Shweta Basu Prasad’s Digital Playlist: Shweta Basu's this week's recommendation is classic short film by master filmmaker Satyajit Ray, Two: A Film Fable available on YouTube, restored by the Academy film archives.
Shweta Basu Prasad’s Digital Playlist: Dheepan is about a Tamil soldier and two refugees flee civil war in Sri Lanka, but find a whole new set of crisis when they attempt to start a new life in Paris. The first hour of the film shows their struggle to accept each other as the new family in a new land along with a foreign language, which Yalini nor Dheepan understand.
Shweta Basu Prasad’s Digital Playlist: Shot only at night in the hollow streets of Mumbai by Arkodeb Mukherjee does full justice to the story. Departments of sound design, music and edit also get top marks. Jackie Shroff as Madhur is fantastic.
Shweta Basu Prasad's Digital Playlist: Shweta Basu Prasad's this week recommendation is Tamil film Visaranai (The Interrogation). In this drama, politically motivated cops in Andhra Pradesh set out to frame four Tamil labourers, for a crime they didn't commit, torturing them to no avail.
Shweta Basu Prasad's Digital Playlist: It may look like it’s too much to handle, but the film is a delight to watch. With wonderful performances and impeccable sound design and cinematography. 'Shor se Shuruat' is a combination of seven short films by seven directors of Bollywood.
Shweta Basu Prasad's Digital Playlist: This week, National Award winning actress Shweta Basu Prasad recommends Academy Award-winning film, 'Wild Tales'. It won in the category of best foreign language film.
National award winning actress Shweta Basu Prasad talks about the 45 minute documentary The Mystery of Sleep. By Mel Stuart, it is available on Netflix. It investigates the discovery of R.E.M. Interviews of Nathaniel Kleitman
Shweta Basu Prasad Digital Playlist: This week, the anthology Kothanodi directed by Bhaskar Hazarika has made it to the list. The anthology is inspired by Buri ai'r Xadhu (grandmother's tales), a collection of oral folk tales by popular writer Lakshminath Bezbaroa.
Shweta Basu Prasad’s digital playlist: Shweta Basu's recommendation this week is 90 minutes Marathi film 1000 Rupee Note or Hazaranchi note written and directed by Shrihari Sathe, available on Netflix. The film starts with establishing shots of the village Phoolumbari in Vidharbha district of rural Maharashtra, with a local folk song playing in the background.
A Muse or Eungyo is a 2012 South Korean film adaptation of celebrated author Park Bum-shin's novel Eun-gyo. The film starts Lee Joek-yo (Park Hae-ji) a highly respected and awarded poet of South Korea living a reclusive life in his secluded home, hidden away from the city.
Shweta Basu Prasad’s Digital Playlist: Mangalyaan gives hope that nothing is unachievable, it gives hopes for a new world in the undiscovered realm. Watching this documentary was like watching a cricket match that we already know has been won by India, but still continue watching for the hits and misses during the match, says Shweta.
Shweta Basu Prasad Digital Playlist: Sand Storm starts with Suliman (Hitham Omari) a mid forties man teaching his teenage daughter Layla (Lamis Ammar) how to drive a car, in a small village in the south of Israel. The film was shown in the Panorama section at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.
Shweta Basu Prasad Digital Playlist: Love's prime characters Gus (Paul Rust - also the co-creator and executive producer of the show) and Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) live and work in LA in the media industry. Both are just out of a relationship, sort of at the crossroads in their life.
Shweta Basu Prasad’s digital playlist: This week's recommendation is 30-minute documentary film by Hardik Mehta AMDAVAD MA FAMOUS (famous in Ahmedabad) available on Netflix. Amdavad Ma Famous was an official selection and in competition at 2016 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, 2016 MAMI Mumbai International Film Festival, and a few others.
Shweta Basu Prasad’s digital playlist: Shweta Basu Prasad’s this week's recommendation is Bauddhayan Mukherji's 72 min feature film The Violin Player available on Netflix. The film premiered at MAMI film festival in Mumbai in 2015 and later screened at Kerala film festival.
Shweta Basu Prasad’s digital playlist: Shweta Basu Prasad’s this week's recommendation is a Mexican science fiction fantasy film The Similars or Los Parecidos by Isaac Ezban, available on Netflix. The Similars was one of the biggest crowd pullers at the MAMI film festival in Mumbai last year.
Shweta Basu Prasad’s digital playlist: This week's recommendation is An American in Madras. Extensive film clips and interviews tell the story of American filmmaker Ellis R Dungan, who spent fifteen years in India and helped define Tamil cinema. It is a biographical documentary, available on Netflix.
Shweta Basu Prasad's digital playlist: This week's recommendation is a Brazillian-French film available on Netflix Aquarius. Women in our society vary from goddesses we worship to girls who are raped. Women become aunties as soon as they are married while men become sir. And this happens not just in India but everywhere in the world, including Brazil.
Shweta Basu Prasad's digital playlist: This week my recommendation is about eight such phenomenally talented designers in an eight episode documentary series, Netflix original Abstract: the art of design. Abstract is shot extremely well and thankfully does not have stereotypical documentary format of interviews shot in sharp lights against dark backgrounds or dim lights and lots of music.
As we celebrate World Music Day, Shweta Basu Prasad's recommendation is the 76-minute documentary film by Rudradeep Bhattacharjee on Netflix, The Human Factor. This interview based documentary traces the lives of Cawas Lord and his sons Kersi Lord and Burjon (Buji) Lord and their journeys in the music industry of Bombay.
Actor Shweta Basu Prasad will be reviewing a film, documentary or TV series every week. Asha Jaoar Majhe (Labour of love) is the recommendation for this week. Aditya Vikram Sengupta's directorial debut is an hour and 22 minutes long. The film travelled to several prestigious film festivals around the world.