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The New York Indian Film Festival announces full lineup for the 16th Annual Film Festival

The New York Indian Film Festival (Nyiff) announced the full lineup last night for their 16th year of celebrating independent, art house, alternate, and diaspora films from/about/connected to the Indian subcontinent (May 7 – May 14). Dedicated to bringing these films to a New York audience, the festival will feature 40 screenings (35 narrative, 5 documentary) –all seen for the first time in New York City. In addition, the festival will also feature five programs of short films.

The festival highlights various cinemas of India’s different regions. All the films are subtitled in English and some of the languages this year include Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Telegu, Assamese, Haryanavi and Urdu. This year’s festival will feature a couple of sidebars –Nfdc restored first films of filmmakers and a three-generations sidebar, films of Bimal Roy, Basu Bhattacharya and Aditya Bhattacharya.

The festival’s film lineup includes 2016 National Award winners A Far Afternoon,
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Nawazuddin Siddiquis Babumoshai Bandookbaaz shifts to Up

With many back to back releases, Nawazuddin Siddiqui is a busy man. The actor, who had taken some time out for Kushan Nandy's Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, had to however put the film on hold as the film faced a lot of resistance whilst shooting in West Bengal. And now, the makers have decided to shift the plotline to a North Indian backdrop.

It so happened that after .Babumoshai Bandookbaaz went on floor in West Bengal, the Fctwei (Federation of Cine Technicians and Workers of Eastern India) and the director of the film Kushan Nandy faced several disputes which forced the team of the film to leave the state. Kushan had further also accused that these labourers extorted a whopping amount of Rs. 55 lakhs from him and hence, the upset filmmaker also announced that he will never return to the state for the film.

With these controversies around, there were speculations
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Waheeda Rehman returns to Bengali cinema

Waheeda Rehman returns to Bengali cinema
53 years ago Waheedaji had done a Bengali film with the doyen of Indian cinema Satyajit Ray. Now she is back in Arshinagar, a Bengali film directed by Aparna Sen. She recalls the experience with pleasurable laughter. "When I was offered Abhijaan I didn't know any Bengali at all. But Satyajit Ray Saab insisted, saying my character spoke a mixture of Bhojpuri, Hindi, Urdu and Bengali. I agreed only because he had faith in me." Waheedaji did another Bengali film Jeevan Je Rokom featuring Ranjit Mallick which according to her didn't turn out that well. She loved shooting in Kolkata. "I've shot many films in Hindi and some in Bangla in Kolkata. It's always a pleasure to be part of the city." Waheedaji admits she has always been low on self-esteem. "I always feel I wouldn't be able to carry off what the directors require from me. Luckily I manage. I
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Anindo Sarkar to direct Kacher Dewal : Regional Movies

Bengali serial director Anindo Sarkar announced the start of shooting of his film Kacher Dewal from November 27. The film is based on a story by Suchitra Bhattacharya and is produced by Gurupada Das and Shine India Cine Vision & Media Pvt. Ltd.The film is the first venture of the production house and stars Roopa Ganguly and English Vinglish actor Adil Hussain as the lead pair. Read More...
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Interview: Suman Ghosh, Director of “Shyamal Uncle Turns Off the Lights”

Interview: Suman Ghosh, Director of “Shyamal Uncle Turns Off the Lights”
After Nobel Chor in 2011 featuring stars like Mithun Chakraborty and Soumitra Chatterjee; director Suman Ghosh returns to Mumbai Film Festival 2012 with a small-budget Bengali film Shyamal Uncle Turns Off the Lights, which is the story of an eighty year old pensioner who wants the street lights switched off during the day to save waste .

The film recently premiered at Busan International Film Festival where it was picked up by Global Film Initiative for North American distribution.

Suman Ghosh, in a conversation with Nandita Dutta, ahead of the Indian premiere of his film on October 21:

Who or what was the inspiration for the character of Shyamal Uncle?

Shyamal uncle is a real character and is played by Shyamal Bhattacharya himself. And this film is based on a real incident which was experienced by Shyamal Uncle. You see, Shyamal Uncle represents an entire generation. The generation who has seen the country
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Review: Barfi!


Stars: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopran Ileana D’Cruz, Rupa Ganguly, Saurabh Shukla | Written and Directed by: Anurag Basu

When Bollywood decides to tackle things like disabilities, I’m always certain they’re going to it horribly wrong. They don’t always, like Asperger’s Syndrome in My Name Is Khan, and dyslexia in Taare Zameen Par. The right writers and director can do things with the appropriate sensitivity, as Anurag Basu does in Barfi! with a deaf and mute boy, and a girl with Autism.

Told in flashbacks of various characters telling their stories of the life of Barfi (Ranbir Kapoor), a deaf and mute boy. One of them, is Shruti (Ileana D’Cruz), a girl who moves to Darjeeling, who Barfi falls for and quickly makes her fall for him too. But she is already engaged and they go separate ways when she’s gets married. The film
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Sanjay Suri plays teacher in Papa Please

Sanjay Suri plays teacher in Papa Please
Aamir Khan handled the very sensitive issue of the dyslexia in his film Taare Zameen Par. Well, the debutante director Shashi Verma is now all set to walk the similar path with his offering Papa Please, a film that will focus on the undue pressure that today's children are subjected to in order to ace their academics. The film stars Sanjay Suri along with Vipin Sharma and Roopa Ganguly. The film is being produced by Dr. Deepankar Roy and Binod Gupta. While Tzp showed the father-son relationship, Papa Please will have the father-daughter relationship as its peg. Sanjay Suri (who plays a teacher in this film) said that even though the template of the film is the same (like Tzp), the story is absolutely different. He also added that the film exhibits the girl's point of view who has immense pressure of topping every time and how this pressure affects her psyche.
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Sanjay Suri back with film on stifled childhood

After basking in the glory of the National Award for I Am, actor-producer Sanjay Suri returns to the big screen in the role of a school teacher for a new film Papa Please, which deals with the undue academic pressure on children.In 2008, actor-filmmaker Aamir Khan dealt with a similar issue in his blockbuster film Taare Zameen Par..The template is the same, but the story is absolutely different,. Sanjay said in a statement.Papa Please is directed by debutant Shashi Verma and produced by Dipankar Roy and Binod Gupta. The film talks about the pressure parents and institutions inflict on students and youngsters to excel in academics. It also deals with the issue of saving the girl child..The film is from the point of view of a girl, who has the tremendous pressure of topping every time and how this pressure affects the psyche of the child,. Sanjay added.
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Naseer-Roopa in Usha Uthup's music video

Rabindra Sangeet in English? Who but Usha Uthup would ever imagine such a thing! The indefatigable singer has pulled it off and even roped in a very unconventional pair of Naseeruddin Shah and Roopa Ganguly for a music video..It was such an honour and pleasure working with Naseer. He.s a dear friend, and a sport. He agreed to do the music video in a jiffy,. said Usha..Actually, done a whole album of Rabindra Sangeet in English. But I could only afford one music video. Why an album of Rabindra Sangeet? Well, it.s a long story..Forty-two years ago when I sang my first song on a public stage I chose an Irish song. I didn.t know it had its roots in a Rabindra song. When people pointed out the kinship between my Irish song and Rabindra Sangeet, I was hooked. So you could say,
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Naseer and Roopa in Usha Uthups music video

Naseer and Roopa in Usha Uthups music video
Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah and Bong actress Roopa Ganguly will be seen together in a music video. The music video is singer Usha Uthup's baby and the song featuring Naseer and Roopa is an English song sung by Usha titled 'Drink To Only Me'.

The song is the English version of a very well known Tagore song called 'Koto Baar Bhebechhinu'. It was Usha who convinced Naseer to feature in the video. In the video, Naseer plays a photographer while Roopa plays the woman he once shot and never forgot.

The song is a part of an album featuring a collection of Tagore's Rabindra Sangeet in English.
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Chaurahen: for the sake of ‘art’

Director: Rajshree Ojha, Writers: Rajshree Ojha, Anuvab Pal (based on the stories of Nirmal Verma), Actors: Victor Banerjee, Roopa Ganguly, Soha Ali Khan, Ankur Khanna, Kiera Chaplin etc.

There aren’t many literary adaptations in Indian cinema these days. So an effort to render Nirmal Verma’s stories on celluloid is a welcome endeavor. However, it is also a tad too ambitious. The stories that are simple yet delve into the complexities of human relationships may appear visually-oriented, but to hold them together cinematically via an engaging narrative demands much more than an adept ensemble cast. This is where Chaurahen disappoints: it limits itself to a high-flown, philosophical montage of scenes where it is difficult to identify with or feel for any of the characters. Because they spent most of their time philosophizing about life instead of behaving like mere mortals with motives. Not to mention, the fact that they
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National Film Awards 2011: Winners: Deool, Byari, Aaranyakandam

Deool, Byari, Aaranyakandam, and the other winners of the 2011 National Film Awards have been announced. The 59th Annual National Film Awards, administered by the India’s Directorate of Film Festivals, is “the most prominent film award ceremony in India. Established in 1954, it is administrated by the Indian government’s Directorate of Film Festivals since 1973. Every year, a national panel appointed by the government selects the winning entry, and the award ceremony is held in New Delhi, where the President of India gives away the awards.

This is followed by the inauguration of the National Film Festival, where the award-winning films are screened for the public. Declared for films produced in the previous year across the country, they hold the distinction of awarding merit to the best of Indian cinema overall, as well as presenting awards for the best films in each region and language of the country. Due to the
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I Am, Vidya Balan, Ra.One and Chillar Party win National Awards!

Today the winners of the 59th National Film Awards, the most respected and prestigious film prize in the Indian film industry which everyone looks forward to, were announced. The National Awards honor work from all the film industries in India and this year’s winners are from the Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Kannada, Malayalam, Manipuri, Tamil, Punjabi Film industries.

Bollyspice takes a look at the Hindi cinema winners.

I Am wins Best Hindi Film

The Hindi Film I Am won the award for Best Film and Best Lyrics for the song ‘Agar Zindagi’, which is written by Amitabh Bhattacharya.

Onir thanked everyone on Twitter for their support. He was really overwhelmed by the fact that I Am bagged two National awards. “Thank you all so much. Still overwhelmed that I Am won the Best Hindi Feature film and Best lyrics National award. It’s been a long and difficult journey. Thanks
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Regional talent wins top honours at 59th National film awards

Regional actors and filmmakers swept the top honours, including best feature film, best direction and best actor titles, at the 59th National Film Awards announced here Wednesday. But Bollywood didn.t fail to mark its presence, as Vidya Balan was named the best actress for her bold role in .The Dirty Picture..The best feature film award was shared by Marathi film .Deool. and Kannada movie .Byari., while the winner of the best direction award was Gurvinder Singh for his Punjabi film .Anhe Ghorey Da Daan. . the film also won the best cinematography title.Marathi actor Girish Kulkarni was adjudged the best actor for his role as a good-hearted simpleton in .Deool..The best supporting actor and actress awards were given to Appu Kutty for Tamil film .Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai. and Leishangthem Tonthoingambi Devi for Manipuri film .Phijigee Mani., respectively.Awards in the music category also went to regional films.The
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PVR Director’s Rare to release Rajshree Ojha’s indie film Chaurahen

PVR Director’s Rare to release Rajshree Ojha’s indie film Chaurahen
After Sudhish Kamath’s Good Night Good Morning, the next film to release under PVR Director’s Rare banner will be Rajshree Ojha’s Chaurahen (Crossroads).

Ojha made this film before her Bollywood debut Aisha in 2010. It travelled to several film festivals in 2007 like South Asian International Film Festival – New York, Mumbai International Film Festival (Mami), Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival and Cairo International Film Festival among others.

The film stars Soha Ali Khan, Ankur Khanna, Victor Banerjee, Kiera Chaplin, Roopa Ganguly, Zeenat Aman, Shayan Munshi, Karthik Kumar, Suchitra Pillai, Arundathi Nag, Nedumudi Venu and Siddharth Makkad. Kiera Chaplin, who is the grand daughter of the legendary comedian Charlie Chaplin makes her debut in Indian cinema with Chaurahen.

Chaurahen features three separate stories set in three different cities in contemporary India. There is a troubled adulterous affair in Kolkata, a family dealing with the loss of a son in Kochi
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Mithun starrer 'Nobel Chor' to be screened at 55th BFI London fest

Producer Ashwani Sharma.s Bengali feature film .Nobel Chor., which stars Mithun Chakraborty, will be screened at the 55th British Film Institute (BFI) London Film Festival 2011, to be held in London Oct 12-27.The screening will be presented as the European premiere of the film.The film is also set to be showcased at other festivals abroad, says director Suman Ghosh..The film will first be having its world premiere at the 16th Busan International Film Festival where it will be shown in the Section A Window on Asian Cinema and will have three screenings from October 6-14,. Ghosh said in a statement.At the BFI London Film Festival, the movie will have two screenings under the world section.In the film, Mithun plays the role of Bhanu, who finds the lost Nobel medal of noted poet Rabindranath Tagore. What happens to the medal and Bhanu in a twisting turn
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