Shadow Play - An analytical journal on the business of entertainment and other topics

Film Reviews are no more an analytical criticism of the Contents but a hype for the product In the present state of Bollywood when the success of a film is only gauged in terms of Box Office; no wonder almost all Media, whether Print or electronic; take services of mere REVIEWERS and not Media Critics. No brownie points to have courage of conviction to say that in a few instances, a ‘Readymade’ review with graded stars is simply handed over by the Producer’s PR machinery written under a pseudo name.

Category: Psycho Analytical Movie Reviews
16th MFF Logo

16th Mumbai Film Festival Organised by Mumbai Academy of Moving Images (MAMI)

14 - 21 October, 2014

A Detailed Analytical Report

Category: Film Festivals
13th MIFF Logo

For Short, Documentary and Animation films

3rd - 9th February, 2014 at NCPA complex

MIFF takes off with a bang and curtains down after a superb show.

Highlight of the Fest

Category: Film Festivals
Suchitra Sen

A short Homage to Legendary Suchitra Sen

Super star of Bengali films and actress in Hindi films, the name itself spelled magic. Folks don’t go by the negative grapevines of her days as Super star in Bengali films with many escapades and misadventures with the then other male super stars (top name was of Uttam Kumar) in Bengal. The positive attributes and talents the Late Suchitra Sen possessed as a person were admirable.

Category: Tributes, Homages
Inauguration of 44th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa, 2013

20th - 30th November, 2013

A DETAILED REPORT

Category: Film Festivals
Manna Dey

1 May, 1919 - 24 October, 2013

A tribute to the Legendary Singer cum a thorough gentlemen MANNA DEY

Category: Tributes
15th MFF logo

17th - 24th October, 2013

A Curtain Raiser: Unveils An Impressive Line up and Events and brand new logo

The 15th edition of MFF organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Images (MAMI) Under the aegis of Reliance (Anil Ambani Group) with support from the Government of Maharashtra in Mumbai. Chairman and Managing Trustee of MAMI Shyam Benegal briefed the press as under :

Category: Film Festivals
MWIFF - 2013 Logo

A laudable initiative Oculus Creations in support with Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation

Amchi Mumbai would have the honour to host the First ever Mumbai Wome's International Film Festival (MWIFF) from 8th – 14th October, 2013 on a grand scale to provide a platform for the women filmmakers.

Category: Film Festivals
Children’s Film Maker Mr. Vinod Ganatra

Vinod Ganatra, an independent, renowned Children’s Film Maker from Mumbai is invited by 12th China International Children’s Film Festival to be an International Jury from India. The festival is slated to be held from 10-14 September, 2013.

Category: Film Festivals
Pran - Hindi Film Actor

Legendary ‘Original bad man' PRAN of Bollywood transforming into an ace character role player par excellent in versatility is lost forever to this world at the rope age of 93. ‘PRAN’ means life, but people in India got so terrified by his villainous roles that they stopped naming the child as Pran.

Category: Tributes
Poster of Film “Bombay Talkies”

To commemorate the completion of 100 years of Indian Cinema, four media favoured over hyped film makers made a compendium of four short films, each on a different subject, conjoined into one of two hour feature film named as “Bombay Talkies”. The short films are the creations of Karan Johar, Dibakar Bannerji, Zoya Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap, recently eulogized for their “Hat ke Film” concepts, but tom-tommed as the ‘100 year Celebration of Indian Cinema'.

Category: Psycho Analytical Movie Reviews
Manish Tewari presenting 2012 Dadasaheb Phalke Award to Pran

In a rare gesture, I&B Minister presents Dadasaheb Phalke Award to Pran at his Bandra residence

Category: Award Ceremonies
14th MUMBAI FILM FESTIVAL (MFF) - 2012

18th - 25th October, 2012

Click here to read 14th MFF - 2012 - Part-I

Usual Mismanagement Galore, no importance to media at large except for entry / normal screening registration card; Opening and Closing functions and movies reserved as a ‘Private Fiefdom” of Reliance Entertainment.

Category: Film Festivals
43rd INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA (IFFI) - GOA - 2012 Logo

20th - 30th November, 2012

A Detailed Analytical Report

Kudos to IFFI Director Shankar Mohan for his unique selection, and presentation of films and programmes, but marred by mismanagement of ESG (co-organizer)and PIB (Media management)

A Few Highlights :

Category: Film Festivals
14th MUMBAI FILM FESTIVAL (MFF) - 2012

A Curtain Raiser for THE MAMI’s 14th MUMBAI FILM FESTIVAL (MFF)

(18th - 25th Oct. 2012)

HIGHLIGHTS :

Category: Film Festivals

Kudos to music sartaz co. saregama for bringing out an excellent musical tribute to the departed first ever Super Star Rajesh Khanna who was also loved for his musical numbers on the screen besides his histrionics and acumen of dialogue delivery, in this bumper two CD album.

Category: Music Launch or Reviews

(27th July to 5th Aug. 2012)

A Detailed Report

Category: Film Festivals
END OF AN ERA FROM LEGENDARY STAR WORLD

It appears July 2012 is proving very tragic for the Film Industry. Just last week we lost a gem of a man, actor -producer, World Champion Wrestler and Ex-MP Dara Singh. And now another tragedy struck by destiny in snatching Jatin- Rajesh Khanna (and KAKA), the First ever-Super star the India discovered.

Category: Tributes

Film and music unveiling of “Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai” AND Album Review

Category: Music Launch or Reviews

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