Shadow Play

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

A Recap

Celebrating its 10th edition this year, the annual NFDC Film Bazaar has become a beacon for budding filmmakers from South Asia. The platform has been tirelessly evolving into a one-stop shop that encourages collaboration between South Asian and international film fraternities; a confluence point for screenwriters, filmmakers, sales agents, distributors, film festival programmers and financiers from around the world.

Category: Film Festivals

NIDA FAZLI --- A Great Human and a Poet Who stood for Secular Literature

( 12 Oct. 1938 ---- 8 Feb. 2016 )

A Tribute by Manish Modi


It has taken some coaxing to get me to write on the passing away of Nida Sahe. What could one possibly write about him, that has not already been written likeNida Fazli was a fine lyricist, a great man and an extraordinary poet.?


Category: Homages

A Heartfelt Tribute to India's Multi-linguist Poet Nida Faazli

I am shocked to know the sudden demise of well known Multi linguist, earthy, secular Poet cum Lyricist Nida Faazli on 8 Feb. 2016.The film world is orphan now having lost the towering presence of this last real poet beckon of the Hindi Film and TV World. He was nothing less than a living legend, the last Mughal amongst lyricisits ,

Category: Homages

Selection  of Films below Mark

  •  For selecting films  which are not up to the International Fest standard, one reason may be that IFFI fest is held at the fag end of the year , Most award winning films in Festivals all over the World get seen/ sold in other International Fests .  Even in  India  al regional Fests  get over wherein Cine buffs have an opportunity to watch .

Category: Film Festivals

20 Nov. --- 30 Nov. 2015

  • Lack luster Fest
  • Inaugural Function reduced to a Cheap Entertainment Event, giving it a local colour sans Indian Culture
  • World Cinema or Competition Films Selection below International standard,
  • Poor Infrastructure , Chaotic systems, More security personnel than Workers
  • Rampant Bureaucratic rule sans accountability
  • Media/Press  ignored in all respects, Pathetic facilities,
  • More of Tourist and Spenders’ Festival, Film Industry and serious cineists almost extinct ;
  • Film Bazaar, a Flop , Special events ,Master Classes, empty and
  • Erratic,unplanned/unscheduled  Press Conferences.
Category: Film Festivals

R I P , my Gentleman friend Saeed Jaffrey ! 

Category: Homages
Logo of MAMI

28 OCT. --- 6 NOV. 2015

The entirely refurbished new face with rich sponsors and supporters this year ,Mami was rechristened as Jio Mami  Film Festival , started with a bang and curtains fell with a thud.

Typical  Aspects , High - Low

Category: Film Festivals


20 Nov. -- 30 Nov. 2015


Category: Film Festivals
L TO R Pt. Hariprasad CHUARASIA Pt. Jasraj and Sarod Maestro Amzad ALI KHAN


Launch of Classical App by  Saregama

Category: Music Launch or Reviews
A photo of Shashi Kapoor receiving Phalke Award

Minister for I & B Arun Jaitley presents the Dasaheb Phalke award to  Shashi Kapoor.

Calls him a versatile personality from Indian cinema and an  actor par excellence.

Category: Award Ceremonies
45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) - 2014 Logo

20th - 30th November, 2014

A Detailed Analytical Report

Mismanaged, Chaotic Poorly Programmed Cinematic Public Show Shorn of International Standard Serious Film Appreciating Audience and Buffs. Accredited Media and Film Critics, instead of Very Important Persons (VIP) were reduced to Least Important Persons (LIP). Excepting the Festival Director Shankar Mohan, other Organizers have had no Film knowledge or culture like ESG officials.

Category: Film Festivals

WOMEN’S WELLNESS CONCLAVE - A LAUDABLE initiative by YFLO (YOUNG FICCI LADIES ORGANISATION) And “Sleepwell Foundation” N G O. Mr. Rajv Pratap Rudy lent Support to YFLO to achieve their goal of skill development and at providing employability skills to women On the eve of International Women’s Day Ms. Avarna Jain – Chairperson of YFLO (Young FICCI Ladies Organisation) in association with the SLEEPWELL FOUNDATION (an NGO) organised for the first time, a Women s Wellness Conclave dedicated to women’s WELLNESS at Hotel le Meriden, New Delhi.

Category: Seminars or Conventions

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


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



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