Grishma Udani is the founder of the new movie site, Rinema. Rinema, is a site where you rate movies, keep track of movies you own, movies you want to see, and it's a place where you can find people with the same interests. Many call this the Goodreads for movie lovers!
I've gotten the chance to ask Grishma Udani some questions about her site and about movies that she personally loves. So read on to learn more.
1. First I have to ask, what's your main reason for creating Rinema?
I have been a goodreads user for many years now and ever since I came across it, I had always wanted something similar but, never found anything good enough.
I love to be able to see all the movies I watched, rated, and organized. And I'll stop starting accidentally a movie I had already watched before :)
2. How long did it take to create the site?
The development took about a year.
3. Rinema just came out on the web, what's the response been like?
The response has been amazing: one third of new signups get so excited that they rate over 100 movies. Some rated well over 1000 in a very short time. We hear often we have the best interface for this.
4. What makes your site different than the other movie sites out there?
We believe strongly that usability is the most important, and we work hard at improving it continuously. We also aim at providing the most complete movie database including international cinema, indie and shorts. We currently have over 170,000 movies.
5. Rinema is a fun site and it's convenient for movie buffs but are there any concerns you have about it though?
Our key concern since we launched is performance. As the user base is growing we want to keep making the experience great.
6. For a personal question what kind of movies did you grow up with as a child? Do movies inspire you?
Being born in India, I grew up with a mix of Hollywood and Bollywood movies.
What inspires me most in movies are positive and persistent characters like Andy Dufresne in Shawshank Redemption, Guido in Life is Beautiful, Little Ramona in Ramona & Beezus for Western cinema, and Rambhiben in Godmother for Indian cinema.
7. A fun question, what's your all time favorite movie(s)?
The ones coming to mind right now are:
Western cinema: Ramona and Beezus, Shakespeare in Love, Roman Holiday, Before Sunset, Witness for Prosecution, Life is Beautiful, Shawshank Redemption, Children of Heaven etc.
Indian cinema: Chupke Chupke, Dor, Iqbal etc.
8. Where do you see Rinema few years from now?
We want to make Rinema the place where you will go to have great discussions about movies, and pick the next one to watch. I also hope to support indie filmmakers this way, by providing them visibility, distribution and a way to connect with their fans.
I want to thank Grishma Udani for answering these questions about her website and about even some of her favorite movies. For those who haven't checked out Rinema yet and love movies, take a peek: "Rinema."