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NY Indian Film Fest 2016: Saheb Bibi Golaam, A Bengali Triptych Thriller

A hitman, a hooker, and a hustler all with hearts of gold: these are the three main characters in Pratim D. Gupta's latest thriller, Saheb Bibi Golaam (The Drifters). Except, these three aren't exactly virtuous, they have their pecadillos and peculiar habits, and each of them plays an integral part in a crime against an innocent that none can ever undo. This new thriller from the Bengali journalist and filmmaker is populated with fine performances and more than enough twists to keep the viewer guessing right up until the last minute. Anjan Dutt starts the film off as the surly hitman Jimmy Luke. Jimmy is a former cop who has lost his wife and his faith in good things and has instead turned his skills...

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The New York Indian Film Festival announces full lineup for the 16th Annual Film Festival

The New York Indian Film Festival (Nyiff) announced the full lineup last night for their 16th year of celebrating independent, art house, alternate, and diaspora films from/about/connected to the Indian subcontinent (May 7 – May 14). Dedicated to bringing these films to a New York audience, the festival will feature 40 screenings (35 narrative, 5 documentary) –all seen for the first time in New York City. In addition, the festival will also feature five programs of short films.

The festival highlights various cinemas of India’s different regions. All the films are subtitled in English and some of the languages this year include Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Telegu, Assamese, Haryanavi and Urdu. This year’s festival will feature a couple of sidebars –Nfdc restored first films of filmmakers and a three-generations sidebar, films of Bimal Roy, Basu Bhattacharya and Aditya Bhattacharya.

The festival’s film lineup includes 2016 National Award winners A Far Afternoon,
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Liff Special Movie Review: Saari Raat

On a stormy evening, a married couple (Konkona Sen Sharma and Rittwik Chakraborty) on vacation takes refuge from the rain in a house filled with ruin and clutter. There they discover an old man (Anjan Dutt), alone, who makes them tea and kichdi and insists they stay for the night – in fact, he insists that the rain will not let up, and they will be unable to leave. What transpires is an evening filled with poetry and puzzles, magic, philosophy, and perhaps a little menace.

National Award winning director Aparna Sen returns to the festival circuit with her first film in Hindi, though she hasn’t strayed far from her Bengali roots, choosing to adapt a play by noted Bengali playwright Badal Sircar (the play’s original poetry has been translated into Hindi by respected screenwriter and lyricist Javed Akhtar). A tale told in half light and flickering shadows, the
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Preview of the films at this years London Indian Film Festival

The festival returns this month for its sixth edition. Every year Liff aims to bring audiences some of the very best new Indian independent cinema, which includes features, documentaries and short films by both acclaimed and emerging filmmakers. This year’s line up promises to leave you entertained, informed, thought provoking and even in some cases leaving a screen shocked.

We now present the films that will be screened at this prestigious festival

Umrika | Opening Night | UK Premiere | cert 12A

Hindi with English subtitles | 98 min | India 2015 | Dir. Prashant Nair | with: Suraj Sharma, Tony Revolori, Adil Hussain, Smita Tambe, Prateik Babbar.

This year’s Sundance Audience Award winner is an uplifting, rights of passage tale about two brothers from a small village who have dreams of making it big in Umrika (America). Udai (Pratiek Babbar) is the eldest and adored by his hard-working mum. He leaves their hamlet on a bullock
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National Awards throw Queen team into a sulk

National Awards throw Queen team into a sulk
Although Kangna Ranaut has rightfully walked away with the National award as Best Actress for her performance as the Delhi girl on a solo honeymoon after being deserted by her fiance on the eve of their wedding, the rest of the Queen team was in for a disappointment, especially director Vikas Bahl who lost the best director award to the Bengali auteur director Srijit Mukherjee who won the best director award for Chatuskhon. Srijit admits he was "pleasantly surprised" by the win considering Queen was such a popular film. "It is a rare honour and I am totally overwhelmed," says Srijit. It may be mentioned here that last year, Queen was embroiled in a plagiarism controversy when it was alleged that the film's theme was suspiciously similar to Parvati Balagopalan's unsung film Phir Zindagi. Srijit's Bangla film Chatushkon stars Aparna Sen, Goutam Ghose, Chiranjeet Chakraborty and Parambrata Chatterjee as four
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New York Indian Film Festival unveils full line-up

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Top brass at the New York Indian Film Festival (Nyiff) have unveiled the complete line-up of 30 films for the 15th annual showcase, set to run from May 4-9.

The festival will open with Shonali Bose’s nstarring Kalki Koechlin, Revathi and Sayani Gupta and closes with a secret screening to be announced on April 15.

The Centerpiece Film is Aparna Sen’s Saari Raat with Anjan Dutt, Rittwik Chakraborty and Konkona Sen Sharma.

Programming highlights are expected to include Vishal Bhardwaj’s Shakespeare trilogy of Maqbool, Omkara and Haider, the South Asian Film Lab, a selection of one-minute cell phone films by Nyu students and industry panels.

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Why Bengal needs to get over Satyajit Ray

A portrait of Satyajit Ray by Rishiraj Sahoo | Source: Wikimedia commons

Let’s start to play a game here – What is common between the 9 Bengali films listed below:

1 – Antaheen (2009, dir: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury) advertised that this was the first film after Satyajit Ray’s Aranyer Din Ratri where Aparna Sen and Sharmila Tagore acted together. It went further stating that even the Ray masterpiece didn’t have the two pitted against each other in the same frame as this film did.

2 – Abar Aranye (2003, dir: Goutam Ghose) took three of the four characters of Aranyer Din Ratri to the forest of Dooars on a sequel train at a time when the DVD, CD version of the Ray original was not readily available.

3 – Aborto (2013, dir: Arindam Sil) flaunts that all the characters of the film have the same names as the different major characters in the master’s film oeuvre.

4 – Charulata 2011 (2012, dir:
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Stars grace Dutta Vs Dutta premiere : Regional Movies

It was a starry affair on Friday as Orion Entertainment hosted the grand premiere of Anjan Dutt's latest directorial venture Dutta Vs Dutta. The premiere was attended by many of the eminent personalities from the industry like Soumitra Chatterjee, Kahaani famed director Sujoy Ghosh, actors Indraneil Sengupta and wife Barkha, guitarist Amit Dutta and actress Sudeshna Roy among others. Read More...
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National Film Awards 2011: Winners: Deool, Byari, Aaranyakandam

Deool, Byari, Aaranyakandam, and the other winners of the 2011 National Film Awards have been announced. The 59th Annual National Film Awards, administered by the India’s Directorate of Film Festivals, is “the most prominent film award ceremony in India. Established in 1954, it is administrated by the Indian government’s Directorate of Film Festivals since 1973. Every year, a national panel appointed by the government selects the winning entry, and the award ceremony is held in New Delhi, where the President of India gives away the awards.

This is followed by the inauguration of the National Film Festival, where the award-winning films are screened for the public. Declared for films produced in the previous year across the country, they hold the distinction of awarding merit to the best of Indian cinema overall, as well as presenting awards for the best films in each region and language of the country. Due to the
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I Am, Vidya Balan, Ra.One and Chillar Party win National Awards!

Today the winners of the 59th National Film Awards, the most respected and prestigious film prize in the Indian film industry which everyone looks forward to, were announced. The National Awards honor work from all the film industries in India and this year’s winners are from the Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Kannada, Malayalam, Manipuri, Tamil, Punjabi Film industries.

Bollyspice takes a look at the Hindi cinema winners.

I Am wins Best Hindi Film

The Hindi Film I Am won the award for Best Film and Best Lyrics for the song ‘Agar Zindagi’, which is written by Amitabh Bhattacharya.

Onir thanked everyone on Twitter for their support. He was really overwhelmed by the fact that I Am bagged two National awards. “Thank you all so much. Still overwhelmed that I Am won the Best Hindi Feature film and Best lyrics National award. It’s been a long and difficult journey. Thanks
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Complete list of National Film Awards Winners 2011

Complete list of National Film Awards Winners 2011
Best Feature Film: Deool and Byari

Best Director: Gurvinder Singh for Anhe Ghorey Da Daan

Best Hindi Film: I Am

Best Bengali Film: Ranjana Ami Aar Ashbo Na

Best Marathi Film: Shaala

Best Actress: Vidya Balan, The Dirty Picture

Best Actor: Girish Kulkarni for Deool (Marathi)

Best Screenplay: Vikas Bahl, Nitesh Tiwari, Vijay Maurya, Rajesh Bajaj for Chillar Party

Best Choreography: Bosco-Caeser for Senorita from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Best Special Effects: Ra.One

Best Make Up: Vijram Gaekwad for The Dirty Picture and Bal Gandharva

Best Costume Designer: Niharika Khan for The Dirty Picture and Neeta Lulla for Bal Gandharva

Best Children’s Film: Chillar Party

Best Child Artistes: Partho Gupte for Stanley Ka Dabba, and for Chillar Party: Irfan Khan, Sanath Menon, Rohan Grover, Naman Jain, Aarav Khanna, Vishesh Tiwari, Chinmai Chandranshuh, Vedant Desai and Divji Handa

Best Supporting Actor: Appu Kutty for Azhagar Samiyin Kuthirai (Tamil
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Urumi to open Indian Panorama at International Film Festival of India

Urumi to open Indian Panorama at International Film Festival of India
Urumi directed by Santosh Sivan will screen as the opening film of Indian Panorama at the International Film Festival of India, Goa 2011.

The jury for Feature films, headed by filmmaker Sai Paranjpye selected 23 films out of a total of 118 eligible entries for the Iffi 2011, Indian Panorama Section. Malayalam film Adaminte Makan Abu, directed by Salim Ahamed which won Best Feature Film award at the recent 58th National Film Awards is the 24th film of Indian Panorama, by virtue of direct entry.

In the Non-Feature Film category, Adwaita Sangeet directed by Makarand Brahme will be the opening film. The Non-Feature films Jury chaired by writer-director Ashok Rane picked 21 films out of 135 eligible entries. The winner of Best Non-Feature film in the recent 58th National Film Awards for 2010 Germ by Snehal R. Nair has not been included in the Non-Feature film category, as it was already included in Indian Panorama 2010 last year.
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Bollywood returns to Darjeeling

Within days of the West Bengal government reaching an agreement with Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (Gjm), Bollywood returned to the picturesque Darjeeling hills Wednesday for a film shoot after an eight-year gap. The shooting of Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra starrer .Barfee. was held at Ghum station of Darjeeling. The film is being directed by Anurag Basu. The film is a romantic murder mystery and will be shot at various locations in Darjeeling in two segments. The first segment will be till the end of June, while shooting for the second segment will start from the last week of August and continue till mid-September. The few shots featuring Ranbir were taken Wednesday. Priyanka is scheduled to join the shooting June 25. The last film to be shot in Darjeeling was Shah Rukh Khan.s .Main Hoon Naa. in 2003. Many nationally and internationally acclaimed films have been shot in Darjeeling, including Satyajit Ray
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Mumbai film fest to feature world premieres

The 12th Mumbai Film Festival (Mff) starting Oct 21 will feature the world premiere of five movies - three from India and one each from Denmark and France.The Indian films are Biju Kumar.s .The Way Home., Sudhish Kamath.s .Good Night Good Morning. and debutant K.M Kamal.s .Alif.. The Danish film, .Abobe the Street Below the Water., is directed by Charlotte Sieling. Director duo Jonas Pariente and Mathias Mangin.s French documentary .Next Year in Mumbai. will also be screened, stated a Mff statement here.Organised by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (Mami), Mff is a Reliance Big Entertainment Ltd (Rbel) initiative which is the flagship media and entertainment arm of the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group..Florida Road. from South Africa by Brad Glass and .Sound of Mumbai: A Musical. helmed by Sarah McCarthy will follow suit with their Asian premieres at the event.Over
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Check Out: Complete list of Indian films to be screened at Mami

Check Out: Complete list of Indian films to be screened at Mami
The 12th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival by Mami (Mumbai Academy of Moving Image) is scheduled to take place from Oct 21 to Oct 28 in Mumbai. Following is the complete list of all the Indian films that are going to be screened at the festival: Sr. No. Title Director Country/Language Section 1 Autumn (Harud) Aamir Bashir India (Urdu) International Competition 2 Virgin Goat Murali Nair India Indian Frame 3 Iti Mrinalini Aparna Sen India (Bengali) Indian Frame 4 Riding The Stallion Of A Dream (Kanasemba Kudureyaneri) Girish Kasarvalli India (Kannada) Indian Frame 5 I Am Kalam Nila Madhab Panda India (Hindi) Indian Frame 6 The Way Home (Veettilekkulla Vazhi) Dr. Biju India (Malayalam-Hindi) Indian Frame 7 Ayirathil Oruvan Selvaraghavan India (Tamil) Indian Frame 8 Memories In March Sanjay Nag India Indian Frame 9 Semshook Siddhartha A. Kumar India- Spain Indian Frame 10 Nirmalya Shekhar Sartandel India (Marathi) Indian Frame 11 Bbd Anjan Dutt India Indian Frame 12 Mani Mangalsutra Gauri Sarawate
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Check Out: Complete list of Indian films to be screened at Mami

Check Out: Complete list of Indian films to be screened at Mami
The 12th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival by Mami (Mumbai Academy of Moving Image) is scheduled to take place from Oct 21 to Oct 28 in Mumbai. Following is the complete list of all the Indian films that are going to be screened at the festival: Sr. No. Title Director Country/Language Section 1 Autumn (Harud) Aamir Bashir India (Urdu) International Competition 2 Virgin Goat Murali Nair India Indian Frame 3 Iti Mrinalini Aparna Sen India (Bengali) Indian Frame 4 Riding The Stallion Of A Dream (Kanasemba Kudureyaneri) Girish Kasarvalli India (Kannada) Indian Frame 5 I Am Kalam Nila Madhab Panda India (Hindi) Indian Frame 6 The Way Home (Veettilekkulla Vazhi) Dr. Biju India (Malayalam-Hindi) Indian Frame 7 Ayirathil Oruvan Selvaraghavan India (Tamil) Indian Frame 8 Memories In March Sanjay Nag India Indian Frame 9 Semshook Siddhartha A. Kumar India- Spain Indian Frame 10 Nirmalya Shekhar Sartandel India (Marathi) Indian Frame 11 Bbd Anjan Dutt India Indian Frame 12 Mani Mangalsutra Gauri Sarawate
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European debuts on tap for first Filma Madrid fest

European debuts on tap for first Filma Madrid fest
MADRID -- Six films, including a handful of European premieres, will participate in the official competition of the inaugural Filma Madrid International Film Festival, which kicks off Friday and runs through April 5.

"Shake Hands with the Devil", Roger Spottiswoode's spotlight on Rwanda's violent ethnic war through the eyes of a U.N. peacekeeper and Satoshi Isaka's "Zo-No Senaka" are two of the films that will vie for the top Filma Madrid Award.

The non-cash prize, awarded by festival organizers the CIM & ART Foundation, also secures Spanish distribution for the winning film. None of the competition titles has a distributor in Spain.

Also competing for the top prizes are Peter Askin documentary "Trumbo"; Juan Pablo Villasenor's domestic drama, "Espereme en el Otro Mundo"; (Wait for Me On the Other Side), Shoaib Mansoor's examination of Pakistani Muslims, "In the Name of God"; and Anjan Dutt's drama about culture and identity, "Bow Barracks Forever".

The Madrid festival, which started as a private initiative, but has since received backing from public institutions, kicks off with a gala inauguration Friday night that will be attended by Madrid Mayor Alberto Ruiz Gallardon and the cultural attaches of embassies from the various films' respective countries.

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