Articles by Blessy
Rewind 2018: Which was the Best Film in Marathi this year?
From films exploring decidedly rural themes, a staple of Marathi cinema, to some delightful movies with children at the centre, the year threw up some interesting choices.
Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai 3 review: Feel-good film, but with little fresh content
The story is a gradual progression in life of characters, played by Swapnil Joshi and Mukta Barve, that we have loved.
It’s either complete control or complete distance: Priya Krishnaswamy on lack of women's representation at IFFI 2018
Priya speaks about the story, casting, editing and other aspects of her film Baaram, and also shares details about her next project.
Not technology but unique perspective more important: Nitish Patankar on making films
The Na Bole Wo Haram director and screenwriter Aditya Bhagat speak about the concept, screenplay and challenges as first-time filmmakers.
Sealed Lips review: War drama tells story of a woman’s struggle in the present for her past and future
The film revives interest in a chapter of European history dating back to the end of World War II when the former German Democratic Republic (or East Germany) was administered by Soviet forces.
Na Bole Wo Haram review: Short film shows how adults do everything for their own convenience
Nitish Patankar and Aditya Bhagat’s screenplay is easy and light. They handle the subject efficiently by adding a humour quotient through quirky dialogues.
Sinjar review: Beautiful film that tackles a theme with a lot of outer and inner turmoil
Director Pampally uses the backdrop of the 2014 Sinjar massacre in Iraq to place his characters Fida and Suhara.
To Let review: Chezhiyan Ra touches upon pertinent urban housing problems
The film moves at a comfortable pace to show the passage of time between a family’s eviction notice and the struggle to find a new home.
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Now there is no market for films showcased in Indian Panorama section: Jayaraj
At the 49th International Film Festival of India, the Malayalam filmmaker spoke about how National award winning film Bhayanakam only ran for two weeks in theatres.
How Paddayi director Abhaya Simha worked with Mogaveera fishing community in Karnataka
The director said it was not necessary to be honest to the text, but to be honest to the life they were representing.
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It’s just a different kind of brush: Dan Wolman on filmmaking with cell phones
The veteran Israeli filmmaker is optimistic that with the improvement in technology the younger generation will come up with good films shot even on cell phones.
Editing made me realise I don't have to be linear: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Speaking at the 49th International Film Festival of India, the Mirzya (2016) director said he would rather be known for his failures than his successes.
I can’t design my shots on a laptop: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra at IFFI 2018
The Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013) director said that he loves shooting on location, after gauging his artistes, the weather and other factors, instead of planning the shots sitting in an AC room.
Article Kannada Ladakhi
An award brings focus to your film: Paddayi director Abhaya Simha
The National award-winning director was speaking at the 49th International Film Festival of India in Panaji, Goa.
No controversy shows that everyone's hardwork has paid off: IFFI festival director Chaitanya Prasad
The additional director general (News), Doordarshan News, spoke on the sidelines of the ongoing 49th International Film Festival of India about this year’s edition, plans for next year’s golden jubilee festival, jury selection, and more.
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Gyamo review: Wholesome lesson on more than snow leopards in the Himalayas
Directors Gautam Pandey and Doel Trivedi present a beautifully shot documentary on the ecosystem in the upper reaches of the mountain range.
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Let’s categorise cinema into good or bad: Lijo Jose Pellisery at IFFI 2018
The Malayalam filmmaker spoke about how he used only ambient sound in his satire Ee.Ma.Yau.
50th edition of IFFI will be India’s showcase to the world: Festival director Chaitanya Prasad
With a couple of days left for the 49th International Film Festival of India to conclude, the ministry of information and broadcasting has already started work on the next year’s golden jubilee edition.
Narration is a diagnostic tool, way to build your confidence: Shridhar Raghavan
At the 49th International Film Festival of India, filmmakers Shridhar and Sriram discuss how narrating scripts helps gauge when the attention is dipping.
We focused on finding realistic characters: Baaram casting director-actor Sugumar Shanmugam
Sugumar and writer-director-editor Priya Krishnaswamy speak about how they cast nearly 80 artistes to tell their story strongly.