May2017

  • Simran

    On the incorrect hierarchy of a film credit

    On the incorrect hierarchy of a film credit The scenario: Hansal Mehta’s upcoming film ‘Simran’. Main (first) scriptwriter is Apurva Asrani. Enter: Kangana Ranaut, lead actress. The director gives her the go-ahead to edit parts of the story/dialogues (please note: a director has every right to get anyone of their choice to add/modify parts...
  • The reader

    The Reader

    Circumstances and the prevailing laws of society can radically change ordinary people and compel them to commit atrocities. The Reader, produced by Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack (who both passed away prior to the film’s release), is a fictional case study. When a serious film opens with an extreme...
  • Iss. V

    Vol. II. Iss. V. May 2017

    Vol. II. Iss. V. Cinematic Illusions A Community Journal Of Artists, By Artists, For Artists Vol. II. Iss. V. May 01—31, 2017     Table of Contents Interview. Close up: Kamal Swaroop …………………………………………………………………………..by Tanul Thakur Film feature. Of Realism in the Malayalam Reel …………………………………………………………..…… by Dalton L Interview. Close up: Piyush Mishra...
  • Iss. V

    Close up: Piyush Mishra

    Piyush Mishra doesn’t mince words. He doesn’t need to. In an in-length in conversation with Piyush Mishra where he talks about his days in National School of Drama (NSD) and his life after it, the flippancy with which he dealt his early, formative years, his theatre days. The unending...
  • Kamal Swaroop

    Close up: Kamal Swaroop

    Kamal Swaroop is known for flouting every possible convention. I spoke to the filmmaker about his documentary on Dadasaheb Phalke, a project that’s taken two decades to materialise. When was the first time you became interested in Dadasaheb Phalke’s life? What intrigued you the most about him? I got...
  • preparation

    Big Band Jazz. Part 1—Preparation

    Big Band Jazz. Part 1 — Preparation The old Boy Scout motto of ‘Be Prepared’ comes to mind as I begin this short article on preparation. It is very relevant to my current circumstances (and after all I WAS a Boy Scout). Upcoming projects mean I must prepare myself...
  • half-open windows

    Half-Open Windows

    Half-Open Windows. Originally written in Marathi. Author: Ganesh Matkari. Translator: Jerry Pinto   ‘On one side, the sea. On the other, the city. A city that seemed to believe that the Queen’s Necklace was enough past for it, a city sacri cing its beauty at the dirty altars of money.’ Half-Open...
  • Loev

    Loev is now on Netflix

    A story about loev, no matter how you spell it. Loev—official selection last year at some of the world’s leading film festivals, including SXSW and Talinn Black Nights—is a tender and intimate portrait of three men who struggle to define the boundaries of their friendship and the loev that...