Prakash Jha’s new movie Chakravyuh showing at Gold Coast Int. Film Festival on Long Island


Prakash Jha is one of my favorite Indian filmmakers, and I am happy to see that his new movie Chakravyuh starring Arjun Rampal, Abhay Deol and Om Puri will be presented at the Gold Coast International Film Festival in Manhasset,  Long Island, Oct 27th at 1pm . It will be the only Indian film showing this year. So,  if you live in the area and love Indian films don’t miss this chance!
Prakash Jha is technically considered a Bollywood filmmaker, but since Bollywood movies are often viewed, in the West particularly,  as entertainment that’s  laced with song and dance,  his movies are content-driven and don’t fit the masala Bollywood mold. He is political. socio-critical.  I haven’t seen all of his films, but the ones I watched were phenomenal.
Chakravyuh
Showings
Manhasset Clearview Cinema Sat, 10/27 1:00 PM Buy Tickets

Film Info
Type of Film: Drama
International Films
Release Year: 2012
Running Time: 152 min
Production Country: India
Original Langauge: Hindi
Subtitles: English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast: Abhay Deol
Arjun Rampal
Manoj Bajpayee
Director: Prakash Jha
Description

Straight from the headlines about India’s outlawed Naxalites, comes this Bollywood action epic about Kabir who goes undercover for his friend, the head of the local police, and infiltrates the ranks of the left-wing revolutionaries. But Kabir falls in love with one of the ultra-violent leaders, a beautiful woman called Juhi. His allegiance begins to change as he gets new insight into the relations between the poor local villagers and the local land-grabbers. Prakash Jha’s characteristically balanced handling of controversial topics, the strong characters, and the robust script and sharply executed action sequences make for a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Dirctor Bio
Prakash Jha is a multiple award-winning independent filmmaker from India, has produced and directed sixteen feature films, over. Known for his films with a political themes about contemporary India, including Apaharan, Damul, Rajneeti. His latest film Chakravyuh premiered at the 2012 London International film Festival. He is based in Mumbai but is involved in development and health projects among the more disadvantaged in his native state of Bihar.

Check out Jha’s impressive filmography at Imdb.com:  nm0422552

Gold Coast Int. Film Festival:

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Here is  the link to the website:

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel


This movie was disappointing and embarrassingly cliched. As if India is waiting for a bunch of UK reject retirees to show them how to sweep floors properly, run a call center and hotel, help with matchmaking, and, hello, HOW TO PLAY CRICKET?!

John Madden has gone mad. :-) Let’s throw in a dash of gay activism, unsightly and horny men running wild in the shower…Do we need to see that?  Postmenopausal, equally horny women trying to catch a maharaja… Gimme a break!

Besides, Bill Nighy and Judy Dench made a very unlikely romantic couple. sorry but they couldn’t sell us the chemistry there….

Dev Patel, self-deprecating, frantic and lost, trying too hard. On Imdb, he’s not even mentioned on the first page, which again, I don’t want to be mean but… it reflects exactly the attitude of this movie.   Tina Desae was a visual highlight with her sweet demeanor and vulnerability.

The best thing about the movie was seeing glimpses of colorful India. Even though, again, we got to see only shabby side and that’s not all there is.   The condescending treatment of India in Western movies is highly irritating. This movie, I was hoping, would turn the page but it didn’t with its eurocentric view, validating every prejudice there is.

Better movie about this topic was Shararat with Om Puri and Abhishek Bachchan

I was looking forward to The Best Ex9tic Marigold Hotel since last year and ended up being gloriously disappointed.

If there was anything I liked it was the performances.  Bill Nighy always lovable, Judy Dench, the whole cast – that was the best part.

Ironically, Caucasians in Indian films are treated just as poorly as Indians in Western films… I guess the world is what it is. Why get excited? :-)