Sunday, 13 May 2018


After 'Oscar' now this '71st Cannes Film Festival' will honour India's internationally popular (late) actress Sridevi!

News that on 16th May a special evening..will showcase best scenes & performances of this beautiful actress audience at the French Riviera!
Family photo of beautiful actress Sridevi!

Her film producer husband Boney Kapoor with daughters Janhavi & Khushi will attend this special event!


- Manoj Kulkarni
['Chitrasrushti', Pune]

Saturday, 12 May 2018


- Manoj Kulkarni

Renowned English Film Critic..Derek Malcolm!
Today is birthday of renowned English Film Critic & historian Derek Malcolm! He is 85+ now!
I am with senior film journalists friends..and Mr. Derek Malcolm & 
our renowned film historian (late) P. K. 'IFFI', Goa few years back!

After education in Eton & Merton Colleges, Oxford..Derek Elliston Michael Malcolm started writing on cinema. He worked for several decades as a film critic with world famous 'The Guardian'!

In 1980s he hosted 'The Film Club' on 'BBC2'. Then he became the Director of the 'London Film Festival'! He has been attending prestigious international film festivals for the last so many years. In 1977 he was a member of the Jury at 'Berlin International Film Festival' and in 2008 at 'Moscow International Film Festival'!

I first met Mr. Derek Malcolm in our 'International Film Festival of India' ('IFFI') held at New Delhi many years ago!..And met in 'IFFI' at Goa also!

Wishing all the best to him!!

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



- Manoj Kulkarni

Lead artists of India's first (real) colour film 'Kisan Kanya' (1937).

Writer of film..Manto!
When I wrote about the birth anniversary of great writer Manto..found that he wrote India's first colour film 'Kisan Kanya' which made in 1937 by 'Imperial Pictures'!..Means this film celebrated it's 80th anniversary!

Attempt of colour film 'Sairandhri' (1933).
Before this 'Prabhat Film Company' tried to make first colour film 'Sairandhri' in 1933..And for processing it's director V. Shantaram took it to 'UFA Studio' at Germany..But that technique failed and the colour turned out to be garish and film released in Black & White!

Producer 'Imperial's Ardeshir Irani.
Then in 1937..the first colour film to be produced & processed in India..was 'Kisan Kanya' by 'Imperial's Ardeshir Irani..who also made our India's first talkie film 'Alam Aara' (1931). Before this in silent era his film 'Nala Damayanti' (1920) was India's first international co-production..which was with Italy!
Poster of film 'Kisan Kanya' (1937).

Moti B. Gidwani directed this film 'Kisan Kanya' was based on a novel by Manto! This social film focused on the plight of poor farmers..the subject is still contemporary. Artists acted in it were Padmadevi, Jillo, Ghulam Mohammed, Nissar, Ghani & Syed Ahmed!

This Hindi Cinecolor feature film was India's first indigenously made colour movie..And was well received at theatres!!

Tribute to this first colour film of our India!!

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

Friday, 11 May 2018


Jean-Paul Belmondo & Anna Karina in Godard's Film 
'Pierrot le Fou' (1965) on poster of '71st Cannes Film Festival'!

Though I am not attending this 'Cannes Film Festival'..
taking notes of it's special highlights & writing my comments!
French New Wave Cinematographer Raul Coutard!

This time '71st Cannes Film Festival's poster shows the romantic image of classic French Film 'Pierrot le Fou' (1965) made by Jean-Luck Godard a pioneer of French New Wave! Stars in it are ('Breathless' fame) Jean-Paul Belmondo and (Godard's first wife) Anna Karina! This scene cinematographed by new wave master Raul Coutard!
Jean-Luck Godard with his new film 
'Le Livre d'image' (The Image Book).

Coincidentlly (still active at the age 87) Godard's new film 'Le Livre d'image' (The Image Book) is in the competition section of this Cannes Film Festival!

Best Wishes!!

- Manoj Kulkarni
    [Pune, India]
Kangna Ranaut.
Deepika Padukone.

This time our Bollywood beauties in '71st Cannes film festival!




- Manoj Kulkarni


   [Pune, India]


- Manoj Kulkarni

Author & Playwright..Saadat Hasan Manto!

Today is 106th birth anniversary of one of the great short story writers of South Asia..Saadat Hasan Manto!
Sadiya Siddiqui & Irrfan Khan in film
'Kali Salwar' (2002) made by Fareeda Mehta!
Book of Manto's stories.

An Indo-Pakistani author & playwright Manto known for his strong realistic writing! His outstanding writings includes 22 collections of short stories & 5 series of radio plays! His stories mainly focused on the partition of the subcontinent!

Urdu film 'Manto' (2015) made by 
Pakistani actor-director Sarmad Khoosat!

Some of Manto's contemporary stories adapted for films like 'Kisan Kanya' (1937), 'Apani Nagariya' (1940), 'Shikari' (1946) & 'Kali Salwar' (2002).
Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Nandita Das' movie on Manto!

Biographical Urdu film 'Manto' made in 2015 by Pakistani actor-director Sarmad Khoosat who himself played title role in it!

And now actress-filmmaker Nandita Das made a movie on Manto in which Nawazuddin Siddiqui did title role!

Tribute to Mantosahab!!

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


- Manoj Kulkarni

I remembered film 'Little Buddha' made in renowned Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci! After his 9 'Oscars' winner 'The Last Emperor' (1987) he directed this French-British drama film with the same producer Jeremy Thomas!

Important scene of Bertolucci's film 'Little Buddha'!
It tells the story of the quest of group of monks led by Lama Norbu to seek out the reincarnation of his Buddhist teacher! Bertolucci himself wrote this story on which Rudy Wultizer & Mark Peploe wrote screenplay! 
This film cinematographed by Vittorio Storaro and edited by Pietro Scalia..And Ryuichi Sakamoto composed the music!
Rajeshwari Sachdev & Keanu Reeves in 
Bertolucci's film 'Little Buddha' (1993).

In acting Ruocheng Ying was in Lama Norbu's character and Alex Wiesendanger played the boy Jess Conrad whom they searched! With them artists like Chris Isaak & Bridget Fonda were in it. And Keanu Reeves portraited Prince Siddhartha (the Buddha before his enlightenment). Our beautiful Rajeshwari Sachdev also acted in this film!
I am with Mr. Bertolucci in 'IFFI'!

This film received mixed to positive reviews!..However was very successful in France!..But my personal opinion is different!

On this occasion I remembered meeting it's filmmaker Bertolucci in our 'International Film Festival of India', 1999 at Hyderabad!

Tribute to this film on it's silver jubilee year!!

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