Republik of Musik in association with Beyond Music & White Billionaire Records is all set with ‘Zaroorat’, a campaign for hope in the form of a song to be released across all streaming platforms on October 1.
The Tamil film ‘Ponmagal Vandhal’ (with English subtitles) hit the headlines earlier in the year as one of the first South Indian films to go for a straight-to-digital premiere, bypassing cinemas altogether. And, with the Covid-19 pandemic transforming cinema-watching habits the world over, it is in no way an anomaly as scores of Indian films search for new homes across various over-the-top (OTT) platforms – including Amazon Prime where this courtroom thriller finally landed.
At a time when India’s Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) is actively investigating a drugs nexus in Bollywood, actor Raveena Tandon welcomed a “clean up” of the industry as it would help future generations.
National Award-winning actress Vidya Balan has played some of the most iconic roles over her 15 years in the Indian film industry. It is no surprise then that the Bollywood actress was writer-director Anu Menon’s first choice to play India’s mathematical genius – Shakuntala Devi, fondly known as the Human Computer for her mathematical prowess.
What would a man do when he is informed about the sudden demise of his young daughter? As his world comes crashing down, the loving father is troubled with a barrage of questions that his intellect can't answer about his daughter's untimely demise.
So far, the year 2020 has been the year for escaping into art to steer away from the uncertainties of the times for many in the cinema world.
Mathematics and motherhood lie at the heart of this Amazon Prime release, a biopic on the life of India’s Guinness World Record winning genius played by the immensely versatile Vidya Balan. The gaze is quite specific as the film is viewed through the lens of the daughter of the world-famous personality, portrayed on screen by Sanya Malhotra.
Bollywood star Boman Irani embarked upon a unique endeavour to break down the craft of cinema for brilliant minds of all ages. The multifaceted actor, who is known for his path-breaking performances in box-office hits such as ‘3 Idiots’ and ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’, got drawn to storytelling and devised “Spiral Bound”, a series of screenwriting workshops for eager learners. This new initiative launched during the Covid-19 lockdown hit a milestone this week when it clocked 150 online screenwriting sessions.
An all-women filmmaker line-up of screenings is at the heart of the London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) as it returns to cinemas across the UK capital from September 17 amid a Covid-secure setting.
Avni Doshi’s tale of a relationship, where filial resentment at a mother’s choice of an ashram and a free-love advocating guru over a more hands-on parenting still bubbles even as the mother’s mental faculties fade, has been shortlisted among four debut novels for the prestigious Booker Prize for Fiction 2020.