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Subhash K Jha Selects His 10 Favourite Films Of 2012

  • Bollyspice
That 2012 began with an overwrought hyper-melodramatic brutal and tumultuous remake of Agneepath and ended with Yash Chopra’s muted mellow all-heart-no-malice ode to romance Jab Tak Hai Jaan seems indicative of the direction that Bollywood seems headed for. The journey, as we can see, is unpredictable and largely exciting. Looking back, some films of 2012 that fetched hype-star ratings seem bloated and over-eager to please either critics or the masses, but never both. Luckily the films that were truly meritorious did get a place under the swoon.

Each year Bollywood surprises us, and not always in a good way. 2012 seems like a watershed year even by the continuously evolving standards of filmmaking set by envelope-pushing directors who have filtered into filmdom during the past years. 2012 was the year when Tigmanshu Dhulia, Sujoy Ghosh and Shoojit Sircar came into their own with films that took mainstream cinema to new heights. It was
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Indian short to compete in Berlinale’s Generation section

Sonyacha Amba, a Marathi-language short film by Govinda Raju has been selected for Generation Kplus competition at Berlinale 2013. Berlinale devotes its ‘Generation’ section to children and young people with two competitions – Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus.

Eighteen shorts will compete for the Crystal Bears and the Generation Kplus International Jury award for the Best Short Film comprising a cash prize of € 2,500. In 2012, Rajan Khosa’s Gattu won Generation Kplus Jury’s special mention.

This will be Sonyacha Amba’s European Premier. The film was also screened at the Pune Short Film Festival in 2012.

However, no Indian film has made it to Berlinale Shorts, the competition section for short films at the Berlin Film Festival.
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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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Top-10 Indian Indie Films of 2012

Top-10 Indian Indie Films of 2012
I n 2012–the year Indian cinema turned 100–it showed renewed vigour and youthfulness as if it were being reborn. A new generation of young and restless filmmakers, who caught attention of festival programmers worldwide, rewrote the rules of not only mainstream cinema but also challenged what Indians traditionally believed an “alternative film” or at times labeled as “art film” stood for.

We use the term ‘independent’ to denote the attitude rather than the economic mode of production. That’s why films that are backed by major studios and the government as well as films which have been funded in completely non-traditional ways co-exist in our list.

Any such list can’t claim to be authoritative and scientific; however, what we claim is that our listing isn’t arbitrary. We took into consideration factors such as selection at A-list festivals, popularity among festivals in general, awards, jury mentions, international reviews, international distribution and domestic release.
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Freida on the jury of Dubai Film Festival

  • BollywoodHungama
Freida on the jury of Dubai Film Festival
Looks like India has more to celebrate than just the 5 films namely Rajan Khosa's Gattu, Musa Syeed's Valley of Saints, Ashim Ahluwalia's Miss Lovely, Anand Gandhi's Ship of Theseus and Hansal Mehta's Shahid that will be part of the Dubai International Film Festival. As India's most successful Hollywood export Freida Pinto will be seen gracing 9th International Dubai Film Festival as a coveted member of the jury As a member of the jury, she will be judging films that are part of the Shorts and Emirati section - short films from the Arab, Emirati and Asian African countries making her the first Indian to be on the jury of the international short film contest as part of the festival. In addition to her duties as a juror, she has also been invited to attend a special gala hosted by Academy Award winning actor Colin Firth
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“Life of Pi” to open Dubai International Film Festival 2012

“Life of Pi” to open Dubai International Film Festival 2012
Ang Lee’s Life of Pi will open the Dubai International Film Festival (Diff) while Wayne Blair’s The Sapphires will be the closing film of the festival. Diff will run from 9 – 16 December, 2012.

Egyptian actor Mahmoud Abdul Aziz and British director Michael Apted will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Awards this year.

Diff will host a total of 161 films across sections. Karzan Kadar’s Bekas and Haifa Al Mansour’s Wadjda; Hitchcock, starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren; Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away and Michael Haneke’s Amour will make their Arabian premieres at the festival.

83 films will compete in the three competition sections: The Muhr Emirati, Muhr Arab and Muhr Asia-Africa awards. Another award is the Iwc Schaffhausen Filmmaker Award which offers a $100,000 cash prize to the winning filmmaker.

From India, Ashim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely, Rajan Khosa’s Gattu, Sourav Sarangi’s Char…The No-Man’s Island,
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Dubai Film Festival announces “Celebration of India” programme

Dubai Film Festival announces “Celebration of India” programme
Still from Quartet

The upcoming 9th edition of Dubai International Film Festival (Diff) announced its ‘Celebration of India’ programme to mark 100 years of Indian cinema.

The festival will host world premieres of Joy Mathew’s Shutter and Kaushik Ganguly’s Sound.

Shutter is a Malayalam satire by actor-turned-director Joy Mathew. The film is set and filmed in Kozhikode and revolves around three individuals: a wandering film director, an expatriate from the Gulf and a Kozhikodan auto driver. All three of them are worthy citizens but get embroiled in unforeseen circumstances.

Sound (Shobdo) by Kaushik Ganguly is based on the life of a foley artist in Tollywood whose life becomes inextricably intertwined with the sounds that he has to produce for a living.

Acclaimed films from the festival circuit including Ashim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely, Rajan Khosa’s Gattu, Sourav Sarangi’s Char…The No-Man’s Island, Anand Gandhi’s Ship of Theseus,
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Four Indian films to screen at Dubai International Film Festival 2012

Four Indian films to screen at Dubai International Film Festival 2012
Rajan Khosa’s Gattu, Musa Syeed’s Valley of Saints, Ashim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely and Anand Gandhi’s Ship of Theseus have been selected for the 9th edition of Dubai International Film Festival (Diff). The festival will run from 9th – 16th December, 2012.

Gattu by Rajan Khosa

Section: Cinema for Children

A film about a street urchin who follows his dream, Gattu won a Special Mention from the Children’s Jury at Berlin Film Festival 2012. The film is produced by the Children’s Film Society of India and won the Best Film award at New York Indian Film Festival 2012. It was also screened at the Zurich Film Festival 2012.

Valley of Saints by Musa Syeed

Competition: Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature

In Valley of Saints, Gulzar plans to run away from the war and poverty surrounding his village in Kashmir with his best friend, but a beautiful young woman researching the dying lake
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Six Indian films at Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival

Six Indian films at Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival
Six Indian films have been selected to screen at the annual Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival (Tghff). The 49th edition of festival will run from 8th November to 28th November, 2012.

The selected films are:

Homi Adajania’s Cocktail (Panorama Section)

Anurag Basu’s Barfi! (Panorama Section)

Shoojit Sircar’s Vicky Donor (Panorama Section)

Abhinay Deo’s Delhi Belly (Amazing Journey Section)

Musa Syeed’s Valley of Saints (Voice of the People Section)

Rajan Khosa’s Gattu (Fantastic Wonderland Section)

Founded in 1962 by Government Information Office, Republic of China (Taiwan), Tghff is one of the most prominent film festivals in Taiwan. The festival aims at encouraging Chinese language films by awarding the Golden Horse Award.
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All Rights Entertainment picks intl rights to “Mumbai Cha Raja”

All Rights Entertainment picks intl rights to “Mumbai Cha Raja”
All Rights Entertainment, a sales company based in Paris and Hong Kong has acquired international rights to Manjeet Singh’s Mumbai Cha Raja excluding India.

The film recently won a Special Jury Award at the “India Gold” section of Mumbai Film Festival. It was world premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival followed by Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

The slate of All Rights Entertainment also comprises Rajan Khosa’s Gattu.

Read Manjeet Singh’s interview: Internet has been a great film school for me

Also Read: Indie Filmmakers’ Guide: What Manjeet Singh learnt while making “Mumbai Cha Raja
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Gangs of Wasseypur and Gattu nominated for Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2012

Gangs of Wasseypur and Gattu nominated for Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2012
Gattu by Rajan Khosa has been nominated in “Best Children’s Feature Film” category at the 6th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (Read Rajan Khosa’s interview here). The 2012 Asia Pacific Screen Awards announced its nominations today.

Anurag Kashyap has been nominated for “Achievement in Directing” for Gangs of Wasseypur (Read Anurag Kashyap’s interview here). Manoj Bajpayee won a nomination for the same film in “Best Performance by an Actor” category.

Vidya Balan has been nominated for “Best Performance by an Actress” for The Dirty Picture.

Established in 2007, the APSAs are one of the highest accolade in film in the Asia Pacific region. Apsa is headquartered in Brisbane, Queensland and is an initiative of the Queensland Government, Australia.

All winners in the 6th annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Friday November 23 in Brisbane, Australia.

Complete list of nominations:

Best Feature Film

Nameless Gangster: Rules
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Saiff announces South Asian Rising Star Film Awards nominees, Sunny Leone to co host award ceremony

Saiff announces South Asian Rising Star Film Awards nominees, Sunny Leone to co host award ceremony
The South Asian International Film Festival (Saiff),New York has started a new initiative titled South Asian Rising Star Film Awards to celebrate its ninth anniversary.

Nominees have been announced in nine categories for the first edition of the awards. A jury consisting of Indian film critic Rajeev Mansand; author, and journalist Anupama Chopra; Siddhartha Khosla who is the front-man of NY-based band Goldspot and a singer/songwriter; American actress and musician Janina Gavankar and American actor Maulik Pancholy will select the winners.

South Asian Rising Star Awards are presented by Saiff and HBO.

The award ceremony, to be held on October 23rd, will be co hosted by American adult entertainer and Bollywood actor Sunny Leone.

 

Here nominees are:-

 Best Lead Actor:

1.  Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Gangs of Wasseypur)

2.  Mohammad Samad (Gattu)

3.  Ayushman Khurana (Vicky Donor)

4.  AshChandler(Love, Wrinkle Free)

5.  Vinay Virmani (Breakaway)

 

Best Lead Actress:

1.  Tanishtha Chatterjee (Dekh Indian Circus)

2.  Humaima Malik
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Where does Anurag Basu’s “Barfi” stand in the Oscar race?

Where does Anurag Basu’s “Barfi” stand in the Oscar race?
Anurag Basu’s Barfi to compete with Michael Haneke’s “Amour” and Kim Ki-duk’s “Pieta”

Anurag Basu’s “Barfi” might have lured the selectors at home but it’s unlikely to have an easy ride ahead. Basu will have to compete against the veterans like Michael Haneke who took home a second Palme d’Or at Cannes this year for his “Amour” (Official Austrian Entry). Closer home in Asia, Korean Master Kim Ki-duk will also pose an equal threat to the Ranbir Kapoor-Priyanka Chopra starrer Barfi. Kim Ki-duk’s “Pieta” clinched the Golden Lion at Venice this year.

“Barfi” was declared official Oscar entry from India on Saturday night by the Film Federation of India. Other Indian films which were in race included Milan Luthria’s The Dirty Picture, Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Paan Singh Tomar, Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani, Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wasseypur Parts I and II,
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Barfi! selected as India’s official entry to Academy Awards 2013

Barfi! selected as India’s official entry to Academy Awards 2013
Barfi! directed by Anurag Basu has been selected as India’s official entry to the Academy Awards 2013 in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

The shortlisted films comprised Milan Luthria’s The Dirty Picture, Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Paan Singh Tomar, Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani, Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wasseypur Parts I and II, Rajan Khosa’s Gattu, Gurvinder Singh’s Anhey Ghore Da Daan, Umesh Kulkarni’s Deool and Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine among others.

Barfi! starring Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra released in India on September 14, 2012.

“We are honoured that Barfi! has been selected to represent India as its official entry to the Academy Awards 2013. Barfi! is very close to the hearts of all of us at Utv, and it gives us great satisfaction that a film we have developed and nurtured from its inception has met with so much love from audiences and critics worldwide. An added
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1st Dharamshala International Film Festival from 1st November

1st Dharamshala International Film Festival from 1st November
The maiden edition of the Dharamshala International Film Festival will be held from 1st – 4th November.The film festival is an initiative of the Dharanshala based filmmakers Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam.

Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam run an independent film company and produce films mainly focusing on the subject of Tibet. Some of their films include, The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom, The Thread of Karma, Dreaming Lhasa and Big Treasure Chest for Future Kids.

12 films to be screened at the festival are announced so far, more will be coming soon. Those lined-up are:

Miss Lovely

India. Directed by Ashim Ahluwalia. Two brothers, Vicky and Sonu Duggal, produce forbidden sex-horror films for India’s small-town picture houses in mid-1980s Bombay. Vicky is struggling to run the tabooed operation, while Sonu desires to produce a romantic film which he would call ‘Miss Lovely’.

The film
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Shyam Benegal Retrospective at Indian Film Festival in Netherlands

Shyam Benegal Retrospective at Indian Film Festival in Netherlands
Five of Shyam Benegal’s films will be screened at the Indian Film Festival The Hague (IndianFFTH) in Netherlands as a retrospective of the renowned film maker. The films are Ankur (1973), Bhumika (976), Suraj ka Satvan Ghoda (1993), Sardari Begum (1996) and Zubeida (2001). Benegal, considered as the pioneer of parallel cinema in India, has won seven National Awards.

Other films to be screened at the IndianFFTH include Adaminte Makan Abu (Abu Son of Adam) by Salim Ahmed, Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan (Alms for the Blind Horse) by Gurvinder Singh, Chillar Party by Nitesh Tiwari and Vikas Bahl and Gattu by Rajan Khosa.

The 2nd edition of the festival will be held from 3rd – 7th October, 2012.
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Green Screen Lab Diary: Day 1

Green. That is the colour of Bhubaneswar right now. Literally. And metaphorically too – for me at least, and I am sure, for my co-participants at the International Green Screen Lab 2012, focused on developing quality screenplays for Indian children’s cinema. For an Assamese, the deep shades of green during the monsoons is nothing new, Assam and the rest of North-East India having been endowed with nature’s bounty. But it is the metaphorical green that has engulfed the campus of Kiit University in the Odisha capital that is intoxicating me at this moment – it’s the colour that has inspired this screenwriting lab (click link above for the backgrounder). And it has kind of engulfed my senses too – the idea of writing and making cinema that remains environment-friendly during conceptualisation and execution is too exciting for a person who grew up close to nature but now lives in a concrete jungle called New Delhi.
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Children’s films don’t get made in India because they don’t have A-list stars: Rajan Khosa, Director, Gattu

Children’s films don’t get made in India because they don’t have A-list stars: Rajan Khosa, Director, Gattu
Rajan Khosa

Rajan Khosa’s Gattu, which hits the theatres on July 20, won a Special Mention from the Children’s Jury at Berlin Film Festival 2012. A film about a street urchin who follows his dream, Gattu, produced by the Children’s Film Society of India, went on to win the Best Film award at New York Indian Film Festival 2012.

An alumnus of the Royal College of Arts in London, Khosa came into limelight with his feature film Dance Of The Wind (1997) which world premiered at Venice Film Festival and won the Netpac award at International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Rajan Khosa talks about Gattu and the state of children’s films in India:

Tell us about the journey of Gattu.

I had worked with children in my earlier films and had realized that childhood was a beautiful stage of life to explore. So when the opportunity came to make a children’s film,
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Dekh Indian Circus to open 9th Indian Film Festival Stuttgart

Still from Dekh Indian Circus

Dekh Indian Circus directed by Mangesh Hadawale will open 9th Indian Film Festival, Stuttgart on July 18. The film features Tannishtha Chatterjee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Virendra Singh Rathod and Suhani Oza.

Some of the other films to be screened at the festival are: Shala by Sujay Dahake, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara by Zoya Akhtar, Teri Meri Kahaani by Kunal Kohli,  Adaminte Makan Abu by Salim Ahamed, At the Stairs by Rajesh Jala,  Deool by Umesh Kulkarni, Gattu by Rajan Khosa and Paan Singh Tomar by Tigmanshu Dhulia.

Some of the short films to be screened in the festival are: Mehfuz by Rohit Pandey, Shor by Neeraj Ghaywan, Sujata by Shlok Sharma, The Last Marble by Manjari Makijany,  Another Planet by Smita Bhide, Café Regular, Cairo by Ritesh Batra, Panchbhuta by Mohan Kumar Valasala and Naach Ganesh by Bikas Mishra.

The complete lineup of the festival is available here.
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London Indian Film Festival: Coverage and details!

  • HeyUGuys
We are lucky enough at Upodcast to be covering the London Indian Film Festival which is on now until the 3rd of July. There are a ton of amazing movies scheduled as well as live music performances and Q&A’s with movie directors and much much more.

After having a rocking start with the premiere of Gangs Of WasseyPur, the festival is still showing some very interesting Indian as well as British production that are Indian at heart but moving away form the conventions of Bollywood!

So head over to their website (click here for the London Indian Film Festival site) or follow their twitter feed!

Upodcast has some great coverage including:

Gangs Of WasseyPur Review Anurag Kashyap Podcast Interview Gattu Review Dekh Indian Circus Review and much more to follow!

Here is some news from the press team:

The 3rd Edition of the London Indian Film Festival (20 June
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