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.
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.
India-born and UK-based producer, director and author Nasreen Munni Kabir shared stories about her long and eventful career promoting Indian cinema with fellow British Indian author Shrabani Basu as part of Manch UK’s Cinemawallahs series recently.
‘Mughal-e-Azam’, one of Indian cinema’s most iconic films, marks its 60th anniversary on August 5 with the film’s screenplay granted the special privilege of being admitted to the Oscars library in Hollywood.