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Shakuntala Devi was one of the well known mathematicians, and, a movie about her with Vidya Balan starring as the protagonist was intriguing. Fortunately, the film Shakuntala Devi (2020), that was released on Amazon Prime Video was interesting and enjoyable. The film is a must watch just for Vidya Balan! The film is based on a book written by Shakuntala Devi’s daughter Anupama Banerji, and focuses on the tough childhood she had due to constantly travelling with her mother in her world tours and growing up without access to her father. I liked the way the story gets unraveled with the…

In the Aisles (2018) is a German film (In den Gängen) that’s about the life of three people working in a large supermarket’s night shift. There are few films that literally transport you to the place where the story is happening, In the Aisles is one of them. Half-way into the film, you feel you are one of the coworkers in the supermarket working hard everyday, such was the intensity of the cinematography and narration. Christian (Franz Rogowski) is a new joiner at a big-box retailer, his work is to restock the aisles of the beverages section. He gets assigned…

Let Her Cry is a Sri Lankan Sinhala adult drama directed by Asoka Handagama. FFSI Online Film Festival has made the film available for free streaming from Vimeo. The story is a familiar one, but the narration has been an engaging one. There are only four main characters in the film with the story revolving around them. The story is about a deep romantic desire (infatuation?), a young lady student is having on her elderly professor. The professor, in his 60s, is well-respected, is happily married with two children – a boy studying for his graduation in America, and a…

Geothe Institute has been running an online film festival this month for free. One of the movies I watched was Weitermachen Sanssouci (2019), a German satire which loosely translates into “keep on going without worries”. The film satire about how higher education institution operates there. It has no specific story, yet it keeps you engaged with its narrative style. A young scientist, Phoebe Phaldon, joins Berlin University of Cybernetics as a lecturer and works on her project to study climate change’s impact with the help of Virtual Reality. Instead, of being able to focus on her study, she witnesses changes…

Alpha (2019) is a Bangladeshi film, that shows the lives of the underprivileged living in Dhaka City. The film is made available online for free by the Federation of Film Societies of India. The story is about an “artist” (painter) living in a small hut in the middle of a dirty lake in the city. Alamgir Kabir has done the role of the artist well. His life is surrounded by labourers and the poor, who share a bonding in their struggle to make their ends meet. His character reminded me of the 1970s and 1980s Tamil movies that were about…