Hotel Salvation (Mukti Bhawan, India (Hindi) 2017)

Hotel Salvation is the latest Indian Independent film to successfully tour film festivals worldwide and now receive a limited general release in the UK. It was first launched at the Venice Film Festival last year. Its young (25 year-old) writer-director Shubhashish Bhutiani had already won prizes with Kesh (2013), his thesis film short from New… Read More Hotel Salvation (Mukti Bhawan, India (Hindi) 2017)

The Lunchbox (India/Germany/France/US 2013)

After a second viewing, my thoughts about The Lunchbox are beginning to crystallise. This is an Indian cultural product which ‘reads’ in some ways (primarily its cinematography and editing) like an American Independent or an international festival film. As one of my regular viewing colleagues said to me, it’s difficult to make out who the audience… Read More The Lunchbox (India/Germany/France/US 2013)

London Indian Film Festival #3: Monsoon Shootout (India/UK/Netherlands 2013)

Monsoon Shootout is a difficult film to pin down and review but an important film to discuss. It’s the first feature of writer-director Amit Kumar and has been ten years in the making – an indication of the potential difficulties in producing a small film outside the Indian mainstream. Kumar is an Indian film school… Read More London Indian Film Festival #3: Monsoon Shootout (India/UK/Netherlands 2013)