Tuesday, 3 September 2013

RJ Robin Williams rocks the ladies of CEMS

We were at the Media Workshop  of the CEMS department of Patna Women's College, and enjoyed every moment of it. 

And so did Mr. Maharaj Krishna Raina, a prominent freelancer theatre worker and film personality. He has played supportive roles in Tamas, Tare Zameen Par, and other movies as well and is in town doing a documentay on the Khuda Baksh Library.  He dropped in on the workshop, and it was a great surprise .Of course, the CEMS department of Patna Women's College [CEMS stands for Communicative English with Media Studies] is full of surprises. Born in Kashmir, Mr. M.K. Raina shared his life’s journey with the students of the Department during an interactive session. Of course, the girls asked a lot of questions - who can resist a handsome man of any age from Bollywood town.

And of course, we loved watching Robin Williams do his Radio Jockey Act in the film 'Good Morning Vietnam'- that's a war comedy set in Vietnam, and Adrian Croneur was a real radio Jockey who livened things up in Vietnam during the American occupation of that country. Robin Williams played Adrian Croneur. America does get itself into a lot of messes poking its nose into other people's affairs doesn't it? A gripping film with lots of laughs, and with TWO great actors [Oscar winners, no less] in the film, it was great. Don't forget the eye candy element, with all those shots of very fit American soldier boys, and incredibly good looking too. And the MUSIC was great... after all a film about radio must have music, right

Another great film that was shown,' the blossoming of Maximo Oliveras' is one of the iconic films from the Philippines . Maxi is a twelve year old boy who has a crush on a handsome policeman, and the policeman is investigating all the petty crimes in the area. Maxi's father and brothers are petty criminals. Maxi, the boy who was in fact the woman of the family, cooking, cleaning, sewing, and looking after his brothers and his father, who loved him and protected him, and accepted the 'difference of his sexual orientation', and yet there was so much of conflict. There were a few cute moments in the film, some laughs, but watching the blossoming of Macximo Oliveras can leave you misty eyed.
M.K. Raina at the workshop, don't miss the smiles on display 'bateesi moment'

Oh yes, some of the films made by our fellow students were shown, and we had a gala time picking holes in them and giving a tough time to the directors. It was an opportunity for the first years and second year students to get our own back on the seniors, and rag them we did, but it was fun. Film making is also part of what we do at the CEMS department.

Our third day is gonna be action packed, so come back again and eat your hearts out!

Monday, 2 September 2013

CEMS students tour Jamaica, well virtually!

Patna: Well,just back from a tour of Jamaica  folks, beaches, football, and crowds swaying to reggae music, deh soul of Jamaica Mon! And I'se been hobnobbing wid de one an only Robert Nesta Marley, get a bite o' dat, mon! Okay, okay, just read on...
To the uninitiated : this is Bob Marley!

Did we tell you that Bihar's ONLY Communicative English with Media Studies Department, [yes, we have one of those at Patna Women's college, so check us out kids. in fact it's the only one in Eastern India. If you want to have a Bachelor's degree in this subject, you'd probably have to travel all the way to Bangalore]... well, the CEMS department of PWC is having the Annual Media Workshop from September 2 to 4, and as usual it's great fun.
Every year, some of the best teachers and experts interact with students to analyse films from the perspective of issues, value systems, and relevance to our lives and times.

We're watching films from all over the world, and what a great experience it is. As future film-makers, TV producers, PR people, or advertising professionals, and yes, journalists, watching world cinema gives us that expanded world view of things.

We watched this absolutely mind-blowing documentary on the legendary Bob Marley... it's a full length bio-feature on the guy whose songs like  'Stand up for your Rights' and 'One Love' are iconic. I didn't know that there was this cult called the Rastafari that believe Emperor Haile Salessie 1 was the incarnation of Jesus Christ... now that's made me so curious that I'm gonna google the guy and find out all about this 'Lion of Judah'. 

And later in the workshop we saw this Iranian film by the very famous Iranian director  Majid Majidi, and what we didn't know, [but thanks to Eastern India's' walking encyclopaedia of Film' Rajinder N Dash, we know now... I mean Mr Dash is amazing, he's the Chief Patron of Patna Cine Society and there's a lot of stuff about films he can just reel off ]... anyway it was an Indian Adreshar Irani, the chap who made our first talkie Alam Ara, who actually encouraged Iranians to start making films way back in the early 1900s!  Anyway, this film we saw called 'Father' was just awesome. I  mean that the story was so simple on one hand, but so fascinating on the other. Imagine this, a fourteen year old boy, whose father died in an accident, slogs hard in a town working in a shop, trying to support his mother and sisters. he's like the sole provider for his family, the man of the house. now what happens when he returns to his home to find that his mother has remarried, and her husband is a police officer? Not going to  put in any spoilers here, because one day you might want to watch this film yourself.

So folks, signing off for today. I'll let you know what else is happening later this evening. We're going to be watching some more films today, and some of those are going to be short films made by the students of our department. Oh yes, we do learn to make films as well, yaar! Wonder what the visitors are going to say about our films... More of that when you come back to this blog.