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25 November 2008 10:04 AM, PST | | See recent LateFilmFull news »

Deepa Metha's Water is set against the backdrop of civil unrest in India during the 1930's. As Gandhi’s call for passive resistance against British colonial rule grows and the country begins to find itself in turmoil. Set in the city of Varanasi it looks at the life of Hindu widows sent away from their homes after their husband’s deaths. They must live a shadowy existence as "living corpses", because of an interpretation of Hindu text. It is believed by some that when a husband dies a widow who lives on is half dead herself, because her husband made up half of what she was when he was living. The film caused a great deal of controversy when it was filmed with religious hardliners who believed it to be critical of the Hindu faith rioting and sending death threats to the cast and crew. How ever Metha's film is »

- Leigh

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Live Chat: Vinay Pathak on November 13 at 1430 hrs Ist

12 November 2008 2:34 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

They say 'Life's Best things come in Small Packages' and nobody symbolizes this better than actor par excellence Vinay Pathak. Having started his career as a VJ on a popular music channel, this actor of small stature but immense talent made his presence felt through small character roles in films like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Jism, Water and Khosla Ka Ghosla. However, after his main lead act in Bheja Fry, people started taking this comic actor seriously (Pun intended). Soon, Vinay was seen in bigger and better roles in films such as Aaja Nachle, Johnny Gaddaar and Khoya Khoya Chand to name a few. Now his latest flick Dasvidaniya is ready for release and this film is extra-special for Vinay as he turns producer with this one. On the eve of the release of his maiden production, Bollywood Hungama brings you a chance to have the time of your »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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Indie Features - Regent Releasing - "Saving Marriage," "Tru Loved," "The World Unseen" trailers and images

16 October 2008 11:45 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

We have images and videos in from Regent Releasing's documentary "Saving Marriage," "Tru Loved" and "The World Unseen." "Saving Marriage" expands into more theatres in NYC, La, Boston and Denver on Friday, October 17, 2008. Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, the film is co-helmed by first timers John Henning and Mike Roth with Roth being the more experienced in the industry with work in the camera and electrical dept. for many releases. It has won three awards in numerous festivals including a second place as best film at last year's Cleveland International Film Festival. What's this about? In November of 2003,the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial court ruled gay marriage legal. Public outcry pushed conservative legislators to approve a constitutional amendment that would override the decision and take marriage away from the gay and lesbian couples but there is still hope. Saving Marriage chronicles the two-year, long drama that unfolds as career politicians »

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Here! Films picks up 'I Can't Think Straight'

16 September 2008 9:07 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York -- "I Can't Think Straight," a Sapphic romantic comedy written, directed and produced entirely by women, has been picked up for North American distribution by Here! Films.

Shamim Sarif's film charts the unexpected romance between Tala (Lisa Ray), a vivacious Christian woman from Palestine, and Leyla (Sheetal Sheth), a shy Muslim woman from India. When they meet in London just before Tala's planned wedding, sparks fly between them and their families.

Here! sister co. Regent Releasing will distribute Sarif's other feature, the South African-set period lesbian romance "The World Unseen" on Nov. 7 in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto. "Straight" will bow in the same cities two weeks later, followed by additional regional markets.

Sarif based both directorial efforts on her novels of the same name and both star the same actresses. Bollywood actress and model Ray ("Water") sparked controversy in India last year when it was »

- By Gregg Goldstein

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Brick Lane

19 June 2008 2:05 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Brick Lane feels something like the Kramer Vs. Kramer of Bangladeshi domestic issues—it addresses sexual and social freedom rather than divorce and single parenting, but with the same feeling of slowly fumbling through the radical ideas that women are more than humble household servants, and men are more than simple stereotypes. Like Kramer, it can be insultingly timid about these ideas, and given that Indian writer-director Deepa Mehta (Fire, Earth, Water) has covered similar ground more boldly and beautifully, Brick Lane feels slight and late to the table. Still, its pretty musings about small-scale self-actualization can be seductive. Tannishtha Chatterjee stars as a Bangladeshi girl shipped from her small rural village for an arranged marriage with "educated older man" Satish Kaushik, a fat, pompous, self-styled intellectual living in a run-down East London tenement and working a small-time office job. Trained from childhood to be obedient and accepting—"If Allah wanted. »

- Tasha Robinson

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