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Goa — India has set an ambitious timeline for implementing the ‘single window clearance’ system of streamlined permits for international and domestic productions wishing to shoot in the country.
The Film Facilitation Office (Ffo) that was launched last week at the National Film Development Corporation’s Film Bazaar in Goa will be fully operational in four months, Information & Broadcasting Secretary Sunil Arora told Variety.
The Bazaar is currently hosting a symposium with Indian key permission givers including the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, the Archaeological Survey of India, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Railways. Also participating were filmmakers Sudhir Mishra, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Ramesh Sippy, Anubhav Sinha, Shekhar Kapur and Shyam Benegal, and Pravesh Sahni from line production company India Take One, whose credits include “Life of Pi” and “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”.
Arora said that the next step would be to get all the »
- Naman Ramachandran
The 46th edition of the International Film Festival of India, Goa will kick off Friday with Matthew Brown’s biopic of Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons.
The festival (Nov. 20-30) will close with Pablo Trapero’s “The Clan,” Argentina’s submission in the Oscar foreign-language category. Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl,” starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander, will be the mid-festival gala.
Easily the richest film festival in India, the festival hands out cash awards totaling $200,000 across various competitive segments. The international competition section will have 15 features competing, including Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s “Journey to the Shore,” Peter Greenaway’s “Eisenstein in Guanajuato,” Stephane Brize’s “The Measure of a Man,” Grimur Hakonarson’s “Rams” and a brace of Indian features – Debesh Chatterjee’s “Natoker Moto” and Kaushik Ganguly’s “Cinemawala.”
The international jury will be chaired by filmmaker Shekhar Kapur »
- Naman Ramachandran
Saeed Jaffrey, one of India’s most beloved actors, who also had a long career in the U.K., died on Sunday. He was 86.
News of his death was announced by his niece Shaheen Aggarwaal. It was greeted by messages of condolence from the film industry and politicians alike.
“Saeed Jaffrey was a multifaceted actor whose flair & versatility will always be remembered. Deepest condolences on his passing away,” wrote Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter.
Jaffrey appeared in some 200 movies and TV shows over a long career. International titles included “Gandhi,” “The Man Who Would Be King” and “A Passage to India,” but also featured in classic Indian films including Satyajit Ray’s “The Chess Players.”
“Goodbye dear Sayeed. »
- Patrick Frater and Naman Ramachandran
The International Film Festival of India (Iffi) today announced a stellar lineup of International Competition, Indian Panorama films and Juries for its 46th edition to be held in Goa from November 20 to 30 2015. The film festival will showcase 187 films from 89 countries in World Cinema section along with 26 Feature and 21 Non-Feature films in Indian Panorama section.
Curtain Raiser Press Conference of Iffi 2015
Addressing the curtain raiser press conference, Shri Arun Jaitley, Hon’ble Minister, I&B, Finance & Corporate Affairs said, “The Kingdom of Spain is the focus country of Iffi 2015.The films of master Spanish filmmakers Carlos Saura and Pedro Almadovar along with contemporary filmmakers like Alejandro Amenabar will be screened at the festival. The section will also feature Spanish actress Leticia Dolera’s directorial debut ‘Requirements to Be a Normal Person.’ ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ written and directed by Matthew Brown would be the opening film of Iffi 2015. Mr. Anil Kapoor »
- Press Releases
The 17th edition of the Jio Mami Mumbai Film Festival which gets under way today (Oct. 29-Nov. 5) is looking inwards. While the festival will serve up international festival favourites like “The Lobster”, “The Assassin” and “Dheepan” amongst others, the focus will be on Indian cinema.
“Mami should be a place to discover Indian films, both for audiences in India and for the foreign market. We hope to be a springboard for new filmmakers from India, and a space where we can collectively help forge a new direction for Indian cinema,” said festival chair Kiran Rao.
As previously announced Hansal Mehta’s Indian gay rights drama “Aligarh” will open the festival after playing at Busan and London, and French veteran Claude Lelouch delivers India set “Un Plus Une” as the closing film.
The Indian programming is a mix of titles that have won global festival acclaim, including “Thithi,” “Angry Indian Goddesses, »
- Naman Ramachandran
Anupama Chopra is one of the most well-known and respected film journalists and critics in India. Not only does she write articles and reviews films in acclaimed newspapers and magazines, she also is a popular Television host, conducting interviews and film discussions as well as movie reviews on shows like ‘The Front Row’ and most recently on ‘The Film Companion’. Mrs. Chopra also has published works on the Indian Film Industry including a book on the classic film Sholay, and a biography of Shah Rukh Khan titled King of Bollywood – Shah Rukh Khan and the Seductive World of Indian Cinema.
Lately, however, she been working on a very special project and has a new title, that of Film Festival Director. Mrs. Chopra has taken on the challenge and the task of running the Jio Mami Mumbai Film Festival, which opens this Thursday October 29th. Working alongside Kiran Rao and a »
- Stacey Yount
The very good looking lead pair of this enormously disappointing film, ironically and pompously calling itself Shaandaar, are insomniacs. To prove it, they even get a ravaged remix version of the classic number ‘Neend Na Mujhko Aaye’ playing in the background as Shahid and Alia go fishing, dancing, and generally pfaffing around to fob off sleep-challenged ennui.
I have a great solution for all insomniacs. Watch Shaandaar. Repeatedly in a loop. Sleep guaranteed.
Outwardly the film has everything going for it. The director of Queen Vikas Bahl helming the hijinks as two ridiculously ostentatious business families gather for a destination wedding in a European idyll.
It must have cost them a bomb. To make the film, I mean. To cart the large cast of bimbos, bimbettes, toy boy and joy girls all to a European destination for a film that must have seemed smart on paper…very smart. After all, »
- Subhash K Jha
London — “Women in Film” wasn’t the official theme of last night’s London Film Festival awards dinner, but it may as well have been. Before any trophies were even presented at event, staged for the fourth year running at Whitehall’s grand Banqueting House, outgoing British Film Institute chairman Greg Dyke made a point of celebrating the contributions of female filmmakers to this year’s fest. It had, after all, opened with Sarah Gavron’s feminist historical drama “Suffragette” (and a surprise red-carpet demonstration by feminist action group Sisters Uncut).
Festival director Clare Stewart extended Dyke’s point, numbering the female directors nominated for awards that evening. By the end of the evening, four of them had triumphed in three of the night’s competitive categories — with a BFI Fellowship presentation to Cate Blanchett bringing the night to a rousing finish.
Australian docmaker Jennifer Peedom won the Grierson Award for best documentary, »
- Guy Lodge
Maker Studios has signed filmmaker Adi Shankar to a first-of-its-kind deal that calls for the multi-channel network to fully finance three digital projects that Shankar will direct over the next two years, TheWrap has learned. The first project will be an untitled animated project based on an original idea by Shankar that involves superheroes in developing countries. The second and third projects are in development for 2016. Shankar’s groundbreaking deal with Maker Studios comes on the heels of his upcoming live-action directorial debut, “Gods and Secrets,” which features Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Denise Richards, Jane Seymour, Rj Mitte, Shekhar Kapur and. »
- Jeff Sneider
The project aims to capture a day in the life of India on Oct. 10. Participants are asked to film their day across 24 hours and upload it to Google. Those whose footage gets included in the finished film will get credited as a co-director. Mehta will direct and Scott and Kashyap will be executive producers. Filmmakers R. Balki (“Shamitabh”), Zoya Akhtar (“Dil Dhadakne Do”) and Shekhar Kapur (“Elizabeth: The Golden Age”) are creative consultants on the project. The film is scheduled for release in 2016.
Scott said: “ ‘India in a Day’ offers a unique opportunity for anyone and everyone across India to grab a camera or a phone and get out there and capture something. It doesn’t matter how small or personal it is — from »
- Naman Ramachandran
Well known and award winning director Shekhar Kapur (Mr. India, Elizabeth) is taking off his director’s hat and getting into character for a new film. We have learned that the director is turning actor for Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets.
Gods and Secrets is a new spin on the superhero movie with a darker vision of a world inhabited by superheroes and the ramifications for the people they protect and the heroes themselves. We were told that the dark genre project aims to put a fresh spin on iconic superhero tropes and mythos and we are very intrigued!
We also hear that there is another Bollywood star to be added to that list and once we get »
- Stacey Yount
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, award-winning director Shekhar Kapur and former WWE legend John Morrison have joined the growing ensemble cast of “Adi Shankar‘s Gods and Secrets,” TheWrap has learned. The project marks the directorial debut of Shankar, who executive produced “Dredd,” “The Grey” and “Lone Survivor.” Shankar is co-directing “Gods and Secrets” with his longtime collaborator Stewart Yost. “Twilight” stars Kellan Lutz and Jackson Rathbone lead an ensemble that also includes “You’re Next” heroine Sharni Vinson, comedian Andy Milonakis, WWE legend ‘Diamond’ Dallas Page and, as TheWrap first reported, Denise Richards, Jane Seymour, “Breaking Bad” alum Rj Mitte »
- Jeff Sneider
It is with great sadness we must report the passing of music composter Aadesh Shrivastava after a long battle with cancer. He was only 51 years old. He is survived by his wife Vijeta Pandit and two sons Anivesh and Avitesh.
A highly respected and well-known composer both in the songs for films and also the background music his work has been heard in many wonderful films including Chalte Chalte, Baghban, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Raajneeti, Dev, and Baabul to name just a few. His brilliant vocals were also heard on many songs as well.
Tributes poured in for the composer on social media
He was one of my closest friends and we have done some remarkable work together. Beyond all that, we would hit it like a house on fire.
— Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) September 5, 2015
He was so full of life, i have yet to see another man who has his traits. »
- Stacey Yount
While much of the focus of Cleopatra in previous films have been about her affairs with both Julius Caesar and Marc Antony, the show takes the opposite approach - showing how an eighteen-year-old girl came to be a queen who proved far better, smarter and more effective in her position than all the other male rulers of the time.
The series will also re-imagine her history as a modern woman who constantly reinvented herself, understood the power of myth and turned herself into one.
A search is underway for an actress to play the leader and Slingshot Global will distribute the series.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
David Ellender’s Slingshot Global Media is developing Cleopatra as a TV series with Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth, Elizabeth: The Golden Age) attached to write and direct. Slingshot Global will distribute the series. A search is underway for an actress to play the famous queen of ancient Egypt. The series will be a new take on the life story of Cleopatra. Instead of focusing on the arch seductress made famous by her affairs with men like Julius Caesar and Marc Antony, the show… »
A lot is being said about the upcoming Saif Ali Khan - Katrina Kaif starrer political action thriller Phantom. In fact ever since the launch of its first look posters a couple of days back, social networks have been buzzing about the film. Now we hear that Kabir Khan's next will also feature late star Dev Anand's niece Sohaila Kapur who is also Shekhar Kapur's sister. Confirming the same, Sohaila stated that she will be seen playing the role of a Pakistani window whose teenage son has been kidnaped by terrorists and is being trained to become one. However despite the limited scope of her character, we also hear that it will most definitely not be a blink and miss role, instead Sohaila's role is a rather integral part of the climax. Interestingly the journalist turned actress Sohaila who was seen in Govind Nihalani's 1991 National Award »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
At Comic-Con, I recently joined the press room for A&E's The Omen sequel series, Damien, where, along with a handful of journalists, I caught up with writer/executive producer Glen Mazzara and cast members Bradley James, Barbara Hershey, and Scott Wilson, who discussed the upcoming adult Antichrist series.
Glen Mazzara on the tone of the show:
"It is realistic, we're using the original 1976 film as the source not only of the story but of the style of filmmaking. That film was very grounded, it felt like it was taking place in the world and so we're trying to follow that, you know? I think that's what makes the horror play. If you feel that it's real. Once something becomes very involved, very dependent on special effects, I tend to feel not as frightened, to tell you the truth. So we're trying to stay as realistic feeling as possible.
- Derek Anderson
"I imagine you don't remember much... that'll change." Through The Hollywood Reporter, A&E has unleashed a new trailer for Damien, the sequel series to 1976's The Omen.
Stay tuned to Daily Dead for Comic-Con interviews with the cast and crew of Damien.
Damien details: "The series stars Bradley James as Damien Thorn (“Merlin,” “Homeland”), along with Oscar® nominee Barbara Hershey (“Once Upon A Time”), Omid Abtahi (“Better Call Saul”) and Meganlyn Echikunwoke (“House of Lies”).
“Damien” follows the adult life of Damien Thorn, the mysterious child from the 1976 motion picture who has grown up seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny -- that he is the Antichrist. Barbara Hershey stars as Ann Rutledge, the world's most powerful woman who has been tasked with making sure Damien fulfills his destiny. Omid Abtahi portrays Amani Golkar, »
- Derek Anderson
On Monday, legendary film composer James Horner died in a plane crash near Santa Barbara in which he was apparently piloting. Horner, who composed classic films such as Aliens, Avatar, Apollo 13 and Titanic touched millions of people around the world with his unforgettable scores.
Céline Dion, who sang "My Heart Will Go On" co-written by Horner for the movie Titanic, said:
"Rene and I are deeply saddened by the tragic death of James Horner. He will always remain a great composer in our hearts. James played an important part in my career. We will miss him. We offer his family and friends our deepest sympathy."
Fellow composer Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel) had this to say about Horner:
"It is a tragedy for all composers to hear about James Horner's accident. We have lost one of our most talented and respected colleagues. His music will remain always. »
First it was Shekhar Kapoor's Paani, and now one hears of another Sushant Singh Rajput starrer Raabta, this one produced by Dinesh Vijan and directed by Homi Adajania - the king of quirks - has been put on the back burner. Apparently, the film's very busy leading lady Alia Bhatt has given away her dates to her mentor Karan Johar for his ill-fated casting-challenged Shhuddhi. That leaves Sushant with a lot of empty pages in his date diary. However when contacted about the fate of Raabta, Sushant texted back, "It is very much on, from November." When asked about his co-star Sushant was nonchalant. "I've no idea. I'm only concerned with my work." »
- Subhash K. Jha
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