Thursday, May 21, 2009
Gabhricha Paus and Harishchandrachi Factory : Indian cinema is alive!
Indian films usually make one feel bad at festivals -- it is either intellectual crap served by the 'arty' directors or utter repetitive stuff from bollywood. So it was a pleasant surprise to catch two fresh, well-made, sensible films at one festival. It was Habitat film festival in Delhi, and both the films were in Marathi. (The only other film worth a mention at the festival was Dev D).
We are talking about Satish Manwar's Gabhricha Paus and Paresh Mokashi's Harishchandrachi Factory. Both these directors are from theatre and are new to film industry -- they have not studied at film institutes, and have not even assisted a film before.
I don't want to bore you with my commentary. I enjoyed watching both the films, and was impressed by the element of humour used in these films.
I can only say, go watch it!
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[Visuals from Gabhricha Paus, from the film's website]