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Directed by Advait Chandan
It is easy and comforting to get swayed by the rags-to-riches fable constructed with such contemporary diligence and zeal by first-time director Advait Chandan. But once you get to penetrate the bubble of bonhomie and get into thick of things, so to speak, you come face-to-face with an unnerving sterility.
Secret Superstar is one of those well-meaning films that keeps reminding you constantly of how well-meaning it is. Many times as I watched Advait Chandan’s panoply of tricks and treats I felt I was being offered a Christmas deal with ‘Santa’ Aamir Khan mentoring the film’s 15-year old wanna-shine Zaira Wasim whose brilliance as an actor is far more dazzling than anything that is written into this film to support her dreams.
Everyone, we are told in many different ways in this stretched-out ode to wish-fulfilment, has the right to dream. »
- Subhash K Jha
Singapore-based film funds and distribution entities Aurora Media Holdings and M! Capital Ventures have boarded Anup Singh’s “The Song of Scorpions.” The film has its world premiere next month as a Piazaa Grande screening at the Locarno festival.
Shot on location in the Indian desert state of Rajasthan, the film is a story of twisted love, revenge and redemptive power between a young tribal woman and a camel trader. The cast is headed by Iran’s Golshifteh Farahani (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”) and India’s Irrfan Khan (“Inferno”) alongside Indian cinema icon Waheeda Rehman (“Guide”).
The film’s producers include Michel Merkt (“Toni Erdmann”) for Switzerland’s Knm, Saskia Vischer and Shahaf Peled for Feather Light Films, in association with Thierry Lenouvel for France’s Cine Sud Promotion. Rights sales are currently being handled by the producers, who report that they have received multiple sales agency approaches.
- Abed Nadir
ABC is putting a face to Once Upon a Time‘s Season 7 reset. Five faces, actually.
TVLine has learned that the Friday-bound fantasy drama is adding nearly a half-dozen new female cast members, most notably Burn Notice alum Gabrielle Anwar, Devious Maids vet Dania Ramirez and ex-Reign royal Adelaide Kane. Also boarding the rejiggered seventh season: Chicago Med‘s Mekia Cox and English actress Rose Reynolds (Poldark).
Details on the role each actress will be playing will be announced at Comic-Con a later date, but here are five clues you can chew on in the meantime: TVLine can confirm »
Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj
In art, as in life, consistency is not a quality that is easily obtainable. In the life that is created in Vishal Bhardwaj’s art the characters are so flawed and fractured and so driven down to destruction by their own demoniacal desires that you fear they would collapse under the weight of their own ambitions and longings.
This is true as much of the characters as the director himself. Vishal Bhardwaj’s latest arguably his most ambitious film to date could have ended up being the Bombay Velvet/Mohenjo Daro of 2017. It is rescued, no redeemed, by an excruciatingly exquisite perception of the wounds and lashes that love pelts down on those who are its victims.
Rangoon is a simple tale, unnecessarily complicated by its characters’ prevarications. It is a story pinned down to a bobbing blueprint »
- Subhash K Jha
4 items from 2017
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