Why this Friday - 26th September 2018 is the most interesting cinematic experience


The maverick Mani Ratnam’s CHEKKA CHIVANTHA VAANAM (English: Crimson Red Sky), the influentially radical Vishal Bhardwaj ‘s PATAAKHA, the proud desi Sharat Katariya’s SUI DHAAGA and India’s official entry for Oscars Rima Das VILLAGE ROCKSTARS, Friday at your nearest theater has rarely offered such enthralling choices that promise to celebrate the triumph of content over anything else.


Yes, there is a star studded SUI DHAAGA by DUM LAGA KE HAISHA fame Sharat Katariya that has Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma in lead. But honestly, as the fans of Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma are waiting to see their favourites in a de- glam avatar, the concerned audience is equally keen to know what is this said take on ‘Make In India’ by Sharat Katariya is all about.


The radically influential Vishal Bhardwaj whose astonishing spin to Shakespeare’s tragedies MAQBOOL (Macbeth ), OMAKARA ( Othelo ), HAIDER ()Hamlet)) has been sheer brilliance, this times opts for Charan Singh Pathik's short story )DO BEHNEIN) in the movie PATAAKHA starring Sanya Malhotra, debutant Radhika Madan, Sunil Grover, Saanand Verma and Vijay Raaz in lead roles, the movie is a story of two warring sisters realizing the importance of each other after marriage, as Vishal Bhardwaj’s films, it is expected that PATAAKHA wont shy away from making a comment on social issues.


The maverick Mani Ratnam is back to his forte it seems in CHEKKA CHIVANTHA VAANAM (English: Crimson Red Sky), the upcoming Tamil-language crime thriller film co-written and directed by Mani Ratnam, features Arvind Swami, Vijay Sethupathi, Jyothika, Silambarasan, Arun Vijay, Aishwarya Rajesh, Dayana Erappa and Aditi Rao Hydari along with Prakash Raj, Jayasudha, Thiagarajan and Mansoor Ali Khan. CHEKKA CHIVANTHA VAANAM (CCV) according to sources close to the production, Mani Ratnam's love for ancient epics may well be repeated in this film. Like THALAPATHI (the maverick take on ()Mahabharata ()), RAAVAN ()Ramayana)), CCV might be the inspired version of the Tamil mythological epic )PONNIYIN SELVAN) and that’s enough for anyone to get excited.


Last but not the least, a self learned 37 year old filmmaker from Assam Rima Das who stunned everyone at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) last year with a digital camera shot VILLAGE ROCKSTARS. Made on a shoestring budget that bagged the National honours this year as the best feature film, VILLAGE ROCKSTARS has left top banners and sneaked in the list of India’s entry at Oscars for the year in the best foreign language category. The movie is also hitting theaters this Friday. The first ever Assamese language film selected as India's entry to the Oscars, is a journey that follows the dreams of children in Assam's rural areas.