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19 items from 2016


8 Highlights of the Zee Golden Rose Awards

19 December 2016 9:15 PM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

1. Shah Rukh Khan celebrated womanhood in all its feminine glory from Sharmila Tagore to Madhuri Dixit to Kareena Kapoor Khan to Katrina Kaif to…errr, Karan Johar. Kareena referred to Karan and Arjun Kapoor as ‘divas’. Karan looked thrilled. But Arjun was aghast. 2. Sport of the awards function would be Arjun Kapoor who saidRead More

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- Subhash K. Jha

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“There is something special about people born on December 8,” Sharmila Tagore dimples over fellow-Sagittarian Dharmendra

11 December 2016 9:28 PM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Two of Bollywood’s most enduring and charismatic stars were born on December 8. And it is no coincidence that Sharmila Tagore and Dharmendra have done some of their best work together. Recalling her association with the original he-man of Hindi cinema, Sharmila says, “We featured in some really good films, films that broke the mouldRead More

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- Subhash K. Jha

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“Kareena Kapoor Khan has carried her pregnancy effortlessly and gracefully” – Sharmila Tagore

8 December 2016 8:04 PM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

How has life been treating you during the past year? Very well. I’ve been busy travelling. I travel quite a bit. Renovation work has been on in mi our ancestral home in Pataudi. So that keeps me busy. I also love gardening and reading. My son Saif is an avid reader. He points me toRead More

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- Subhash K. Jha

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10 Best films of Dharmendra & Sharmila Tagore

7 December 2016 8:44 PM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Two of Hindi cinema’s most enduring and endearing star-actors celebrate their birthday on December 8. While he-man, Dharmendra turns a ripe 80, and the very beautiful Sharmila Tagore is now 71! The two made an interesting and very fruitful pair, especially in the films that they did together for Hrishikesh Mukherjee. But Garam Dharam andRead More

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- Subhash K. Jha

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Interview: Fawzia Mirza on ‘Spunkle’ at the 2016 Chicago South Asian Film Festival

7 October 2016 8:25 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Chicago’s own Fawzia Mirza continues to break ground with her cutting edge stage and film work, and is presenting her latest short film effort, “Spunkle,” at the 7th Annual Chicago South Asian Film Festival (Csaff). The film will screen at the Showplace Icon theatre in Chicago on October 9th, 2016, part of five days of South Asian themed films through October 10th. (see below for details).

Spunkle” – which Mirza co-wrote with director Lisa Donato and long time collaborator Ryan Logan – is a play on terms “Sperm Donor” and “Uncle.” Matt (Jake Matthews) is asked to donate the necessary biological protocol for his older sister Saira (Fawzia Mirza), and her free spirited wife Maggie (Laura Zak). The film also recently played the Chicago Reeling2016 Lgbtq+ Film Festival.

Fawzia Mizra (right) with Laura Zak and Jake Matthews in ‘Spunkle

Photo credit: Sparkle Motion Films

The Chicago South Asian Film Festival is in its seventh year, »

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‘31st October’ Actress Soha Ali Khan Lashes Out At ‘Intolerant’ Trolls

15 September 2016 8:00 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

The spectre of ‘religious intolerance’, which has captured the imagination of many over the past few months, raised its ugly head once again when actress Soha Ali Khan, the daughter of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore, was targeted by a few trolls for her secular beliefs recently.

Soha Ali Khan, who will be next seen playing a Sikh housewife in upcoming dramatic thriller ‘31st October’, recently had a harrowing experience when she was trolled on social media for visiting the Golden Temple in Amritsar and a few days back, her pictures at a Ganpati pandal invited criticism by some people, who felt that she was being ‘disloyal’ to her religion. To make matters worse, her trolls also passed sexist, insensitive and derogatory comments about her gender and her marital life (Soha is married to Kunal Kemmu, a Hindu, which has also not gone down well with some right-wingers »

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Farah Khan and Sharmila Tagore to talk about gender empowerment

15 September 2016 3:01 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore and ace choreographer-director Farah Khan are coming together to become a part of a very important topic- gender empowerment. The two women are all set to talk about it at the first edition of a conclave titled The Bridge. The conclave will bring together several prestigious speakers including filmmakers, actors, leaders, politicians and activities. Their objective is to engage with questions, trials, tribulations, and solutions to gender empowerment in varying social, cultural, economic and political contexts. At the conclave, Sharmila Tagore and Farah Khan will be joined by Vasundhara Raje, Maneka Gandhi, Rohini Nilekani, Ankhi Das, Mani Shankar Aiyar, Mona Eltahawy, Nivedita Menon, Sara Pilot and Nikhil Dey. The conclave will debut on October 8. »

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Farah Khan and Sharmila Tagore to talk about gender empowerment

14 September 2016 9:49 PM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

<img class="size-full wp-image-655294 aligncenter" src="http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Farah-Khan-and-Sharmila-Tagore.jpg" alt="Farah Khan and Sharmila Tagore" width="500" height="277" /> Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore and ace choreographer-director Farah Khan are coming together to become a part of a very important topic- gender empowerment. The two women are all set to talk about it at the first edition of a conclave titled The Bridge. The conclave will bring together several prestigious speakers including filmmakers, actors, leaders, politicians and activities. Their objective is to engage with questions, trials, tribulations, and solutions to gender empowerment in varying social, cultural, economic and political contexts. At the conclave, Sharmila Tagore and Farah Khan will be joined by Vasundhara Raje, Maneka Gandhi, Rohini Nilekani, Ankhi Das, Mani Shankar Aiyar, Mona Eltahawy, Nivedita Menon, Sara Pilot and Nikhil Dey. The conclave will debut on October 8. »

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Farah Khan and Sharmila Tagore to talk about gender empowerment

14 September 2016 9:49 PM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

<img class="size-full wp-image-655294 aligncenter" src="http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Farah-Khan-and-Sharmila-Tagore.jpg" alt="Farah Khan and Sharmila Tagore" width="500" height="277" /> Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore and ace choreographer-director Farah Khan are coming together to become a part of a very important topic- gender empowerment. The two women are all set to talk about it at the first edition of a conclave titled The Bridge. The conclave will bring together several prestigious speakers including filmmakers, actors, leaders, politicians and activities. Their objective is to engage with questions, trials, tribulations, and solutions to gender empowerment in varying social, cultural, economic and political contexts. At the conclave, Sharmila Tagore and Farah Khan will be joined by Vasundhara Raje, Maneka Gandhi, Rohini Nilekani, Ankhi Das, Mani Shankar Aiyar, Mona Eltahawy, Nivedita Menon, Sara Pilot and Nikhil Dey. The conclave will debut on October 8. »

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Soha Ali Khan receives flak from netizens for attending Ganpati pandal the actress reacts

14 September 2016 9:05 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

As celebrities become more active on social media, bullying has become one of the major hazards. Trollers are on a lookout to pick on celebrities constantly and becoming a victim of it once again is actress Soha Ali Khan, who got trolled by netizens for visiting a Ganpati Pandal in suburban Mumbai recently. While the season of festivities has kick started, Soha Ali Khan, who is born to cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and veteran actress Sharmila Tagore, took to Twitter to talk about her Ganpati celebrations. She posted a picture of her visiting a Ganpati Pandal in Andheri where she is seen seeking the blessings of the Lord. What followed was a series of trolls where twitteratis accused her of being disloyal to her religion. Prior to this, she also received a similar reaction when she shared about her visit to the Golden Temple, Amritsar. Reacting on the same, »

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Soha Ali Khan receives flak from netizens for attending Ganpati pandal, the actress reacts

14 September 2016 3:38 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

<img class="size-full wp-image-655159 aligncenter" src="http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Soha.jpg" alt="Soha" width="500" height="277" /> As celebrities become more active on social media, bullying has become one of the major hazards. Trollers are on a lookout to pick on celebrities constantly and becoming a victim of it once again is actress Soha Ali Khan, who got trolled by netizens for visiting a Ganpati Pandal in suburban Mumbai recently. While the season of festivities has kick started, Soha Ali Khan, who is born to cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and veteran actress Sharmila Tagore, took to Twitter to talk about her Ganpati celebrations. She posted a picture of her visiting a Ganpati Pandal in Andheri where she is seen seeking the blessings of the Lord. What followed was a series of trolls where twitteratis accused her of being disloyal to her religion. Prior to this, she also received a similar reaction when she shared about her visit to the Golden Temple, Amritsar. Reacting on the same, »

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‘Song of Lahore’ Wins Audience Prize at London Indian Film Fest

22 July 2016 5:31 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken’s “Song of Lahore” won the audience award at the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival on Thursday.

“We are delighted that ‘Song of Lahore’ has won the audience award. The film is a labor of love, and an ode to the beautiful city of Lahore and the Sachal orchestra,” said Obaid-Chinoy and Schocken.

The Satyajit Ray Short Film Award went to “Mochi” (The Cobbler) by Saqib Pandor, it included a cash prize of £1,000.

Indian actress Sharmila Tagore and director Shekhar Kapur were honored with the Icon Awards. “The festival has had a special focus on women and cinema this year with seven films by women directors,” Tagore said.” I am happy to receive the Icon Award and have enjoyed doing the master class at this rapidly growing festival.”

Running July 14-24 the seventh Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival showed films in venues across »

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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s Song of Lahore Wins Best Film London Indian Film Festival

22 July 2016 10:18 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Last night at the closing night of the The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival the final tally of awards throughout the festival came to four gongs. Recipients included acclaimed Indian actress Sharmila Tagore (Apur Sansar -1959), Days and Nights in The Forest – 1970), director Shekhar Kapur (Mr India – 1987), Bandit Queen – 1994) & the Oscar winning Elizabeth films, and also winners of this year’s Satyajit Ray short film award and Liff Audience Award for best film.

• Icon Awards© for outstanding contribution to world cinema from Sun Mark Ltd went to Shekhar Kapur, and Sharmila Tagore.

Satyajit Ray Short Film Award in association with the Bagri Foundation went to Mochi (The Cobbler), by Saqib Pandor

• Liff Audience Award went to Song of Lahore, by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken

The awards included the festival’s rarely presented Icon Award© for outstanding contribution to Indian and world cinema, which was won by Bengali actress Sharmila Tagore, »

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Sharmila Tagore Deepa Mehta Freida Pinto are now Oscar members

1 July 2016 10:09 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Following an uproar on social media over the alleged majority of white and male members in the Oscars, there have been a few members added in it. The Academy has invited 683 new members, 46 percent women and 41 percent of varied race that also consists of renowned personalities from Bollywood and global celebrities with an Indian origin.

Amongst the Indian members, it includes veteran actress and former Cbfc chairperson Sharmila Tagore, actress-director Deepa Mehta, international star Freida Pinto and filmmaker Asif Kapadia of documentary Amy fame. Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs extended a warm welcome to all the new members and added that this is not just a membership but a mission for which they have come together. On the other hand, there are new members from Hollywood who have joined which includes Idris Elba, best actress winner Brie Larson and Star Wars fame John Boyega.

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How the Academy Pushed the Diversity Needle with 683 Member Invites

29 June 2016 2:54 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

“Introducing the Academy class of 2016,” reads the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences website announcement of its invited new members Wednesday. And while joining that august organization is a singular honor, many say they were surprised to learn of their inclusion — mainly because they hadn’t applied for membership. Traditionally, that’s a laborious process that can take years before you get recommended by peers, vetted by your branch, and finally invited. Every year it’s a shock that someone like, say Tina Fey, IFC’s Arianna Bocco, last year’s Oscar-winner Margaret Sixel (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), or Oscar marketer Lisa Taback, wasn’t already a member.

Read More: Oscars So White: 8 Ways to Solve the Academy’s Diversity Problem 

At the heart of the Academy’s complex diversity issue is how much the Oscars reflect the way that the Academy likes to view itself. Believe me, they were horrified when, »

- Anne Thompson

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How the Academy Pushed the Diversity Needle with 683 Member Invites

29 June 2016 2:54 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Introducing the Academy class of 2016,” reads the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences website announcement of its invited new members Wednesday. And while joining that august organization is a singular honor, many say they were surprised to learn of their inclusion — mainly because they hadn’t applied for membership. Traditionally, that’s a laborious process that can take years before you get recommended by peers, vetted by your branch, and finally invited. Every year it’s a shock that someone like, say Tina Fey, IFC’s Arianna Bocco, last year’s Oscar-winner Margaret Sixel (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), or Oscar marketer Lisa Taback, wasn’t already a member.

Read More: Oscars So White: 8 Ways to Solve the Academy’s Diversity Problem 

At the heart of the Academy’s complex diversity issue is how much the Oscars reflect the way that the Academy likes to view itself. Believe me, they were horrified when, »

- Anne Thompson

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The London Indian Film Festival brings cinematic diversity to London and Birmingham: 14-24 July

14 June 2016 7:39 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Challenging stereotypes of India and South Asia, and wrestling with some very hard issues the 7th Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival returns this Summer.

The Director of the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, Cary Rajinder Sawhney states,”We aim to showcase films that entertain but challenge and make one think about the many social issues happening in India today, and that includes many positive changes including the fact that so many emerging Indian women filmmakers who are producing world-class films that are giving their male counterparts a serious run for their money.”

The diverse programme of brand new features, documentaries and shorts includes seven films directed by power-packed women filmmakers that give the Bechdel Test a run for its money, including the Thelma and Louise-esque opening night buddy movie, Parched, set in the desert villages of India’s Gujarat (female director Leena Yadav and Producer and Bollywood star Ajay Devgn, is expected). Double Oscar® winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, introduces her punch in the guts, documentary, A Girl In The River – The Price of Forgiveness.

With a strong Lgbtq+ following, the festival proudly hosts its first Transgender movie based on an empowering true story – I am Not He…She, at BFI Southbank, supported by Mac Cosmetics and Sun Mark Ltd, amongst others. Bangalore Director Bs Lingadevaru, is expected.

Reflecting the linguistic diversity of UK’s South Asian communities, the carefully curated programme will include 15 major languages, including films from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. All films are English subtitled.

This celebration of Indian regional diversity includes a very rare on-stage Q&A at BFI Southbank with one of South India’s greatest ever superstars – Kamal Haasan, who moved from child actor to Tamil cinema star, to produce, write and direct some of India’s most acclaimed features, including many Bollywood hits. He is adored by millions of fans, worldwide.

The closing night gala, is the world premiere of the incredibly moving and intense Toba Tek Singh, which focuses on patients locked in a Punjabi mental health hospital during the Partition (legendary director Ketan Mehta, is expected).

Sri Lankan breakout filmmakers Kalpana & Vindana Ariyawansa explore the taboo subject of obsessive compulsive disorder (Ocd) in a very personal family drama Dirty, Yellow, Darkness, while at the Ica, Director Jayaraj from Kerala, presents the Berlinale Crystal-Bear winner, Ottaal (The Trap), a heart-wrenching drama, based on the roots of child slave labour.

On a lighter note the festival also celebrates two icons of cinema with on-stage interviews with Satyajit Ray’s favourite actress Sharmila Tagore from Kolkata and the only Indian filmmaker to truly cross from Bollywood to Hollywood – Shekhar Kapur, who will discuss his plans for Elizabeth 3. Let’s hope that Cate Blanchett continues her reign in this expected sequel.

Also in the line-up is a special screening of the risque film Brahman Naman, directed by India’s leading indie director Q, the hilarious coming-of-age comedy is exclusive to Netflix. The Mumbai music industry focused Jugni, shows that love and a damn-good Punjabi song, can conquer even the toughest hearts (female director, Shefali Bhushan, is expected).

As well as synchronous screenings in London and Birmingham from 14-24 July, the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival goes live on digital, with the festival showing a selection of films on BFI Player into the Autumn.

Festival Patron Tony Matharu, who is also our founding sponsor, from Grange Hotels, continues to support with full fervour, and the festival welcomes back supporters including title sponsor, the Bagri Foundation, who share our passion for South Asian arts and culture. The British Film Institute and Cineworld Cinemas have supported Liff since year one. The festival enjoys on-going essential support from major sponsor, Sun Mark Ltd.

Title Sponsor Alka Bagri of the Bagri Foundation says, “We are delighted to support such an incredible festival which reveals the richness of South Asian culture and offers a wonderful platform for emerging talent. This year’s programme epitomises the diversity and dynamism of South Asian cinema, and through films, debates and panel discussions, we will explore topical issues such as gender, identity, mental health and equality. We look forward to being joined by two acclaimed figures of Indian cinema: Kamal Haasan and Shekhar Kapur who will take us on their cinematic journey”.

Liff presents the prestigious annual Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition, in association with the Bagri Foundation, with a prize of £1,000 to the winning film. The short film programme screens at the Ica on Wednesday 20th July and the winning short will be announced at the closing night gala, on 21st July, at BFI Southbank. The festival continues in Birmingham, until 24th July.

Participating cinemas’ in London are: Cineworld (Haymarket, O2, Wandsworth, Wembley), BFI Southbank, Ica, Picture House Central, Crouch End Picturehouse, East London’s rustic Boleyn Cinema, with Cineworld Broad Street and Midland Arts Centre (Mac), in Birmingham.

Opening Night | Dual English Premiere: Parched

– Hindi with English subtitles | 117 min | India 2015 | Dir: Leena Yadav | with: Radhika Apte, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Surveen Chawla, Lehar Khan.

Director Leena Yadav tells a wonderfully joyous and inspiring tale of female comradery.

– Q&A with Director Leena Yadav and other special guests.

14 July | 18:00 | Cineworld Haymarket, London

15 July | 19:00 | Cineworld Broad Street, Birmingham

16 July | 17.30 | Cineworld Wembley, London

20 July | 20.40 | BFI Southbank, London

Closing Night | World Premiere: Toba Tek Singh

– Hindi / Punjabi with English subtitles | 75 min | India 2016 | Dir: Ketan Mehta | with: Pankaj Kapur, Vinay Pathak.

Acclaimed director Ketan Mehta delivers this unforgettably moving and at times joyous version of Manto’s legendary story, produced by the Zeal for Unity project.

– Q&A with Director Ketan Mehta and other special guests.

21 July | 18:00 | BFI Southbank, London

24 July | 18:00 | Cineworld Broad Street, Birmingham

– Icons from India, polymath Kamal Haasan (whose films have the highest number of Academy Award submissions from India), and director of the exquisite BAFTA & Oscar® winning Elizabeth & The Golden Age films, Shekhar Kapur, will give masterclasses at BFI Southbank, with the famous female scion of the Tagore family, who married into Indian royalty, Sharmila Tagore, speaking at the historic art deco cinema, Cineworld Haymarket.

– A 2016 highlight, is a rare opportunity to hear female filmmakers like Pakistan’s double Oscar®-winning Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Mumbai’s multi-award winning Leena Yadav, documentary filmmaker Rinku Kalsy and other special guests, talking about their unique careers and exploring commonalities of experience, with women filmmakers around the world.

– The UK premiere of the restored verison of the 1948 film Kalpana (Imagination), by the legandary dancer, Padma Vibhushan Uday Shankar (brother of the late Sitar stalwart Ravi Shankar), starring the legendary dancer and actress Padmini (Mera Naam Joker/Thillana Mohanambal), in her cinematic debut, gets a one off special screening in Birmingham.

– Winner of the best directing debut at the Venice Film Festival, the Hindi language film directed by Ruchika Oberoi, Island City, tells three stories, of a drone employee at a soulless corporation wins an office competition entitling him to a whole day of fun at the mall; a domineering head of a family who suffers a stroke and is on life support, and a woman who is leading a mechanical existence blossoms, when she gets a series of anonymous love letters.

– Actor, Leader, Hero, God. For his fans, the superstar Rajinikanth is all of these. Men from various generations alter their lives, sell their belongings, and place fandom above their families in devotion to the iconic actor, a man who has inspired a fanatic cult following across the world ranging from India to Japan. This is explored in the riveting documentary, For The Love Of A Man.

– Made under the Zeal for Unity India-Pakistan filmmaking initiative, Khaema mein matt jhankain (Don’t Peek Into The Tent) and Jeewan Hathi (Elephant In The Room) explore different facets of life in Pakistan. Tamil Naidu’s hottest young filmmaker M Manikandan returns to the festival, after last year’s hit Kaaka Muttai (Crow’s Egg), with the stylish, twisted plot thriller, with Kutrame Thandanai.

– The new tale by Kaushik Ganguly, one of West Bengal’s most accomplished directors, depicts a love-torn nostalgia for the passing age of film called Cinemawala, while Liff’s first Nepali screening is directed by new hot-property director Min Bahadur Bham, who has been delighting audiences around Europe with his film Kalo Pothi (The Black Hen).

– For more information on the festival please visit:

http://www.londonindianfilmfestival.co.uk

– The full festival programme for London and Birmingham:

http://londonindianfilmfestival.co.uk/programme.htm

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‘Parched’ to Open London Indian Film Festival

13 June 2016 3:43 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Leena Yadav’s “Parched,” a story of female empowerment, continues its march across the film festival circuit opening the seventh Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival on July 14. She is one of seven female directors with films unspooling in the program.

“Toba Tek Singh,” the story of Punjabi mental patients locked up during Partition, from Ketan Mehta closes the festival on July 24. Films will play in both London and Birmingham.

The program covers films in 15 languages from not only India, but also neighboring Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Rajnikanth documentary “For the Love of a Man”; “I Am Not He … She,” a transgender tale from B.S. Lingadevaru; Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s “A Girl in the River”; “Dirty, Yellow, Darkness,” from Sri Lankan directors Kalpana & Vindana Ariyawansa; “Brahman Naman” from director Qaushiq Mukherjee; and Jayaraj’s Berlin Crystal Bear winner “The Trap” are among the other highlights of the festival.

Yadav, Obaid-Chinoy and Rinku Kalsy will talk about their careers as female directors, while Shekhar Kapur, Kamal Hassan and Sharmila Tagore will give master classes.

The festival will also holds its Satyajit Ray Short Film competition with a prize of £1,000, in association with the Bagri Foundation.

“We aim to showcase films that entertain but challenge and make one think about the many social issues happening in India today, and that includes many positive changes including the fact that so many emerging Indian women filmmakers who are producing world-class films that are giving their male counterparts a serious run for their money,” said Cary Rajinder Sawhney, director of the Bagri Foundation London.

Visit the festival’s website for more information.

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Subhash K Jha Editorial: “Imtiaz Ali’s Short Film On Shining India Is An Embarrassment”

9 April 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Imtiaz Ali’s short film India Tomorrow is so earnest and politically correct it seems like  a propaganda piece for the ruling regime…A Films Division documentary with cuss words. Or a pitch for a debate in the Parliament with some unparliamentary language thrown in to woo the generation that swooned swayed and hallucinated to Rockstar.

In its bid to do some “cool” counter-stereotyping the 5 minute film throws forward an embarrassment of nobility wrapped in consumerist cornucopia. So we meet a prostitute in her play-pen, the bedroom. Luckily Imtiaz Ali has not cast Nargis Fakhri as the prostitute. I don’t know who the actress is since her name is not featured in any credit details.

Like all filmy sex workers from Sharmila Tagore in Mausam to Kalki Koechlin in Dev D, this prostitute is spicy, savvy and sharp-tongued. She knows  the share market….umm…in and out, much to »

- Subhash K Jha

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