Our obsessions often serve as motivation to achieve our goals in life. But this week Junglee Home Video brings you a story of an obsession so great that it begins to erode the very fabric of life itself. Kshay, already a winner of 4 International film awards tells the story Chhaya, a simple unassuming housewife who is seemingly content in the life she shares with her husband Arvind. Until one day she catches sight of an unfinished idol of the Goddess Lakshmi and becomes besotted with owning it. Like an infection this obsession starts growing inside her and gradually, owning the idol becomes the only thing on her mind. It affects her peace, her marriage, her dreams and eventually her sanity. The film is a brilliant take on the frailty of our minds when driven by intangible desires. It has been dubbed as one of the best indie films India has seen in a long long time and become a benchmark for indie film-making It is now available in music and retail stores across India.
You know a movie has got to be funny if its lead character is an anorexic Superman in rubber slippers. Hence when the documentary Supermen Of Malegaon released in cinemas a few months ago it raised a lot more than eyebrows with the unexpectedly rave reviews it received. And now after bagging 14 international film awards and the Best Documentary from the Indian Documentary Producers’ Association in India, Supermen Of Malegaon is finally out on DVD. Many films in the past have told the story of small town India’s craze for Hindi cinema. But none of them come close to the eccentricity of the people of Malegaon. A small town tucked away in the heart of India, Malegaon is fraught with communal tension and under economic depression. To escape the harsh reality of their world, its people seek refuge in the fantastical world of cinema. This passion for cinema has driven a group of cinema enthusiasts to create their own films – quirky, low budget, socially aware and notoriously funny spoofs of Bollywood films. Spurred on by their success they now aspire to take on Hollywood and Superman. We follow them on this journey as the film takes shape through schemes and approaches that are sublimely ingenious, simply bizarre and purely hysterical. Whether a movie fan or not, this documentary will leave you in absolute awe of these extremely spirited film makers. You can pick up your copy of the DVD at a music or retail store near you.
There is no doubting an artiste’s quality if he’s one of the few thats sells albums outside of the film genre in today’s age. But that hasn’t stopped Times Music’s latest signing Angaraag Mahanta, popularly known as Papon from creating a new benchmark. After being at the forefront of popularising Assamese folk music for over a decade now,Papon has released his debut Hindi album on Times Music. Titled – The Story So Far, the album is a melange of an earthy folk sound and contemporary arrangement.
Through the 9 Hindi & 2 Assamese tracks, you will hear the sound of the hills resonate in Papon’s voice; truly a musical experience that few people outside of his home state would have experienced. It’s the kind of album that sounds so good, every song instantly begins to grow on you. Papon has been fast gaining popularity through his performances on TV shows and at premier live music venues in India & abroad. Perhaps that’s the reason for the first batch of this album being sold out in pre-order itself. So if music is your way of unwinding on the weekend, “The Story So Far” is a must try for you. CDs are available at all leading music & retail stores and Ringback Tones are live, pan India across all mobile operators.