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Film Critics Circle of India

Film Critics Circle of India (FCCI) is a society comprising notable film critics from all the major film producing states of India.[2][3][4]

At the AGM, conducted at the International Film Festival of India—2013, Subhash Ghai said, "You are in a highly responsible profession. You have the responsibility to look into the growth of civilization and of the next generation. We filmmakers look upon you as God. So guide us in your reviews, tell us where we lack, and how we can improve. But do not mock us. Creative people are extra sensitive, so talk like a mother, not like an opponent."[5]


FCCI Award for the Best Indian Film of the Year

1Best Indian Film censored in India in 2018 and/or released anywhere in the world in 2018

2Best Indian Film censored in India in 2017 and/or released anywhere in the world in 2017

3Best Indian film released in India in 2016 and/or released outside India in 2016

4Best Indian film theatrically released in India in 2015

Awards at film festivals

  • FCCI Award for Best Indian Short Fiction Film at Kautik International Student Film Festival-2018: Orukkam. "For its subtle, sensitive handling of the dual theme of the plight of senior citizens, and of mercy killing."
  • Critics Award for Best Short Fiction at SASFF-2018[12]: Statement After My Poet Husband's Death/ Bangladesh/ Bengali/ 2016/15M/ Dir. Tasmiah Afrin Mou.
  • Critics Award for Best Documentary at SASFF-2018: Liquid Borders/ India/ English/ 2015/ 40M/ Dir. Barnali Ray Shukla.
  • FCCI Award for Best Indian Film at ALIIFF-2016: The Violin Player (directed by Bauddhayan Mukherji).“For the sensitive portrayal of conflict between the artistic vision of ideal life and harsh realities of the contemporary city life, depicted in an innovative and minimalistic style.” [13]
  • FCCI Award for Best Debut Director at HBFF-2016: Debesh Chattopadhyay (Natoker Moto). “For the sensitive cinematic portrayal of the struggle of a dedicated artistic soul in a powerful visual odyssey that reinforces cinema, theater and lived life.” [14]
  • FCCI Special Mention Award at HBFF-2016: Cinemawala (directed by Kaushik Ganguly). “For directing the spotlight on the grave crisis engulfing the celluloid art with the inevitable march of technology.”

Panel discussions at film festivalsEdit

L-R: Siladitya Sen, Ratnottama Sengupta, and ------. FCCI panel discussion and book launch at HBFF-2016—Centenary Tribute to Nabendu Ghosh

ALIIFF-2016: Impact of social media on critics [15]

Baradwaj Rangan: "Social media has taken away the aspect of word-of-mouth and has kind of separated it from film criticism, which is, I think, the best thing that has ever happened, because, far too often, people mistake film criticism from something that should tell them whether or not they should go watch a film."

Mayank Shekhar: "As Baradwaj pointed out, film criticism has various approaches - historical, social... The journalistic approach has traditionally been about newly-released films. The reader basically just wants to know if the reviewer at the end of the day liked the film or not."

L-R: Dalton L., M.K. Raghavendra, Rashmi Doraiswamy, and Ashok Rane. FCCI panel at IFFI-2014, on technology and cinema.

IFFI-2014: Does technology kill good cinema and sensitivity? [16]

M.K. Raghavendra: "Kubrick’s futuristic masterpiece '2001: A Space Odyssey' was made in 1968. In the last forty-six years nobody has made a film with a similarly profound influence on how we think, despite the revolutionary changes in technology. Emotions do not need fresh technology, and some stories are never remade".

Rashmi Doraiswamy: "Films today are shot and edited non-linearly; even a piece of music is recorded non-continuously, with stops between each line of singing. Original is no more relevant in this synthetic culture of packaged entertainment. Reality and technology both are fragmented to today’s connected generation, influencing each other".

Ashok Rane: "In an industry where the producers want to use magic technologies without even thinking about story, plot or characters, technology is doing more harm than benefit. There is a growing tendency where even low budget films try to use chroma and multi-point tracking, most of the time in pathetic ways".

Journal of Indian CinemaEdit

In January 2019, a monthly journal was launched.[17]

Books on cinema by membersEdit

  • 100 Years of Indian Cinema /Premendra Mazumder
  • 24 Frames / Utpal Datta
  • 25 Loka Cinemakal /G.P. Ramachandran
  • 25 Daring Women of Bollywood /Deepa Gahlot
  • 2:50 Films that Deserve a New Audience /Deepa Gahlot
  • A Life in Veil: Suchitra Sen /Ratnottama Sengupta
  • Alivinte Mandarangal /Madhu Eravankara
  • Asian Film Journeys: Selections from Cinemaya /Rashmi Doraiswamy, et al.
  • Asoumiya Chalachitrar Chaa-Pohar /Apurba Sarma
  • Barley Vayalukale Ulaykkunna Kattu /Madhu Eravankara
  • Being and Becoming: the Cinemas of Asia /Rashmi Doraiswamy, et al.
  • Chalachitra / Utpal Datta
  • Chalachitra Katha / Edited by Utpal Datta
  • Cinema Talkies /C. S. Venkiteswaran
  • Cinemayum Malayaliyude Jeevithavum /G.P. Ramachandran
  • Cinemayum Prathaiyayasasthravum /V. K. Joseph
  • Cinemayum Sahithyavum /Madhu Eravankara
  • Cinemchi Goshta /Anil Zankar
  • Cinemayile Avismaraneeyar /Madhu Eravankara
  • Conversations with Mani Ratnam /Baradwaj Rangan
  • Desham Pauratwam Cinema /V. K. Joseph
  • Dispatches from the Wall /Baradwaj Rangan
  • Echoes and Eloquences: the Life and Cinema of Gulzar /Saibal Chatterjee
  • Encyclopaedia of Hindi Cinema /Anil Zankar, Ratnottama Sengupta, Saibal Chatterjee, et al.
  • Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Literatures, Ed 2, Vol 1 /Rashmi Doraiswamy, et al.
  • Film Society Movement: a Success of Failure /Premendra Mazumder
  • Guru Dutt: Through Light and Shade /Rashmi Doraiswamy
  • Handbook of Indian Cinemas /Anil Zankar, et al.
  • Hindi Commercial Cinema: Changing Narrative Strategies in Frames of Mind: Reflections on Indian Cinema /Rashmi Doraiswamy, et al.
  • Hollywood Bollywood: the Politics of Crossover Films /Saibal Chatterjee, Utpal Borpujari, et al.
  • Idiocy and Civilisation: A Study of Dostoevsky’s The Idiot in The Russian Enigma /Rashmi Doraiswamy, et al.
  • Image and Imagination: Reconstructing the Nation, in ‘India: A National Culture /Rashmi Doraiswamy
  • India: a National Culture /Rashmi Doraiswamy, et al.
  • Indian Cinemayil Ninnu Indiaye Kandethumpol /G.P. Ramachandran
  • Indian Film Culture: Indian Cinema /Amit Khanna, Dalton L, Ganesh Matkari, Manoj Barpujari, Premendra Mazumder, Rashmi Doraiswamy, Siladitya Sen, Sukanya Verma, et al.
  • Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro: Seriously Funny Since 1983 /Jai Arjun Singh
  • Kaalathinte Adarukal /Madhu Eravankara
  • Kapoor (The Legends of Indian Cinema) /Deepa Gahlot
  • King Khan /Deepa Gahlot
  • Loka Cinema Kazhchayum Sthalakaalangalum /G.P. Ramachandran
  • Loka Cinema Yathrakal /G.P. Ramachandran
  • Loka Cinemayude Moonnam Kannu /Madhu Eravankara
  • Machu-Machu, Shaktam Makhal-Makhal /R.K. Bidur Singh
  • Malayala Cinema Padanangal /C. S. Venkiteswaran
  • Malayala Cinema: Desam, Bhasha, Samskaram /G.P. Ramachandran
  • Mughal-e-Azam: Legend as Epic /Anil Zankar
  • Popcorn Essayists, The /Jai Arjun Singh
  • Post-Soviet Condition: Chingiz Aitmatov in the ’90s, The /Rashmi Doraiswamy
  • Reflections on Indian Cinema /Rashmi Doraiswamy, et al.
  • Tharasancharangal /C.S. Venkiteswaran
  • World of Hrishikesh Mukherjee, The /Jai Arjun Singh
  • Yathrakal: KR Mohanante Cinema /C. S. Venkiteswaran

Other important film critics societies in IndiaEdit

  • Indian body of FIPRESCI
  • Indian Film Critics Association

Other important film bodies in IndiaEdit

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "IFFI 2014 PANEL DISCUSSION SESSION - 1 Have newspapers replaced literature in cinema?". Retrieved 2017-06-02.
  3. ^ "Hyderabad Bengali Film Festival kicks off in style". Retrieved 2017-06-02.
  4. ^ "Film appreciation camp- The New Indian Express". Retrieved 2017-06-02.
  5. ^ "Opinions of critics impact filmmakers: Subhash Ghai - The Hindu". Retrieved 2017-06-02.
  6. ^ "Ee.Ma.Yau wins critics' hearts". Deccan Chronicle. 19 February 2019. Retrieved 22 Feb 2019.
  7. ^ "Ee. Ma. Yau wins the FCCI–Best Indian Film of 2018 Citation Award". Cinematic Illusions. 19 February 2019. Retrieved 22 Feb 2019.
  8. ^ "'பரியேறும் பெருமாள்' படத்துக்கு மேலும் ஒரு கௌரவம்" [Ranjith and Mari Selvaraj's Pariyerum Perumal gets 3 awards from Toulouse Indian Film Festival in France]. Behind Woods. April 16, 2019.
  9. ^ "പരിയറും പെരുമാളി'ന് മൂന്ന് അന്താരാഷ്ട്ര പുരസ്‌ക്കാരങ്ങൾ" [Pariyerum Perumal wins three international awards]. Samayam. April 17, 2019.
  10. ^ "പുരസ്‌ക്കാര പെരുമയില്‍ വീണ്ടും 'പരിയറും പെരുമാള്‍'" [Pariyerum Perumal wins 3 awards at Toulouse Indian Film Fest in France]. Thejas News. April 20, 2019.
  11. ^ "മൂന്ന് അന്താരാഷ്ട്ര പുരസ്‌ക്കാരങ്ങൾ സ്വന്തമാക്കി 'പരിയേറും പെരുമാള്‍'" [Three awards for the film Pariyerum Perumal at Toulouse Indian Film Festival in France]. Azhimukham. April 17, 2019.
  12. ^ "1st SASFF 2018 award list". Retrieved 2019-09-16.
  13. ^ "All Lights India International Film Festival | ALIIFF". Retrieved 2017-06-02.
  14. ^ "Awards – Hyderabad Bengali Film Festival". Retrieved 2017-06-02.
  15. ^ "Screening Room: Everyone is a critic - Magazine - The Hindu". Retrieved 2017-06-02.
  16. ^ "Frame work - Delhi - The Hindu". Retrieved 2017-06-02.
  17. ^ "Journal of Indian Cinema". Retrieved 2019-09-16.

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