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The film won the Prix Enrico Fulchignoni at last year’s Venice Film Festival – an award given by the International Council of Film and Television at Unesco to the Venice film that best represents the values of peace and human rights. Last weekend it won Best Film at the New York Indian Film Festival. Hotel Salvation is now a strong contender to be India’s Academy Award entry in 2018.
This gentle and tender Indian comedy follows the ordeal of an over-worked modern son forced to accompany his 77-year-old father, who is in search of salvation, to the holy city of Varanasi. The film showcases bravura performances from renowned actors Adil Hussain (Life of Pi), Lalit Behl (Titli) and Geetanjali Kulkarni (Court).
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- Stacey Yount
This magnum opus of Shankar is being bankrolled by Lyca Productions that features Akshay Kumar, Adil Hussain, Amy Jackson, Sudhanshu Pandey and others. Nirav Shah is handling the cinematography of this 3 D venture for which Ar Rahman is scoring the music.
The film is expected to hit the screens during mid-January 2018. »
Exclusive: C International Sales sells Indian drama to slew of territories including UK and Germany.
C International Sales has closed a slew of sales on award-winning Indian drama Hotel Salvation (Mukti Bhawan), including deals with the BFI for the UK & Eire and Cargo Records for Germany.
The independently-produced drama, which premiered at Venice last year, has also gone to Lanterna de Pedra for Portugal, Bitter’s End for Japan, Mano Entertainment for South Korea, Ster Kinekor for South Africa, Darpan for Singapore and Cineplex for Taiwan.
The film, which also screened at Dubai International Film Festival (Diff) last year, has also been acquired by the festival for release in the Middle East. Diff is currently screening the film at its DIFF365@Vox dedicated arthouse screen at Vox Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates in Dubai.
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Starring Huma Qureshi, Saqib Saleem, Adil Hussain, Lisa Ray, Rhea Chakraborty & Madalina Bellariu IonDo, the scary Dobaara- See Your Evil is directed by Prawaal Raman. Dobaara is an adaptation of the 2013 acclaimed horror “Oculus”. It’s a story about a mirror believed to be haunted.
We have a message from Oculus
You may know me from ‘Oculus’… I’ve been around for quite a while, spreading evil since centuries with mere reflections and apparitions. You’ll be seeing me soon as the mirror in ‘Dobaara – See Your Evil’. Director Prawaal Raman has brought me back to raise hell, so get ready to witness pure horror!
A brother (Saqib Saleem) and sister (Huma Qureshi) duo is preparing to break me, in order to end my evil reign; but, can that really happen? Do they have what it takes to control and banish a power beyond their strength and comprehension? Well, »
- Stacey Yount
Mukti Bhawan has been on a winning spree since the first time it was showcased at film festivals. The film was recently invited for the New York Indian Film Festival where it won the best film award, rounding up the number of awards won to a grand 10!
“Every appreciation coming our way matters. The fact that this is our first venture, being awarded the best film across the globe and nationally, means a lot to us. Having won the best special mention awards at the National awards, obviously made us we happy and now Nyiff has multiplied to that making us ecstatic. Nyiff been known to support films about India and Indian diaspora since 2001, has been actively trying to educate America and Americans about India and its people. To think our film represented our country internationally over again and won, makes us feel very proud,” enthused Sanjay Bhutiani, the producer »
- Stacey Yount
It’s over but it opened L.A.’s newest spring season of unlimited international film screenings all over the city throughout the month of April and into Cannes.
The 15th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (Iffla) opened with “Lipstick Under My Burkha” and its impressive ensemble cast of Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur in a dramatic, but irreverent and vibrant film about women and faith. The film premiered at the Tokyo Film Festival 2016 and has been lighting up the festival circuit, including just winning the Audience Award at the Glasgow Film Festival. Director Alankrita Shrivastava is confirmed to attend and additional talent to be confirmed.
- Sydney Levine
After battling with cancer, Lisa Ray returned to the silver screen and she was also seen in a sizzling avatar in many photoshoots. Now, the actress is all set to take on the big screen again and this time it will be with Prawaal Raman’s Dobara. Talking about finally working with director Prawaal Raman, LisaRead More
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
The gorgeous Lisa Ray who owns our hearts with her talent, gumption and her spirit is all set to take on the silver screen again - this time with Prawaal Raman's Dobara. Releasing on May 19, Lisa will be part of a four character based human drama with an edge of the seat horror thriller co-starring Huma Qureshi, Saqib Saleem and Adil Hussain.
Talking about finally working with director Prawaal Raman, Lisa says, "Prawaal and I have been talking about working together for literally years! I really love his work, his sensibility and approach towards cinema which overlaps a »
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.
– Cardiff Animation Nights will be returning to run a dedicated animation strand at Cardiff Independent Film Festival (C.I.F.F.) for a second year this May. This year’s animation strand at C.I.F.F. will comprise three programs of animated short films in competition for the Best Animation Award, as well as an Animated Family Shorts program curated by renowned Cardiff-based studio Cloth Cat Animation, networking events, and an Animation Quiz run by the team at Skwigly Animation Magazine.
The competition program features animated short films from across Europe, Asia, North America, South America and Australia, including Mikey Hill’s The Orchestra, Anete Melece’s Analysis Paralysis, Chris Shepherd’s Johnno’s Dead, Ross Hogg’s Life Cycles and Alois Di Leo’s Way of Giants. »
- Kate Erbland
Mukti Bhawan has received overwhelming praise from critics and fans. It is been called a masterpiece and now it has won a National Award. Written and Directed by Shubhashish Bhutiani, the film stars Lalit Behl, Adil Hussain, Geetanjali Kulkarni, and Navninda Behl.
We have a statement from Director Shubhashish Bhutiani about his excitment on winning the special mention (feature film) for Mukti Bhawan in 64th National film awards.
“I am so honoured and thrilled to receive this award. It’s a film so close to my heart and I am so glad that Adil has been recognised. He is one of India’s best actors. It is such a wonderful coincidence that we have received this honour on the day of the films release. I hope this only encourages people to go see the film.”
He says about the film set in Varanasi, “Mukti Bhawan isn’t a story of death, »
- Stacey Yount
Check out the full list of National Awards 2017 Winners:
Best Actor: Akshay Kumar for Rustom (Hindi film) Best Actress: Surabhi C M for Minnaminungu – The Firefly (Malayalam film) Best film On Social Issue: Pink (Hindi film) Best Director: Rajesh Mapuskar for Ventilator Best Supporting Artist: Zaira Wasim for Dangal Best Supporting Actor: Manoj Joshi for Dashakriya (Marathi) Best Special Effects: Shivaay (Hindi film) Best Editing and Sound Mixing: Ventilator (Marathi film) Best Screenplay (Original): Syam Pushkaran (Maheshinte Prathikaram) Best Screenplay (Adapted): Sanjay Krishnaji patel (Dashakriya) Best Dialogues: Tarun Bhascker for Peli Chuplu (Telugu) Best Children Film: Dhanak Best Child Artist: Adish Praveen for Kunju Daivam (Malayalam), Nur Islam and Samiul Alam for Sahaj Pather Gappo (Bengali), Manohara. K for Railway Children (Kannada) Best Male Playback: Sundar Ayyar for Joker (Tamil film) Best Female playback: Praktan (Bengali film) Best Cinematographer for Tamil film: 24 Best Costume: Marathi film »
- Indicine Team
Written & Directed by Shubhashish Bhutiani
24 is too young to think about death, let alone make a melancholic meditative movie on mortality. Debutant Shubhashish Bhutiani’s Mukti Bhawan sweeps us into a world where death is not the end but a release into a realm of imperishable freedom.
Or Moksha, if you will.
Crafted with the care of a jeweller working on a specially intricate piece, the director brings to life the most precious and vital truth about death. As he takes us, along with his two protagonists, on a journey to the holy city of death Varanasi, the film somewhere along its resplendent route to salvation, becomes a treatise on life as defined by the inevitability of death.
- Subhash K Jha
We bring you the complete Bollywood films which contributed to its pride in 64th National Award and won the following awards.
Best Film (Hindi) - Neerja
Best Film on Social Issues - Pink
Best Children's Film - Dhanak
Best Special Effect Award - Shivaay
Best Animation Film - Mahayodha Rama
Kadvi Hawa- Producer: Eleeanora Images Private Ltd. and Director: Nila Madhab Panda
Mukthi Bhawan - Adil Hussain
Neerja - Sonam »
Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar’s Marathi-language “Turtle” (“Kaasav”) won best feature at India’s National Film Awards. Popular Bollywood star Akshay Kumar grabbed all the headlines, winning the best actor prize for his performance in hit “Rustom.”
Zaira Wasim won best supporting actress for Disney India’s blockbuster “Dangal,” headlined by superstar Aamir Khan. Manoj Joshi won best supporting actor for “Dashakriya.” Deep Chowdhury won best debut for “Alifa.” Chandrashekhar Reddy’s “Fireflies in the Abyss” won best non-feature film.
- Naman Ramachandran
B4U Motion Pictures is ready with the release of their film Dobaara – See Your Evil, an official adaptation of the cult horror film Oculus. The film has been directed by Prawaal Raman, who is known for films like Darna Mana Hai, 404 Error Not Found and Main Aur Charles recently.
Dobaara stars real life siblings Saqib Saleem and Huma Qureshi who also play brother and sister in the film. The film revolves around a haunted mirror. It shows the emotional journey of siblings Natasha Merchant played by Huma Qureshi and Kabeer Merchant played by Saqib Saleem dealing with the death of their parents.
B4U Motion Pictures presents, in association with Zahhak Films Limited, Dobaara-See Your Evil will release on 19th May 2017. »
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Here’s an interesting story about how Palomi Ghosh landed her part in Mukti Bhawan! When Palomi mustered courage to sing for A R Rahman in front of a packed audience at Iffi Goa, she didn’t know she was about to sign a film thanks to the courage she showed, “For someone who passed her university years in North Carolina State University singing covers of A R Rahman songs I never thought I would ever get the chance to be in the same room as the God himself. But I couldn’t let the chance of speaking with him, albeit in a jam-packed auditorium. So I asked him ‘What would it take to work with him?’ he responded in his quiet voice, ‘surprise me!’, so I tried. I sang a Konkani-jazz number from my film Nachom-ia Kumpasar (Palomi bagged the special jury, National Award for the film) and he promptly said ‘Taken! »
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Written & Directed by Nicholas Kharkongor
There is sequence in thus intelligently and sensitively scripted if somewhat choppily executed drama on the fall-out of foreign investment in the Indian economy during the 1990s, where a near-bankrupt entrepreneur Kapil Kapoor, Kk to friends, played by the ever-empathetic Rajat Kapoor, abandons his chauffeur and car on a Delhi highway and hitches a ride with a truck driver.
“Saab, what do you do?” the trucker asks chattily.
“I make blue films,” says the entrepreneur with a straight face.
“You mean people doing it in front of you?” the trucker (played with gusto by Shantanu Anam) is amused and incredulous.
“Yes, and sometimes I’ve to show them what to do,”smirk-sighs the entrepreneur as only Rajat Kapoor knows how.
This is one of the many memorable chance encounters that the script instils into »
- Subhash K Jha
Shankar's magnum opus, 2.0, is nearing its completion and the team is vigorously working for that. The film has Rajinikanth, Amy Jackson and Akshay Kumar playing lead roles, with Sudhanshu Pandey, Adil Hussain, and others playing pivotal roles.
The Enthiran director revealed an exciting update about the progress of the film through his official social media page. He posted, "âªWith my team after finishing a major scene of #2.0. One song and some patch works are only the balanceâ¬".
The word has come from the man himself. Just one more song and some patch work left to »
Festival favorite “Lipstick Under My Burkha,” which has been not been allowed to screen in India, will open the Indian Film Festival Los Angeles’ 15th edition on April 5. The fest will close with Venice Film Festival award winner “Hotel Salvation” on April 9.
The Indian film censor board refused to allow a theatrical release for “Burkha,” citing “sexual scenes, abusive words and audio pornography” in the film, which has won kudos at the Tokyo film festival and the Mumbai fest.
The rest of the lineup includes two world premieres, five North American bows, five U.S. premieres and 11 that will be new to Los Angeles. Last year’s jury winner, “Interrogation,” was submitted as India’s foreign-language Oscar entry.
Other films in »
- Shalini Dore
19 items from 2017
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