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Zee Theatre celebrates legendry Vijay Tendulkar’s birth anniversary

Zee Theatre celebrates legendry Vijay Tendulkar’s birth anniversary
Zee Theatre is celebrating the birth anniversary of eminent playwright Vijay Tendulkar with teleplays Khamosh Adalat Jaari Hai and Sakharam B. Tendulkar redefined Marathi theatre with his searing commentaries on socio-political issues and often rattled conventions and questioned oppressive norms. Both teleplays perfectly exemplify the incisive and powerful writing that Tendulkar's peerless oeuvre stands for. Khamosh Adalat Jaari Hai is an adaptation of his 1967 Marathi classic Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe and Sakharam B is based on the 1972 masterpiece Sakharam Binder.

Vijay Tendulkar's Khamosh Adalat Jaari Hai

Khamosh Adalat Jaari Hai

This is an adaptation of Tendulkar’s Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe. The story which is a simple and engrossing one begins with a theatre group which plans to stage a make-believe play in a village. This make-believe however slowly turns into the grim reality when real stories come out in the open. Issues such as gender discrimination and time-worn social
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Series Review: Betaal (2020) by Patrick Graham and Nikhil Mahajan

Series Review: Betaal (2020) by Patrick Graham  and Nikhil Mahajan
Betaal” – original Netflix mini-series influenced by local legends and myths, but also by the forgotten god of dread described in Somdev Bhatt’s storybooks from 11th century, is the first proper Indian attempt at the zombie genre. Spiked with social criticism, the show offers more than just snapping jaws of the undead, who happen to be the former British colonialists.

The Volunteers battalion that served under the command of lieutenant colonel John Lynedoch during the Independence War of 1857 is trapped in a mountain passage built a long time ago by the English, and the flesh-thirsty men are held under control by rituals performed by local villagers, under the guidance of their sorceress. In the very opening scene, people are seen praying to lord Betaal to keep his slumber, and their peace intact.

Solidly plotted horror elements are present from the very beginning of the series and as many of them
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Q&a: Betaal Creator Patrick Graham Discusses the Series’ Eerie Zombies, Eclectic Scares, and Cinematic Influences

Q&a: Betaal Creator Patrick Graham Discusses the Series’ Eerie Zombies, Eclectic Scares, and Cinematic Influences
Bound to a village's deadly curse, the living dead rise to punish those who would dare to disturb them in the new horror thriller series Betaal. A collaboration between Blumhouse Television, Sk Global Entertainment, and Red Chillies Entertainment, Betaal is now streaming on Netflix, and for our latest Q&a feature, we caught up with the series' creator Patrick Graham (who also co-directed all four episodes with Nikhil Mahajan and co-wrote the series with Suhani Kanwar) to discuss the series' social relevance, the eclectic scares viewers can look forward to, and the visual influence John Carpenter's The Fog had on the series' zombies.

Thanks for taking the time to catch up with us, and congratulations on Betaal! How and when did you originally come up with the idea for Betaal?

Patrick Graham: Thank you very much for your questions! After Ghoul, another Blumhouse and Sk Global show for Netflix India,
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Netflix Drops Trailer For Blumhouse Television Series “Betaal” Debuting on May 24, 2020

Netflix Drops Trailer For Blumhouse Television Series “Betaal” Debuting on May 24, 2020
Hell is about to be unleashed. A tunnel, which no one has dared to open for decades, hides a curse that could change an entire country’s fate forever. What is the cost for those who would dare to step inside? How far would you go to battle the demons within?

Earlier today, Netflix dropped the trailer of its upcoming series Betaal that hits the service on May 24, 2020. Renowned horror studio Blumhouse Television, Sk Global Entertainment and Red Chillies Entertainment come together to present this horror-thriller series.

The story is set in a remote village, which quickly becomes the arena of a breathless battle when a two-century-old East India Company Colonel, infected with the Betaal’s curse, and his battalion of blood-thirsty zombie redcoats are released from their tomb – attacking anything with a pulse. With the Cipd (Counter Insurgency Police Department) forces pitted against the undead army, hapless civilians are trapped in a gripping,
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“Evil is Eternal” in the Official Trailer for New Blumhouse Series Betaal, Coming to Netflix on May 24th

“Evil is Eternal” in the Official Trailer for New Blumhouse Series Betaal, Coming to Netflix on May 24th
A mission to displace locals to clear way for a new road unleashes a deadly curse in the new horror series Betaal. A collaboration between Blumhouse Television, Sk Global Entertainment, and Red Chillies Entertainment, Betaal is coming to Netflix on May 24th, and we've been provided with the official trailer ahead of its release.

"Delivering on the hallmarks of the renowned horror studio, Blumhouse Television comes together with Sk Global Entertainment and Red Chillies Entertainment to present this horror-thriller series.

The story is set in a remote village, which quickly becomes the arena of a breathless battle when a two-century-old East India Company Colonel, infected with the Betaal's curse, and his battalion of blood-thirsty zombie redcoats are released from their tomb - attacking anything with a pulse. With the Cipd (Counter Insurgency Police Department) forces pitted against the undead army, hapless civilians are trapped in a gripping, edge-of-your-seat conflict.

Betaal is created,
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Shooting for 'Betaal' wraps up

The shooting for superstar Shah Rukh Khan's upcoming Netflix production venture "Betaal" has wrapped up.

Actress Aahana Kumra, who is starring in the show, took to Twitter and shared a photograph of herself along with Shah Rukh and wrote: "It's a wrap for 'Betaal' and I'm still soaking in the time we spent chatting with you sir last night! Happy friendship day. Gratitude."

Also Read:?Srk's 'surprise visit' to Aahana, Viineet's 'Betaal' set

She added that "Betaal" has been the "greatest joyride" for her.

"It's a wrap for 'Betaal'! It's been the greatest learning/joyride for all of us! We can only learn from one another and I'm only too grateful for this opportunity," she wrote.

Red Chillies Entertainment's Gaurav Verma wrote: "And it's a wrap for 'Betaal'! What an amazing team, they had fun filming it and you'll be scared watching it. Thank You Patrick Graham."

Shah
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Srk's 'surprise visit' to Aahana, Viineet's 'Betaal' set

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan surprised actors Aahana Kumra and Viineet Kumar Singh by visiting them on the sets of Netflix's "Betaal".

Aahana took to Twitter and shared a selfie of herself along with Shah Rukh, whom she described as the "most charming man".

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She captioned it: "Greatest joys in life come to you when you least expect them. A surprise visit by our producer (ahem) yes producer sahab Shah Rukh Khan, King Khan on the sets of 'Betaal'. The most charming man."

Viineet, who has starred in films like "Gold", "Mukkabaaz" and "Ugly", too shared a picture of himself with Srk on Twitter.

He said he had a fan moment with the "Don" star.

"Sir surprised us by visiting 'Betaal' set. Observing him is like reading a book. So much to learn from him! Honestly it's fan moment
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Netflix Unveils Five Indian Originals From Producers Including Blumhouse & Chernin Entertainment

Netflix has ordered five new originals out of India with Hollywood producers including Blumhouse and Chernin Entertainment getting in on the action.

The Svod service is doubling down on its scripted drive in the region – following the success of titles such as Delhi Crime and Selection Day.

Over the next twelve months, it will launch Bombay Begums, Mai, Betaal, Messy and Masaba Masaba.

Bombay Begums, executive produced by Chernin Entertainment and Endemol Shine India, is a story set in contemporary urban India that sees five women, across generations, wrestle with desire, ethics, personal crises and vulnerabilities to own their ambition. As glass ceilings are shattered and hearts are broken, difficult choices have to be made. And as each woman strives to find her own truth, they find in each other an unexpected understanding and the sliver of a bond. It was created, written and directed by Alankrita Shrivastava.

Betaal, executive produced by Blumhouse,
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Nikhil Mahajan ready to thrill again with 'Pune 52' sequel

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Nikhil Mahajan ready to thrill again with 'Pune 52' sequel
Exclusive/Film Bazaar: Girish Kulkarni to star in sequel to 2013 neo-noir thriller.

Writer-director Nikhil Mahajan is working on a sequel to his 2013 Marathi language neo-noir thriller Pune 52.

“The scripting is done, the finance is in place. We are just waiting for [actor] Girish Kulkarni to become free,” said Mahajan, whose last film release was the 2015 vigilante film Baji.

“The sequel will thematically follow what happened in the last film but the character played by Girish will not be the same,” Mahajan added.

He also continues to develop Hindi-language project Daily (Dainik), which was announced in 2013. Mahajan said, “It’s a period film set in the 1970s so I need a decent budget. We have about 60% of the finance and are trying to raise the rest of the funds.”

After the Pune 52 sequel, Mahajan will also work on sugar factory politics film Factory (Kaarkhaana). Producers are Suhrud Godbole’s Ime Motion Pictures and Mahajan’s Blue Drop Films.
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Shreyas Talpade launches First Look and Trailer of ‘Baji’

Dar Motion Pictures, Virtue Entertainment, Ime Motion Pictures and Blue Drop Films today launched the theatrical trailer and poster of the eagerly anticipated Marathi’s first vigilante epic, ‘Baji’. Starring Shreyas Talpade, who is returning to Marathi cinema after a span of eight years, as ‘Baji’ and Jitendra Joshi as his main nemesis, the film is slated to hit the silver screen on 6th February 2015. Written and directed by Nikhil Mahajan, of Pune 52 fame, the movie which is already amongst next year’s most anticipated films also features popular Marathi actress Amruta Khanvilkar as the leading lady.

The two and a half minute theatrical trailer gives the audience a glimpse of all the elements of the film. Right from the beginning this fast paced action packed trailer, hooks you, keeps anticipation throughout and, leaves audiences wanting more. The background score compliments the visuals, VFX and special effects which most defiantly are of international standards,
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Ime hops on board Lala

Ime hops on board Lala
Exclusive: Pune and Mumbai-based Ime Motion Pictures will co-produce Indo-Italian project Lala, to be directed by Goutam Ghose.

An adaptation of Italian writer-producer Sergio Scapagnini’s children’s book Story Of Lala, the film will be shot in English, Hindi and Italian.

Producers already on board the project include Scapagnini’s Indrapur Cinematografica, Amedeo Pagani’s Classic Srl and Abhay Gadgil’s Aadi Culturtainment.

Scheduled to start shooting in July 2015, Lala revolves around an 11-year-old boy’s adventures in the big city of Mumbai after he leaves his village to help his poor parents. The film will mark Ime Motion Pictures’ first foray into non-Marathi cinema.

“Ime has been at the forefront of making good commercial Marathi cinema. The experience of an international co-production can be very significant for us, especially with an experienced and acclaimed director like Goutam Ghose,” said Ime founder Suhrud Godbole.

Ghose is a veteran Bengali filmmaker known for films such as [link
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Nfdc unveils Film Bazaar projects

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Nfdc unveils Film Bazaar projects
Mira Nair-produced Three And A Half and Amitav Kaul’s Interpreter Of Maladies are among the 32 projects selected for the Co-production Market of this year’s Film Bazaar (Nov 20-24) in Goa, India.

Three And A Half will be directed by Mira Nair’s long-time collaborator Sooni Taraporewala, while Interpreter Of Maladies is based on Pultizer Prize-winner Jhumpa Lahiri’s short story.

Organised by India’s National Film Development Corp (Nfdc), the co-production market has previously selected projects such as Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox, Kanu Behl’s Cannes title Titli and Chaitanya Tamhane’s recent Venice winner Court. This year’s selection comprises 18 projects from India and 14 from overseas.

The Indian line-up also includes six projects previously selected for Nfdc Screenwriters Lab, such as Aamir Bashir’s Winter and The Boyfriend from Vidur Nauriyal and Ashim Ahluwalia.

The international line-up includes two projects from the Us, two from Sri Lanka and projects from Pakistan, Afghanistan
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Nfdc Film Bazaar announces co-production market selections

The National Film Development Corporation (Nfdc) announced thirty-two projects selected for the Co-Production Market to be held during Film Bazaar in Goa from November 20-24, 2014.

The lineup includes 18 Indian and 14 international projects. The international projects include two films from the Us, two from Sri Lanka, a film from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Norway, France, Germany, Singapore and United Kingdom each and an Ifp project which is selected through Nfdc collaboration with Independent Filmmaker Project, USA.

Indian projects:

• By/Two – Directed by Devashish Makhija and produced by Dutta Dave

• The School – Directed by Suchita Bhhatia and produced by Vivek Kajaria

• Blossoms (Pallavi)- Directed and produced by Nila Madhab Panda

• Nuclear Hearts – Directed by Bornila Chatterjee and produced by Tanaji Dasgupta

• Seven (Saat)- Directed by Ashish Bende and produced by Suhrud Godbole

• Medium Spicy – Directed by Mohit Takalkar and produced by Nikhil Mahajan

• The Invisible One – Directed by Amit Datta
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The Spark, Titli win at Film Bazaar

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The Spark, Titli win at Film Bazaar
Rajesh Jala’s The Spark was awarded the $16,000 (Rs1m) Incredible India award at the close of Film Bazaar (Nov 20-24), while Kanu Behl’s Titli took the Prasad Digital Intermediate prize.

The Spark, which was selected for Film Bazaar’s Screenwriters’ Lab, tells the story of a riot victim who has a plan to take revenge, but is indecisive about taking action. Jala previously directed award-winning documentary Children Of The Pyre.

Produced by Dibakar Banerjee with backing from Yash Raj Films, Titli revolves around the volatile relationship between two brothers. Currently in post-production, the film was selected for Film Bazaar’s Work-in-Progress Lab. Behl has worked as assistant and co-writer on Banerjee’s previous features.

More than 950 delegates from 35 countries attended this year’s Film Bazaar, compared to 712 from 32 countries in 2012. International visitors included four Cannes heavyweights – Thierry Fremaux, Christian Jeune, Critics Week’s Charles Tesson and Directors’ Fortnight’s Edouard Waintrop – along with delegations from Screen
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Rajkummar to star in Mahajan’s Daily

Rajkummar to star in Mahajan’s Daily
Rajkummar Rao has been cast in Nikhil Mahajan’s Daily (Dainik), which was selected for this year’s Nfdc Screenwriters’ Lab.

The film will be co-produced by Suhrud Godbole’s Ime Motion Pictures and Mahajan’s Blue Drop. Rajkummar has previously starred in films such as Hansal Mehta’s Shahid and Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che.

Daily will mark the first Hindi-language film for Mahajan and Godbole, who earlier collaborated on Marathi film Pune 52.

Mahajan’s Blue Drop will also produce Varun Grover’s Mother Goddess Coaching Class, which also took part in this year’s Nfdc Screenwriters’ Lab.

“I met Varun in Toronto during the first session of Screenwriters’ Lab and I liked his script instantly,” said Mahajan. “It’s a very relatable, slice-of-life comedy and I thought why not produce a film that I can’t make myself.”
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Primexchange hunts Indo-European ties

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The Primexchange co-production workshop (Nov 18-24) is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year with a strong line-up of ten projects, along with guest project In Search Of A Miracle, based on William Dalrymple’s book Nine Lives.

Produced by the UK’s Film and Music Entertainment (F&Me), the docudrama follows four individuals in contemporary India as they pursue their devotion to a higher power. It is one of four UK projects selected for Primexchange this year – along with Rosemilk Productions’ psychological thriller Figments, Aimimage Productions’ Seven Stages and Avatar Productions’ The Importance Of Being Chunky.

Avatar’s project is a comedy about a cab driver enlisted to impersonate a Bollywood star. Thriller Seven Stages was selected in collaboration with Primexchange’s partners at Film London.

A co-production workshop which aims to foster collaboration between Indian and European producers, Primexchange selects ten projects each year – five from India and five from Europe. This year’s
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Film Bazaar 2013 complete coverage

A t DearCinema, we are dedicated to independent filmmaking in India, and do all we can to give it the coverage it deserves.

We have tied up with the Nfdc Film Bazaar as their online partner and will bring you all the news, information and live updates from Film Bazaar 2013. We are also profiling all the projects selected for co-production market and Work-in-Progress Lab, besides Screenwriters’ Lab.

Film Bazaar aims to discover and support significant talent from South Asia and address key concerns of the world film community in the domains of film development, production, and distribution. From 2007 onward, Film Bazaar is a converging point for buyers and sellers and promotes Indian Cinema in the international domain.

Organised alongside the International Film Festival of India (Iffi) at the Goa Marriott Resort, the seventh Film Bazaar will be held from November 20 – 24, 2013.

Nfdc Screenwriters’ Lab 2013: Ashish Aryan’s T se Taj
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Nfdc Film Bazaar announces co-production market projects 2013

Nfdc Film Bazaar announces co-production market projects 2013
Nfdc Film Bazaar has announced 28 selected projects for co-production market 2013. The seventh edition of Film Bazaar will take place from 21 – 24 November, 2013 in Goa.

Every year, the Co-Production Market invites a select number of directors and producers to present their projects to international producers, distributors, sales agents, funding representatives and other financial partners from across the world.

Sr. no. Project Name Applicant Name 1 28-Sri Prasanna Jayakody 2 Dawaat Nama Sabiha Sumar 3 Homestay Blues Miriam Chandy Menacherry 4 Pac-Man Anirban Datta 5 Incredible Piotr Trzaskalski 6 Scorpion’s Song Anup Singh 7 When Mirza Comes Back Kamal K.M. Karamattathil 8 Warm Bread & the Nipple’s Circle Roya Sadat 9 Son of India Robert Mullan 10 Circle of Fire Arnab Chaudhuri 11 Amok Valeria Sarmiento 12 Malabar Court Niara Modi 13 Oont

(The Camel Ride) Gaganvihari Borate 14 Taramandal

(Constellation) Rohit Pandey 15 Roads to Freedom Shyam Benegal 16 Lipstick Under My Burkha Alankrita Shrivastava 17 Bhiwani Mahendra Jakhar 18 The Watchmaker Must Die Again Jogavindra S. Khera
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Call for Entry: Industry Screening at Film Bazaar 2013

Call for Entry: Industry Screening at Film Bazaar 2013
Nfdc Film Bazaar is calling for entries for its Industry Screening Program. The screenings will be organised at Film Bazaar to be held from November 20 – 24, 2013 in Marriott Resort, Goa.

Under the Industry Screenings, filmmakers can showcase and pitch their films to a select audience of sales agents, distributors, producers, festival programmers and directors. Filmmakers can either reserve their film screenings for a selected audience of international distributors and sales agents or open it for all attending delegates.

The fee for each screening is Rs 10,000 (inclusive of all taxes).

Last date for applications is November 15, 2013.

The Bright Day by Mohit Takalkar, Pune 52 by Nikhil Mahajan, The Good Road by Gyan Correa, Touring Talkies by Gajendra Ahire, Masala by Sandesh Kulkarni, Love Tomato by Hideo Nanbu, Tasher Desh by Q, Kshay by Karan Gaur are some of the films that had industry screenings in 2012.

Write to screenings@filmbazaarindia.com or click here for more details.
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Nfdc Screenwriters’ Lab 2013: Nikhil Mahajan’s “Dainik” (Daily)

Nfdc Screenwriters’ Lab 2013: Nikhil Mahajan’s “Dainik” (Daily)
Nikhil Mahajan

D earCinema profiles the six screenwriters who are participating in Nfdc Screenwriters’ Lab at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival.

Screenwriters’ Lab, a 2-part workshop conducted by the National Film Development Corporation (Nfdc) is designed to prepare screenwriters with original Indian stories for working with the international filmmaking community.

Nikhil Mahajan answers five questions about his project “Dainik” (Daily):

Tell us about your project:

Dainik (Daily) is an investigative drama set in the 1970s. It’s a story of a young, firebrand journalist and an extremist, Hindutvawadi goon, who form an unlikely friendship to start the first daily newspaper in a town that had none of its own. Based on true events, Dainik traverses the journey of this newspaper and the challenges that it brings with it.

At what stage of development is it?

I am still working on the screenplay. I am also meeting actors and looking at possible casting options.
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