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Films to Watch in 2020

admin   February 21, 2020

GanguBai kathiawadi (Hindi)
Director: Sanjay leela Bhansali

The latest film from the maker of Bollywood blockbusters marks a a significant change of pace. GangubaiKathiawadi stars Alia Bhatt as a woman who lives life on her own terms. The role spans several decades – the protagonist goes from being the 17-year-old Ganga, a girl from Kathiawad, Gujarat, to become the matriarch of Mumbai’s red-light district and a key figure in the city’s underworld.

Illiralare Allige Hogalare (kannada)
(Confined hither… Can’t go thither)
Director: Girish Kasaravalli

Girish Kasaravalli’s first feature since Koormavatara (2011) is an adaptation of a short story by Kannada writer Jayant Kaikini. The story, written in the early 1990s, revolves around an 11-year-old village boy who is employed by a family in Mumbai to look after their child. The celebrated auteur’s 15th feature probes the rural-urban divide, the dynamics of class and the dilemmas of childhood.

Laal Singh Chaddha (Hindi)
Director: Advait Chandan

Aamir Khan plays the titular role in Laal Singh Chaddha, an official remake of the Tom Hanks hit of a quarter century ago, Forrest Gump. The original screenplay has been reworked for Indian audiences by stage and film actor Atul Kulkarni. The film is helmed by Advait Chandan, who made his debut with Secret Superstar, produced by Aamir. Laal Singh Chaddha, which has Kareena Kapoor and Tamil star Vijay Sethupathi in key roles, follows important events in India’s contemporary history from the standpoint of the simple-minded protagonist.

Chuzhali (Malayalam)
Director: Lijo Jose Pellissery

Even as his Jallikattu premiered in the Toronto International Film Festival in September, Lijo Jose Pellissery, one of Kerala’s most exciting contemporary filmmakers, was shooting his next. The cast of the new film, titled Chuzhali, includes Joju George, Chemban Vinod Jose, Vinay Forrt and DileeshPothan. By the time the crime thriller is ready to travel, the prolific director will probably be in the midst of Disco, to be filmed in Las Vegas.

Aquarium (Bengali)
Director: Aditya Vikram Sengupta

Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s third feature film is an Indo-French-Norwegian co-production shot by Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s cinematographer GokhanTiryaki. The director of Labour of Love and Jonaki has cast Bengali actors Sujan Mukhopadhyay, Sreelekha Mitra and BratyaBasu in the new film. Aquarium hinges on between a temperamentally mismatched married couple whose relationship unravels against the backdrop of a major financial scam that
shook Bengal recently.

Chhalaang (Hindi)
Director: Hansal Mehta

Director Hansal Mehta and actor Rajkummar Rao team up for the fifth time for this social drama about a physical training (PT) teacher in a small school in Haryana who learns the hard way to take his job seriously. Chhalaang, co-produced by Bollywood star Ajay Devgn, is in a markedly lighter zone than the intense films that the director-actor duo has delivered so far – Shahid, City Lights, Aligarh and Omerta.

Kayattam (Malayalam)
Director: Sanal kumar Sasidharan

The first production venture of actress Manju Warrier, Kayattam, Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s sixth feature,has been wrapped up after an eventful shoot in the upper reaches of Himachal Pradesh. The crew of the film, including the director and the actress-producer, were stranded for several days in a remote location due to heavy rain and snowfall. A special rescue operation had to be mounted to get them out of there.Sasidharan’s previous film, Chola, was in the Orrizonti competition in Venice last year.

Angrezi Medium (Hindi)
Director: Homi Adajania

A follow-up to the 2017 social comedy Hindi Medium, Angrezi Medium, directed by Homi Adajania (Being Cyrus, Finding Fanny), features Irrfan Khan in the lead role. The cast of the film includes Kareena Kapoor Khan, Radhika Madan (Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota) and Dimple Kapadia. Scheduled for release in the third week of March, Angrezi Medium is one of the year’s most anticipated films because it is Irrfan’s first outing after his hospitalization.


In China, Aamir Khan’s Secret Superstar Makes History

admin   February 24, 2018

Aamir Khan’s Secret Superstar is well on its way to create history with Chinese box office collection of the Indian musical drama amassing in access of Rs 500 crores in just 10 days of its release in that country, according to reports.

The coming-of-age story of a 14-year-old girl, who aspires to be a singer, struck a chord with the Chinese audiences who have been flocking theatres since the release of the movie on January 19 and has already given big budget Hollywood movies like ‘Star Wars: Last Jedi’ a run for their money, according to Maoyan.com — China’s largest online movie ticketing and fans rating portal.

Comparing the “cultural impact” Amir Khan has had on the Chinese moviegoers with Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, the South China Morning Post says that the Bollywood actor is “on the cusp of overshadowing Tagore’s cultural impact on China” as it goes on to praise the acting and storytelling skills of Khan, who has already charmed his Chinese fans with his movies Dangal, P.K. and 3 Idiots.

Building on the success of Dangal, which managed to secure $194 million in two months from the Chinese market and set a record as one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time in China, Khan’s Secret Superstar surpassed its India collections in just two days of China release and is all set to dethrone Salman blockbuster Tiger Zinda Hai as 2017’s second highest-grossing Hindi film globally.

Dangal was only the 33th film in China’s history to cross RMB one billion and won rare praise from Chinese leaders including President Xi Jinping for its theme. Most of the Chinese schools recommended the movie to parents and students for inspiration.

Chinese citizens loved the simplistic story of a man struggling to train his daughters to be world class wrestlers in Dangal.

Khan has quickly become one of the most followed Indian celebrity on China’s popular online social networking platforms. He created his first ever account on Weibo, a twitter alternative commonly used in China, which gathered over 26,0000 followers in no time.

He has enthralled Chinese cinephiles for his starring role in 3 Idiots. This movie got popularised through pirated mediums and paved the way for Khan’s commercial success in China.

The almost similar family structure and social sensibilities of the two countries have played an important role for the Chinese people to relate with the story of Dangal. The movie introduces the particular dimensions of women’s empowerment and is celebrated for being one of the most progressive movies coming out of the Indian subcontinent.

Directed by Advait Chandan and produced by Khan and his wife Kiran Rao, Secret Superstar has teenage actress Zaira Wasim in the lead role.