Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Why PROLOY is a must watch at DARPAN

We've been reading and protesting about the gangrapes in India...watch a film that borrows from true incidents...
As a part of showcasing films that portray community issues and social conditions DARPAN is proud to screen PROLOY ( with English Subtitles).. the newest addition to the festival bouquet.

The story revolves around a brave heart Barun Biswas who raises voice against numerous gang rapes in a village called Dukhiya. Dukhiya, where gang rapes had become a festival. These are celebrated by some political criminals. They do not even spare children and aged females. Police also will not take up any complaints against these powerful criminals. Will Barun be able to survive it all and raise his voice? Will the condition of women improve? In the light of all thats been happening in present times this film is a poignant commentary on community issues and power of the masses. The film has as its backdrop real life incidents and experiences.

Meet Director Raj Chakraborty and actors...speak to them...share your views at the screening...

Tickets to go on sale soon...watch this space...

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Why MY BEST FRIEND is a must watch at Darpan 2013?

My best friend is the only English movie in Darpan 2013 and the only one which is a home grown Singapore production by Indian expats.

MBF is also one of the three movies in Darpan 2013 which deals with environmental issues.

The film showcases our century’s biggest problem, global warming, observed by rapid changes in weather patterns and one natural disaster hitting mother earth after another. The movie gives a strong message how planting trees and stopping deforestation is the only solution to fight this issue. 

My Best Friend (Language – English; Rating-PG) will be screened on 8th Sep, 2pm at Arts House Screening room, as part of the Indian Film festival - Darpan 2013.

Why BAKITA BYAKTIGATO is a must watch at Darpan 2013?

This yet to released movie premieres at Darpan 2013.

The film is the only one in this year’s festival which falls in the documentary style format of film making.

Although BB is a social commentary film, it can be easily related as it’s about a man’s search for a partner and his ideology, wishing for a world where there is more time with loved ones and with nature.

This is a story about someone in search of true love. We all have this craving for the right kind of love, which is hard to find. Apparently, the film will look very simple. But the climax will get an epic treatment.

Bakita Byaktigoto (Language – Bengali (Indian) with English subtitles; Rating – NC16) will be screened on 8th Sep, 1pm at The Cathay, as part of the Indian Film festival - Darpan 2013.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Why GANESH TALKIES is a must watch at Darpan 2013?

Ganesh Talkies got rave reviews upon release, couple of months ago and will fill the rib tickling section of Darpan 2013.

It’s directed by the multi talented Anjan Dutt – musician, singer-songwriter, director and an actor who won silverware in 1981 at the Venice Film festival.

GT is a laughathon drama based on two families belonging to crazily diverse communities, but ones who make Kolkata, what it is today – Bengalis and Marwaris. An aspect which was also  touched upon very recently in Maach Mishti and More.

The film centres on childhood friendship, a probable wedding and above of all the triumph of young love.

Pashupati the patriarch of the Bengali family lives gregariously but still in denial of his waning wealth. Whereas his neighbour, Pravin, has amassed a great deal of wealth over the course of years, yet lives a miserly life.

Differences of opinions, scheming family members, shifting cultural dynamics and a secret love that has blossomed despite all odds form the crux of this film.

The two families eventually unite and it seems that a wedding is in store after all!

“Ganesh talkies is wonderful, heart warming” – Times of India, 3.5 stars out of 5.

Look out for the luscious Raima Sen, the brilliant Rajesh Sharma (known for prominent character roles in plenty of Tollywood and Bollywood hits of 2012 and 2013) and Biswajit Chakraborty.

Ganesh Talkies (Language – Bengali (Indian) with English subtitles; Rating – PG) will be screened on 8th Sep, 1pm at The Cathay, as part of the Indian Film festival - Darpan 2013.

Why ASHARE GOPPO is a must watch at Darpan 2013?

Ashare Goppo, yet to be released worldwide, is the third premiere movie to be screened at Darpan 2013. It’s also one of the two rib ticklers of Darpan 2013.

The movie faced dual controversies during its making – initially it was embroiled in a chit fund trouble and then on accusations of copying the story by another writer. 

The story revolves around a film director aspirant, Shakya, who is struggling hard to find a producer for his dream project. Having failed to find a producer, Shakya makes a Bengali remake of a South Indian flick. Eventually the masala potboiler fares very well in box office and he is compelled to let go of his individuality and keep making several remakes of South Indian films.

Ashare Goppo (Language – Bengali (Indian) with English subtitles; Rating – TBA) will be screened on 7th Sep, 6pm at The Cathay, as part of the Indian Film festival - Darpan 2013.

Why HEMLOCK SOCIETY is a must watch at Darpan 2013?

Made on a meagre budget of 3 crores, Hemlock society has garnered 13 awards and 65 crores since its release, two months ago.

However that didn’t surprise pundits as director Srijit Mukherjee has upped the bar very high with his filmography which includes the impressive Baishe Srabon, Autograph, Shobdo, Maach Mishti and More…and more!

Hemlock Society fills the satire component of Darpan 2013. It is the story of a man, Ananda (Parambrata Chatterjee) who runs a school which teaches aspirants how to successfully commit suicide. He develops a bond with one of its students, Meghna (Koel Mallick), a depressed and dejected woman, and what follows is an unforgettable and life-changing journey for both.

HS exploits dark comedy well to showcase the importance of living life with courage than bow to the cowardly step of suicide. It gives a strong insight into psychological dilemma about the primal existence of life. It reiterates the fact that ‘can you shock someone by letting her know that death is impending and inescapable.’

After it received rave reviews, several Non profit organizations have used this film to motivate people from disadvantaged and difficult backgrounds to keep fighting with life.

The name of the movie is inspired by the erstwhile Hemlock Society, a society which was based in Santa Monica, US. The primary mission of this society included providing information to dying persons and supporting legislation permitting physician-assisted suicide.

Hemlock Society (Language – Bengali (Indian) with English subtitles; Rating – TBA) will be screened on 8th Sep, 3:30pm at The Cathay, as part of the Indian Film festival - Darpan 2013.