Tag Archives: Hindi

Shyam Ramsay & Tulsi Ramsay – Mahakaal AKA The Monster (1994)

A nightmare creature haunts a young girls dreams. Her friends refuse to believe her when she tells them that the fiend has entered the real world and they are all to die a horrible death. Soon her fears start to come true. Read More »

Mani Kaul – Idiot AKA Ahmaq (Feature Film Version) (1991)

Feature film version of Mani Kaul’s film on Dostoevski’s masterpiece that was shown at NYFF.

Synopsis:
Mani Kaul’s adaptation of Dostoevski’s Idiot is his most profoundly affecting film and a “tour de force” (Rajadhyaksha) that co-ordinates actors, settings and situations to a multiplicity. It his most realized attempt at making formalist film by moving the camera,without looking through the viewfinder to make Gilles Deleuze’s reading of cinema as an any-instant-whatever or equidistant instant to an any-space-whatever or any equispatial instant. This equispatial instant is created by destroying the dialectic between required and not-required, sacral and profane. Mani Kaul, analyzing his own films would state that, whereas his earlier works engaged a rarefaction of information, Idiot was the first to encounter a saturation of events. Read More »

Mrinal Sen – Mrigayaa (1977)

Synopsis-
Nothing is common between the two men to ever meet and understand each other; neither the origin of the British administration of imperial time nor the primitive culture of the tribal from the jungle in central India. Nothing is common but the sharing of a common passion: hunting.

To both of them a big game is a game, a prey is a prey; this is probably why Ghinua, the young hunter and a loving husband, reacts like a terrible “hunter” when the usurer-landlord steals his wife. He slays him as the wild pigs have to be slain when they destroy harvest, or a tiger when he lifts a child. An avenged man, he brings his trophy, the head of the most mischievous game in his area, to the only man who will understand him, the English sahib, the other hunter. Read More »

Akshay Indikar – Sthalpuran AKA Chronicle of Space (2020)

After his father’s disappearance, eight-year-old Dighu seeks refuge from loneliness in his imagination and diary entries. Read More »

Kumar Shahani – Kasba AKA The Town [Custom color] (1991)

Wikipedia wrote:
It is based on the short story “In the Ravine” by the Russian playwright Anton Chekhov. The movie is an important work in the Indian Parallel Cinema movement which started in the early 1970s. It is one of the last films to be part of the movement as it died out by the early 1990s.

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Maniram lives in a town and is a crooked businessman. The elder son is jailed for counterfeit currency. The younger son is a mad simpleton and married, but his wife loves another guy. She goes in business with land wrestled from Maniram. Read More »

Kalpana Lajmi – Rudaali AKA The Mourner (1993)

Quote:
Rudaali is a 1993 Hindi film directed by Indian director Kalpana Lajmi, based on the short story written by famous Bengali litterateur Mahasweta Devi. The film was selected as the Indian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 66th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.

The film is set in a small village in Rajasthan, India. It tells the story of a woman named Shanichari, who was abandoned by her mother shortly after her father’s death. Bad fortune follows her throughout her life. Read More »

Amit Dutta – The Seventh Walk (2013)

Synopsis

A painter’s journey into the source of his inspiration in the landscape surrounding him and within him.

Notes:

Shot on super-16mm film, this is an abstract exploration of the creative process. Starting with ‘Nainsukh’, his 2010 film on the eponymous 17th century master-painter, Amit Dutta started making a series of films located in the Kangra Valley of the Lower Western Himalayas. This film approaches another shade of the same landscape through the modernist paintings of Paramjit Singh, whose mud home-studio in the hills sets the stage in the film.

The film’s musical score is notable for Amit Dutta’s collaboration with Rudra Veena maestro Bahauddin Dagar. Read More »