Four Women (India) 2012


Nallu_Pennungal
AKA: – Naalu Pennungal
Country: India
Year: – 2007
Language: Malayalam
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama, Romance
Duration: – 1 hour 42 minutes
Director: – Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Cast: – Padmapriya, Geethu Mohandas, Manju Pillai, Nandita Das, Kavya Madhavan, K.P.A.C Lalitha, Sreejith Ravi
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Naalu Pennungal (Four Women) is a critically acclaimed Malayalam film produced and directed by Indian Master Director Adoor Gopalakrishnan based on four short stories. written by famous Malayalam writer Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai. It is the story of four women from Kuttanad in Alappuzha district in Kerala. The stories are set in the years between 1940s to the 1960s. The movie chronicles a journey of womanhood across assorted backdrops with a classic amalgamation of source matters and techniques that splendidly spans times and frames. The movie has four distinct parts – Story of an illegal affair, The Virgin, Chinnu Amma, Always a Virgin – each adapted from separate short stories. Each of the parts narrates the stories of women from different strata of the society- The prostitute, The Virgin, The housewife & The Spinster. Though the stories are not explicitly connected in narration, a pattern emerges in the flow of the movie – both in the chronological setting and the stature of the women.The film was premiered in the masters section of the Toronto International Film Festival in September, 2007. The film has so far been screened at more than twenty festivals. Adoor Gopalakrishnan won the National Film Award for Best Direction for the film.

Autobiography [India] 2010


AKA: – Aathmakatha
Country: – India
Year: – 2010
Genera: – Drama
Runtime: – 2 hours 14 minutes
Language: – Malayalam
Director: - Premlal
Cast:-  Sreenivasan, Sharbani Mukherjee,Shafna, Jagathy Sreekumar, Bindu Panicker
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The film is about a blind man with a never-say-die attitude. A character-driven story that depends on the actors to deliver rather than technical gimmickry.
Kochubaby , lives in a village and works at a candle making unit run by the church. It is established very swiftly that he is physically self-reliant with innate power to fight the odds. He keeps his life colourful by keeping alive the memory of what he had seen in his childhood before going completely blind at the age of thirteen.
The story goes that his father abandoned him just before he went completely blind. He was raised single handedly by his mother who ingrained in him a sense of calculation that is essential for any blind person to survive. He had lived doing odd jobs before meeting a priest who offers him a permanent job. He becomes an expert candle maker in no time and thereby the favourite of other disabled members of the unit.
Enters Mary, a blind girl from an orphanage who want to learn the craft of candle making. After a brief romance the two get married and are very soon blessed with a baby girl. Just before intermission tragedy strikes
This warm hearted movie is all about the positivism in the life and touches the heart of the viewers like a sweet breeze.

FRIEND OF THE WHITE DOVE (India) 2011


AKA:- Vellaripravinte Changathi
Country: India
Year:- 2011
Language: Malayalam
Genre: Romance, Drama, Musical
Duration:- 2 hour 27 minutes
Director: Akku Akbar
Cast:- Dileep, Kavya Madhavan, Indrajith, Manukoya, Sai Kumar, Vijayaraghavan,  Maniyanpilla Raju
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Director Akku Akbar’s Vellaripravinte Changathi is about a cinema-within-cinema. There are visuals of an old film, which was shot in the 1970’s and then, the story investigates what happened to the characters later on. You have to admire the honesty with which the film has been made.
Manikkunju gets a job in the famous Gemini film lab & is posted in the ‘ghost house’, a place where unclaimed or unreleased films are stored. Soon after, he finds a film can where the reels of an unfinished 1970’s film titled “Vellaripravinte Changathi” that never got released, at some corner of the store room.
Now we watch the whole film along with Manikkunju and a few others, inside a preview theatre. The film he watches is the sepia-tinted inter-religious love story typical of the seventies, where two neighbours, Ravi and Sulekha, who have grown up together, realise they are in love when they become young adults. The third angle in the story is Basheer who is Sulekha’s elder brother and considers Ravi to be his best friend.The film had two newcomers in the lead- Shajahan, who played Ravi and Mary Varghese, who played Sulekha.The reel of the old film breaks around the interval point. Post-interval we come to know that the path-breaking film that never saw the light of day was directed by Manikunju’s father Augustine Joseph, who had committed suicide due to financial difficulties.
It is soon told that the lead pair was having a torrid romance, during the shooting of the film. Once the preview is over, the attention shifts to the question of what happened to the love birds after the shooting. Manikunju’s investigation starts from here..
The cinematographers, Vipin Mohan and Sameer Haq, have done a good job. Music director Mohan Sithara’s tunes are superb and the music takes the viewer to those years, in a highly effective way.

“MOKSHA” – Salvation (India) 2001


AKA:- MOKSHA
Country: India
Year:- 2001
Language: Hindi
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Musical
Duration:- 2 hour 26 minutes
Director: Ashok Mehta
Cast:- Arjun Rampal, Manisha Koirala, Suresh Oberoi,  Kalpana Pandit, Nasiruddin Shah, Paresh Rawal
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In Indian religions moksha (salvation) is the final extrication of the soul or consciousness (purusha) from samsara (physical world) and the bringing to an end of all the suffering involved in being subject to the cycle of repeated death and rebirth (reincarnation)
Ace cinematographer Ashok Mehta’s directorial debut “Moksha” is a sensible film about an idealist who turns out to be a misfit in the established order of the contemporary society.
Moksha is the story of a young and ambitious law graduate Vikram Sehgal whose intellect and ‘will to do something extraordinary’ sets him apart from the rest average lot. Vikram soon realizes that he is a misfit in the society in which corruption was the order of the day and only debauched and venal ones ruled the roost.
An unfazed Vikram takes the tough decision to go against the stream. He is convinced of the shortcomings of the judicial system. So rather than taking the conventional course of practicing law in the court he wants to bring about justice to people in his own unique way.
Girlfriend Ritika understands Vikram well and stand shoulder to shoulder with him through all the rough and tumble.
Hardly had Vikram begun to form a new institution (different from the established ones) where the true justice would be imparted he finds himself in strange quandary. He is forced to don the black gown and enter the portals of the same court he vowed not to enter. Reason? His first and last case. And strangely he has to fight it in defense of himself!
“Moksha” is a gripping thriller that on one hand brings to light the sorry state of affairs of society and on the other it makes a blunt statement about the venal lawyers and corrupt politicians.

The Golden Fortress (India) 1974


AKA:- Sonar Kella
Country: India
Year:- 1974
Language: Bengali
Genre: Adventure, Thriller, Drama
Duration:- 2 hour 16 minutes
Director: Satyajit Ray
Cast:- Soumitra Chatterjee, Santosh Dutta, Siddhartha Chatterjee, Kusal Chakravarty
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Mukul is a young boy who is said to be able to remember events of his previous life. He stays up late into the night and draws sketches that he claims are of battles he had seen. His father decides to take him to Dr. Hajra, a parapsychologist, for treatment. After listening to his descriptions of deserts and peacocks, Dr. Hajra guesses that the place Mukul describes might be in the deserts of Rajasthan, a state in western India. Mukul also mentions that he lived in the Golden Fortress (Sonar kella), though he can’t explain what this means, and that their house had lots of gems. Dr. Hajra decides to take Mukul on a trip to Rajasthan hoping this may shed deeper light into such parapsychological phenomenon, as well as help cure the young boy.A newspaper report on Mukul and an interview with Dr. Hajra alerts two men by the names of Amiyanath Burman and Mandar Bose, the villains in the story.They interpret his mention of gems as a hidden treasure and plan to kidnap Mukul in hope of getting their hands on it.
The adventure begins…
This movie is one of the most popular, acclaimed and iconic movie in the history of Bengali cinema, directed by the master director Satyajit Ray.

Apu Trilogy (India) 1955 – 1959


1)    Pather Panchali (1955)
AKA: Song of the Little Road
Duration: 2 hours 6 minutes
2)    Aparajito (1957)
AKA: The Unvanquished
Duration: 1 hour 56 minutes
3)    Apur Sansar (1959)
AKA: The World of Apu
Duration: 1 hour 54 minutes
Country: India
Language: Bengali
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director: Satyajit Ray
Cast:- Kanu Bannerjee, Karuna Bannerjee, Subir Bannerjee, Uma Das Gupta, Pinaki Sengupta, Smaran Ghosal, Santi Gupta, Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Alok Chakravarty, Ramani Sengupta
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Satyajit Ray was an Indian Bengali filmmaker who is regarded as one of the greatest auteurs of 20th century cinema. This great director is a cultural icon in India. He won lot of national & international film festival awards including Cannes, Venice, Berlin, San Francisco and also an Oscar award.The Apu Trilogy is a trilogy consisting of three Bengali films directed by Satyajit Ray: Pather Panchali, Aparajito and Apur Sansar. The films were based on two Bengali novels written by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay: Pather Panchali (1929) and Aparajito (1932). The original music for the trilogy was composed by Pandit Ravi Shankar.
Produced on a shoestring budget of Rs. 1.5 lakh ($3000) using an amateur cast and crew, the trilogy was a milestone in Indian cinema and remains one of the finest examples of Parallel Cinema. The three films went on to win many national and international awards, including three National Film Awards and seven awards from the Cannes, Berlin and Venice Film Festivals. They are today frequently listed among the greatest films of all time and considered one of the greatest film trilogies ever made.
The films are a “coming of age” narrative in the vein of a bildungsroman, describing the childhood, education, early maturity, Romance and family life of a young Bengali named Apurba Kumar Roy (Apu) in the early part of the 20th century.