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London — London-based international sales and finance outfit WestEnd Films has scooped up rights to Kanu Behl’s “Titli,” which plays as part of Cannes official selection in Un Certain Regard. Behl will be a contender for the Camera d’Or, the award for feature directing debut.
The film is co-produced by Yash Raj Films, one of the leading players in the Indian film industry, and Dbp, the production house of cult Indian producer-director Dibakar Banerjee, who produces.
Set in Delhi’s underbelly, the pic centers on Titli, the youngest member of a violent carjacking brotherhood, who plots to escape the “family” business.
” ‘Titli’ is the kind of punch-in-the-gut movie that »
- Leo Barraclough
Hovering around the twenty-one to twenty-four feature film mark with at least a quarter of those films belonging to first time filmmakers, the Quinzaine des Realisateurs (a.k.a Directors’ Fortnight) has in the past couple of years, counted on a healthy supply of French, Spanish and Belgium produced film items, and has been geared towards the offbeat genre items as with last year’s edition curated by Edouard Waintrop and co. To be unveiled on the 22nd, as we attempted with our Critics’ Week predix, Blake Williams, Nicholas Bell and I (Eric Lavallee) are thinking out loud and hedging our bets on what the section might look like or what the programmers might be looking at for 2014. Here is our predictions overview:
- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers
This Mumbai romance skilfully avoids Bollywood cliche to deliver an affecting tale of lunch and love letters
Beyond Bollywood, something notable is happening in Indian cinema, much of it organised around the prolific Anurag Kashyap (Gangs of Wasseypur): he's produced this quietist, Mumbai-set tale for debutant writer-director Ritesh Batra, but his nuanced approach to plot and character is evident throughout. A widowed office clerk (Life of Pi's Irrfan Khan) enters into written correspondence with the bored housewife who's been readying his hot lunches (Nimrat Kaur); as these two lonely souls try to nudge one another out of their individual ruts, the skilfully self-contained leads scatter enough titbits of mutual understanding to set us rooting for some future dinner date. It remains resolutely undemonstrative, Batra's camera mirroring the characters' cautious restraint. Yet by its final act, pressing home the most un-Bollywood message that life's often more complicated than the movies, »
- Mike McCahill
Noida, April 6: When methodical Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui interacted with people in four Indian states for his new role of a TV reporter in a news channel, he was shocked to see that many don't realise the power of the vote - and discovered why "development" is just another word in politicians' dictionary.
The "Gangs of Wasseypur" actor was in the office of Focus News Network in Noida, in the Ncr region, that has roped him for its "Kehta Hai India with Nawazuddin Siddiqui" election special series that will go on the air from April 12 at 9 p.m.
Making his small screen debut with the show, the 39-year-old actor travelled to Patna, Lucknow, Varanasi and Jaipur where he interacted with the locals: from rickshaw pullers. »
- Meeta Kabra
DearCinema.com in association with Catapoolt is organizing an interactive session “From the Producer’s Perspective” with leading independent producer Guneet Monga in Mumbai on April 12, 2014.
This is the second in a series of DearCinema interactive sessions planned for independent filmmakers throughout the year. The first session on “How to pitch your script” was held successfully with international script adviser Marten Rabarts in March.
Guneet Monga, of Sikhya Entertainment and Anurag Kashyap Films, has produced some of the most successful Indian films of recent times including The Lunchbox, Peddlers, Monsoon Shootout and Gangs of Wasseypur. In this interactive session, Monga will share her insights on what producers look for in projects and how to make them viable for international markets, besides her expertise in producing and distributing indie films in India.
The session will take place in Andheri (West), Mumbai on Saturday, April 12 from 10 am-12 pm. There is an entry »
The New York Indian Film Festival (Nyiff) announced the Opening Night Gala film: Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly, a sensational tale of corruption, indifference, and systemic violence that begins when a 10-year-old daughter of an aspiring actor disappears.
The festival is widely recognized as the oldest, most prestigious Indian film festival in the United States, showcasing some of the greatest talents working in the diaspora. Celebrating its 14th year, Nyiff will run May 5 to 10 at a variety of prestigious New York City venues, including the Skirball Center for Performing Arts, where the opening and closing films are set to take place. The full line-up of screenings and events will be announced on April 8th, 2014.
Director Anurag Kashyap returns to Nyiff after closing the 2012 festival with his highly received film, Gangs Of Wasseypur, a two-part five-hour long drama that Hollywood Reporter declares “puts Tarantino in a corner with its cool command of cinematically-inspired and referenced violence, »
- Stacey Yount
Anurag Kashyap’s tale of corruption and systemic violence will open the New York Indian Film Festival on May 5.
“Anurag has been in the forefront of India’s growing indie film movement, always pushing the boundaries and inspiring the new generation of filmmakers. Personally I am a big fan of his films.”
The full line-up of screenings and events will be announced on April 8. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
London — The Zurich Film Festival has selected India as the focus for its New World View section.
The selection will look at the latest developments in auteur filmmaking in India, with a focus on young, emerging filmmakers working in the independent sector with pics that “approach new themes with fresh narrative styles.” It will not include Bollywood movies.
The program will showcase 10 feature and documentary films, and a short film block. Details of the program will be released at a later date.
Citing examples of the type of films it will select, the fest listed Vasan Balas’ debut “Peddlers,” a relationship drama in the form of a thriller, Ritesh Batra’s romantic comedy “The Lunchbox,” and the gangster family saga Anurag Kashyap’s “Gangs of Wasseypur.”
- Leo Barraclough
From April 8th to the 11th, Indian films will once again be showcased in the Us at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (Iffla). In its 12th year, Iffla boasts an incredible lineup of fabulous films that reflects the rich diversity of Indian cinema. Iffla’s Artistic Director Jasmine Jaisinghani says, “I’m thrilled and proud that Iffla’s line-up this year includes an especially diverse range of cinematic experiences, covering many regions of India and the diaspora.”
Iffla 2014 presents 33 films that include feature films, documentaries and shorts. The festival will have three world premieres, six North American premieres, six U.S. premieres, and 16 Los Angeles premieres. The films feature 10 different languages, from Hindi to Marathi, to Russian to Bengali. Additionally, Iffla supports American, Australian, British, Canadian, and European diaspora filmmakers from nine different countries telling their stories.
Bollywood will be well represented with three outstanding films all showing during the festival’s run. »
- Stacey Yount
Director, screenwriter and producer Anurag Kashyap presented his ambitious gangster saga Gangs of Wasseypur at Cannes Film Festival in 2012. At the same festival last year the filmmaker presented his latest feature Ugly (2013).
The festival describes Kashyap as a ““Powerful storyteller, who ingeniously injects Western cinematic styling into Indian situations…”
While Ben Rivers is a contemporary British filmmaker, Elio Petri (1929-1982) was a self-taught Italian filmmaker and intellectual who took the Palme d’Or at Cannes (The Working Class Goes to Heaven, 1971) and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (Investigation of a Citizen above Suspicion, 1969). However, he was »
A “neglected” Italian legend, a key figure in contemporary Indian cinema, and the complete work of a renowned British visual artist and filmmaker are to feature at the next Karlovy Vary film festival.
A year after introducing its Imagina sidebar, which focuses on movies veering from common narrative and stylistic patterns, the new festival section will offer a complete profile of British director and artist Ben Rivers, who will attend Kviff.
Rivers, whose work straddles documentary and parable, shoots in 16mm and often centres on social outsiders. Although the director focuses mainly on short films, his most well-received feature to date is A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness (2013), on which Rivers cooperated with director Ben Russell and musician Robert A. A. Lowe (known »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
London — The Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival, Central and Eastern Europe’s leading movie event, will pay tribute to Italian filmmaker Elio Petri, Indian moviemaker Anurag Kashyap, and British director and artist Ben Rivers at its 49th edition, which runs July 4-12.
The fest will present a comprehensive retrospective of the films of Petri, who it describes as one of the most significant personalities of post-war Italian cinema. The self-taught filmmaker won the Palme d’Or at Cannes (“The Working Class Goes to Heaven,” 1971) and the Academy Award for foreign-language film (“Investigation of a Citizen above Suspicion,” 1969).
“Bringing Petri’s films to Karlovy Vary is a dream come true, and it was made possible with the collaboration of Paola Petri and Cineteca di Bologna,” said the fest’s artistic director Karel Och.
- Leo Barraclough
Mumbai, March 11: Actress Richa Chadda will flaunt a creation by designer Sounia Gohil as her showstopper at the Lakme Fashion Week (Lfw) summer-resort 2014, which begins here Wednesday.
The designer feels the "Gangs Of Wasseypur" actress fits the bill perfectly as she can carry the look with utmost ease and add glamour to the same, said a statement.
Taking inspiration from interiors and architectures of Europe, Gohil has adapted a classy yet luxurious look transforming the designs into fresh edgy prints.
To give her designs an international feel, the designer has kept her silhouettes straight and clean with. »
- Shiva Prakash
Having first premiered at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox, starring Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddique, has gone on to standing ovations and rave reviews at film festivals all over the world. The film was universally applauded after its release in India, and it was named one of the best films of 2013. Fans in the Us have had a long wait but the highly anticipated film is finally releasing in North America. Starting in La and New York, the film will release in other markets throughout March. Since I first read the review of The Lunchbox from Tiff, I have dying to see this film and finally got the chance.
My first comment, Ritesh Batra how could you end it like that?? However, I won’t spoil it, so, moving on!
Ila, played with quiet beauty by Nimrat Kaur, is a lonely »
- Stacey Yount
Huma Qureshi zoomed into Bollywood with Gangs Of Wasseypur and Ek Thi Daayan, and received plenty of accolades for her performance in her last-released flick Dedh Ishqiya. The actress, who shared the screen with senior actors like Madhuri Dixit, Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi in the film, admitted that she is not someone who was insecure about it. Honestly speaking, I have never felt insecure in Bollywood. I am not an insecure person. Rather, I feel »
A film fest quickly gaining attention in fest-packed Los Angeles is the Indian Film Fest of La. With last year's high profile screenings of Gangs of Wasseypur, Midnight Children, and Eega, Iffla positioned itself as the best way to catch the latest high profile films from the subcontinent. This year's fest is scheduled for April 8-13 and the organizers have just announced the opening night film as Emma Thompson-produced child trafficking drama Sold. The film is directed by Jeffrey D. Brown and stars Gillian Anderson, David Arquette, and Seema Biswas. Perhaps not the Indian hit that Wasseypur was, but an interesting choice none the less. Here is more on the film: Through one extraordinary girl's journey, Sold illustrates the brutality of child trafficking, a crime...
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Youngistaan follows the life of Abhimanyu (Jackky Bhagnani of F.A.L.T.U fame) who unexpectedly finds himself in the political spotlight after the sudden death of his father, the Prime Minister of India (Boman Irani – 3 Idiots). The film has been in the media of late due to Bhagnani’s styling in the film being a dead ringer for Rahul Gandhi’s wardrobe, as well as being the last film featuring the late Farooque Shaikh. Moreover, Youngistaan also marks another notch in Bhagnani’s continuous attempts to carve a niche for himself in the industry.
The soundtrack features 4 songs, composed by Jeet Ganguly (Aashqui 2), Shiraz Uppal, Sneha Khanwalkar (Gangs of Wasseypur), Shree D and Ishq Bector (Besharam). Lyrics have been penned by Ahmad Afzal, Shakeel Sohail, Kausar Munir and Jackky Bhagnani.
Suno Na Sangemarmar hit audiences around Valentines Day and quickly became a crowd pleaser. Arjit Singh croons this »
- Sheetal Tiwari
Koffee with Karan Season 4 this season has experimented with the guests on the couch as we have seen a series of debutants. This episode brought pretty lady Anushka Sharma back along with the ‘brand ambassador of alternate cinema’ Anurag Kashyap. They spoke about contemporaries in the industry, kind of films and lots more!
It didn’t take much time for KJo to bombard Anushka about all the speculation regarding her previous relationship with Ranveer Singh, and now with Virat Kohli. She still denies dating Ranveer and sticks to the fact that people thought they were together because they were working together. About Virat, she says they are just friends. “We are good friends, we hang out and we call each other. I am like that with people, even boys. I can sit on one bed with a guy friend and watch a movie and that would be it. I have »
- Samreen Tungekar
When contacted, Karan's spokesperson confirmed the news to Ians. "It's true," she said.
According to variety.com, Gaumont Film Company has moved forward to give a green signal to the international makeovers of the 2011 movie.
Yohann Comte, deputy head of sales at Gaumont, said: "From 'Gangs of Wasseypur' to 'The Lunchbox', I've always believed that Guneet's company was by far the most creative and trustworthy producer when it comes to delivering crowd-pleasing. »
- Rahul Kapoor
Berlin– Guneet Monga and Karan Johar, the Indian power duo behind Cannes sensation “The Lunchbox,” are set to team up on the local remake Gaumont’s “Intouchables,” the French comedy blockbuster which grossed $426.6 million worldwide.
While negotiations on the U.S. remake are still being finalized with The Weinstein Co., Gaumont has moved forward on green-lighting international makeovers of the 2011′s French blockbuster, which was directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano.
“From ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ to ‘The Lunchbox,’ I’ve always believed that Guneet’s company was by far the most creative and trustworthy producer when it comes to delivering crowd-pleasing Indian films with a strong identity that can play well at festivals and beyond,” said Gaumont’s deputy head of sales Yohann Comte, who handled the negotiation.
Monga, the winner of last year’s Industry leadership Award at the L.A.-set Indian Film Festival, is a power »
- Elsa Keslassy
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