Monday, June 13, 2016

Sydney Film Festival 2016 :: Films about life in India

I always look forward to the Sydney Film Festival every year and saw my first film from the Festival last night. It was a back to back screening of a short film called Spice Sisters, a 15 min short flick for foodies and it's about Rohini, a former Bollywood actress, who is bored and restless with her life. When a popular reality cooking competition issues a call for entries, Rohini decides to enter to change her life. The film's duration is only 15 minutes but it was succinct, hilarious, engaging and I would love to see more from the film director, Sheila Jayadev.

Food photography by See.Taste.Do at the recent Taste of Delhi event at Delhi By The Way at Potts Point, a selection of delicious curries we feasted upon.

What I loved about it too was the bollywood dancing and my dear friend, Pradnya was in the film! Imagine seeing a friend in a Sydney film unexpectedly on the big screen and she features as Rohini's flashback in her Bollywood actress days! Well done Pradnya for the film feature and your beautiful dance pose presented to a large, packed out crowd at Events George St cinema in Sydney last night!

Photo courtesy of Sydney Film Festival 2016 of Spice Sisters
The mood changes when we watch the full feature film, called Angry Indian Goddesses, about a group Indian girlfriends that get together and explores various social issues facing women in modern India. Freida, a fashion photographer invites her friends to her famiy home to announce that she is getting married. The group consists of Madhurita or Mad (Anushka Manchanda), a Bollywood singer, Pamela Jaswal or Pammy (Pavleen Gujral), a trophy wife, Suranjana or Su (Sandhya Mridul), a businesswoman, Nargis (Tannishtha Chatterjee), an activist, and Joanna or Jo (Amrit Maghera), an aspiring actress. The gathering sets off a chain of reactions and hidden secrets. After the announcement the wild bunch of girls head to Goa, thus begins an impromptu bachelorette party, and a riotous roller-coaster ride of girl bonding. Amidst the fun and frenzy, the girls are oblivious of the impending doom and go on living life like there is no tomorrow. The film has brilliant acting, is mixed mood, fast pace, dramatic and very confronting. It's a story that's well told.

To see what else is showing, the quickest way to see the program is by downloading the Sydney Film Festival 2016 App. The Festival runs until 16 June 2016.  If the films are popular enough, sometimes they get released at cinemas a little later on down the track.  For more details go to www.sff.org.au.

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