9 items from 2015
We meet Rani (Tannishtha Chatterjee) a widow and former child-bride, is now marrying off her 17-year old son Gulab (Riddhi Sen) to Janaki (Lehar Khan), who is 15. When Janaki appears with shorn hair, and brings shame to her family, Rani soon enacts the same harsh treatment she received from her mother-in-law with Janaki. Rani is heartbroken when Gulab rejects Janaki, preferring to hang out with his friends and chase prostitutes in the city. There’s also Rani’s best friend Lajjo (Radhika Apte), a fun and raucous presence, who is unable to have a child, and routinely beaten by her violent husband. Rounding out the trio is their friend, Bijli (Surveen Chawla) a dancer in a traveling sideshow, disparaged for »
- Rumnique Nannar
Read More: Toronto International Film Festival Reveals First Slate of Titles: New Ridley Scott and Cary Fukunaga Films Top List, 'Demolition' to Open Leena Yadav's drama "Parched," which will premiere in Tiff's Special Presentations slate tomorrow, has released an exclusive clip. The film, written and directed by Yadav, tells the story of four ordinary women in a rural Indian village who begin to defy the traditions that bind them in order to remove themselves from servitude. The film stars Tannishtha Chatterjee and Radhika Apte and was shot by "Titanic" Dp Russell Carpenter. "Parched," which Yadav identifies as a "passion project," is her third feature film. Watch the exclusive clip above. Read More: Toronto International Film Festival Adds New Galas and Special Presentations, Including 'Mr. Right,' 'I Saw the Light,' 'Our Brand is Crisis' and 'Equals' »
- Aubrey Page
Exclusive: From Indian director Leena Yadav, Parched will have its world premiere in Toronto as a Special Presentation this Saturday. Set in a rural Indian village called Ujhaas, the story centers on three ordinary women who begin to break free from century-old traditions that have kept them locked in servitude. Check out a clip above. The film has an interesting pedigree. Oscar winning Titanic Dp Russell Carpenter shot it and it’s produced by superstar Ajay Devgn… »
Director Leena Yadav’s Parched is getting ready for its premiere in the Special Presentation Section of the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. Parched, which also is Ajay Devgn’s first international production, stars Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla and Adil Hussain. Set in rural India, the film follows the lives of three ordinary women who begin to break free from the century-old traditions.
Leena, who is currently in Toronto for the premiere, is thrilled with the support that the film has been receiving there. Praising the film, renowned film critic and the Artistic Director of Tiff, Cameron Bailey said, “With a bold visual confidence, Yadav combines the stark realism of Rajasthan’s hostile desert landscapes with a Bollywood palette, vibrant tones that celebrate the unleashing of the women’s repressed sensuality and dreams. Splendidly shot by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter (Titanic), Parched gradually accrues a feeling of »
- Stacey Yount
Superstar Actor, Producer & Director Ajay Devgn’s first international production ‘Parched’ is all set to have its exciting world Premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015! Ajay Devgn will also be visiting Toronto to attend the World Premiere screening of ‘Parched’.
Produced by Devgn under his USA based venture Shivalaya Entertainment, in association with Blue Waters Motion Picture, Airan Consultants, “Parched’ is written by Leena Yadav & Supratik Sen & directed by Leena Yadav with talented ensemble cast of Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla, Adil Hussain, Lehar Khan, Riddhi Sen, Mahesh Balraj & Chandan Anand.
Parched essays the story of four ordinary women, in a rural Indian village, who begin to throw off the traditions that hold them in servitude in an inspirational drama.
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When Edgar Wright parted ways with Marvel Studios, eight years into production on Ant-Man, whoever took the job was fated to end up melting under the magnifying glass of scrutiny, with a sun of an angry internet shining down on them. Or something.
The man who took the job was Peyton Reed of Yes Man, Bring It On and Down With Love vintage. Looking at the early reviews, it seems fair to say that he knocked it out of the park, presenting a fun film that blends original action, lots of laughs, and links to the wider Marvel cinematic universe.
We sat down with Mr Reed in a posh hotel room to talk about Ant-Man, »
One has to feel for Rosamund Pike: No actor deserves to have their Oscar-nominated breakout role tailed by the likes of “Return to Sender,” a queasy but strangely gutless exploitation pic that plays not unlike a tardy dry run for “Gone Girl.” As it is, the tight-lipped froideur that she brought to David Fincher’s adult blockbuster provides the only notes of curiosity or complexity in Fouad Mikati’s otherwise unsurprising rape-revenge thriller. As an uptight surgical nurse taking a roundabout way toward closure after surviving a brutal home invasion, Pike constructs a dark-hearted heroine who could potentially beat Amy Dunne at her own game — if armed with a less misogynistic script and a lick of human credibility. Without these, “Return to Sender” looks like nothing more threatening than VOD fodder for Stateside distrib Image Entertainment; paltry B.O. numbers show U.K. auds have already refused delivery.
For Pike, »
- Guy Lodge
Best Cinematography is one of the most closely watched technical categories at the Oscars, due largely to the fact that it’s often so difficult to predict. Indeed, since 1986, when the American Society of Cinematographers first started handing out prizes, only 11 of its winners went on to triumph at the Oscars: -Break- 1990: Dean Semler, “Dances with Wolves” 1995: John Toll, “Braveheart” 1996: John Seale, “The English Patient” 1997: Russell Carpenter, “Titanic” 1999: Conrad L. Hall, “American Beauty” 2002: Conrad L. Hall, “Road to Perdition” 2005: Dion Beebe, “Memoirs of a Geisha” 2007: Robert Elswit, “There Will Be Blood” 2008: Anthony Dod Mantle, “Slumdog Millionaire” 2010: Wally Pfister, “Inception” 2013: Emmanuel Lubeszki, “Gravity” Updated: Experts' Oscars predictions in 24 categories This year, th...' »
“Scott, I’ve been watching you for a while now. You’re different. Now, don’t let anyone tell you that you have nothing to offer.” Ant-Man may feature a superhero who can shrink to microscopic sizes, but that unique ability could expand Marvel’s cinematic universe in a big way. Marvel has released the first trailer for Ant-Man, featuring a lot of screen time for Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, while also teasing an impressive supporting cast.
Press Release – “Set for release in the United States on July 17, 2015, the film is directed by Peyton Reed (“Bring it On,” “The Break-Up”) and stars Paul Rudd (“I Love You Man,” “Role Models”) as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, and Michael Douglas (“Behind The Candelabra,” “Wall Street”) as his mentor Dr. Hank Pym and Evangeline Lilly (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Lost”) as Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym.
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- Derek Anderson
9 items from 2015
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