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Film Review: ‘Newton’

Film Review: ‘Newton’
With just enough social relevance to lend a blush of importance, but without the kind of spikiness that could threaten to burst its light dramedy bubble, “Newton,” India’s Oscar submission in the foreign language film category, is a good-natured charmer that’s just a little too cozy to satisfy its billing as satire. A warm portrait of a stiff-backed young election official learning that principles don’t always mesh with practicality in the Indian democratic process, its modest story is elevated by an ingratiating turn from Rajkummar Rao, embodying the kind of lovable doofus that Tom Hanks might have played in an American analog a few years ago. Directed by Amit V Masurkar, the film, about the difficulties of boots-on-the-ground democracy is, of all things, easy: easy to watch, easy to enjoy and easy to leave with one’s preconceptions wholly unchallenged.

Newton (Rao) is a serious-minded young civil servant who decides to prove his dedication
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Liff Special Review: Newton

The Chhattisgarh region of central India is rich in mineral resources, but its people live in poverty, eking out a living amongst the fighting that has gone on for close to three decades, with many of them uprooted from traditionally held tribal land. These people end up caught between the government and the Maoist rebels, and it’s this tension that serves as the backdrop to Amit V. Masurkar’s finely chiseled film, Newton. In the world’s largest democracy, free and fair elections are seen as the way to counter Maoist opposition, and the key to free and fair elections is the voting machine.

Newton (Rajkummar Rao) is a college graduate with a master’s degree in physics and a deeply rooted sense of justice. When his government job requires him to serve as an election official at a polling station in an isolated rural area at the heart
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Manto’s Stories Are So Powerful, They Can’t Go Wrong On Screen By Subhash K Jha reviews Mantostaan

Starring: Raghuvir Yadav, Veerendra Saxena, Shoaib Nikash Shah, Sonali Sehgal

Directed by Rahat Kazmi

The stories of Saadat Hassan Manto are not pretty evening-time entertainment to be ingested with a glass of ‘read’ wine. They are gut-wrenching nauseating, stomach-churning renditions of a time when India was split into two.

So were human skulls and while many fled to the new country nextdoor, a lot of legs were forcibly parted by marauders masquerading as political vigilantes. Yes, rape is not pretty and when a young gangraped girl responds to the simple request ‘Khol de’ by reflexively loosening her salwaar we know the times that this film takes us back to must never be visited again.

This cinematic visit to those troubled times serves up a telling warning.

Director Rahat Kazmi must be commended for bringing to life 4 of Manto’s most savage depictions of the pains of Partition. Rather than narrate
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‘Mantostaan’ gets official selection in Prestigious American Festival of Globe after Cannes

After the success at the recently concluded Cannes Film Festival and worldwide right distribution deal with a famous Hollywood company, Rahat Kazmi’s Mantostaan is officially selected to be screened at the prestigious Festival of Globe, Silicon Valley (FOGsv) 2016, San Francisco. The festival will run from 5 to 14 August 2016.

Fog Movie Fest San Francisco is a premier show that features the best of world cinema with a gateway to Silicon Valley that fosters creative and technical talent. It is a 10-day jubilant celebration in Silicon Valley with movies, cultural events, awards night, mela and a grand parade. The star-studded event is attended by popular Bollywood, Hollywood, Latino World, Europe, China and Far East celebrities including top filmmakers, independent movie makers and investors from around the world.

“I am thrilled with the official selection of Mantostaan at the esteemed Fog Movie Fest 2016. It is a triumph and honour for the entire team.
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Standing ovation for young Rahat Kazmi’s ‘Manstostaan’ at Cannes!

Rahat Kazmi, best known for his hard-hitting films on issues that make a difference, is back with his next, Mantostaan, the film that has begun its global journey with the Cannes World Premiere on May14.

Mantostaan is based on writer Sadat Haasan Manto’s short stories that seek their inspiration from the flames of the Indo-Pak partition. Rahat has through the camera lens, chronicled the chaos that prevailed, during and after the Partition of India in 1947, and brought to life on celluloid Manto’s most controversial works including Khol Do, Thanda Gosht, besides Aakhri Salute and Assignment in Mantostaan. Actors Raghubir Yadav, Sonal Sehgal, Shoib Nikash Shah, Tariq Khan, Virendra Saxena, Raina Bassnet and Rahat Kazmi star in the film in lead roles. The film is produced by Rahat Kazmi, Tariq Khan and Aaditya Pratap Singh and co-produced by Zeba Sajid. Associate producer Javid Banday. Creative Producer: Bhanu Pratap Singh.
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Rahat Kazmi’s ‘Mantostaan’ At Cannes

Award winning Indian filmmaker and director of acclaimed film Identity Card Rahat Kazmi makes a comeback with Mantostaan, another hard-hitting storyline based on the India-Pakistan partition. The film will be screened on May 14th and 16th in the Le Marche du Film category at the Cannes International Film Festival this year.

The film Mantostaan is a dark satire based on four burning and the most controversial short stories of Legendary Urdu writer Saadat Hassan Manto. ‘Thanda Ghosht’, ‘Khol Do’, ‘Assignment’ and ‘Aakhri Salute’ are among his most controversial shorts. Shot in Punjab and Jammu, the stories are set in 1947 India Pakistan partition time throwing a spotlight on most inhuman side of human beings.

Sonal Sehgal is excited to play the character of Kulwant Kaur from ‘Thanda Ghost’. “Mantostaan is entirely a different experience, a very powerful film indeed. The character I play is strong and has shades of grey.” Raghubir Yadav,
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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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Piku review: Poetry in motion, this Bollywood film will win your heart

Piku review: Poetry in motion, this Bollywood film will win your heart
Director: Shoojit Sircar Screenwriter: Juhi Chaturvedi Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Irrfan Khan, Moushami Chatterji, Raghuvir Yadav, Jishu Sengupta Running time: 123 mins Certificate: PG

Beautifully capturing a slice of ordinary life, Piku tells a universal story of the shifting dynamics between parent and child. Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan are united on a road journey, in this heart-warming tale of familial love that never once loses its way.

Piku (Deepika Padukone) is a working woman, balancing the demands of her career as an architect with caring for her 70-year-old, hypochondriac father Bhashkor Banerjee (Amitabh Bachchan) and indulging his daily obsession with his bowel movements. When they embark on an impromptu road trip to Kolkata, Rana (Irrfan Khan) - the owner of a taxi firm and the only person willing to put up with the temperamental pair – becomes unwittingly embroiled in the volatile father-daughter relationship.

With a tenuous plot,
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Shoojit Sircar’s Piku is the casting coup of 2015

Amitabh Bachchan, the superstar of the millennium; Deepika Padukone, India’s numero uno actress; and Irrfan Khan, Bollywood’s best export ever to the West, have come together for Shoojit Sircar’s family comedy drama Piku, that releases in cinemas worldwide on 8th May 2015. Produced by Msm Motion Pictures, Rising Sun Films and Saraswati Entertainment, Piku is being distributed worldwide by Yash Raj Films Pvt. Ltd.

A fresh and ingenious comedy-drama that trails an extraordinary yet very quirky father-daughter relationship, Piku will charm cinemagoers of all ages and is sure to be lauded by cineastes and critics alike. One of India’s most versatile directors, Shoojit Sircar, leads cross-generational audiences on a cinematic journey that represents original, Indian cinema at its most accomplished. Beautifully conveyed onscreen and balancing emotion with breezy humour, Piku is this summer’s must-watch movie.

Among the industry’s most celebrated artists, Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone
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Film on Kashmir gets censor on defensive

Film on Kashmir gets censor on defensive
When debutant director Rajat Kazmi submitted his hard-hitting treatise on the unrest in the Kashmir Valley for censoring, he expected plenty of trouble over the volatile subject and candid dialogues about the State of siege. Instead he was told that the film would have to be viewed by a Muslim individual to ensure the religious references were current.

Kazmi who is a Kashmiri Muslim found the precondition strange. "I knew what I was talking about in Identity Card. The issue of Kashmiri militancy and how brutally it affects local Kashmiri civilians is very close to my heart. So when after the censor panel viewed my film I was told it would have to be viewed by a Muslim, I was confused."

Finally though, Kazmi whose gripping film releases this week heaved a sigh of relief, as only two cuts were ordered and the film was passed with a 'UA' certification.
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‘Identity Card- Ek Lifeline’ to release in 48 countries

Identity Card – Ek Lifeline, a hard-hitting storyline on Kashmir in India, is set to thrill its audience with worldwide release on 29th August 2014.

Billed as a story of the common man in Kashmir, Identity Card -Ek Lifeline is a Rahat Kazmi directorial film that ensue the story of a Delhi-based journalist Naazia Siddiqui (played by multi-talented actor and singer Tia Bajpai of 1920 Evil Returns fame) who arrives in Kashmir looking to make a documentary and revive her flagging career gets trapped into the turmoil of Kashmir. The film highlights the issue that has plagued both India and Pakistan since partition by capturing the ideological differences of people in the valley and the importance of an ‘Identity Card’ in a warlike situation of Kashmir.

“After worldwide acclamation in international festivals, screening invites from Holland, Toronto, Karachi and other parts of the world, we are delighted to announce the release of Identity Card
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New York based actor Prashantt Guptha to be seen as lead in two films

Actor Prashantt Guptha (formerly known as Prashaant Kumar) was last seen as the anti-hero in Jayantilal Gada and Shailesh Singh’s Hindi adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, Issaq. Though the film didn’t fare as well as the other Hit adaptation that followed, Ram-Leela, quite a few in the industry took note of this newcomer’s performance. Much to the amusement of many a viewers was the fact that this young actor, who was born and raised in New York and otherwise maintains the ‘chocolate-boy next door’ kind of look, could mould himself flawlessly into a hardcore grey-shaded Banarasi cop. Post Issaq, he bagged two films in a principal role, Identity Card and 6-5=2.

In Rahat Kazmi’s Identity Card, Prashantt plays a Kashmiri cop along with Saurabh Shukla, Vipin Sharma, Raghubir Yadav and Brijendra Kala. The film is a Dark-Comedy and highlights the importance of an identity card in Kashmir
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Out Of The Furnace, Lone Survivor, Journal De France: this week's new films

Out Of The Furnace | Lone Survivor | Journal De France | The Armstrong Lie | I, Frankenstein | That Awkward Moment | Identity Card

Out Of The Furnace (15)

(Scott Cooper, 2013, Us) Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker. 117 mins

Brotherly solidarity, blue-collar violence, pain and grit in a decaying Rust Belt town: this could be a feature-length Bruce Springsteen song. At heart, the story doesn't stretch much further: decent steelworker Bale steps up after his Iraq-vet brother (Affleck) strays too far into outlaw territory, Winter's Bone-style (Harrelson is a great scary baddie). But it's skilfully told and the acting is persuasively raw. Between the cliches, Cooper finds space to give us a tough, textured study of American masculinity in crisis.

Lone Survivor (15)

(Peter Berg, 2013, Us) Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch. 121 mins

A Navy SEALs v Afghani Taliban thriller that, depending on your position, is either a pure, visceral
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Issaq Music Review

Manish Tiwary’s made a sparkling debut with Dil, Dosti, Etc, with his second feature Issaq, he is tackling the Bard with an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. The film stars Prateik and newcomer Amyra Dastur, along with Ravi Kishan, Vineet Singh, Neena Gupta, Makrand Deshpande and others for this ambitious film that the key themes of Shakespeare’s play but to a rustic and volatile setting in Banaras. The album brings Sachin and Jigar, Krsna, and Sachiin Gupta on board to rustle up a few gems to fit with the gritty tone of the film. The album is a real treat in that it focuses more on the unique voices of its singers, with the music adding a more complementary tone to the great songs.

Issaq Tera has been making waves over the web and during airplay, and it’s certainly one of the most romantic numbers on the album.
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Salaam Bombay! special screening held in Mumbai with Mira Nair

Salaam Bombay! special screening held in Mumbai with Mira Nair
A special screening of Salaam Bombay! was held at Cinemax Versova on Saturday to commemorate its 25th anniversary in the presence of director-producer Mira Nair and screenwriter Sooni Taraporevala. Several members of the cast including Raghubir Yadav (Chillum), Hansa Vithal (Manju Golub) and Shaukat Azmi (Brothel madam) were in attendance.

On this occasion, Nair released the new trailer of her latest The Reluctant Fundamentalist which will open in Indian theatres on May 10.

“I began filmmaking with the ideological question of whether art can change the world and then Salaam Bombay! led to the formation of the Salaam Baalak Trust,” Nair said about her debut film which won a Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival 1988 and was nominated for an Academy award in 1989.

Nair said she was happy to bring the film back to the young audiences in India.

Nair and Taraporevala also re-released the book “Salaam Bombay!” originally
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Bollywood Movies 2013

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Bollywood Movies 2013

Note: Page updated on 12th March 2013!

Major upcoming Bollywood movies list in 2013

Himmatwala – March 29 2013 Nautanki Saala – April 12 2013 Ek Thi Daayan – April 18 2013 Shootout At Wadala – May 1 2013 Zanjeer – May 10 2013 Go Goa Gone – May 10 2013 Aurangzeb – May 17 2013 Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani – May 31 2013 Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 – June 7 2013 Policegiri – June 14 Ghanchakkar – Jun 28 Lootera – July 5 Bhaag Milkha Bhaag – July 12 Once Upon A Time In Mumbai 2 – August 8 (Eid) Chennai Express – August 8 (Eid) Satyagraha – August 23 Madras Cafe – August 30 Ungli – September 6 Bullet Raja – September 6 Besharam – October 2 Mental – October 2 Ragini Mms – October 11 Boss – October 18 Krrish 3 – November 1 (Diwali) Gori Tere Pyaar Mein – November 15 Rambo Rajkumar – November 15 Ram Leela – November 29 Shaadi Ke Side EffectsDecember 6 Dhoom 3 – December 25

2012 has the unique distinction of being a year when each of the films released on major festivals/holidays/occasions has resulted in a 100 crore winner. ‘Agneepath’ [Republic Day], ‘Housefull 2′ [Ipl kick-start] and ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ [Eid] have been a testimony to that fact and
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Salaam Bombay! & Chashme Buddoor to re-release in multiple cities

Salaam Bombay! & Chashme Buddoor to re-release in multiple cities
Still from Salaam Bombay!

On 25 years of Salaam Bombay! PVR Director’s Rare will release the digitally re-mastered version of the film on big screen from March 22 – 28, 2013. The film will release in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Pune and Gurgaon.

Salaam Bombay!, Mira Nair’s feature debut trails Krishna in his endeavor to collect Rs. 500 by working in the streets of Mumbai. Here he meets Manju, her prostitute mother Rekha, the pimp Baba and a heroin addict Chillum. The film features Nana Patekar, Raghuvir Yadav, Shafiq Syed and Anita Kanwar in lead roles.

Besides winning Audience Award and the Camera d’Or at Cannes Film Festival in 1988 and two National Film Awards in 1989, the film was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 1989 Academy Awards.

PVR Director’s Rare will also release Sai Paranjpye’s 1981 cult classic Chashme Buddoor on April 5. The film stars Farookh Shaikh, Rakesh Bedi, Ravi Baswan and Deepti Naval.
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In a Cult of their own (Part – I)

Films that gained a ‘cult following’ over the years, despite being unnoticed on release

Back in the 80s, all we had was Doordarshan. Anything you wanted to know about cinema, mythology, world literature, astronomy, science fiction, history; it was all there – right in your living room. So, in that glorious age of kitsch, I remember noticing this bubbly-looking but rather demure young woman in two films – one was Raghuveer Yadav-starrer Massey Sahib (1985) and this obscure film with an interesting name – In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones (1989). By the third time I caught her on TV, she had won a Booker Prize for fiction, for her book The God of Small Things. She was Arundhati Roy – the above-mentioned films were made by her then husband, Pradip Krishen. But we’re more interested in the second film – In Which Annie… was about a group of students in an Architecture College in Delhi,
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