By Aryeman Raj
What’s it all about?
A bachelorette set to destroy romcoms, India is all set to get its first all-out female buddy film, Angry Indian Goddesses. Helming the project is the internationally-acclaimed filmmaker Pan Nalin, who is best known for his award-winning documentaries and the Indie film Samsara.
Angry Indian Goddesses that marks Nalin’s debut in mainstream Bollywood, boasts of an impressive line-up including Sandhya Mridul, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Sarah-Jane Dias, Anushka Manchanda, Amrit Maghera, Rajshri Deshpande, Pavleen Gujral and is being produced by Gaurav Dhingra, who has earlier co-produced Peddlers among many other noted films.
Jungle Book Entertainment, co-founded by Nalin and Gaurav, with a strong slate of international films, is now entering the mainstream Bollywood space with AIG.
Pan Nilan’s direction and story-telling style is SUPERFLUOUS. There’s never a moment of boredom. You will love every scene which has been creatively shot.
Sandhya Mridul, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Sarah-Jane Dias, Anushka Manchanda, Amrit Maghera, Rajshri Deshpande, Pavleen Gujral have been perfectly cast.
Each one has their wow moments which makes them shine with their histrionics.
Mind-blowing. It touches various aspects of the problems which the woman of today faces. Instant acceptable solutions are provided which make it more interesting.
The film business will pick up with word-of-mouth. The female audiences will throng the multiplexes.
Reviewed by ARYEMAN RAJ
What’s it about?
It is the ironic journey of Gour Hari Das. As a young boy and a part of the ‘Vanar Sena’ in Balasore, Orissa, he fought the British. In the later years of his life, when his son refuses to accept that he was a freedom fighter, Gour Hari Das obsessively pursues the Tamra Patra (freedom fighter’s certificate) for 32 years to prove his point.
While most actors like Vinay Pathak and Konkona Sen Sharma have played roles beyond their age, they have consistently stood out with their performances. The body language they have exuded in their portrayals is commendable. Pathak is restrained in his demeanour and does full justice to his role. Konkona doesn’t have stealing moments yet adds the slight limp to lend value to her role. One expected some wow moments from her role but somehow the character is just a caricature in the film.
Ranvir Shorey as the journalist and protagonist who supports Gour Hari to fight his battle has different shades which he pulls off with ease. Tannishtha Chatterjee supports the cast superfluously.
What is commendable is the ensemble cast who have agreed to do small roles since the characters lend some value to the story flow .
Screenplay and dialogues:
Truly commendable in the narrative, C P Surendran has chosen just the right scenes from reality to give a smooth and uninterrupted flow to the film. The dialogues are a stand-out, almost piercing like a pin and driving the country’s current status bang on.
It requires guts for a director to make a film on such a subject. More so, the producers deserve a pat on their backs for producing such a venture which could win them critical acclaim at film festivals and not rake the moolah at the box-office.
Anant Narayan Mahadevan has ably controlled the entire film with the right packaging. The production values are good, the sound design done by
Resul Pookutty leaves its mark in some scenes. The shot taking has some brilliant moments.
Anant has ensured that he has a subtle product on hand without glorifying the filmi touches or jerks which promote an inspiring film. He has done a brilliant job and handled the story with kids gloves.
This film could win some awards and garner critical acclaim.
The film will suffer stiff competition from commercial films being released this week. However, classes who appreciate intelligent cinema will definitely watch it. Overall box-office collections could be low but may pick up in the coming weeks like Masaan did.
Star cast – Vinay Pathak, Konkona Sen Sharma, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Ranvir Shorey, Rajit Kapur, Murli Sharma, Asrani, Siddharth Jadhav, Neena Kulkarni, Bharat Dabholkar, Vinay Apte and Vikram Gokhale
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 : – ULTRA & SushilKumar Agrawal proudly
celebrated and unveiled the DVD of I AM KALAM, an Iconic film,
directed by Nila Madhab Panda, starring Harsh Mayar (National Award
Winner), Gulshan Grover, Hussan Saad, Pitobash, Beatrice Ordeix,
produced by development organization, SMILE FOUNDATION at Hotel Sea
Princess, Juhu, Mumbai.
Ms. Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar, Gulshan Grover spoke on the ‘Spirit’
behind the making of the film and officially released the DVD of I AM
KALAM’. Also Puja Batra, Pitobash, Pravin Dabbas, Tannishtha
Chatterjee were the guests of the evening.
I AM KALAM is cinema that inspires, combining education and awareness
on complex and sensitive topics, with the entertaining aspect,
representing cinema that elevates society. I Am Kalam is the Triumph
of the Human Spirit with the core message that ‘Har Chottu’ ban sakta
hain ‘Kalam’. ‘I AM KALAM’ starts with an inspiring line of APJ Abdul
Kalam ‘Great Dreams of great dreamers are always transcendent’ and
Destiny can be changed by Action. I AM KALAM has already won 18
International and National Awards, the highest for any films in a
year, so far. The film has also been nominated for the first
prestigious award of this year SCREEN AWARD 2012, for the Best Child
Actor, Most Promising Director and the Best Story category.
I AM KALAM has also become a movement based on child labour and their
Right to Education. Director Nila Madhab Panda has been acknowledged
as one of the most sensitive and promising director to debut in
Bollywood with this path breaking film. His next mainstream commercial
film THE DESSERT MERMAID is being considered as another classic in
the making is being produced by ULTRA, the Rs-3-billion film
production, distribution and Restoration Company headquartered in
Mumbai. ULTRA, has also picked up the worldwide Satellite, Video and
other digital rights including the international distribution rights
of “I Am Kalam”
“After watching ‘I Am Kalam’, I was fascinated about the film, message
and the director’s vision and immediately picked up all the rights of
I AM KALAM. ULTRA is proud to be associated with this film which
inspires and elevates society. And when the Director, Mr. Panda,
narrated me the story of his next mainstream film ‘The Dessert
Mermaid’, I was very much confident of his vision and thought that
this is the best opportunity to be socially active through mainstream
cinema since it is a subject told in an adventure thriller format that
has immense market potential both in domestic and international
markets says Ultra group CEO Sushil Kumar Agrawal.
I AM KALAM has become a movement with the efforts of development
organization, SMILE FOUNDATION and has reached out to 1000 Schools and
200 corporate to make a movement out of this film. The reach with this
movement: – 10,00,000 children directly and will be able to sensitize
approx 30,00,000 (Thirty Lakhs) Population indirectly through this.
The Campaign was supported by Smile Foundation’s CFC (Child for
Child) Programme Team of 50 members. Bollywood’s most promising and
sensitive director Nila Madhab Panda shares his views on the spirit
and making of I AM KALAM “ I come from a backward village in the
Western part of Odisha state (infamous for the drought prone
Kalahandi-Bolangir-Koraput region), where there are no proper schools,
no proper roads, and no development. The only thing available there
for me without begging, without any cost, was “dreams”. These were not
dreams which I had while sleeping, these were dreams which never made
me sleep till I achieved them. I had seen those dreams and made my
dream come true with true effort and education. And since I strongly
believe in education as a route to success in life, I thought of
making this film to celebrate childhood and dreams.
As Dr. Kalam says, “As a child you never failed to follow your dreams.
Why change it now? You are what you dream of”. I believe in that, and
constantly remind myself that “I am Nila Madhab Panda and I dare to
dream”. I changed my destiny by putting hard effort. You can also do
I am a true believer of “Independent cinema” and independent
storytelling. I truly believe cinema is the reflection of the society.
As a child, the biggest entertainment is when you hear a story from
your grandmother or parents. The treatment of “I am Kalam” is simply
like that – it is told like the way our grandmothers used to tell
stories to us. It’s a simple narration.
Quite a few of these awards have been audience choice awards. So, one
cannot dub it art house cinema in that sense. The film has a great
story, and uniqueness in narrating a dark prince-and-pauper story like
a peppy, musical, colourful, entertaining film full of drama. It’s a
true entertaining children’s film for the universal audience, which
has been entertaining people in the 5-100-year age group in countries
as diverse as Taiwan, Poland, Canada and Korea”
Major Celebrities from Bollywood graced the DVD launch of this iconic
film and supported the movement based on Child labour and the Right to