Mise-en-scène of Indian Cinema…

India's recent entry to the Oscars...
India’s recent entry to the Oscars…

Primarily, the articles on the completion of hundred years of Indian cinema reflected a collage of nostalgic incidents entwined with some bleak success stories of Indian cinema. The regional silver screens were predominantly under rated and commercial films that procured solid establishments in the hearts of the mass were glorified. I would like to site some unseen features of this huge industry and speak in favor of some of not so important parts of cinema.

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Arranging a set where the actress leaves her attire before embracing her beloved; I know, no one cares about those candle lights that falls on the shoulders of the scantily dressed couples in the frame. They look alarmingly sensual. However, the sensual scenes or a romantic scene demands a lot of hard work as far as the composition is concerned. From the color of the walls to the positioning of that Monalisa painting on the wall, the director along with the supporting staffs spend a lot of time planning and making things that perfect. You may enjoy those drenched lips and their fading proximity, but that enjoyment insists the light man in the studio to re-create that ambiance every time the script demands for it. Well, it is not only about those cozy bed scenes that I will be talking about. I am interested to discuss all those scenes that require some special gambling of light and shadow.

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Mis-en-scene is a French term that means the arrangement or framing a particular scene. The composition of a scene takes a number of things into account. The director controls over the things that appear prominently and not so prominently on the screen. The set designs, décor, props, costume, make-up are parts of the production design, whereas, cinematography includes lighting, camera position and movements. Acting by the characters in the frame is also a part of the mis-en-scene. From ancient times, Indian movies were typically upgraded versions of plays enacted on stages. Thus, the point of view of a director was mostly on the dialogue deliveries and the acting of the characters framed in the scene. However, with exposure to European movies and various film movements, the Indian cinema developed its own doctrine of mis-en-scene to depict the various visual metaphors. In my opinion, lighting does play a very important role in the composition. The intensity of light, direction and the quality have a profound effect on how an image is perceived. Light affects the way colors are rendered both in terms of hue and depth, and can focus attention on parts or elements in the scene according to its arrangement. So, now you might know why those glossy shoulder lines of your favorite Bollywood damsel shine!

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In scenes where the protagonist exchanges some heated dialogues with his darker counterpart, you will notice a huge difference in the camera angles. How time, space and the chapter of the story determines the camera position speaks so much about film making. Say, the desperado of the movie is a massive man with lots of political and physical power; we tend to look at him from a low angle. They look greater and graver. Consequently, the hero is shot from a high angle or eye-line camera position. That makes him look so humanly and natural. These features of the cinematography are general practices. However, there are a number of examples where innovative ideas are implemented and the mis-en-scene is composed poetically to describe the identity of the scene. Another contrivance is the use of shallow depth of field. This one sets the attention primarily on the subject on which the director wants to focus on. Sometimes placed afar and sometimes nearer to the lens of the camera the use of depth of field helps a lot in the composition of the scene and the process of storytelling.

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Imagine a scene from the films in the seventies or even earlier and the ones we watch now, some of the films from sensible film makers have developed by leaps and bounds and the ones that fall under the category of senseless movies have deteriorated like never before. Thus, it is quite imperative to underline the effects of these arrangements in the framing of a scene depicting love, empathy, anger, romance, grief or every other emotion on-screen. The film makers of the present industry are assisted by a number of trained technicians who offer their experience and practical wisdom in making those riveting scenes we enjoy every Friday! The mis-en-scene of Indian cinema will be incomplete without the contribution of all those names that scroll up after the movie. Your pop corns are exhausted, your cold drinks glasses are empty and you know who made the films. So, their names remain unnoticed. This article would rather demand a definite detailing of these people working behind the scenes. However, with the constraints of time and space, I would like to conclude with a huge thanks to the entire team of light man, cameraman, assistant directors, Foley artists, sound man and all those people who add so much life to those films. The films become that particular piece of art only because these people help in the mis-en-scene of the film.

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Signing off from the desk of my-motion-picture till a heartfelt mis-en-scene captures that much-needed standing ovation…

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Groove with MASEEHA in an exclusive performance for ‘HER’

Recently, I got the opportunity to befriend a few wonderful musicians of my city. I was awestruck with the excellence and serenity of their music as I witnessed them improvising their original numbers in their rehearsal pad last Friday. MASEEHA, as they would call themselves, encompasses a diverse range of genres. Be it Folk, Sufi, country, pop or mainstream rock, the band continues to experiment with melodies and lyrics.

As I was in conversation with the band members, I was etching towards superlative degrees. The primary objective of the visit was popularizing an upcoming live show at ICCR auditorium, Kolkata. Cometh the 11th of May, MASEEHA will be performing for ‘Her’ – a show dedicated to the burning issues related of our deceased society. A live music show at the ICCR auditorium is organized and will be dedicated predominantly to the fairer sex of this planet. MASEEHA with their indie original numbers and some popular folk songs will surely strike the right chords of your mind as they states their views and claim equality in the society.

Irene, the lead singer of MASEEHA was speaking about inner conscience, where Subhomoy, the bassist was more concerned about the anarchy in the society. As I was getting engrossed in their original songs, the lyricist and the drummer spoke. Arjyesh, who writes the lyrics for MASEEHA was describing his down to earth feelings and his perception about life. Monty, the lead and rhythm guitarist at MASEEHA was explaining how this mystic world exchanges views on issues that are so seldom addressed. Aviiraj, the soulful keyboardist of MASEEHA was telling about their efforts and their plans to voice their opinions through their music. They uniquely addressed something so pleasant, they wanted equality in the society, and they want to usher new hopes in the minds of common people that stand for truth and innocence.

MASEEHA, comprising of individuals with less materialistic and more spiritual inclinations towards life, believes in following the decree of the spirit. Reaching out to souls, regardless of caste and creed, is the aim of MASEEHA’s music. With  developing eminence and growing popularity in the city, the recent event will draw attention of premier music lovers and professionals of the industry. Make sure you collect your passes before they sublime.

L-R: Monty, Subhomoy, Irene, Arjyesh and Aviiraj
L-R: Monty, Subhomoy, Irene, Arjyesh and Aviiraj

MASEEHA’s line up:

Irene Sarkar– Lead and backing vocals

Monty Sen – Lead and Rhythm Guitars

Subhomoy Mitra– Bass

Arjyesh Ray– Drums, percussion, lyrics

Aviiraj Sen– Keyboards

Soumyajyoti Ghosh– Flute

This forthcoming show of MASEEHA will genuinely sing you an array of issues of the society that should be treated on priority. Materialistic expectations and inhuman feelings will take a back seat and your inner conscience should come to rescue the paralyzed system of this society. Be it the age old discrimination of man and women or a male chauvinism that drives the entire calendar of events. Let’s stand up with MASEEHA and voice our opinion against social violence and sexual discrimination.

For passes and more information; please visit MASEEHA at their facebook page and don’t forget to drop in at ICCR on the 11th of this month at 1730 hours.

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 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…

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.

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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.

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sweEt Pa!ns

Into the shadows of green meadows/ i shall wait for thee..
Into the light of lovely fights/ I shall read the verse of thee…

Gavriel's Muse

Sweet, sweet you are and I am
as two droplets of dew
approaching a precipice
of molded love, and we shall be!

Today silence moved in
as scenery of curves to my bed.
Is that the brightness of your eyes
walking on my chest?

I allowed and let enter
your dreams to my site,
getting used to the blushing
from your pale cheeks.

Tomorrow an Ivory Moon
will sing a serenade for us
and at the rumor of her fury
we will let go into the wind…
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Dulce, dulce eres y soy
como dos gotas de rocío
acercándose a un precipicio
de amor moldeado; y seremos!

Hoy se mudo el silencio
como paisaje de curvas a mi lecho.
Es ese el brillo de tus ojos
paseando sobre mi pecho?

Me dejo y dejo que entren
tus sueños a mi recinto,
acostumbrándome al rubor
de tus mejillas pálidas.

Mañana la luna…

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