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The 51st International Film Festival of India acquired postponed as a result of coronavirus pandemic and can now be held from January 16 to January 24. It’s been introduced that 20 non-characteristic and 23 characteristic movies, together with Saand Ki Aankh and Sushant Singh Rajput’s Chhichhore, shall be screened as half of the competition’s Indian Panaroma part.

The New York Film Critics Circle on Friday voted Kelly Reichardt’s Western fable First Cow one of the best movie of 2020, whereas additionally giving particular honors to Spike Lee and the artwork-home distributor Kino Lorber for his or her roles in a film yr deeply marred by the pandemic.

Stranger Things and Enola Holmes star Millie Bobby Brown is about to star within the Russo brothers’ subsequent venture. The movie is an adaptation of Simon Stalenhag’s graphic novel The Electric State.


Meanwhile, multihyphenate Jennifer Lopez is about to topline the characteristic The Cipher for Netflix. The movie relies on creator Isabella Maldonado’s novel of the identical title.

In Tollywood, director Sagar Chandra’s new Telugu movie will star Pawan Kalyan and Rana Daggubati. Meanwhile 11th Hour, the net collection starring Tamannaah and directed by Praveen Sattaru, will stream on Telugu OTT platform Aha from Sankranthi 2021.

Also, Rashmika Mandanna is about to make a break in Hindi cinema, alongside Siddharth Malhotra in ‘Mission Majnu’, directed by Shantanu Bagchi.

Rashmika Mandanna on her Venice trip


Essential studying 

1) Filmmaker Peter Docter, an Academy Award-winner and Pixar’s Chief Creative Officer, is raring to launch Disney Pixar’s Soul, which stars Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey. The lengthy-awaited movie has seen quite a few launch delays owing to the pandemic, however now the world can sit up for a December 25 (right now) launch on Disney+.

>>> Read our interview with Peter Docter, co-director Kemp Powers and producer Dana Murray right here. 

2) Filmmaker Indrajit Lankesh discusses the points of actor Shakeela’s life, which he has made into a movie of the identical title, which sees Richa Chadda in the primary position and likewise stars Pankaj Tripathi. 

>>> Check out what the director has to say in regards to the movie’s journey right here. 

three) Author-turned-screenwriter Anna Todd – recognized for After and After We Collided – appears to be like again on her journey to changing into a bestselling author. 

>>> Where did Todd draw her inspiration rising up? Read the interview right here. 

four) Director Anand Ranga opens up on his Telugu internet collection Shootout at Alair – set to stream right now – which relies on 2007 true incidents in Hyderabad.

>>> Check out the filmmaker’s intentions for the collection right here.

5) Set for a January launch, Kannada movie Jeevanane Nataka Swami makes you have a look at the humour behind the drama of actuality reveals. 

>>> Read the complete interview with director Raju Bhandari right here.

6) Filmmaker Balaji Tharaneetharan affirms that he has not stepped away from motion pictures. He, nonetheless, can breathe straightforward with Oru Pakka Kathai lastly releasing right now. 

>>> Here is the complete interview.

7) What’s a yr-finish particular e-newsletter with no spherical-up of one of the best movies this yr? Through this listicle, we revisit some of one of the best movies in an in any other case unhealthy yr for cinema.

>>> Check out the complete checklist right here.

eight) We additionally broke down one of the best Hindi-language reveals of 2020. 

>>> What made the ultimate checklist? Find out right here.

What to look at this week 

1) The first superhero film after the pandemic shut down cinemas, WW84 might be underwhelming most likely as a result of our thought of superheroes itself has modified.

Read the complete review right here. 

2) Starring Anil Kapoor and Anurag Kashyap, AK vs AK has a pulpy premise and is outrageously humorous, regardless that it doesn’t come collectively as a complete.

Read the complete review right here.

three) Amazon Prime anthology Unpaused contains a stirring ensemble of slice-of-life tales that dwell on the frequent themes of loneliness, love and hope.

Read the complete review right here.

four) Actor Chadwick Boseman’s final on-display screen efficiency options in an enchanting adaptation of August Wilson’s eponymous play, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, that was first staged in 1982.

Read the complete review right here.

A still from ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’

A nonetheless from ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’


5) The Wilds second season follows airplane crash strands a gaggle of teenage ladies on a abandoned island main them to find issues about themselves.

Read the complete review right here