'Masoom' remake will be different: Bedabrata Pain

Kolkata, Jan 11: Bedabrata Pain, who won the National Film Award for his maiden venture "Chittagong", Saturday said he is in talks to direct a remake of the 1983 cult hit "Masoom" and claimed it will be different, he claimed.

"I want to do it but it has not to be the remake of the 1983 movie. I am in discussion with the producers. I want to direct a movie based on the 'Man, Woman and Child' but the man has changed, the woman has changed and the child has has to be a different take on the story," Pain told Ians on the sidelines of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2014 here.

The Shekhar Kapur 1983 film starring.
See full article at RealBollywood »

Kamal Hassan to inaugurate Bengaluru International Film Festival on Thursday

Actor-filmmaker Kamal Hassan will inaugurate the 6th Bengaluru International Film Festival on Thursday at Jnana Jyothi Auditorium, Central College (Near Mysore bank Circle).

Bekas by Karzan Kader will be screened as the opening film while The Rocket by Kim Mordaunt will close the festival.

The festival that is scheduled to run from December 26 to January 2, 2014 will showcase 152 films from 45 countries, with Country Focus on Taiwan and Germany.

On December 29 at 11.30 am, the festival will host a seminar on ‘The Digital Experience: Talking Red, Alexa and Black Magic’. The panelists – Dr Bedabrata Pain, Manohar Joshi, Br Viswanath – will share their experiences with lighting, composition, resolution, conditions under hot weather, battery life and many problems they faced and solutions found while handling the cameras. The seminar will be presided over by Dr Bedabrata Pain, scientist, filmmaker and specialist on digital cinema, who will guide the seminar through the relevant topics and answer
See full article at »

Six Indian films at Montreal World Cinema Festival

Six Indian films at Montreal World Cinema Festival
Four Indian feature films and two short films will be screened at the 37th Montreal World Film Festival to be held from 22 Aug — 2 Sep, 2013.

All the films will be screened in Focus on World Cinema section that includes 105 features, 1 medium length and 110 short films.

Chittagong by Bedabrata Pain, Filmistaan by Nitin Kakkar, Monsoon Shootout by Amit Kumar and Papilio Buddha by Jayan K. Cherian are the feature films. While the first three are festival regulars, Papilio Buddha is the story of a group of displaced dalits in the Western Ghats of India. The Malayalam-language film has been refused a censor certificate from the Cbfc for its content denigrating Mahatma Gandhi, visuals of extreme violence against a woman and severe use of expletives, among other reasons [as per this notice from the Cbfc].

Short film Tau Seru by Rodd Rathjen (India-Australia) which premiered at Cannes Critics Week is also part of the lineup along with Shri Hanuman Chalisa
See full article at »

Montreal World Fest Includes 113 Int’l Premieres

Montreal World Fest Includes 113 Int’l Premieres
The Montreal World Film Festival announced its full slate of 432 films from around the globe on Tuesday, including 113 world or international feature preems. From the U.S. “The Red Robin” by Michael Z. Wechsler competes in the World section while Adam Rodgers’ “At Middleton” will unspool in the First World competition and Sam Fleischner’s “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors” plays in Focus on World Cinema.

This year’s world competition features 20 features and 11 shorts from 18 different countries. In all there are 113 world premieres, 39 North American preems and 41 Canadian bows.

Twenty helmers will screen their pics in a separate competition for first-time feature filmmakers. Organizers of the sprocket opera attribute the maelstrom of fresh talent to the industry’s digital evolution. Not a single 35 mm print was submitted for competition, and the increasing popularity of digital submissions invited more low-budget productions to toss their hat in the ring.

See full article at Variety - Film News »

Anurag Kashyap: He’s India’s Man at Cannes

Anurag Kashyap: He’s India’s Man at Cannes
Anurag Kashyap ended a years-long drought for Hindi films at Cannes with last year’s six-hour “Gangs of Wasseypur,” which premiered in Directors’ Fortnight. He’s back this year with a posse of pics, and received the Order of Arts and Letters from French Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti on May 20 at the fest.

Besides Directors’ Fortnight player “Ugly,” which he directed, Kashyap produced “Monsoon Shootout” (Midnight Screening) and Critics’ Week choice “The Lunchbox” (Dabba). He contributed a segment to omnibus film “Bombay Talkies,” which pays homage to 100 years of Indian cinema and gets a special gala screening at the fest.

The Indian filmmaker, whose career matched the growth of the multiplex on the subcontinent, prefers to make edgy, decidedly non-Bollywood movies, the kinds of films he likes to watch. He is influenced by movies from the West, including Vittorio De Sica’s classic films. In fact, it was seeing the
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Big B, Anurag Kashyap bury the hatchet

Big B, Anurag Kashyap bury the hatchet
About two years ago, the strife between megastar Amitabh Bachchan and the busiest director in Bollywood Anurag Kashyap came out into the open. Kashyap had openly levelled a number of accusations against the Bachchans in his Facebook page. He said that Bachchan has deliberately sabotaged the release of the film Chittagung which has been made by Bedabrata Pain – a friend of Kashyap. At this time Abhishek Bachchan’s kheley hum ji jaan se was scheduled to be released and both the films had common subject. Kashyap accused Amitabh of sabotaging Chittagung to promote Abhishek’s film. Since then, the rift betwee...
See full article at Bollywood Mantra »

“Paan Singh Tomar” wins National Award 2012 for Best Film

“Paan Singh Tomar” wins National Award 2012 for Best Film
Paan Singh Tomar (Hindi) directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia was declared the Best Film at the 60th National Film Awards announced today at a joint Press Conference addressed by the Chairpersons of the three juries; Basu Chatterjee for Feature Films, Aruna Raje for Non-Feature Films and Swapan Mullick for Best Writing on Cinema.

In non-feature film category, the award for the Best Film went to Shepherds of Paradise (Gojri & Urdu) produced and directed by Raja Shabir Khan. In the category of Best Writing on Cinema section, the book ‘Silent Cinema in India – A Pictorial Journey’ (English) written by B.D. Garga has bagged the top honour, whereas P.S. Radhakrishnan has been conferred the award for the Best film Critic.

Chittagong (Hindi) and 101 Chodiyangal (Malayalam) have shared the Indira Gandhi award for the Best Debut Film of a Director. The award for the Best Popular Film for providing wholesome entertainment has
See full article at »

Subhash K Jha Selects His 10 Favourite Films Of 2012

That 2012 began with an overwrought hyper-melodramatic brutal and tumultuous remake of Agneepath and ended with Yash Chopra’s muted mellow all-heart-no-malice ode to romance Jab Tak Hai Jaan seems indicative of the direction that Bollywood seems headed for. The journey, as we can see, is unpredictable and largely exciting. Looking back, some films of 2012 that fetched hype-star ratings seem bloated and over-eager to please either critics or the masses, but never both. Luckily the films that were truly meritorious did get a place under the swoon.

Each year Bollywood surprises us, and not always in a good way. 2012 seems like a watershed year even by the continuously evolving standards of filmmaking set by envelope-pushing directors who have filtered into filmdom during the past years. 2012 was the year when Tigmanshu Dhulia, Sujoy Ghosh and Shoojit Sircar came into their own with films that took mainstream cinema to new heights. It was
See full article at Bollyspice »

Reflections 2012: Films you should have seen in 2012

  • Bollyspice
2012 turned out to be a year when a number of smaller or independent films made their way onto many Top Ten lists. But, as always, there are films that, for a number of reasons, risk being forgotten or overlooked, especially in a year where there are so many great films to choose from. Here are 13 films – 10 already released, 3 from the festival circuit – that you should have seen in 2012. It’s still not too late!

Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid (dir. Nila Madhab Panda)

It’s a massive shame that Nila Madhab Panda’s film didn’t get as much attention as his I Am Kalam, and also a shame that the film was released to DVD without English subtitles. Because Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid, like I Am Kalam, weaves an issue into a story about, and for, children and families, and the message it carries (about the value of women and
See full article at Bollyspice »

Chittagong, Rat Race and Calcutta Taxi winners at Florence Indian Fest 2013

Chittagong, Rat Race and Calcutta Taxi winners at Florence Indian Fest 2013
Miriam Chandy Menacherry’s The Rat Race won the award for best documentary, Vikram Dasgupta’s Calcutta Taxi was awarded the best short and Bedabrata Pain’s feature Chittagong bagged two awards- The Jury Award and the Piaggio Foundation Award at the 12th River to River Indian Film Festival in Florence, Italy.

The Rat Race is based on the night lives of Mumbai municipal corporation’s rat killing department. The film was screened at the 14th Mumbai International Film Festival.

Debutant Vikram Dasgupta’s Calcutta Taxi, a Canada – India co-production, is set in the backdrop of the political crisis of Calcutta. The film revolves around three lives that coincide and affect each other in a way that each one gains and loses something. The film will compete in the 35th International Short Film Festival of Clermont-Ferrand.

Bedabrata Pain’s Chittagong that won two awards, is set in the turbulence of the 1930s British India.
See full article at »

Special Report: Amitabh Bachchan and Bollywood at the River to River Florence Indian Film Festival

In it’s 12th year, all eyes are on Florence, Italy, for Bollywood and Indian cinema lovers, as the River to River festival opened with a big bang. The only festival in Italy totally devoted to films from and about India, this year’s festival is running from 7 to 13 December 2012 and in a new highlight the festival will also visit Rome for two days. This year’s special guest and honoree was the esteemed Amitabh Bachchan. Mr. Bachchan, along with the fabulous Indian director Anurag Kashyap joined the festival director, Selvaggia Velo, a resident of Florence, who has passionately put together a very interesting line-up, for 2012, to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema.

Talking about the process of how she chooses films Ms. Velo explained in an earlier interview, “I started in India in Bombay in February and March, and then at the Cannes Film Festival and then again in June in India,
See full article at Bollyspice »

“Gangs of Wasseypur I” to open River to River Florence Indian Film Festival 2012

“Gangs of Wasseypur I” to open River to River Florence Indian Film Festival 2012
Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur I will open the 12th edition of the River to River Florence Indian Film Festival, while its sequel Gangs of Wasseypur II will be the closing film of the festival. A documentary on the life and career of Amitabh Bachchan, Everlasting Light by Ram Madhvani, will be screened during the festival. Bachchan will also be present for a Q&A session post the screening of his film Black.

Besides film screening, the festival will also host interactive sessions on topics like, ‘Shakti: Women in Indian cinema and literature’ and ‘Bollywood and the expression of emotions in today’s India’.

The festival will run from 7th to 13th December in Florence followed by an edition in Rome from 14th to 16th December 2012.

The films in the 2012 line up are:

Much Ado About Knotting

Dir.: Geetika Narang Abbasi and Anandana Kapur

Bharatmata Ki Jai (Long live Bharatmata)

See full article at »

Nawazuddin Siddiqui considers Chittagong to be a film that is more about performance

Still fresh from Kahaani and Gangs of Wasseypur, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s next major film is Chittagong which has just released in cinemas. Directed by Bedabrata Pain, Chittagong is a historical epic based on the 1930 uprising against the British Raj when the region was once part of British India. In an interview with a leading Indian newspaper, Nawazuddin stated that the main attraction of this film which the audience will enjoy is that it is more about performance rather than anything else. “Audiences will get to see all those elements in the film which they don’t get to see in other films.” “In other films, audience are used to seeing costume drama. In this film, you will get to see acting. All the actors are very good.” The film has received rave reviews so far from the critics and it has been praised by top figures in the film industry,
See full article at Bollyspice »

Alexx O'Nell 'My Chittagong character is clearly nuts and a sadist'

Alexx O'Nell 'My Chittagong character is clearly nuts and a sadist'
Alexx O'Nell has said that he expects audiences to hate his character in Chittagong. The actor spoke to Digital Spy about playing a negative role in the Bedabrata Pain-directed historical drama. "My character, Charles Johnson, is the official in charge of law and order in Chittagong and thus represents the regime against which the Chittagong uprising takes place," said O'Nell. "You will absolutely hate him. He's an extremely disturbing individual - seemingly quiet and sweet at times, but with a hint that something is terribly wrong with him. He's clearly nuts and a sadist on top of it. You're supposed to hate him, and if you do, I've done my job." The Us-born Bollywood star also spoke about working alongside veteran actor, and Shah Rukh Khan's acting teacher, Barry John. "I have immense respect for (more)
See full article at Digital Spy - Movie News »

Manoj Bajpayee: “Chittagong is a fantastic film”

Opening today is Bedabrata Pain’s take on the Chittagong uprising in 1930. The director brought together a cast of incredible actors for Chittagong including Manoj Bajpayee, and Nawazuddin Siddique to tell this incredible tale.

Talking about the story of the film Manoj Bajpayee told us, “I am playing a revolutionary from the 1930 movement which happened in Chittagong. His name is Surya Sen, who was fondly called Masterda. He is the teacher that led the movement that comprised of all the children who looked up to him.”

This take on the film focuses more on the children and what they did in the revolution, “You know really I am in the second rank, the first rank is covered by the children. They are the heroes of the film,” Manoj says.

Chittagong is a true story of a 14 year old boy, Jhunku, and of his journey to find where he belongs. For
See full article at Bollyspice »

Bollywood box-office report of the week

An interesting clash is about to happen, this Friday as the S. S. Rajamouli directed SFX laden Makkhi (dubbed) releases alongside, Ram Gopal Varma's 3 D horror Bhoot Returns. However, it appears that it may well be the third release of the week, the Rani Mukherjee starrer, Aiyyaa, which will walk away with the honors. The week will also mark the release of Bedabrata Pain's Chittagong. The film boasts of good production values and recreation of some breathtaking visuals from the by
See full article at GlamSham »

Nawazuddin injured Ketan Mehtas bio-pic stalled

Nawazuddin injured Ketan Mehtas bio-pic stalled
Gangs Of Wasseypur's powerhouse performer Nawazuddin Siddiqui injured himself on Tuesday night, right after a screening of his latest release Chittagong in Delhi attended by the likes of Sheila Dixit.

A shocked member of the Chittagong team informed this writer, "Nawazuddin slipped and fell outside the theatre after the premiere. He has injured his leg badly and was in no position to travel or to shoot the next day."

Apparently, Ketan Mehta's film starring Nawazuddin which was supposed to start shooting later this week had to be postponed.

When contacted Nawazuddin tried to downplay his injury. "It's nothing that major. Yes, I've suffered a knee injury. It was a rather unfortunate end to a glorious evening. We all got a standing ovation at the Delhi premiere. I came out on the road to get into the car when my foot slipped into an invisible pothole. I heard something give way.
See full article at BollywoodHungama »

Subhash K Jha reviews Chittagong: “Long live the upsurge of acting talent that has taken over Bollywood.”

Starring Manoj Bajpai, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rajumar Yadav, Jaideep Ahlawat & Delzad Hiwale

Directed by Bedabrata Pain

Right away, Chittagong, taking its title from that scenic lush-green spot in Bangladesh where a band of brave boys took on the British Raj and gave it a run for its money, must be praised for taking a slice of relatively-unknown history (not counting Ashutosh Gowariker’s poorly-received film on the same story) and turning it into an engaging absorbing authentic cinema that dares to venture into a genre which died a rather quick death after Gowariker’s pseudo-historical Lagaan.

Chittagong is the real thing. Bravely bonafide and not afraid to show a humane side to the Britishers without taking away from the heroism of the Freedom Fighters, the film packs in a great deal of cinematic moments in less than two hours of playing time. Its beauty is more by decree than design, less
See full article at Bollyspice »

Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan all praise for Chittagong : Trade News

The two superstars of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan, who graced the premiere of Bedabrata Pain’s Chittagong, co-produced by Anurag Kashyap, held recently, were all praise for the film. The two icons of the industry took to social networking site to express their views about the film. While Big B got nostalgic from the very chapter of Chittagong from the history, Shahrukh was intensely delighted with the whole experience put together in a film. Read More...
See full article at Bollywood Trade »

Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan all praise for Chittagong

The two superstars of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan, who graced the premiere of Bedabrata Pain's Chittagong, co-produced by Anurag Kashyap, held recently, were all praise for the film. The two icons of the industry took to social networking site to express their views about the film. While Big B got nostalgic from the very chapter of Chittagong from the history, Shahrukh was intensely delighted with the whole experience put together in a film.
See full article at GlamSham »
An error has occured. Please try again.

See also

Credited With | External Sites