Thursday, November 26, 2009

Indian Auteur: November, Issue no-7

TABLE OF CONTENT: NOVEMBER 25th- December 25th Issue no:7

E-Magazine Archive

(article available on the web from this issue)


The Legend of Herr Zolka: Anuj Malhotra


Paradise Lost: Kshitiz Anand

Cinephilia in India: Nitesh Rohit

Porgramming a film festival: Sachin Gandhi

Seeing is Believing: Supriya Suri

Cinephile, Adjectiv- Cinephilia in Romania : Anamaria Dobincuic

Winds From The East: Sagorika Singha

Multiplexes, Millions& Wood: Anuj Malhotra


Adrian Martin

World Cinema

The Space Race: Gautam Valluri


Crossing The Bridge: Gautam Valluri

Deep in the Valley: Anuj Malhotra

Inglourious Bastards: Gautam Valluri

Animal Town: Supriya Suri


“The Cinephile is an orphan who chooses to be kidnapped by a rather special passer-by who launches him, but not just any old way, on his apprenticeship in the world”

Serge Daney

My father was one of the lucky few in his college years who had a bicycle, and he fondly re-members picking two of his best friends, and riding his way to the movies. For the trio it was a ritual to watch a film everyday, even if that meant seeing the same film thrice. Cinema for them was glimpse into an art-form that could provide these small town boys a chance to witness a world that existed beyond the boundaries of their own lives. Yet, at the same time, it gave them a chance to mould themselves like the characters they admired. It taught them how to dress, speak and interact. In short, for them, cinema was life and life was cinema. The two were so inextricably linked that they only bought clothes from only those tailors who could stitch trousers and shirts like those worn by the stars they admired.

But it was not just the persona of stars that was shaping their attitude. Music played an important role in the lives of these cinephiles. The songs from the Golden Age of Indian cinema and till the late 70s formed a foundation for them to dive into understanding Urdu, as many lyricists who were working then in the industry were Urdu poets themselves. So the poetry of Faiz Ahmed Faiz was spoken in the same breath as a film by Basu Chatterjee. This at the same time also made them get into the dramatics. But all their new found interest was done on their foundation for the love of films. They could talk about directors, musicians, actors and the overall film. And this cinephile growth was occurring without any knowledge regarding the presence of world cinema or the realization of any cinematic conventions. A film celebrating a Golden Jubilee or a Silver Jubilee was the talk of the town and Filmfare Awards were seriously taken and discussed. Just like the trailer of every new film that was shown before each film that played in the theater. If there was one common wish they all wanted to fulfill before dying - it was to watch a film shoot.

It’s only in the early 80s that the trio disbanded, my father’s best friend decided to go to Mumbai to become a film director, his second lieutenant entered the world of politics. While my father’s love affair with cinema continued. He went on to open one of the first video libraries in the early 80s in Patna, Bihar. So the decade brought in new possibilities: color television, regular TV shows, VCRs, VCP and soon the world of movies became bigger. The Good, The Bad & The Ugly became a household name, and Clint Eastwood was as much in vogue as Amitabh Bachchan. But the ever mutating face of cinephilia proved too costly for the cinephiles of my father’s generation. As Indian cinema slowly becoming an ugly Godzilla like creature called Bollywood.

The love for movies was slowly disappearing from the landscape. When cinephilia entered the 90s my father had lost his interest in movies completely; he never went back to the theater he so much loved, except for the fact that he reminisced about the films of Guru Dutt, Vijay Anand, Basu Chatterjee and more. The baton of the cinephile dream was passed on to me. And it’s this transition that the cinephile in India needs to construct as he(she) has an important role to play in finding the missing images(histories) that are completely lost between cinephilia that existed in the 20th century and cinephilia that exists now. So that a genealogy of Indian cinema can be created that would help in understanding the relation of cinema and its role in shaping the cultural milieu of our society today.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Global Festival of Documentary Films

Global Festival of Documentary Films emerges as the most prestigious South Asian Documentary Film Festival as it bags the most awarded and talked about films for participation in the Festival organized by International Film & Television Club of Marwah Studios, a Creative Enterprise.

Eminent film makers like Megan Mylan, Teri McLuhan, A.S. Bedi, Kim Longinotto amongst a long list of internal names enter their films in the festival. Global Festival of Documentary Films is taking place from 20th to 22nd November, ’09 at Marwah Studios Complex, Film City, Noida, U.P.The awards in the Young Film Maker Category would be – 1st prize of Rs. 25,000/-, 2nd prize of Rs. 15,000/- and IIIrd prize of Rs.10, 000/-

The highlights of the Festival are Smile Pinky by Mylan Megan, an Oscar winner this year, and Frontier Gandhi by Terry McLuhan, renowned film maker. These directors will be present to interact with the young film makers to share their experiences and observations. This would be a golden opportunity for the students to learn from the masters in almost one-on-one sessions.


Superman of Malegaon
Harishchandra Factory
Smile Pinky
Frontier Gandhi



Film Funding Opportunities for Filmmakers: Cinedarbaar is actively taking part in this initiative, so watch out for more updates on this space.

Interaction with Jury Members
Interactions With International Renowned Directors
Market Session for Marketing Films
Interactions with Producers

VENUE: Marwah STUDIO, Sector 16-A, Noida Film City, NCR.

Friday, November 6, 2009

An Interview with Atsushi Funahashi

Please could you elaborate, for us, on your history and growth as a cinephile.

I was a pure cinephile when I was in my teens and was watching as many movies I could. Usually in Japan it’s very hard to get into college so you have to study a lot. That’s why the high school forces you to quit sport- I was playing tennis since I was a kid- but the school forced me to quit and two years were spent in preparation of an entry into college. And I absolutely hated it, because it’s forbidden. A friend of mine encouraged me to come and watch films, and so I did. That one movie turned into a life long passion. But the movie that had a great impact on me was Samuel Fuller’s White Dog. I just had to spend time watching many Fuller films and it was cheap at around 600 Yen (around 6$). It is a reasonable cost for high school students.READ MORE