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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureThe official trailer for the highly anticipated season 4 of The Crown has been released, featuring a first chance to hear the distinctive voice of Margaret Thatcher, played by Gillian Anderson, and the enchanting tone of Lady Diana Spencer, played by Emma Corrin.Season 4 picks up in the late 1970s. Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) and her family find themselves preoccupied with safeguarding the line of succession by securing an appropriate bride for Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), who is still unmarried at 30. As the nation begins to feel the impact of divisive policies introduced by Britain's first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, tensions arise betwe... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges ReviewBy Murtaza Ali KhanIn his seminal work on film theory titled “Novels into Film,” George Bluestone describes the relationship between novel and film as “overtly compatible, secretly hostile.” Perhaps, there is no better way to understand the paradox associated with adapting a novel into a film / series. For the longest time, fidelity to the text has been the main concern with every adaptation. To quote André Bazin, “A good adaptation should result in a restoration of the essence of the letter and the spirit.” But, contemporary film scholars like Robert Stam challenge the classical view asserting that one needs to go beyond the notions of fidelity whe... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges ExclusiveBy Shillpi A SinghThe 25th edition of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) that is being held from October 21-30, both offline and online, will screen 194 films from across the world, of which eight are from the Indian sub-continent. The impressive line-up from India includes six films that are making their debut on the festival circuit. The list of films making their world premiere at BIFF include Suman Mukhopadhyay's Captive, Manju Warrier's A'hr, Ananth Narayan Mahadevan's Bittersweet, Shyam Madiraju's Harami, M. Gani's Matto's Bicycle and Prithvi Konanur's Pinki Elli? Chaitanya Tamhane's The Discipline and Ivan Ayr's Milestone that were screened a... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureDivyenndu is all set to again treat his fans with an amazing performance as Munna Tripathi in Mirzapur’s Season 2. Video snippets of his role in the trailer and more have already taken over the internet worldwide! Fans are enthralled and can’t wait to watch his complete performance in the cult series. As the enthusiasm levels keep rising, we bring for you an interesting story. It’s no secret that for Divyenndu, his craft is what keeps him going and he believes in absolute hard work, but one thing that you aren’t aware of is his favourite motivational quote! Read on to find out.Divyenndu shares his work mantra and how it has helped him play the role of a... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges ReviewBy Amartya AcharyaTehran is a modern espionage tale about a rookie Israeli agent who tries to help her employers ensure that Iran’s nuclear armament can be dissolved. As far as pitches go, this is a fascinating one. The backdrop of the Iran-Israel Proxy War is also a fascinating portal into a cold war that is still ongoing. The fact that the show-runner of Fauda is involved in it should be cause for ensuring the show’s quality.For the most part, the show works.Tehran is acquired by Apple TV+ for international distribution, and it fits into the mould of the American web-series format – there is a slickness in the proceedings of the show, from the action set... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureBy Murtaza Ali KhanFinally Anubhav Sinha's Thappad is out online. It's presently streaming on Amazon Prime Video. What I am about to say is going to antagonize a vast majority of my male friends here on Facebook. So please feel free to remove me from your list if your male ego doesn't allow you accept the reality that you can't hit a woman. Yes, you heard it right. You just can't. If you are a husband, you cannot hit your wife. If you are a father, you cannot hit your daughter. If you are a brother, you cannot hit your sister. Also, you cannot hit your girlfriend. Why? Because you just cannot. When a guy hits a guy what do we call such a guy? We call him a... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureAfter winning big at the International Film competition in San Diego (California) for recognition for Liberation/ Social Justice/Protest and also getting an official Selection in F5: FPP Financial Focus FilmFest, Florida - the United States for Audience Choice Award, Roshan Bhondekar's The Shoes bags another milestone. The short film by written and directed by Indian-born Spanish filmmaker Roshan Bhondekar has won special mentions from the 'Global Shorts' Film Competition in Los Angeles on 26th April 2020. The Shoes is an exciting short film, which is based on Global social issues like child education and poverty. The story line, w... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges ReviewBy Murtaza Ali KhanDirected by Shirish Kunder, Netflix Indian Original Mrs. Serial Killer follows a doting wife, who must find a way to absolve her husband of serial murder charges. Watch the video review here:Readers, please feel free to share your opinion by leaving your comments. As always your valuable thoughts are highly appreciated!Previous Post: Extraction: ReviewComplete List of Reviews    http://feeds.feedburner.com/APotpourriOfVestiges... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureBy Murtaza Ali KhanIrrfan Khan in MaqboolThe world is deeply saddened by the tragic death of one of Hindi cinema's most original and versatile actors Irrfan Khan who has passed away at the age of 53. Only four days back he had lost his mother but he could not attend the funeral in Jaipur due to lockdown.Long before anybody knew Irrfan Khan I had the pleasure of watching him in Doordarshan in a popular ZEE TV serial called Banegi Apni Baat. Interestingly, he played actor Ritu Raj's father despite being younger than him. In the television epic Chandrakanta, he played the iconic character of Badrinath (and his twin brother Somnath) alongside several... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges ReviewBy Murtaza Ali KhanAl Pacino and Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese's The Irishman“When I was young, I thought house painters painted houses. What did I know? I was a working guy,” says a wheelchair bound Frank Sheeran, the eponymous character in Martin Scorsese's The Irishman (based on the 2004 book titled IHeard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt), in the film's opening scene. The meaning of the phrase is simple: To paint a house is to kill a man in the mafia terminology. The paint is the blood that splatters on the wall and floors. The Irishman chronicles a true story about Sheeran—a high-ranking official in the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IB... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureIn the recent years a lot of interesting experiments have been happening at the conceptual level in world cinema. As a result, we have witnessed films like Roma (Mexico), Shoplifters (Japan) and Parasite (South Korea), among others. Another important film that can be added to the list is Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia›s Spanish language film The Platform aka El hoyo which originally premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival where Netflix secured a worldwide streaming deal for the film. The Platform, which was released globally by the streaming giant a few weeks back, and has an uncanny simila... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureAmazon Prime Video today revealed the logo and announced the launch date of new Amazon Original Series - Paatal Lok. Produced by Clean Slate Films, Paatal Lok marks the digital debut of renowned actress Anushka Sharma as a producer. The video gives us a peek into a seemingly peaceful world that nurses a dormant, dark and dangerous underbelly – Paatal Lok.Coupled with a foreboding narration, the video casts a spotlight on the darker side of humanity. Filled with mystique, thrill and drama, Amazon Prime Video’s latest Original explores the dark bylanes of immorality. Inspired by the ancient... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges ReviewBy Murtaza Ali KhanDead Man is a 1995 Revisionist Western film written and directed by American independent film director Jim Jarmusch. Dead Man stars Johnny Depp in the lead role of an accountant-turned-outlaw William Blake. In Dead Man, Jarmusch presents the bizarre journey of a meek, naive young accountant who, after getting haplessly entangled in a deadly maelstrom, goes through an intellectual and spiritual transformation that changes his life forever. The movie also stars American character actor Gary Farmer in the enigmatic role of the outcast Native American “Nobody” aka Exaybachay who prepares Blake for his journey to the other side.Dead Man feature... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges ReviewBy Murtaza Ali KhanBen Kingsley and Amitabh Bachchan in Leena Yadav's Teen PattiThe movie ‘Teen Patti’, released in 2010, tells the story of Venkat Subramaniam, an Indian maths professor who tries to use a theory that could redefine the principles of probability and randomness using one of the most popular online casino games called Teen patti (a card game similar to poker). This theory, if successful, would allow someone to predict the outcome of Teen patti, if they knew the three cards in the hand of one of the participants (other than themselves). That is the basic premise of this movie, and with some stellar cast members, it is quite an interesting watch... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureAmidst the unprecedented pandemic crisis, Letsallhelp.org, a startup venture in the area of social impact, has been playing a very active socially responsible role. The organization has been raising funds from benevolent donors and working tirelessly to support the daily wage and migrant workers rendered stranded at the onset of the lockdown so that minimal hardship is cause to them and their families, by providing them with food, medical and hygiene related products. Ever since the implementation of the lockdown, the team at Letsallhelp.org and its’ Chief Change Maker Tamannaah Bhatia have been successful in mobilizing over 50 tonnes of food products an... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureBy Murtaza Ali KhanImage Courtesy: ScreenRantEver since the release of Todd Phillips' Joker there have been talks of too much realism creeping into the comic-book world of Batman. Joker is a film that Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan could have never made. It really needed someone who could inject it with a fresh doze of thought and Phillips did just that with his highly realistic treatment and unforgiving socio-political commentary critiquing the rich and the powerful who merely look down upon the weak and the needy because they can. Now what the unprecedented success of Joker has done is make people ask for more. As opposed to the general notion tha... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges ReviewBy Murtaza Ali KhanFollowing the success of Asur, Voot Select has released another crime thriller series titled ‘The Raikar Case’. Director by Aditya Sarpotdar, the series stars Atul Kulkarni, Neil Bhoopalam, Ashwini Bhave, Parul Gulati, Reena Wadhwa, Manava Naik, Vaishnavi Kadam, Lalit Prabhakar, Kunal Karan Kapoor, and Ajay Purkar. The series, set in Goa, revolves around a murder mystery involving the youngest member of the high profile Naik Raikar family. The family’s patriarch Yashwant Naik Raikar (Kulkarni) who runs the family’s cashew business is all set to be elected to Rajya Sabha when the dead body of his 16 year old nephew Tarun Naik Raikar is ... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureDriving on the success of past weekends, Zoom TV and Oaksmith® Gold Glasses bring #WeekendLive this Sunday, featuring young, bright, multifaceted singer-songwriter Jasleen Aulakh.#WeekendLive is a collaborative effort between the leading entertainment channel Zoom TV, and new to India’s very happening music and performances scene, Oaksmith® Gold Glasses (@OaksmithGoldIndia on Facebook & Instagram). As many live shows cancel, platforms like #WeekendLive are pioneering efforts to build a work-from-home culture for the artists, and giving roots to an emerging format for live music with #StayHome – House Concerts.#WeekendLive leverages... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureWith the launch of the upcoming Amazon Original Series Four More Shots Please Season 2 around the corner, Amazon Prime Video continues to surprise its audience with the release of a special music video for one of its popular soundtracks from season 1, Your Body On My Body.Keeping with the theme of the series, the sound track has been created and composed by Natania Lalwani Mikey McCleary as well as Parth Parekh who is instrumental in composing the track. Natania Lalwani outdoes herself with her vocals and the new video complements the soundtrack beautifully as it showcases the girls are exploring love, each... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureThe current situation has led consumers to try their hand at varied things including cutting their hair at home. With a spike in haircuts going wrong, BBLUNT recently launched a nationwide campaign, the #GrowOutChallenge, to encourage Indians to work with their grown out hair rather than cutting them at home, without professional supervision.Top Bollywood celebrities like Dia Mirza, Mrunal Thakur and Tara Sharma Saluja joined the challenge and promised to grow out their mane till they can go back to their favorite stylists. Television actors like Jennifer Winget, previously known for her role in Beyhadh and Code M an... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureOn the occasion of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s 129th birth anniversary Star Bharat proudly brings to you the story of a social reformer, a leader of the downtrodden and the architect of the constitution of India. Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar - Ek Maha Manav Ki Maha Gatha produced by Dashmi Creations narrates the story of a man who dedicated his life to eradicate social inequality in India. The show is scheduled to premiere on April 14th and will air on weekday primetime from Monday to Friday at 8pm.During India’s freedom struggle there were leaders who were a part of the revolutionary movement and there was Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar who was revolution by himself. He chang... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges ReviewBy Murtaza Ali KhanDuring the initial days in India the web was mainly trying to target the audiences in the big cities. But all that seems to have changed in the recent times. The OTT platforms are pushing hard to capture the space in tier II and III cities through targeted content. Some examples worth mentioning are Jamtara - Sabka Number Ayega and Taj Mahal 1989. Both these Netflix shows have aggressively tried to push the Netflix bandwagon beyond the realm of the metro cities.Amazon Prime Original series Panchayat too is a major step forward in this direction. Even though Amazon already has a show like Mirzapur in its repertoire it is with Panchayat that the... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureNetflix’s latest series Hasmukh traces the journey of an ambitious comedian played by Vir Das from the small town of Saharanpur and has the dream to make the world laugh. On the path to becoming a great comedian, he discovers - while he is great at writing, his comic timing couldn't be worse. His only goal becomes to prove to his mentor and the town’s biggest comedian - Gulati, played by Manoj Pahwa that he can be the best and is ready to put in whatever it takes, quite literally.Gulati is actually nothing but a hack who has somehow turned 37 minutes of mediocre material into a 29-year career. Manoj Pahwa played the role of Gulati who wears prosthetic legs ... Read more
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A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureIndia's leading OTT platform Zee5 will premiere Ram Kamal Mukherjee's Hindi digital feature A Tribute to Rituparno Ghosh: Season's Greetings on April 15. The film marks return of Bollywood actor Celina Jaitly Haag post marriage and motherhood. The film revolves around a mother and daughter relationship, that ends with a twist. Veteran actor Lillette Dubey plays the role of mother, while Celina plays the role of daughter. Debutant actor Azhaar Khan plays the role of Celina's boyfriend, while transgender actor Shree Ghatak plays the role of Chapala the househelp.The film has been critically acclaimed at various national and International Film Festivals including ... Read more
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Blogger: Murtaza Ali
A Potpourri of Vestiges FeatureAmazon Prime Video’s Panchayat has been winning accolades all over with its heartwarming storyline, quirky characters, exceptional performances and stylized yet soulful music. Following the success of the series, Amazon Prime Video has launched the soundtrack composed by Anurag Saikia (Article 15, Thappad, Mulk) featuring 4 uniquely different songs and the series opening theme.From the somber Hiya Tho, to the easy-going Paheli and I Am Happy, the incredible and quirky Pasa Phenk and of course the series’ opening theme, the album has something for every mood. Along with Anurag, the album features extremely popular... Read more
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