and the ignorant have become so used to a cinema that’s meager that they are satiated with films from the West.

* Our parallel offerings remain strictly entrenched in the tradition of the mainstream, and hence, are versions of the same, rather than its replacements

We reject a system that encourages the above, despite its realization, and seek:-

* To incite discussion on the possibilities, limitations and viability of the application of the auteur theory as a critical prism.

* To use criticism and our theories to both champion and strive for innovation and cutting edge in form, form and content

* To attempt a formulation of a pure love for cinema, a middle ground between the pseudo intellect of the snobs, and the ignorance of the unknowing, and attempt to mobilize their film loves to this new ground.

* To attempt a critical theory that moves beyond the supply of the story and the statistical rating points.

* To observe, notice, and champion upcoming films, filmmakers, and technicians, who remain obscured in the looming shadows of commerce and a faux parallel cinema.

* To champion cinema that creates dissonance, repulsion, interpretation, confusion and discussion rather than loud claps, whistles and scrupulous satisfaction

* To work towards a film love which adopts a middle ground, to reinstate the cinema director to his deserved position, to celebrate Indian cinema of the past and the present, to examine its potential, we propose "The Delhi manifesto.”

- A Delhi Suburb, 1st Jan 2009


( All the early signatories will be soon be online on the new website)