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Rakkhosh (Demon) 2019 by Abhijit Kokate and Srivinay Salian won Best Director (Special Jury) award at Riff

“Rakkhosh” is a 1st complete Pov film from India where the camera is the hero. The story of “Rakkhosh” is set in a mental asylum and is shot from 1st person Pov of a schizophrenic person.

It recently screened in front of a full house audience at Pune International Film Festival (Piff) 2019 and won Special Jury award for Best Director at Rajasthan International Film Festival (Riff) 2019. It is also scheduled to screen at Orange City International Film Festival (Ociff) 2019 at Nagpur.

Rakkhosh won Special Jury Award for Best Direction in Hindi Feature Film

Team Rakkhosh, consisting of Producer Sayali Deshpande, Creative Producer Prashen Kyawal, Writer and Director Srivinay Salian, Actors Ashwath Bhatt, Sonamoni Jayant, were part of the award-winning team. Sayali Deshpande accepted the award on behalf of the directors.

Rakkhosh Producer Sayali Deshpande receiving award from Festival Director Anshu Harsh

“Rakkhosh” is based on a story written by the late Mr.
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Dhoka Cola! Yes, that’s the title of Tannishtha Chatterjee’s New rom-com

Writer-director-actor Tannishtha Chatterjee is currently working on post production of her directorial debut Rome Rome Mein, which stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Now, Tannishtha has announced her next directorial project – a cool romantic comedy, titled Dhoka Cola. Yes, Dhoka Cola! Dhoka Cola is a contemporary rom-com with an element of dhoka and fraud. Chatterjee will direct this script after the release of her directorial debut Roam Rome Mein. Dhoka Cola will be produced by Ravi Walia of Rising Star Entertainment.

Speaking about her unusual title, Tannishtha Chatterjee says, ”When I told Ravi (Walia) producer of Roam Rome Mein that I have written a Rom-com called Dhokacola which has been shortlisted for the Apsa Mpa film fund he immediately said, ‘it’s a quirky title I want to produce it.’”

About working with Tannistha Chatterjee on Dhoka Cola, producer Ravi Walia, says, “While working on Roam Rome Mein, Tannishtha told us about the idea of Dhoka Cola.
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Nawazuddin Siddiqui to star in Tannishtha Chatterjee’s directorial debut

Nawazuddin Siddiqui will be starring in acclaimed actor Tannishtha Chatterjee’s directorial debut. The yet to be titled film will go on the floors later this year.

Speaking on the film, Nawazuddin said, “Tannishtha and I have known each other for a long time. We have worked in a number of films as co-actors over the years. During all these films we have shared many exchanges about our favourite films stories et cetera. We share a wonderful creative rapport. So, it is only natural that we collaborate further. When we were shooting for Lion, Tannishtha told me a story which she had experienced herself. It really intrigued me, and I thought we should make a film of it. The idea started from there. We kept meeting and talking about it. And now here we are actually ready to execute that idea. Filme in aisi hi to banti hai?”

Director Tannishtha Chatterjee adds,
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‘Beyond the Clouds’ Review: Iranian Auteur Majid Majidi Reaches for Familiar Themes in the Slums of Mumbai

‘Beyond the Clouds’ Review: Iranian Auteur Majid Majidi Reaches for Familiar Themes in the Slums of Mumbai
In 1998, director Majid Majidi’s “Children of Heaven” was nominated for an Academy Award, establishing the Iranian auteur’s international reputation for weaving disarming power into uncluttered yet poetic, emotionally resonant human stories. Two decades and nine films later, Majidi revisits those themes, but this time, ventures beyond his native Tehran with his first India-based, Hindi language feature, “Beyond the Clouds.” The setting may be a first for the director, but the slum-laced margins of Mumbai also seem like an ideal backdrop for his comfort zone of poignant relationships laced with subtle social commentary.

At the epicenter of the city’s poverty-stricken underbelly is protagonist Amir (Ishaan Khattar). A street-smart twenty-something who has found a skill and some degree of success in drug-dealing for a brothel owner, Amir’s sketchy choice of profession makes for explosive verbal tussles with his concerned older sister, Tara (Malavika Mohanan), who works at a
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Beyond the Clouds Movie Review

Iranian film director Majid Majidi has brought the essence of his incredible filmmaking to a Hindi film with Beyond the Clouds. Describing the film, the director said, “This is the first feature film I have made out of my country, an experience which I waited years to happen. Beyond the Clouds is an extension of my cinematic beliefs, the roots of which lie in human values, love, friendship and family bonding.” Beyond the Clouds, is certainly that but the path to get there is wrought with tragedy, anger and pain.

Releasing worldwide on April 20th, the film introduces Ishaan Khatter and Malavika Mohanan in unbelievable performances. The cast also includes Gautam Ghose, Gv Sharada, Dhwani Rajesh, Amruta Santosh Thakur, and Shivam Puj.

Set in Mumbai, the drama tells the story of Amir and Tara, two siblings that meet again after many years. Unfortunately, an action by Amir starts the unraveling of their lives.
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Tannishtha turns writer for Onir with an unusual love story about driving lessons

Tannishtha turns writer for Onir with an unusual love story about driving lessons
The very talented actress Tannishtha Chatterjee is on to her new vocation. Tannishtha turns writer with a film entitled Driving Lessons. Says Tannishtha, “It’s an idea I had been toying with for some time about a relationship that grows between a driving instructor and the woman whom he teaches to drive over a period ofRead More

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“A Shout-Out For the griping Moonsoon Shootout” – Subhash K Jha Review

Monsoon Shootout

Starring Vijay Verma, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Gitanjali Thapa,Farhan Mohammed Hanif Sheikh

Directed by Amit Kumar

Rain-splashed bloodied puddles of questioning, probing, searching, emotional and physical violence… Monsoon Shootout is a curious case of a potentially routine cops-and-killer sanguinary saga given a certain fresh twist of ambivalence by writing skills that know their Dirty Harry as closely as they know Ardh Satya.

There is tadka of circumstantial ambiguity, a twist of fate, if you will, whereby a rookie cop’s rookie-rookie si zindagi gets more unscheduled excitement on his first assignment than he had bargained for.

A serial killer is on the prowl. And really,in how many ways can Nawaz be cast as the psychotic outcast? It was a hammer in hand in Raman Raghav, It’s an axe here. The slayings are staged stylishly in the slippery monsoon of Mumbai when it’s easy for
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“Lipstick Under My Burkha deserves a rousing ovation” – A Subhash K Jha Review

Lipstick Under My Burkha

Starring Ratna Pathak Shah , Konkona Sen Sharma, Ahana Kumra, Plobota Borthakur

Directed by Alankrita Shrivstava

An inherently murky claustrophobic air pervades this inconsistently brilliant hardhitting raunchy ‘ram’-com, very conscious of its responsibilities as post-feminist cinema on women’s powerment.

Here is a film that deserves a rousing ovation for bringing out the sexual fantasies and other unspoken yearnings of four middleclass women in a non-metropolitan milieu eking each out an exciting existence from the hard brutal raw material of her inert life.

But the film falls short of being genre-defining. Shrivastava whose earlier and only film Turning 30 only hinted at the post-feminist explosion of Lipstick Under The Burkha, takes charge with an all-knowing confidence of four women from different walks of life and belonging to separate generations.

Perhaps to offset the mess that they make of their lives, the lineup of women is a little too tidy and symmetrical.
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Springtime in L.A.: Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

Springtime in L.A.: Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles
It’s over but it opened L.A.’s newest spring season of unlimited international film screenings all over the city throughout the month of April and into Cannes.

The 15th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (Iffla) opened with “Lipstick Under My Burkha” and its impressive ensemble cast of Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur in a dramatic, but irreverent and vibrant film about women and faith. The film premiered at the Tokyo Film Festival 2016 and has been lighting up the festival circuit, including just winning the Audience Award at the Glasgow Film Festival. Director Alankrita Shrivastava is confirmed to attend and additional talent to be confirmed.

Lipstick Under My Burkha

Iffla concluded on April 9 with a red carpet and gala that featured the Los Angeles premiere of Shubhashish Bhutiani’s “Hotel Salvation” starring Adil Hussain who was in attendance, as well as the
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“I’ve no burning ambition to go to Hollywood…I did Lion because the director personally requested me” – Nawazuddin Siddiqui

“I’ve no burning ambition to go to Hollywood…I did Lion because the director personally requested me” – Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Now it can be told. The extraordinarily talented Nawazuddin Siddiqui is seen in only one sequence of Garth DavisLion. It’s a sequence where in a small apartment in Kolkata he’s seen plotting with Tannishtha Chatterjee to cause harm to the film’s little protagonist Saroo (Sunny Pawar). Nawaz is on the screen for barely 3-4Read More

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Lion nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture

The critically acclaimed Garth Davis directed film Lion, which stars Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Sunny Pawar, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Priyanka Bose, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Deepti Naval, was nominated for six Academy Awards. The Weinstein Company’s (TWC) film was included in the nominations for Best Motion Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Dev Patel, Best Supporting Actress for Nicole Kidman, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Cinematography.

The ecstatic Dev Patel said, “Ok, so I just received a call to say that I’ve been nominated for an Academy Award…To be totally honest, the news hasn’t made its way into my brain yet, but I’m looking at these beautiful smiling faces around me… Faces of the ones I love. And I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude. What makes this moment so much more poignant is that I’m in India right now.
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Dev Patel and Priyanka Bose meet Bill Clinton at the premiere of their film Lion

Dev Patel and Priyanka Bose meet Bill Clinton at the premiere of their film Lion
After having won hearts and awards with The Slumdog Millionaire, the British actor of Indian descent Dev Patel became a global sensation. His latest film Lion features an impressive cast featuring international cast like Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara and also Indian actors like Deepti Naval, Tannishtha ChatterjeePriyanka Bose and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The good news is that, Lion, whichRead More

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Lion Movie Review

Adapted from the memoir “A Long Way Home” by Saroo Brierley, the incredible film Lion stars Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman. Directed by Garth Davis in his feature film directorial debut, the drama also stars Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Sunny Pawar, Priyanka Bose, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Deepti Naval.

Lion tells the story of five-year-old Saroo (Sunny Pawar) who accidentally ends up alone on an empty train. Frightened and bewildered, he travels thousands of miles away from his home, and lands in chaotic Kolkata. Somehow, even without speaking the language, Saroo survives living on the streets. The young boy escapes all sorts of terrors and close calls before ending up in an orphanage that is not exactly a safe haven. Eventually Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham), and finds love and security as he grows up in Hobart. As an adult, not wanting
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Lion In St. Louis

In Lion, five-year-old Saroo (Sunny Pawar) gets lost on a train traveling away from his home and family. Frightened and bewildered, he ends up thousands of miles away, in chaotic Kolkata. Somehow he survives living on the streets, escaping all sorts of terrors and close calls in the process, before ending up in an orphanage that is itself not exactly a safe haven. Eventually Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham), and finds love and security as he grows up in Hobart. As an adult, not wanting to hurt his adoptive parents’ feelings, Saroo (Dev Patel) suppresses his past, his emotional need for reunification and his hope of ever finding his lost mother and brother.

But a chance meeting with some fellow Indians reawakens his buried yearning. Armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth,
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After Tannishtha Chatterjee, John Abraham walks out of Comedy Nights Bachao Taaza

It seems like Krushna Abhishek has got into a habit of apologising to his guests who come to promote their upcoming films on his popular roast TV show Comedy Nights Bachao Taaza. He has miffed yet another Bollywood star who also walked out of the show. Last month, Krushna apologized to actress Tannishtha Chatterjee who had expressed her anger on her Facebook page after he made fun of her dark skin tone by asking her questions like "aap ko jamun bahut pasand hoga zaroor… kitna jamun khaya aapne bachpan se?" And now the latest celebrity to fall prey for Krushna's roast is none other than the Bollywood hunk John Abraham who lost his cool on the show. John Abraham was on the show to promote his upcoming film Force 2 along with his co-star Sonakshi Sinha two days ago. Everything was going right until Krushna started cracking jokes on his
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Parched celebrates Silver Jubilee (25 weeks) in France

Leena Yadav’s ‘Parched’ also known as ‘La Saison Des Femmes’ in French, has received a lot of critical acclaim. The film has won many hearts across the globe and will be celebrating its 25 glorious weeks in France this week, making it a silver jubilee success at French Box Office.

The French Distributor, Eric Lagesse explains, “The lifespan of films in France is about 3-4 weeks, but the word of mouth for Parched was so strong that the success is astounding. It is rare for film to have such a long career in the French theatres.”

The film features Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte and Surveen Chawla in lead roles. Parched’ is a film which gives us a message that inspite all the hardships faced by women, their undying spirit and the zest to live life is outstanding.

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“This film about abject poverty makes your life rich” – Subhash K Jha reviews Queen of Katwe

Queen Of Katwe

Starring Lupita Nyong’o, Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo,

Directed by Mira Nair

Rating: **** ½

There she is, the maze-selling girl from the slums of Africa who becomes a chess champ, thanks to the indefatigable encouragement and support of her upright coach.

We’ve seen this story in countless motivational films including the recent grossly underrated Budhia Singh Born To Run. Well, if littleBudhia could run the marathon, wise and thoughtful Phiona is no less wedded to her own gamely bliss. Chess, as it happens to be. Her story is told here with a crackling transparency and a disarming sincerity verging on didacticism.

The poetry, if you will, pores out of the prosaic. The desperate rhythms of poverty are almost identical in every culture. Queen Of Katwe could be a story waiting to be told from the slum of Dharavi. No matter what the definition of poverty and squalor
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Leena Yadav receives threats from Gujarat community

Leena Yadav receives threats from Gujarat community
<img class="size-full wp-image-657826 aligncenter" src="http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Leena-Yadav.jpg" alt="Leena-Yadav" width="620" height="420" /> The Rabari community of Gujarat has taken offence to Leena Yadav’s <em>Parched</em> even before it was released. A day before its release, a member of the Rabari community in Gujarat filed a Pil against the film seeking its ban, claiming it projected the community in a bad light. Unperturbed and unwilling to buckle under pressure, the film’s director Leena Yadav says, “Though the Pil was filed a day before our release, we’ve been receiving threats for weeks now. Our dialect specialist Nain Rana and my husband (cinematographer Aseem Bajaj, who is also the co-producer of <em>Parched</em>), have been getting threatening calls saying things like, ‘You don’t know what we can do. We are a community of 7 lakh people.’ They have been trying to reach me. But, they don’t have my phone number. We are not giving into any pressure tactics.” Weirdly, the film makes no
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