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7 items from 2016

Director & Producer Onir wins award for ‘Raising the Bar’

9 December 2016 9:36 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

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

28 November 2016 12:26 AM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

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.

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Shorgul faces ban in Muzzafarnagar Uttar Pradesh

21 June 2016 8:14 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

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

28 May 2016 12:30 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

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’

24 April 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

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!

5 January 2016 4:39 AM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

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

1 January 2016 1:05 AM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

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


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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