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'What Will People Say', 'U-July 22' win at Norway's Amanda Awards

'What Will People Say', 'U-July 22' win at Norway's Amanda Awards
Iram Haq’s What Will People Say won best director, Norwegian film, actor and screenplay.

Iram Haq’s What Will People Say triumphed at the Amanda Awards on Aug 18, winning the Norwegian national awards for best director (Haq), best Norwegian film in theatrical release, best actor (Adil Hussain) and best screenplay (Haq).

The film, a hit at festivals including Toronto, Les Arcs, AFI Fest and Goteborg, is about a Norwegian teenage girl who clashes with her traditional Pakistan-born parents.

Erik Poppe’s Utoya story U-July 22 won best actress and best supporting actress for newcomers Andrea Berntzen and Solveig Koløen Birkeland.
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Tabrez Noorani’s Love Sonia wins big at The Indian film festival of Melbourne 2018

Filmmaker Tabrez Noorani’s Love Sonia has been honored by the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2018 with two awards, winning the Best Indie Film and the Best Supporting Performance Award to actress Richa Chadha. The film was also the opening film at the festival. Also honored was Actress Freida Pinto who won the diversity award at the festival.

Director Tabrez Noorani shares, “Love Sonia is an important film, not only for me but also for the inspiring cast and crew that gave this movie their all. To have this recognized by the Iffm means a lot.”

Actress Mrunal Thakur says, “I am extremely happy to know that a film like Love Sonia is getting appreciations and winning awards, I always wanted my film to be such where it leaves an impact on audience’s hearts and they take home a message. I really appreciate the team’s effort and glad
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Love Sonia gets rave reviews at The Indian Film Festival Of Melbourne

Love Sonia continues it’s winning streak with an opening night at Indian Film Festival Of Melbourne.

After the success of its premiere in UK, the Melbourne screening received a standing ovation as well. Director Tabrez Noorani was present with his leading ladies Mrunal Thakur, Richa Chadha and Freida Pinto and was lauded for exposing the human trafficking nexus that spans continents.

The film which is a hard-hitting story of a 17-year-old girl who risks her life to rescue her sister from the sex trade is shot in India, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles.

The film has a stronger ensemble cast including Freida Pinto, Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkummar Rao, Richa Chadha, Anupam Kher, Adil Hussain, Sai Tamhankar, Sunny Parwar, Demi Moore, Mark Duplass, Noorani is introducing Mrunal Thakur as the lead character, as well as Riya Sisodiya.

Director Tabrez Noorani says, “It’s exciting and such a privilege to bring Love
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The climax segment in '2.0' will be incredible, vouches Ar Rahman

KollywoodThis science fiction movie directed by Shankar is slated to hit the screens on 29 November 2018. Digital NativeThe Oscar-winning music composer Ar Rahman is the music director for the upcoming magnum opus 2.0. Directed by S Shankar, the film has the Superstar Rajinikanth playing the lead role with the Bollywood star Akshay Kumar playing the antagonist. In a recent interview to Rajiv Masand, Ar Rahman had vouched that the climax segment of 2.0 is just incredible and fans would certainly love it. He was also full of praises for the director for holding on to the project despite the delay in post-production work. Ar Rahman lauded the director for being the Iron Man, making no compromises whatsoever where his films are concerned. He also revealed to have watched one of the songs in the film without any CG and pointed out that it was simply mind-blowing. Touted to be science fiction, 2.0 is slated
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Love Sonia Nominated at Indian Film Festival of Melbourne!

After the tremendous success of Love Sonia at the London Indian Film Festival, the Tabrez Noorani directed film Love Sonia is now on to the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne this August. In fact, Love Sonia is not just opening the festival but also has been nominated in the various award categories including Best Indie film, Best Director and Best-Supporting Actress for Freida Pinto and Richa Chadha.

The festival will be attended by director Tabrez Noorani and the cast of the film – Freida Pinto, Mrunal Thakur, and Richa Chadha.

Director Tabrez Noorani shares “I am extremely happy that the film has been nominated in several categories. The film was received very well at the Baghri London Film Festival and we’re hoping the audiences in Melbourne love the film and the performances as well.”

Co-Producer Amar Butala shares “It’s a pleasure to be associated with Love Soniya. Tabrez has made a powerful film.
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Pondicherry International Film Festival announced

Film Festival The mega festival will also promote Puducherry as a tourist destination.Iansiansa Pondicherry International Film Festival (Piff), which will showcase over 100 films from more than 25 countries, was announced on Monday. Streaming platform Pickurflick with the support of Puducherry Tourism has announced that the inaugural edition of the independent film extravaganza will be held from September 26 to 30. France is the partner country for the festival and there will be a special focus on French cinema, art and culture. Actor Adil Hussain is closely associated with Pickurflick as a mentor and brand ambassador. "Pondicherry brings light into my heart. I had been in Pondicherry since 1995. It played one of the most important roles for me to help grow as a person and an actor. I'm so very delighted that the first Pondicherry International Film Festival is taking place there," Adil said in a statement. Besides film screenings, the five-day film festival will also conduct art, culture exhibition, food festival and music concerts to celebrate art, entertainment and travel in Puducherry, which was a French colony. The mega festival will also promote Puducherry as a tourist destination. "Piff will highlight the relevance of not only filmmakers but also film-goers who want to engage differently, and in new ways, with the medium. It is our fervent hope that the film festival will propel an exciting, full-fledged movement in the years ahead," said Saibal Chatterjee, festival director, Piff 2018. Piff 2018 will have a special section on independent Tamil cinema and will also focus on indie regional cinema.
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It’s official! Rajinikanth’s ‘2.0’ release date has been announced

EntertainmentAfter a prolonged delay during post production, director Shankar took to Twitter to announce the date of release of 2.0.Tnm StaffThe much awaited release date for Rajinikanth’s 2.0 has been announced. Taking to Twitter late on Tuesday evening, director Shankar wrote, “Hi everyone.. atlast the vfx companies promised the final delivery date of the vfx shots. The movie will release on nov 29th 2018.” Hi everyone.. atlast the vfx companies promised the final delivery date of the vfx shots. The movie will release on nov 29th 2018.#2Point0 — Shankar Shanmugham (@shankarshanmugh) July 10, 2018 While the shooting had reportedly concluded in October last year, there was a delay on account of post production work. Over 15 studios from across the globe are simultaneously working on different portions of the film. In January, shortly after launching his political career, Rajinikanth told fans, “2.0 would be a talked-about film in Indian cinema. How the SS Vasan directed Chandralekha, which was released in 1944, turned out to be a blockbuster, 2.0 will have the same kind of reach and talk. It is all because of the content.” With Great Pride and Immense Excitement announcing the release date of our #MagnumOpus #2Point0 - November 29Th, 2018. Gear up to view the Ultimate Clash #GoodOrEvil #WhoDecides @shankarshanmugh @rajinikanth @akshaykumar @arrahman @iamAmyJackson #2Point0FromNov29 — Lyca Productions (@LycaProductions) July 10, 2018 Directed by Shankar, 2.0 stars Rajinikanth in the lead role with Amy Jackson playing his pair. Bollywood star Akshay Kumar is playing the main villain in this sci-fi thriller. Being the sequel to the 2010 hit film, Endhiran, 2.0 will have the Superstar in dual roles – Dr. Vaseegaran and Chitti – the Robot. Others in the cast include Sudhanshu Pandey, Adil Hussain and Kalabhavan Shajohn. Made on a very huge budget, somewhere close to Rs.450 crore, the film is being bankrolled by Subaskaran Allirajah under his home banner Lyca Productions. With a strong technical crew comprising the Oscar winning music director Ar Rahman, cinematographer Nirav Shah and editor Anthony, the film has been written by Shankar and Jeyamohan. 2.0 would be Rajinikanth’s second film after his entry into politics. Kaala, directed by Pa Ranjith, released in June and was politically laden in its messaging. Also read: Rajini-Karthik Subbaraj film's second schedule to be shot in Dehradun
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What Will People Say Movie Review

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What Will People Say Movie Review
What Will People Say (Hva vil folk si) Kino Lorber Reviewed by: Harvey Karten Director: Iram Haq Screenwriter: Iram Haq Cast: Maria Mozhdah, Adil Hussain, Rohit Saraf, Ali Arfan, Sheeba Chaddha, Lalit Parimoo, Ekavali Khanna Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 6/26/18 Opens: July 13, 2018 It’s lucky that President Trump does not read movie subtitles […]

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Liff 2018 Special Review: What Will People Say

London 26 June – 8.30pm Barbican, 27 June – 6.30pm Picturehouse Central

Teenager Nisha (Maria Mozhdah) lives a double life: at home, she speaks Urdu and follows her family’s rules; outside, she speaks Norwegian, wears a snapback and hoodie, plays basketball, hangs out with other teenagers, and has a Norwegian boyfriend. She manages to keep these two lives separate until one fateful night, when she sneaks her Norwegian boyfriend into her room, and her mortified father Mirza (Adil Hussain) finds them together. Her normally doting father reacts brutally, beating her boyfriend, and Nisha ends up in the care of Child Services. Her father meets with Nisha and a care worker, and insists that Nisha must marry her boyfriend, refusing to believe her that she’s never had sex with him, exploding with anger at what he thinks are her lies.

The news travels to the rest of the Pakistani expat community, with the
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Freida Pinto: “Love Sonia is a film that had to be made”

On June 21st, the incredible Love Sonia is opening the London Indian Film Festival. Directed by Tabrez Noorani, the hard-hitting tale has quite the impressive cast including Demi Moore, Mark Duplass, Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkummar Rao, Richa Chadda, Anupam Kher, Adil Hussain, Sunny Parwar, Mrunal Thakur and Freida Pinto. It is a real and raw and compelling story of two loving sisters, who are forced into the sex industry in Mumbai. It follows Sonia, who is sustained by a fragile dream that is worth surviving for, her searing journey spans three continents and a lifetime of experiences that no young girl should have. Sonia is determined not to become one of the 800,000 women and children who are victims of the international sex trade industry every year.

In this fascinating conversation about Love Sonia, Freida Pinto talks about her character, about preparing to play the role, and especially how important she thinks
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Singer Kailash Kher croons for Rajinikanth's '2.0'

Kollywood '2.0' is rumoured to have been postponed to Pongal 2019.Digital NativeDigital NativeIt’s been disappointment after disappointment for superstar Rajinikanth’s fans as the highly anticipated magnum opus Shankar’s 2.0, the sequel to Enthiran, has been postponed multiple times. The latest on the film is that Bollywood singer Kailash Kher has crooned a song in A.R.Rahman's music. Called the 'Bird' song for the Hindi version of the film, it has lyrics penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya. The singer took to his social networking page and posted a picture with composer Ar Rahman: "Recorded a beautiful bird song. Composed by one and only @arrahman for movie #robot2 #chennai #panchathan #musictemple in another super talented #singer #lyricist #amitabhbhattacharya Jadugaro Ka Adda." Recorded a beautiful bird song. Composed by one and only @arrahman for movie #robot2 #chennai #panchathan #musictemple in another super talented #singer #lyricist #amitabhbhattacharya Jadugaro Ka Adda A post shared by Kailash Kher (@kailashkher) on Jun 13, 2018 at 9:53pm Pdt The release of the magnum opus rumoured to be made on a lavish budget of Rs. 450 crore has been deferred multiple times owing to high VFX work. Going by the reports doing rounds, the Rajinikanth starrer 2.0 may not release this year and it could hit the screens for Pongal 2019. 2.0 has a bevy of stars including Akshay Kumar playing the baddie with Amy Jackson as the female lead. It also stars Sudhanshu Pandey, Adil Hussain, Kalabhavan Shajohn and Riyaz Khan. The film will mark the return of Rajinikanth as Dr Vaseegaran and Chitti. According to the industry grapevine, Akshay Kumar who will be seen as Dr. Richard, will have 12 different looks. He will have multiple shades in the film as an evil scientist. He will be dubbing in his own voice for the Hindi version but he will sound completely different for the Tamil and Telugu versions as a professional dubbing artiste will be engaged. The film’s audio was launched in a grand manner last year in Dubai. Meanwhile, Rajinikanth has commenced work on his next film with Karthik Subbaraj in Dehradun. Sun Pictures is bankrolling the project on a lavish budget. Anirudh Ravichander has been finalised to compose music for the film. (Content provided by Digital Native) Also read: Relief for Trisha: Madras Hc dismisses income tax case against actor
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Film Review: What Will People Say by Iram Haq

Under the brooding warmth of the secular sun, the state of the human experience is in constant flux. It is an age of traditional perversion: an age where moral codes are subverted for hedonistic voyages of pleasure; an age where national identities become twisted in a battle for a homogenous cultural society, defending the antiquated borders of the nation-state from the outside. To be young here is to relish in this pursuit of pleasure and to seldom worry about the repercussion of our actions – within reason we are entitled to make our own decisions and to do as we please. Those we look up to encourage us to pursue our dreams and mould our lives any way we so wish. For Nisha, who is bound to a heritage culture which neither approves nor even welcomes the lifestyles of their host, the corruptible indulgence of an adolescence submerged in alcohol, club music,
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Love Sonia Cast and Crew To Attend Red Carpet Opening Night of London Indian Film Festival

The Producer of Life of Pi and Slumdog Millionaire’s Tabrez Noorani is all set to take his newest film, which is his directorial debut, the fabulous “Love Sonia” for a world premiere at Europe’s largest South Asian film festival. The film will be opening The Bagri London Indian Film Festival 2018 which begins this 21st June 2018. The Festival will be attended by Director Tabez Noorani as well as the cast of the film, Mrunal Thakur, Richa Chadha, Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkummar Rao, Sai Tamhankar and Riya Sisodiya. The festival will also be attended by the film’s Producer David Womark; Executive Producer, Pravesh Sahni; Co-Producer Amar Butala; Sound Mixer Resul Pookutty; Writer, Alkesh Vaja; Composer, Niels Bye Nielsen; Editor, Martin Singer; Production Designer, Ravi Srivastav; Makeup Artist, Virginia Holmes and Co-Producer, Nadim George.

Inspired by true events, Love Sonia this is the shocking story of a young Indian village girl
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Official Us Trailer for Iram Haq's Acclaimed Film 'What Will People Say'

"I only want what's best for you." Kino Lorber has debuted their trailer for a highly acclaimed indie drama titled What Will People Say, which we already featured last year once before. 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 is the same trailer as the previous one with a few new quotes - more of a reminder this film will be released in July in Us cinemas. Here's the new
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The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival Reveals Program, Specials and Guests

The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival is a cinematic treasure trove of carefully curated premieres of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi independent films, offering rare glimpses into some of the billion plus lives in the sub-continent. Now in its ninth year it expands out in three cities: London, Birmingham and Manchester.

The programme of dramas, documentaries and shorts explores a compelling slate of controversial, entertaining and thought provoking themes with global resonances. The festival is title sponsored by the Bagri Foundation, which is dedicated to the promotion of Asian arts and culture. The festival also receives grant support from the BFI’s National Lottery Audience Fund.

Opening night

The festival helmer, with an all star Hollywood and Bollywood cast including Demi Moore, Mark Duplass, Freida Pinto, Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkummar Rao, Richa Chadda, Anupam Kher, Adil Hussain, Sunny Parwar and Mrunal Thakur, is the World Premiere of “Love Sonia”, from the
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'2.O' trailer to be released at Ipl final?

KollywoodThe Ipl final is scheduled to take place on 27th of May.Digital NativeDigital NativeGoing by the industry grapevine, superstar Rajinikanth and director Shankar's highly anticipated magnum opus 2.O's teaser will be launched during the finals of the Ipl 2018 which is going to be held on 27th May at 7 Pm. However, there is no official confirmation from the makers yet. It may be recalled that in early March, a rough cut of the 2.O teaser was leaked online. The clip, which was a little over a minute, seemed to have been shot with a mobile phone. Starring Rajnikanth, Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson, the Rs. 400 crore mega budget flick is currently in the post-production stage. The film was originally slated for a Deepavali 2017 released. But, it was postponed after the makers claimed that they needed more time to do full justice to the visual effects in the film. As many as eleven VFX studios around the world are working on the film. However, there is no clarity as yet on when the film will be releasing. The film marks the third time collaboration of Shankar and Rajinikanth post-Enthiran and Sivaji. 2.0 will mark the return of Rajinikanth as Dr Vaseegaran and Chitti. The film also marks the southern debut of Akshay Kumar, who plays the antagonist. Akshay reportedly plays a scientist who turns into a bird-man after an experiment goes awry. Akshay’s look in the film was highly discussed when audiences got a glimpse a few months ago. Also starring Sudhanshu Pandey and Adil Hussain in pivotal roles, the film has music by A.R Rahman. The film’s audio was launched in a grand manner last year in Dubai. The film is bankrolled by A Subhaskaran under his banner Lyca Productions, and has a strong technical crew with Nirav Shah cranking the camera and Anthony editing it. Touted to be Asia’s costliest ventures 2.O will also be simultaneously released in Hindi and Telugu. (Content provided by Digital Native) Also read: 'Fine being insulted on screen, but smutty humour not Ok': Actor Yogi Babu to Tnm
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Bioscopewala Teaser

An adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore’s, Kabuliwala, Bioscopewala is filmed through a new lens. Everyone has an incomplete story! Bioscopewala is a hard-hitting journey of Minnie Basu in a fight to complete her story. What’s your story? Will she complete her story? How will it end?

Bioscopewala starring Danny Denzongpa, Geetanjali Thapa, Tisca Chopra and Adil Hussain is directed by Deb Medhekarand produced by Sunil Doshi.

Kabuliwala is a Bengali short story written by Rabindranath Tagore in 1892. The story is of a Pashtun merchant from Kabul, who comes to Calcutta (present day Kolkata), India each year for selling dry-fruits and while living in India he becomes friends with a five-year-old girl Mini from a middle-class aristocratic family as she reminds him of his daughter who lives in Kabul.

Bioscopewala extends the story from where Tagore’s Kabuliwala ends. In this extrapolation, Kabuliwala shows films to children in Kolkata on his bioscope.
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Love Sonia to have its World Premiere at prestigious London Indian Film Festival

The world premiere of Tabrez Noorani’s Love Sonia will take place at Europe’s largest South Asian film festival, The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival.

The hard hitting and compelling film on global sex trafficking features an incredible cast of actors including Anupam Kher, Adil Hussain, Sai Tamhankar, Sunny Parwar, Demi Moore, Mark Duplass and also introduces Mrunal Thakur as the lead character Sonia and Riya Sisodiya. Love Sonia has been produced by Academy nominated producer of Life of Pi, David Womark and it marks the directorial debut of the prolific Tabrez Noorani. Noorani has been involved with Oscar and BAFTA contenders such as Slumdog Millionaire, Zero Dark Thirty, Life of Pi, Eat Pray Love and Lion.

Love Sonia is the complex and inspiring story of two sisters from a little village in India, who are trafficked. The main protagonist Sonia is sustained by a fragile dream that is worth surviving for.
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Get Ready! The London Indian Film Festival is back with more brilliant films this June!

The outstanding London Indian Film Festival is back again for it’s 9th year to thrill, to entertain, to move you and really make you think. Running from June 21st to the 29th, this year’s festival promises to be brilliant!

Festival director Cary Rajinder Sawhney says: “One great thing about being in the UK and especially London is that we are culturally intertwined to India and South Asia, not just through our shared history but our living, everyday experience where South Asian communities add so much to UK cultural life, of which cinema is an important aspect. This cutting edge festival showcases indie cinema that entertains but shows the more realistic and sometimes the raw side of South Asian culture but, at the same time, there are always stories of comedy, hope and the inexhaustible energy of over 1.3 Billion South Asian lives from the Indian subcontinent”.

Opening with the
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‘Love, Sonia’ to Open Bagri London Indian Film Fest

‘Love, Sonia’ to Open Bagri London Indian Film Fest
The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival will open with the world premiere of “Life of Pi” producer David Womark’s “Love, Sonia” on June 21 at Empire Leicester Square.

The U.S.-Indian production stars Demi Moore, Freida Pinto, Mark Duplass, Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkummar Rao, Anupam Kher and Adil Hussain. Director Tabrez Noorani will attend the opening with some of the talent. The film revolves around two sisters forced into prostitution in Mumbai.

The ninth edition of the fest closes June 29 at BFI Southbank with the U.K. premiere of “Venus,” helmed by Aisha Marjara. It is the story of transgender person who discovers, on the eve of surgery, about the existence of a son. The central gala is “T for Taj,” about a roadside vendor on the road to the Taj Mahal who gets tourists to teach the illiterate local kids in exchange for free food. Kireet Khuranna directs and Aki Falkner stars.
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