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Mumbai, May 16: Bollywood veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah marvels at the Us-based Indian filmmaker Mira Nair's positive attitude and her perseverance to "experiment" with different styles of filmmaking.
"She (Mira Nair) is very brave that she experiments with a lot of different styles of filmmaking and she is not afraid of failing. I really admire that spirit about her," said Naseer, who worked with Nair in 2001 movie "Monsoon Wedding".
While "Salaam Bombay!" showed. »
- Machan Kumar
Mira Nair’s powerful new film, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, based on Mohsin Hamid’s best-selling and critically acclaimed novel, will open across the UK and Ireland on 10 May 2013, released by Mara Pictures.
The film, featuring an exceptional cast including Riz Ahmed, Liev Schreiber, Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland and Om Puri, had its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival, followed by screenings at Toronto, London and Doha, winning the inaugural Centenary Prize and a Silver Peacock at the Film Festival of India.
Student demonstrations are raging in Lahore in 2010, as young Pakistani professor Changez Khan (Ahmed) and a journalist, Bobby Lincoln (Schreiber), share a cup of tea and conversation. Princeton-educated Changez tells Lincoln of his past as a brilliant business analyst on Wall Street, working for the ruthless Underwood Sampson (Sutherland). He talks of the glittering future that lay before him and the beautiful and sophisticated Erica (Hudson) with whom »
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Sooni Taraporevala [Photo:Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi]
S alaam Bombay! that is being re-released today marked the beginning of Sooni Taraporevala’s screenwriting career and a momentous association with filmmaker Mira Nair twenty-five years ago. Since then, Sooni Taraporevala has given memorable screenplays like The Namesake and Mississippi Masala that won her the Osella award for Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival in 1991. She has also dabbled in direction with Little Zizou (2008). Taraporevala talks about her first film, the Cannes Camera d’Or winner and Oscar-nominated Salaam Bombay!, the art of adaptation, her friend Mira Nair and her plans for direction:
Twenty-five years since you wrote your first screenplay. How do you feel about it now?
I think it’s one of the best I have written. We saw the movie again last week and everyone’s comments were that it looks like it was made yesterday. It has not dated except for the »
- Nandita Dutta
The film Girl Rising has helped to highlight what aid workers have known for years: that educating young women helps them and their communities flourish and succeed
Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto are among the most watched women in the world. Now, with a handful of other stars, they have come together to tell the stories of nine unknown girls, all of whom struggled to acquire what should be a universal right: an education.
In a project launched to coincide with International Women's Day, the four actresses have been joined by Selena Gomez, Priyanka Chopra, Chloë Moretz, Salma Hayek, Kerry Washington and Alicia Keys. All have given time to make Girl Rising, which has its premiere in New York on Thursday.
The film, made by documentary director Richard E Robbins, began as an investigation into a fact universally acknowledged by international aid workers: that educating girls »
- Vanessa Thorpe
While the capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden may have ended a particular chapter in the war on terror, the events of 9/11 still resonate strongly more than a decade later. And for her latest film, director Mira Nair ("Mississippi Masala," "The Namesake") taps into that well with "The Reluctant Fundamentalist." And after making the festival scene last year, it's headed to theaters and the first trailer has arrived. Featuring a star-studded cast including Kate Hudson, Riz Ahmed, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland and more, the film follows Changez Khan, a Pakistani working in the United States, whose life is altered by the events of 9/11, causing him to reconcile his background with his aspirations for the American dream. It sounds like weighty material, and it is, but as we noted in our review from Venice, Nair approaches it with a heavy hand, and despite a solid turn from Ahmed, "the picture ultimately feels like a chore. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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