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Achilles and the Tortoise


Akiresu To Kame


The final installment in an iconoclastic trilogy on creative destruction, Achilles and the Tortoise is Takeshi Kitano’s newest reflection on art and life. Unlike the author’s previous works Takeshis’ and Glory to the Filmmaker! – both of which were highly conceptual ruminations on the vocation and philosophy of filmmaking this latest effort carries a more open, audience-friendly message.

The film takes its title from a famous paradox by the pre-Socratic philosopher Zeno, which claimed that motion, time and change are nothing but illusions. Achilles and the Tortoise tackles the idea that art is a chimera, and follows the absurd, star-crossed life of a man with no talent. As a result of his father’s love of modern Western art, Machisu (Reo Yoshioka), a quiet, introverted child, is inspired to become a painter himself. Obsessive and obstinate – yet talentless – the child devotes all of his time to painting, not even losing heart when his father, once a wealthy factory owner, goes bankrupt and commits suicide.

As a young adult, Machisu (Yurei Yanag) continues to find comfort in his mediocre art and in the company of a group of fellow students with whom he shares the unrealistic dream of becoming famous. With banal results, he mimics all of the fashionable trends, from pop art to abstract expressionism, and struggles through life in a crescendo of crazy irrationality. Machisu (now played by Beat Takeshi himself), his stubborn lack of talent persisting into adulthood, eventually spirals into disturbed, upsetting behaviour. ಓದನ್ನು ಮುಂದುವರೆಸಿ


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12-year-old Ali who lost his mother when he was two, is being raised by his surgeon father and grandfather. Though they try their best to look after him and try to offer comfort, Ali always want to see his deceased mother. While helping out in his father’s hospital pharmacy, Ali becomes aware of a strange interloper named Maleki who frequently visits the terminally ill patients. Ali comes to realize that Maleki is actually the spirit of death, who is there to guide the hopelessly ill to their place in the next world. Ali turns to maleki and asks him if he could do something special and allow him to be reunited with his mother.

Genre-juggling script blends metaphysical fantasy about the afterlife, Sturm und Drang medical drama and pedagogical kid’s pic to overstate the moral that death comes to all, so live bravely and don’t fear it.


Producers; Mohammad khazayi, FCF&sima Film

Screenplay: Masoud Ahmadian.

Cinematography: Ali Loghmani

Editing: Nazanin Mofakham

Music: saeed shahram.

Cast: Rambod Javan, shahrokh Forutanian, Morteza Ahmadi, Jamshid Gorgin, Dariush Asadzadeh, Negar Javaherian, Niki Karimi, Arsalan Ghasemi


Fajr Film Festival, Interfaith Jury Award, 2008

Farzad Motamen :

Born in Tehran in 1957, Farzad Motamen began filmmaking with short documentaries. He was the director of the audio-visual section of the Handicrafts Organization for 5years since 1985. Three accidents his first short feature film in 35mm came in 1999. The seven acts is his first full-length Feature film.

Select Filmography

Hands and Designs (1989), Persian Ornaments (1990), Absavaran (1990) , Tehran’s weather (1993), Bushes on Fire (1994)


Slumdog Millionaire- more blunders

specialscreeningslumdogmillionaire2mp6ice2tqalMagic carpet had published the letter by Suguna pointing out a factual error regarding the author of ” Darshan de Ghan Shyam.

Now Pramod has send us info about the site ” IMDbPro” which has listed several goofups in slumdog millionaire film.

Factual errors: In the movie, the correct answer to the question of who wrote the song “Darshan Do Ghanshyam Naath” is shown as 16th century poet “Kavi Surdas”. However in reality, this song is written by Gopal Singh Nepali for the movie Narsi Bhagat (1957). This song is also credited as traditional and originally written by 15th century poet Narsinh Mehta, whose life that film is based on. (Many, including the film, mistakenly attribute it to the 16th-century poet Surdas due to the fact that Surdas was blind and the song is a prayer asking God to “appear” before him, for his “eyes thirst for Your sight”.)

* Audio/visual unsynchronized: In the scene where Javed is partying with his friends and Latika is held captive, the audio playing in the background is from the movie ‘Don’, whereas the visual shown on TV is from the movie ‘Yuva’.

* Anachronisms: Although the events of the movie are set in the summer of 2006, the cricket match being played at Javed’s house between India and South Africa was played in 2007.

* Continuity: When Salim and Jamal find Latika in the dance studio she is seen without and then with a nose ring.

* Anachronisms: The scene where Jamal tries to steal food, hanging upside down on the train shows a window which had removable bars (it’s like a fire escape). These kind of bars were not installed until after the 2002 Gujarat riots.

* Anachronisms: The trains on which Jamal and Salim escape and live for many days have compartments painted in blue color. The blue color compartments came into existence at a later date. The compartments were painted Red back then.

* Anachronisms: In the scene where Salim and Jamal are working the crowds at the Taj Mahal, Jamal has a new $10 bill in his hand. It would be impossible to have a new bill in 2002 when they were issued in 2006.


* Revealing mistakes: When older Jamal punches older Salim, you can hear Dev Patel’s British accent come out when he was yelling at him.

* Factual errors: The cricket match shown between India and South Africa was played in the Belfast, whereas the commentator says that its being played in the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

* Continuity: While in the police station Jamal drinks down a glass of Chai and sets it on the table in front of him. In the following shot the glass is full again.

* Factual errors: When Jamal explains the answer for “truth alone triumphs” question, Jamal asks the inspector for the price of Pani Puri, but the video shown is that of Dahi Puri.

* Continuity: When Jamal is asked by Latika to leave the mansion and forget about her, he accidentally pulls up one side of his collar when taking off his apron. However, in the next shot, his collar is down again. When he actually leaves the mansion his collar is up once again.

* Factual errors: When the policeman handcuffs Jamal to the chair he uses handcuffs that click shut. In India, Darby handcuffs are used.

* Anachronisms: The movie shows news reports from Live India, a television channel. The plot says that is 2006, but Live India was launched in 2007. It was previously called Janmat.

* Anachronisms: At the end of the last song and dance sequence on the railway platform, hoardings for shows on NDTV Imagine (and entertainment TV channel) are prominent. NDTV Imagine launched in 2008 and the promotion could not have began in 2006 – the year where the story of the film happens in.

* Factual errors: At the end of the movie when Javed is with his bunch of girls and asks them to dance to the song ‘Aaj Ki Raat’ which is from the movie ‘Don – The Chase Begins’, the television actually shows the song ‘Fanaa’ from the movie ‘Yuva’.

* Factual errors: The movie is clearly made for a Western audience, because the Indian number system (which would be used in an Indian show) would write 10 million as 1,00,00,000 not as 10,000,000. It would be called “1 crore.” The term 10 million would not be used.

* Revealing mistakes: You also hear Dev Patel’s British accent when he tells the host (Anil Kapoor) in the bathroom that he will “not be a million-ahe.”

* Continuity: A large pimple on the right side of Jamal’s face appears then disappears then reappears, depending on whether he is being interrogated by the police or is answering questions as a television game-show contestant, even though those events supposedly occurred in the plot within a span of just a few hours.

* Continuity: The host used the words “cell phone”, which are mostly used in North America, while India and most of the world uses the words “mobile phone”.

* Plot holes: The original TV show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” is recorded in studio. The show that we see in the film is broadcast live, however this raises the incongruence that the person from home can easily see the question on the TV taking plenty of time to come up with an answer before receiving the actual call (which as we see is dialed to a mobile number). With this both the need to have the questions reread on the phone, and the time limit itself, lose credibility.

* Factual errors: In the final question the name of Alexandre Dumas in incorrectly spelled Alexander.

* Factual errors: SPOILER: In the beginning of the film it says it takes place in 2006. But when Jamal wins the show, the check says 2005.

* Incorrectly regarded as goofs: While driving the car after escaping from Javed and going towards meeting Jamal, the scar appears on right side of Latika’s face although it is on left side of her face before the scene when Salim slips her hair and in rest of the movie. However, Latika’s face is seen in the rear view mirror of the car; therefore, the scar on her left cheek appears to be on the right cheek.

* Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Jack Hobbs (the question about cricketers scoring first class centuries) is partly correct with the answer of 197. Jack Hobbs has stated that although 199 were done in a technical sense, as 2 of these were in exhibition matches they should not count and as such have never been officially recognized by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. A quote from Jack, ‘Don’t include those,’ he told the late John Arlott. ‘They were exhibition matches. Vizzy wanted to list our hundreds on the walls of his pavilion. We knew we’d got to score hundreds – so did the bowling side. They were not first-class in any sense.’



* Incorrectly regarded as goofs: The young Salim and Jamal are shown to attend a primary municipality school in Mumbai. These schools do not have The Three Musketeers in syllabus. However, this could have been a school that was built in the slums by an external organization such as a charity.

* Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Both Jamal and Salim speak fluent English when they’re teenagers. The movie was originally supposed to all be in English, yet the actors that played young Jamal and young Salim had some trouble with speaking English. Director Danny Boyle asked producers to have the beginning in Hindi, and colored the subtitles to make them more appealing. From the storyline, Jamal and Salim probably learned from tourists.

* Incorrectly regarded as goofs: After revealing the answer to the question of which cricketer has scored to most first class centuries, the host reveals that Jack Hobbs scored 197 centuries. In fact, he famously fell one short of the 200 milestone by scoring 199 centuries. However, both figures can be accepted as correct. The Association of Cricket Statisticians and History, in 2006, revised the status of many 19th Century and pre-War matches, which produced new statistics, giving Hobbs 199 first-class centuries. However, Wisden, often seen as the “cricketing bible”, declined to recognise the new figures and still records Hobbs as scoring 197.

* Incorrectly regarded as goofs: In one scene, when teenage Salim and Jamal are at the Taj Mahal, there is an external shot where a passing guard looks at the camera and says, “Stop filming. Stop filming.” This was included purposely by director Danny Boyle for the sake of realism.

Fifth Tri Continental Film Festival


Yamini Vijayan attends the Fifth Tri Continental Film Festival in Bangalore to catch a line-up of powerful and relevant films on human rights issues. There was an unsettling silence that hung heavily in the air. It was one thing to hear politicians bickering over the Kashmir issue on television or international communities debate ‘what would be right for the Kashmiris’. But to listen to the people who have lived in Kashmir for years talk about having to walk through the streets fearing the army and the militants, dealing with violence everyday, is an experience that could leave one feeing queasy within, and rightfully so.There Was A Queen, takes us into the lives of Kashmiri women, who have realised over time, that the only people they can rely on is themselves. ‘Kashmir is now filled with orphans and widows’, states a woman in the film, who is convinced of the futility of war that has brought on nothing but loss of lives and misery.

The Fifth Tri Continental Film Festival, organised by human rights organisation ‘Breakthrough’ with the Bangalore Film Society at Alliance France, Bangalore, last week was centred around human rights violation, in its broadest sense. The 28 films that were handpicked from a collection of 150 films from Asia, Africa and Latin America were part of a travelling film festival that passes through five Indian metros. “We use popular culture to mainstream human rights issues,” says Alika Khosla, director of the film festival in India. Flying Inside My Body is a poignant film that opens out into the personal and professional life of well known photographer Sunil Gupta, who returns to India after years of living abroad. Directed by a bunch of young graduates from Jamia Milia Islamia, this is an unusually honest film that delves into issues of physical appearances, sexuality and photography.

Gupta, an interesting storyteller himself, narrates his experiences of being tested positive for HIV and his life as a gay individual in India. The film received much applause, but it was hard not to have observed how people rushed out of the hall urgently, leaving behind only a handful of people and almost no scope for an interaction session. Why does this happen? “Well, the films are quite intense, some are very disturbing. Some people prefer to discuss the issues later. Some of them like to engage with the film individually, in their own spaces. Others may like to discuss the film with people who are familiar to them,” explains Alika.

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honeydripper2Director: John Sayles

Cast: Danny Glover, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Yaya DaCosta, Gary Clark Jr., Dr. Mable John

When the production notes describe the film as “a fable on the birth of rock and roll in America,” one expects something rumbustious. What you get instead is a meditative rumination on the human condition punctuated by a gloriously rich, deep, chocolate soundscape.

Set in a small town called Harmony in the Deep South in 1950, the movie tells the story of Tyrone “Pine Top” Purvis, the proprietor of the Honeydripper Lounge. It is a make or break weekend for Tyrone. There are no takers for the brand of live music played at the lounge as young people prefer the jukebox. Deep in debt, Purvis decides to let his long-time blues singer Bertha Mae go. Purvis hires a famous recording artist, Guitar Sam, for one night in the hope that he will be able to get customers and pay off his debts. At about the same time a youngster, Sonny Blake, wanders into town, suitcase and guitar in hand. Sonny is picked up the corrupt sheriff for vagrancy and rented out as unpaid labour.

The film, though set in a specific time and place, tells universal truths.

Purvis’ wife, Delilah, is wrestling between the twin pulls of family and an evangelical church while his daughter, China Doll is an idealist. The racism the film addresses is not the overt kind, rather it is the slow kind that eats into the soul of the victim and victimiser alike.honeydripper6

And then there is the wonderful music that punctuates the passages and bursts forth triumphantly. Performances by Motown legend Mable John and rising star Gary Clark Jr. are aural treats.

“Honey dripper” is a stirring film about life and music. Long live rock ’n’ roll

courtesy: The Hindu

Slumdog – a blunder???


The entire film slumdog millionaire is based on the television quiz program, Kaun Banega Crorepati. In the film protogonist Jamal malik becomes millionaire by giving correct answers to the questions. Once the jamal gives the answer , computerji locks it and declares it right or wrong .

But Suguna in a letter to Indian Express

says that the director Danny boyle ‘s computerji is wrong.  Yes it is the “author of darshan De Ganshyam ” .  the right answer to this question as per the film is a factual error and she wonders how such mistake can be made, and what research the Boyle team might have undertaken.

Below is Suguna’s Letter from Indian Express.


“I’d like to point out a serious error in the film. In the quiz, Jamal Malik is asked, “Who wrote the bhajan, Darshan do Ghanshyam?” The correct answer in the film is said to be Surdas. This answer is incorrect.

The bhajan is featured in the film, Narsi Bhagat (about the eponymous Gujarati saint poet) made by Devendra Goel in 1957. Even then, the song is attributed to Narsi Bhagat (as was the custom with classical poems and dohas) as suggested in the last few lines, Narsi ki yeh binati sun lo, bhakt vilasi re. I had experts (including the old music director of the film, Ravi) check and they confirm that G S Nepali wrote the bhajan but attributed it to Narsi Bhagat.

I wouldn’t quibble about this normally but this is a film about a quiz show and how the protagonist keeps winning. He picks the blind, Surdas’ name because he recalls a young singer friend who is blinded to beg. This gets him closer to the big prize. But the poem has nothing to do with Surdas. A simple Internet search would have given them the right answers. You can check the same in

What were the team of Slumdog doing if not checking the veracity of the answers that is so basic to the script? Did they believe that since the bhajan was from an old obscure Hindi film, nobody would notice? Would our cricket-crazy country be sitting back and ignoring the error if Jamal had picked ‘Ricky Ponting’ in the ultimate question and computerji had said it was correct? Would a line from a Shakespeare sonnet be attributed to, say, Byron go unnoticed by scholars of the English language? I think this error needs to be pointed out to Danny Boyle and Co especially as the film is up for the Oscars. ”

Chitra -Kathe Release

Chintana Pustaka, Bengalooru invites You to                    

         the release ofbook

 ‘Chitra-Kathe’ by A N  Prasanna –

Chitra kathe -a Book on World Cinema

will be released  during Biffes 09

by Shri H N Narahari Rao

  (Vice President – Federation of Film Societies of India
          Secretary – International Film Critics Association, India Chapter)

   Shri N Vidyashankar
          (Managing Trustee, Suchitra Film and Cultural Academy & Film Critic)

                   Introduces the Book

Venue : Vision Cinemas, K H Road, Bangalore
Date :  Jan 19, 2009 (Monday)
Time : 12.30 PM

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