Granted. Homi Adajania's Finding Fanny has enjoyed a fair number of accolades since its recent release this October. However, the Hindi Cinema Blog would like to focus today solely on the film's music. Yes indeed, we all have been particularly dead set on listening to the soundtrack's four songs by world music ace Mathias Duplessy (known for his work in films such as Peepli Live and Delhi in a Day) and Sachin-Jigar every time we get a chance since August and have become so seduced by them that we are recommending the album to friends and family in India and around the world. Here is why:
Following a hurried crowd funding campaign recently organized by the MAMI, the Mumbai Film Festival has successfully avoided falling short of the budget necessary to open its 2014 edition, bound to take place from October 14 to 21. The support of the festival's friends but also that of the Indian film industry played a pivotal role in recovering the odds of enjoying one of the city's flagship events.
The proof is in the opening of seat reservations at the MFF official website to enjoy the refined and eclectic selection of films screened in cinemas across Mumbai from more than 65 countries. Events and celebrities present for the festival (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Catherine Deneuve, Helen, Kalki Koechlin, Deepika Padukone, Akshay Kumar, Imran Khan and Ranbir Kapoor among others) are also testimony to the relevance and influence of the festival.
Among the highly promising or already internationally acclaimed Indian films featured in the festival, the Hindi Cinema Blog recommends watching out for the following 10 films to experience a representative portrayal of current trends in Indian cinema:
This week, Mumbai Police joined hands with Ajay Devgn at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan for a noble cause. The actor made an appearance at the Mumbai Police's celebration of Daan Utsav to provide his support to the long term project aiming to protect begging families and children in South Mumbai, thereby starting to create a beggar-free zone. The first people to benefit from this project will be women and children beggars originating from the Faase Pardhi and the Waghri tribes.
A very special film has been all the rage this year at the Toronto Film Festival and has obtained the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema Award for Best Asian Film. Margarita with a Straw has been rightly called one of the strongest independent films India has produced in recent years.
Margarita With a Straw hails from the talent of Shonali Bose, the film maker who was highly acclaimed for intense dramas, such as Amu and Chittagong. Her new film might be gathering attention partly because it explores topics that are rare to Indian cinema, such as disability or homosexuality. Nonetheless, the value of the film, which is Bose's most intensely personal project, starring Kalki Koechlin, lies well beyond its novelty.