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First look of psychological thriller My Birthday Song starring Sanjay Suri

We have your first looks at the psychological thriller, My Birthday Song. Written and directed by Samir Soni and produced by Sanjay Suri and Samir Soni, the film will hit the silver screen in India on 19th January 2018.

My Birthday Song” deals with a series of twisted events blurring the fine line between past, present and future. Between what’s real and what may not be. The film features Sanjay Suri, Nora Fatehi & Miss India-Australia Zenia Starr in lead roles. This is Sanjay’s first film in this genre as a Producer under his banner Kahwa Entertainment.

About the film Soni revealed in a recent interview, “The film revolves around a happily-married man and the song on his 40th birthday, but the movie navigates the space

between real and surrealism. We both are trying to push the envelope as much as we can.”

Actor and producer, Sanjay Suri says, “I
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India’s first Amazon TV series Inside Edge is live!

The wait is over for Indian Amazon Prime members to watch India’s first original Amazon Prime TV series, Inside Edge.

Created by Karan Anushuman, (Writer and Director of the 2015 Hindi film, Bangistan) and produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s Excel Entertainment, Inside Edge is an edgy sports drama fuelled by money, sex, drugs, politics and power. It focuses on the story of the fictional T20 Mumbai Mavericks who are playing in the Ipl inspired Powerplay League, and the explores the inner workings of the dark game that goes on behind the facade of the glitz and glamour that comes with professional cricket.

The show stars Bollywood actors Vivek Oberoi, Richa Chadha and Angad Bedi in pivotal roles, along with an impressive line-up including, Sanjay Suri, Tanuj Virwani, Siddhanth Chaturvedi, Sarah Jane Dias, Amit Sial but to name a few.

The series launches today on July the 10th
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Baahubali: The Lost Legends, Death in the Gunj, Hindi Medium, and Badrinath ki Dulhaniya on Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime Video presents the latest and best entertainment for its viewers and their newest Indian film releases are really exciting! Get ready to be transported into an emotional journey filled with comedy, drama, action, adventure and romance.

Viewers will get to experience a whole new level of drama with the all new episodes of Baahubali: The Lost Legends, created by the legendary SS Rajamouli, every Friday. Baahubali: The Lost Legends looks into the The legendary sword of Katappa. It has been shattered but does the legend of the man extend beyond his sword? Watch the latest episode of Baahubali: The Lost Legends for answers.

The temperature will further soar with the sizzling chemistry of Varun Dhawan-Alia Bhatt starrer Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya. Directed by Shashank Khaitan, the film is a dramatic love story. Badrinath Bansal from Jhansi and Vaidehi Trivedi from Kota belong to small towns but have diametrically opposite opinions on everything.
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Trailer of India’s first Amazon Original Series – Inside Edge

Amazon Prime Video and Excel Media & Entertainment today released the trailer of India’s first Amazon Original Series – Inside Edge. This move marks Prime Video India’s foray into creating original content for Indian audiences. Set to launch on July 10, Inside Edge is the first ever series from India that will be launched worldwide across 200+ countries and territories. Created by Karan Anshuman, Inside Edge, is a 10-episode series that combines the worlds of cricket and entertainment.

Nitesh Kripalani, Director and Country Head, Amazon Video India, said “Our 1st Original, Inside Edge is a landmark moment for Amazon Prime Video in India as we begin our journey of creating original shows. Our goal is to change the way Indian customers consume premium entertainment in India; and to change the way content creators create content for Indian and worldwide customers. For Amazon, this series will be the beginning of new, bold original content in India,
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Director & Producer Onir wins award for ‘Raising the Bar’

Film-maker Onir has been riding on a high currently, with his recent TEDx Talk, his upcoming – Shab & now winning the prestigious Hollywood International independent Documentary Awards, November 2016 Edition for his Indo- Australian Documentary called ‘Raising The Bar’. The film was premiered at Indian Film Festival Melbourne in August 2016.

Raising The Bar is a beautiful and authentic insight into human potential, and society’s influence on all of us,” said Cate Sayers, Founder and Director of e.motion21.

With an overwhelming support from the local community in Australia, e.motion21 brought a group of 60 youths with Down Syndrome and their care givers, to India. The documentary captures the lives of 6 of these Indian and Australian children/youth with Down’s Syndrome who met at the World Down Syndrome Congress, In Chennai. The documentary was shot in Melbourne, Kolhapur, Delhi, Agra & Chennai.

The film has been produced by Cate Sayers from emotions 21, Mitu Bhowmik,
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Dream… Believe… Struggle – Director Onir addresses students at TEDx, Iim Calcutta

Ace director Onir recently visited Iim, Calcutta to address the students at the prestigious TEDx platform. TEDx has featured some of the greatest personalities from across various disciplines. Onir was present to address the audience on the challenges that are faced by Indie cinema today, especially in India. Onir has been an indie film director/producer for more than a decade and one of the few possible authorities on the subject.

In the last decade Onir has carved his niche in Hindi cinema. His debut film My Brother Nikhil was applauded for the awareness and sensitivity it created in its audience and won many national and international awards. Since then the director has been involved in multiple path breaking projects in varying capacities. His film I Am won two National awards and he is looked upon as a pioneer in crowd funding and sourcing through social network in India.

The
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Shorgul faces ban in Muzzafarnagar Uttar Pradesh

Shorgul faces ban in Muzzafarnagar Uttar Pradesh
Based on a few real life incidents, the upcoming film Shorgul starring Jimmy Sheirgill, Sanjay Suri, Ashutosh Rana has been caught up in the midst of a controversy. Reportedly, the film has been banned in Muzzafarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, since the film is allegedly based on 2013 Muzzafarnagar riots.

Recent reports suggest that an Fir filed by Up politician Sangeet Som alleged that the character played by Jimmy Sheirgill resembles the characteristics of him, an accused in the riot. However, co-producer of the film Vyas Verma maintained that the film is not based any particular incident but a combination of varied real life incidents with Uttar Pradesh as the backdrop. Expressing his regret over the recent ban of the film in Muzzafarnagar, he also added that he wants to question the authority over this decision.

Directed by Jitendra Tiwari and P.Singh, Shorgul is slated to release on July 15.
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Shorgul – A Political Drama

Shorgul, a political drama inspired by sensitive real-time incidents that shook the foundation of democracy, set against the backdrop of Uttar Pradesh launched its trailer. A 24 Fps Films Production, the film is based on Intolerance and aspires to make audiences contemplate on where humanity stands amidst the noise of religious, social, political and economic prejudice.

The film will touch upon grave subjects that have transpired in the recent past such as Muzzafarnagar, Godhra, Babri Masjid riots apart from making references to bureaucratic misdoings, mind games and controversial master strokes of some high profile dignitaries.

Interestingly the characters in the film also seem to draw parallel similarities with real life politicians. Some of the lead actors in the film will bear resemblance to real life politicians in their look, mannerisms and even names. A lot of research has gone into making of the film, working on the characters, with real evidence
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Swara Bhaskar Shines As A Mother Dreaming Big Dreams – Subhash K Jha reviews ‘Nil Battey Sannata’

Starring Swara Bhaskar, Ratna Pathak Shah, Pankaj Tripathy, Riya Shukla

Directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari

For my money time and attention, Swara Bhaskar is the real Tanu, whether Manu likes it or not. And I keep telling Aanand Rai, the man who directed Tanu Weds Manu and who has so wisely invested in co-producing this week’s gem of a film on a mother’s yearning to see her daughter excel. Swara’s spontaneous, unrehearsed, seemingly uncomplicated interpretations of the most layered emotions is not only exemplary, it is a one-woman acting school on how not to like you are….well, acting.

There are many sequences in the very oddly titled Nil Battey Sannata where Swara sweeps you into her character’s innermost world of melancholy and despair without making you drown in maudlinism. Playing a domestic help Chanda who dreams of making her stubborn spoilt bratty daughter Apeksha (confident
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Chauranga’s casting chaos revealed!

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Filmmakers Onir, Sanjay Suri and director Bikas Ranjan Mishra reveal that they faced one of their worst nightmares when the child artiste zeroed in to play the main protagonist Santu in their film Chauranga dropped out a few days before the film was to go on the floors.

“Yes, we were without the lead actor right before we were to start shooting as the child was not granted holidays from the school,” share the trio. As luck would have it they finally got child actor Soham Maitra on board. “Soham came with an innocence and a spontaneity that lifted the script,” says Bikas. The young actor also bonded instantly with his screen brother played by Riddhi Sen and so the chemistry translated on screen too.

The director adds that Soham was required to learn to use the ‘hoop and roll’ and since there was very less time, the actor would
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Listen to the gorgeous Tujhe Ilzam Na Denge from Chauranga

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Check out the gorgeous Tujhe Ilzam Na Denge composed, written and sung by Avinash Narayan

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Chauranga (Four Colours) is set in the dark hinterland of India where tradition and modernity collide precariously, Chauranga is inspired by a real incident. Fourteen-year-old Santu wants to go to school like his older brother Bajarangi. Their mother works as a maid at the mansion of the upper-caste village headman with whom she is having a dangerous, secret liaison.

When Bajarangi comes home from boarding school on holiday, he exposes Santu to the dreams of city life. But Santu’s destiny was pre-written in a village that’s steeped deep in caste-hierarchy and debauchery. Unaware of the consequences, he is nurturing defiance and courting a few dangerous infatuations that can topple the equations of caste in the village. How far will his defiance take him? What will be the price of his escape?
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Chauranga’s trailer launched!

Chauranga, which won the film best award at Mami last year and also the Grand Jury prize at Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Iffla, has released their trailer.

The film is set in the dark hinterland of India where tradition and modernity collide precariously, Chauranga is inspired by a real incident. Fourteen-year-old Santu wants to go to school like his older brother Bajarangi. Their mother works as a maid at the mansion of the upper-caste village headman with whom she is having a dangerous, secret liaison.

When Bajarangi comes home from boarding school on holiday, he exposes Santu to the dreams of city life. But Santu’s destiny was pre-written in a village that’s steeped deep in caste-hierarchy and debauchery. Unaware of the consequences, he is nurturing defiance and courting a few dangerous infatuations that can topple the equations of caste in the village. How far will his defiance take him?
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Onir fuming over the censor cuts of two vital scenes in Chauranga!

Chauranga, produced by Onir and Sanjay Suri, and directed by Bikas Ranjan Mishra, has run into trouble, with the Censor Board asking the filmmakers to delete two vital scenes from the film. The filmmakers have been asked to remove a love-making sequence between Sanjay Suri and Tannishtha Chatterjee, as they feel the scene is derogatory to women. Another crucial scene involving a Dalit boy being pushed into a well has also been asked to be deleted.

The film is based on the story of a high-caste zamindar from Jharkhand and the love-making scene between Sanjay and Tannishtha, who works in his home, is a very vital part of the film. Upset with the development, Onir says, “Every scene is crucial for a film as it contributes to the narrative, otherwise it should not be there. Having said that, I feel the sequence of the boy being pushed into the well
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Chauranga slated for Jan 2016 release

An infatuated young boy who faced death for writing a love letter in a remote village is the subject of Chauranga. The film that won the Best Indian Film award at Mami last year and also the Grand Jury prize at Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Iffla, is slated for January 8th release next year.

Director Bikas Ranjan Mishra says, “Chauranga was prompted by a news story. The film is my understanding of the village life where a gruesome act of killing is possible in the name of preserving the sanctity of caste system. It’s a fictional re-telling of the actual incident set in a real village where I grew up and which I was very much a part of.”

Fourteen-year-old Santu wants to go to school. But his destiny was pre-written in a village that’s steeped deep in caste-hierarchy, oppression and debauchery. Unaware of the consequences,
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‘Being Gay, Without Apology’ – Subhash K Jha reviews Timeout

“Dad, I am gay.”

What if your son came and told you that one day? How would you react? Would you be able to look beyond your own ego into your child’s troubled world and embrace it, and him?

First-time director Rikhil Bahadur weaves together a tale in a spick-and-span upperclass household where homosexuality has no place. In fact when it shows up like an intruder the parents choose to call it a ‘phase’

If only….

Mihir (Pranay Pachauri, making a remarkable debut) troubled in his inability to be “normal” finds himself blurting out the truth about his sexual orientation at the dinner table.

(All major family confessions in our film are made while eating, unless you are Zoya Akhtar.)

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All hell breaks loose. ‘Liberal’ Dad (Amitabh Sharma, amiable) gets antsy in his fancy pants. And Mom (played by Amitabh Sharma
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UK's Wendy Glenn to star in Indian Hamlet adaptation

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UK actress Wendy Glenn is starring in Indian filmmaker Onir’s Veda, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, which is currently shooting in the UK.

Produced by Bhavna Talwar of India’s Wsg Pictures, the film is shooting in Manchester and Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford Upon Avon, before moving on to India.

Glenn, who is playing Hamlet’s mother Gertrude, has previously starred in Us films such as Patrick Hoelk’s Mercy and Adam Wingard’s You’re Next as well as TV shows CSI, CSI Miami and Reunion.

Hamlet was also recently adapted by Indian filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj as Haider, which transported the play to Kashmir and starred Shahid Kapoor as the title character.

Onir’s directing credits include Nikhil, My Brother and I Am, which both tackled social and gender/sexuality issues. Along with Sanjay Suri, he also produced Bikas Mishra’s Chauranga, which won best film in the India Gold section at last year
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Glenn to star in Indian Hamlet adaptation

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UK actress Wendy Glenn is starring in Indian filmmaker Onir’s Veda, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, which is currently shooting in the UK.

Produced by Bhavna Talwar of India’s Wsg Pictures, the film is shooting in Manchester and Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford Upon Avon, before moving on to India.

Glenn, who is playing Hamlet’s mother Gertrude, has previously starred in Us films such as Patrick Hoelk’s Mercy and Adam Wingard’s You’re Next as well as TV shows CSI, CSI Miami and Reunion.

Hamlet was also recently adapted by Indian filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj as Haider, which transported the play to Kashmir and starred Shahid Kapoor as the title character.

Onir’s directing credits include Nikhil, My Brother and I Am, which both tackled social and gender/sexuality issues. Along with Sanjay Suri, he also produced Bikas Mishra’s Chauranga, which won best film in the India Gold section at last year
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9 Bollywood movies that were penned for brothers, literally!

As the release of Akshay Kumar- Sidharth Malhotra starrer intense-looking movie Brothers comes closer, we bring you 8 more movies which was not only about the special relationship you share with a brother, but also had the word 'Brothers' in their title. Take a look...

Mere Brother Ki Dulhan

Imran Khan and Ali Zafar played the cool brothers in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan.

Hello Brother

Even though real-life brothers Salman Khan and Arbaaz Khan did not play brothers on reel in the movie, their relationship was as cute as brothers!

Hey Bro

Ganesh Acharya and Maninder Singh played unique brothers in Hey Bro.

My Brother Nikhil

Juhi Chawla played a supportive sister to Sanjay Suri in the movie that was about a brother dealing with AIDS.

Big Brother

Sunny Deol, played the role of a supportive brother to an acid-attack victim in Big Brother.

After we gave you a collection
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11 reasons why relationship with your sibling is crazy but special, a la Bollywood

Out of all the various relationships (zillion in case you are an Indian including the door ke ristedaar) we have, the most special bond we share is with our siblings. They are our first best friend, first enemy and first love too (don't get us wrong). If it wouldn't have been for them, even we don't know how we could have survived in our crazy families. You fight, beat the sh*t out of each other, but at the end of the day, you are always there for each other. You treat them the way you want, but if somebody else misbehaves with your brother/sister, they will be in for big trouble. Let's admit it, you sometimes hate them to the core, but there is no way you can survive without them. Even in Bollywood movies, we have seen the crazily adorable relationship of the siblings. Here are 11 reasons
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Court, Chauranga win top awards in Mumbai

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Court, Chauranga win top awards in Mumbai
Indian films Court, Chauranga and Killa were the big winners at the close of the Mumbai Film Festival (Mff), which wrapped on Tuesday night.

Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court won best film and best director in Mff’s International Competition for first and second-time filmmakers, along with a Special Jury Mention for the ensemble cast. The film, produced by Vivek Gomber, also recently won best film in the Orizzonti section at the Venice film festival.

The jury for this section, headed by UK director Peter Webber, gave the Jury Grand Prize to Mexican film Gueros, directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios (see full list of winners below).

Chauranga, directed by Bikas Ranjan Mishra, won best film in the India Gold competition. Produced by Onir and Sanjay Suri, the film tells the story of a young ‘dalit’ boy who dares to write a love letter to a girl from a higher caste.

Avinash Arun’s Killa, about a young
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