Bollywood film review – X: Past is Present A psychotic trip! Rating 2.5

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By Aryeman Raj

What’s it about?

A filmmaker with a mid-life crisis meets a mysterious young girl who reminds him of his first girlfriend at first, and subsequently, of every woman in his life.

 

Who is she? Is she real or imaginary? A stalker or a ghost? His past catching up or a character from the script he is writing?

 

A bold and original take on man-woman relationships, X: Past Is Present is a one-of-its-kind feature where 11 Indian filmmakers with strikingly different cinematic styles have come together to make different parts of the same film. One story told through the eyes of 11 unique storytellers.

 

Duration: 105 minutes / Language: English, Hindi, Tamil

Review:

Made on the typical lines of an international film festival genre, the film takes you on a psychotic trip into the mind of a film director. What all starts on that one night unravels the different layers of the mind-set of the central character.

While only niche audiences would relate to this subject, the effort is commendable. Getting 11 film directors to show different perspectives and blending it into an engrossing thriller is worth watching.

Similar directorial touches in most sequences makes it slightly monotonous. There are loads of over-the-shoulder scenes coupled with static one-frame camera shots with voice-overs. However each director has shown their distinctive style of shot composition and highlighting the actors’ histrionics.

Acting:

Rajat Kapoor balances his multi-layered role as the film director who has skeletons in his cupboard. Almost all the female leads like Radhika Apte, Swara Bhaskar, Bidita Bag, Gabriella come out with shining performances.

The Huma Qureshi  episode is quite a let-down in terms of content. Anshuman Jha lacks the appeal to hold the character of the younger version film director.

Box-office rating:

The film could get critical acclaim but the box-office numbers could be a disappointment. Only elite audiences would watch it. This film is a must watch for budding film makers.

Film Credits

Cast:

Rajat Kapoor, Anshuman Jha, Aditi Chengappa, Bidita Bag, Gabriella Schmidt, Huma Qureshi, Neha Mahajan, Parno Mitra, Pia Bajpai, Pooja Ruparel, Radhika Apte, Richa Shukla, Rii Sen, Swara Bhaskar

Directed by:

Abhinav Shiv Tiwari, Anu Menon, Hemant Gaba, Nalan Kumarasamy, Pratim D Gupta, Q, Raja Sen, Rajshree Ojha, Sandeep Mohan, Sudhish Kamath, Suparn Verma

Written by:

Abhinav Shiv Tiwari, Anu Menon, Hemant Gaba, Pratim D Gupta, Q, Raja Sen, Rajshree Ojha, Sandeep Mohan, Sudhish Kamath, Suparn Verma and Thiagarajan Kumararaj

Directors of Photography:

Anuj Dhawan, Aseem Bajaj, Dinesh Krishnan, Gairik Sarkar, Katyayani Mudholkar, Maeve O Connell, Q, Ravi K Chandran, Sandeep Mohan, Siddhartha Nuni, Sidharth Kay and Viraj Singh Gohil

Edited by:

Sreekar Prasad, Vijay Prabakaran, Vijay Venkataramanan, Biplab Goswami, Gairik Sarkar, Dhritiman Das, Shreyas Beltangdy, Ankit Srivastava, Ninaad Khanolkar.

Post Production Management & Grading:

Siddharth Meer

Sound Mix:

Gita Gurappa

Lyrics:

Pratyush Prakash & Raja Sen

Music:

Sudeep Swaroop

Additional Screenplay:

Thiagarajan Kumararaja

Executive Producers:

Shiladitya Bora & Sudhish Kamath

Produced by:

Manish Mundra

#fame launches the Mumbai edition #famestars Live

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~A ground meet up to evangelize the power of Live Video~

After the success of the Delhi edition of #famestarsLive, #fame- India’s No. 1 Live Video entertainment app launched its Mumbai edition.  The first meet-up held in Delhi spoke about how live videos are the next big platform in the digital medium. The Mumbai edition highlighted the growing power of LIVE video and how celebs & influencers are using LIVE video streaming to build their brands.

The interactive session had three panelists – Indian film and stage actress Radhika Apte, the internet star Gaurav Gera aka Chutki and the popular RJ from Fever 104, Ruchi along with 60 leading influencers across various verticals of the social media fraternity. The event was hosted by Ankit Vengurlekar, VP – Content, #fame.

While addressing the session, Saket Saurabh, CEO, #fame said, “We believe that live video is a huge inflection point for the digital space and as pioneers of this in India, we are committed to evangelising its power across stakeholders. #famestarsLive is a great platform for influencers to share their learnings and experiences.”

Highlighting the power of Live Video, panelist Radhika Apte said, “I remember while we were promoting ‘#Ahalya’ and it went viral on the social media. It was bizarre, my phone didn’t stop ringing. At that time I realised how powerful the digital medium is and how vast and expansive it could get. And today, there are so many ways to build your brand on the internet and interactivity in real time is the biggest advantage.”

Sharing his success mantra, Gaurav Gera who took the internet by a storm added, “I guess one should do what they like to do and what they believe in, like how I chose my forte, comedy. Hence, don’t try to ape someone and figure out who you are and go ahead with it.”

#famestar and RJ, Ruchi Gangrade said, “I believe there is a great amount of similarity between radio & #fame, they both are LIVE media platforms.  However, the only difference is that #fame facilitates real time response and interaction with the talent which serves as an add-on for the audience.”

With over one million downloads, over 21,000 unique Performers and more than 46,000+ live sessions of programming, #fame has emerged as India’s No.1 live video entertainment app.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal watches Kaun Kitney Paani Mein

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Kaun Kitney Paani Mein deals with the most critical challenge faced by the 21st Century – WATER!,  directed by Nila Madhab Panda, Funded by One Drop Foundation, Montreal and Produced by Eleeanora Images and One Drop Foundation,  is slated for 28th August 2015 release.

The Film stars Kunal Kapoor, Radhika Apte, Gulshan Grover and Saurabh Shukla.

Other Credits includes, Music on: Zee Music, Lab : film lab, Executive Producer: Bidhu Bhushan Panda (Biju), Director of Photography: Subharnsu Das, Story: Nila Madhab Panda, Deepak Venkateshan, Screenplay: Deepak Venkateshan, Dialogue: Rahul Singh, Chief Asst. Director: Anuj Tyagi, Associate Director: Santosh Kumar, Creative producer: Supratik Roy, Editor: Deepika Kalra Biren Jyoti Mohanty, Production Designer: Tariq Umar Khan, Sync sound & Sound designer: Sameer Patra, Sound engineer: Bobby John, Mixing Engineer: Saneel PK, Lyrics: Protiqe Mojoomdar, Shubhi khanna, Music:Krishna Beura – (Rangobati – Rangobati), Style bhai – shubhi,Bishakh- Kanish – (Chala Murari), Costume Designer: Barnali Rath, Animation: Philm CGI, VFX : Avilash Nanda and Shelly Sharma, Background Score: Mangesh Dhakde, Choreography: Arvind Thakur, Action :Heera singh Atwal, Visual promotions : Chin2 sing (chin up films).