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'Tikli and Laxmi Bomb', a film on sex workers, wins Best Feature at Berlin Independent Film Fest

Cinema The film is about two sex workers who come together to run a co-operative and eliminate the middlemen. Tnm StaffWriter and filmmaker Aditya Kripalani, who recently turned his third international bestseller, Tikli and Laxmi Bomb into a film of the same title has another feather in his cap. The film has won Best Feature in the 10th edition of the Berlin Independent Film Festival on Sunday. Featuring Vibhawari Deshpande, Chitrangada Chakraborty, Suchitra Pillai, Upendra Limaye and Saharsh Kumar Shukla, the film will be screened in the UK Asian Film Festival at London’s oldest cinema house. Last year A Death in the Gunj and Lipstick Under My Burkha were selected from India. The book and film trace the unusual story of two sex workers who come together to run a co-operative and eliminate the middlemen in sex work. In an interview to Tnm, Aditya revealed that he had always wanted to make an anti-patriarchy film with the theme of ‘Sisterhood above all’, and this is what led him to pick an entirely woman-oriented subject. An alumnus of the prestigious Ftii in Pune, Aditya said that the idea for Tikli and Laxmi Bomb originated in 2003, after watching Thelma and Louise in college. “(I) have wondered ever since why we aren't making a film with that wild a spirit, with that acerbic a telling, in India,” he said. On the research on sex work that went into writing the story, Aditya said, “I spent a lot of time talking to sex workers around the Sv road area (Mumbai). This would only work practically if I paid them for the sex and had a chat instead. As they're at work and making their living for the night, money is of primary importance and not some pesky guy's questions.” “A lot of them also opened up after the second or third time. And spoke of their lives, what drove them, urges, feelings, they shared their laughter. The most beautiful thing was that on their own, they're not 'martyrs' or sad at all. They're about as happy as women working in advertising or banking. It's just that they've seen patriarchy in its worst colours and so are wiser for it, in terms of how to deal with it,” he added Just like the research done on the book, the film too has been shot in real locations in Mumbai in tough conditions. Apart from Tikli and Laxmi Bomb, the filmmaker has also written two other books, Frontseat and Backseat which went on to become international bestsellers as well.
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Usha Jadhav’s Dhag features in the reminder list of Production’s eligible for the 87th Academy Awards

The nation award winning actress, Usha Jadhav has added one more feather to her cap! After her stellar performance in the Marathi Movie, Dhag, she managed to bag a lot of appreciation from the audiences as well as critics!!!

It has been announced that, Dhag has been made part of the reminder list of Production’s eligible along with Boyhood, Birdman, Gone Girl and Unbroken for the 87th Academy Awards 2015.

The national award winning Marathi feature film was directed by Shivaji Lotan Patil, produced by Vishal Pandit Gaware and stars Hansraj Jagtap, Usha Jadhav, Upendra Limaye, Nagesh Bhosala, Suhani Deshpande and Neha Dakhinkar in leading roles.

Dhag is the story of Krishna, his mother and their seemingly ambitious aspirations for Krishna, against the backdrop of their socio-economic standing.

Raised by a father who cremated people for a living, Krishna’s mother always wanted him to pave a path for himself
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Salman Khan plans to make 'Yellow' in Hindi

Salman Khan plans to make 'Yellow' in Hindi
Mumbai, March 31: Superstar Salman Khan, who watched actor-producer Riteish Deshmukh's Marathi production "Yellow" recently, is so touched with the film that he is now keen to remake it in Hindi.

"We are speaking to Riteish (Deshmukh) to make this film in Hindi," Salman told reporters here at the screeing of "Yellow".

Salman also said that he will have film's director Mahesh Limaye on board for the Hindi remake and will also have Gauri Gadgil - on whom "Yellow" is based - in the film.

"Yellow" deals with children with special needs and learning differences. It features Upendra Limaye, Aishwaraya Narkar, Usha Nadkarni.
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'Dhag' to release March 7

'Dhag' to release March 7
New Delhi, Feb 28: National Award winning Marathi feature film "Dhag", directed by Shivaji Lotan Patil, will hit theatres March 7, Dar Film Distributors (Dfd) announced Friday.

Produced by Vishal Pandit Gaware, "Dhag" stars Hansraj Jagtap, Usha Jadhav, Upendra Limaye, Nagesh Bhosala, Suhani Deshpande and Neha Dakhinkar in leading roles.

The movie is credited for winning, among others, three National Awards and four Maharashtra State Awards.

"We are confident that 'Dhag' would have as good an impact on audiences and the box office as it has done with critics across the board," Murli Chhatwani, head - Distribution and Syndication,.
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Riteish happy with response to promo of Marathi film 'Yellow'

Riteish happy with response to promo of Marathi film 'Yellow'
Mumbai, Jan 17: The first look of Riteish Deshmukh's next Marathi production venture "Yellow" is out and getting a good response.

The film deals with special kids (children with special needs and learning differences) and Riteish is happy that people, irrespective of the language, have accepted the promo with an open heart.

"It is a Marathi film. People, who don't even understand the language, have seen it with the subtitles and reacted positively. It's really great. I am really overwhelmed by the response. People are re-tweeting," the 35-year-old said at the Renault Star Guild Awards here.

"Yellow" has been directed by Mahesh Limaye and stars Upendra Limaye, Aishwaraya Narkar, Usha Nadkarni and Mrunal Kulkarni in.
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Deshmukh: 'Marathi films better than Hindi'

Deshmukh: 'Marathi films better than Hindi'
Riteish Deshmukh has claimed that Marathi movies have stronger content than Hindi films. The actor also said that low-budget Marathi cinema tends to address bolder subjects. "Just watched two Marathi movies back to back - both of them were very good. Jogwa is simply outstanding, Rajeev Patil (director) is simply superb. Upendra Limaye and Mukta Barve, the lead actors are unbelievable," Deshmukh posted on (more)
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Marathi films richer than Hindi movies: Riteish Deshmukh

Marathi films richer than Hindi movies: Riteish Deshmukh
New Delhi, April 17 – Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh feels the richer content of Marathi films enables them score over Hindi movies.

‘Just watched two Marathi movies back to back – both of them were very good. ‘Jogwa’ is simply outstanding, Rajeev Patil (director) is simply superb. Upendra Limaye and Mukta Barve, the lead actors are unbelievable,’ Riteish posted on his Twitter page.

‘Marathi films with much lesser budgets are richer in content than.
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56th National Film Awards

56th National Film Awards
The 56th National Film Awards for 2008 were announced Saturday here.

The Juries for Feature Film, Non-Feature Film and for Best Writing on Cinema presented their report to the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni Saturday.

As per recommendations of the Jury, Antaheen (Bengali)) was announced the Best Feature Film and also selected for the Award in Best Cinematography, Best Lyrics and Best Female Playback Singer category .

The Best Actor Award goes to Upendra Limaye for his performance in Marathi feature film Jogva. Hariharan gets the Best Male Playback Singer Award and Shreya Ghoshal, the Best Female.
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Priyanka, Kangna win National Awards for Fashion; Arjun for Rock On

Priyanka, Kangna win National Awards for Fashion; Arjun for Rock On
The 56th National Film Awards for year 2008 were announced today. Priyanka Chopra bagged the Best Actress Award for her role in Fashion. The actress who is currently in New York shooting for her forth coming film Anjaana Anjaani posted an obvious thank you speech on Twitter saying, "Thank you Madhur, Ronnie, Kangna, Mugdha, Arjan, Arbaaz and the cast and crew!! A huge shout to my team and all of u!! God is kind!!! Yaaaaayyy!!" Upendra Limaye is awarded the Best Actor award for the Marathi film Jogwa and Arjun Rampal the Best Supporting Actor award for Rock On. Madhur Bhandarkar must surely be a happy man, as the Best Supporting Actress Award has gone to Kangna Ranaut, again for his film Fashion. While the award for the Best Popular Film has gone to Dibakar Banerjee's Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! Rahul Bose-starrer Bengali film Antaheen is named as the
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Priyanka, Kangna win National Awards for Fashion; Arjun for Rock On

Priyanka, Kangna win National Awards for Fashion; Arjun for Rock On
The 56th National Film Awards for year 2008 were announced today. Priyanka Chopra bagged the Best Actress Award for her role in Fashion. The actress who is currently in New York shooting for her forth coming film Anjaana Anjaani posted an obvious thank you speech on Twitter saying, "Thank you Madhur, Ronnie, Kangna, Mugdha, Arjan, Arbaaz and the cast and crew!! A huge shout to my team and all of u!! God is kind!!! Yaaaaayyy!!" Upendra Limaye is awarded the Best Actor award for the Marathi film Jogwa and Arjun Rampal the Best Supporting Actor award for Rock On. Madhur Bhandarkar must surely be a happy man, as the Best Supporting Actress Award has gone to Kangna Ranaut, again for his film Fashion. While the award for the Best Popular Film has gone to Dibakar Banerjee's Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! Rahul Bose-starrer Bengali film Antaheen is named as the
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56th National Film Awards - Winners

The 56th National Film Awards have been announced. But you would be surprised to know that the National Film Awards which are announced are not of 2009 but are for the year 2008.Here is the list of winners of the 56th National Film Awards:The Best Feature Film award went to Antaheen, a Bengali film which also received the awards for best cinematography, best lyrics and best female playback singer.The best actor award was bagged by Upendra Limaye for the Marathi movie Jogva.Hariharan was adjudged the Best Male Playback Singer  Shreya Ghoshal received the award for the Best Female Playback SingerPriyanka Chopra won the Best Actress Award for her role in Hindi film Fashion The best supporting actress award went to Kangana Ranaut for the movie Fashion.Arjun Rampal won the Best Supporting Actor for his role in .Rock On..Sh. Bala won the award for Best Direction for the Tamil film Naan Kadauul.
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Film Review: Sarkar Raj

Film Review: Sarkar Raj
Opened: June 6 U.S., India, U.K. (Adlabs Films)

OAKLAND, California -- Sixty-five-year-old Amitabh Bachchan, India's vibrant and virile living legend, is riveting in nearly every film he does. But even a true fan's ardor is tested by the tedious political thriller, "Sarkar Raj".

The film is inspired by the real-life, intricate machinations of power in the country's richest state, Maharashtra, where the fortunes of many a billionaire have flourished and faltered under the eyes of religious, turbaned old men like Rao-saab (Dilip Prabhavalkar). Rao holds the rights to a huge plot of land where a multinational corporation wants to build India's largest power plant; some 40,000 villagers will have to be displaced, but the project guarantees glory to whoever is attached to it.

The power company's clever CEO, Anita Rajan (Aishwarya Rai), soon learns that no progress can be made until the egos and bank accounts of "Sarkar" (leader) Subhash Nagre (Bachchan) and Nagre's son and successor, Shankar (Abhishek Bachchan, the actor's son and Rai's real-life husband), are sated. Sarkar himself, who holds chief ministers and other VIPs in the palm of his hand, has to defer to Rao-saab.

Add to this the fact that social activists and bitter ex-employees are set on destroying the project -- and Sarkar himself -- and one can see the film's potential as an aware, contemporary thriller. This film is a sequel to the 2005 drama "Sarkar".

Iconoclastic director-writer Ram Gopal Varma is single-handedly credited with introducing a coarse, profane realism to Bollywood films ("Satya", 1998, "Company", 2002) that was refreshing for its time. But Varma seems to have fallen into a rut, relying here on excessive close-ups, blaring background music and long, pretentious speeches instead of character development.

Viewers should seek out Mani Ratnam's 2007 film "Guru" instead, to appreciate the on-screen chemistry of Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai and to get a far more interesting take on the ways power is brokered in India.

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Javed Ansari, Victor Banerjee, Upendra Limaye, Govid Namdeo.

Director: Ram Gopal Varma.

Screenwriters: Ram Gopal Varma, Prashant Pandey.

Executive producers: Ram Gopal Varma, Praveen Nischol.

Director of photography: Amit Roy.

Production designer: Sunil Nigvekar.

Music: Amar Mohile.

Costume designer: Urmilla Lal Motwani.

Editor: Nitin Gupta.

125 minutes.

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