Feature Films in Competition

Posted on Sep - 28 - 2010

1. Life Goes On

(English/ 2009/122 mins)

Story/Script/Screenplay/Director: Sangeeta Datta

Producer: S D Films LLP

Cinematography: Robert Shacklady

Category: Feature Film

Country: UK

Editor: Arghakamal Mitra

Music: Soumik Datta

Cast: Sharmila Tagore, Girish Karnard, Om Puri, Soha Ali Kha, Rez Kempton, Neerja Naik, Mukulika Banerjee

Life Goes On is the debut feature film of Sangeeta Datta, produced by her production company Stormglass Productions. The film explores the relations between a grief stricken father and his three daughters. With his wife, Manju’s (Sharmila Tagore) sudden death, Sanjay (Girish Karnad) confronts his daughters at close proximity. The drama unfolds over six days from the day when Manju dies to the day of the funeral. Haunted by memories, Sanjay is forced to face his unspoken prejudice about Muslims, stemming from his childhood trauma over the partition of India. At the funeral he has come to terms with himself and also with the new world that his daughters belong to.

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2. Blind Ambition

(English/2008/98 mins)

Producer/Director: Bala Rajsekharuni

Writer: Alpesh Patel

Cinematographer:  Sunny Behar and Silvio Santini

Country: USA

Category: Feature Film

Editor: Omi Vaidya

Cast: Patrick Deluca, Catherine Wilshire, Steve Nave, Greg Wright

The film is about a blind girl, who is obsessed about participating in the marathon despite of her physical disability. However, her father is not keen to send her to the race. With support from her brother, she is able to reach her goals.

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3. Bombay Summer

(Hindi/2008)

Director/Writer: Joseph Mathew

Producer: Sanjay Bhattacharjee and Joseph Mathew

Cinematographer: Amol Rathod

Category: Feature Film

Country: India

Editor: Pallavi Singhal

Music: Mathias Duplessy

Cast: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Samrat Chakrabarty, Jatin Goswami, Gaurav Dwivedi, Ratna Hegde, Shilpi Arora

The film talks about the delicate friendship between three young people and its eventual breakdown in the face of betrayal and personal loss. At the center of the story is Geeta, a young woman who leads a full life and a busy career. She is also adept at balancing the conflicting needs of family and life in modern India. Keeping contemporary India as backdrop, the film subtly mirrors the turmoil within tradition bound Indian society as it copes with change and rapid modernization. Geeta in the middle of an affair with Jaidev, a struggling writer who is slowly coming to grips with his own life. Their lives take a dramatic turn when they befriend a young migrant to the city. Madan is a commercial artist. But lately, work is hard to come by and he undertakes various illegal ventures to make ends meet. Even though they come from very different backgrounds, the three bond as friends.

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4. Aakhri Decision

(Hindi/2009/105 mins)

Director: Deepak Kumar Bandhu

Producer:  A. Singh

Category: Feature Film

Cinematographer: Andrew Strahorn (Hollywood)

Country: USA

Editor: Raj Surve

Music: Hanif Shaikh and Bappi-Tutul

Cast: Amar Sidhu, Sumona Chakravarti, Anant Jog, Navani Parihar, Rio Kapadia, Mushtaque Khan, Kamlesh Sawant, Ghanshyam

The film revolves around the central character Arjun (Amar Sindhu) who becomes a contract killer and works for Victor (Nagesh Bhosle). He falls in love with Mansi (Sumona Chakravarti). Finding it hard to come to terms with his professional and love life, Arjun requests the Victor to free him who compels him to take the last assignment when Arjun discovers that he is to become a father. The life unfolds itself in strange ways. As Arjun comes to know that he is going to beget a son…he also comes to know that he is killer of the son for whom he has been sent in. The realization of a life sprouting out of his seeds turns Arjun’s life topsy-turvy. Life knocks on his door and gives a wake-up call. And when life wakes you up, a drop of breezy-drizzle is enough to douse the storms of death. Arjun has to take a decision. He has taken many during his career. Once again he has to take one. He rebels against the dread…he rebels for Manasi…for his love…for the love for the life…against death…he takes his AAKHRI DECISION.

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5. Waiting For You

(English/73 mins)

Director – Shyam S.R. Upadhyay

Writers -Michael Heath ,Varsha Upadhyay

Category: Feature Film

Director of Photography  – Stephen Latty

Country: New Zealand

Editor – Arunabha Mukherjee

Music – Aaddil Behram, M. Prashant & George

This film is a gentle, warm love story between an elderly, childless Indian couple who have lived in New Zealand for most of their life, and what happens when the wife is admitted to the hospital with a heart problem, and her husband has to deal with the realisation that he is going to lose her soon. The past and the present are interwoven into the narrative, as the husband has to cope with an increasing loneliness, as he deals with daily visits to the hospital and returning home to an empty house. In his remembrance of times past, he revisits his homeland of Rajasthan through books in the local library, and starts wandering through the empty, silent city streets, and into a large park in the rain, deep inside his troubled mind. He forms a friendship with a young New Zealand girl, who has a baby, and this simple uncomplicated relationship makes him happy for a time. Family friends try to intervene, but he gradually finds it more and more difficult as his wife’s condition deteriorates, and he resents their intrusion into his personal life, and rejects any help from them.  He now knows that he is going to lose his wife, and in their last time together in the hospital, she tells him not to worry about her, and that they will live forever.

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6. The Faces (Chehere)

(Hindi/2009/115 mins)

Story, Screenplay & Direction:  Rohit Kaushik

Producers:  Inderjeetsingh Dhalvi & Asish Patel

Music : Jaideep Chowdhry

Country: UK/India

Category: Feature Film

Cast: Manisha Koirala, Divya Dutta, Hrishita Bhatt, Jackie Shroff, Gulshan Grover, Aryan Babbar

The film moves constantly from the early 1950s to 1930s capturing the time the look the period, set against a film background. The past comes alive in black and white. Moments of film shoots, decadence, love, desperation, joy and passion mould the film to a terrific visual and gripping experience.

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7. Shapes of Happiness

(French/2008)

Director: Stephane Bellerose

Country: Mauritius

The film is divided into three parts. It narrates the tale of a young boy who finds a coin and starts believing that everything can be earned out of a  toss a coin. But as he grows he is exposed to the harsh realities of life and gradually realizes that life is not a toss or gamble but a hard reality shaped by destiny.

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8. The President is coming

(English/2009/86 mins)

Director:  Kunaal Roy Kapur

Producer: Rohan Sippy

Cinematographer: Keshav Prakash

Category: Feature Film

Country: India

Written by Anuvab Pal

Editor: Jabeen Merchant

Cast: Konkona Sen Sharma, Shernaz Patel, Shivani Tanksale, Namit Das, Vivek Gomber, Satchit Puranik, Ira Dubey

A bunch of youngsters is keen to shake hands with the US President George Bush on his arrival in India in 2006 and  the US consulate has been allocated the task of finding an Indian who represents the youth of India to shake hands with the President. The film pours light on the social issues like male chauvinism and brain drain. Six short-listed candidates are put through their paces by a PR agency run by the characters played by Shernaz-Shivani: a Bengali novelist who is passionate about tribal matters, Maya Roy (Konkona); Archana Kapoor (Ira Dubey) the self-obsessed daughter of a billionaire; Rohit Seth (Vivek Gomber) an accent trainer at a call centre who was deported from the US for being an illegal immigrant;  Ajay Karlekar (Satchit Puranik), a fundamentalist under the garb of a social worker. As the six protagonists compete with each other through some ridiculous rounds, the humour unveils though their idiosyncrasies and individualistic outlook.

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9. Land Gold Women

(English/2009/98 mins)

Director/Writer: Avantika Hari

Producer: Vivek Agrawal

Category: Feature Film

Cinematographer: David Rom

Editor: Shyam K. Salgonkar

Music: Amar Mohile

Cast: Christopher Villiers, Hassani Shapi, Narinder Samra, Terry Pearson, Aaron Virdee, Laila Vakil

An Indian Muslim family lives in Birmingham, England. The 17-year-old daughter Saira (Neelam Parmar) has been brought up in a liberal atmosphere as her father Nazir (Narindra Samra) is a highly educated university professor and on the surface is a liberal. Saira is an intelligent girl planning to go to college, and she has an English boyfriend named David (Richard Kelly) whom she has kept secret from her family although they are serious about each other. Her father has encouraged her studies, and they share a close bond, but she knows that he will disapprove of her relationship with a White boy. The situation is brought to a head—and a tragic conclusion—when Nazir’s more conservative elder brother Riyaaz (Hassani Shapi) arrives from India with a marriage proposal for Saira.

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10. Kaler Rakhal

(Bengali/2009/142 mins)

Script and Direction : Sekhar Das

Cinematography: P B Chaki

Edit :Rabi Ranjan Moitra

Music ; Indradip Dasgupta

Cast: Nandana Sen, Parambrata Chattopadhyay,Rudranil Ghosh, Soumitra Chatterjee, Roopa Ganguly, Chandreyee Ghosh, Debesh Roychaudhury, Usasi Chakraborty,Saheb Chatterjee,and others

An expatriate couple returns to rural India to make a documentary film on folk theatre. Raw beauty of the nature and the innocence of the people captured their imagination, but they soon become embroiled in the unlikely yet frighteningly real dirty power politics and the innocence of folk art. Central to the story is the poor artiste who is callously used by the local power brokers for their own ends, supported by corrupt connections with the local police. Notions of principle and morality are redefined by personal interest and ambition, while trust is obscured by the urge for self-protection. The traditional culture remains unaffected, kept safe within the bounds of tradition, but the criminality of ambitious men extends from petty corruption to rape and murder. The film ends in ambivalent tragedy with the weak suffering for the nefarious interests of the strong.

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