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Do filmmakers have rights and liberties to distort history?

Do filmmakers have rights and liberties to distort history?
A lot of Indian films have come under the scanner for allegedly distorting history or for overdramatizing the characters portrayed in their films. A few of such Indian films are Bandit Queen, Aśoka, Mangal Pandey: The Rising, Jodhaa Akbar, Mohenjo Daro, 7aum Arivu, Padmaavat etc. Even English (Hollywood) films like Saving Private Ryan, based onRead More

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Shekhar Kapur: Why ‘2001’ Is My Genre Film Choice for Iffam’s Crossfire Section

Shekhar Kapur: Why ‘2001’ Is My Genre Film Choice for Iffam’s Crossfire Section
The Macao International Film Festival and Awards (Iffam) features the Crossfire strand where six heavyweight directors choose a classic genre film to play at the festival. India’s Shekhar Kapur (“Bandit Queen,” “Elizabeth”) chose Stanley Kubrick’s seminal sci-fi film “2001: A Space Odyssey” from 1968.

“I believe cinema is more poetry than prose and my response to cinema now, especially that which is coming out of Hollywood is that it is too dominated by completely overwritten scripts,” says Kapur.

“’2001’ has beautiful things in it, but what it does is it has spaces in the narrative and every time you watch it, you are filling the spaces in the narrative with your own imagination. So when I first watched it, I couldn’t make head or tail of it, I watched it as a kid. But it never left me, because those spaces never got filled. The imagery and the suggestions in the film were so powerful at that
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Iffam: Shekhar Kapur Talks ‘Little Dragon,’ ‘Elizabeth: The Dark Age’

Iffam: Shekhar Kapur Talks ‘Little Dragon,’ ‘Elizabeth: The Dark Age’
After his second visit to Macau in two years, Indian filmmaker Shekhar Kapur will plunge back into work on his Bruce Lee biopic “Little Dragon.”

Kapur, who has credits including “Elizabeth” and “Bandit Queen,” was head of the jury at the first Iffam. This year he is involved in the Crossfire section and presenting Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Variety spoke with him at the Singapore International Film Festival, where he served as the head of the feature awards jury.

“We are still getting the script (of ‘Little Dragon’) ready. We have done all the prep. We took a hiatus to reconsider the script a little bit,” said Kapur. “It is a very important project. As it turns out it is important not only for the rest of the world, but increasingly important for China since they are now saying that Bruce Lee is a Chinese hero.”

“I wasn’t expecting the project to get
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Kangana Ranaut to play 85 year old woman in Shekhar Kapur’s next

Kangana Ranaut to play 85 year old woman in Shekhar Kapur’s next
Shekhar Kapur is one of the most prolific directors of our times not only in India but also globally. The director who has given us iconic films like Masoom, Mr India, Bandit Queen and also international classics like Elizabeth has been missing from the film space for a while now. Post the shelving of hisRead More

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Shekhar Kapur to be the master juror at the 28th Singapore International Film Festival

Shekhar Kapur to be the master juror at the 28th Singapore International Film Festival
Shekhar Kapur has been one of the most significant filmmakers who not only made a mark in Bollywood but also succeeded in Hollywood. He showed his worth in Bollywood by directing films like Masoom, Mr India and Bandit Queen and later impressed Hollywood industry and its audience with Elizabeth and its sequel, Elizabeth: The GoldenRead More

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Shekhar Kapur set to direct the authorised Bruce Lee biopic

Shekhar Kapur, the director such films as Elizabeth and its sequel Elizabeth: The Golden Age as well as The Four Feathers and Bandit Queen will helm the planned authorised Bruce Lee biopic, Little Dragon.

The news comes via Variety who report that the story is a contemporary dramatisation of the 1950s Hong Kong social and political forces that shaped Bruce Lee into both the most famous martial arts star of all time and a significant modern day philosopher.

The trade adds that the film will be produced by Bruce Lee Entertainment, headed up by Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee, as well as Convergence Entertainment.

Pre=production has already kicked-off for a planned July shoot.

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Why Indian Censorship Is Hurting the Country’s Cinema

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Why Indian Censorship Is Hurting the Country’s Cinema
It’s always something with the Indian censors.

This time, it’s the refusal of the Central Board of Film Certification (Cbfc) to grant filmmaker Alankrta Shrivastava’s “Lipstick Under My Burkha” certification for a theatrical release in India. The film, a drama following four women in small-town India exploring sexual empowerment, freedom from patriarchy, and personal fulfillment won the Oxfam Award for Best Film on Gender Equality at the Mumbai Film Festival last October and the Spirit of Asia Award at the 2016 Tokyo International Film Festival, with upcoming screenings at festivals everywhere from Miami to Glasgow. The board’s rejection of the film reignites familiar outrage, as the filmmakers and audiences alike have taken to social media to slam the decision as an “assault on women’s rights.”

Infuriating as it is, this is hardly the board’s first frustrating clampdown. The Cbfc has long been the bane of
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Sgiff: ‘White Sun,’ ‘Live from Dhaka’ Share Silver Screen Awards

Sgiff: ‘White Sun,’ ‘Live from Dhaka’ Share Silver Screen Awards
Nepalese drama “White Sun” was named the top Asian feature film at the Silver Screen Awards, which concluded the 27th edition of the Singapore International Film Festival (Sgiff.)

Collecting two prizes, for best director and for best performance was Bangladeshi debut feature “Live From Dhaka,” by Abdullah Mohammad Saad.

The awards were presented at a red carpet gala on Saturday evening at the Mastercard Theater, which is part of Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands complex. On the red carpet were Chinese actress and international film festival darling Huang Lu, veteran Indian actress Seema Biswas (“Bandit Queen”,) and Taiwanese singer-actress Yu Tai-Yan.

Winner in the South East Asian short film category was “In The Year of Monkey” (aka “Prenjak”) by Wregas Bhanuteja from Indonesia.

The feature film jury, headed by Japan’s Naomi Kawase, described “White Sun” as “an

exceptional and incisive film about civil war and memory. (It) encapsulates the
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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s Song of Lahore Wins Best Film London Indian Film Festival

Last night at the closing night of the The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival the final tally of awards throughout the festival came to four gongs. Recipients included acclaimed Indian actress Sharmila Tagore (Apur Sansar -1959), Days and Nights in The Forest – 1970), director Shekhar Kapur (Mr India – 1987), Bandit Queen – 1994) & the Oscar winning Elizabeth films, and also winners of this year’s Satyajit Ray short film award and Liff Audience Award for best film.

• Icon Awards© for outstanding contribution to world cinema from Sun Mark Ltd went to Shekhar Kapur, and Sharmila Tagore.

Satyajit Ray Short Film Award in association with the Bagri Foundation went to Mochi (The Cobbler), by Saqib Pandor

• Liff Audience Award went to Song of Lahore, by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken

The awards included the festival’s rarely presented Icon Award© for outstanding contribution to Indian and world cinema, which was won by Bengali actress Sharmila Tagore,
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Video: Shekhar Ravjiani’s Incredible Live Performance of ‘Sanware Tere Bina Jiya Jaaye Na’ at NH7

For the amazing NH7 Weekender last month in Pune, music composer and singer Vishal Dadlani paid tribute to Ustaad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Along with his incredible performance, he brought in some fabulous musical guests and he even roped in Shekhar Ravjiani to take center stage! And of course as expected Shekhar killed it! Check out this tweet from Vishal.

You killed it, man! As always! I’m fortunate to have you as a friend & teacher! The crowd Loved you! Told you so! https://t.co/6aWlaWGYaL

Vishal Dadlani (@VishalDadlani) December 5, 2015

The crowd absolutely loved hearing his rendition of ‘Sanware’ from Bandit Queen! And as a special treat check out this video that we had to share from his performance at the Weekender. Enjoy!

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=mu3oZr-YoVk

See why we love to hear him sing?

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Sheffield Doc/Fest unveils MeetMarket projects

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Sheffield Doc/Fest unveils MeetMarket projects
Films include a collaboration between Sing Sing prison inmates and a leading contemporary dance company from Turner Prize nominated visual artist Phil Collins.

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Sheffield Doc/Fest (June 5-10) has revealed the titles that will pitch for funding at its MeetMarket initiative, celebrating 10 years in 2015.

A total of 64 filmmaker teams from 19 countries will pitch to international and UK decision makers for research, development and production funding

At Crossover Market, which includes digital titles, a further 26 interactive projects from 12 countries will pitch in one-to-one meetings to a range of specialist decision makers.

Among the Crossover projects being pitched are the latest from Oscar Raby who won last year’s Interactive Audience Award with Assent; and Ram Devineni who attracted funding at last year’s Crossover Market and Tribeca New Media Fund for Priya’s Shakti.

New pitch opportunities this year include a BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra Stories commission for young filmmakers, the Guardian
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World Premiere of Phoolan Devi: The Bandit Queen

The World Premiere performances of Phoolan Devi: The Bandit Queen, a multi-media chamber opera by Shirish Korde, with a libretto by playwright Anusree Roy and directed by Tom Diamond, take place in New York City on June 26 and 27. The full-length, semi-staged shows are at 8pm at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater and are co-presented by the Indo-American Arts Council and Da Capo Chamber Players.

The opera is a series of musically compelling and visually stunning scenes, a riveting dramatization that explores real (and re-imagined) events in the life of the notorious Phoolan Devi, an iconic woman in modern India. Born into poverty, sold as a child bride, abducted by bandits, abused and victimized, imprisoned, elected to India’s Parliament and then tragically gunned down in the streets of New Delhi in 2001, the Bandit Queen was just 37 at the time of her death.

The composer Shirish Korde states: “Phoolan Devi’s
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Review: "The Bandit Queen" (1994), Blu-ray Release From Twilight Time

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By John Whalen

An eleven-year old Indian girl is sold by her father to a thirty-year-old man for a cow and a rusty bicycle. Torn from her mother’s arms the child is taken home, beaten, raped and turned into a slave, all the while being abused and taunted by the local villagers because she is from a lower caste. She runs away and tries to go home, but is looked upon as an outcast. In a society where women are considered lower than cattle, she grows up enduring terrible punishment, including more beatings, rapes and eventual homelessness. She is kidnapped by bandits falls in love with the bandit leader and becomes a legend known throughout India as “Bandit Queen,” stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. She kills the 21 men she accused of gang-raping her, and surrenders to authorities before a crowd of 10,000 supporters. She serves 11 years in prison and when freed,
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Twilight Time 4th Anniversary Promotion Through April 3

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Twilight Time is celebrating its 4th anniversary with a major promotion that sees some of their limited edition titles reduced in price through April 3. These are the titles on sale.

Group 1

Retail price point: $24.95

Picnic

Pal Joey

Bite The Bullet

Bell, Book, And Candle

Bye Bye Birdie

In Like Flint

Major Dundee

The Blue Max

Crimes And Misdemeanors

Used Cars

Thunderbirds Are Go / Thunderbird 6

Group 2

Retail price point: $19.95

Rapture

Roots Of Heaven

Swamp Water

Demetrius And The Gladiators

Desiree

The Wayward Bus

Cover Girl

High Time

The Sound And The Fury

The Rains Of Ranchipur

Bonjour Tristesse

Beloved Infidel

Lost Horizon

The Blue Lagoon

Experiment In Terror

Nicholas And Alexandra

Pony Soldier

The Song Of Bernadette

Philadelphia

The Only Game In Town

Love Is A Many Splendored Thing

Sleepless In Seattle

The Disappearance

Sexy Beast

Drums Along The Mohawk

Alamo Bay

The Other

Mindwarp

Jane Eyre

Oliver

The Way We Were
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Twilight Time Brings One of the Best American Films of the ’70s to Blu-ray

Specialty Blu-ray label Twilight Time continues to show their deep love for film with a continually growing and constantly eclectic selection of releases. The next few months will see Blu-ray titles as varied as To Sir With Love, U-Turn, The Night of the Generals and Zardoz. There were five titles on last month’s slate (released on 1/20) including a great American underdog tale in Breaking Away, an Indian biopic of uprising and war with Bandit Queen, Francois Truffaut’s female-driven revenge film The Bride Wore Black, Woody Allen’s surreal ode to the cinema in The Purple Rose of Cairo and a 30th Anniversary release of Fright Night. That last title — the only one not covered below — was actually released by the label once before with a far slimmer selection of special features. It immediately became a collector’s item, and now, barely three weeks after its re-release, this anniversary edition is already fetching ridiculous sums from
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'Elizabeth' Director Shekhar Kapur Takes on 'Tiger's Curse'

Internationally acclaimed producer and filmmaker Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) has come on to direct the epic adventure film Tiger's Curse, based on the first in a series of New York Times bestselling novels by author Colleen Houck. Julie Plec, creator of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, has adapted the book for the screen.

Ineffable Pictures' founder Raphael Kryszek and Jesse Israel will produce along with Lotus Entertainment's Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel, and with director Shekhar Kapur. Lotus' D.J. Gugenheim and Ara Keshishian are executive producing and Lotus will introduce the action/adventure to foreign buyers starting at Afm.

Tiger's Curse follows Kelsey Hayes who learns that she has a powerful connection with a beautiful white tiger named Ren, while working at a circus in Oregon over the summer. When a mysterious stranger arrives to reclaim Ren and return him to his native India, Kelsey is whisked into an
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Shekhar Kapur to Direct Adventure Film Tiger’S Curse

Internationally acclaimed producer and filmmaker Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) has come on to direct the epic adventure film Tiger’S Curse, based on the first in a series of New York Times bestselling novels by author Colleen Houck. Julie Plec, creator of “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals” has adapted the book for the screen.

Ineffable Pictures’ founder Raphael Kryszek and Jesse Israel will produce along with Lotus Entertainment’s Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel, and with director Shekhar Kapur. Lotus’ D.J. Gugenheim and Ara Keshishian are executive producing and Lotus will introduce the action/adventure to foreign buyers starting at Afm.

Tiger’S Curse follows Kelsey Hayes who learns that she has a powerful connection with a beautiful white tiger named Ren, while working at a circus in Oregon over the summer. When a mysterious stranger arrives to reclaim Ren and return him to his native India, Kelsey is whisked
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Award-Winning Film Patang Premieres on iTunes

Patang is the first feature lead role of National Award winner Nawazuddin Siddiqui, star of Salman Khan’s latest blockbuster Kick and indie hit Lunchbox. Nawazuddin Siddiqui recalls “Patang was a dream come true for me. I waited for the opportunity for fifteen years. The experience on Patang transformed my acting style forever and made every role possible since.”

Patang has been embraced by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and critics call the film an “Anthem of Ahmedabad” (DNA Ahmedabad) hailing it as Gujarat’s “most internationally-celebrated film in the past decade” (Apn News).

Patang delights the senses and nourishes the spirit. In the old city of Ahmedabad, amid India’s largest kite festival, a family duels, spins and soars like the countless kites in the skies above. Every year a million kites fill the skies above Ahmedabad-dueling, soaring, tumbling and flying high. When a successful Delhi businessman takes
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“The London Indian Film Festival shows films with more realistic, funky and sometimes challenging images of India.” -Festival Director Cary Sawhney

For the last five years, the London Indian Film Festival has showcased a unique selection of films from all over India. As they say, going way Beyond Bollywood, Liff brings cutting edge films from some of the world’s most innovative filmmakers. Led by festival director Mr Cary Rajinder Sawhney, Liff has grown to become Europe’s biggest Indian film festival. This year, once again, they are bringing the cool and eclectic along with hard hitting and moving films during the week long festival that runs July 10th through the 17th. We caught up with Mr Sawhney to get the scoop on what audiences will see when they experience Liff this year.

How would you describe the London Indian Film Festival?

London Indian Film Festival is dedicated to profiling the best of new independent films from India and its neighbours. I am glad to say we caught the wave early
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London Indian Film Festival Cool Beyond Bollywood 2014 Programme

Get ready London film fans! The fabulous London Indian Film Festival, running July 10th – 17th, will bring you an eclectic and cool mix of films! Now Europe’s largest platform for Indian cinema, the London Indian Film Festival returns to the Capital, in association with Pure Heaven, the British Film Institute, and official Hotel Partner Grange Hotels, celebrating the exploding movement of Indian Independent cinema and bringing to UK audiences a rare selection of cutting-edge films from some of the Indian subcontinent’s hottest independent talents. Going way beyond Bollywood, the festival presents a kaleidoscope of new films that challenge, shock, generate debate and present a more realistic view of India and the subcontinent today, in all its diversity.

The festival has many highlights and will showcase Emma Thompson’s Sold and Million Dollar Arm, which stars Jon Hamm and also boasts a bevy of Bollywood stars! The festival will stretch citywide,
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