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Exclusive: Ayushmann Khurrana signs Hansal Mehta’s next

Exclusive: Ayushmann Khurrana signs Hansal Mehta’s next
Ayushmann Khurrana has been the poster boy for been the poster boy for unconventional films. From Vicky Donor to Shubh Mangal Saavdhaan, the actor has shown versatility through his different performances. Now, we hear that Ayushmann Khurrana has reportedly signed Hansal Mehta's next untitled film. According to the sources, Ayushmann is all set to work with Omerta director Hansal Mehta. Going by Ayushmann's film choices, this collaboration is definitely very interesting and fans will see a new actor-director duo in action. While the news of their collaboration is interesting, more details about the film and the other cast details are awaited.

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Hansal Mehta’s Omerta bio-pic gets censor rap for using National Anthem

Hansal Mehta’s Omerta bio-pic gets censor rap for using National Anthem
Hansal Mehta’s gritty raw brutal and disturbing Omerta, the film about the global terror activities of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, has finally been cleared by the Cbfc with an “A” certificate. Hansal who has in the past fought many brave battles with the censor board was ready for a long grim fight to ensure nothingRead More

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Breaking: Sudhir Mishra’s Daas Dev postponed; to now release on April 27

Breaking: Sudhir Mishra’s Daas Dev postponed; to now release on April 27
Filmmaker Sudhir Mishra’s Daas Dev has now been postponed to April 27. The film was supposed to open this week on April 20. However the film’s team along with director Sudhir Mishra feel that April 20 was looking a tad crowded. Says Sudhir, “There is Majid Majidi’s Beyond The Clouds, Hansal Mehta’s Omerta and some otherRead More

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German actress chosen to play Sonia Gandhi a second time

German actress chosen to play Sonia Gandhi a second time
The casting of “creative director” Hansal Mehta’s The Accidental Prime Minister the bio-pic on Manmohan Singh, just got bigger. German actress Suzanne Bernert has been selected to play Sonia Gandhi. Interestingly Bernert has played Sonia Gandhi earlier in a television series for Zee TV entitled Pradhamanntri, a semi-fictionalized account of Indian politics helmed by ShekharRead More

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“Missing will shock & stun audiences,” promises Manoj Bajpayee

“Missing will shock & stun audiences,” promises Manoj Bajpayee
Manoj Bajpayee has been keeping very quiet about his next release, mysteriously titled Missing which unites the auteur actor with one of his favourite co-stars Tabu. “We worked together in Hansal Mehta’s Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar and Akashdeep’s Ghaat many years ago. Now I can say we’ve finally done another film together that doesRead More

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Sridevi, Shashi Kapoor Tributes Set at N.Y. Indian Fest

The New York Indian Film Festival will pay tribute to two Bollywood icons who died in the past few months — Shashi Kapoor and Sridevi — when the event unfolds May 7-12.

Kapoor, star of Merchant-Ivory films such as “The Householder,” will be honored with the screenings of “Shakespeare Wallah” and “Heat and Dust.” The fest will hold a Merchant-Ivory retrospective that also includes the unspooling of “Autobiography of a Princess,” starring Madhur Jaffrey.

To honor the mono-monikered Sridevi, her 2012 hit “English Vinglish,” which was mainly set in New York, will screen.

The fest opens May 7 with “Nude,” a Marathi-language film directed by Ravi Jadhav. The story centers around a single mother who gets a job as a nude model at an art school but fears the judgment of others and keeps her job a secret. Closing night film on May 12 is Hansal Mehta’s “Omerta,” starring Rajkumar Rao. That film will
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A biopic on Sridevi - know who might play the lead?

Few days after Sridevi's demise, popular Bollywood director Hansal Mehta said that he was supposed to approach Sridevi for his next film. However, that did not happen.

Now, Hansel has revealed, in a recent statement, that he would be making a biopic on Sridevi, and he might approach Vidya Balan to play the lead.

Hansal was reportedly quoted as saying, "There will never be another Sridevi. I was about to approach her for a film. That film will now be dedicated to her. If it finds an actor. I will always regret that I didn't approach her and...

Newton & Trapped actor makes a breaking announcement on his next biggie!

Versatile Bollywood actor Rajkummar Rao who has done a variety of roles in numerous films is gearing up for his next big release. His recent films Trapped and Newton have been appreciated widely.

His next is titled Omerta and is directed by Hansal Mehta. The first look of the movie has just released and the movie is set to hit screens on April 20. Rajkummar’s Tweet regarding the same read, “Here’s the official poster of #Omerta. Film releasing on 20th April. Trailer out in two days. @mehtahansal”.

*Twitter post is not spell checked

Sridevi Tribute Planned at Indian Film Festival L.A.

Sridevi Tribute Planned at Indian Film Festival L.A.
The 2018 edition of the Indian Film Festival Los Angeles will include a tribute to the late Indian actress Sridevi when it unspools April 11-15 at Regal L.A. Live theaters downtown. Sridevi’s 1989 blockbuster “Chandni” will screen courtesy of Yash Raj Films.

The festival will open with Manoj Bajpayee starrer “In the Shadows” and close with festival fave “Village Rockstars” from Rima Das. Along with Bajpayee, “Shadows'” L.A.- based director Dipesh Jain will attend the opening night festivities. It is Jain’s feature film debut. “Rockstars” bowed at the Toronto fest last fall.

The festival slate, which comprises films in 12 languages, includes four world premieres and three North American premieres. Among the rookie and sophomore directors are 11 female filmmakers.

Naseeruddin Shah and Tisca Chopra star in “The Hungry,” an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicas”; “The Ashram,” is directed by Ben Rakhi and toplines Melissa Leo, Kal Penn
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India's Oddjoint, Karma reteam on fantasy horror 'Replay' (exclusive)

India's Oddjoint, Karma reteam on fantasy horror 'Replay' (exclusive)
Director, producer previously teamed-up on Berlin title Garbage.

Following their collaboration on Berlin title Garbage, Indian director Q and producer Shaailesh R. Singh are reteaming on fantasy horror Replay.

The new project will be produced by Q’s Oddjoint and Singh’s Karma Entertainment & Media. It revolves around a group of young friends who become involved in a twisted game of death and gore.

Q previously directed horror title Ludo, about a group of teenagers locked overnight in a shopping mall, which had a wide festival run, including a Us premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin.

Garbage, which premiered in
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"I was going to approach her to act, now this film will be dedicated to Sridevi"

Following the death of legendary actress Sridevi, many celebrities and fans have paid homage to her. Today is the third day since her demise and her funeral is said to take place today.

Meanwhile, director Hansal Mehta of Shahid fame has given a statement saying that he was planning to approach Sridevi for a project. He said, "There will never be another Sridevi. I was about to approach her for a film. That film will now be dedicated to her. If it finds an actor."

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Wide picks up Berlin Panorama title 'Garbage' (exclusive)

Socio-political drama is the only Indian film in Berlin official selection this year.

Paris-based sales company Wide has picked up worldwide rights to Panorama title Garbage, directed by Q, which is the only Indian feature in Berlinale official selection this year.

Produced by Oddjoint Films and Karma Media and Entertainment, the film stars Tanmay Dhanania (Brahman Naman), Trimala Adhikari and Satarupa Das. It revolve around a woman who takes a taxi driver hostage when he starts stalking her and discovers he has a shocking secret at home.

The film marks Q’s return to Panorama seven years after his rap musical Gandu in 2011. His last film, comedy Brahman Naman (2016), was acquired by Netflix and premiered at Sundance.

Q said: “We were looking at a sales agent who could understand the sensitive nature of Garbage and the need for non-conventional methods of getting the film out there. I have been following Wide for a while and am looking
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Ivanhoe Pictures, Easterly team on Jahnu Barua's 'Unread Pages'

Set mostly in Assam and North America, the film will feature both Indian and international actors.

Source: Ivanhoe pictures

Ivanhoe Pictures and India’s Easterly Entertainment are joining forces to co-produce drama Unread Pages, directed by Assamese filmmaker Jahnu Barua.

The film follows a man returning to Assam, one of eight small states in Northeast India, after being estranged from his land and culture. Set mostly in Assam and North America, the film will feature both Indian and international actors.

Launched by brothers Shahnaab Alam and Sartaj Alam, Easterly Entertainment is a content development and boutique production house with offices in Mumbai and Assam’s largest city, Guwahati.

Shahnaab Alam has producing credits including Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly, Hansal Mehta’s Omerta and Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox. He also recently produced Barua’s Assamese-language film Broken Window, which is currently in post-production.

Barua has won several National Film Awards in India for films including Baandhon (2012) and Hkhagoroloi
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“I am proud of Simran, it wasn’t the disaster that it’s being made out to be” – Hansal Mehta on life after Simran

“I am proud of Simran, it wasn’t the disaster that it’s being made out to be” – Hansal Mehta on life after Simran
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta has moved on from Simran, the controversial film with a super-controversial leading lady. But, Kangana Ranaut and Hansal are still in touch. Talking about the same Hansal adds that while Kangana is busy with her work he is busy with his. Despite this the two find the time to connect. Further Mehta added that both have moved on from the Simran controversy and he in fact recommended a beautiful short story to her to read. Concluding, Mehta states that he is proud of Simran, and that it wasn’t the disaster that it’s being made out to be.

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India's Eros signs co-production deal with Drishyam

The first project under the deal is Hardik Mehta’s Kaamyaab.

Source: Eros International

Indian studio Eros International has signed a four-picture co-production deal with indie production house Drishyam Films.

The first project under the deal, Hardik Mehta’s Kaamyaab, has already started production. Starring Sanjay Mishra and Deepak Dobriyal, the film follows a seasoned character actor who decides to come out of retirement on a quest to find that elusive 500th role for which he will be remembered forever.

Founded by Manish Mundra, Drishyam has produced critically-acclaimed indie films including Fly Away Solo (Masaan), Unknown Faces (Rukh), Bitter Wind (Kadvi Hawa) and India’s recent best foreign-language Oscar entry, Newton.

Although one of India’s most mainstream studios, Eros has recently been co-financing and distributing content-driven films, such as Hansal Mehta’s gay-themed drama Aligarh and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s The New Classmate (Nil Battey Sannata).

Eros has previously
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India's Eros signs co-production deal with Drishyam

The first project under the deal is Hardik Mehta’s Kaamyaab.

Source: Eros International

Indian studio Eros International has signed a four-picture co-production deal with indie production house Drishyam Films.

The first project under the deal, Hardik Mehta’s Kaamyaab, has already started production. Starring Sanjay Mishra and Deepak Dobriyal, the film follows a seasoned character actor who decides to come out of retirement on a quest to find that elusive 500th role for which he will be remembered forever.

Founded by Manish Mundra, Drishyam has produced critically-acclaimed indie films including Fly Away Solo (Masaan), Unknown Faces (Rukh), Bitter Wind (Kadvi Hawa) and India’s recent best foreign-language Oscar entry, Newton.

Although one of India’s most mainstream studios, Eros has recently been co-financing and distributing content-driven films, such as Hansal Mehta’s gay-themed drama Aligarh and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s The New Classmate (Nil Battey Sannata).

Eros has previously teamed with Drishyam on the distribution of Newton
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Iffam: ‘Newton’ Star Rajkummar Rao Signs Horror Comedy

Iffam: ‘Newton’ Star Rajkummar Rao Signs Horror Comedy
Rising star Indian actor Rajkummar Rao has signed an untitled film alongside actress Shraddha Kapoor (“Haseena Parkar”), by director duo Krishna D.K. and Raj Nidimoru (“A Gentleman”).

Principal photography will commence by the end of January 2018. Dinesh Vijan is producing for Maddock Films (“Hindi Medium”). Rao describes the film as an “out-of-the-box, raucous horror-comedy.”

Rao, who will receive one of the Variety Asian Actors to Watch award at Iffam later this week, is enjoying the best year of his career.

He is the star of political satire “Newton,” which was released in India in late September on the day it was announced that it would be India’s entry in Oscar’s foreign language category. It not only racked up the box office numbers, but also won Rao best actor at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

Survival drama “Trapped” released in March and alongside enormous critical acclaim, performed well at the box office.

Romantic comedy
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Padmavati postponed, goons have a free run; filmmakers explode

Padmavati postponed, goons have a free run; filmmakers explode
Hansal Mehta: “It is obvious that a film and an artist don’t count when more important things like elections are at stake.” Anees Bazmee: “The Padmavati episode is really tragic. Freedom of speech and expression are key to a good democracy. It’s doesn’t matter what the history says or the facts are. The film contentRead More

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Manoj Bajpayee on Preparing for Dipesh Jain’s Thriller ‘In the Shadows’

Manoj Bajpayee on Preparing for Dipesh Jain’s Thriller ‘In the Shadows’
Two years after he won a standing ovation in Busan for his searing portrayal of a persecuted gay literature professor in Hansal Mehta’s “Aligarh,” Manoj Bajpayee returns to the festival with the world premiere of Dipesh Jain’s thriller “In the Shadows.” From his breakthrough role in “Satya” (1998) through “Gangs of Wasseypur” (2012), Bajpayee has consistently forged an independent path.

Throughout your career you have almost always chosen roles that are not in the mainstream. What informed these choices?

When I started my career, mainstream formula films were doing quite well. The blockbuster success of “Satya” gave me the strength to carve a path for myself. Otherwise, there was a feeling of getting lost in the crowd by doing all these stereotypical roles which were waiting for me out there. It was quite alluring, there was loads of money, but somewhere I felt that if I have to go on a longer run, I have to
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Busan Facetime: ‘Omerta’ Director Hansal Mehta

Busan Facetime: ‘Omerta’ Director Hansal Mehta
After a decade-long first innings where he switched between mainstream Bollywood and independent cinema, Indian filmmaker Hansal Mehta took a four-year hiatus and returned with the multiple-award winning indie hit “Shahid” (2012), starring Rajkummar Rao. “Aligarh” (2015), starring Manoj Bajpayee and Rao, won acclaim in Busan and around the world. Following its world premiere at Toronto, Mehta returns to Busan with the Asian premiere of Rao-starrer “Omerta,” a film about British-born, Pakistani terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh who kidnapped and murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002.

What made you choose the Ahmed Omar Saeed Shaikh story?

There are uneasy truths that we usually try not to confront. Omar’s story is one such truth. Governments believe that by bombing entire cities and destroying countries they will end radicalism. Instead we need to focus on individuals like him – educated, wealthy and completely radicalized. I see “Omerta” as a companion piece to my earlier film “Shahid.” Both examine
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