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Bhoomi Music Review

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One of the latest Bollywood OSTs to release, is the soundtrack of the upcoming film Bhoomi. The film marks an important comeback for actor Sanjay Dutt, who plays the role of a doting and protective father to his daughter, played by actress Aditi Rao Hydari. The film has been directed and co-produced by Omung Kumar (Mary Kom, Sarabjit), and will release on 22nd September. The soundtrack to the film has been composed by Sachin-Jigar who have been almost giving back to back releases this year (Meri Pyari Bindu, A Gentleman), with lyrics by Priya Saraiya, Vayu, Utkarsh Nathani and Anvita Dutt so let’s see how the music of Bhoomi turns out!

The album opens with a typical club track, Trippy Trippy which has Neha Kakkar and Benny Dayal on the vocals, with rap parts by Badshah. There are extra vocals in the song by Brijesh Sandaliya. It seems that
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Weekly Update for April 7: Women Centric, Directed, and Written Films Playing Near You

Films About Women Opening This Week“Their Finest

Their Finest — Directed by Lone Scherfig; Written by Gaby Chiappe

Their Finest” sees Gemma Arterton as Catrin, a young woman hired to write lines for women in British war propaganda movies. It’s a movie within a movie dealing with gender roles in the ’40s that at times feels all-too-relevant. Catrin’s paid less, she’s treated like a second class citizen, yet she endears herself to the operation which is vital to the morale of the British citizens during the war. Arterton, one of the finest young actresses working, infuses Catrin with some serious spunk in her endeavor to be taken seriously. (Melissa Silverstein)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Lone Scherfig.

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Gemma Arterton.

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Colossal

Colossal

Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is a mess. She gets kicked out of the apartment she shares with her boyfriend (Dan Stevens) — which served as a way station for her partying friends — and she winds up on the floor of her childhood house in the town everyone tries to escape from. She re-meets a childhood friend (Jason Sudeikis), starts to work in his bar, and then discovers that she is fueling a Godzilla-like monster wreaking havoc on Seoul, South Korea. The premise is crazy, but the movie works. There is a twist, which I won’t reveal, that illuminates a great gender discussion and sets Gloria on the path to taking her life back. (Melissa Silverstein)

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Queen of the Desert (Opens in NY and La) (Available on VOD April 14)

Queen of the Desert

Gertrude Bell (Nicole Kidman) chafes against the stifling rigidity of life in turn-of-the-century England, leaving it behind for a chance to travel to Tehran. So begins her lifelong adventure across the Arab world, a journey marked by danger, a passionate affair with a British officer (James Franco), and an encounter with the legendary T.E. Lawrence (Robert Pattinson). Stunningly shot on location in Morocco and Jordan, “Queen of the Desert” reveals how an ahead-of-her-time woman shaped the course of history. (Press materials)

Bethany (Also Available on VOD)

Claire (Stefanie Estes) and her husband (Zack Ward) find themselves moving back into Claire’s childhood home only to have the abusive and traumatic memories of her mother come back to haunt her. As her husband starts to get more work, Claire finds herself mixed up in a fog of past and present with a mysterious figure haunting her memories. What is this small figure that is trying to reach out to her, and what does it want? (Press materials)

The Assignment (Also Available on VOD)

Hitman Frank Kitchen (Michelle Rodriguez) is given a lethal assignment, but after being double-crossed, he discovers he’s not the man he thought he was — he’s been surgically altered and now has the body of a woman. Seeking vengeance, Frank heads for a showdown with the person (Sigourney Weaver) who transformed him, a brilliant surgeon with a chilling agenda of her own. (Press materials)

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Films About Women Currently Playing“The Zookeeper’s Wife”

The Zookeeper’s Wife — Directed by Niki Caro; Written by Angela Workman (Opens in Wide Release)

Carrie Pilby — Directed by Susan Johnson; Written by Kara Holden (Also Available on VOD)

Ghost in the Shell

The Blackcoat’s Daughter (Also Available on DirecTV)

Despite the Falling Show — Written and Directed by Shamin Sarif (Also Available on VOD)

All This Panic (Documentary) — Directed by Jenny Gage

Girl Unbound (Documentary) — Directed by Erin Heidenreich

Here Alone (Also Available on VOD)

God Knows Where I Am (Documentary)

Naam Shabana

The Levelling — Written and Directed by Hope Dickson Leach

Dig Two Graves (Also Available on VOD)

Beauty and the Beast

A Woman, a Part — Written and Directed by Elisabeth Subrin

Personal Shopper

Raw — Written and Directed by Julia Ducournau

The Women’s Balcony — Written by Shlomit Nechama

Before I Fall — Directed by Ry-Russo Young; Written by Maria Maggenti

The Last Word

Table 19

Sophie and the Rising Sun — Written and Directed by Maggie Greenwald (Also Available on VOD)

Lovesong — Co-Written and Directed by So Yong Kim

The Lure — Directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

20th Century Women

Hidden Figures — Co-Written by Allison Schroeder

Toni Erdmann — Written and Directed by Maren Ade

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Julieta

Jackie

Moana — Co-Written by Pamela Ribon

Elle

The Eagle Huntress

Films Directed by Women Opening This Week“Alive and Kicking

Alive and Kicking (Documentary) — Directed by Susan Glatzer; Written by Susan Glatzer and Heidi Zimmerman (Also Available on VOD)

Alive and Kicking” is a feature-length documentary that takes an inside look into the culture of Swing dancing and the characters who make it special. It explores the culture surrounding Swing dance from the emergence of the Lindy Hop to the modern day international phenomenon. The film follows the growth of Swing dance from its purely American roots as an art form, to countries all over the world. “Alive and Kicking” looks at the lives of the Swing dancers themselves to find their personal stories and why this dance fills them with joy. (Press materials)

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i hate myself :) (Documentary) — Directed by Joanna Arnow (Opens in NY) (Available on VOD April 11)

Nebbishy filmmaker Joanna Arnow documents her yearlong relationship with racially charged poet-provocateur James Kepple. What starts out as an uncomfortably intimate portrait of a dysfunctional relationship and protracted mid-twenties adolescence quickly turns into a complex commentary on societal repression, sexuality, and self-confrontation through art. (Press materials)

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Glory — Co-Written and Co-Directed by Kristina Grozeva (Opens April 12)

“Glory”

Tsanko Petrov (Stefan Denolyubov), a railroad worker, finds millions of leva on the train tracks. He decides to turn the money over to the police, for which the state rewards him with a new wristwatch that soon stops working. Meanwhile, Julia Staikova (Margita Gosheva), head of the PR department of the Ministry of Transport, loses Petrov’s old watch, a family relic. Here starts his desperate struggle to recover both his old watch and his dignity. (Press materials)

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing“David Lynch: The Art Life”

David Lynch: The Art Life (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Olivia Neergaard-Holm

For Here or to Go? — Directed by Rucha Humnabadkar

The Prison — Written and Directed by Na Hyun

Cezanne and I — Written and Directed by Danièle Thompson

Karl Marx City (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Petra Epperlein

Bluebeard — Written and Directed by Soo-youn Lee

Tickling Giants (Documentary) — Directed by Sara Taksler

Viceroy’s House — Directed by Gurinder Chadha; Co-Written by Moira Buffini (UK)

Jasper Jones — Directed by Rachel Perkins (Australia)

The Last Laugh (Documentary) — Directed by Ferne Pearlstein

A United Kingdom — Directed by Amma Asante

Films Written by Women Opening This Week“Smurfs: The Lost Village

Smurfs: The Lost Village — Written by Stacey Harman and Pamela Ribon

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette (Demi Lovato) and her friends Brainy (Danny Pudi), Clumsy (Jack McBrayer), and Hefty (Joe Manganiello) on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history. (Press materials)

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The Ticket — Co-Written by Sharon Mashihi (Also Available on VOD)

After James (Dan Stevens), a blind man, inexplicably regains his vision, he becomes possessed by a drive to make a better life for himself. However, his new improvements — a nicer home, a higher paying job, tailored suits, luxury car — leave little room for the people who were part of his old, simpler life: his wife (Malin Akerman) and close friend (Oliver Platt). As his relationships buckle under the strain of his snowballing ambition, it becomes uncertain if James can ever return from darkness. (Press materials)

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Films Written by Women Currently Playing

Phillauri — Written by Anvita Dutt

A Dog’s Purpose — Written by Cathryn Michon

The Red Turtle — Co-written by Pascale Ferran

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — Written by J.K. Rowling

TV Premieres This Week

Casey Anthony: An American Murder Mystery (Miniseries) (Premieres April 9 on ID)

Lies, betrayal, and murder. What happened to Caylee Anthony? This three-part special looks inside one of the most controversial murder cases in American history. Explore the captivating investigation with interviews from the family at the center of it all. (Press materials)

The Great War (Documentary Miniseries) — Co-Directed and Co-Produced by Amanda Pollak (Premieres April 10 on PBS)

Drawing on unpublished diaries, memoirs, and letters, “The Great War” tells the rich and complex story of World War I through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators, and the American troops who came to be known as “doughboys.” The series explores the experiences of African-American and Latino soldiers, suffragists, Native American “code talkers,” and others whose participation in the war to “make the world safe for democracy” has been largely forgotten. It is a story of heroism and sacrifice that would ultimately claim 15 million lives and profoundly change the world forever. (Press materials)

Hollywood Darlings — Executive Produced by Layla Smith (Premieres April 12 on Pop)

Pop’s new original comedy series turns the camera on real-life friends who are bonded by a sisterhood only they can share as former child stars who grew up in the ’90s limelight: Jodie Sweetin (“Full House,” “Fuller House”), Christine Lakin (“Step By Step”), and Beverley Mitchell (“7th Heaven”). In this improvised comedy, the three actresses play exaggerated versions of themselves in their current Hollywood lives. With the support of one another, this girl squad can take on anything when it comes to parenting, marriage, friendship, and revived careers in Hollywood. (Press materials)

VOD/DVD Releasing This Week“Toni Erdmann

3 Hikers (Documentary) — Written and Directed by Natalie Avital (VOD, Available Now)

Running Wild — Co-Written by Christina Moore (DVD, Available Now)

Silver Skies — Written and Directed by Rosemary Rodriguez (VOD/DVD, Available Now)

National Bird — Directed by Sonia Kennebeck (DVD, April 8)

Brimstone (DVD, April 11)

The Bye Bye Man — Directed by Stacy Title (VOD/DVD, April 11)

Hidden Figures (VOD/DVD, April 11)

Ovum — Written by Sonja O’Hara (VOD/DVD, April 11)

Toni Erdmann — Written and Directed by Maren Ade (VOD/DVD April 11)

Picks of the Week from Women and Hollywood

Finding the Balance: Crowdfunding Picks

Gemma Arterton Talks Sexism and Likability in “Their Finest

Guest Post: How One Non-Profit Changed The Game For Parents At SXSW

April 2017 Film Preview

On Women and Hollywood This WeekIronheart aka Riri Williams: Marvel

Their Finest” Director Lone Scherfig on Making Meaningful Films

Melissa Stack to Make Directorial Debut with Vacation Comedy

Quote of the Day: “Good Girls Revolt’s” Genevieve Angelson on Equal Pay

Actor Asia Kate Dillon Questions Emmys’ Gender Binary Acting Categories

Pussy Riot Documentary “Act & Punishment” Gets U.S. Release

Finding the Balance: Crowdfunding Picks

Shonda Rhimes’ MasterClass on Writing for Television Is Now Available

Iliza Shlesinger’s Late-Night Show “Truth & Iliza” Gets Premiere Date

“That’s So Raven” Spinoff Ordered to Series

Gemma Arterton Talks Sexism and Likability in “Their Finest

Catherine Hardwicke Set to Direct “Miss Bala” Remake for Sony

Trailer Watch: “Anne” Can Do Anything a Boy Can Do and More

Trailer Watch: Niecy Nash is a Badass Salon Owner in “Claws

Bette Midler to Be Honored by Drama League, Keeps Breaking Broadway Records

Trailer Watch: Chelsea Handler Is Back and Brasher than Ever in Season 2 of “Chelsea”

Wtf of the Day: Marvel Exec Thinks Female & Diverse Characters Are Ruining Sales

Tallgrass Film Festival to Launch Female-Helmed Doc Competition

Trailer Watch: “Wynonna Earp” Is on the Fury Road Express in Season 2

Character First: April VOD and Web Series Picks

Teaser Watch: Aubrey Plaza Is an Instagram Stalker in “Ingrid Goes West

Gurinder Chadha Moves to TV with FremantleMedia-Backed Bend It TV

Theresa Rebeck Opens Up About Being Fired from “Smash

Trailer Watch: Britt Robertson Starts a Fashion Empire in Netflix’s “Girlboss

Kelly Ripa Developing “Geek Girl Rising” as Scripted TV Series for ABC

Guest Post: What Inspired Me to Make a Film About Retirees

Lifetime and National Women’s Soccer League Announce 2017 Game of the Week Schedule

Quote of the Day: Ellen Pompeo Praises Shonda Rhimes’ Leadership

Guest Post: How One Non-Profit Changed The Game For Parents At SXSW

Sony Buys Rights to Emil Ferris’ Graphic Novel “My Favorite Thing Is Monsters”

Women Execs Appointed at British Film Institute, Creative BC, and Annapurna

HBO Announces TV Adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s “My Brilliant Friend”

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs Accepts CinemaCon Pioneer of the Year Award

Weekly Reads from Around the Internet

The Women of “Iron Fist”: Marvel Continues to Struggle in Developing Their Woman Characters by Victoria Goff (Bitch Media)

How Feud Recreates the World of 1963 Hollywood, According to its Production Designer by Caroline Framke (Vox)

Female-Written ‘Daria’ Was Groundbreaking and Would Still Be an Exception Today by Carey Purcell (Mic)

Justice League Action’s” Rachel Kimsey Talked to Us About Wonder Woman’s Strengths, Her Flaws, and Fan Fantasies by Teresa Jusino (The Mary Sue)

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Weekly Update for March 31: Women Centric, Directed, and Written Films Playing Near You

Films About Women Opening This Week“The Zookeeper’s Wife”

The Zookeeper’s Wife — Directed by Niki Caro; Written by Angela Workman

The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska (Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Germans, Jan and Antonina are stunned and forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl). To fight back on their own terms, the Żabińskis covertly begin working with the Resistance and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Niki Caro.

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Carrie Pilby — Directed by Susan Johnson; Written by Kara Holden (Opens in NY, La, D.C. and Chicago) (Available on VOD April 4)

Carrie Pilby”: Tiff

Carrie Pilby (Bel Powley) is a genius who graduated Harvard at 18. Convinced that the world is populated by oversexed hypocrites, she has a hard time making sense of life as it relates to morality, relationships, sex, and leaving her apartment. In an effort to coax Carrie out of her shell, her psychiatrist (Nathan Lane), makes a deceptively simple checklist of goals for her to achieve between Thanksgiving and the year’s end. Each goal brings Carrie closer to the understanding that humans, like books, can’t be judged by their covers. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Susan Johnson

Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell

In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind — a human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her, and stop them before they do it to others. (Press materials)

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The Blackcoat’s Daughter (Also Available on DirecTV)

“The Blackcoat’s Daughter”

A deeply atmospheric and terrifying new horror film, “The Blackcoat’s Daughter” centers on Kat (Kiernan Shipka) and Rose (Lucy Boynton), two girls who are left alone at their prep school, Bramford, over winter break when their parents mysteriously fail to pick them up. While the girls experience increasingly strange and creepy occurrences at the isolated school, we cross cut to another story — that of Joan (Emma Roberts), a troubled young woman on the road, who, for unknown reasons, is determined to get to Bramford as fast as she can. As Joan gets closer to the school, Kat becomes plagued by progressively intense and horrifying visions, with Rose doing her best to help her new friend as she slips further and further into the grasp of an unseen evil force. (Press materials)

Despite the Falling Show — Written and Directed by Shamin Sarif (U.S. Premiere) (Also Available on VOD)

Moscow, 1959: Katya (Rebecca Ferguson) is young, beautiful — and a spy for the Americans. When she begins spying on Alexander (Sam Reid), an idealistic Communist politician, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with him. Her choice between love and duty leads to a nail-biting conclusion that Alexander can only unravel decades later in 1990s New York. His journey back to the snowbound streets of Moscow uncovers a love triangle and betrayals from those he trusted most. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s Interview with Shamin Sarif.

Find screening info here.

All This Panic (Documentary) — Directed by Jenny Gage

All This Panic

All This Panic” takes an intimate look at the interior lives of a group of teenage girls as they come of age in Brooklyn. A potent mix of vivid portraiture and vérité, we follow the girls as they navigate the ephemeral and fleeting transition between childhood and adulthood. Shot over a three-year period in a lush and cinematic style, “All This Panic” is a meditation on the mysterious, often painful, yet ultimately exhilarating period of a teen’s life. In a world where, as one teen remarks, “they want to see us, but they don’t want to hear us,” this film is comprised entirely of young women speaking to their own experiences. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Jenny Gage.

Girl Unbound (Documentary) — Directed by Erin Heidenreich (Opens April 6)

Girl Unbound

In Waziristan, “one of the most dangerous places on earth,” Maria Toorpakai defies the Taliban — disguising herself as a boy, so she can play sports freely. But when she becomes a rising star, her true identity is revealed, bringing constant death threats on her and her family. Undeterred, they continue to rebel for their freedom. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Erin Heidenreich.

Here Alone (Also Available on VOD)

Deep in New York’s upstate wilderness, Ann (Lucy Walters), a young woman in her late 20s, struggles to survive after a mysterious epidemic decimates society. On the constant brink of starvation, Ann leads an isolated and regimented life. Haunted by memories of her past, she also battles the current bloodthirsty threat that lurks just outside of the forest’s borders. When her food stores run dangerously low Ann must make the desperate journey into a nearby town to forage for any remaining food. During one of these raids, a chance encounter brings Olivia (Gina Piersanti), a teenage girl, and her injured stepfather, Chris (Adam David Thompson), into Ann’s life and regimen of survival. (Press materials)

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God Knows Where I Am (Documentary) (Opens in NY; Opens in La April 7)

The body of a homeless woman is found in an abandoned New Hampshire farmhouse. Beside the body lies a diary that documents a journey of starvation and the loss of sanity, but told with poignancy, beauty, humor, and spirituality. For nearly four months, Linda Bishop, a prisoner of her own mind, survived on apples and rain water, waiting for God to save her, during one of the coldest winters on record. As her story unfolds from different perspectives, including her own, we learn about our systemic failure to protect those who cannot protect themselves. (Press materials)

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Naam Shabana

Naam Shabana

A spinoff of the 2015 film “Baby,” “Naam Shabana” provides the backstory of intelligence agent Shabana (Tapsee Pannu), and chronicles how she becomes a spy. (Press materials)

Films About Women Currently Playing“Prevenge

Prevenge — Written and Directed Alice Lowe

I, Olga Hepnarová

The Levelling — Written and Directed by Hope Dickson Leach (Opens in La and other cities)

Dig Two Graves (Also Available on VOD)

From a House on Willow Street — Co-Written by Catherine Blackman (Also Available on VOD)

Peelers — Written by Lisa DeVita (Also Available on VOD)

Beauty and the Beast

A Woman, a Part — Written and Directed by Elisabeth Subrin

Personal Shopper

Raw — Written and Directed by Julia Ducournau

The Dark Below

The Ottoman Lieutenant

The Women’s Balcony — Written by Shlomit Nechama

Before I Fall — Directed by Ry-Russo Young; Written by Maria Maggenti

The Last Word

Table 19

Xx (Anthology) — Directed by Roxanne Benjamin, Sofia Carrillo, Karyn Kusama, Annie Clark (St. Vincent), and Jovanka Vuckovic; Co-Written by Roxanne Benjamin and Jovanka Vuckovic (Also Available on VOD)

Sophie and the Rising Sun — Written and Directed by Maggie Greenwald (Also Available on VOD)

Lovesong — Co-Written and Directed by So Yong Kim

Everybody Loves Somebody — Written and Directed by Catalina Aguilar Mastretta

Rings

The Lure — Directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

20th Century Women

Hidden Figures — Co-Written by Allison Schroeder

Toni Erdmann — Written and Directed by Maren Ade

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Julieta

Jackie

Moana — Co-Written by Pamela Ribon

Elle

The Eagle Huntress

Films Directed by Women Opening This Week“David Lynch: The Art Life”

David Lynch: The Art Life (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Olivia Neergaard-Holm

David Lynch takes us on an intimate journey through the formative years of his life. From his idyllic upbringing in small town America to the dark streets of Philadelphia, we follow Lynch as he traces the events that have helped to shape one of cinema’s most enigmatic directors. “David Lynch: The Art Life” infuses Lynch’s own art, music, and early films, shining a light into the dark corners of his unique world, and giving audiences a better understanding of the man and the artist. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Olivia Neergaard-Holm.

For Here or to Go? — Directed by Rucha Humnabadkar

Young Silicon Valley software engineer Vivek Pandit (Ali Fazal) is poised to become a key hire at a promising healthcare startup, but when they realize his work visa has less than a year remaining, the offer disappears. Having learned the hard way about the flaws in his “it’s just paperwork” mentality, Vivek battles forces beyond his control to get his visa extended, whether at his existing company or a new job. Along the way, his eyes are opened to the similar struggles of his own roommates and those around him. American in mind and Indian at heart, this is a contemporary story of ambition and ambivalence fueled by one’s immigration status that characterizes the dilemma of modern cultural displacement. (Press materials)

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The Prison — Written and Directed by Na Hyun

The Prison

After a fatal accident, Yu-gon (Rae-won Kim), a former police inspector, is sentenced to hard time in a prison he once helped fill. Once inside, he discovers the entire penitentiary is no longer controlled by the guards, but by a vicious crime syndicate that breaks out at night, using their prison sentences as the perfect alibi to commit intricate heists. Looking for revenge against the system that placed him inside, Yu-gon joins the syndicate… but with every man out for himself, how long can the perfect crime last? (Press materials)

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Cezanne and I — Written and Directed by Danièle Thompson

“Cezanne and I”

“Cezanne and I” traces the parallel paths of the lives, careers, and passionate friendship of post-impressionist painter Paul Cézanne (Guillaume Gallienne) and novelist Emile Zola (Guillaume Canet). The two boys grew up in Aix-en-Provence. Emile was fatherless and poor. Paul came from a wealthy family. As young men, dreaming of glory and beautiful women, they left the south to conquer the art scene in Paris. Soon Emile had it all, success, money, and the perfect wife, and embraced the very bourgeoisie he mocked in his books. Meanwhile, Cezanne rejected the Parisian scene to focus only on his work, ignored by his peers and the establishment. (Press materials)

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Films Directed by Women Currently Playing“Karl Marx City

Karl Marx City (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Petra Epperlein

Bluebeard — Written and Directed by Soo-youn Lee

Tickling Giants (Documentary) — Directed by Sara Taksler

Uncertain (Documentary) — Co-Written and Co-Directed by Anna Sandilands (Also Available on VOD)

Viceroy’s House — Directed by Gurinder Chadha; Co-Written by Moira Buffini (UK)

Jasper Jones — Directed by Rachel Perkins (Australia)

The Last Laugh (Documentary) — Directed by Ferne Pearlstein

A United Kingdom — Directed by Amma Asante

Films Written by Women Opening This Week

None.

Films Written by Women Currently Playing“Phillauri

Phillauri — Written by Anvita Dutt

Beautiful Devils — Written by Jennifer Majka (UK)

My Life as a Zucchini — Written by Céline Sciamma

A Dog’s Purpose — Written by Cathryn Michon

The Red Turtle — Co-written by Pascale Ferran

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — Written by J.K. Rowling

TV Premieres This Week“Abortion: Stories Women Tell

Abortion: Stories Women Tell (Documentary) — Directed by Tracy Droz Tragos (Premieres April 3 on HBO)

In 1973 the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade recognized the right of every woman in the United States to have an abortion. Since 2011, over half the states in the nation have significantly restricted access to abortions. In 2016, abortion remains one of the most divisive issues in America, especially in Missouri, where only one abortion clinic remains open, patients and their doctors must navigate a 72-hour waiting period, and each year sees more restrictions. Awarding-winning director and Missouri native Tracy Droz Tragos sheds new light on the contentious issue with a focus not on the debate, but rather on the women themselves — those struggling with unplanned pregnancies, the providers who show up at clinics to give medical care, as well as the activists on both sides of the issue hoping to sway decisions and lives. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Tracy Droz Tragos.

VOD/DVD Releasing This Week“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”: Disney

Lavender (DVD, April 1)

The Bounce Back — Co-Written by Staci Robinson (DVD, April 4)

Newtown (Documentary) — Directed by Kim A. Snyder (DVD, April 4)

Office Christmas Party — Co-Written by Laura Solon (DVD, April 4)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (DVD, April 4)

We Don’t Belong Here (VOD/DVD, April 4)

Women and Hollywood in the News

Aaron Sorkin, reportedly unaware of Hollywood’s diversity problem, had many chances to become aware (Washington Post)

Picks of the Week from Women and Hollywood

Listen: Podcast with “Harlots” Producer Alison Owen

A Conversation with “The Zookeeper’s Wife” Director Niki Caro

MPAA Report 2016: 52% of Movie Audiences Are Women & Other Takeaways

On Women and Hollywood This WeekTomi Adeyemi: Adeyemi’s Instagram account

Guest Post: Supporting Women’s Voices in Independent Film

Susan Johnson Talks “Carrie Pilby” and Finding Funding for the Female-Led Film

Joss Whedon May Direct Batgirl Standalone Film

Lois Smith-Starrer “Marjorie Prime” Acquired by FilmRise

Drew Barrymore, Samantha Bee, America Ferrara, & More to Be Honored at the Gracie Awards

23-Year-Old Author Tomi Adeyemi’s Debut Novel Acquired by Fox 2000

Trailer Watch: Diane Lane Takes the Trip of a Lifetime in Eleanor Coppola’s “Paris Can Wait

Women-Directed Features “Polina” and “The Drowning” Acquired

Lipstick Under My Burkha” to Open Indian Film Fests in La and NY

Janeane Garofalo to Make Broadway Debut in “Marvin’s Room”

Male Privilege Watch: Chris Addison to Make Feature Debut with “Nasty Women

Trailer Watch: Explorer Gertrude Bell Takes Center Stage in “Letters from Baghdad”

BAMcinématek to Present Anne-Marie Miéville Retrospective

Natalie Portman to Play a Bull Rider in Anna Rose Holmer’s “Bronco Belle”

Bentonville Film Fest to Open with Gaby Dellal’s “3 Generations”

Amber Heard to Star in Agnieszka Holland’s “The Kind Worth Killing”

Trailer Watch: Noomi Rapace Is Abducted & Subjected to Experiments in “Rupture

Sarah Silverman to Host Political Comedy Talk Show for Hulu

Queen of the Desert” Gets a U.S. Release Date and New Trailer

Jessica Chastain and Niki Caro on “The Zookeeper’s Wife” and the Importance of Recognizing Women in History

Amy Pascal & Bruna Papandrea to Produce Film Adaptions of Upcoming Books

Trailer Watch: Frances McDormand Takes on the Police in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

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Dum Dum Reprise – Diljit Dosanjh soulful Version.

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After releasing songs like ‘Dum Dum’, ‘Whats Up’, ‘Sahiba’ and ‘Naughty Billo’, the makers of Phillauri, have launched the reprised version of the soul-soothing ‘Dum Dum’.

While the original version of ‘Dum Dum’ is crooned by Romy and Vivek Hariharan, the new-reprised version is sung by Diljit Dosanjh. The original track is composed by Shashwat Sachdev, while the lyrics are penned by Anvita Dutt.

This soulful melody track features a montage depicting Anushka Sharma and Diljit Dosanjh’s love story. Overall, the track is mesmerising but what’s making it truly special is Diljit’s enchanting voice that brings life into this song.

Phillauri, directed by Anshai Lal, Produced by Fox Star Studios and Clean Slate Films. The movie stars Anushka Sharma, Diljit Dosanjh, Suraj Sharma, Mehreen Pirzada and is set to release worldwide on March 24.
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Suraj Sharma: “Phillauri is a brilliant script”

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We first saw Suraj Sharma when he made his debut onscreen as Pi, in Ang Lee’s Life of Pi in 2012. Now Suraj is set to make his Hindi film debut with Anshai Lal’s Phillauri, which stars and was produced by Anushka Sharma.

The actor’s role in Phillauri is an interesting one, he plays a Canadian young man who gets trapped in a peculiar predicament — the big fat Indian wedding and if that was not all… a ghost intervenes.

Suraj revealed recently that he instantly connected to his character in Phillauri after reading the script that Karnesh Sharma, co-producer and brother of Anushka Sharma, sent to him. “It’s a brilliant script. I find the situation my character is stuck in the most fascinating. You know, he comes back from Canada, is asked to marry a tree because he is maanglik, then asked to marry a girl only
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‘Sahiba’ the new love ballad from Phillauri

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Anushka Sharma has shared the latest song from her upcoming production venture, Phillauri.

Titled ‘Sahiba’, the song recreates the timeless appeal of the Mirza-Sahiba folklore from Punjab, weaving the tale of unrequited love in a musically enticing, contemporary form.

Written by Anvita Dutt, the song has a very sufi-romantic taste to it. Romy and Pawni Pandey have lent their voices for the song while Shashwat Sachdev has composed the music.

“It is not everyday that you get to create a love ballad in a Bollywood film. Sahiba is a song that intends to show the depth of the love story of the two characters in Phillauri. It is simple, beautiful and poetic,” said the composer, Shashwat of Sahiba.

Starring Anushka Sharma, Diljit Dosanjh, Suraj Sharma and Mehreen Pirzada. Phillauri is about a friendly ghost whose love story unfolds in the backdrop of a current day Punjabi wedding.

Directed by debutant Anshai Lal,
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The oh so romantic and gorgeous Dum Dum from Phillauri!

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From the first trailer and the posters we have been excited about Anushka Sharma’s Phillauri. Now we get our first listen and look at the first song! Titled ‘Dum Dum’, the track is a Sufi love song which brings back the charm of old school romance. The gorgeous number captures the love story of Diljit Dosanjh and Anushka Sharma. Composed by newcomer Shashwat Sachdev, the soulful song has been written by Anvita Dutt, and sung by Romy and Vivek Hariharan.

Check out the the oh so romantic ‘Dum Dum’ that gives us all the feels!

Phillauri, which also stars Diljit Dosanjh and Suraj Sharma is directed by Anshai Lal, produced by Fox Star Studios and Clean Slate Films and is set for release in cinemas on 24th March 2017.

Set in Punjab, Phillauri is about an Nri Punjabi boy named Kanan (played by Suraj Sharma) who returns to India to
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“Baar Baar Dekho Is A Gorgeous Looking Film With A Heart” – Subhash K Jha

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Baar Baar Dekho

Starring Katrina Kaif, Sidharth Malhotra

Directed by Nitya Mehra

Rating: ****(4 Stars)

What if we get the chance to rectify all the big mistakes of our life? And what if a magical wand—or a pundit’s jigerypokery—takes us into the future to personally witness all those critical twists and turns on the road journey of life where we may swerve into the wrong lane? And then what if we get a chance to revise our actions and deeds accordingly?

Debutant director Nitya Mehra’s Baar Baar Dekho is unlike any romantic yarn—I hesitate from giving it that loosely-used term the ‘rom-com’. It is the ultimate what-if saga, narrated with a tender care and subdued splendor that make every moment between the lead pair precious and gladdening.

Watching the film we are just happy to see Jai and Diya togeth. It could be because they are
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‘Phillauri’ to release on 31st March 2017

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Fox Star Studios and Anushka Sharma’s home production, Phillauri, will release on 31st March 2017. Shot extensively in the picturesque and colorful state of Punjab, the film stars Diljit Dosanjh, Suraj Sharma, Mehreen Pirzada and Anushka Sharma. The shoot had begun on Baisakhi earlier this year in a start-to-finish schedule that wrapped up by June end.

Co-produced by Clean Slate Films (Anushka’s production banner with brother Karnesh Sharma) and Fox Star Studios, Phillauri is a fun-filled romantic Hindi film set in Phillaur, Punjab. Directed by debutant Anshai Lal & written by Anvita Dutt, the film has a unique premise- it took almost 100 years, a crazy Punjabi wedding and rank strangers to complete this love story.

“We are very happy to announce the release date of Phillauri – a romantic, fun film with loads of desi colour. It will release on 31st March 2017. Currently, the post production work is in full swing
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Anushka Sharma’s romantic fun Phillauri has wrapped!

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Fox Star Studios and Anushka Sharma’s home production, Phillauri, has wrapped up its shoot. Shot extensively in the picturesque and colorful state of Punjab, the film stars Diljit Dosanjh, Suraj Sharma, Mehreen Pirzada and Anushka Sharma. The shoot had begun on Baisakhi earlier this year.

Co-produced by Clean Slate Films (Anushka’s production banner with brother Karnesh Sharma) and Fox Star Studios, Phillauri is a fun-filled romantic Hindi film set in Phillaur, Punjab. Directed by debutant Anshai Lal and written by Anvita Dutt, the film has a unique premise – it took almost 100 years, a crazy Punjabi wedding and rank strangers to complete this love story.

Talking about the film Anushka told Pti earlier, “Phillauri has got shades of drama, craziness and really interesting characters. It is romantic, fun and at the same time very intriguing.”

Announcing that the film’s final scene was canned, the actress wrote on Instagram and Twitter,
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Anushka Sharma starrer Phillauri Goes on Floors with Baisakhi Blessings

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The festival of Baisakhi brings to mind bright colours, spirited culture and attractive flavors of Punjab. This year, it turned a little more special for the cast & crew of Phillauri as the film went on floors in the heart of Punjab. The enthusiastic cast including Anushka Sharma, Diljit Dosanjh and Suraj Sharma, have rung in their festive spirit with these special messages.

Links

Anushka Sharma: bit.ly/Phillauri-BaisakhiWishes-AnuskhaSharma

Diljit Dosanjh :bit.ly/Phillauri-BaisakhiWishes-DiljitDosanjh

Suraj Sharma: bit.ly/Phillauri-BaisakhiWishes-SurajSharma

Diljit Dosanjh, Punjab’s favorite star, calls it a double celebration- Baisakhi & the start of Phillauri shoot. Fresh off the rigour and hard work of the much-awaited Sultan, an excited Anushka hopes that the good will and positive energies of Baisakhi will impact the sets of her home production too. As for the film’s youngest star, Suraj Sharma, with the traditional Sat Sri Akal salute, he
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India’s Reliance Entertainment Unveils Plan C Joint Venture

India’s Reliance Entertainment Unveils Plan C Joint Venture
Akshay Kumar-starring period drama, “Rustom,” directed by Tinu Suresh Desai is set to be the first movie produced by Plan C Studios, a joint venture between Reliance Entertainment and Shital Bhatia’s Friday Filmworks.

The 50:50 joint venture marks the further return of Reliance, the Indian conglomerate that has backed Steven Spielberg, into Indian film-making. The company, once poised to be India’s largest movie enterprise, sold off its cinemas, post-production businesses and its TV joint ventures.

It also scaled back its Indian movie activities, only to plunge back in again in a manner designed to better share risk. In March, last year it joined as a partner in Phantom Films, a production house backed by filmmakers Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena. That venture is managed by Phantom.

In recent months Reliance has been attached to international projects. In September production got under way on
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Reliance Entertainment and Neeraj Pandeys Plan C studio to produce Rustom

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Reliance Entertainment and Neeraj Pandeys Plan C studio to produce Rustom
Neeraj Pandey who made a hattrick with Baby is all set for action packed period drama with Akshay Kumar starrer Rustom. While the former announced about the film a few months ago, now, we hear that he has partnered with Anil Ambani's Reliance Entertainment and has launched Plan C studio. To be precise, Plan C studio is more of a 50-50 joint venture of Reliance Entertainment and Friday Filmworks wherein the two, Anil and Neeraj have decided to join hands for films. According to Neeraj, talks were on for over three months but it was only recently that they decided to sign the Mou (Memorandum of Understanding). Along with Akshay Kumar's Rustom that will be produced under the Plan C banner, the other films include Ghalib Danger, a movie adaptation of Neeraj Pandey's book by the same name and the films directed by Shivam Nair, Chandra Prakash Dwivedi,
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Good-looking Junk – Subhash K. Jha reviews ‘Shaandaar’

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The very good looking lead pair of this enormously disappointing film, ironically and pompously calling itself Shaandaar, are insomniacs. To prove it, they even get a ravaged remix version of the classic number ‘Neend Na Mujhko Aaye’ playing in the background as Shahid and Alia go fishing, dancing, and generally pfaffing around to fob off sleep-challenged ennui.

I have a great solution for all insomniacs. Watch Shaandaar. Repeatedly in a loop. Sleep guaranteed.

Outwardly the film has everything going for it. The director of Queen Vikas Bahl helming the hijinks as two ridiculously ostentatious business families gather for a destination wedding in a European idyll.

It must have cost them a bomb. To make the film, I mean. To cart the large cast of bimbos, bimbettes, toy boy and joy girls all to a European destination for a film that must have seemed smart on paper…very smart. After all,
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Shaandaar Music Review

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Shaandaar is the much anticipated romantic comedy directed by Vikas Bahl. Starring superstars Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt in the leading roles, the film is scheduled to release in cinemas worldwide on 22 October 2015. The music to the film has been composed by Amit Trivedi, with lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya and Anvita Dutt. So is the music to Shaandaar worth listening? Read our review to find out what we thought of it.

So to start off we have Shaam Shaandaar by the multi-talented Amit Trivedi. I like how the song kicks off with a bang, with some nice uses of big band instruments such as the dhol drums and the trumpet. However, once the song transforms in to an all-techno composition, I think this is when I start to lose interest. Although Amit’s vocals are great (and always have been), I found the song to be lacking in vibe and
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The craziness begins! Shaandar first song ‘Gulaabo’ is out now!

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Finally, and much to the excitement of fans, the first song from Dharma Productions’ upcoming film ‘Shaandaar’ has been released today

The first song titled ‘Gulaabo’ features Alia Bhatt, Shahid Kapoor and his sister Sanah. It is sung by Vishal Dadlani and Anusha Mani. Composed by Amit Trivedi, the lyrics of ‘Gulaabo’ has been penned by Anvita Dutt.

Shaandar, described as India’s first destination wedding film, is one of the most awaited movie of this year. The romantic comedy film, directed by Vikas Bahl and produced by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane, is scheduled to release on 22nd October 2015.

Check out the Gulaabo song right below and let us know if you liked it or not!

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Reflections 2014: Top 10 Albums of 2014

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2014 covered an expansive genre of music with a strong focus on complimenting the respective film’s tone and background rather than opting for safety of conventionalism. Sneha Khanwalker re-defined the rom-com landscape with Khoobsurat while Highway and Queen mapped two very different but unforgettable coming of age journeys with equal parts skill and heart. Read on to find out which albums. Read on as Bollyspice unveils the top 10 albums of 2014.

10. Kill Dil

The soundtrack of Kill Dil was a labour of love from Shaad Ali, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Gulzar. It is clearly apparent from the brilliant mix of tracks delivered. The orchestrations and melodies employed were some of the best ones from Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. The range of vocal artists ranged from the veterans like Sukwinder Singh to novices like Nihara Joshi making the album all the more enjoyable. Moreover, the expansive genre and brilliant renditions (Arjit Singh – ‘Sajde’, Sunidhi Chauhan and Siddharth Mahadevan
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Check out what’s coming from Prakash Jha Productions

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See what’s in store for Hindi film fans at the movies from Prakash Jha Productions including 2 films starring Ajay Devgn!

Crazy Cukkad Family

Director: Ritesh Menon

Cast: Swanand Kirkire, Shilpa Shukla, Ninad Kamath, Kushal Punjabi

Amad caper but true to life film set to release on January 15th, 2015. The movie is hilarious but emotional, fast paced yet heartwarming story of the Beri Family. Brought together by greed at first but eventually finding the meaning in being a family.

Fraud Saiyyan

Director: Saurabh Shrivastava

Cast: Arshad Warsi, Saurabh Shukla, Kirti Kulhari

Lipstick Waale Sapne

Director: Alankrita Shrivastava

Cast: Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak Shah, Ahana Kumra, Plabita Borthakur, Sushant Singh, Vikrant Massey, Vaibhav Tatwade

Music: Zebunissa Bangash

Lyrics: Anvita Dutt

Gangaajal 2

Director: Prakash Jha

Satsang

Director: Prakash Jha

Cast: Ajay Devgan

Raajneeti 2

Director: Prakash Jha

Cast: Ajay Devgan

Watch this space you can be sure we will be bringing you all the scoop!
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UK's Bbe teams with Indian filmmakers

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Exclusive: UK-based Beautiful Bay Entertainment teams up with Vikramaditya Motwane and Tulsea Pictures.

UK-based Beautiful Bay Entertainment (Bbe) is teaming with filmmaker Vikramaditya Motwane (Udaan, Lootera) and Tulsea Pictures on an Indian script development programme.

Motwane, the programme’s creative advisor, has already selected the first three writer-directors to be supported by the scheme, which aims to contribute to a longer-term development pipeline in the Indian film business.

The three filmmakers will receive funds to develop their projects from conceptual stage to the final draft of the script.

Tulsea Pictures, which manages writers and directors, advised on structuring the programme and will serve as packaging partner on the developed scripts. Tulsea represents Motwane as well as the writer-directors associated with the programme.

The three selected filmmakers are Varun Grover with sports biopic Spin Baloo, Atul Mongia with noir drama The Antagonist and Anvita Dutt with Gudiya, the story of two girls connected through past lives who are
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Indian scheme secures UK tie-up

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Exclusive: UK-based Beautiful Bay Entertainment teams up with Vikramaditya Motwane [pictured] and Tulsea Pictures.

UK-based Beautiful Bay Entertainment (Bbe) is teaming with filmmaker Vikramaditya Motwane (Udaan, Lootera) and Tulsea Pictures on an Indian script development programme.

Motwane, the programme’s creative advisor, has already selected the first three writer-directors to be supported by the scheme, which aims to contribute to a longer-term development pipeline in the Indian film business.

The three filmmakers will receive funds to develop their projects from conceptual stage to the final draft of the script.

Tulsea Pictures, which manages writers and directors, advised on structuring the programme and will serve as packaging partner on the developed scripts. Tulsea represents Motwane as well as the writer-directors associated with the programme.

The three selected filmmakers are Varun Grover with sports biopic Spin Baloo, Atul Mongia with noir drama The Antagonist and Anvita Dutt with Gudiya, the story of two girls connected through past lives who are
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