Truffaut: from “400 Doors” to “Confidentially Yours”!

Francois TruffautThere are two kinds of directors: those who have the public in mind when they conceive and make their films, and those who don’t consider the public at all. For the former, cinema is an art of spectacle; for the latter, it is an individual adventure. There is nothing intrinsically better about one or the other; it’s simply a matter of different approaches…”

François Truffaut

Did You Know: As the french director drew inspiration from films he witnessed during the war his youth compelled him to criticize some senseless movies and mindless films. He was not sure whether he wanted to be a film maker or a critique. However, he ended up in being an institution of films and film making! francois_truffaut1

Filmography of François Truffaut

Hitchcock loves to be misunderstood, because he has based his whole life around misunderstandings.”

— François Truffaut on Hitchcock.

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Hawa Bodol review – Analysing dreams!

hawa-BadalAs I mentioned in the preview that Hawa Bodol will certainly evoke some unsung strings of friendship, the movie actually offered some more gastronomy to chew upon. In this limited space of expression, I would rather put some light on how this entirely comic drama actually spoke about split personality of a normal human character. How a stable, retrained house husband becomes a hooligan in the company of his old school friend and how an unruly, struggling rock-star yarns to settle down in his life and cater a family with a sweet wife and a child. It was more about realizing dreams and it was more about realizing that dreams are often misleading!

hawabodol1 hawabodol Let’s speak about human emotions and some basic genre on which human emotions actually roam about. It’s like that orbit on which this planet revolves around the sun. The basic human that he is and some other personalities that influence him make those different emotional orbital positions, although incase of human beings, we are usually trained to occupy the normal positions as fast as possible!

hawabodol2 hawa-bodol-630-march-25Was that difficult? If no, Hawa Bodol was that simple and if you have any questions about the statement above, you should watch Hawa Bodol at least once.. Oh! I forgot to mention it was a terrible laugh-a-thon throughout the movie and the span was hardly realized baring some middle B-plots of the movie. Coming back to the movie, director Parambrata Chatterjee was spot on with his message. He wanted this film to have that light hearted approach and speak some of the unsaid whims and fancies of every heart. The characters in the movie played by Rudranil Ghosh and the director himself will definitely touch the hearts of everyone. They were hardly comprehended as acting professionals. You will be happier to believe them as real characters creating nuisance all the way.

hawa-bodolAnindya Bose as the script-writer generated a powerful storyline along with catchy one-liners that are still on the air. Some of the conversation among the two old friends played by Rudranil and Parambrata were so hilarious that I missed some of the following dialogues. The women leads, Raima Sen and Neha Panda enacted their roles with precision. Although, Raima had a very little scope to display her acting skills, Neha tried her best to convince her critics. The music by Indradip Dasgupta along with some harmonious playback singing by Sunidhi Chauhan, Arijit Singh, Sahana Bajpayee, Mohan Kannan, Saptarshi Mukherjee and Vishal Dadlani was aptly timed and were innocently refreshing. Cameos from other actors including Kaushik Ganguly, Komolika, Dwijen Bandyapadhay and others were added flavors of the movie not to forget the kid-star Kabir who enacted the mischievous son of Parambrata!

hawa badalDescribing the storyline of Hawa Bodol in terms of explaining complex emotions of human beings would be the right review I thought. How wonderful it would have been if each one of us had the liability to flaunt our inner desires and not compromise small scale happiness on the name of relationships! Well, it will be a topic to debate upon. However, I was mesmerized with the thought that this movie actually spoke about mental health. It spoke about well being of an individual amidst all professional and emotional turmoil. Jeet and Raj, bonded with a friendship that describes their childhood exchanged their lives to break free. Breaking free from the shackles that keep them away from being that perfect happy human being they longs to be. Amusing in terms of a movie plot, yet so relevant to the situation of every odd human being who goes to the hotel and wishes to order something ordered from the next table! I mean metaphors in all aspects unless I was too hard to comprehend!

from the director's POV
from the director’s POV

In a nutshell, Hawa Bodol was a movie that tried to describe the hidden urge of a soul to be free. Free from worries that actually shouldn’t have been there, free from routines that hurt your cozy mind, free from rules that strangulate your otherwise simple life and bring in worldly concerns that ideally replace happiness and peace of mind. Having said that, the change of personality in Rudranil and Parambrata as they step into each others’ characters are predominantly entertaining. Inspired from a Hollywood comedy, “Change Up”, Hawa Bodol was indigenously Indian and very much Bengali for all the above reasons and may be more. All credits to the cast and crew of Hawa Bodol and a big congratulation to Parambrata Chattopadhay for his second film (after Jio KAKA) and definitely for evolving into this serious and sensible director that this nation badly needs!

Signing off from the desk of mymotionpicture as the change of seasons and the onset of spring in terms of real and reel casts its spells on the city of joy.. Echoing the laughter(s)!

My rating: 8.5/10

Dinosauria We… Are we really born like this?

Charles BukowskiBorn like this – into this

As the chalk faces smile

As Mrs. Death laughs

As the elevators break

As political landscapes dissolve

As the supermarket bag boy hold a college degree

As the only fish spit out their oily prey

As the sun is masked…

 

We are born like this – into this

Into these carefully mad wars

Into the sight of broken factory windows of emptiness

Into bars where people no longer speak to each other

Into fist fights that end as shootings and knifings

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Born into this …

Into Hospitals which are so expensive that it’s cheaper to die

Into lawyers who charge so much that it’s cheaper to plead guilty

Into a country where the jails are full and the madness closed

Into a place where the masses elevate fools into rich Heroes

 

Born into this…

Walking and living through this

Dying because of this

Castrated!

Debauched!

Disinherited!

Because of this!

Fooled by this!

Used by this!

Pissed on by this!

Made crazy and sick by this!

Made violent!

Made inhuman!

By this… !!! (sighs*)

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–          Charles Bukowski.

Hawa Badol – Expecting blooming friendship…

After a long while it feels great to occupy a cozy chair at one of those theaters in Kolkata and watch a Bengali feature film that will surely offer some food for thought. Oh! I forgot to mention that the second directorial venture of one of the most sensible cinematic professionals of Tollywood (Kolkata’s film industry popularly called As.), Parambrata Chatterjee’s “Hawa Badol” is set to hit the screens today (22nd March, 2013).

A story primarily speaking about bonds of friendship and childhood companionship have already been narrated so many times by so many film makers. However, this flick from ParamBrata is surely going to touch the hearts of care –free residents of this metropolitan city. The city bound hectic activities of a so called established expert and some unrecognized efforts of a creative guy super impose their truths and philosophies of life. They battle their differences and embrace their equalities to fabricate something that they longed for. What came in between then?

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Hawa Badol, starring Rudranil Ghosh, Raima Sen, Neha Panda and the Director himself along with cameos from established actors from the industry will surely tickle your humor bones along with depicting some renewed crisis that the present generation faces every day. The bread and butter of this career centric generation do lack the time to stand and stare if I have to quote W.H.Davies, and apparently that differentiates success and happiness in the real world. The trailer of the movie along with the music tracks truly reminds me about some happier times and I hope the story does the same thing.

As far as the success of the Hawa Badol, the movie is concerned, I am personally very hopeful about the outcome of the movie. The best films produced last year had nothing in common apart from the fact that they had something innovative in them. Some stories that were never told or some known stories told in a way, like never before.

As I head towards the premier of the movie, I would like the audience to decipher this candid movie from the bottom of their heart that genuinely is a new generation flick celebrating friendship in an era of i-phones!

Signing off from the desk of mymotionpicture till I come back and rest a while after the intense Hawa Badol…

Kai Po Che – coated with friendship and soaked in Love!

kai-po-cheThe Jailer signed the release papers in the detention center and his friend was waiting to welcome him to the new but geriatric world of “innocent” people. A very veteran and common start for a movie from the makers of Rock-on! However, like me, most of the audience was not ready to judge the book by its cover.  Kai Po Che by director Abhishek Kapoor is a sensible entertainer contrasting the likes of Zila Gaziabad and mindless films like them. Based on Chetan Bhagat’s best-selling novel 3 Mistakes of my Life, the movie has evoked certain basic human traits which have actually appealed to a huge number of audiences, teenagers being predominantly huge in the track.

Kai_Po_Che-1Friendship, love and drama are some of the major Indian cinematic elements, which if missed will make the film a sure flop show! Verisimilitude was the catch line of the movie Kai Po Che. Raj Kumar Yadav, Sushant Singh Rajput and debutant Omkar Shastri played Govind, Ishan and Omi respectively. Three best friends, with very different perspective of life yet glued in the bond of friendship portrayed the unsaid essence of companionship. The film and the novel, both are characterised on a very Indian, rather Gujrati background which eventually let the audience connect to the theme of the reel very easily. The Bhuj earthquakes, Hindu-Muslim riots, death of Ishan, were some of the major cinematic turns which made the movie spicy.

Overall, everything is there in Kai Po Che that a bollywood-movie audience can expect. High credits go to the cast and crew whose

Introducing cricket in friendship...
Introducing cricket in friendship…

dedication and endeavor was very evident throughout the movie. The sweet and complete love story between student and the teacher must have been enjoyed by one and all. So do not let this semester go without watching Kai Po Che or else it would be just another mistake of your life! A relief from the general mindless movies produced in India! Hope our audiences stop yawning!!!

My Rating: 8/10.

– Reviewed by Shreya Goswami.

Pen-Guest Author @mymotionpicture.

 

Probably, we Indians are losing the appetite for good stories and what we reflect is a projection of mindless descriptions from sub-standard business men claiming themselves as film makers.. (*sighs)

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We watch movies in theatres and now we have multiplexes to cater our pride and beat the hectic city schedules. But, have we sold our logic and reason to some unknown sheriff from a distant land or are we relentlessly poised to receive whatever trash we are subjected to? The answer to the question seems rhetorical. India produces the most number of films on this planet. However, we are yet to get congratulated by the biggest academy award in films, the Oscars! Let’s ask ourselves. Why?

India’s first ever entry to the Oscar “Mother India” got the nomination in the category of best foreign film, but lost by just one vote. After that it was a long wait of 31 years as “Salaam Bombay” by Mira Nair made it to the list of the last five. Recently, India’s interest in the Oscars was re-ignited when “Lagaan” was nominated but…

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How is a picture born?

rare picture of Michelangelo Antonioni
rare picture of Michelangelo Antonioni

A director is a man, therefore he has ideas;   He is also an artist, therefore he has imagination. Whether they are good or bad, it seems to me that I have an abundance of stories to tell. And the things I see, the things that happen to me, continually renew the supply…

On a second thought:

People often ask me, “How is a picture born?” A picture probably has its birth in the disorder within us, and that’s the difficulty: putting things in order…

Michelangelo Antonioni.

Read one more from Drew Barrymore.

 

A long and persuading revolution is round the corner – People are worried about the degrading quality of cinema! Senseless movies hitting the screens are falling on their knees. Although silent, the boycott of senseless movies is gaining momentum!

 

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India is a land of tradition and culture. It accommodates religions of so vivid theories and beliefs. That brings to my mind a thought that Indians do have a taste of art and literature. Religion, I believe is best described with art and culture. The religious books, doctrines, shrines, temples, mosques, churches, stories, fables, hymns, carols and everything that actually describe each of the religion are nothing but a masterpiece of art. The artists who created each of those creations were religiously in favor of their religion and preached love for god and humanity.

Two film critics in an auditorium in Europe. an old picture!

If that is true, Indians should inherit the taste for art and culture in terms of songs, films, plays or any other forms of creative art that goes live for the audiences residing in the country. I am not speaking about preaching religion, I am voicing for creating sensible art.

If my readers are yet to…

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