Watching art movies/parallel cinema as hobby.

Folks with similar hobby gather here.

Objectives of this thread:

1. Enlist probable interview questions.
2. Share selected candidates' interview transcript with these hobbbies.
3. Sharing relevant links
4. Discussion on above.
5. Forming opinion.

Comments

  • Me too.
    I think IMDB is good for details
  • edited December 2016
    Very soon I'll be posting lists of famous movies and important personalities related to art movies. Till then if any body can contribute ze can.
  • If any thread relating to this already exists, share its link. Would love to continue with that and drop this one. But if there ain't any, make this thread a useful source.
  • Parallel Movies Which I Saw recently

    1. Ek doctor ki Maut
    2. Massan
    3. Shahid
    4. Aligarh
    5. Ek rukha Hua Faisla
    6. Mandi
    7. Bazzar
    8. Katha
    9. Kamla Ki Maut


    Jaan Tere Naam

  • Q1) Why parallel Movies are struggling to sustain in modern era of commercial Movies and whats the future of it.

    Jaan Tere Naam

  • One movie i missed is NATSAMRAT , Best till now

    Jaan Tere Naam

  • edited December 2016

    Q1) Why parallel Movies are struggling to sustain in modern era of commercial Movies and whats the future of it.

    1. Competition with mainstream commercial cinema
    2. Insufficient funding and financial resources
    3. Small viewership. Only elite intellectual sections of society understand them. ( My opinion. Discuss on this)
    4. Lack of their promotion
    5. No exhibition of these in multiplexes
    6. Lack of interest of viewers due to lack of masala/stunt/song etc

    Thats why art cinema declining in its pure form (comparing with the times of Satyajit Ray).To maintain its relevance today, it is adapting to needs of present viewership and also taking shelter of commercial cinema as well (eg aligarh, masaan etc)

    PS: personal opinion.
  • How to get Apu Trilogy with subtitles?
  • ‌ek dr ki maut
    ‌ardhsatya
    ‌dharavi
    ‌mirch masala
    ‌kafiron ki namaz
    ‌saransh
    ‌lunchbox
    ‌pan singh tomar
    ‌the namesake
  • mani kaul aur ritwik ghatak ka cinema
  • What is parallel cinema???
  • What is parallel cinema???

    In literal sense = "a stream parallel to mainstream commercial cinema."

    Its characterised by realism.
  • While our hobby is parallel cinema, do not belittle mainstream cinema , neither regard Hollywood higher than bollywood.

    We can exclude reference that parallel cinema is only for "elites or intellectuals". Never put oneself at higher moral or intellectual pedestal than others.

    Buy Satyajit rays book, I'd recommend "our films, their films" as it helps understand history of cinema , roots of parallel cinema. Also read a little about origins of parallel cinema, directors responsible.
  • Any body here who's ever appeared in interview and been asked questions on this?
  • i have put watching educational movies as my hobby, as i didn't want interviewers to give too much leeway in asking question. my understanding on educational movies is about all those movies which have the ability to instill socially and politically desired attitude, values and knowledge in common citizen.

    therefore " PINK" with strong message about hidden gender biases invoke or encourage people to introspect. similarly 3 IDIOT highlight importance of being innovative and discourage rote learning. therefore these movies have potential to inspire large number of common citizen, so i consider them under the ambit of educational movies.

    so my question is, can i consider above as educational movies or there is some other kind of movies that are called educational movies.
  • reviving
    ..
  • Though not important for interview but still an academic question.

    Does cinema reflect the reality of the society or is it the opposite i.e. society is shaped by the movies?

    What role has parallel cinema performed in societal transformation? Cite some examples.
  • Q1) Why parallel Movies are struggling to sustain in modern era of commercial Movies and whats the future of it.

    1. Competition with mainstream commercial cinema
    2. Insufficient funding and financial resources
    3. Small viewership. Only elite intellectual sections of society understand them. ( My opinion. Discuss on this)
    4. Lack of their promotion
    5. No exhibition of these in multiplexes
    6. Lack of interest of viewers due to lack of masala/stunt/song etc

    Thats why art cinema declining in its pure form (comparing with the times of Satyajit Ray).To maintain its relevance today, it is adapting to needs of present viewership and also taking shelter of commercial cinema as well (eg aligarh, masaan etc)

    PS: personal opinion.
    We have to develop a movie Viewing culture first. Two of the states in India, where parallel cinema was most successful were west Bengal and Kerala. One of the reasons behind was the strong film society movement. For example in my home state, Kerala, internationally acclaimed film maker adoor gopalakrishnan, before starting his career as a director, concentrated his attention towards conducting screenings of famous movies with the help of foreign embassies, under his chitralekha film society. In a recent interview, he had equated this viewer sensitization to watching kathakali. To understand kathakali, one needs to learn about its mudras etc. Similarly to understand good cinema, one has to have a basic idea about film making process and an exposure to acclaimed film makers before his college years itself.
    ( world cinema is my hobby)
  • I would want to be recommended some famous biopics (not the common or IMDB ) ones...preferably in indian languages...(watching biopics is my hobby )...plss
  • How do you watch these movies? Finding some of them is quite rare, or expensive, except on torrents, which is blatantly illegal.
  • edited March 6
    :D
    parichit said:

    How do you watch these movies? Finding some of them is quite rare, or expensive, except on torrents, which is blatantly illegal.

    :D
  • parichit said:

    How do you watch these movies? Finding some of them is quite rare, or expensive, except on torrents, which is blatantly illegal.

    Bro, much of the study material we use are photo copies of copy righted materials. So isn't that 'blatantly illegal'?
    Even if one is able to find such movies on torrent sites, the seeders are mostly zero. Therefore YouTube is a better source. Nowadays online viewing platforms like hotstar, Netflix etc, has opened a new window. Plus, since these movies rarely get any theatre release, viewing them from even torrent sites can be justified, is my opinion.

  • Friends, 'what's your stand on the censorship debate?' is a highly probable question, for people with movies as hobby. Is it needed or not? Please add your answer. Eminent film personalities, especially of the parallel cinema, take the stand that it doesn't suit a modern society. I tend to agree with them, since
    1. it's mostly nudity and obscene language that the CBFC finds fault with. With ubiquitous internet connection, porn and every other kind of adult entertainment is at ones fingertip. And the government itself has declared in the court, that its helpless when it comes to controlling porn sites.
    2. Books, magazines, serial TV and other TV programmes etc, with a much larger viewer ship base, don't undergo censorship.
    3. Anti national content, or highly obscene/controversial content can be dealt with using the existing laws and other such penal mechanism.
    4. The kind of ignominy that these shameful censoring episodes bring to our country. Examples: the girl with the dragon tattoo, blue jasmine
    5. These are political postings.
    6. They usually tend to serve as government backed moral police.
    7. The intention behind formation of CBFC is to only certify movies.
    8. Ours is the land of kamasutra and khajuraho
    9. Arbitrary Moral standards of a handful of people, shouldn't determine what one billion people should watch
    please add more points.
    give the counter points, if you think censorship is a necessity.
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