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10 July 2013

BFI To Bring Satyajit Ray’s The Big City To Cinema's Across UK.

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On 16 August the BFI brings Satyajit Ray’s The Big City to cinemas across the UK. This richly absorbing tale of family and city life from the master of Bengali cinema is set in mid-50s Calcutta, a society still adjusting to Independence and gripped by social and financial crisis.

The film’s nationwide release will coincide with a two-month complete retrospective of the director’s work at BFI Southbank during August and September.

Subrata Mazumdar (Anil Chatterjee), a young bank clerk struggling to support his entire extended family on a meagre salary, firmly believes that ‘a woman’s place is with her cooking pots’. Unsurprisingly, he experiences conflicting emotions when his wife Arati (Madhabi Mukherjee) helps out by taking a job as a door-to-door ‘salesgirl’ peddling knitting machines to rich housewives. Though shy and nervous to begin with, Arati soon proves a huge success, relishing her new-found independence (not to mention the joys of lipstick) and thoroughly upsetting the family dynamic.

Bengali star Madhabi Mukherjee, with her expressive frown and mischievous smile, gives a ravishing, spirited performance as Arati. This was Mukherjee’s first film with Ray (she was later to star in his Charulata) and she confessed herself ‘stunned’ by his extraordinary ‘woman-centred’ screenplay, so different from anything she had previously encountered. Indeed, Ray originally considered calling the film ‘A Woman’s Place’.

Yet, for all his focus on Arati’s problems, Ray – who is renowned for his breadth of sympathy – also deploys warmth, abundant humour and deep psychological insight in his depiction of a large, multi-generational cast of characters, including Arati’s conservative old father-in-law, her studious teenage sister-in-law, her feisty Anglo-Indian colleague and her benevolently despotic boss.

For this new restoration of The Big City, undertaken in India, the original negative was scanned at a high resolution (2K), enabling the film’s epic scale and intimate detail – from the portrayal of bustling urban life to the exquisite play of emotions on Arati’s face – to emerge in greater beauty and clarity.

Now re-released by the BFI to mark its fiftieth anniversary, The Big City, with its emphasis on conflicting social values – and most particularly on the role of women – feels as fresh and relevant as ever.

The Big City is part of The Sayjit Ray season next month at The BFI Southbank from 16th August, more details here.For listings of when The Big City will be playing near you please check with your local independent/Arthouse cinema for exact dates.

12 August 2010


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Below is the trailer for Anurag Kashyap’s latestmovie THAT GIRL IN YELLOW BOOTS.Im sure many non-indian movies fans when you think of India you'll automatically think this is a Bollywood movie and will be full of big majestic song & dance number, think again.
This movie is an thriller about a young girl who searches  for her father but then finds herself working in a massage parlour. This is not your average Indian movie and Kashyap is not scared to delve into controversy with diving deep into the dark underbelly of Indian society and I'm sure this will have a few of India's version's of Mary Whitehouse standing on their high moral grounds wanting this movie scrapped.
Well if there is a ruckus in Indian media the international media are more curious that movie is to play this years Toronto Film Festival and Venice Film festival too!
The trailer is a slow burner but then picks up some momentum, trailer after the break....

15 November 2009

PAA - Trailer

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Welcome to the world of PAA, The Story of a 13 year old boy who has rare condition the accelerates his ageing and he looks at least in late 60's. Paa is played by Bollywood superstar Abhishek Bachchan and Amitabh Bachchan plays Paa's Father Auro.
When you read the synopsis, look at the offical movie website  or just simply watch the trailer below the story of this movie is enough to bring a tear to your eye and have Hollywood knocking on the door of the movie's workaholic director R. Balki "Give us that movie!!" (and probably destroy the goodness of the movie).

This is a rare story of a father - son relationship which will pull the people in through the doors to watch this or  at least to see Paa's monkey dance which I think will rival Ricky Gervais the Office Christmas dance, so do you really wanna see it? Oh yes you do!

PAA will get a U.K release of December 4th 2009, the same day its released in India.

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