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Reflections 2012: Films you should have seen in 2012

  • Bollyspice
2012 turned out to be a year when a number of smaller or independent films made their way onto many Top Ten lists. But, as always, there are films that, for a number of reasons, risk being forgotten or overlooked, especially in a year where there are so many great films to choose from. Here are 13 films – 10 already released, 3 from the festival circuit – that you should have seen in 2012. It’s still not too late!

Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid (dir. Nila Madhab Panda)

It’s a massive shame that Nila Madhab Panda’s film didn’t get as much attention as his I Am Kalam, and also a shame that the film was released to DVD without English subtitles. Because Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid, like I Am Kalam, weaves an issue into a story about, and for, children and families, and the message it carries (about the value of women and
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Karan Gour’s “Kshay” and Meghna Gupta’s “Unravel” selected for Raindance Film Festival

Karan Gour’s “Kshay” and Meghna Gupta’s “Unravel” selected for Raindance Film Festival
Two Indian films have been selected for Raindance Film Festival in UK. Kshay (Corrode) will screen at the Raindance Film Festival under the features section, while Unravel by Meghna Gupta will be screened under the shorts category.

The 20th edition of the festival will be held from 26th September – 7th October, 2012.

Featuring Rasika Dugal, Alekh Sangal and Sudhir Pednekar, Kshay is written, directed and co-produced by Karan Gour. “When young newlywed Chhai discovers a sculpture of the Hindu Goddess of fertility in a mysterious Bombay workshop she is immediately entranced by it and sets her heart on having it for herself. But with her husband Arvind struggling to make ends meet with a miserly and corrupt boss, she is faced with the reality that she cannot have the thing that she covets most. Her desire for the sculpture soon turns to obsession as we discover its tragic personal significance and
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Festival of Indian Indies in Copenhagen

Festival of Indian Indies in Copenhagen
Still from Gangs of Wasseypur

A festival of Indian independent films called ‘Indian Indies – Bollywood & Beyond’ is being held in Copenhagen from August 19-September 16, 2012. This festival is organized by Cph Pix and Cinematheque.

“The new generations of Indians – both filmmakers and audiences – are more well-traveled, better educated and more internationally oriented, and Cph Pix’s and Cinematheque program reflects this shift with a genre, geographically, linguistically and culturally diverse film program,” mentions the official website of the festival.

Some of the films to be screened in this festival are Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur, Farah Khan’s Om Shanti Om, Vikramaditya Motwane’s Udaan, Vishal Bhardwaj’s 7 Khoon Maaf, Zoya Akhtar’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Ajita Suchitra Veera’s Ballad of Rustom, Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar, Srinivas Sunderrajan’s The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project and Greater Elephant, Karan Gour’s Kshay, Q’s Gandu, Umesh Kulkarni’s Deool,
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Kshay wins Best Feature Film at 15th Shanghai Film Festival

  • Bollyspice
Black and white Indie psychological drama Kshay (Corrode) won the title of the Best Feature Film at the Asian New Talent Award of the 15th Shanghai Film Festival (Siff) held last week. The awards recognizing first or second-time directors from Asia saw Kshay compete with eleven other films nominated for the top honors. Upon announcing the award the jury commented, “We give this prize for Best Film of the 2012 Shanghai Film Festival’s Asia New Talent Award Competition to Corrode, directed by Karan Gour of India, for his achievement in capturing with sharp and fresh cinematic language one complicated and surreal story in the real world about the obsession of one young woman with one religious statue, without any direct reference to the economic conditions in his country or its roots in many different religions. Without any doubt, Karan Gour will make one New Wave for his generation in India.
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Kshay wins Asian New Talent Award for Best Picture at Shanghai Film Festival

Indian filmmaker Karan Gour’s Kshay won the Asian New Talent Award for Best Picture at the 15th Shanghai International Film Festival. The film was awarded for its “sharp perspective and refreshing cinematic languages”.

Chinese filmmaker Peng Lei’s Follow Follow won the Best Director prize while Hong Kong’s Jessey Tsang’s Big Blue Lake won the special jury prize.

The winners of Best Picture and Best Director were awarded $23.81m each while the special jury prize winner was given $23.81m-worth of post-production services.

The Jury for Asian New Talent Awards was chaired by Iranian director-screenwriter Amir Naderi and comprised of Chinese director Shangjun Cai, Korean Film Critic/Director Sung-ill Chung, Japanese Film Director/Actor Sabu and Chinese actress Fan Xu.
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Kshay: Hallucinations personified in a brilliant manner

When life gives you a lemon you should make lemonade. This is what Karan Gour, the producer of Kshay, PVR Rare Cut's latest offering did. He was given money to buy a car for himself, but he pooled this money and along with contribution from his friend decided to venture into the arena of filmmaking and Kshay indeed has turned out to be one of the significant flag posts in the history of Indian cinema in the current year. Shot in monochrome, owing to lack of finance, it has emerged
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Kshay Movie Review

  • Bollyspice
It’s not every day that a black and white Indie that has been in the making for over 4 years, helmed by a debutant director with constrained budget and unfamiliar names gets unanimous positive feedback from everyone who views it. Having done rounds of International film festivals, having won prestigious award, Kshay (which roughly translated means ‘Corrode’) finally opened in select theatres across India. The movie was riding on high expectations as almost everyone who had seen it spoke promisingly about it. Being released under the PVR Directors Rare Banner, does Kshay impress?

Across the country, millions live with trifling incomes, leading an inconsequential existence, coupled with powerful ambitions. The limited means vis-à-vis the growing desires, so much the heart hopes to achieve that the mind just can at most times not rationalize with. Amidst all this, the country is bound by superstitions, religious beliefs, relying on the Supreme Being
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Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, Dhobi Ghat to screen at 15th Shanghai International Film Festival

Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, Dhobi Ghat to screen at 15th Shanghai International Film Festival
Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu directed by Shakun Batra, Dhobi Ghat directed by Kiran Rao and Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Jeff Zimbalist will screen in Panorama section of 15th Shanghai International Film Festival.

This section screens ‘world cinemas that showcase films and industries through diversified perspectives’.

As reported on DearCinema earlier (here), Kshay by Karan Gour and Michael by Ribhu Dasgupta will compete for the Asian New Talent Award and Color of Sky by Dr.Biju Damodaran will compete for the Golden Goblet Award at the festival.

The 15th Shanghai International Film Festival will be held from June 16-24, 2012. Founded in 1993, it is China’s only A-category international film festival accredited by the Fiapf (International Federation of Film Producers’ Association).
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Karan Gour's Kshay Hitting Indian Screens This Friday From PVR Director's Rare!

It's been a long time coming, but one of the coolest independent films out of India in 2011 is finally hitting Indian cinema screens this Friday, June 15th. Karan Gour's Kshay, a tale of destructive, all-consuming obsession, was one of my top ten Feel Bad Films of 2011, and one that I'm excited to see get a little bit of attention.The film flew relatively under the radar last year in terms of international recognition, but spots at the Saiff in New York and Iffla have given them a leg up on the competition. Kshay is comparable to Q's memorable Gandu in terms of it's avant garde leanings, but it is also one of the most intense films I've seen in a long time. Kshay has...
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Review: Kshay

Review: Kshay
Director-Writer: Karan Gour, Actors: Rasika Dugal, Alekh Sangal

Karan Gour’s debut feature Kshay marked a good start for a film career, winning several awards abroad before its theatrical release. The director wanted to portray a side of the human nature that few will feel comfortable about: it’s the obsession that can lead to destruction.

Chhaya, a young woman remains enchanted by a bright white, unpainted statue of Lakshmi. At the beginning there is only admiration for the work of art and its splendor and the young woman asks her husband to buy the statue as a gift for her. Since the couple can’t afford it, the husband postpones the grant of this unusual wish, but with the time passing, Chhaya gets more and more obsessed with the idea that that particular statue of Lakshmi will not just reestablish life in her body and make her fertile and capable of conceiving a child,
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Three Indian films to compete in 15th Shanghai International Film Festival

Three Indian films to compete in 15th Shanghai International Film Festival
Kshay by Karan Gour and Michael by Ribhu Dasgupta will compete for the Asian New Talent Award and Color of Sky by Dr.Biju Damodaran will compete for the Golden Goblet Award at the 15th Shanghai International Film Festival.

The Golden Goblet Award is for the main competition section of the festival. The Asian New Talent Award ‘aims at identifying the new bright lights and encouraging their creativity’.

The 15th Shanghai International Film Festival will be held from June 16-24, 2012. Founded in 1993, it is China’s only A-category international film festival accredited by the Fiapf (International Federation of Film Producers’ Association).

Asian New Talent Awards 2012

Big Blue Lake; dir. Jessey Tsang [Hong Kong]

Boy’s Diary; dir. Putrama Tuta [Indonesia]

The Client; dir. Sohn Young-sung [South Korea]

Follow Follow; dir. Peng Lei [China]

I Have Loved; dirs. Lai Weijie, Elizabeth Wijaya[Singapore/Cambodia/Malaysia]

Kshay; dir. Karan Gour [India]

Michael; dir. Ribhu Dasgupta [India]

Pearls of the Far East Ngọc viễn đông; dir.
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PVR Director’s Rare to release award-winning indie feature ‘Kshay’

  • Bollyspice
For film lovers in India, the month of June seems to be a great month for indie-spirited cinema. Be it Dibakar Banerjee’s Shanghai or Anurag Kashyap’s Cannes pick Gangs of Wasseypur. Joining the bandwagon is a relatively obscure indie feature film which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2012. Karan Gour’s Kshay has been doing the festival rounds for the past 6 months bagging awards and high levels of critical acclaim. The film is scheduled for a theatrical release on the 15th of June under the ‘PVR Director’s Rare’ label.

The film revolves around a lower middle-class housewife’s obsession to possess an unfinished statue of the Goddess Lakshmi. And how this obsession infects everything around her – her home, her dreams and even the only family she’s got, her husband Arvind.

Kshay has been produced independently over 4 years with a
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PVR Director's Rare to release Kshay on June 15

For film lovers in India, the month of June seems to be a great month for indie-spirited cinema. Be it Dibakar Banerjee's Shanghai or Anurag Kashyap's Cannes pick Gangs Of Wasseypur. Joining the bandwagon is a relatively obscure indie feature film which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2012. Karan Gour's Kshay has been doing the festival rounds for the past 6 months bagging awards and high levels of critical acclaim. The film is scheduled for a t
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Karan Gour’s Kshay to release on June 15 under PVR Director’s Rare

Karan Gour’s Kshay to release on June 15 under PVR Director’s Rare
Still from Kshay

Kshay directed by Karan Gour, the Grand Jury Prize winner at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2012 is scheduled for a theatrical release on June 15 under the ‘PVR Director’s Rare’ label.

The film revolves around a lower middle-class housewife’s obsession to possess an unfinished statue of the Goddess Lakshmi. And how this obsession infects everything around her – her home, her dreams and even the only family she’s got, her husband Arvind.

Kshay has been produced independently over 4 years with a two-man crew – the director Karan Gour and the Dop Abhinay Khoparzi. Karan Gour has also written, edited, co-produced and done the sound design of the film.

The film features Rasika Dugal (No Smoking, Agyaat) and Alekh Sangal (Summer of 2007).

The film will have a limited release in Mumbai and Delhi on the 15th of June, with plans to expand it to other cities.
See full article at DearCinema.com »

Kshay to screen at 11th Transilvania International Film Festival

Kshay to screen at 11th Transilvania International Film Festival
Kshay at Transilvania

Kshay (Corrode) directed by Karan Gour will be screened at the 11th Transilvania International Film Festival in Romania.

The film featuring Rasika Dugal, Alekh Sangal and Sudhir Pednekar will be screened in ‘Faith’ section of the festival.

The 11th edition of Tiff will take place from June 1st to June 10th 2012 in Cluj- Napoca, and between June 13th and June 17th 2012 in Sibiu.

‘Chhaya is a simple housewife who has an artistic bent of mind and a seemingly happy life with her husband Arvind. Money trickles in every month and life goes on for an unassuming Chhaya, until her eyes catch hold of an unfinished sculpture of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi. Her values and relationships as she knows them begin to decay day by day, surrendering to the clutches of an ugly obsession that feeds on her weaknesses and past disappointments. She must have the Lakshmi, as
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Indie psychological thriller Kshay wins Grand Jury Prize at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

  • Bollyspice
India is currently witnessing a very small but powerful indie movement with many new films making it big at international film festivals. One film to join this bandwagon is Kshay, an intense psychological study of a woman’s obsession with an unfinished statue of the Goddess Lakshmi. The film just won the ‘Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature’ at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (Iffla). Shot in stark black-and-white, starring theatre actors Alekh Sangal and Rasika Dugal, the film has travelled to 4 international film festivals already with many more in the offing.

Says Shaan Vyas, producer of KshayKshay has taken us 4 years to complete and was made with a two-man crew at most times – the director Karan Gour and Dop Abhinay Khoparzi. When I say a two-man crew, nobody can even come close to knowing how difficult that can be. It’s a film about obsession made by an obsessive person.
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Kshay named Best Feature Film at 10th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

Kshay named Best Feature Film at 10th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles
Kshay directed by Karan Gour won the Grand Jury prize for Best Feature Film at the 10th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles. The film is slated for a theatrical release in India as part of PVR Director’s Rare initiative.

Marathon Boy by Gemma Atwal was declared the Best Documentary and Shor by Neeraj Ghaywan was declared the Best Short Film.

Rajan Khosa’s Gattu won the Audience award at the festival.

The 10th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles was held from April 10-15, 2012 at ArcLight Hollywood.
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Bedabrata Pain’s Chittagong to open Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2012

Bedabrata Pain’s Chittagong to open Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2012
The world premiere of Bedabrata Pain’s drama Chittagong featuring Manoj Bajpayee will open the 10th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles. The film is set against the backdrop of 1930’s British-occupied Chittagong on the brink of a youth led revolution, and tells the story of 14-year-old Jhunka who comes of age as he is faced with the ultimate questions of sacrifice, love, and the quest for true freedom.

The award-winning film Patang by Prashant Bhargava will be the closing film of the festival. The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles announced its 2012 lineup comprising 33 features, documentaries, and short films.

The eight feature films to be screened at the festival include Salim Ahmed’s Abu, Son of Adam, Rajan Khosa’s Gattu, Karan Gour’s Kshay and Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni’s Deool.

Documentaries include the world premiere of Ruchika Muchhala and Faiza Khan’s look into Indian society with The Great Indian Marriage Bazaar
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Berlinale Talent Campus 2012: Yogesh Karikurve (distribution)

DearCinema profiles the Indian participants at Berlinale Talent Campus 2012

Yogesh Karikurve is one of the four Indians to participate at the prestigious Berlinale Talent Campus 2012, but he holds an important distinction. He will be the first Indian distributor at the Campus. ‘When I heard that Berlinale Talent Campus was inviting distributors for the first time, I was thrilled and decided to apply,’ says Karikurve.

Yogesh Karikurve

Karikurve’s concern is to bring the distribution of Indian films internationally at par with its foreign counterparts. ‘Though we make about a 1000 odd films contributing to almost 15% of the global film-production, our revenues are barely 1% of the global revenues. It is common knowledge that to improve the revenues of any business, the key areas are distribution and cutting costs,’ he says.

According to Karikurve, the lacuna in distribution stems from the fact that Indian films still rely heavily on box office (70% of total revenues) collections for revenues.
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Bollywood Preview – February 2012

Bollywood is big on romance, and with February being the month on Valentine’s Day we usually see releases of films that are particularly romantic, this year being no exception.

On February 10th we get our second Dharma Productions film of 2012, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (Me and You), starring Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor, and directed by first timer Shakun Batra.

A series of events following his getting fired from his job, Rahul (Imran Khan) meets Raina (Kareena Kapoor) whose personality is the complete opposite. After a night of heavy drinking on Christmas Eve, they wake up to find they got married. The film follows the 10 days of their marriage between the rude-awakening, and finally getting an annulment.

The music, by Vishal-Shekhar isn’t great by Dharma Productions’ high standard, but the romantic comedy still shows potential to be a lot of fun.

The week after, on the 17th,
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