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Madhu Entertainment Targets Chinese Diaspora With ‘Wolf Warriors 2’ (Exclusive)

Madhu Entertainment Targets Chinese Diaspora With ‘Wolf Warriors 2’ (Exclusive)
Madhu Entertainment, primarily a global sales agent and distributor of Indian content, has now expanded to include Chinese films. The company has South and East African and Sri Lankan rights for Wu Jing’s Chinese smash hit “Wolf Warriors II” and will distribute the film theatrically in these territories. “The basic idea is to target the Chinese diaspora audiences in these territories and give them a big screen theatrical experience rather than them relying on other sources,” said Madhu chief operating officer Hirachand Dand. The film, in Chinese with English subtitles, is currently playing in Sri Lanka and Tanzania and will be released in South Africa on Nov. 10. A deal for Mauritius is being negotiated with the MCine Group, the largest chain on the island. “The film is the highest-grosser ever in China, so we thought it was a great product to pitch to the Chinese [audiences] living overseas,” says Dand. “It will take time.
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Toronto Film Review: ‘A Death in the Gunj’

Toronto Film Review: ‘A Death in the Gunj’
Shot in the once utopian, now decaying Anglo-Indian community of McCluskiegunj, brittle, late 1970s-set “A Death in the Gunj” tells the story of a sensitive university student unraveling while on a week-long vacation with a crowd of cocksure relatives and family friends. The indie drama is perhaps of greatest interest as the feature writing-directing debut of actress Konkona Sensharma (“Mr. and Mrs. Iyer,” “Omkara,” “Life in a Metro”), daughter of the revered actress-writer-director Aparna Sen, and will resonate most with locals and Indian expats who can appreciate the nuances related to class and family position that outsiders might not catch. After opening the Mumbai fest in October, “Gunj” should segue to further fest play.

Making the eight-hour drive from “Cal” — short for Calcutta — to the gracious home of Auntie (Tanuja Mukherjee) and Uncle (Om Puri) in the Gunj in Bihar province are their controlling son Nandu (Gulshan Devaiah), his attractive
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Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly will Open The New York Indian Film Festival

The New York Indian Film Festival (Nyiff) announced the Opening Night Gala film: Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly, a sensational tale of corruption, indifference, and systemic violence that begins when a 10-year-old daughter of an aspiring actor disappears.

The festival is widely recognized as the oldest, most prestigious Indian film festival in the United States, showcasing some of the greatest talents working in the diaspora. Celebrating its 14th year, Nyiff will run May 5 to 10 at a variety of prestigious New York City venues, including the Skirball Center for Performing Arts, where the opening and closing films are set to take place. The full line-up of screenings and events will be announced on April 8th, 2014.

Director Anurag Kashyap returns to Nyiff after closing the 2012 festival with his highly received film, Gangs Of Wasseypur, a two-part five-hour long drama that Hollywood Reporter declares “puts Tarantino in a corner with its cool command of cinematically-inspired and referenced violence,
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Bruce Beresford, Asghar Farhadi to head Juries at Mumbai Film Festival 2013

Bruce Beresford, Asghar Farhadi to head Juries at Mumbai Film Festival 2013
Academy-award winner Australian director Bruce Beresford ( Driving Miss Daisy, Double Jeopardy) will head the International Competition Jury of the 15th Mumbai Film Festival.

Bruce Beresford will be accompanied by French actor Nathalie Baye (Catch Me if You Can), Japanese director Masato Harada (Chronicle of my Mother) and Indian actor Konkana Sen Sharma (Mr. And Mrs. Iyer, Omkara) on the International Jury.

Academy Award winner Iranian director Asghar Farhadi ( A Separation, About Elly) will head the India Gold 2013 competition Jury of the festival. The other members of the Jury are Afghani director Siddiq Barmark (Osama), British actor/director Waris Hussein (Little Gloria…Happy at last), Australian Film Editor Jill Bilcock (Moulin Rouge) and film critic Roger Garcia who is also the executive director of the Hong Kong International Film Festival.

The 15th Mumbai Film Festival will take place from the 17th – 24, October 2013 at Metro Cinema and Liberty Cinemas as the main festival venues and Cinemax,
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Actor Rahul Bose turns 45

One of the versatile actors of Indian film industry, Rahul Bose, who straddled both the worlds of mainstream and parallel cinema, turned 45 on Friday. Bose was born in Kolkata in the year 1967. Apart from being an actor, Bose is also a social activist, rugby player and director. The actor, who was a former member of India's international rugby team, has been vocal about various social causes. Bose starred in films like Mr. And Mrs. Iyer, Jhankaar Beats, Chameli, 15 Park
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Rahul Konkona in film adaptation of Shesher Kabita

Filmmaker Suman Mukhopadhyay has roped in the unusual pair of Rahul Bose and Konkona Sharma in his next film. This pair was last seen together in the much acclaimed Mr. And Mrs. Iyer. Rahul and Konkona will now be seen playing Amit and Labanya in Mukhopadhyay's adaptation of the Tagore classic 'Shesher Kabita'.

Suman, who will be directing the film, wants to concentrate on this love story and more so, on the characters not forgetting the aspect of puzzlement in all human relationships. Since the film will be based on the characters, Suman needed good actors who could also step into the shoes of the characters that Tagore has created. Besides both characters are erudite and have a strong intellectual background. Hence, Suman's casting of Rahul and Konkona. The film's shoot will take place in May-June, in Kolkata, Shillong and Oxford. Confirming this Rahul tweeted, "Looks like @konkonas and I
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India at 64th Locarno International Film Festival (Aug 3-13)

India at 64th Locarno International Film Festival (Aug 3-13)
A still from Aag

India has much to look forward to, at the 64th edition of the Locarno International Film Festival that begins on Wednesday, July 3, 2011. The festival has lined up quite an eclectic and exciting mix of Indian films; from the masters Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak to the contemporary Umesh Kulkarni and Vikramaditya Motwane.

Locarno Open Doors, an initiative that focuses on a region where independent cinema is in developmental stage every year has its eyes set firmly on India in the 2012 edition.

A still from Udaan

Open Doors screening will present thirteen “Indian classics” which include Raj Kapoor’s Aag, Jahnu Barua’s Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai (The Yellow Birds), Girish Kasaravalli’s Kanasembo Kudureyaneri (Riding the Stallion of a Dream), Shyam Benegal’s Manthan, Ritwik Ghatak’s Meghe Dhaka Tara, Aparna Sen’s Mr. and Mrs. Iyer, Chetan Anand’s Neecha Nagar, Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s Nizalkkuthu
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Locarno Open Doors to screen Indian classics

Locarno Open Doors to screen Indian classics
Mr. and Mrs. Iyer

The Open Doors screening at Locarno International Film Festival 2011 will present thirteen “Indian classics” and a retrospective of Satyajit Ray, through the restored copies of his work.

Locarno Open Doors, an initiative that focuses on a different region every year—is focused on India. These screenings are open to the public.

Open Doors seeks to highlight films and filmmakers from countries in the South and East where independent cinema is still developing.

Indian classics

Aag by Raj Kapoor – India – 1948 – 138 min

Halodia Choraye Baodhan (The Yellow Birds) by Khai Jahnu Barua – India – 1987 – 120 min

Kanasembo Kudureyaneri (Riding the Stallion of a Dream) by Girish Kasaravalli – India – 2010 – 110 min

Manthan (The Churning) by Shyam Benegal – India – 1976 – 134 min

Meghe Dhaka Tara (The Cloud-Clapped Star) by Ritwik Ghatak – India – 1960 – 126 min

Mr. And Mrs. Iyer by Aparna Sen – India – 2002 – 123 min

Neecha Nagar (Lowly City) by Chetan Anand – India – 1946 – 122 min

Nizhalkkuthu (Shadow Kill) by
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Who's Who in Bollywood: Konkona Sen Sharma

Konkona Sen Sharma is the daughter of Aparna Sen, an acclaimed director of Indian art film (known as "parallel cinema"). Konkona appeared in two of her mother's award-winning films, 'Mr. and Mrs. Iyer' (2002) and '15 Park Avenue' (2005), both English-language movies. Prior to those, she appeared as a child actor in 'Indira' (1983) and made her first film as an adult in the Bengali movie 'Ek Je Aachhe Kanya' (2001). Her role as a misfit entertainment journalist in the Hindi film 'Page 3' (2005) put her on the Bollywood map. She won Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Awards for her turns in 'Omkara' (2006) and 'Life in a…Metro' (2007) and was praised for her performances in the unsuccessful films 'Laaga Chunari Mein Daag' (2007) with Rani Mukerji and Abhishek Bachchan, 'Aaja Nachle' (2007) with Madhuri Dixit, and 'Luck by Chance' (2009) with Farhan Akhtar. She
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