With the 13th Mumbai Film Festival nearing its end and another three days to go, the excitement continues to be roaring. Melancholia, The Yellow Sea, Abu, Son of Adam, Teesri Manzil and were without doubt the popular movies for the day.
The topic of Open Forum was The relevance of film reviews: Do they really matter today …? It had prominent critics including Mayank Shekhar, Bhawana Somaya, Anupama Chopra and director Nikhil Advani discuss the relevance of film reviews and if they really matter today. Speaking at the forum the critics addressed the aspect of how they understand all films involve hard work and toil, however also criticized that at times filmmakers and those involved, offer sums to alter their perception and rating of a particular movie. Commenting on how critics are being churned out by every publication and portal, Nikhil Advani said, “Now everyone believes in reviews. Everybody is becoming a critic and trade analyst.”
Dimensions Mumbai section jury for which Kiran Rao, Renuka Shahane, Vikramaditya Motwane, Onir and Nishikant Kamat were present. Encouraging the young talents and new generation of film makers Kiran Rao said, “It’s a great step forward to encourage young film makers. This is my first experience as a jury member and I must say it has been great”. She further suggested, “We should try and screen these short films before a regular movie screening in theatres. This would give a great platform to budding film makers”.
|Salim Ahamed director of
Abu, Son of Adam
Later in the evening Salim Ahamed director of Abu, Son of Adam (National award winning film and India’s entry for Oscars) was present for the screening of his movie. Talking on his movie he said, “When I used to work in a travel agency many people would come to me for going to Haj, and that’s when I got inspired from a real life incident and it stayed with me for a really long time. So, I decided to make this into a movie as soon as I got the opportunity.”
|Anupama Chopra with Nikhil Advani at the Open Forum
The 6th day concluded with much fanfare with audiences praising the arrangements and schedule of the day. With the festival drawing closer to its end, audiences are packing in to catch the best of world cinema in the city.