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Thursday, September 03rd, 2009 | Author:

Old is gold. The 66th Venice Film Festival starts today and touted as “the world’s best film festival”. There is both good and bad news for us. The bad news first, Bollywood has limited movement in this festival this year (when did it do?). The good news, although not a part of the “Competition category” Rakyesh Om Prakash Mehra’s ‘Delhi 6′ and Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Dev D’ and Gulaal are among the four Indian movies that will be screened at 30126 Lido di Venezia. Amit Dutta an FTII passout will tell Aadmi ki aurat aur anya kahaniya – ‘The Man’s Woman and Other Stories’ through the 70 mm. What’s more, Anuraag Kashyap, an acclaimed Indian film maker also happens to be part of the prestigious six member jury of the festival.

DevD – inspired by Sarat Chandra Chatterjee’s Devdas, and Delhi-6 has tried to capture superstition, communal passions, dreams of the middle class, and urban malaise from the people living in the old part of Delhi, India’s capital. Gulaal is a classic cut on contemporary student politics.

More than eighty films will be screened cutting across 32 countries. Italy and America have record number of entries, 17 and 22 respectively. With Steven Speilberg tying up with ADAG, can we expect more Indian faces next year?

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Thursday, October 30th, 2008 | Author:

They call it the festive season. Wow! I wonder if this season is a part of the natural cycle. Is festivity inherent to human nature? Answers can vary. With Diwali, starts a party which everyone in the country becomes a part of. Neither I know nor do I want to know the number of people who celebrate, merely, the homecoming of Lord Ram. An era that demands rational basis of every event, obviously, needs more reasons to cheer up.

Once upon a time, there used to be a calendar that divided the year into 12 months of 30 days each. The remaining 5 days were for festivals. This emphasizes the importance of such events in our life. But, what makes me ponder over this whole phenomenon is a more complex issue. Is joy a pre-requisite of life? Or, is life so depressing that we create mythical occasions to escape from it? I have no clue at this point of time.

By the time the New Year arrives, I find an answer. We look forward to novelty. It makes us happy. We say ‘Goodbye’ to the past and welcome the future. Between these two moments, lies festivity. Stagnation ends life. Fluctuations sustain it. A present full of excitement, therefore, is the solution. Wishing you a never-ending festive season, I invite more answers.

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