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Credited with Bollywood’s popular laugh riots “No Entry” and “Welcome”, filmmaker Anees Bazmee says comedy is the toughest genre to work on for a writer, and when a movie is loaded with double entendres, it’s merely a “shorcut”.
Of late, the Hindi film industry has witnessed a surge in comedy entertainers, but a sex comedy laced with sexual innuendos seem to be the current favourite flavour. Bazmee is not all for it.
“There are some good comedy films even now, but comedy films which are double-meaning and are a shortcut. I don’t want to make them and I don’t want to watch them. I don’t want to even say whether they are good or bad… My personal choice is to work around buffoonery,” Bazmee told Ians in an interview.
- Indicine Team
Few days back, there were reports that suggested that the Barfi and Rustom actress Ileana D'Cruz had been roped in to feature in Aankhen 2. However, the actress put these rumours to rest clarifying that she was not part of the project. Now we hear that Ileana will feature in the soon to go on floors Anil Kapoor - Arjun Kapoor starrer Mubaraka. In fact sources close to the film stated that though the makers of Mubaraka have approached the actress to feature in the film, she is yet to give a green signal. Commenting on the same Ileana's manager says, "Yes Ileana has been approached to play a role in Mubaraka, however it is still too early to make a decision. We should have more clarity on the subject within the next ten days." As for the film, Mubaraka that is directed by Anees Bazmee is scheduled to »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
Earlier we had reported that Anil Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor would soon be seen playing uncle and nephew respectively in Anees Bazmee's Mubaraka. However, now we hear that the two will if fact be at loggerheads with each other in the film. Apparently, Anil and Arjun will be seen as warring family members who are constantly trying to prank each other. This situation gets further riled when they are given accommodation opposite each other when attending a family wedding. The setting kick stars in Punjab where both Anil and Arjun are invited to attend a destination wedding in Europe and put up in houses facing each other, where their constant one-upmanship wreaks havoc with the wedding prep leading to much hilarity. Scheduled to go on floors in November, Mubraka is said to be a melange of The Big Fat Greek Wedding meets No Entry. Featuring ample amounts of romance, »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
Us in Progress Wrocław 2016 submissions are now open. This little-known event in Poland offers American indie filmmakers one of the biggest opportunities in the world to meet the international trade in an intimate and fun setting. Every year one of the films here seems to make it into Sundance. The filmmakers get to know European buyers, sellers and programmers. The great thing about European film festivals is that they do not take your money and then refuse your film. They cost nothing to apply and can make your reputation abroad.
Submissions are now open for the sixth edition of the Us in Progress (October 26-29), a co-production forum held in Wroclaw, during 7. American Film Festival. Applications for projects will be open until August 15, 2016. No entry fee is required.
Please go to www.americanfilmfestival.pl/usinprogress or click here for detailed regulations and entry form.
Us in Progress is a unique event presenting independent American projects in final production stages to top European buyers (sales agents, distributors and festival programmers), post-production houses and festivals in order to help them achieve completion and to foster the circulation and general exposure of American independent work in Europe. The forum is composed of invitees-only screenings of the American feature narratives in rough-cut stage with a filmmaker-producer teams in attendance. Formal one-to-one talks and informal meetings further facilitate networking and exchange.
Applications are open for Us-produced narrative feature projects in post-production stage:
• looking for completion money, services and sales agent or European distribution
• projects in post-production when applying, with at least 30 min of the film edited and to reach feature format by the presentation date. If selected, the feature length version of the rough/fine cut will be presented. No excerpts or trailers will be accepted.
• projects with no Us or international premiere nor European sales representation prior to October 2016 are eligible.
To the selected 4-6 projects the organizers will offer:
a flight to Poland for 1 team member and accommodation during 3 day Us in Progress (October 26-29) in Wrocław, Poland
• networking opportunities during the American Film Festival parties and events
• post-production and promotion packages worth of $40,000 total
• exposure to the European buyers in a friendly professional environment.
Us in Progress alumni that premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2016 included:
• "The Loner" directed by Daniel Y Grove
Us in Progress take place twice yearly, in Paris, France (June, 7-14) during Champs-Elysées Film Festival and in Wroclaw hosted by the American Film Festival in fall (October 25-30, 2016). Paris edition submissions have just closed and we are looking forward to receiving your work for Wroclaw edition.
Us in Progress is a joint initiative of the Polish New Horizons Association and the French Champs-Elysées Film Festival (in collaboration with New York-based Black Rabbit Film).
After being called one of '25 Coolest Film Festivals of the World', American Film Festival has been recently placed on the MovieMaker's list of "Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, 2016". The magazine assures that American Film Festival plays a tight collection of the year's best American indie films, as well as the two-day U.S. in Progress event for works-in-progress (winners receive handy post-production packages). And if shooting in Poland appeals to you, Aff should be your favorite resource: Participants enjoy presentations from the Polish Film Institute, Polish production and post-production houses, and a field trip of Poland and Lower Silesia shooting locations. »
- Sydney Levine
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