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Filmmaker Manish Acharya passes away

4 December 2010 1:07 PM, PST | Filmicafe | See recent Filmicafe news »

Maverick actor-director-producer Manish Acharya, of " Loins of Punjab Presents" fame, fell off a horse to his death in Matheran on Saturday morning. The multi-tasker who played almost every role, from camera assistant to director to actor, was 40.Nikhil Chaturvedi, his brother-in-law, said, He was on a holiday with his two children and wife. He fell from the horse and hit himself on the head. He was rushed to the Ambani Hospital in Nerul but was declared dead by doctors."Loins of Punjab Presents", Acharya's last film, received much critical appreciation. A source from the industry said, He was planning a period drama based in the '80s and had begun work on it. Manish planned to make two more films, Chaturvedi added.Going by what the industry had to say about him, Acharya was a multi-faceted talent. He not only acted in films like Farhan Akhtar »

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Filmmaker Manish Acharya is no more

4 December 2010 2:08 AM, PST | GlamSham | See recent GlamSham news »

Young filmmaker Manish Acaharya who directed Loins Of Punjab Presents passed away a short while ago today. Reportedly, he met with a fatal road accident which caused his death. Manish had done his Mfa in Film Directing from the Nyu Tisch School of the Arts. He also acted in Zoya Akhtar's Luck By Chance and was the narrator of Sita Sings The Blues. After Sourabh Usha Narang and Pankaj Advani, Manish is the third young filmmaker who has died this year. One of his last posts »

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[DVD Review] Loins of Punjab Presents

17 April 2010 8:00 AM, PDT | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Loins of Punjab Presents is a mockumentary patterned after the formula of Christopher Guest - a variety of could-have-beens and wannabe butt heads in a contest of talent, but more importantly, of self-worth and vindication, in which seemingly average non-creative types pit themselves (and each other) against steep odds and go to surprising lengths to get something that most people wouldn’t even think of applying for. In this case, the object of the game is the Loins of Punjab Bollywood-style singing contest, sponsored by Mr. Bokade (Jameel Khan), who is bringing all of this to fruition courtesy of his outrageous pork fortune. As a portrait of Indian-American culture and people who aren’t as talented as they wish they were, Loins is surprisingly sharp in its politics and perspective on the difficulties of maintaining cultural identity in a rapidly shifting world. It's too bad it doesn’t work better as a film. »

- Anders Nelson

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DVD Playhouse: April 2010

16 April 2010 1:41 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse—April 2010


Allen Gardner

Ride With The Devil (Criterion) Ang Lee’s revisionist take on the Civil War is awash in moral ambiguity, along with some stunning cinematography, production design, and fine performances. Set during the Kansas-Missouri border war, Tobey Maguire and Skeet Ulrich star as two friends who join up with the Confederate-sympathizing Bushwhackers, finding an odd ally in a former slave (Jeffrey Wright). While it’s fascinating to see America’s bloodiest conflict through the eyes of a foreigner, thereby allowing much of the previously mentioned ambiguity a certain latitude, the film never loses the bad taste it leaves for one simple reason: it asks us, the audience, to side with not just the Confederates, but some of the lowest trash that made up the dregs, and the fringes, of the movement. Big points for audacity, but snake eyes on the story itself. Singer Jewel is impressive in her film debut. »

- The Hollywood

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