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Top 10 Indian Indie Films of 2013

22 December 2013 7:15 PM, PST | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

Hindi remakes rights of Pawan Kumar’s “Lucia” was bought by Fox Star Studios

Year 2013 turned out to be an unprecedented year for Indian indie films! While Bollywood continued to break all records riding high on star power, Indies also began a humble yet significant journey towards finding mainstream distribution. The Lunchbox piggybacked on star director Karan Johar as presenter while Ship of Theseus found support from filmmaker Kiran Rao. Shahid was backed by Disney-utv and B.A. Pass was acquired by Bollywood producer Bharat Shah. While these films enjoyed successful run in international film festivals, they also got acceptance from theatre-going audiences back home.

We’ve compiled a list of 10 indie gems that we think ruled the roost this year. At the outset, we would like to mention two remarkable films, Anand Gandhi’s Ship of Theseus and Hansal Mehta’s Shahid, which released theatrically this year but had been »

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Bollywood Stars Speak Up Against the Return of Section 377- the Law that makes “Love” a Criminal Offence

12 December 2013 11:01 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Bollywood has famously advocated loving fearlessly without any barriers and to facing any obstacles that appear.

For instance “Jab Pyar Kiya Tau Darna Kya” (Why be frightened if you are in love?) was evoked through Mughal-e-Azam(1960) .

Raj fearlessly pursued his Simran , regardless of having to face the fury of a traditional Indian father, from London to India in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995).

Karan Johar had introduced homosexuality on the Bollywood screen through Dostana(2008).

Although Dostana was set within a heterosexual framework, the film portrayed the message that sexuality is not a choice.

Dostana also depicted a traditional Indian mother accepting her gay son.

Just when it seemed that Lgbtq (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) rights in India were improving, the situation has extremely regressed.

On the 11th of December 2013, the Indian Supreme Court made the human right to love freely, subject and conditional to an archaic law: Section 377.

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Solaris Pictures presents Flashpoint 3rd Human Rights Film Festival

11 December 2013 1:54 AM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

One of the more pressing concerns currently out there in the world are human rights oriented and this needs to change.

Spreading the word can facilitate a change and creating an awareness wherein the people can make a difference and Flashpoint-3rd Human Rights Film Festival is one such medium to do so. The press conference was held today at the office of Acee The Third Eye and comprised of attendees such as Mr Mahesh Bhatt, Mr Hansal Mehta who showed their support for the cause. Partners of Acee The Third Eye, Solaris pictures will be screening films from across the globe and hosting panel discussions that dwell on the issues the world is facing today.

A curious reporter at the press conference asked Mr Mahesh Bhatt; “There are so many loopholes in the law. What can we do about that”, a crisp and precise answer from Mr Mahesh Bhatt »

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Fox Takes ‘Metro Manila’ Remake to Mumbai

9 December 2013 1:52 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong – Fox Star Studios and Mahesh Bhatt’s Vishesh Films have begun production on “Citylights,” an Indian remake of “Metro Manila,” the Philippines-set, UK-produced action-drama that this weekend was named best film at the British Independent Film Awards.

The story of a poor family which escapes from rural poverty by migrating to the big city (originally Manila, now Mumbai) only for the husband to be caught up in an armored truck heist, is directed by Hansal Mehta (“Shahid”.)

Starring Rajkumar Yadav and actress Patraleka, the film started shooting last week in Rajasthan.

The original film was directed by Sean Ellis, with Jake Macapagal and Althea Vega in the Tagalog-language lead roles. It had its premiere in Sundance in January and was since selected as the U.K.’s foreign language Oscar contender.

Remake rights were acquired by Los Angeles-based Fox International Productions for Fox Star Studios. Fss is the »

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Rajkummar to star in Mahajan’s Daily

22 November 2013 5:30 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Rajkummar Rao has been cast in Nikhil Mahajan’s Daily (Dainik), which was selected for this year’s Nfdc Screenwriters’ Lab.  

The film will be co-produced by Suhrud Godbole’s Ime Motion Pictures and Mahajan’s Blue Drop. Rajkummar has previously starred in films such as Hansal Mehta’s Shahid and Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che.

Daily will mark the first Hindi-language film for Mahajan and Godbole, who earlier collaborated on Marathi film Pune 52.

Mahajan’s Blue Drop will also produce Varun Grover’s Mother Goddess Coaching Class, which also took part in this year’s Nfdc Screenwriters’ Lab.

“I met Varun in Toronto during the first session of Screenwriters’ Lab and I liked his script instantly,” said Mahajan. “It’s a very relatable, slice-of-life comedy and I thought why not produce a film that I can’t make myself.” »

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Fox Star's Metro Manila remake takes shape

21 November 2013 5:30 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Fox Star Studios’ CEO Vijay Singh has revealed further details of its Hindi remake of UK production Metro Manila, which the studio is co-producing with the Bhatt brothers’ Vishesh Films.

Entitled City Lights, the film is scheduled to start shooting in December for a tentative May release, with Hansal Mehta directing and Raj Kumar heading the cast.

“We are taking the germ of the idea and giving it Indian soul and emotion,” Singh told Screen. “We brought Metro Manila to the table and suggested Vishesh Films produce the film as part of our four-film agreement with them.”

Fox International Productions acquired worldwide right remake rights to the film in a deal announced this year at Cannes. Other foreign-language remakes and an English-language remake are also understood to be on the cards.

Following City Of Lights, Fox Star and Vishesh Films will also co-produce Mohit Suri’s Hamari Adhuri Kahaani, starring Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan, and [link=nm »

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Hansal Mehta Rajkumar team up for City Lights

5 November 2013 6:11 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

After the recent news about him not featuring in Nh 10, Rajkumar Yadav is said to have bagged the remake of Bimal Roy's classic Do Bigha Zameen, titled City Lights to be produced by Bhatts and Fox Star Studios. While we hear that Rajkumar opted out of the Anushka Sharma starrer citing date issues, the actor seems to have had no problem in striking a deal for this Hansal Mehta directorial. Raj Kumar will be essaying the role of Balraj Sahni from the original. The film has also been a victim of controversy after director Ajay Bahl walked out of it. The B A Pass fame director Ajay was initially roped in by the Bhatts for this ambitious venture but he backed out citing creative differences. Now, Hansal Mehta has been brought in, to direct the movie. However, now with the director and lead actor in place, the movie is »

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Ajay Bahl and Bhatts part ways

1 November 2013 7:32 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Sometime back we had reported that the director of the successful erotic drama B. A. Pass would soon be wielding the directorial reins of the Bhatts next production venture titled City Lights. However, now we hear that both Bhal and the Bhatts have decided to part ways owing to certain creative differences that developed. Apparently, Mukesh and Bahl clashed over the working culture of Vishesh Films and the film's budget. Both sides stated that it was better to part ways at this stage rather than having issues later when the film goes on floor. While currently it is said that either Hansal Mehta or Vishal Mahadkar will directed the film, the cast remains the same with Rajkumar Yadav playing the lead in the film. »

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La Juala De Oro and Katiyabaaz bag top honors at 15th Mumbai Film Festival

26 October 2013 4:23 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

With a promise to be back next year, bigger and better, the final day of the 15th Mumbai Film Festival presented by Reliance Entertainment and organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Images (Mami) unfolded.

After a week of celebrating cinema, the final few films screened today included Red Wedding directed by Guillaume Suon and Lida Chan, Short Term 12 by Destin Cretton, Saving General Yang directed by Ronny Yu, Hiroshi Toda’s Seventh Cat, Five Years by Stefan Schaller, Costa Gavras’s Amen and the much acclaimed Z, A Few Days More by Om Prakash Srivastava among others.

The last of the 15th Mumbai Film Festival’s master classes was conducted by the legendary director Bruce Beresford, on Preparation by the Director. “I thought I would talk about the necessity of story boarding. These days, with tight budgets and short schedules, if you don’t plan them, you’ll »

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Shahid Movie Review

20 October 2013 6:18 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

“By showing me injustice, he taught me to love justice.” -Roy Black.

This phrase, highlighted couple times in the movie, for me, is the pinnacle of Hansal Mehta’s latest offering ‘Shahid’ which traces the life of slain human rights activist and defense lawyer Shahid Azmi.

At a young age, Shahid (Rajkumar Yadav), from a humble means family living with three brothers and mother in the decrepit slums of Mumbai is jailed under the suspicion of supporting terrorist activities. His time in prison and encounter with mentors (Yusuf Husain and Kay Kay Menon) encourages him to study law and help those who wound up in fateful circumstances as him. Once out of jail he joins a lawyer’s (Tigmanshu Dhulia) firm, but corrupt practices there perturb him. Instead he starts his own practice where he fights cases for those falsely implicated on the wrong side of the law.

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Raj Kumar Yadav starrer Shahid receives 'A' certificate; may be edited for satellite release

9 October 2013 3:13 AM, PDT | GlamSham | See recent GlamSham news »

Director Hansal Mehta's upcoming film, Shahid, tells the story of slain human rights activist Shahid Azmi. The movie has received an A certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification (Cbfc) for its theatrical release, but the makers have been asked to make certain changes for the satellite and DVD version. The film may have to undergo heavy editing, especially for television.Hansal Mehta, director of Shahid, said, We will see what can be done about it. I am not sayin »

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Film Preview: Shahid

5 October 2013 12:28 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

After witnessing critical acclaim in several film festivals including Toronto, Dubai and Mumbai and winning accolades, Utv Spotboy proudly presents Shahid. The film directed by Hansal Mehta is scheduled to release on October 18, 2013.

Synopsis: Shahid is based on a true story of a slain human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi, who was was killed in 2010 by unidentified assailants in his office. From attempting to become a terrorist, to being wrongly imprisoned under a draconian anti-terrorism law, to becoming a champion of human rights (particularly of the Muslim minorities in India), Shahid traces the inspiring personal journey of a boy who became an unlikely messiah for human rights, while following the rise of communal violence in India.

Check out the trailer below

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhOqoeL0v3M

Runtime: 105 mins (Approx.)

Language: Hindi

Subtitles: English

Genre: Drama – Biopic

Produced By: Ronnie Screwvala, Siddharth Roy Kapur, Anurag Kashyap »

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Europalia Arts Festival to focus on Satyajit Ray, Guru Dutt & Anurag Kashyap

26 September 2013 11:00 PM, PDT | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

The 24th edition of the biennial Europalia International Arts Festival in Europe will be dedicated to India to celebrate the centenary year of Indian cinema.

The festival will be held in several cities of Belgium and The Netherlands including Brussels, Antwerpen and Den Haag  from October 4, 2013 – January 26, 2014.

Five of Kashyap’s films will be screened under the Anurag Kashyap Focus – Cinematek section: Ugly (2013), Black Friday (2004), Dev D (2009), Gulal (2009) and Gangs of Wasseypur I and II (2012).  Besides, three films recommended by Kashyap will also be screened at the festival: Gurvinder Singh’s Anhey Ghorey Da Daan, Hansal Mehta’s Shahid and Satish Manwar’s Gabhricha Paus.

Pather Panchali, Aparajito, Apur Sansar and Jalsaghar will be presented as part of the Satyajit Ray Retrospective. Guru Dutt Retrospective will screen his films Baazi, Jaal, Baaz, Aar Paar, Mr. And Mrs. 55, Pyaasa, Sahib Biwi aur Ghulam and Kagaz Ke Phool.

Filmmakers Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl »

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Butler to open Mumbai film festival

25 September 2013 8:55 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Lee DanielsThe Butler will open the 15th Mumbai Film Festival (October 17-24), which will screen more than 200 films from 65 countries and award $220,000 in cash prizes.

Presented by Reliance Entertainment and organised by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (Mami), the festival features four competitions sections, including the India Gold competition for Indian features (see full line-up below).

The International Competition for First Features has selected 13 films including Kim Morduant’s The Rocket; Singapore’s Oscar submission Ilo Ilo, directed by Anthony Chen; UK director Paul Wright’s For Those In Peril; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon.

The International Competition jury is headed by Bruce Beresford, while Asghar Farhadi is presiding over the India Gold jury; Indian director Hansal Mehta (Shahid) is heading the Celebrate Age jury, and Shoojit Sircar (Vicky Donor) is heading the Dimensions Mumbai jury.

The World Cinema section includes festival hits such as Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is The Warmest Color, [link »

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Butler to open Mumbai film festival

25 September 2013 8:55 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Lee DanielsThe Butler will open the 15th Mumbai Film Festival (October 17-24), which will screen more than 200 films from 65 countries and award $220,000 in cash prizes.

Presented by Reliance Entertainment and organised by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (Mami), the festival features four competitions sections, including the India Gold competition for Indian features (see full line-up below).

The International Competition for First Features has selected 13 films including Kim Morduant’s The Rocket; Singapore’s Oscar submission Ilo Ilo, directed by Anthony Chen; UK director Paul Wright’s For Those In Peril; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon.

The International Competition jury is headed by Bruce Beresford, while Asghar Farhadi is presiding over the India Gold jury; Indian director Hansal Mehta (Shahid) is heading the Celebrate Age jury, and Shoojit Sircar (Vicky Donor) is heading the Dimensions Mumbai jury.

The World Cinema section includes festival hits such as Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is The Warmest Color, [link »

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Touring Talkies to open Indian Film Festival, The Hague

24 September 2013 2:48 AM, PDT | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

Gajendra Ahire’s Marathi film Touring Talkies will open the Indian Film Festival, The Hague 2013.

The festival that will be held from October 2-6, 2013 in The Netherlands will host art-house films, documentaries and popular Hindi films from India.

Full Line up:

Asha 80 by Henk Schepers and Mahindra Goercharan

B.A. Pass by Ajay Bahl

Ballad of Rustom by Ajita Suchitra Veera

Bombay Talkies by Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar and Anurag Kashyap

Celluloid Man by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur

Commando – A One Man Army by Dilip Ghosh

Fukrey by Mrigdeep Singh Lamba

Gangoobai by Priya Krishnaswamy

Jadoo by Amit Gupta

Kai Po Che by Abhishek Kapoor

Mumbai Cha Raja by Manjeet Singh

Nina’s Heavenly Delights by Pratibha Parmar

Oass – The Dew Drop by Abhinav Shiv Tiwari

Omg – Oh My God! by Umesh Shukla

Ramaiya Vastavaiya by Prabhudeva

Shahid by Hansal Mehta

Special 26 by Neeraj Pandey

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Disney Utv associates with Hansal Mehta's Shahid; the film to hit screens on 18th October 2013 : Trade News

5 September 2013 3:52 AM, PDT | Bollywood Trade | See recent Bollywood Trade news »

Disney Utv has taken yet another bold step to nurture and promote promising young talent from the Indian film industry. This time, India's leading studio has added Hansal Mehta’s Shahid to its forthcoOne of the most acclaimed and controversial independent movies at film festivals around the world last year, Shahid will soon see a mainstream theatrical release under the Disney Utv umbrella. Read More »

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Hansal Mehta’s Shahid to release on October 18

4 September 2013 10:39 PM, PDT | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

Hansal Mehta’s Shahid, one of the most successful independent films of last year, will be released theatrically by Disney Utv on October 18, 2013.

“Disney Utv is proud to be at the forefront in promoting a bold new generation of film makers like Hansal Mehta, whose creative choices are strongly influenced by the society and politics of today. We have seen tremendous success over the years producing movies that broke the mould and redefined what was considered “commercial” cinema. These superb films were able to achieve their full potential aided by strong marketing and distribution, and we intend to keep the same momentum going with Shahid, a real gem of a movie that deserves the right platform to shine through” said Siddharth Roy Kapur, Managing Director, Studios, Disney Utv.

Shahid is much more than a film for my team and I. The true story of Shahid Azmi and his inspiring life »

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Chicago South Asian Film Festival Announces 2013 Film Selection

25 August 2013 6:06 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

The Chicago South Asian Film Festival reveals the film lineup for its fourth annual event to be held between September 20 and 22nd. The festival, to be hosted at the Showplace Icon Theaters and Film Row Cinema at Columbia College will present over 24 films.

The festival will open with the Us premiere of Oass, a portrayal of the injustices faced by the many victims of child trafficking. Directed by Abhinav Shiv Tiwari, the film follows Kiku, a girl of great determination, as she endeavors to return home from the dingy brothels of Delhi.

The centerpiece film is Shahid, by director Hansal Mehta and producer Anurag Kashyap. The biographical piece recounts the inspiring journey of Shahid Azmi, a human rights activist and lawyer who was killed in 2010. The festival will close with the presentation of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, starring Riz Ahmed and Kate Hudson. The film, directed by Mira Nair and winner of the Iffi Century Award, »

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Oass to open Chicago South Asian Film Festival 2013

22 August 2013 12:53 AM, PDT | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

Still from Oass

Oass (The Dew Drop), a debut feature by Abhinav Shiv Tiwari will open the Chicago South Asian Film Festival that runs from September 20-22, 2013.

The film portrays the injustices faced by the victims of child trafficking. It follows Kiku, a girl of great determination, as she attempts to return home from the dingy brothels of Delhi.

The centerpiece film of the festival is Shahid directed by Hansal Mehta. The film recounts the inspiring journey of Shahid Azmi, a human rights activist and lawyer who was killed in 2010.

The festival will close with the The Reluctant Fundamentalist, starring Riz Ahmed and Kate Hudson. The film, directed by Mira Nair, tells the story of a Pakistani man whose American Dream is threatened by post 9/11 reactions.

Also included in the lineup are Sanjay Tripathy’s Club 60, Meera Menon’s Farah Goes Bang, Gajendra Ahire’s Touring Talkies, K Rajesh’s Chor Chor Super Chor, »

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