Saturday, January 23, 2010

Indian Auteur: Jan 2010, issue no-8


E-magazine: READ ONLINE


IA Master Series: Kamal Swaroop


A Documentary Fantasy: Our Beloved Month of August: Dr Adrian Martin

Cinema, considered as a Toolbox: Ignaity Vishnevetsky

Berlin School: Srikanth Srinivasan

20 Young Independent Thai directors: Jit Phokeaw

Call Money or Mani Kaul: Satyam

The Dreamer of the East:- Corneliu Porumboiu: Anamaria Dobinciuc

Zero Bridge: IA talks to Tariq Taqa: Indian AuteurTm


Tingya: Sagorika

Paa: Debojit

Avatar: Anuj


Cinema and Television in India: Nitesh Rohit



Independent filmmakers in India come in two shapes and sizes. The first that s (he) is a filmmaker confined to represent ideas of our world via the bastardization of social realism aka documentary filmmaker. The second group is a cousin of the carnivores T-Rex aka Bollywood, these small dinosaurs are no different from their kinship. They talk like them, the walk like them and they act like them. The only difference between the cousins is in respect to size.

There is a stark similarity between both schools of so called in (dependent) cinema of India. Either of them are not bothered about the nature of the medium itself. This means, that both the groups are heaping money based on the idea that the films they sell or make are “real” or in more fashionable terminology used by desi pundits and critics- realistic. Each independent school has a clear demarcation of what they believe is the right idea of reproducing the nature of our world and the existence of our being. The documentary filmmaker stresses the fact that his work is a representation of things as it exist, the New Bollywood films of thought exclaims the same, added with a tagline “ Service to Mankind” . Little do they realize that the mechanical instrument without their divine intervention already reproduce what it see (reality).

And, if by any chance, a new approach of an individual’s cinematic view of the world could have been possible also goes missing since neither groups pay any heed to the fundamentals of cinema. They are so ignorant in their own success of reinvention or experiment based on the ideas of narratives or dramaturgy that if, a documentary film and a Bollywood film were to be broken down cinematically then their final atom would be the same. That means there would be no clear identification between a shot of Sharukh Khan as a person suffering from a disease and that of an actual man filmed suffering with a disease. Everything in cinematic DNA would appear the same. In the end, you realize that both groups behave as if they are doing great culture service for the human race but it’s precisely due to the nature of such state that images have lost any meaning.

What we really need more than ever this decade is to start from zero, from the very beginning… where it all began: “The Arrival of the train at La Stioat”.

Friday, January 22, 2010

In A Funny Way: Songs of 2009

In 2009: Indian Auteur and Cinedarbaar were born

In 2009: I saw fewer films, and wrote not more than five articles

In 2009: I co-founded GamersMint.

The Mantra of 2009: Find a Model: Revenue or Business
Else we fucked!

Lesson 2010: The rules of revolution have changed.

Songs 2009
(in no particular order)

Summer Wars: OST

Girls(The Band):-

Grizzly Bear- Two Weeks

The Cure: The Last Day of Summer

Grizzly Bear- Cheerleader

Pheonix- Liztomania

Animal Collective- My Girls

Bon Iver: Blood Bank

Animal Collective: What Would I want is the Sky

Burial- Foster Care

Album of the Year: Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Image: Beirut Nantes( Always an inspiration)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Eric Rohmer 1920-2010


:- To watch trailers of his classics visit Indian Auteur

:- To read tributes and much more visit The Auteurs @David Hudson

Sunday, January 10, 2010

IA Weekly: Sherlock Holmes

What good is wisdom if it is of no use to the wise?” asks one of the characters from British film director Guy Ritchie’s latest film, Sherlock Holmes, and it is a dictum that Ritchie’s film is a long ponderance over. Often enough, the legendary detective’s spillovers from Dr.Watson’s memoirs to film have been plagued by an awe endemic to all cinematic adaptations of pieces of literature that are considered towering achievements of their form; almost to the point of not bearing the fundamental gumption to tamper with Doyle’s dogma in fear of alienating fans of the omnibus and discrediting the icon.Read More

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