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Siraj Syed


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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ConnecTechAsia/BroadcastAsia 2018, XIII: Wohler’s Signal Monitoring For Every Requirement

ConnecTechAsia/BroadcastAsia 2018, XII I: Wohler’s Signal Monitoring For Every Requirement Whether you are looking to replace their existing signals with IP completely or simply want to bridge between both classic and IP infrastructures, Wohler’s IP monitoring solutions can help you solve their challenges today. AMP2-16V – The World's Finest Audio/Video Monitor™ now has modules for AoIP including Dante and Ravenna /AES67. Already own a unit? Their simple modular u...

Karwaan, Review: Falls just short of its destination

Karwaan, Review: Falls just short of its destination Quite predictably, the two primary reasons for wanting to see Karwaan would be the Hindi debut of Kerala’s superstar, Mammooty’s son, Dulquer Salmaan, already a heart-throb, and a chance to watch the (these days) seriously ill Irrfan, in a major role. Director Akarsh Khurana’s second outing comes after the forgettable High Jack, released a few months ago, so that is not an attraction. Both, the debutant and Irrfan, impress...

Mulk, Review: Half-baked attempt at addressing a burning national issue

Mulk, Review: Half-baked attempt at addressing a burning national issue Right in the beginning, the makers tell you that the film is inspired by real-life incidents, as reported in Indian media, and that they have no intention of suggesting that some acts of some persons are representative of the entire community. Mulk addresses the burning issue of terrorism and tries to convey the triple messages that perpetrators of terror should not be identified on the basis of their religion, that terr...

Mama Mia 2! Here we go again, Review: ABBAsolutely delightful--See that film, enjoy the scenes

Mama Mia 2! Here we go again, Review: ABBAsolutely delightful--See that film, enjoy the scenes Co-incidences and flashbacks galore dot the story of Mama Mia 2! Here We Go Again, a sure-fire recipé for disaster in so many films. Not here, though. Here, they are never one too many. And linking them all are some delightful songs and dances, in a 114 minute long ode to bittersweet things called life and love. A jukebox romantic comedy it is, but so well executed and integrated that it almo...

ConnecTechAsia 2018, XII: American, APAC business turns to HokuApps for enterprise mobility

ConnecTechAsia 2018, XII: American, APAC business turns to HokuApps for enterprise mobility  Organisations in the US and APAC are increasingly choosing HokuApps’ Enterprise RAD model to build the right kind of enterprise-level app eyeing digital business transformation. HokuApps’ uniqueness lies in its data integration platform that offers rapid connectivity to suit all API specifications at 10X faster speed and at a surprisingly affordable price. Businesses can choose from m...

Nawabzaade, Review: One woman, three men, infinite boredom

Nawabzaade, Review: One woman, three men, infinite boredom No, I did not do that! Really! Why would a conscientious critic invert half the picture from the poster? It’s there, on their Facebook page. See for yourself. Those three upside down bodies belong to young bachelors, who go under the euphemism of princes’ sons, but are paupers in real life. They are desperate to find suitable girls to marry, but who will even look at them, let alone marry them? Enter a family that moves i...

ConnecTechAsia/CommunicAsia 2018, VIII: AsiaSat collaborates with KBZ to provide OTT via satellite in Myanmar

ConnecTechAsia/CommunicAsia 2018, VIII: AsiaSat collaborates with KBZ to provide OTT via satellite in Myanmar Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat – SEHK: 1135), Asia’s leading satellite operator, has announced its collaboration with KBZ Gateway Company Limited (KBZ) to explore business opportunities for providing OTT (Over-the-Top) via Satellite video service in Myanmar. This initiative will initially support the free to air distribution of national TV chan...

Pipsi, Review: A Fish Called Faith

Pipsi, Review: A Fish Called Faith Maharashtra state in western India has faced several years of successive droughts in its Vidarbha area. This has led to farmers committing suicides, unable to repay loans and faced with humiliation and recurrent demands from banks and money-lenders, being recurrent defaulters. Pipsi is set in Raakh village of Vidarbha and tells the touching tale of a two kids, a girl and a boy, Chaani and Balu, who go all out to keep a small, dying fish alive, in the belief ...

Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3, Review: Russian Roulette, House of Lords, the Nautch Girl and Privy Purses

Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3, Review: Russian Roulette, House of Lords, the Nautch Girl and Privy Purses Here’s a film, about two hours long, that has some great cinematography and imaginative camera angles, impactful music, classy sets and décor, an ambience that lays the foundation of a riveting saga of ‘deceit conspiracy, greed and lust’. You wait anxiously for some great lines of dialogue, some battle of wits, some royal clashes…Alas! You wait in vain. When t...

Mission Impossible-Fall Out, Review: “The greater the suffering, the greater the peace”

Mission Impossible-Fall Out, Review: “The greater the suffering, the greater the peace” Sixth in the TV series-to-big-screen franchise, Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible is aptly titled Fall Out. Besides the threat of a triple nuclear fall-out, there are falls, and fall outs of/from all possible kinds, in the universe of CIA operative Ethan Hunt: Motorcycles, cars, trucks and helicopters constitute one bunch; land, water and snow are the nature division; CIA-spurned rogue orga...

ConnecTechAsia/CommunicAsia 2018, VIII: Brightcove Releases OTT TV Report on OTT Adoption Preferences for India

ConnecTechAsia/CommunicAsia 2018, VIII: Brightcove Releases OTT TV Report on OTT Adoption Preferences for India Brightcove Inc. (NASDAQ: BCOV), a leading global provider of cloud services for video, announced at ConnecTechAsia 2018, Singapore, findings from its market study, Asia OTT Television Research Report 2018, in partnership with YouGov, an international data and analytics group, and conducted a study that polled 1,000 participants in India. The purpose of study was to discover how co...

ConnecTechASia/CommunicAsia 2018, VII: Zoom Launches New F1 Field Recorder

ConnecTechASia/CommunicAsia 2018, VII: Zoom Launches New F1 Field Recorder Zoom Corporation has a new F1 Field Recorder + Shotgun Mic that mounts to DSLR cameras that have a hot shoe. With a compact design engineered to keep a low profile, and Zoom’s reputation for quality audio equipment, it offers film-makers and videographers an easy way to capture professional quality audio, to meet the demands of their video action. With more filmmakers, vloggers and journalists using portable DSL...

ConnecTechASia/CommunicAsia 2018, VI: Transvision Selects Irdeto as Security Partner for DTH Android TV

ConnecTechASia/CommunicAsia 2018, VI: Transvision Selects Irdeto as Security Partner for DTH Android TV Transvision, Indonesia’s leading provider of pay TV services, has selected Irdeto to securely deliver direct-to-home (DTH) content through its Android TV platform. Open platforms are playing a pivotal role in the future of TV distribution and Android TV is one such example that offers tremendous benefits to operators. According to a survey conducted by Irdeto in 2017, 72% of video se...

ConnecTechASia/CommunicAsia 2018, V: Huawei offers Innovation and Digital Transformation for Vertical Businesses

ConnecTechASia/CommunicAsia 2018, V:  Huawei offers Innovation and Digital Transformation for Vertical Businesses  Huawei takes part in ConnecTechAsia 2018, Singapore, the region’s significant Information and Communications Technology (ICT) showcase, every year, with a series of cutting edge innovations and valuable business practices for customers and partners in Asia. Sharing more than 30 solutions, it caters to over 10 vertical industries, including government and public se...

ConnecTechASia/CommunicAsia 2018, IV: JMA Wireless Showcases Solutions

ConnecTechASia/CommunicAsia 2018, IV: JMA Wireless Showcases Solutions JMA Wireless, a global leader in wireless communications solutions, exhibited at NXTAsia a part of ConnecTechAsia, June 26-28, at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. This leading international communications and technology conference expects to attract over 2,000 exhibitors from around the globe.   “The advent of massive IoT and 5G will require wireless networks to offer greater speed, provide increased in...

Skyscraper, Review: The Rock climber’s burning issues

Skyscraper, Review: The Rock climber’s burning issues Disaster films have been appearing on the screen for decades. In some of them, it is the earth that plays the villain (earthquakes), in others, it is water (floods), in still others it is wind (tornadoes, hurricanes) and fire, naturally occurring or man-made, is the burning issue in some of the movies. Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, tackles impossible odds in Skyscraper and onlookers applaud his bravura. As we see the crowds playing t...

Dhadak, Review: Kiss kiss kill kill

Dhadak, Review: Kiss kiss kill kill A noun form of the verb dhadakna, which means ‘beating of the heart’, Dhadak re-introduces us to Ishan Khattar and gives us the much-awaited first look at Jahnvi Kapoor. Both have acting parentage, and that comes with a lot of weight. In the first half of the film, the two succeed in captivating the audience with their sheer freshness and electrical chemistry. Then, sadly, formulae and tropism take over, the pulsation of early dhadaks get blocke...

Delhi 47 km, Review: Keep safe distance

Delhi 47 km, Review: Keep safe distance Title-wise, Delhi 47 sounds like Bombay 405 Miles, made in the 70s. That one did not have a great run, in spite of a star-cast and a reputed director. This one neither has a star cast nor a reputed director, but it does have an actor-writer-producer-director who either lacks knowledge about his responsibilities, or is incompetent and inept at executing them. And the odds that this will run or not run are 47: 1. 35 year-old Shadab Khann earlier wrote an...

Actors celebrate FIFA World Cup live, with fans and fanfare

Actors celebrate FIFA World Cup live, with fans and fanfare Producer and Celebrity Manager Santosh Gupta of Pinnacle Celebrity Management, has teamed- up with Ali Merchant and Sakshi Jhala, to launch a company, Milagro, that will be managing various pubs and lounges across the Mumbai. In a first, the company started managing Kube Lounge, in Andheri West, where they organised screening of FIFA finalé on a giant screen. The nail-biting telecast of the match between France and Croatia had ...

Amimon’s Wireless for every video production

Amimon’s Wireless for every video production Amimon offers both embedded boards and fully enclosed reference design product solutions for professional filmmaking and high-end productions. Their Zero Delay technology enables the perfect shot in film production, with the highest value. Amimon solutions work perfectly in indoor, studios, urban or outdoor locations. Their product line brings the cinematography industry a cable-free environment, enabling fast changes on the set saving time ...

ConnecTechAsia 2018, June 26-28, Singapore: Exhibition Review

ConnecTechAsia 2018, June 26-28, Singapore: Exhibition Review Asia’s mega technology event premièred, with much acclaim from attendees. ConnecTechAsia encompassed 3 focused shows – BroadcastAsia, CommunicAsia and NXTAsia, and represented the convergence of technologies and industries. Across 2 venues and a total of 67,000sqm, the event welcomed close to 40,000 attendees from around the world. The event kicked off with an Opening Address by Mr S. Iswaran, Minister for Commu...

Teri Bhabhi Hai Pagle, Review: Mediocre mockery and tiresome satire

Teri Bhabhi Hai Pagle, Review:  Mediocre mockery and tiresome satire Films about films and film-makers are dicey propositions. The earliest in my time was Guru Dutt’s Kaaghaz Ke Phool, which bombed so badly at the box office that the director-actor never recovered, only to become an all-time classic a decade later. Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Guddi enjoyed above average success and Asrani’s Chala Murari Hero Banne was not bad either. Tanveer Ahmed’s Aakarshan flopped,...

Lathe Joshi, Review: Better Lathe than never

Lathe Joshi, Review: Better Lathe than never In a rare combination of inspirations, writer-director Mangesh Joshi looks up to Satyajit Ray and Charlie Chaplin to churn out a serviceable film about a soft-spoken man who has only one skill, and his world crumbles around him when he is retrenched from his job, a victim of new technology and upgrading of a manufacturing process. Modern Times and Pather Panchali blend in the India of 2018, to tell the tale of loneliness and poverty, old age and th...

Dry Day, Review: To avoid a hangover, stay drunk!

Dry Day, Review: To avoid a hangover, stay drunk! A Marathi language film with an English name, Dry Day picks its title from the term used to define certain days in the year when liquor sales and serving are not allowed in a particular state, or even the entire country. The local or union government decides which days should be Dry. On such days, habitual drinkers stock-up alcohol or get it from smugglers/suppliers, and consume the stuff out of the range of the police patrols that are entrust...

Soorma, Review: Bio-pick

Soorma, Review: Bio-pick Diljit Dosanjh pours his heart into a dream role, and director Shaad Ali inspires the cast to turn a real-life, touching tale of a star hockey player into a rivetting bio-pic. Even if the writers have deviated from incidents and facts (we call it cinematic licence), it all jells together into a highly convincing drama that survives a 132-minute run and stays with you for even after a full 24 hours and more. Soorma (not to be confused with surma, which is applied in t...

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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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