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Juhi Chalwa, Zoya Akhtar, Vishal Bhardwaj, Shabana Azmi and more join the Save Indie Cinema Campaign!

25 November 2012 9:06 AM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

We have an update on the movement to Save Indie Cinema started by filmmaker Onir (My Brother Nikhil, I Am). When we last reported on the (petition) there were 20 filmmakers that had joined together to petition the Information and Broadcasting Minister. The purpose of the petition was to bring urgent attention to the fact that support needs to be given to the meaningful Indie cinema in India particulary in theaters and for satellite rights.

Onir explains in this video message

Since that first article, the number of filmmakers joining in the cry has risen to over 45 with Zoya Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Juhi Chalwa, Amole Gupte, Bedabrata Pai, Shyam Benegal, and Vishal Bharadwaj among the many that have come out in support this petition and what it stands for. With over 7,500 people signing the petition this movement has grown and continues to add numbers every day. »

- Stacey Yount

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What's Behind the Petition to Save India's Indie Cinema?

29 October 2012 10:27 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Over the past few weeks, a petition started by some of the biggest names in Indian parallel cinema (the name given to the cinema that runs parallel to the glitz-and-glamour Bollywood film industry and other major regional film industries) has garnered over 6,000 signatures. Among the petition's backers are Oscar-winning sound engineer Resul Pookuty ("Slumdog Millionaire"), Oscar-nominated directors Ashutosh Gowariker ("Lagaan") and Ashvin Kumar (the short film "Little Terrorist"), and actress Shabana Azmi ("Fire").  These low-budget filmmakers are sending the petition to the President, Vice President and Information and Broadcasting Minister of India as well as to the Director General of Door Darshan, the state television network. Driving the effort is filmmaker Onir, who has directed the indie features "My Brother... Nikhil" (2005) and "I Am" (2010), winner of the Best Hindi Feature Film at the National »

- Bryce J. Renninger

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Manisha Koirala: 'Bollywood cinema is better than before'

10 October 2012 11:04 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Manisha Koirala has claimed that Bollywood cinema is in better shape than ever before. The veteran Nepalese actress will be seen next in the Hindi horror film Bhoot Returns. She told Hindustan Times: "I don't watch too many films. I need to change that about myself, until it is highly recommended. During our days we used to only sing in the gardens or somewhere in Switzerland or Paris or New York "That was commercial cinema for us. But now the definition has changed. It's more realistic in nature, more believable. Today I also see small budget films accepted due to multiplexes and audience are accepting it too due to western influences. "There is a scope for Paan Singh Tomar, I Am, Dev D, Gangs Of Wasseypur, (more) »

- By Zakia Uddin

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'Bhoot Returns' not a comeback film: Manisha - News

6 October 2012 12:20 AM, PDT | | See recent RealBollywood news »

Mumbai, Oct 6: Actress Manisha Koirala, who will be seen on the silver screen after a long gap in "Bhoot Returns", doesn't like to call it her comeback film.

"I can't really say it's a comeback. In between I did a couple of movies, like I did 'I Am' and I finished two films, so I was working," the 42-year-old said here Friday in an interview.

"Yes, I was media shy, I was staying away from the public life. »

- Diksha Singh

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Multiplexes should reserve one screen for Indie cinema, demand filmmakers

2 October 2012 9:38 PM, PDT | | See recent news »


16 Indie filmmakers from across the country (13 of them national award winners) have joined hands to submit a petition to the Information and Broadcasting minister demanding better theatrical exhibition, liberal censor regime and mandatory telecast of national award winning films during primetime on the national broadcaster Doordarshan.

The online petition, posted by Onir, whose I Am won the national award for best Hindi film this year, is jointly filed by national award winning filmmakers Aparna Sen, Ashutosh Gowariker, Buddhadev Das Gupta, Goutam Ghosh, Jahnu Barua, Janaki Viswanathan, Nila Madav Panda, Rituparno Ghosh, Sachin Kundalkar, Suman Mukhopadhyay, Umesh Kulkarni, Vinay Shukla, film makers Kaushik Mukherjee(Q), Subhash Kapoor and Oscar Award and National Award winning Sound Engineer Resul Prookutty

The petition demands at least one prime time screening of all national award winning films on Doordarshan and also raises the issue of rigid censor regime faced by films when it comes to telecast. »

- NewsDesk

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Anurag Basus cameo in Barfi

24 September 2012 3:26 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

That director Anurag Basu is a closet-actor was proven when he played a pivotal role as a doctor in Onir's I Am. But the fact that he has played a role in his own film Barfi! came as a complete shocker. It was revealed by an actor in the film who said, "Anurag hasn't told anyone about it. But he has done a role in Barfi! He appears in the sequence where Ranbir and Priyanka are traveling in an open truck. There is a man with his face covered sitting opposite the snoozing figure of Priyanka leering at her legs. The man leering at Priyanka's legs is played by Anurag." When questioned about it Anurag says, "I haven't told anyone about it. It just happened. We needed a man of a certain age to be staring at Priyanka provoking Ranbir into an aggressive reaction. No one was willing to play the dirty man's part. »

- Subhash K. Jha

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Toronto International Film Festival 2012 Lineup

22 August 2012 3:59 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: Ernie Gehr's Auto-Collider Xv.

The vast bulk of Tiff's 2012 has been announced and listed here, below. We'll be updating the lineup with the previous films announced, as well as updating links to specific films for more information on them in the coming days. Of particular note is that the Wavelengths and Visions programs have been combined to create what is undoubtedly the most interesting section of the festival. Stay tuned, too, for our own on the ground coverage of Tiff.


A Royal Affair (Nikolai Arcel, Demark/Sweden/Czech Republic/Germany)

Argo (Ben Affleck, USA)

The Company You Keep (Robert Redford, USA)

Dangerous Liaisons (Hur Jin-ho, China)

Emperor (Peter Webber, Japan/USA)

English Vinglish (Gauri Shinde, India)

Free Angela & All Political Prisoners (Shola Lynch)

Great Expectations (Mike Newell, UK)

Hyde Park on Hudson (Roger Michell, UK)

Inescapable (Ruba Nadda, Canada)

Jayne Mansfield's Car (Billy Bob Thorton, USA/Russia)

Looper (Rian Johnson, »

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Onirs next Chauranga to also rely on online funding

30 July 2012 7:18 PM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

After the critically acclaimed I Am, which also won the National Award, the duo of Sanjay Suri and Onir are now prepping for their next project Chauranga which will be helmed by debutant director Bikas Mishra. However, what is interesting is the fact that like I Am, even Chauranga would rely partly on online funding from various people who feel like supporting the film by financing it. Speaking more about this Onir said, "Yes for Chauranga as well, we are relying partly on the online medium for funding. The rest is being funded by Nfdc and by Sanjay and me (Anticlock Films). Not just for funding, we are even relying on the online medium and various social networking sites to scout for talent to work on the film. For example: we found our publicity designer in Rajasthan and our music director in Bengal through the online medium. We would be »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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After I Am, Onir and Sanjay Suri take to crowd-funding again for Chauranga

30 July 2012 5:53 AM, PDT | GlamSham | See recent GlamSham news »

The producer-director duo take to collaborative filmmaking yet again after the success of their National Award winning film I Am. After the tremendous success of I Am, India's largest crowd funded film in the festival circuit and bagging the prestigious National Film Award, Onir and Sanjay Suri have yet again embraced the power of the masses for the forthcoming project Chauranga to be directed by Bikas Mishra. "Filmmaking, we believe, needs to be a collaborative effort. The aud »

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Thanks to censor, tough time for filmmakers: Sanjay Suri - News

30 July 2012 3:45 AM, PDT | | See recent RealBollywood news »

New Delhi, July 30: With the censor board becoming more strict with the kind of content being shown on big as well as small screen, actor-producer Sanjay Suri feels filmmakers are going through a tough time.

His "I Am" telecast on Dd has been stopped because the film doesn't have a U-certificate, while it got the green signal for satellite channels. Sanjay alleges that the censor is trying to marginalise the audience.

"The. »

- Lohit Reddy

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Onir, Sanjay Suri to crowdfund Chauranga after national award winner I Am

25 July 2012 12:45 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Onir and Sanjay Suri, who recently won two national awards for their crowd-funded film I Am have turned to crowd funding again for their upcoming project Chauranga, to be directed by Bikas Mishra.

Chauranga, a fictional account of six days in a dark corner of India, tells the story of class oppression in rural India.

This project was part of Screenwriters’ Lab at Locarno Film Festival and ScriptStation at Berlin Talent Campus. It won “Incredible India” Award for the best project at the co-production of Nfdc FIlm Bazar, Goa 2011 and also received Script and Project Development Funding from Goteborg International Film Festival, Sweden. It was recently invited for Paris Project, the co-prodction market of Paris International Film Festival 2012.

Chauranga has also been crowd-sourcing talent. Its publicity designer was chosen by an open contest on social media website Facebook. Onir’s Anticlock films also ran a hunt for background score designer »

- NewsDesk

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Onir and Sanjay Suri ask you to join with them to make Chauranga!

20 July 2012 11:38 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

What began as just a hope and idea went on to fund and make one of the best films of 2011. We are talking about the incredible I Am. Director Onir and Sanjay Suri came up with the novel idea of taking the making of a film to the people. They invited fans to become part and producers of the four short films in one. This crowd sourcing model was a tremendous success with over 400 donors from the world over contributing to the making of I Am. I Am, was a critical success and went on to win the National Award for Best Hindi Film.

Once again Anticlock Films offers you the possibility to be a part of the making of a film. Calling this new way to make new wave Indian cinema Citzen Cinema, their next project is Chauranga, directed by debutant Bikas Mishra. However, instead of collecting the money »

- Stacey Yount

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‘Why not give national awards to only ‘U’ certified films?’

9 July 2012 3:03 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

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 »

- Nandita Dutta

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'I Am' telecast on Dd only after U-certificate; Onir upset - News

6 July 2012 1:50 AM, PDT | | See recent RealBollywood news »

New Delhi, July 6: Filmmaker Onir is upset with the censor board for not giving his National Award-winning-film "I Am" a U-certificate, without which it cannot be telecast on Doordarshan. This is in spite of his making the cuts demanded and he says he would like to challenge the decision.

"Yes, I will. For me, its important that viewers get to see the film that won a National Award," Onir told Ians.

The story of "I Am" is. »

- Shiva Prakash

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Dd refuses to telecast Onirs I Am

5 July 2012 7:29 PM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Onir has been receiving rave reviews and loads of acclaim for his film I Am. The film which won the Best Film Award at the National Awards has been rejected for telecast on Doordarshan. The reason behind this rejection is that the film comes with a 'U/A' certificate, while Dd can only telecast films with a 'U' certificate.

A visibly rattled Onir claims that since the film has won a National Award, there is a rule that states that Doordarshan has to screen the film. However, on the other hand, there is yet another rule that states Dd can only telecast films that have a 'U' certificate.

But the director's woes don't end there; in fact since the fate of the film has been decided by a review committee, Onir cannot reapply or present his case. Due to this, Onir has written to Ambika Soni; the secretary, I&B ministry, »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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Manisha Koirala has a spiritual birthday - News

5 July 2012 4:32 AM, PDT | | See recent RealBollywood news »

Mumbai, July 5: Actress Manisha Koirala, who will turn 42 Aug 16, plans to take a break from her work so that she can have a spiritual birthday in Rishikesh.

"After finishing work going to Rishikesh in Himalayas for yog shivir (camp), did not know my exotic plan for birthday would be so...every year new theme, it keeps getting better, without my planning...," Manisha tweeted.

The actress, who last appeared in National Award winning film "I Am",. »

- Arun Pandit

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No telecast of national award winner “I Am” on Doordarshan, Onir sees red

4 July 2012 11:45 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

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. »

- NewsDesk

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Call for Entry: Film Bazaar co-production market, Goa 2012

4 July 2012 1:42 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Film Bazaar calls you to be a part of the annual Co-Production Market from November 21-24, 2012, concurrent to the International Film Festival of India. At least 25 filmmakers with south Asian stories can get their projects financed from the international film community. Last date for submission is August 31, 2012.

Applicants need to have 25% of their finance in place and a complete script ready in hand. The project could be in development, pre-production or production stage. For more details on the eligibility, conditions, document submissions and to apply see here.

There is an entry fee of Inr 2000.

Best Project idea will receive The Incredible India award with rupees 10 lakh extended by the Ministry of Tourism.

Four selected projects will be sent to the Producer’s Lab, Rotterdam, while one project will be hosted by the Dubai International Film Festival (Diff).

Another two chosen projects will be taken to the No Borders International Co-production »

- NewsDesk

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Onir’s “I Am” gets French Home Video release

6 June 2012 10:27 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

French DVD Cover of "I Am"

Leading French distributor Epicentre Films has released Indian director Onir’s National Award winning film “I Am” on home video in France. The only other Indian film in the Epticentre catalogue is Satyajit Ray’s 1962 classic “Abhijaan” (The Expedition) starring Soumitra Chatterjee and Waheeda Rehman.

Epicentre Films is also said to be interested in Onir’s upcoming feature project ‘Shab” (The Night) and is most likely to join the project as co producer. “Shab”, backed by The National Film Development Corporation (Nfdc), is being produced by Onir and Sanjay Suri’s production house Anticlock Films.

Reacting on the release, Onir commented, “It is an honour to find space in the catalogue of Epicentre Films along with the master Satyajit Ray. India and France, both are two great film loving nations and I see lots of such collaborations in the future.”

I Am” won two »

- NewsDesk

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'Shab' my first love story: Onir - News

5 June 2012 2:12 AM, PDT | | See recent RealBollywood news »

Mumbai, June 5: After bringing up sensitive issues like HIV/AIDS and homosexuality through his films "My Brother Nikhil" and "I Am", filmmaker Onir is now working on a new project "Shab", his first romantic saga.

"I think 'Shab' will be my first true love story. A film about love and lust, want and need," tweeted the filmmaker.

The project is currently in its scripting stage.

"Read my script 'Shab' again after a gap of two months. Scripting is such an endless process. Will write. »

- Shiva Prakash

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