8 items from 2014
Internationally acclaimed producer and filmmaker Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) has come on to direct the epic adventure film Tiger's Curse, based on the first in a series of New York Times bestselling novels by author Colleen Houck. Julie Plec, creator of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, has adapted the book for the screen.
Ineffable Pictures' founder Raphael Kryszek and Jesse Israel will produce along with Lotus Entertainment's Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel, and with director Shekhar Kapur. Lotus' D.J. Gugenheim and Ara Keshishian are executive producing and Lotus will introduce the action/adventure to foreign buyers starting at Afm.
Tiger's Curse follows Kelsey Hayes who learns that she has a powerful connection with a beautiful white tiger named Ren, while working at a circus in Oregon over the summer. When a mysterious stranger arrives to reclaim Ren and return him to his native India, Kelsey is whisked into an »
Internationally acclaimed producer and filmmaker Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) has come on to direct the epic adventure film Tiger’S Curse, based on the first in a series of New York Times bestselling novels by author Colleen Houck. Julie Plec, creator of “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals” has adapted the book for the screen.
Ineffable Pictures’ founder Raphael Kryszek and Jesse Israel will produce along with Lotus Entertainment’s Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel, and with director Shekhar Kapur. Lotus’ D.J. Gugenheim and Ara Keshishian are executive producing and Lotus will introduce the action/adventure to foreign buyers starting at Afm.
Tiger’S Curse follows Kelsey Hayes who learns that she has a powerful connection with a beautiful white tiger named Ren, while working at a circus in Oregon over the summer. When a mysterious stranger arrives to reclaim Ren and return him to his native India, Kelsey is whisked »
- Michelle McCue
Patang is the first feature lead role of National Award winner Nawazuddin Siddiqui, star of Salman Khan’s latest blockbuster Kick and indie hit Lunchbox. Nawazuddin Siddiqui recalls “Patang was a dream come true for me. I waited for the opportunity for fifteen years. The experience on Patang transformed my acting style forever and made every role possible since.”
Patang has been embraced by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and critics call the film an “Anthem of Ahmedabad” (DNA Ahmedabad) hailing it as Gujarat’s “most internationally-celebrated film in the past decade” (Apn News).
Patang delights the senses and nourishes the spirit. In the old city of Ahmedabad, amid India’s largest kite festival, a family duels, spins and soars like the countless kites in the skies above. Every year a million kites fill the skies above Ahmedabad-dueling, soaring, tumbling and flying high. When a successful Delhi businessman takes »
- Trupti Kantilal
For the last five years, the London Indian Film Festival has showcased a unique selection of films from all over India. As they say, going way Beyond Bollywood, Liff brings cutting edge films from some of the world’s most innovative filmmakers. Led by festival director Mr Cary Rajinder Sawhney, Liff has grown to become Europe’s biggest Indian film festival. This year, once again, they are bringing the cool and eclectic along with hard hitting and moving films during the week long festival that runs July 10th through the 17th. We caught up with Mr Sawhney to get the scoop on what audiences will see when they experience Liff this year.
How would you describe the London Indian Film Festival?
London Indian Film Festival is dedicated to profiling the best of new independent films from India and its neighbours. I am glad to say we caught the wave early »
- Stacey Yount
Get ready London film fans! The fabulous London Indian Film Festival, running July 10th – 17th, will bring you an eclectic and cool mix of films! Now Europe’s largest platform for Indian cinema, the London Indian Film Festival returns to the Capital, in association with Pure Heaven, the British Film Institute, and official Hotel Partner Grange Hotels, celebrating the exploding movement of Indian Independent cinema and bringing to UK audiences a rare selection of cutting-edge films from some of the Indian subcontinent’s hottest independent talents. Going way beyond Bollywood, the festival presents a kaleidoscope of new films that challenge, shock, generate debate and present a more realistic view of India and the subcontinent today, in all its diversity.
- Stacey Yount
Hard-hitting feature Sold will have its red carpet European Premiere at the opening of the Fifth annual London Indian Film Festival (10 – 17 July). Based on the bestselling novel Sold by Patricia McCormick, the film is a powerful drama based on real life events, and tells of a young Nepali girl’s struggle for survival after being sold into prostitution in Kolkata, and an American photographer (Gillian Anderson), who, against the odds, attempts to rescue her and other young women. The X Files and The Fall star Gillian Anderson is expected to participate in a Q&A in London at the film’s opening night amongst other talent.
Director Jeffrey D. Brown, Executive Producer Emma Thompson and Producer Jane Charles have worked tirelessly to bring this film to the screen researching every aspect of the story in depth with charities which deal directly with child trafficking in India including: Apne Aap, New Light, »
- Stacey Yount
"12 Years A Slave" has racked up more than 100 awards, but it now has an honor no other title can claim: Last week, Steve McQueen's slavery drama became the first American film in history to be cleared by the Indian censor board with nudity intact. For the Central Board of Film Certification (Cbfc), India's censorship body, nudity has often been regarded as the deal-breaker. A notable exception to this blanket ban was "Bandit Queen," a 1994 film directed by Shekhar Kapur ("Elizabeth"). A biopic of the Indian dacoit Phoolan Devi ("bandit queen"), the film contained a long shot of a nude female body that was allowed by the Censor Board. This decision was not received smoothly. An Indian community, the Gujjars, protested against their depiction in the film and this instance of nudity. The matter eventually reached the country’s highest legal authority, the Supreme Court, which squashed the complaint and »
- Laya Maheshwari
Milan Talkies is now on the back burner. Inspired by Guru Dutt, Tigmanshu Dhulia has now launched a film on friendship, loyalty and unconditional love. The immortal song Bichde Sabhi Baari Baari from Guru Dutt's Pyaasa is now the title of Tigmanshu Dhulia's next film. Revealing details of his next project Tigmanshu Dhulia says, "Bichde Sabhi Baari Baari is the story of two friends and the ups and downs in their relationship spanning 35 years. It starts on 1979 and ends in 2014." Manoj Bajpayee plays one of the friends. The other is yet to be cast. Manoj and Tigmanshu started their careers together in Shekhar Kapoor's Bandit Queen where Manoj played a small role while Tigmanshu served as the casting director. This is the first time that the two would be working together. Male bonding seems to have struck a deep chord in Tigmanshu after Bullett Raja. »
8 items from 2014
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