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Cinematographer in focus: Pooja Gupte

By Priya Bhattacharji

Trained in commercial arts, Pooja Gupte has alternated between the world of commercials and independent shorts, documentaries, and features.

Here, Pooja speaks of the demands of her job – the artistry, the technicalities, and team-work. From the well-thought-out composition of visuals to the intuitive composition of team dynamics, Pooja zooms in and tracks her world behind the camera. She recounts her fascinating career that started off as an assistant cinematographer, and has spanned from a cinematographer for National-award-winning film Crossing Bridges to Director of Photography in Netflix’s latest production, Brij Mohan Amar Rahe. Continue reading Cinematographer in focus: Pooja Gupte

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The unhurried genius of G Aravindan (Nasrin Munni Kabir)

Ahead of an event to mark the Malayalam master’s 25th death anniversary and 80th birth year in March, memories of the ‘Chidambaram’ shoot with actress Smita Patil.

I met Govindan Aravindan through Satti Khanna, a common friend, 36 years ago in Bangalore. Aravindan exuded a rare and intense tranquillity,  although he spoke so little and so softly that sometimes you did not even catch the few words he did say. An observant man who could read your thoughts and feelings, but did not let on that he had. It is not a surprise that the power of his films is in his images and not in the words – in what he did not say rather than said. Continue reading The unhurried genius of G Aravindan (Nasrin Munni Kabir)

Interview with Wai Lun Kwok. Participant at Imagineindia 2018

Interview done by Imagineindia at Warsaw Film Festival 2017

Yesterday it took place the screening of your film in this festival with subsequent Q&A. How can you rate the experience?

Basically, it was fine. I’d like audience to have talked more about the film (not about its production and political obstacles), but in the beginning the audience hadn’t been very talkative, not very eager. Continue reading Interview with Wai Lun Kwok. Participant at Imagineindia 2018

Interview with Reema Sengupta

Interview done by Women Making Films

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“Representing your country is both exhilarating and nerve-racking” – Reema Sengupta on the Sundance 2018 premier of her film Counterfeit Kunkoo”

Reema Sengupta, a name that is going to make a tumultuous entry in the feature-length Indian independent scene very soon, has made a fabulous one with her short fiction ‘Counterfeit Kunkoo’ already. The wearer of many hats, Reema is a writer, director, and an editor, has done some stellar work via the advertising agency that she founded called CATNIP. Reema is known for her documentaries, stop-motion animations, interactive video installations, and fiction films that she has made and worked in across India, UK, South Korea, & the US. Continue reading Interview with Reema Sengupta

Interview to Lena Khan (The Tiger Hunter)

How do you make a feature film without Hollywood connections? According to filmmaker Lena Khan, the answer is serious hustle. She began with a Kickstarter campaign where she rallied the South Asian and Muslim communities to which she belongs, to write, direct, and produce The Tiger Hunter. The film, starring Danny Pudi and Jon Heder, follows an Muslim-Indian immigrant on his journey to discover where he fits in 1970s America. Continue reading Interview to Lena Khan (The Tiger Hunter)

Interview with Estelle Artus, participant at official section 2017

Estelle Artus will be participating at Imagineindia 2017 Official Section with her film “According to her”.

Here is a short interview extracted from a larger one done by Danielle Winston of Agnes Films, organization supporter of women and feminist filmmakers.

According to her is a female-driven drama about a woman who chooses to leave her successful career as a concert pianist to raise her newborn son instead of hiring a nanny. Various points of view are covered in the film, which gets the audience thinking about who we should trust. Tell us what drew you to this particular subject for your first feature film. What motivated you to tell Veronica’s story? Continue reading Interview with Estelle Artus, participant at official section 2017

Homage to Suchitra Sen at Imagineindia 2016

FILMES  SELECTED :

SAAT PAKE BANDHA  (Ajoy Kar)                                                                             SAPTAPADI   (Ajoy Kar)                                                                                                 UTTAR FALGUNI  (Asit Sen)                                                                                       MUSAFIR  (Hrishikesh Mukherjee)

For the first time in Europe Imagineindia 2016 will hold a retrospective of the bengali actress Suchitra Sen paying this way homage to this great actress.

Suchitra Sen was an Indian film actress who worked in Bengali and Hindi cinema. The movies in which she was paired opposite Uttam Kumar became classics in the history of Bengali Cinema.

Suchitra Sen was the first Bengali actress to receive an award at an international film festival when, at the 1963 Moscow International Film Festival, she won the Silver Prize for Best Actress for Saat Paake Bandha. In 1972, she was awarded the Padma Shri, one of the highest civilian awards in India. From 1979 on, she retreated from public life and shunned all forms of public contact; for this she is often compared to Greta Garbo. In 2005, she refused the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest cinematic award in India, to stay out of the public eye. In 2012, she was conferred the West Bengal Government’s highest honour: Banga Bibhushan.

Continue reading Homage to Suchitra Sen at Imagineindia 2016