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Can you watch 309 films in a year?

By ASEEM CHHABRA
January 23, 2020 11:27 IST

On planes, on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar, Zee5, Hulu, MUBI, Kanopy, film festivals... Aseem Chhabra tell us how he watched 309 films in 365 days.

IMAGE: Joanne Froggatt in Downton Abbey.

I watch films for work -- covering festivals; reviewing films; interviewing film-makers and actors; and this past year I watched quite a few films with Irrfan Khan since I was working on his biography.

But I also watch films because it is passion for me.

And I like the personal connection I make with the characters on the screen, whether I am sitting alone in a dark movie theatre or at home.

A few years I started the tradition of tracking every film I watch and I have not given up.

My record was 354 films in 2017, which amounted to nearly one film a day. Since then I have not been able to match that record, but in 2019 I watched 309 films which is not a shabby number.

I watched the film at home on my laptop, in theatres, at film festivals I attended (Berlin, New York Indian Film Festival, Jagran Film Festival, Toronto, MAMI, Dharamsala, IFFI and the Film Bazaar in Goa and Macao), in planes, and on several streaming services I subscribe to (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar, Zee5, Hulu, MUBI and Kanopy).

In addition, I have tracked all the television shows I watched in 2019. I managed to watch 10 shows, including all six seasons of Downton Abbey.

In reviewing this list I realize it was a good year. I have highlighted the films I recommend in bold.

 

Shows:

IMAGE: Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz in Big Little Lies.

1. Big Little Lies Season 2

2. Bodyguard

3. Chernobyl

4. Downton Abbey, Seasons 1-6

5. Fleabag, Seasons 1-2

6. Made in Heaven

7. Succession, Seasons 1-2

IMAGE: Gul Panag and Manoj Bajpayee in The Family Man.

8. The Family Man

9. The Spy

10. When They See Us

 

Films

2/1 New York, I Love You (US)

3/1 Sir (India/Hindi)

IMAGE: Suraj Sharma in Life of Pi.

5/1 Life of Pi(US)

6/1 9 Songs (UK), Yours Truly (India/Hindi)

7/1 Chengu (India/ Bengali), Bulbul Can Sing (India/Assamese)

8/1 Hindi Medium (India/Hindi)

9/1 A Silent Revolution (Germany)

IMAGE: A scene from The Accidental Prime Minister.

10/1 The Accidental Prime Minister (India/Hindi), Dust (Germany, India/Hindi)

15/1 Son Rise (India/Harayanvi/Hindi/English)

16/1 Paani (India/Marathi), Aamaar Bhuvan (India/Bengali), Yella(Germany)

17/1 Kharij (India/Bengali)

IMAGE: Shraddha Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao in Stree.

19/1 Stree (India/Hindi)

20/1 Dubai Return (India/Hindi), Dreaming Murakami (Denmark)

21/1 Shivaranjani and Two Other Women (India/Tamil), Soni (India/Hindi/Punjabi)

22/1 Shah Jahan Regency (India/Bengali), Cat Sticks (India/Bengali/Hindi/English)

23/1 Of Fathers and Sons (Syria)

24/1 Sa (India/Bengali)

25/1 The Last Color (India/Hindi)

26/1 Sindhustan (India/English/Sindhi/Hindi)

27/1 No Fathers In Kashmir (India/English/Hindi)

28/1 Sympathy for Mr Vengeance (Korea)

29/1 The Warrior (UK/Hindi)

IMAGE: Shabana Azmi and Pankaj Kapur in Ek Doctor Ki Maut.

30/1 Ek Doctor Ki Maut (India/Hindi)

1/2 Decoding Shankar (India/English/Hindi)

6/2 8 Mile (US)

IMAGE: Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt in Gully Boy.

7/2 The Kindness of Strangers (Canada/France), Gully Boy (India/Hindi)

8/2 System Crasher (Germany), By the Grace of God (France), Line of Descent (US/India), Stardust Memories (US), The Dammed (Germany/Italy)

9/2 Out Stealing Horses (Norway/Sweden/ Denmark), The Golden Glove (Germany/France), Ondog (Mongolia)

10/2 Mid90s (US), The Operative (Israel/Germany/France), Tremors (Guatemala), Monos (Colombia)

11/2 The Shadow Play (China), Photograph (India/Hindi/Gujarati)

12/2 Piranhas (Italy), Souvenir (UK)

13/2 Divine Love (Brazil), Synonyms (France Israel), Acid (Russia)

14/2 So Long, My Son (China), Mirghella (Brazil)

15/2 Flesh Out (Mauritania/Italy), The Day After I'm Gone (Israel)

16/2 Talking About Trees (Sudan), Man You (China)

21/2 Guntoomoote (India/Kannada), Chippa (India/Hindi)

22/2 Paddelton(US)

28/2 Basu Porivar (India/Bengali)

IMAGE: Sushant Singh Rajput in Sonchiriya.

2/3 Sonchiriya (India/Hindi), Nirmal Anand Ki Puppy (India/Hindi), Dhappa (India/Marathi)

4/3 Such a Long Journey (Canada)

5/3 Sun Goes Around the Earth (India/Bengali), Roots (India/Tamil), Gully Boy (India/Hindi), The Miseducation of Bindu (US)

6/3 Midnight Delhi (India/Hindi)

7/3 K D (India/Tamil)

10/3 Good Guy, Bad Guy (India/English, Kannada)

12/3 Kumbalangi Nights (India/Malayalam)

IMAGE: Abhimanyu Dasani in Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota.

19/3 Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota (India/Hindi)

26/3 Dear Molly (India/Marathi, English)

27/3 Shehjar (India/Kashmiri/Urdu)

30/3 Us (US)

3/4 Super Deluxe (India/Tamil)

4/4 Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (India/Hindi)

9/4 Blinded by the Light (UK)

11/4 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (US)

12/4 Sauvage (France)

15/4 The Conversation (US)

16/4 Three Days of Condor (US)

17/4 My Son (France)

20/4 Once Upon A Time In Anatolia (Turkey)

22/4 Slumdog Millionaire (US/UK)

24/4 Peppermint Candy (South Korea)

25/4 Aamis (India/Assamese)

27/4 When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism (Romania)

28/4 Poetry (South Korea)

30/4 Oasis (South Korea)

4/5 Don't Look Now(UK)

6/5 Sword & Sceptres (US)

7/5 Sir (India/France)

8/5 Chippa (India/Hindi, Bengali)

IMAGE: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds in A Quiet Place.

9/5 A Quiet Place (US), The Sound Man: Mangesh Desai (India/Hindi/Marathi/English), Cat Sticks (India/Bengali/Hindi)

10/5 Photograph (India/US/ Hindi), Midnight Delhi (India)

11/5 Blinded by the Light (UK), Jhalki (India)

12/5 The Last Color (US/India/ Hindi)

14/5 Long Day's Journey Into Night (China)

15/5 If (UK)

17/5 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (US)

18/5 The Notebook (US)

IMAGE: Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man.

19/5 The Amazing Spider-Man (US)

21/5 Jurassic World (US)

24/5 Dithee (India/Marathi)

26/5 Nagarkirtan (India/Bengali)

27/5 Oray (Germany)

29/5 Tehran: City of Love (Iran), Normal (US)

30/5 Slam (Australia)

1/6 Rocketman (US)

3/6 Jerichow (Germany)

6/6 Late Night (US)

7/6 Always Be My Maybe (US)

9/6 Eternal Paradise (Argentina), Lada Kamenski (Croatia)

10/6 Nishant (India/Hindi)

11/6 He Went (Iran)

13/6 Virus (India/Malayalam)

16/6 Simin (Iran), Daughters of Winter (Iran), The Journey - A Story of Love (Germany)

18/6 Hasina: A Daughter's Tale (Bangladesh)

19/6 Edge of Democracy (Brazil)

21/6 Scopophilia (Greece)

25/6 Article 15 (India/Hindi)

26/6 Fireworks Wednesday (Iran), Disobedience (US/UK/Ireland)

27/6 The Nile Hilton Incident (Egypt/France)

IMAGE: Ayushmann Khurrana in Article 15.

28/6 Article 15 (India/ HIndi)

30/6 The Young Karl Marx (France/Belgium/Germany), Double Lover (France), Cafe de Flore (Canada)

7/7 Shoplifters (Japan)

10/7 Still Walking (Japan)

11/7 Toy Story 4 (US)

12/7 Samskara (India/Kannada)

13/7 Booksmart (US)

14/7 Another Country (UK)

15/7 Isn't It Romantic (US), A Kid Like Jake (US)

17/7 Musk (UAE)

18/7 Ghawre Bairey Aaj (India/Bengali)

20/7 T-For Taj Mahal (India/Hindi), Gully Boy (India/Hindi)

21/7 Long Shot (US), Late Night (US)

22/7 Windows on the World (US)

24/7 John Wick (US)

25/7 The Remains of the Day (US)

28/7 I Wish (Japan)

30/7 Ash is Purest White (China), Still Life (China)

IMAGE: Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao in Judgementall Hai Kya?

31/7 Judgementall Hai Kya? (India/Hindi)

1/8 Shubho Mahurat (India/Bengali)

2/8 Ek Hasina Thi (India/Hindi), Capernaum (Lebanon)

11/8 The Terminal (US)

12/8 Holy Boom (Greece)

13/8 Death in Buenos Aires (Argentina)

15/8 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (US)

16/8 Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (US)

17/8 Aunty Sudha and Aunty Radha (India/Hindi)

21/8 Yomeddine (Egypt)

23/8 Oraalppokkam (India/Malayalam)

25/8 Parasite (Korea)

26/8 Cold Case Hammarskjold (Denmark), Beau Travail (France)

27/8 Britney Runs A Marathon(US), The Farewell (US)

29/8 Pain & Glory (Spain)

2/9 Made in Bangladesh (Bangladesh), Jallikattu (India/Malayalam)

3/9 End of the Century (Argentina)

4/9 Diego Maradona (UK)

IMAGE: Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar in The Sky Is Pink.

5/9 Honey Boy (US), The Sky is Pink (India/Hindi), Portrait of a Lady on Fire (France)

6/9 Waves (US), The Sleepwalkers (Argentina)

7/9 Just Mercy (US), Bombay Rose (India/Hindi)

8/9 Coming Home Again (US), Martin Eden (Italy)

9/9 Jojo Rabbit (US), Knives Out(US), Hala (US), Synonyms (Israel)

10/9 Ford v Ferrari (US), Joker (US), Les Miserables (France)

11/9 Marriage Story (US), Uncut Gems (US), Ema (Chile)

12/9 Corpus Christi (Poland), Moothon (India/Malayalam), Moneychangers (Uruguay)

13/9 Rocks (UK), Burnt Orange Heresy (US), No 7 Cherry Lane (Hong Kong)

14/9 The Two Popes (US), Atlantics (Senegal) The Report (US)

15/9 A Girl Missing (Japan)

23/9 Vihir (India/Marathi)

26/9 Machines (India/Hindi, English)

28/9 Normal (US)

29/9 Blinded By The Light (UK)

1/10 Trijya (India/Marathi)

2/10 Axone (India/Hindi/English)

4/10 Raahgir (India/Hindi)

5/10 Gamak Ghar (India/Maithili), War (India/Hindi), The Illegal (US/Hindi/English)

IMAGE: Joaquin Phoenix in Joker.

6/10 Joker (US), Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (US)

7/10 Eeb Alla Ooo (India/Hindi)

8/10 Varda by Agnes (France)

10/10 Son Rise (India/Hindi)

12/10 A Dog and His Man (India/Chattisgarhi)

16/10 Art of Self Defense (US)

18/10 A Son (Tunisia), You Will Die at Twenty (Sudan), One Child Nation (US)

19/10 Cargo (India/ Hindi), Wet Season (Singapore), Downton Abbey (UK)

20/10 Tommaso (Italy), The Irishman (US)

21/10 The Wild Goose Lake (China), Port Authority (US), Blue Velvet (US)

22/10 143 Sahara Street (Algeria), Sorry We Missed You (UK)

23/10 For Sama (Syria), It Must Be Heaven (Palestine), The Lighthouse (US)

24/10 The Kingmaker (US), Midnight Traveler (Afghanistan)

25/10 Buoyancy (Australia)

29/10 Song Without a Name (Peru)

31/10 Bitter Chestnut (India/Pahari/English/Hindi)

1/11 Moothon (India/Malayalam/Hindi)

2/11 Queen of Hearts (Denmark)

3/11 Floating Weeds (Japan), Cargo (India/Hindi)

4/11 The Official Story (Argentina)

5/11 Luce (US), Honeyland (Macedonia)

7/11 Eeb Allay Ooo (India/Hindi)

8/11 Jallikattu (India/Malayalam)

9/11 Aise Hee (India/Hindi)

10/11Yeh Freedom Life (India/HIndi)

11/11 De Palma (US)

13/11 Zodiac (US), Tel Aviv on Fire (Israel)

15/11 Iewduh (India/Khasi), Deep Water (France)

17/11 Gloria Bell (US)

18/11 The Prayer (France)

21/11 Nasir (India/Tamil), Ghar Ka Pata (India/English/Kashmiri/Hindi), Karkhanisanchi Waari (India/Marathi)

22/11 Nilanadukkam (India/Tamil), Tana Bana (India/Hindi)

23/11 Shankar's Fairies (India/Hindi), (WOMB) Women of My Billion (India/English/Hindi)

24/11 Shoebox (India/Hindi)

IMAGE: Amitabh Bachchan, Irrfan Khan and Deepika Padukone in Piku.

25/11 Piku (India/Hindi/Bengali)

27/11 The Squid and the Whale(US), Yeh Freedom Life (India/Hindi), Fire Will Come (Spain)

28/11 Nimtoh (India/Nepali)

30/11 The Blade of the Immortal (Japan), Let the Sunshine in (France), I Lost My Body (France)

1/12 High Life (UK/France/Germany), Hara-Kiri: The Death of a Samurai (Japan)

2/12 The Unbearable Lightness of Being (US), The English Patient (US)

5/12 Ram Prasad Ki Tehervi (India/Hindi)

6/12 Family Members (Argentina), Give Me Liberty (US), Domain (Portugal)

7/12 Better Life (China), First Love (Japan)

8/12 Tokyo Story (Japan), Judy (UK)

9/12 The Truth (Japan/France)

10/12 The Captain (China)

11/12 Hard Boiled (China), Dance With Me (Japan)

12/12 Wild Goose Lake (China)

13/12 Balloon(China/Tibet)

15/12 Arth (India/Hindi), Kati Patang (India/Hindi)

20/12 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (US)

22/12 Queen and Slim (US), You Can Count On Me (US)

IMAGE: Ayushmann Khurrana and Radhika Apte in Andhadhun.

23/12 Andhadhun (India/Hindi)

25/12 Marriage Story (US), Arctic (US/Denmark)

26/12 Hellaro (India/Gujarati)

27/12 A Bottle in the Gaza Sea (Israel/France)

31/12 Yesterday (UK)

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