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“Margarita with a Straw” Helmer Shonali Bose Signs on to Write & Direct Potential Pilot

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Indian filmmaker Shonali Bose may be making her TV directorial debut. The “Margarita with a Straw” co-writer and co-director has signed on to write and direct a potential pilot based on Diksha Basu’s upcoming debut novel, “The Windfall,” Deadline reports. Paramount TV and Anonymous Content teamed up to option the rights to the book.

According to the source, “The Windfall” centers on “an Indian couple in Delhi who are suddenly catapulted from their humble middle class origins into massive wealth. When they leave their safe and yet claustrophobic environs of their East Delhi home, and move to a mansion in the plush new suburb of Gurgaon, the family discovers what it means to be nouveau riche in modern India as they struggle to fit in.” The book will hit shelves this June. While Bose was born in Calcutta, she went to university in Delhi.

Rosalie Swedlin and Doreen Wilcox Little are executive producing for Anonymous Content.

Bose’s award-winning debut film, “Amu,” made its world premiere at the Berlinale in 2005. The drama follows an Indian-American woman who has lived in the U.S. since the age of three. She travels to India to visit her family after graduating from UCLA and discovers shocking family secrets. Bose’s follow-up, 2014’s “Margarita with a Straw,” made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the Best Asian Film Award. The coming-of-age drama tells the story of a teen with cerebral palsy.

“I grew up with a relative, only one year younger than me, who has cerebral palsy. I asked her what she wanted for her 40th birthday, and she replied that she just wanted to have sex,” Bose told us in an interview. “That remark stayed with me. I also had an incredibly close relationship with my own mother, who I lost at the age of 21. At that time, I was in a relationship with a woman, but I didn’t have the courage to tell my mother until it was too late. Thus [‘Margarita with a Straw’] is drawn extensively from my personal experiences,” she explained.

When we asked Bose what she thinks the biggest misconception about her work is, she answered, “That my films are ‘small’ films or that they are not commercial. The only thing stopping my films from being box office successes is marketing and distribution,” she said. “Audiences have loved my films, whether in a film festival or in a regular theater in a small town in India.”

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2016 Indian Film Festival of La unveils juries

The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles has announced the juries and additional programming for the upcoming 14th edition, which runs April 6-10 in Hollywood.

Three films have been added to the line-up on April 10, including Lena Khan’s feature debut The Tiger Hunter, and a community screening of Sami Khan’s Khoya.

A restored version of Sujata, provided by the National Film Archive Of India, will screen as a tribute to director Bimal Roy on the 50th anniversary of his death.

The jury for the 2016 Narrative Film Competition includes:

· Shonali Bose, film-maker (Margarita, With A Straw & Amu);

· Shalini Dore, Variety; and

· Alesia Weston, international consultant to independent film-makers and film festivals.

The jury for the 2016 Short Film Competition includes:

· Rizwan Manji, actor (Jim Jarmusch’s upcoming Paterson);

· Aldo Velasco, director and editor (Chittagong); and

· Laura Nix, documentary film-maker (The Yes Men Are Revolting).

As previously announced, the festival will open with Angry Indian Goddesses (pictured) and the
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Joi Barua composes Dusokute for Margarita with a Straw

Kalki Koechlin’s Margarita with a Straw has hit film festival circuits and has since then gone round the globe, being the toast of the festival circuit and setting audiences on fire with a positive impact. The film is directed by established veteran Shonali Bose who is well known in the film fraternity for her upbeat unconventional and deep-rooted film making. The Amu director has yet again unraveled a work of art in this production with Kalki Koechlin in the lead. More so it has gone on to win and become critically acclaimed worldwide. To name a few festivals where the film has been presented are Sundance, Palm Springs, Tallinn Black Nights, Busan, BFI London Film festival.

An eye for detail is what sets apart a good film from great. Margarita with a Straw released its first look on YouTube where ace composer/director Joi Barua was roped in to
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London Asian Film Festival 2015 begins tomorrow!

Dukhtar, Margarita With A Straw and Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain among outstanding schedule of independent South Asian films to be screened as part of 17th annual Laff.

Organizers have announced the full roster of films and special events for this year’s London Asian Film Festival (Laff) – Europe’s oldest showcase for South Asian cinema.

The Festival takes place across London from 19 March to 28 March and features a string of exciting and acclaimed independent feature films, master classes, special screenings, debates and the Festival’s celebrated short films competition.

This year’s Festival highlights include critically acclaimed films such as Margarita With A Straw, Bhopal – A Prayer for Rain, Dukhtar, Rang Rasiya, The World Before Her and Haider.

The 17th edition London Asian Film Festival is once again organized by Tongues on Fire, which has built an unparalleled reputation for promoting independent cinema as well as providing a showcase for female filmmakers.
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‘Margarita With a Straw’ to Open New York Indian Film Festival

‘Margarita With a Straw’ to Open New York Indian Film Festival
Shonali Bose’s Toronto player “Margarita With a Straw” is the opening night film May 4 at the New York Indian fest, organizers announced.

Bose’s “Amu” played at Nyiff in 2005. “Margarita,” starring Kalki Koechlin, centers around a young woman with cerebral palsy. Helmer Bose will participate in a Q&A following the screening at the Paris Theater in Gotham.

“Shonali has been a loyal member of the Nyiff family for several years, as well as a rising star in the forefront of India’s growing indie film movement, always pushing the boundaries as in her docudrama ‘Amu,’ about the 1984 Sikh genocide, which also premiered at Nyiff in 2005,” said Aroon Shivdasani, executive director of fest organizer Indo-American Arts Council.

Nyiff also announced special screenings of Vishal Bhardwaj’s Shakespeare trilogy: “Maqbool” (“Macbeth”), “Omkara” (“Othello”) and “Haider” (“Hamlet”). Bhardwaj will take part in post-screening discussions on his films, which will unspool May 5-9 at Village Theatres.
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Film Review: ‘Margarita, With a Straw’

“Margarita, With a Straw” is one of the least hand-wringing movies ever made about a character with significant disabilities. Born with cerebral palsy, our heroine here certainly has her physical limitations and related psychological setbacks, but it’s her adventurous spirit (abetted by supportive family and friends) that sets the tone in Shonali Bose’s winning sophomore feature. Like her first, 2005’s “Amu,” this tale is rather Westernized in the telling, with narrative feet planted in both India and the U.S. That factor, good reviews and the pic’s crowdpleasing nature should guide it from a successful festival run to various format sales in numerous offshore territories, with niche theatrical sleeper status possible.

Though her freedom of movement and clarity of speech (subtitled here) are compromised, in most respects Laila (Kalki Koechlin) has a life akin to that of any other well-adjusted, outgoing college kid in Delhi. She still
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Margarita, with a Straw wows at the 58th BFI London Film Festival Red Carpet Event

The sweet and edgy coming-of-age film Margarita, With a Straw recently thrilled on the red carpet at the 58th BFI London Film Festival, as it had its highly-anticipated European premiere screening. The red carpet saw an impressive turnout of media and paparazzi, as the stars of the film, its director and the inspiration for the film, the director’s cousin Malini, all walked the star-studded red carpet in London.

The award-winning Margarita, With A Straw was screened on 17th and 18th October 2014 at Vue West End Cinema and Vue Cinema Islington, London respectively, and received a standing ovation when it was screened. The film is produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, Jakhotia Group, Ishan Talkies and Adapt, and the sales agent is Wide Management.

The Kalki Koechlin starrer is a slice of life film wherein ‘Laila’ embarks on a journey to seek love and acceptance. It not only received a standing
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‘Margarita, With A Straw’ heads to London for the 58th BFI London Film Festival

After a fantastic reception at last month’s Toronto International Film Festival, the 58th BFI London Film Festival rolls out the red carpet for director Shonali Bose’s Margarita, With a Straw. Produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, Jakhotia Group, Ishan Talkies and Adapt, the film will be screened on 17th & 18th October 2014 at Vue West End Cinema & Vue Cinema Islington, London respectively. The international sales agent is Wide Management.

The Kalki Koechlin starrer Margarita, With a Straw is a slice of life film wherein Laila embarks on the journey to seek love and acceptance. The film not only received a standing ovation at its world premiere but also won the prestigious Netpac (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) award for Best Asian Film at the 39th Toronto International Film Festival.

The film is directed by Bengali film-maker Shonali Bose, whose award-winning film Amu previously explored the suppressed history of
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Toronto: Wide Sells ‘Margarita’ to Japan’s Aya Pro

In an early sale on one of its flagship titles at Toronto, Paris-based Wide Management has licensed scribe-helmer Shonali Bose’s late-teen romantic drama “Margarita, With a Straw” to Japan’s Aya Pro.

Deal closed after “Margarita’s” Monday world premiere in Toronto Contemporary World Cinema. Aya Pro will give the film a theatrical release in 2015.

There is strong interest from three U.S distributors and two U.K. distributors and big interest from companies all over the world, said Wide Management prexy Loic Magneron.

Produced by Ishan Talkies and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, “Margarita” will have its European premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on Oct.17.

Wide will close for the U.K. at Toronto or by the end of the London Festival, Magneron added.

Following up on 2005’s “Amu,” “Margarita” reps the sophomore outing of India’s Bose, a filmmaker who belongs to a new generation of Indian
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Toronto Showcases Wide Range of Asian Films

Toronto Showcases Wide Range of Asian Films
More than any festival outside the Asian region, Toronto serves up the widest range of contemporary Asian cinema each year.

The festival can perhaps thank the city’s multi-cultural makeup: Toronto has significant Indian and East Asian populations. And the festival can be grateful for its large scale, which allows it more room to cover the diversity of the world’s most prolific filmmaking region than smaller events.

But credit also should go to Asian programmer Giovanna Fulvi and Tiff’s chief selector Cameron Bailey, who makes several trips per year to the region and is personally responsible for the selection

of Indian films.

Bailey has been credited with popularizing the term “Hindie,” short for “Hindi indie.” It reflects the trend for internationally aware and financially savvy Indian filmmakers to break ranks with the country’s traditional film financing sources (and some Bollywood stereotypes), and instead use co-productions and private
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Toronto adds “Margarita, with a Straw” & “Newborns” to lineup

Toronto adds “Margarita, with a Straw” & “Newborns” to lineup
Margarita, with a Straw directed by Shonali Bose will receive a world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014 in Contemporary World Cinema programme.

The programme presents the latest works of some of the most provocative and important voices in cinema from around the globe. Bose’s debut film Amu had also been screened at Toronto in 2005.

Margarita, with a Straw revolves around Laila (Kalki Koechlin), a young romantic and a secret rebel in a wheelchair. Undeterred by cerebral palsy, she embarks on exhilarating adventures of self discovery, which cause a rift both within and with those she is closest to. Ultimately, it is in the intensity of these bonds where she must find the strength to truly be herself.

Megha Ramaswamy’s short film Newborns will screen in the inaugural Short Cuts International programme. 36 international shorts from 29 countries will be screened in the newly introduced short film section at the festival.
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Nfdc Film Bazaar Wip Lab 2013: Margarita, With A Straw by Shonali Bose

M argarita, With A Straw is one of the five projects selected for the Work In Progress Lab of Film Bazaar 2013. We spoke to the director Shonali Bose:

Shonali Bose

Tell us about your project. What language is it in?

Margarita, With A Straw is the journey of a teenage disabled musician who yearns for love, sex and external affirmation. It is in Hindi and English.

Which stage of development is it in currently? Who all have you cast in the film?

We are in the process of getting the Sound, Music, Colour grading, Visual Effects, Mixing and Di done. Kalki Koechlin, Revathy, William Moseley and Sayani Gupta are in the lead.

Tell us a little about yourself and your work.

I graduated from the UCLA film School with an Mfa in Directing. My debut film Amu, written, produced and directed by me won numerous awards including two National Awards (Best Film,
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Shonali Bose’s “Margarita, With a Straw” completes principal photography

Shonali Bose

Shonali Bose’s feature film Margarita, with a Straw that won her the Sundance Institute– Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award 2012 has completed principal photography. The film was shot in India in March and in New York in June 2013.

The film features Kalki Koechlin (Shanghai, That Girl in Yellow Boots), Revathy (Thevar Magan, Dhoop, Marupadiyam) and William Moseley who played Peter Pevensie in the film series The Chronicles of Narnia.

Produced by Bose’s production company Ishan Talkies and Viacom 18, the film is still in need of finishing funds. It is expected to be ready by October this year.

The film revolves around Laila (Koechlin) who falls repeatedly in love, yearns to have sex and wants to be a Bollywood lyricist.

Academy award winner Resool Pookutty (Slumdog Millionaire) is the sound designer of the film. Prasoon Joshi ( Taare Zameen Par, Rang de Basanti) has penned the lyrics. Anne Misawa ( Treeless Mountain,
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Konkona enjoys working with debutant directors

Konkona enjoys working with debutant directors
Mumbai, April 18: Actress Konkona Sen Sharma enjoys working with first-time directors because she feels they convey something special through their work.

"I have worked with many first-time directors -- Ayan (Mukherjee), Zoya (Akhtar), Shonali Bose, who did 'Amu' and now Kannan Iyer. After working with these people, I have found that the first-time directors bring something very special to the table," the 34-year-old said here in an interview.

"I don't have any qualms (about working with first-time directors). If I love the script and have a good rapport with the director, then first-time director can also be very special," added.
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‘Why not give national awards to only ‘U’ certified films?’

‘Why not give national awards to only ‘U’ certified films?’
Doordarshan’s double standard policy to not telecast national award winning film I Am has not gone down well with the filmmaking fraternity. While it is a mandate to show all national award winning films, the public broadcaster shied away from Onir’s I Am as it has been given a U/A rating by the Central Board of Film Certification.

“I think they should start giving national awards to only films with U certificate. In a nation of children where they don’t want us to grow up so they can manipulate us any which way, all the awards should also have an eligibility criteria of U certificate,” lashes out filmmaker Anurag Kashyap.

I Am, which won the 59th national award for Best Hindi Film and Best Lyrics, ironically is deemed fit for telecast on satellite channels which allow films with U/A ratings.

“What really angers me is
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No telecast of national award winner “I Am” on Doordarshan, Onir sees red

Despite the mandate for telecast of all national award winning films on Doordarshan, the national broadcaster won’t be able to telecast Onir’s I Am that won two national awards this year including Best Hindi film.

“We had edited about 7 minutes of the films; all abuses, kisses or anything that might seem unfit. And then I was told that the subject of the film cannot be U. Which means Doordarshan will not be able to screen my film,” said Onir.

I Am is a series of four short stories about issues facing modern Indian society, ranging from policing of homosexual men to adult survivors of childhood sex-abuse, and unmarried motherhood.

“If all satellite channels can telecast UA films, why should the Doordarshan audience be deemed unfit for the same? As a film that has received National Award we get preference and a little bit more money for Dd telecast.
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Shonali Bose focuses lens on taboo subject - again - News

Shonali Bose focuses lens on taboo subject - again - News
Mumbai, March 20: Once bitten twice shy is a proverb you cannot apply to filmmaker Shonali Bose. For the second time in her life, she is trying to make "Margarita. With a Straw", a film on a largely untouched subject - cerebral palsy.

This time, she is armed with a little experience. The film is inspired by her cousin who suffers from the disease.

Her "Amu" in 2005 was a rare feature film to be made on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Though it helped sensitise people about the issue, making it was an uphill task.

"Since it was a low budget film, I thought I would easily get funds from the Sikh community. But I found that.
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My journey as an independent filmmaker: Shonali Bose

My journey as an independent filmmaker: Shonali Bose
DearCinema brings to you a few voices that define the Indie scene in India today, ruminating over what independent cinema means to them. Straight from the horse’s mouth. Following the eloquent Q [Indie Head Rush: By (Q)aushiq Mukherjee], in the second in the series, Shonali Bose who directed the national award winning film Amu and won the Sundance Institute– Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award 2012 writes about the compromises she refused to make while treading the indie tightrope.

Shonali Bose

I taught for a year at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. And this is what I told my students. Be very sure, be very committed, be very passionate about your films – otherwise choose another line of work. It’s one of the toughest professions in the world!

What does it mean to be an independent filmmaker whether in La or in Bombay?

To my mind, it’s being a writer-director or filmmaker who does not compromise.
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Indian director Shonali Bose wins Sundance Institute–Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award

Anand Mahindra with Shonali Bose

Indian director Shonali Bose (Amu, 2005) is one of the four filmmakers who won the Sundance Institute– Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award 2012 announced at the Sundance Film Festival today.

The winning directors and projects are: Shonali Bose, Margarita. With A Straw from India; Ariel Kleiman, Partisan from Australia; Etienne Kallos, Vrystaat (Free State) from South Africa; and Dominga Sotomayor, Late To Die Young from Chile.

The awards had been instituted in 2011 in recognition and support of emerging independent filmmakers from around the world. Each of the four winning filmmakers will receive a cash award of $10,000, attendance at the Sundance Film Festival for targeted industry and creative meetings, year-round mentoring from Institute staff and creative advisors, participation in a Feature Film Program Lab, and ongoing creative and strategic support.

“We are grateful to the Mahindra Group for building with us, this multifaceted program, which embraces our joint global
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Two films on Chittagong Uprising

Two films on Chittagong Uprising
Years after three films were made on Bhagat Singh around the same time; it is set to happen again. This time, it’s Surjya Sen of the Chittagong uprising, who will have two films made on him, Ashutosh Gowarikar’s ‘Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey’ starring Abhishek Bachchan and Shonali Bose’s (of Amu fame) Chittagong starring Manoj Bajpai.

According to Shonali, she and her husband have worked on it for four years. They’re surprised that Gowarikar is making a film on it. However, they have discussed it with Gowarikar who has assured them that he is doing a different aspect of the historical event.

Shonali admits that she likes Gowarikar and his films a lot. He had also praised her Amu when it released.

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