MARCH 2011
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Daily city life is shown in “Mumbai Cutting."

Soha Ali Khan in a short from “Mumbai Cutting.”

Mumbai Cutting” Starring Sachin Khedekar, Sonali Kulkarni, Raima Sen, Palash Sen, Shruti Seth, Rahul Dev, Deepak Dobriyal, Sanjay Narvekar, Soha Ali Khan, Jimmy Shergill, Ranvir Shorey, Vinay Pathak, Sushant Singh, Tara Sharma, Tejaswini Kolhapure, Dipannita Sharma, Kavita Kaushik, Samrin, Mahek Chel; directed by Sudhir Mishra, Rahul Dholakia, Revati, Rituparno Ghosh, Kundan Shah, Shashanka Ghosh, Ruchi Narain, Jahnu Barua, Manisha Jha, Ayush Raina, Anurag Kashyap.

This film is actually an anthology of 11 different short films from 11 acclaimed directors each telling their own story based on life in Mumbai. Each short features its own music director. “Mumbai Cutting,” premiered at a film festival in 2008, but is just now being released mainstream. Kundan Shah of “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron,” fame directs a 10-minute short called Hero dedicated to the train commuter, Mumbai’s unsung hero. Anurag Kashyap’s Promod Bhai tells the story of a juvenile delinquent obsessed with the under world and Bollywood. Kashyaps earlier works include “Black Friday” and “Dev D.” Assamese director Jahnu Barua directs Anjane Dost, a simple story about connections between stangers. Rituparno Ghosh of “Chokher Bali” and “Raincoat” fame features Urge, which depicts the power of the perception of the city on outsiders and how this affects their aspirations. Ruchi Narain, who wrote “Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi,” directs a short about an young NRI, who sees the city through her experiences with the rickshaw drivers. Each story features actors with a wealth of talent. Despite the film’s atypical format, it seems like a must-watch for a Hindi movie buff.




The multiple award-winning “Udaan.”

“Udaan” Starring Ronit Roy, Ram Kapoor, Rajat Barmecha, Aayan Boradia, Manjot Singh, Anand Tiwari; directed by Vikramaditya Motwane; music by Amit Trivedi.

We know this movie came out last year, but I just had the opportunity to watch it at the 2nd Annual India International Film Festival in Tampa last month. (For those who didn’t attend, you missed a rare chance to see some fabulous films. Our other favorites from IIFF 2011 were the Malayalam feature “Cocktail,” the Bengali film “Shunko Lanka” and the Marathi film “Huppa Huiyya.”) “Udaan,” tells the story of Rohan, beautifully portrayed by Rajat Barmecha, abandoned in boarding school for eight years, he returns home to the small town of Jamshedpur. There, he must come to terms with his abusive, dictatorial father, skillfully played by TV serial actor Ronit Roy. Rohan also discovers he has a half-brother played by the young Aayan Boradia, a cutie, who’s sure to steal your heart. Rohan is a gifted writer, whose wishes to pursue that talent are squashed by his father’s demands to study engineering and work in his steel factory. He finds some respite with his friends and chacha, played by Ram Kapoor, and soon forms a close bond with his new found brother. There are many true emotional moments that connect you with each of the characters, a rarity for most Hindi movies. Watch the film to find out how Rohan finally forges his own life despite the cruel circumstances he’s dealt. “Udaan” deserves the many awards it has won this season, including seven Filmfare awards.


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