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'Raman Raghav 2.0' star Nawazuddin Siddiqui to play Indian writer Manto

17 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Gangs Of Wasseypur actor will star in Nandita Das’ biopic.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui has been cast to play Saadat Hasan Manto in Nandita Das’ biopic of the Indian writer.

In addition, Vivek Kajaria of Holy Basil Productions and Us-based investor Robin Raina have boarded the project as producers.

Known as South Asia’s greatest short story writer, Manto wrote extensively about the Partition of India and was tried for obscenity six times but never convicted. Das’ biopic follows the last decade of his life until his early death at the age of 42.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to play Sadaat Hasan Manto, a writer I have admired for a long time,” said Siddiqui, who also stars in Anurag Kashyap’s Raman Raghav 2.0, which premiered yesterday in Directors’ Fortnight.

Das, an acclaimed actress who made her directing debut with Firaaq (2008), said: “Manto is a challenging role and the nuances required to perform Manto are found »

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Cannes 2016: Anurag Kashyap's Upcoming Horror Giddy Part Of New Blumhouse Partnership

17 May 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

It was reported several months ago that Us horror specialist Blumhouse Productions was branching out into local language productions. The first of these partnerships to be announced is with Phantom Films in India, the director's production house founded by Anurag Kashyap (Gangs of Wasseypur), Vikramarditya Motwane (Lootera), Madhu Mantena, and Vikas Bahl. Three films will be made under this partnership between Blumhouse, Ivanhoe, and Phantom and the talent involved is definitely worthy of notice. As reported by Screen Daily, the three films will feature some of India's hottest up and coming talent. First up is a horror picture called Ghoul, set to star Radhika Apte (Madly, Parched), the film will be directed by Patrick Graham, and is described as a story about "a prisoner who...

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Richa Chadha applauded at Cannes for her performance in ‘Sarbjit’!

16 May 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

The Cannes film festival, one of the oldest and most prestigious festivals in the world, is currently underway. This is the 69th edition of the annual event that has been known to only showcase the finest feature and short films from around the world. The upcoming movie Sarbjit, which stars Richa Chadha, Aishwarya Rai and Randeep Hooda, was screened at the festival last night for which it received a great response from audiences.

The movie showcases powerful performances by the lead actors, especially Richa who received a lot of praise for her role as Sarbjit’s wife, Sukhpreet Kaur. The audience applauded Richa’s performance and she even had people come to her appreciating the effort she put in for this role.

Richa is no stranger to the Cannes Film Festival, having been there first for Gangs of Wasseypur in 2014 and again last year for the screening of her film Masaan, »

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Psycho Raman’

16 May 2016 1:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“This film is not about him,” a title card declares — a taunting “gotcha” punchline indicative of the tone to follow — right after “Psycho Raman” opens with a potted biography of Raman Raghav, the notorious Mumbai serial killer of the 1960s. Well, it is and it isn’t. The latest glittering hybrid of Bollywood kitsch and Hollywood genre grit from distinctive Indian stylist Anurag Kashyap (“Gangs of Wasseypur”), this present-day crime melodrama draws extensively on local lore surrounding Raghav in its fictional portrait of an obsessive imitator: Its original title is “Raman Raghav 2.0,” which risks sending uniformed viewers out in search of a preceding film. As it is, one such vivaciously nasty exercise in urban nihilism is probably enough, though the verve and nerve of Kashyap’s filmmaking continues to excite.

Last year, Kashyap aimed semi-successfully for a crossover hit with “Bombay Velvet,” a lavishly attired gangster saga so besotted »

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First Trailer For Cannes Thriller ‘Raman Raghav 2.0,’ From ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ Director Anurag Kashyap

11 May 2016 5:23 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Following his vintage feature Bombay Velvet, Gangs of Wasseypur director Anurag Kashyap is taking a darker turn. His new film — which he wrote, produced and directed — Raman Raghav 2.0 follows notorious serial killer Raman Raghav. Over the 1960’s in Mumbai, Raghav committed various crimes including murder and assault.

With the lead killer portrayed by Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Manjhi – The Mountain Man), the film focuses on his new obsession, a cop (played by Vicky Kaushal) as Raghav watches and creates situations where both characters go head to head. Ahead of a Cannes premiere in Directors’ Fortnight, the first trailer has landed below for the film also featuring Vipin Sharma (Taare Zameen Par), Amruta Subhash (Killa) and winner of Miss India Earth 2013 Sobhita Dhulipala.

Raman Raghav 2.0 is set to premiere at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

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Nawazuddin Siddiquis memoir to be launched at Jaipur literature festival

10 May 2016 7:31 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

From a no-one to a Bollywood celebrity, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who once featured in films as an extra, is today one of the renowned actors. From grey roles to biopics, the actor has portrayed versatility and his memoir that compiles his journey as a farmer as well as an actor will be penned by Rituparna Chatterjee.

However, Nawazuddin Siddiqui revealed that he was initially skeptical about the memoir because he did not find anything worth documenting. But, now he is convinced that he wants to be completely honest with it and wants to add every experience, from being a farmer in Budhana to a Bollywood actor. He also added that he will be talking about his personal life, his wife; his children though he is unaware of how much of it will be a part of the book. From his days at National School of Drama in Delhi to how he »

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Cannes Directors’ Fortnight Exclusive: Trailer For Serial Killer Thriller ‘Psycho Raman’ From The Director Of ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’

10 May 2016 7:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While the lights shine brightest on the Cannes Film Festival, cinephiles know that the sidebar lineups offer just as much excitement. And this year at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, director Anurag Kashyap — perhaps best known for his acclaimed, epic, award-winning “Gangs Of Wasseypur” — will arrive with the lean and mean “Psycho Raman.” Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sobhita Dhulipala, and Vicky Kaushal, […]

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Cannes 2016: Anurag Kashyap's Raman Raghav 2.0 Gets A Dark Domestic Trailer

10 May 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

The first domestic trailer for Anurag Kashyap's Raman Raghav 2.0 has appeared online ahead of its June 24th Indian cinema release. The film is Kashyap's third to appear in the Cannes Director's Fortnight and the first since 2013's Ugly. Raman Raghav 2.0 appears to be a modern story based on a serial killer who terrorized 1960s Bombay. The new film stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Gangs of Wasseypur, The Lunchbox) and Vicky Kaushal (Masaan) as a serial killer and the cop chasing him. From first appearances it appeaers to be a 180 degree spin from Kashyap's last film Bombay Velvet, which was a fascinating experiment with bigger budget spectacle. This new film, which looks like it was done on a much more compressed scale, appears to tread...

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Five interesting things revealed by Richa Chadha in her interview with Anupama Chopra

6 May 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

From a stellar debut in Gangs of Wasseypur, taking the art house route in the critically acclaimed film Masaan, to her upcoming commercial outing in Cabaret, Richa Chadha has a gifted ability to truly become the character she portrays. In a recent, no holds barred interview with Anupama Chopra, she revealed some interesting facts about herself. The interview truly gave us a glimpse of what the real life Richa Chadha actually is!

Here are 5 interesting things revealed by Richa in her interview:

1.) Richa Chadha’s take on being unpredictable

“I find that especially here people are always trying to place you somewhere just to make their own life simpler. I find that very annoying as I do not want to be someone who is predictable but provocative.”

2.) Before Gangs of Wasseypur, she auditioned for Dev D

“Kalki got the part I didn’t. She must’ve been better at the audition. »

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Cannes 2016: First Teaser Posters For Raman Raghav 2.0 By Anurag Kashyap

25 April 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Four years ago Anurag Kashyap took the Cannes Film Festival by storm with his Director's Fortnight entry, Gangs of Wasseypur. That five and a half hour epic went on to cement Kashyap's position as the preeminent Indian filmmaking talent of our generation after heaps of praise from luminaries such as Martin Scorsese and Paul Shrader oured in. In 2013 he returns to the Fortnight with his unrelentingly bleak child kidnapping thriller Ugly, and the world once again took notice. After a couple of years off and one commerical film, Bombay Velvet, that didn't perform up to the expectations of the box office hawks, he is back in Cannes in 2016 with Raman Raghav 2.0. To read more about the film and check out the first...

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Nawaz’s record making super stardom

21 April 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Raman Raghav 2.0 marks Nawaz’s 8th film to be celebrated in 4 years at Cannes Film Festival.

Anurag Kashyap’s Raman Raghav 2.0 seems to be setting a new record for actor par excellence Nawazuddin Siddiqui even before its national release with it’s showcase this year at the Cannes Film Festival. This makes Nawaz possibly the only star in history who’s had seven films showcased and celebrated at the Cannes Film Festival in 4 years!. 7 films as an actor and 1 short film as a producer.

Says an industry insider, “2016 seems to be the headline making year for Nawaz with his accolades and recognition. After celebrating a memorable evening at a recent awards show where he won awards for both the Best Actor in a Comic Role and a villainous role – a never before seen phenomenon for an Indian actor, he has found yet another reason to celebrate and make headlines with »

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Raman Raghav 2.0, Neruda, Risk Selected For Directors' Fortnight

19 April 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Gangs of Wasseypur director Anurag Kashyap will return to the Croisette in a few weeks with his new film Raman Raghav 2.0, the tale of a serial killer in Mumbai in the 1960s, which will play at the Cannes Director's Fortnight. The line-up of 18 films was announced this morning, and it's quite an interesting mix. The section will open with Sweet Dreams by Mario Bellocchio, starring Bérénice Bejo, about a boy struggling with the death of his mother. The closing film will be Paul Schrader's Dog Eat Dog, starring Nicholas Cage and Willem Dafoe as recently released prisoners trying to adapt to civilian life. Among the other interesting titles are Laura Poitras' new documentary (one of the few to be in the festival this...

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Cannes 2016 Directors’ Fortnight Line-Up Includes New Films From Paul Schrader, Alejandro Jodorowsky & More

19 April 2016 4:45 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Although there are a few films here and there left to be added to the Cannes 2016 line-up, the slate has now been mostly set thanks to the arrive of the Directors’ Fortnight side-bar line-up. Notable selections includes Paul Schrader‘s drama Dog Eat Dog, starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe, as well as Laura PoitrasCitizenfour follow-up Risk, which looks at Julian Assange.

There’s also Pablo Larraín‘s Gael Garcia Bernal-led biopic Neruda, Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s Endless Poetry, the latest film from Gangs of Wasseypur director Anurag Kashyap, as well as new films from Marco Bellocchio and Joachim Lafosse. Also of interest is War Witch director Kim Nguyen‘s Two Lovers and a Bear, a Canadian drama which teams Tatiana Maslany and Dane DeHaan. Check out the line-up below.

Feature Films

Dog Eat Dog, dir: Paul Schrader – Closing Night Film

Divines, dir: Houda Benyamina*

L’Economie Du Couple, »

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Cannes: Directors’ Fortnight Unveils 2016 Lineup

18 April 2016 11:34 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight sidebar announced the selection for its 48th annual edition today, unveiling an impressive, if slightly smaller-than-usual lineup — 18 features in all — that suggests the renewed vigor and continuing ascendance of the parallel section under the auspices of artistic director Edouard Waintrop.

Compensating for a total absence of Italian films in official competition, the lineup will spotlight a trio of films from a multi-generational and multi-faceted range of Italo auteurs: Marco Bellocchio’s “Sweet Dreams,” Paolo Virzi’s “Like Crazy” and Claudio Giovannesi’s “Fiore.”

Sweet Dreams” will open the section, which runs from May 12 to 22, marking another coup for Waintrop after a strong 2015 edition: Bellocchio was widely expected to present his latest in Cannes’ official selection and might not have considered the Fortnight sidebar as an option before its major revamping three years ago.

“‘Sweet Dreams’ is film in which Marco Bellocchio shows how well he can trigger emotions. »

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Melissa Leo, Kal Penn, Sam Keeley Starring in Fantasy-Thriller ‘The Ashram’

31 March 2016 9:38 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Melissa Leo, Sam Keeley, Kal Penn and Radhika Apte are starring in “The Ashram,” an English-language fantasy-thriller set in the mystical world of yogis in the Himalayas.

Guneet Monga’s Mumbai-based Sikhya Entertainment announced Thursday that production has started in India.

The story centers on an American skeptic who receives a cryptic message and travels to the Indian Himalayas to find his disappeared girlfriend. He discovers a secretive community led by a guru with strange powers who may or may not be involved in her disappearance, and learns that the mountain could contain the secrets of reincarnation and a portal to another dimension.

Monga, whose producing credits include “The Lunchbox” and “Gangs of Wasseypur,” is producing, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones is executive producing, and Mali Elfman is co-producing.

“The Ashram” is directed by former Im Global executive Ben Rekhi, who also helmed “Waterborne.” He’s directing off a script written by Rekhi and Binky Mendez. »

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Sam Keeley, Melissa Leo & Kal Penn Join ‘The Ashram’ From ‘The Lunchbox’ Producer

31 March 2016 8:36 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: From The Lunchbox and Gangs Of Wasseypur producer Guneet Monga's Sikhya Entertainment, The Ashram is an English-language spiritual fantasy thriller set in the mystical world of Himalayan yogis. Production is just starting on the project, which has been kept under wraps in northern India. Ben Rekhi is directing Sam Keeley (Burnt, In the Heart of the Sea), who stars alongside Melissa Leo, Kal Penn, Hera Hilmar (Da Vinci's Demons), and India’s Radhika Apte (Badlapu… »

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Agnes Varda’s Jane B. Par Agnes V. And Kung-Fu Master! Arrive On Blu-ray [Exclusive Clip]

7 March 2016 7:54 PM, PST | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Cinelicious Pics, after releasing the films in theaters late last year, are releasing two of director Agnes Varda’s most interesting, and yet underseen, features on DVD and Blu-ray this week. Teaming Varda with actress Jane Birkin (best known for her turn in Blow Up), a pairing of a French New Wave icon and a multi-hyphenate actress/singer/model that would foster two truly breathtaking experiments the likes of which are rarely seen.

Entitled Jane B. Par Agnes V. and Kung-Fu Master!, we’ve previously reviewed both films during their theatrical run in Los Angeles, and here are a few thoughts about each film from your’s truly:

Jane B. Par Agnes V.:

Jane B. Par Agnes V. finds Varda at her most playful. Described by Varda, in the film itself, as “an imaginary bio-pic,” Jane is a faux-documentary about actress and singer Birkin, coming out of the idea »

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Review: In Visaranai, The Truth Will Never Set You Free

9 February 2016 8:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

In 2012, two mob movies came out of India that really made me stand up and take notice. One was Anurag Kashyap's five hour, seventy year epic Gangs of Wasseypur, a Cannes favorite that went on to worldwide critical success. The other was Vetri Maran's low budget Tamil language, Madurai set Aadukalam, a story about a small time hood looking to grab his piece of the piece by any means necessary. Aadukalam did not go on to set the international festival circuit on fire, but those who saw it knew they'd seen something special. Not only was the film incredibly engaging and filled with well-defined characters, it also marked a massive star turn for Dhanush, a young man now acknowledged as one of India's greatest...

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