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Siraj Syed is the India Correspondent for FilmFestivals.com and a member of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics. He is a Film Festival Correspondent since 1976, Film-critic since 1969 and a Feature-writer since 1970. 

 

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Diorama, New Delhi, January 2019: Films screened and their ratings

Diorama, New Delhi, January 2019: Films screened and their ratings

In cold New Delhi, the iconic Siri Fort was the venue for the first ever Diorama International Film Festival. What was once a single screen venue has burgeoned into a four screen complex, with the largest of them, Auditorium 1, able to accommodate approximately 2,000 persons.  Audi 1 was sparingly used, and rightly so, because audiences were thin, to say the least. Of the other three, Auditorium 4 was largely used as the Film Market, while most screenings happened in Audi 2 and Audi 3.

I reached on the second day, and could watch films only from the evening of the 15th. Moreover, I had to leave on the morning of the closing day, the 20th, so I must have missed some more films. Nevertheless, here is the list of films I could catch, with my ratings.

SANJU

Director: Raju Hirani

155Mins/Hindi/India/2018: ***

URO JAHAJ

Director: Buddhadeb Dasgupta

82Mins/Bengali/India/2018: ***

TONY

Director: Vipul Rawal

113Mins/Hindi/India/2018: ** ½

DEAR MOLLY

Director: Gajendra Ahire

91 Mins/Marathi, English/India/2018: ** ½

ANDHADHUN

Director: Sriram Raghavan

139Mins/Hindi/India/2018: ***

#NUDES

Director: Guily Machovec

104Mins/Portuguese/Brazil/2018: ***

BLESSED IS THE FRUIT

Director: André Morais

97Mins/Portuguese/Brazil/2018: ** ½

MANOHAR & I

Director: Amitabha Chatterjee

118Mins/Bengali/India/2018: *** ½

BOYZHETKEN. SHE IS ALL THAT

Director: Abdel Fiftybayev

93Mins/Russian/Kazakhstan/2018: ** ½

BHAYANAKAM

Director: Jayaraj

124Mins/Hindi,Urdu/India/2018: *** ½

THE PLAYBOY MR. SAWHNEY

Director: Tariq Naved Siddiqui

26Mins/Hindi/India/2018: ** ½

THE WAR WITHIN

Director: Amarpreet GS Chhabra

24Mins/Hindi/India/2018: ** ½

PLEASE MIND THE GAP

Director: Mitali Trivedi, Gagandeep Singh

20Mins/Hindi/India/2018: **

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About Siraj Syed

Syed Siraj
(Siraj Associates)

Siraj Syed is a film-critic since 1970 and a Former President of the Freelance Film Journalists' Combine of India.

He is the India Correspondent of FilmFestivals.com and a member of FIPRESCI, the international Federation of Film Critics, Munich, Germany

Siraj Syed has contributed over 1,015 articles on cinema, international film festivals, conventions, exhibitions, etc., most recently, at IFFI (Goa), MIFF (Mumbai), MFF/MAMI (Mumbai) and CommunicAsia (Singapore). He often edits film festival daily bulletins.

He is also an actor and a dubbing artiste. Further, he has been teaching media, acting and dubbing at over 30 institutes in India and Singapore, since 1984.


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