Three films I got to watch:
1. Swapner Din (Bengali, directed by Buddhdeb Dasgupta): A brilliant plot, a slow yet gripping narrative just a lil messed up towards the end. Wonderful interplay of real characters in real trouble, their dreams and contrasting realities. Only wish someone else but Rimii Sen did that role.
2. Kaal Purush (Bengali, directed by Buddhdeb Dasgupta): A much superior film by the same director, a film you will absolutely love if you have the patience for it. Without giving away much, I can say it combines elements from Sixth Sense, Beautiful Mind and American Beauty in a context which is rooted in the Indian mileu. Your heart goes out to the protagonist. Never has the story of a “loser” been more endearing and make you want to be one. Celebrate life in India, watch this movie. Starring Rahul Bose, Mithun Da, Sameera Reddy.
3. Perumazhakaalam (Malayalam, directed by Kamal): Yes, it is predictable from frame one. The slow pace makes you a lil more restless but guaranteed to have a tear roll down the cheek. A truly wonderful film. Kukunoor today told me that it was his top three films when he was a part of the national award jury. “And now that bloody film is my competition here,” he joked. Yes, it competes with Iqbal at IFFI with 12 other films. Agreed it is melodramatic at times, but isnt melodrama the quintessential element of Indian cinema?
Three feel-good moments:
1. Drooling at Amisha Patel who showed up in her lilac noodle straps and a transparent sari, at the conference today.
2. Finally meeting Nagesh Kukunoor in person yesterday. Had only chatted with him both the times I did interviews with him in Chennai. A truly wonderful down to earth person. And I met him again today.
3. Sitting by the sea at the Goa Mariott watching the party I from the outside.
Three random cribs:
1. No time to get outside the venues of the festival and explore Goa.
2. Dunno too many people here.
3. Transport. Im gonna have to rent out a bike. Hmpf!