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AFI Fest 2017 Announces Indie Additions, Including ‘Bodied,’ ‘Mr. Roosevelt,’ ‘Thoroughbreds,’ and Many More

AFI Fest 2017 Announces Indie Additions, Including ‘Bodied,’ ‘Mr. Roosevelt,’ ‘Thoroughbreds,’ and Many More
The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the films that will be featured in their New Auteurs and American Independents sections at the upcoming AFI Fest 2017 presented by Audi. Selections include a number of lauded features from around the festival circuit, including Cannes offerings like “I Am Not a Witch,” SXSW favorites like “Gemini” and “Mr. Roosevelt,” the Sundance breakout “Thoroughbreds,” and Joseph Kahn’s Toronto Midnight Madness favorite “Bodied,” among others.

Highlighting first- and second-time feature film directors, New Auteurs is designed as the festival’s platform for upcoming filmmakers from all over the world to showcase their new films. This year, the section includes 11 films, nine of which come from female directors. Similarly, AFI Fest’s American Independents section aims to represent the best of this year’s independent filmmaking. Pushing boundaries of form and content across narrative and documentary cinema, this section includes 11 films from both fresh
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Toronto Film Review: ‘What Will People Say’

Toronto Film Review: ‘What Will People Say’
A first-generation Norwegian teen clashes with the traditional values and expectations of her Pakistani émigré parents in the compelling coming-of-age drama “What Will People Say,” from director-writer Iram Haq. Like her feature debut “I Am Yours,” Haq’s sophomore work smartly probes the problems of a character caught between cultures, while the nuanced screenplay once again draws on her own harrowing life experience. Audiences and critics alike should say good things about “People.” The kinetically shot film brims with authenticity and immediacy and benefits from a deeply sympathetic turn from sublime discovery Maria Mozhdah as the lead. Niche arthouse play looks likely in many territories.

The story unfolds in three acts. When we first meet her, pretty 16-year-old Nisha (Mozhdah) is living a double life. Outside the home, she appears to be a normal, well-adjusted, Western values-oriented high-school girl who hangs out with friends, shoots hoops, dances at clubs and flirts with boys; she’s even unafraid
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Trailer for 'What Will People Say' About a Pakistani Girl Living in Oslo

"Won't you hug your papa?" An early trailer has debuted for an indie film titled What Will People Say, premiering at the Toronto Film Festival next month. This autobiographical film is directed by filmmaker Iram Haq, a young Pakistani actress/filmmaker who grew up in Oslo. The film tells the story of 16-year-old Nisha, played by newcomer Maria Mozhdah, a girl living in Oslo who obeys her family's strict Pakistani traditions at home but lives a modern lifestyle with her friends. When she is caught with a white boyfriend, her father sends her to live in Pakistan with relatives. The cast includes Adil Hussain, Ekavali Khanna, Rohit Saraf, Ali Arfan, and Sheeba Chaddha. This looks damn good. It's clear they're trying to build buzz before Tiff in hopes of bringing in audiences to see this during the festival. Definitely worth a look. Here's the first official trailer for Iram Haq's What Will People Say,
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“Madhur Bhandarkar’s Indu Sarkar Must Be Seen” – Subhash K Jha Review

Starring Kirti Kulhari,Tota Roy Choudhary, Neil Nitin Mukesh

Directed by Madhur Bhandarkar

Maybe it’s too early here to mention Kirti Kulhari’s indomitable brilliance in this grossly mis-reviewed film. But then, considering she has given what is arguably the most outstanding performance by a female protagonist since Tabu in Chandni Bar and has even gone further than Tabu in some sequences, this is as good a time as any to bring up her climactic court scene where she tells the spellbound judge (he wears the same expression that I did) how her life changed one day when she took the wrong turn and ended up watching the ravages caused by the Congress regime at Turkman Gate.

When Kirti speaks of serendipity her character Indu (I will ignore the cheap thrills of ambiguity afforded by her full name) doesn’t know what that words means. It is that innocence
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Raees Movie Review – Subhash K Jha


Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Mahira Khan

Directed by Rahul Dholakia

It’s the same old wine—hooch wine—in a not-so-new battle, and I do mean battle. Prohibition in Gujarat is the playground for this pulsating saga of twisted morality. As the Good Cop Majmudar (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) wages an all-out war against hooch seller Raees Khan (Shah Rukh Khan) what emerges from the smoke fire and ashes is a kitschy 1980s-styled potboiler that tells the story of a gangster’s protege who grows into a Robin Hoodlum, the do-dogooder whose Ammi (Sheeba Chadha, so brilliant and yet such a fugitive figure in the screenplay) teaches him that no job is too small or petty.

Taking that maternal advice a bit too seriously (probably uttered by the short-lived Ammi-jaan in an unguarded moment after she may have heard it being said by Alok Nath on Buniyaad) Raees spends
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Shah Rukh Khan On Raees: “I find acting exciting every day”

One of the first names that comes to mind when you think of heroes of the Hindi film industry, he is one of the biggest and most enduring stars in India and has legions of fans from all over the globe. He has created some of the most iconic characters in the canon and has portrayed roles that range from romantic, funny, tragic, disturbed, dark and even some who have all of those qualities and more. We are, of course, talking about the incomparable Shah Rukh Khan.

His newest release is the drama Raees, a fictitious story set in Gujarat, India during early 1980 into the 1990’s. Directed by National Film Award winner Rahul Dholakia, the film explores how the main character, Raees’ relationships and hard work helped him build an entire empire from scratch, and made him the single most powerful man in the state. However, every controversial leader has his foil.
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The Blue Mug Play on Tour!

Bollywood fans worldwide will get a real treat this coming spring with a traveling production of The Blue Mug, a new play directed by Atul Kumar that stars Ranvir Shorey, Konkona Sen Sharma, Vinay Pathak, Rajat Kapoor, Sheeba Chaddha, and Munish Bhardwaj. The Blue Mug is based in part on The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, the classic book of essays by neurologist Oliver Sacks. Sacks took his experiences with patients who, for varying reasons from brain tumors to dementia to autism, experience the world differently from neurotypical individuals and used them to explore our own shared conception of memory and existence. The Blue Mug follows in his footsteps, taking mental illness out of the realm of the clinical and into the philosophical.

The Blue Mug, which uses both Hindi and English, doesn’t have a traditional narrative. There is a segment with a 40-year old patient
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