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India: best exotic movie hell?

16 February 2012 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A new generation of western directors are bringing their outsider perspective to India. But can films such as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel avoid the cliches of poverty and spiritualism, chaos and capitalism?

Making films in India is hard not because of the heat, or the bureaucracy, or the traffic. Not even, says Liz Mermin, the director of Bollywood underworld exposé Shot in Bombay, because its superstar subject Sanjay Dutt grew nervous about the project. "The hardest thing for a film-maker is that you fly there, look around, take out your camera – and everything is a cliche. Poverty, chaos, cows, flowers: I was going around desperately looking for a shot I hadn't seen before."

That difficulty – to say nothing of the challenge of depicting India in more than just western terms – led Louis Malle to name the first section of his six-hour Phantom India (1969) "The Impossible Camera". Yet, even though »

- Sukhdev Sandhu

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Satyajit Ray: A Movie Legend Remembered

6 February 2012 8:05 AM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

The Indian film industry is probably the most prolific in the entire world. According to the latest count in 2010, India ranks the first in production of movies followed by Hollywood and China. But of the huge pantheon of regional and national Indian stars present in Indian cinema, Satyajit Ray is an icon who cannot be forgotten. His unique perspective on Indian life and his impact on Bengali, as well as, Indian cinema cannot be forgotten.

Satyajit Ray was born 2 May 1921 to Sukumar Ray and Suprabhar Roy. His entire family was steeped in literature, socialism and music. This love for journalism, art and cinema was transferred quickly to the young mind of the growing boy. His father passed away when he was three but his mother always insisted on a world-class education for the boy and he was quickly enrolled in the Visva-Bharati University at Santiniketan, that was set up »

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