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Short Film Review: Prarambha by Santosh Sivan

Short Film Review: Prarambha by Santosh Sivan
This week we have an Indian short film to give you a refreshing taste of home grown cinema. Prarambha by Santosh Sivan is a short film in Kannada about a topic most Indians shy away from – AIDS. This short deals with the discrimination faced by HIV-positive patients.

The film was a part of Mira Nair’s noble project AIDS Jaago (AIDS Awake); a series of four short films, Prarambha (directed by Santosh Sivan), Migration (directed by Mira Nair), Positive (directed by Farhan Akhtar) and Blood Brothers (directed by Vishal Bharadwaj) in a joint initiative of Mira Nair’s Mirabai Films, voluntary organizations; Avahan and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with a view of generating awareness about HIV/AIDS. The film was made for Richard Gere’s AIDS foundation. It was entirely shot on location in and around Mysore.

The lead is played by a little boy Kittu who travels in search of his mother.
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Blu-ray Review: Monsoon Wedding (Criterion Collection)

My experience with Mira Nair is limited at best. I did not enjoy Vanity Fair and The Namesake bored me beyond measure, but that's where my time watching her films ended prior to Criterion's latest Blu-ray release of Monsoon Wedding, a spectacular dramedy surrounding a Punjabi wedding, which instantly reminded me of Jonathan Demme's 2008 effort Rachel Getting Married, but at least this one was fun to watch.

Monsoon Wedding was released in 2001 and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film by the Golden Globes, but if I'm not mistaken it wasn't her first knockout film, which I presume to be 1988's Salaam Bombay!, a film I now hope to see. One thing I have always noticed about Nair is her excellent use of color, Vanity Fair particularly stands out in this regard, but I have always been so bored by her work. To the contrary, Monsoon Wedding is a lively,
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Criterion's October Blu-ray Slate Includes Wings of Desire

Criterion has announced a trio of films that will join their Blu-ray Disc Criterion Collection with all new filmmaker approved high definition transfers this October. The first film, Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding, will be released on October 13 with 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio. A week later on October 20 will see the release of staff favorite Wings of Desire, also with 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio, and Howards End with Helena Bonham Carter and uncompressed 5.1 Dolby Digital audio. Complete disc specs for each release are as follows: Wings of Desire

New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Wim Wenders Audio commentary featuring Wenders and actor Peter Falk The Angels Among Us (2003), a documentary featuring interviews with Wenders, Falk, actors Bruno Ganz and Otto Sander, writer Peter Handke, and composer Jürgen Knieper Excerpt from "Wim Wenders Berlin Jan. 87," an episode of the French television program Cinéma cinémas, including on-set footage Interview with
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"I find it too disturbing to explore the psyche of a terrorist" - Irrfan Khan

Vivek Oberoi happily stepped into the powerful role of the terrorist in Rensil D'Silva's untitled directorial debut. A plum role that Irrfan Khan, just back triumphant from the Oscars in La 'reluctantly' turned down. "There was nothing reluctant about my decision not to do Rensil's film," Irrfan corrects me resolutely. "Yes the script and role were tempting. And it is a Karan Johar production. But it would take a lot more than just these factors to make me get into that dark seriously-conflicting space. The truth is, I won't play a terrorist even if the world's greatest director offered me the part," says the Khan, obviously because of his title and the political religious connections that would come into play and willy-nilly impinge on his creative liberty as an actor. Fearless enough to play a sadistic cop in Slumdog Millionaire and a closet gay leading a dual life in
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"I find it too disturbing to explore the psyche of a terrorist" - Irrfan Khan

Vivek Oberoi happily stepped into the powerful role of the terrorist in Rensil D'Silva's untitled directorial debut. A plum role that Irrfan Khan, just back triumphant from the Oscars in La 'reluctantly' turned down. "There was nothing reluctant about my decision not to do Rensil's film," Irrfan corrects me resolutely. "Yes the script and role were tempting. And it is a Karan Johar production. But it would take a lot more than just these factors to make me get into that dark seriously-conflicting space. The truth is, I won't play a terrorist even if the world's greatest director offered me the part," says the Khan, obviously because of his title and the political religious connections that would come into play and willy-nilly impinge on his creative liberty as an actor. Fearless enough to play a sadistic cop in Slumdog Millionaire and a closet gay leading a dual life in
See full article at BollywoodHungama »

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