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Birmingham Indian Film Festival ready with a spectacular line up of cutting edge films!

Europe’s Largest Indian Film Festival returns to Birmingham again this year for the third year in the row. Sister to the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, (Liff), Birmingham Indian Film Festival will run from Friday 23 June until Sunday 2 July 2017. This year’s festival promises to be one of the best showcasing 11 Independent Films, 2 Music Documentaries and a host of talent over 10 days in 3 cinemas!

Cary Rajinder Sawhney, Liff & Biff Director, says: “We are delighted to bring Birmingham audiences a carefully curated selection of the very best new Indian and South Asian independent cinema; all films are English subtitled, offering a rare window into over a billion South Asian lives. This year’s selection includes premieres of new comedies, gripping thrillers, shocking horror and insightful true-life documentaries as well as bringing together UK previews of major award-winning films from the world’s greatest film festivals.”

The festival opens on Friday 23 June at Cineworld Birmingham,
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London Indian Film Festival Showcases Cutting Edge Independent Indian Films

As we told you the renowned London Indian Film Festival is back for another year with a new and exciting selection of fabulous cutting-edge films that reaffirm the festival’s position as the ‘punk-rock of Indian cinema’. With films that range from subjects covering stories of gangsters, comedy themes, horror elements, thrillers, immigration and diaspora issues, environment, economics, religion, politics, and the lives of Indian royalty this year’s festival that runs from 22-29 June is not to be missed.

Check out this totally cool trailer (created by Parag Sankhe) to get an idea for what is in store for you! It has some amazing clips of the films that you must see!

The Black Prince opens the festival on 22nd June at the BFI Southbank with the red carpet premiere of the historical epic. The screening will also include a Q and A with the cast and director. Directed by Kavi Raz,
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India’s Zee Flies ‘Beyond the Clouds’ With Iran’s Majid Majidi (Exclusive)

India’s Zee Flies ‘Beyond the Clouds’ With Iran’s Majid Majidi (Exclusive)
Jaipur – Sambhar, a village in Rajasthan, located some 200 miles from New Delhi, is adjacent to India’s largest saline lake and produces some 10% of the country’s salt. It has some glamorous antecedents too having hosted prominent Bollywood productions like “Jodhaa Akbar,” “Delhi-6,” “P.K.,” and “Highway.”

For much of March 2017, Sambhar witnessed a film shoot rather different from Bollywood. Iranian auteur Majid Majidi, director of award-winning films such as “Children of Heaven,” “Baran,” and “Muhammad: The Messenger of God,” chose a house in the village to stand in for a residence in Mumbai, where his latest film “Beyond the Clouds” is set.

Majidi had been planning to make an India-set film some eight years ago. “There are many similarities between Iran and India in culture, language and clothes,” says Majidi. “Sometimes we even use the same words and slang as well.”

The director’s quest to make a film
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India Puts ‘Interrogation’ Into Foreign-Language Oscars Contention

The Film Federation of India has chosen Vetrimaaran’s Tamil-language “Interrogation” (“Visaranai”) for the Academy Awards foreign language competition.

The film follows a group of immigrants who are arrested by the police and tortured to the point where they have to confess to a crime they are innocent of. Samuthirakani, Dinesh, Anandhi and Murugadass star. Wunderbar and Grass Root Film Company produced.

The film bowed at Venice in 2015 where it won the Amnesty International Italia Award and has had considerable festival play since. At India’s National Film Awards it won best Tamil feature, best supporting actor for Samuthirakani, and best editing for T.I. Kishore.

India has been submitting in the category since 1957 and has secured three nominations, “Mother India” (1957), “Salaam Bombay” (1989) and “Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India” (2002), but has never won.
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Trailer for “Mohenjo Daro” hits the web

The trailer of one of the most anticipated Indian films of the year, Mohenjo Daro, has finally been released.

Star Hrithik Roshan was already teasing with releasing some posters and a teaser of the film a couple of weeks ago, but now we can finally see a full length trailer.

The film is directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, who is known for the Oscar-nominated Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001), and the historical epic Jodhaa Akbar (2008), also starring Roshan.

The story takes place in 2016 B.C. in the city of Mohenjo Daro, one of the oldest known settlements of the ancient Indus civilisation. The film is to feature music by Oscar-winner A.R. Rahman and has one of the highest production budgets in the history of Indian Cinema.

Next to Roshan, the film stars Pooja Hegde and Kabir Bedi.

Mohenjo Daro is set to be released in India and the Us
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Composer A.R. Rahman Focuses on Projects Closer to Home in India

Composer A.R. Rahman Focuses on Projects Closer to Home in India
Prolific Indian composer A.R. Rahman has decided to slow down in order to get more done.

The composer, who won an Oscar for “Slumdog Millionaire” and was nominated for “127 Hours,” has decided to cut down his Hollywood assignments. His hitherto peripatetic life — he finished a summer concert series in the U.S. and just played a one-off show at London’s O2 Arena — will now be largely confined to Chennai, India, where he will spend more time with his young family and his passion project, the Km Music Conservatory.

Launched in 2008 under the aegis of the A.R. Rahman Foundation, the conservatory offers diplomas in collaboration with the U.K.’s Middlesex U. that combines the Hindustani and Western classical traditions, as well as a range of part-time courses including instrumental and vocal training, audio engineering and electronic music production.

Considered India’s preeminent composer, the 48-year-old Rahman has scored some 150 films in the Tamil,
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Bollywood Star Aamir Khan Uses Celebrity to Shed Light on Social Issues

Bollywood Star Aamir Khan Uses Celebrity to Shed Light on Social Issues
Movie stars often aren’t shy when it comes to using their clout to help shed light on worthy causes, but few have the platform of Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan, whose weekly talkshow “Satyamev Jayate” (Truth Alone Prevails) recently completed its third season on 21st Century Fox’s Star India network and Indian national broadcaster Doordarshan.

Khan, the star of “Dhoom: 3,” India’s all-time highest box office earner, at $88 million, also starred in “3 Idiots,” the locally produced B.O. champ that “Dhoom: 3” toppled, and was the star and producer of 2001’s “Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India,” which earned India’s last Oscar nomination in the foreign-language category. All three films were hits in China and Japan — non-traditional markets for Indian cinema.

On his TV show, Khan focuses on social issues like domestic violence, “honor” killings, sexual abuse and female feticide in a nation in which corruption and superstitious practices are endemic.
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Bollywood Star Aamir Khan Uses Celebrity to Shed Light on Social Issues

Bollywood Star Aamir Khan Uses Celebrity to Shed Light on Social Issues
Movie stars often aren’t shy when it comes to using their clout to help shed light on worthy causes, but few have the platform of Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan, whose weekly talkshow “Satyamev Jayate” (Truth Alone Prevails) recently completed its third season on 21st Century Fox’s Star India network and Indian national broadcaster Doordarshan.

Khan, the star of “Dhoom: 3,” India’s all-time highest box office earner, at $88 million, also starred in “3 Idiots,” the locally produced B.O. champ that “Dhoom: 3” toppled, and was the star and producer of 2001’s “Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India,” which earned India’s last Oscar nomination in the foreign-language category. All three films were hits in China and Japan — non-traditional markets for Indian cinema.

On his TV show, Khan focuses on social issues like domestic violence, “honor” killings, sexual abuse and female feticide in a nation in which corruption and superstitious practices are endemic.
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Disney India readies Gowariker project

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Disney India readies Gowariker project
Ashutosh Gowariker will direct epic romance Mohenjo Daro for Disney India, with Hrithik Roshan and Pooja Hegde heading the cast.

Disney India will co-produce with Ashutosh Gowariker Productions. The studio and filmmaker previously collaborated on Jodhaa Akbar, also starring Roshan, in 2008.

An epic adventure and love story set at the time of the Indus Valley civilization, Mohenjo Daro is scheduled to start shooting in South Africa in October.

Gowariker’s credits also include Lagaan: Once Upon A Time In India (2001), starring Aamir Khan, and Swades (2004) with Shah Rukh Khan.
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Disney India lines up Gowariker project

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Disney India lines up Gowariker project
Ashutosh Gowariker will direct epic romance Mohenjo Daro for Disney India, with Hrithik Roshan and Pooja Hegde heading the cast.

Disney India will co-produce with Ashutosh Gowariker Productions. The studio and filmmaker previously collaborated on Jodhaa Akbar, also starring Roshan, in 2008.

An epic adventure and love story set at the time of the Indus Valley civilization, Mohenjo Daro is scheduled to start shooting in South Africa in October.

Gowariker’s credits also include Lagaan: Once Upon A Time In India (2001), starring Aamir Khan, and Swades (2004) with Shah Rukh Khan.
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Hrithik Roshan to star in ‘Mohenjo Daro’ for Disney India

Hrithik Roshan to star in ‘Mohenjo Daro’ for Disney India
London — Disney Studios India is teaming with “Lagaan” director Ashutosh Gowariker for “Mohenjo Daro,” a period adventure and love story set during the Indus Valley Civilization.

Hrithik Roshan, star of Fox Star Studios India’s upcoming “Knight and Day” remake “Bang Bang,” is in the lead alongside Pooja Hegde, who makes her Hindi language debut after roles in and Telugu.

Shooting will start in South Africa in October.

Gowariker, who also produces, specializes in period pieces. His “Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India,” set during the days of the British Raj and starring Aamir Khan, won an Oscar nomination for foreign-language film and was a massive box office success. Another Gowariker hit, “Jodhaa Akbar,” starring Roshan, a co-production with Disney India forerunner Utv, was set in the times of the Mughal Empire.
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Aamir Khan: The Hollywood Interview

(Aamir Khan, above.)

by Terry Keefe

To fans of Bollywood, even the most casual ones, actor-producer-director Aamir Khan needs no introduction. He is one of Indian cinema's most popular actors, and consequently, he is also one of the biggest stars in the world. Here in the United States, he is perhaps still best known to foreign film fans as the star and producer of the extremely successful 2001 release Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India, the first feature shepherded by Khan's production company, Aamir Khan Productions. Khan isn't known for doing a tremendous amount of interviews, so the opportunity to speak with him recently was one that I jumped at. Khan was in the United States as part of the promotional tour for Peepli Live, the new feature which Khan has produced, but has opted not to star in.

Peepli Live, written and directed by first-time helmer and former journalist Anusha Rizvi,
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Production Designer Nitin Chandrakant Desai to be honored by the Adg Film Society

HollywoodNews.com: The Art Directors Guild (Adg) Film Society and American Cinematheque will honor Production Designer Nitin Chandrakant Desai with a screening of the film “Devdas” (2002) on Sunday, August 29, at 5:30 pm at the Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood). Sponsored by Variety, this film is the fourth of this year’s screening series highlighting the work of renowned Production Designers and their creative colleagues. A panel discussion moderated by Production Designer John Muto will follow.

Devdas,” based on the Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay novella of the same name, was the most expensive Bollywood film ever produced at the time of its release, and remains one of the most opulent Indian films ever. Filmed many times, “Devdas,” an Indian-style retelling of “Romeo and Juliet,” is considered a national treasure. The film features superstars Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit and is renowned for its elaborate palace sets, covering acres of backlot surrounding a reflecting lake.
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I'll follow Shahrukh on Twitter soon - Aamir Khan

One wonders if Aamir Khan's rivalry with Shah Rukh Khan has so far kept him away from following him on Twitter, but the Lagaan actor says he would love to track Shah Rukh's posts on the micro-blogging site."I have lots of friends in life but I don't follow everybody on Twitter. It's just been a few days since I have joined the site and I will start following people soon and yes, I would love to follow Shah Rukh on Twitter. Why not?" Aamir told reporters here Wednesday.Till now, Aamir follows Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Karan Johar and nephew Imran Khan only.Though the actor-filmmaker was here to promote his next production Peepli Live, he was being asked everything else but about the film.On being asked to react about megastar Amitabh Bachchan's return as the host of Kaun Banega Crorepati, Aamir burst
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Aamir promotes Peepli Live by poking fun at himself

When it comes to promoting a movie, Aamir Khan is par excellance. He proves his expertise once again by playing pranks on himself to promote his forthcoming production 'Peepli Live'.'It's a prank on me. It's slightly new style of promoting a film. We are hoping it stands out in terms of marketing, as the film has no stars,' Aamir told reporters before unveiling the promo at Intecontinental, The Lalit here Thursday.The promo shows a reporter filing from a village named Peepli about the film. He is standing in front of a makeshift stall selling chips and biscuits. The products are named 'Gajni' and 'Amir Khan' (both spelt wrong) and have Aamir's picture on the wrap.The reporter says: '...Let's see whether the film becomes a hit or Aamir will live his life selling wafers, biscuits and chips of his name.'Once the camera is switched off,
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Will Linda manage what other heroines from West couldn't? - News

What's common between Alice Patten, Rachel Shelly, Ali Larter, Annabelle Wallace and Brande Roderick? Number of things: a) Each of them has been an import from the West, b) Each of them has acted in a Bollywood film as a leading lady and c) None of them has stepped back into the B-town ever again after her debut effort. The statistics say it all. Alice Patten and Rachel Shelly were seen opposite Aamir Khan in Rang De Basanti and Lagaan: Once Upon A Time In India respectively...
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'Akbar' preps major worldwide rollout

'Akbar' preps major worldwide rollout
NEW DELHI -- The $10 million romantic epic "Jodhaa Akbar" will open on more than 1,500 screens worldwide when it bows Feb. 15 in 26 countries, with the U.S. playing host to about 125 prints.

Major 2007 release "Om Shanti Om", which screened out of competition at this year's Berlin festival, saw about 120 prints released in the U.S., with a worldwide screen count of roughly 1,500, according to its London-based distributor Eros.

Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker (Academy Award-nominated "Lagaan"), "Jodhaa Akbar" revolves around the story of 16th century Mughal emperor Akbar (Hrithik Roshan) and his Hindu wife Jodhaa Bai (Aishwarya Rai). It was produced by Mumbai-based UTV Motion Pictures, whose parent company UTV listed on the London Stock Exchange's Alternative Investment Market last year.

On Tuesday, UTVMP, which is handling worldwide distribution, said that the film will open on more than 1,300 screens in India including 500 digital screens.

In an interview, UTVMP director Siddharth Roy Kapur said that special preview screenings, sponsored by Citibank, will take place Feb.

UTV, Mehra in three-pic pact

UTV, Mehra in three-pic pact
Indian movie studio UTV India has sealed a three-picture deal with Rang De Basanti director Rakeysh Mehra, it said. Already in development are Delhi 6, a relationships movie set amid a wedding, and adventure caper Paanch Kaurav (Five Thieves) with budgets set at $6 million-$11 million, UTV CEO Ronnie Screwvala said. Rang De Basanti, which stars Aamir Khan (Lagaan), took $2.30 million at the U.S. boxoffice, $1.45 million in the U.K. and $12.5 million in India and tells the story of a corrupt minister who covers up the real reason's behind a young fighter pilot's death.

UTV, Mehra in three-pic pact

UTV, Mehra in three-pic pact
Indian movie studio UTV India has sealed a three-picture deal with Rang De Basanti director Rakeysh Mehra, it said. Already in development are Delhi 6, a relationships movie set amid a wedding, and adventure caper Paanch Kaurav (Five Thieves) with budgets set at $6 million-$11 million, UTV CEO Ronnie Screwvala said. Rang De Basanti, which stars Aamir Khan (Lagaan), took $2.30 million at the U.S. boxoffice, $1.45 million in the U.K. and $12.5 million in India and tells the story of a corrupt minister who covers up the real reason's behind a young fighter pilot's death.

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