Monday, 24 September 2018


Filmmaker Rima Das & picture of her Assamese film 'Village Superstars'!

It is surprising..Assamese film 'Village Superstars' won National Award and sent for 'Oscar'!

Anyway, I already wrote a lot about this film!

Congratulation to it's Filmmaker Ms. Rima Das!

- Manoj Kulkarni
['Chitrasrushti', Pune]


"Dil hoom hoom kare.."

Sensible Filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi left this insensible world!

Remembering meeting her with Bhupenda in our various film festivals!!

Homage to her!!!

- Manoj Kulkarni
['Chitrasrushti', Pune]


In 2016..Amitabh Bachchan, Tapasee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari & Andrea Tariang acted and Anirudha Roy Choudhary directed Hindi film 'Pink' was in the discussion with it's dialogue "No Means No!" The reality showed in it & message is noteworthy!..But this subject is not new to our Cinema too!

In 1980 our renowned filmmaker B. R. Chopra made 'Insaf Ka Tarazu' (with different story) and handled this subject effectively! Zeenat Aman, Raj Babbar, Padmini Kolhapure & Simi Garewal were in the important roles in it. That time also the film was very much discussed and got awards too!

That 'Insaf Ka Tarazu' was based on famous American film 'Lipstick' (1976)..Lamont Johnson directed in this film Margaux & Mariel Hemingway, Chris Sarandon & Anne Bancroft were in the lead roles!..And female protagonist's "Please No!" words in it..touched!

Now more than three decades over..but the situation not changed and new movie on the same subject will become Contemporary!!

- Manoj Kulkarni 
['Chitrasrushti', Pune, India]

Sunday, 23 September 2018


Now the picture is almost clear about South Indian Cinema's superstar Kamal Hassan's entering in Politics!

Kamal Hassan & Shahrukh Khan 
in film 'Hey Ram' (2000).
He has been commenting on the socio-cultural scenarios before the releases of his films like 'Vishwaroopam' I & II (2013/2017). His ideology 
is also depicted in the films he made like 'Hey Ram' (2000)..and he acted like 'Indian' (1996).

Rati Agnihotri & Kamal Hassan 
in hit 'Ek Duje Ke Liye' (1981).
I am with Kamal Hassan in 'International Film Festival of India'.
He completed more than 50 years in film industry and acted in different genre of films like Tamil 'Apoorva Raagangal' (1975) & 'Sagar Sangamam' (1983) and Hindi hit 'Ek Duje Ke Liye' (1981) & 'Sagar' (1985)...Silent 'Pushpak' (1987) too! He also wrote, produced & directed notable films under his 'Rajkamal International'!

He won many awards which includes 3 National and 19 Filmfare. And he also honoured with 'Padma Bhushan'!

I remembered meeting Kamal Hassan long back in our 'International Film Festival of India' and his free style of expressing!

- Manoj Kulkarni
['Chitrasrushti', Pune]

Friday, 21 September 2018

Thursday, 20 September 2018


Today is birthday of Asia's one of the most famous actresses..Hong Kong born beautiful Maggie Cheung!
Young Jackie Chan & Maggie Cheung!

From modeling Maggie appeared on screen in comic roles; but soon famous martial artist Jackie Chan noticed her and cast as his heroine May in his adventure films series started with 'Police Story' (1985)..and she became star!
Maggie Cheung in 'Irma Vep'!

Apart from commercially hit action movies Maggie Cheung also acted in different genre of which her own favourite works were 'Song of Exile' (1990), 'Centre Stage' (1991), Comrades: Almost a Love Story' (1996) and 'In the Mood for Love' (2000) directed by Hong Kong's second wave filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai!
Maggie Cheung & Tony Leung in 
'In the Mood for Love' (2000).

Till date she acted in almost 80 films. Her recent appearance was as Mazu, Chinese goddess of the sea in film 'Ten Thousand Waves' (2010) made by British filmmaker Isaac Julien!
Maggie Cheung in award winning role of 'Clean' (2004)

Maggie Cheung won many awards and became the first Asian actress to win a prize at the 'Cannes Film Festival' for her role in 'Clean' (2004). 

She was appointed as UNICEF's Ambassador to China! And..
In 2011 she awarded Doctor Honoris Causa at University of Edinburgh!

I am while interviewing Maggie Cheung in 'IFFI', 1997.
I interviewed Maggie Cheung in our '28th International Film Festival of India' (IFFI') held at Thiruvananthapuram in 1997! That time she acted French director Oliver Assayas film 'Irma Vep' was there. She played the film within the film heroine in it!


- Manoj Kulkarni
   [Pune, India]


Veteran (late) Singer-Actress..Charmian Carr!

Two years over..'Sound of Music' fame beautiful American Singer-Actress Charmian Carr left this world!

Pretty Charmian Carr in film 'Sound of Music' (1965).
Charmian Carr & Daniel Truhitte in "I am sixteen.."
She was best known for her role of Liesl, the eldest daughter of Von Trapp in Robert Wise's 'Oscar' winning film 'Sound of Music' (1965). 

After that she starred with Anthony Perkins in Stephen Sondheim's TV musical 'Evening Primrose'!

Still her romantic singing performance in Rodgers-Hammerstein's superb tune from 'Sound of Music' is lingering in mind..

"I am sixteen going on seventeen.."Daniel Truhitte

which became the pioneering teenage love song!!

Homage to her!!

- Manoj Kulkarni
  [Pune, India]