Os­car ac­claimed films for cin­ema lovers

HT Cafe - - Entertainment - Tor­sha Sen ht­cafe@htlive.com

The Hin­dus­tan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Fes­ti­val (HTKGAF) and the newly launched pre­mium English movie chan­nel &Privé HD show­cased some of the most ac­claimed and award win­ning movies as a part of the fes­ti­val this year for those who are not sat­is­fied with the sim­ple and crave for the al­ter­nate when it comes to films.

Prathyusha Agarwal, chief mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer, Zee En­ter­tain­ment En­ter­prises Limited said, “The HTKGAF is one of the largest mul­ti­cul­tural fes­ti­vals that presents art for the non­con­formist afi­ciona­dos in the most dis­tinc­tive man­ner. Com­pletely in line with our brand phi­los­o­phy of com­pelling au­di­ence to feel the other side, we at &Privé HD are thrilled to as­so­ciate with it for its cin­ema ver­ti­cal.” She fur­ther added, “Since in­cep­tion, our aim has al­ways been to cre­ate a com­mu­nity and drive con­ver­sa­tions around fine cin­ema and hence this fes­ti­val is the per­fect fit for us to reach out to our au­di­ence. We pre­sented an im­mer­sive movie view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of films like Moon­light, Pele: Birth of a Leg­end, Her and the Os­car nom­i­nated The Post, which is def­i­nitely one of the more pop­u­lar and ac­claimed movies of the year.”

The first film to be show­cased was Steven Spiel­berg’s The Post, star­ring ac­tors Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. The story of Katharine Gra­ham (Streep) who with her ed­i­tor, Ben Bradlee (Hanks), races to catch up with the ri­val news­pa­per to ex­pose a mas­sive cover up of gov­ern­ment se­crets that spans three decades and four U.S. pres­i­dents. It re­ceived pos­i­tive feed­back from the au­di­ence who were present at the screen­ing. Shyam Mo­han a viewer said, “Meryl Streep out­does ev­ery­one in the film, in­clud­ing her­self. This could well be her best per­for­mance ever. Even the bril­liant, sea­soned Tom Hanks fades in com­par­i­son.”

The screen­ing was fol­lowed by a panel dis­cus­sion, mod­er­ated by film critic and ed­i­tor, Mayank Shekhar, which con­sisted of au­thor Asim Chab­bra, film­maker Ramesh Sharma, colum­nist at Hin­dus­tan Times Su­jata Anan­dan and Ex­ec­u­tive Ed­i­tor at Hin­dus­tan Times, Mum­bai, Sachin Kal­bag. The dis­cus­sion en­sued how there are hardly any path break­ing films made on jour­nal­ism by In­dian film­mak­ers.

The next two films that were show­cased were Her, a film that fol­lows a man who falls in love with an ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence voice and Moon­light, the first film with an all-black cast and the first LGBT film which won an Os­car for Best Pic­ture.

A dis­cus­sion fol­lowed the screen­ings with film­maker Anant Ma­hade­van, where Ma­hade­van pointed out the need for chan­nels that can show qual­ity world cin­ema. He said, “I learned film­mak­ing by watch­ing films at var­i­ous film so­ci­eties. How­ever, as times have changed and there are hardly any film so­ci­eties around that show qual­ity con­tent, I think chan­nels like &Privé HD will help to fill the gap that lack of film so­ci­eties, have left for those who are pas­sion­ate about films and film­mak­ing.”

The fourth film show­cased was Pelé: Birth of a Leg­end, an Amer­i­can bi­o­graph­i­cal film about the early life of Brazil­ian foot­ball leg­end Pelé. Sonam Karki from the au­di­ence said, “I’m a huge foot­ball fan and this film was some­thing I had missed watch­ing in the past be­cause of my ex­ams. Thanks to this screen­ing, I fi­nally got a chance to watch it on the big screen.”

On 5th Fe­bru­ary, &Privé HD launched an ex­clu­sive month-long prop­erty ‘The Win­ning Side’ show­cas­ing Os­car-win­ning movies in the lead up to the Academy Awards. Through it the chan­nel cel­e­brates some of the spec­tac­u­lar cine­matic sto­ries on cel­lu­loid which are a tes­ti­mony to the ded­i­ca­tion to the art of film­mak­ing. &Privé HD will be show­ing 20 movies which have won 45 Os­cars. Also, the chan­nel has a line-up of movies for the year ahead along with some of the big­gest In­dian tele­vi­sion pre­mieres in­clud­ing that of The Post, Call Me By your Name, Molly’s Game, 7 Days in En­tebbe, The Boy with The Top Knot, Ro­man J. Is­rael, Esq. and Mar­shall among oth­ers.

The HTKGAF is one of the largest mul­ti­cul­tural fes­ti­vals that presents art for the non­con­formist afi­ciona­dos. PRATHYUSHA AGARWAL, CHIEF MAR­KET­ING OF­FI­CER, ZEE EN­TER­TAIN­MENT EN­TER­PRISES LIMITED

Screen­ing of The Post

PHO­TOS: HTCS

At­ten­dees pour­ing in at HTKGAF

Screen­ing of Pele - Birth of a Leg­end

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