Sunday, May 28, 2017

Director Of #WarMachine #DavidMichod in Coversation with #FilmCriticJohnsonThomas (Full Transcript)


Writer Director David Michod cut his teeth in the International Cinema arena with his critically celebrated ‘Animal Kingdom’ a film that won the World Cinema Award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Michod also co-wrote the feature ‘Hesher’ starring Joseph Gordon Lewitt and Natalie Portman which also debuted at Sundance and his next feature ‘The Rover’ was amongst the official selections at Cannes 2014. He was here in India for just a day, to promote his Brad Pitt starrer ‘War Machine’- a quasi humorous absurdist satire on America’s never-ending involvement in Afghanistan. He talks to Film Critic Johnson Thomas about how that came about..
How difficult was it for you to adapt the book ‘The Operators:The Wild and terrifying inside story of America’s War in Afghanistan’ into a script for cinema? It was quite tricky. The book was written by a war correspondent, Michael Hastings, who was hanging out with a four star general in Afghanistan- through his process of writing the article in Rolling Stones and later on, the book. I was drawn to the character of the General and knew that I wanted to take it away from just the General’s experience and make it much bigger in context, about the entire American War Machine. That’s also how the title came about. How difficult was it getting to that point? I had been thinking for a long time about making a movie set in either Afghanistan or Iraq. A movie about the experience of modern American war but I hadn’t been able to find that story. So when Jeremy Kleiner and Dede Gardner from Plan B brought me Michael Hasting’s book and I started to see that movie that I wanted to make, it came out of me very quickly because I had been thinking about it for a long time. How long did it take ? I had been thinking about this for around 7 years but I couldn’t find the story that I wanted to tell or that anyone would let me make, War movies aren’t cheap. They involve a huge cast and have unimaginable production costs which a medium budget filmmaker like me would not be able to command. Right from early on in my career I have been aware of the things that are and aren’t achievable. I had a few ideas germinating in my mind over the years but they were all dark films and required bigger budgets. I always knew that the combination of darkness and big budget wasn’t really going to work. So the idea behind the absurdist tone was because of that? The tone of the book was far more forthright- strikingly different from the one you chose to highlight in the film.. ? It wasn’t for financial reasons but because the other resistance I had to these dark stories was that they were all stories set on the battlefield with soldiers and I feel they are the only movies being made on war today. Those films are usually about the battlefield experiences and they don’t ask larger questions of the architects of those battles. What attracted me to Michael’s book was the fact that it was about the people who were actually dictating the war and not merely about those fighting it. It painted an overwhelming picture of delusion and vanity of men with an overblown sense of themselves. And that for me and Brad, said absurdity. From the earliest days of our discussions we started playing this movie as a war satire leading up to the ridiculous. How did you decide on Brad Pitt for the eponymous role? Brad’s company had the rights to the book so when I was writing it, I was writing it in the hope that it would be for Brad. But he would never commit to a project before the script was written. I could say, through the many discussions we had on the subject, he was highly interested. So as soon as the script was written he committed to it very quickly and said ‘I wanna make this movie and I want to make it now!’ He plays a character that appears to be a caricature – ridiculously absurd in his pomposity. How did that come about? We had discussions about how big the character would be played. One of the things that was important to me was to project what was happening on the decision making table in America and what was happening on the ground in Afghanistan. And I wanted that separation to be felt distinctly. And we felt , to achieve that, we needed to play the ground very straight while playing the top as absurd and big. And let the characters delusions be writ large. So would you also say that throughout the movie it’s your voice that’s coming through – about America’s role in Iraq and Afghanistan? Yes. My voice slips in every now and then. It feels now, as though the movie is asking the questions that I was asking myself for years -while I was reading and researching about the futility and unremitting extravagance of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Both America and Australia have been involved in this war that has gone on for 16 years now, with no clear end in sight. The question I keep asking myself is how is this possible? I presume that the men ( and it’s always men) running, orchestrating the show from within the comforts of their drawing rooms, must be intelligent and capable people. How can they not see the futility of this as clearly as I do. And when I discovered Michael’s book I realized that the lived inside these bubbles of delusion and personal ambition. That’s why I wanted this movie to be asking those same questions. An hopefully answering them too. So you could say you identified with Michael Hasting’s point of view? You could feel on every page that the time Michael was spending with these guys was extraordinary for him. Partly extraordinary because he couldn’t believe that they were behaving the way they were behaving. That they seemed so full of themselves, so full of hubris that they couldn’t see that they were incriminating themselves in front of a Rolling Stones reported. That’s probably because they did not take him seriously I guess? They either did not take him seriously or they took themselves far too seriously to care about what anyone thought or some combination of both. That was what I could feel on every page. That he, like me, couldn’t believe that these intelligent supposedly capable architects were so blind, almost oblivious to the devastation caused by seemingly perpetual war resounding with their footprints in the world they stomp through so callously. Do you feel there’s a kind of resistance to such kind of critical cinema in the world today.. because in India we would never be able to make a film denigrating the army or the establishment to such an extent? It very tricky. All the movies made in America about war, are all very particular in expressing the experiences of the troops and hey are made out of respect and with reverence and they don’t ask larger questions. And we knew that this movie would be difficult to make in the studio system because the studios would be afraid of it. They would be afraid about the economics and wonder at it’s ability to play all over America. But we felt it was important that this kind of movie becomes a part of the conversation on war too. And we were happy to get Netflix on board to achieve that purpose. Johnson Thomas Johnsont307@gmail.com

#SachinABillionDreams #HindiBollywoodFilmMovieReview #JohnsonThomas


Hindi Film Review Johnson Thomas An Emotionally charged Experience Film: Sachin : A Billion Dreams Cast: Sachin Tendulkar, Anjali, Arjun, Sara, other family members, cricketing greats and commentators from across the world, Ramakant Achrekar etc. Director: James Erskine Rating: * * * Runtime: 148 mins
A Bio-docudrama on the ‘God Of Cricket,’ this film was of course expected to be a winner even before it got off the floors. With a billion and more fans clamoring for a dekho, it was expected that even a hastily put-together success story would make do. James Erskine’s film though is a well thought out, sterilized effort that focuses it’s might on the demigod’s strengths- his virtuousness, his respect and love for family, friends and his unswerving commitment to the game of cricket. Director James Erskine (EMR, Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist , Shooting for Socrates) did not have a tough job at hand, seeing that every moment of this great man’s life and career as a sporting hero was well documented. All he needed was to source the material and that got done quite easily because Sachin himself has endorsed this effort. Sachin has always led an exemplary life as a dedicated cricketer, a conscientious captain, loving son, devoted brother, caring and committed husband and father and steadfast friend. All those roles come through quite vividly in Erskine’s documentary. Home videos, archival clips, montage moments, commentaries from the greats and nail-biting record breaking and needle thin match finishes from the sporting field are skimmed through with the efficiency of a well oiled clock. Erskine allows the viewer to dwell briefly on Sachin’s losses in life and the game and also embraces you in his numerous record breaking victories. They are of course thrilling moments and could even get you emotional. From his very first step into the sport to his very last on the National and International level, Erskine gets us involved in Sachin’s story. From being the hope of a struggling nation, to the emblem of a country ready to take on the world, from his first 200 in an ODI to the World Cup win in 2011, the film takes you on a fairy tale journey with Sachin. As the narrative progresses you not only experience Sachin’s growing prowess as a cricketer but also see him getting more and more confident of his Self-worth. Erskine of course doesn’t get Sachin’s childhood friend Vinod Kambli to talk about him, neither does he dwell deeply enough on the captaincy controversies, his tiff with Greg Chappell is papered over, the Ferrari ‘Tax’ controversy doesn’t come up, his stint as a Rajya Sabha MP is not even hinted at and the absence of Dilip Vengasarkar who was one of the many selectors during Sachin’s reign, was sorely felt. The editing is fluid, the present and past mix of home videos, archival match footage and present day shots are definitively emboldened while the background score rises to every proud moment with a symphony of sound and song. Sachin, the leading run-scorer and century maker in Test and One Day International cricket , the youngest Bharat Ratna Awardee, comes across as so squeaky clean that you might begin to think that he’s not human. In fact by skimming through the surface of Sachin’s great life, Erskine does disservice to the sporting hero even if his ‘He’s so good’ fan fable may just be what the fans ordered. Johnsont307@gmail.com

Monday, May 22, 2017

#Aasra's #JohnsonThomas was an invited speaker at a #TEDxTalk organised by #UWCMC


#Aasra's #JohnsonThomas was an invited speaker at a #TEDxTalk organised by #UWCMC Monday, May 22, 2017 #Aasra's #JohnsonThomas was an invited speaker at a #TEDxTalk organised by #UWCMC #aasradotinfo #aasraSuicidePrevention24x7Helpline912227546669 #BefriendersWorldwide #SamaritansUK #IASP #UN #WHO #AFSP #INFOTES #LifelineInternational #Google #Facebook Aasra's #JohnsonThomas was an invited speaker at a TEDxTalk organised by UWCMC

Now watch unlimited NEW movies for 30 days At Carnival Cinemaswith MoviEcard at just Rs149*/- Carnival Cinemas to introduce this service in over 60 cities across India on May 22 for movie buffs


Now watch unlimited NEW movies for 30 days At Carnival Cinemaswith MoviEcard at just Rs149*/- Carnival Cinemas to introduce this service in over 60 cities across India on May 22 for movie buffs MUMBAI: One of the largest multiplex chain,Carnival Cinemasis set to revolutionize the film exhibition business withIndia’s first movie subscription based service ‘MoviEcard: Haqq se dekho’for silver screens. Available from May 22 across 60 select cities across India, this card is priced at Rs. 149/- for a period of 30 days. Patrons will be able to enjoy unlimited new releases in any Carnival Cinemasin those cities between Monday to Thursday.
In the last few years, the biggest of the films with bankable stars have seen only 2 to 4 per cent of the total population watching the film on the big screen. The ticket prices have compelled the majority to stay away from the big screen and await the premiere of their beloved movie stars’ films on television. The choice of watching a grandeur on 5-inch phone screen or satisfying the urge to see the latest movie’s pirated version may be available, but it can never replace the experience of the 70 mm screen. With its visionary outlook, promoter and chairman of Carnival Group, Dr. Shrikant Bhasi led Cinema Chain - Carnival Cinemas, aims to ‘democratize movieviewing experience’by making it accessible to all movie lovers across the country. The intent is to be able to offer month long cinema entertainment at the cost of a single movie ticket. Speaking about this new product, Dr. Shrikant Bhasi, Founder and Chairman of Carnival Groupsaid, “At Carnival Cinemas,MoviEcard fits in perfectly with our vision of making movies accessible to every Indian. Over the years we have noticed that while people would like to enjoy a great film at the nearest Cinema Theatre, the regular ticket prices have always acted as a deterrent. Our endeavor with this MoviEcard is to break theentry barrier and allow all our patrons to enjoy as many movies as they wish to watch at the cost of ONE MOVIE TICKET. In order to be able to give this benefit to patrons all over the country, we are increasing our footprint rapidly and aim to reach 1000 screens by 2018.” Dina Mukherjee, senior spokesperson,MoviEcard Sales Pvt. Ltd., firmlybelieves that “MoviEcard is a one of a kind program, that intends to shift the audience from 5” screens to the real magic of 70mm silver screens. Today only 2% of the overall population actually visits movie theatres. We intend to democratize the way we watch new movies or look forward to original content. Our intent is for every movie to get 60-70% occupancy, every Indian tobe able to watch all new releases and every movie lover should carry a MoviEcardto enjoytheir favorite stars in their full glory. The card has been designed to integrate all aspects of entertainment including F&B with nominal costs so that everyone can enjoy an enriching experience.All this at the cost of ONE MOVIE TICKET!” Customers can purchase and renew the MoviEcard within no time either by logging onto www.moviecardindia.com or visiting the nearest Carnival Cinemas. One can also obtain the card by calling at toll free number 1800 102 5060 and mobile number +91 7710097900, Carnival’s helpline numbers. Bringing back the mesmerizing feeling of watching a film on 70 mm screen, Carnival is steadfast in creating a gratifying ambience for the patrons. So just grab your MoviEcard and enjoy the enthralling experience of watching latest movies of your favorite stars on the big screen enjoy diverse genre of films every month uninterrupted. Carnival Cinemas is currently present in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi NCR, West Bengal, Telengana, Uttarakhand and Chandigarh. About Carnival Group Carnival Group is a Mumbai based corporate with diversified business in Hospitality, Media, Real Estate, Entertainment, Multiplexes and Event Management. Carnival has already established its brand in movie production, exhibition & distribution along with Food courts, Events, IT Park, etc. Carnival Films Pvt. Ltd., operates cinema chain under the brand ‘Carnival Cinemas’ with over 330 operational screens at 119 locations in 89 cities in India. Carnival Group was in the news for the acquisition of L&T Realty’s Chandigarh based mall-Elante for INR 1785cr, one of the largest deals in the realty sector in recent times.

Ministry of I&B, Govt. of India, explores opportunities to increase the global footprint of Indian Cinema


Ministry of I&B, Govt. of India, explores opportunities to increase the global footprint of Indian Cinema Given the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting’s (I&B) crucial and effective role in the development of the film sector in India, especially the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), the Film in India initiative of the Film facilitation Office (FFO), the National Film Development Corporation’s (NFDC) Film Bazaar, the NFDC tied up with Marco Muller – Artistic Director, Pingyao International Film Festival, to introduce these initiatives to acclaimed international filmmakers and representatives of various National Bodies from Countries that have an international coproduction with India. Speaking on this occasion, the Joint Secretary, Ministry of I&B, said “This meeting enabled us to introduce internationally celebrated filmmakers to IFFI, which is in its 48th year and thus showcase the latest critically acclaimed films. We would be delighted to have these eminent personalities conduct master classes and workshops in Film Bazaar and visit different locations in India, which is in sync with our Film in India initiative under the aegis of the Film Facilitation Office. We also had the opportunity to speak about international collaboration between talent and co-creation of content since we have signed coproduction treaties with several countries.” He also went on to inform the filmmakers that the setting up of the National Centre of Excellence in Animation, Visual Effects and Comics in Mumbai and a new Film and Television Institute in the North Eastern State of Arunachal Pradesh, will enhance the skill of the film sector. The congregation was also informed of the Ministry’s ambitious National Film Heritage Mission through the National Film Archives based in Pune and the National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai under the aegis of Film Division, as an endeavour on the part of the Government’s effort to preserve the century old cinematic heritage of the country. The meeting also discussed how the Directorate of Film Festival could promote Indian cinema across various cities in the UK and Poland and at the same time give their films a footprint in India. His Excellency the Ambassador of India to France, Dr Mohan Kumar who was present during the deliberations said, “We had very useful discussions centered around two fundamental objectives: how to achieve greater visibility for Indian Cinema worldwide and how to promote India as a destination for foreign movies. Discussions with Directors, Producers and Policy-makers from UK, Italy, Poland Germany and China proved fruitful and a possible road map to increase the global footprint did emerge”. Names of the International Filmmakers and Delegates in attendance at the India Pavilion of the Ministry of I&B - 1. Fatih Akin (Director/Producer - Germany) 2 Nurhan Sekerci (Producer - Germany) 3. Bady Minck (Director/Producer - Austria/Luxembourg) 4. Simone Gattoni (Director/Producer – Italy) 5. Heather Stewart (Creative Director – British Film Institute 6. Izabela Kiszka-Hoflik (Head of Film production and Project Development - Polish Film Institute 7. Michel Pradier and Marielle Poupelin – Telefilm Canada About the India Pavilion The India Pavilion is organized by the National Film Development Corporation Ltd (NFDC) on behalf of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. The India Pavilion is set-up by the NFDC at the Cannes Film Festival. The Pavilion is a fully equipped and functional business center during this period and provides Indian delegates with an opportunity to meet and conduct business with leading members of the international film fraternity. The Pavilion shall host knowledge sessions with various filmmakers and also facilitates the publicity of films produced by Indian filmmakers. The Corporation has published an India Guide with details of Indian professionals registered with the Cannes Film Festival & Market. About the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting www.mib.nic.in The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, through mass communication media—radio, television, films, press and print publications, advertising and traditional modes of communication such as dance and drama—plays an effective role in helping people have access to free flow of information. It is the apex body for formulation and administration of rules, regulations and laws for the same. It also caters to the dissemination of knowledge and entertainment to all sections of the society, striking a careful balance between public interest and commercial needs, in its delivery of services. It is responsible for international co-operation in the fields of mass media, films and broadcasting, and interacts with its foreign counterparts on behalf of the Government of India.

BAD RAP- Opening in US/Canada on VOD May 23


BAD RAP- Opening in US/Canada on VOD May 23 BAD RAP which will be released on VOD in the US and Canada on Tuesday, May 23. Viewing links are also available by request to this email to consider reviews/interviews. NEW CLIPS: https://youtu.be/FdsReM8ZY9c - Awkwafina and Dumbfoundead https://www.dropbox.com/s/8vpmnqeu6ko7rcm/BadRap_Clip3.mov?dl=0 https://youtu.be/l223iRK-24U - Lyricks https://www.dropbox.com/s/wrr5kqpja6lkvem/BadRap_Clip5.mov?dl=0 https://youtu.be/GXMObOnb_hs - Rekstizzy https://www.dropbox.com/s/qiwnuohdhh1fg64/BadRap_Clip4.mov?dl=0 https://youtu.be/HSFoeDl1oJw - Dumbfoundead https://www.dropbox.com/s/4qkv8s9pr54w19u/BadRap_Clip2.mov?dl=0 More information also follows: FILMRISE PRESENTS BAD RAP Premiering on VOD Tuesday, May 23 on all major platforms including: iTunes (US & Canada) Amazon (US) Google Play (US & Canada) Vudu (US) Film’s VOD release timed to Asian Cultural Heritage Month (May 2017). VIEWING LINKS ARE AVAILABLE BY REQUEST TO CONSIDER COVERAGE. INTERVIEWS: FILMMAKER SALIMA KOROMA, PRODUCER JAEKI CHO AND RAPPERS REKSTIZZY AND LYRICKS FROM THE FILM ARE AVAILABLE BY REQUEST TO EMMA@EG-PR.COM. Hip-hop culture has transcended many racial and cultural boundaries after its founding in the ’70s by African-American and Latino youth in the South Bronx. Since then, rappers have emerged as legitimate pop culture stars around the world and hip-hop’s global movement has become increasingly more diverse. Yet the face of rap in America remains primarily black, brown, and white. BAD RAP follows the lives and careers of four Asian-American rappers trying to break into a world that often treats them as outsiders.Featuring dynamic live performance footage and revealing interviews, BAD RAP will turn the most skeptical critics into believers. From the battle rhymes of crowd-favorite Dumbfoundead to the tongue-in-cheek songs of Awkwafina; the unapologetic visuals of Rekstizzy to the conflicted values of Lyricks—BAD RAP paints a memorable portrait of artistic passion in the face of an unsung struggle. Director: Salima Koroma Produced by: Jaeki Cho Featuring: Dumbfoundead, Awkwafina, Rekstizzy, Lyricks and many more. 81 Minutes / English / USA / Documentary Distributor: FilmRise POSTER: https://www.dropbox.com/s/arv1i7k6iiu9yy6/BadRap_LOW.jpg?dl=0 TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUWpl4RQvmA&feature=youtu.be https://www.dropbox.com/s/ao2sd7nmq72wkm4/BadRap_FilmRise_tlr_en_nosubs_LtRt_1080p_2398_H264.mov?dl=0 PHOTOS:www.filmrise.com/bad-rap-press Website: http://www.badrapfilm.com facebook.com/badrapfilm twitter.com/badrapfilm instagram.com/badrapfilm #badrapfilm Click here to Reply or Forward

Web Series Pioneer ​TVF ​​Presents its latestHorror Comedy S​ketch 'Passion Ka Bhoot'


Web Series Pioneer ​TVF ​​Presents its latestHorror Comedy S​ketch 'Passion Ka Bhoot' ​ ​In association with HDFC LIFE Watch it now on www.TVFPlay.com ​ May 2017 -- After a ​series of super successful web sketches like Tech Conversations with Dad, Daaru Pe Charcha, Truth or Dare, Barely Speaking with Arunb and TVF Bachelors comes yet another web sketch -- Passion Ka Bhoot-- ​presented by TVF ​in association with HDFC Life. TVF's Passion Ka Bhoot is i​nspired from TVF’s popular horror comedy series, TVF Bhootiyapa–Bachelors vs. Ghost which made its mark online garnering over 3 million views ....and still counting! TVF's Passion Ka Bhoot is ​written by Chandan Kumar and is directed by Harman Wadala​. ​The popular web sketch also stars leading TV & theatre actors -- Ashish Verma, Tarun Singhal, Shivankit Singh Parihar, Trupti Khamkar, Ranjan Raj, Sudhir Kumar, Abhinav Anand ​and Anant Singh. ​​​The web sketch is a satirical take on​ the fad of 'Following Your Passion' It’s a story aboutManu (Ashish Verma) who works ​in an MNC, ​in a standard 9 to 5 job. All is going well ​until, one day he gets transferred to another cubicle in his office, one that is 'haunted' by a 'Passion Ka Bhoot'! And, in the midst of following his passion to ​be​ a photographer, writer, travel-blogger, actor and singer his whole life goes for ​a toss​! It’s hilarious when ​the web sketch adapts quirky lines from the movie 3 Idiots andRockstar. The message it sends out is clear -- that the only way to perform and do great work is to love what you do! In the throes of ​​pursuing your passion, today’s youth wish to live in the moment without thinking much about the future. ​ The ​web sketch ends with a remarkable note to young Indians -- 'Follow your passion' in whatever you choose to do! However, whatever ​you decide to do, requires discipline and planning keeping in mind that family security is also important. Moreover, a 9 to 5 job is not 'detention', but it helps to discipline you and bring stability in whatever you choose to do. You can watch the video here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMzki7i28Z4​ About TVF At the forefront of the web series revolution with five​ of India’s most successful releases --Permanent Roommates, Pitchers, Tripling , Humorously Yours and Bisht, Please! ​-- with over 100 million views -- The Viral Fever (TVF) is India's premier digital entertainment network. Founded by Arunabh Kumar, Creative Experiment Officer (CEO), the Company is creating headlines globally and within India, revolutionising the way Indians access entertainment. Loved by India's youth, TVF is a pioneer in the new genre of online entertainment, with a focus on progressive and new-age content.

Director Venika Mitra short Film "All I Want" selected at Cannes Film festival


Director Venika Mitra short Film "All I Want" selected at Cannes Film festival
Out of 231 submissions from 30 countries Director Venika Mitra short film has been selected for the Diversity of Cannes Short films showcase at an international platform of Cannes Film festival. The Film showcase will take place on 22nd May 2017 during the 70th festival de Cannes. Synopsis of the Film :- The story is of a purposeful, single minded and unwavering pursuit, of a street urchin Ratan, to buy one mango.Ratan is a 7-8 years old incorrigible and aimless street bum; who rambles through an entire day to buy one mango. The only money he has is 9 bucks. The mango seller he asks, ridicules him while telling the prices of all the varieties of mangoes available. Ratan knows he is short of 10 bucks to buy this mango. In his struggle of buying this mango, the very audacious Ratan does whatever he can; and thus begins Ratan’s wild goose chase to get 10 bucks more.This is the story of a journey of human audacity in the whimsical garb of life.
Written & Directed By- Venika Mitra, Produced By- Post Pickle, Cinematography- Sarthak Johar, Editor- Gurmmeet Singh, Sound Design- Resul Pookutty CAS,MPSE & Vijay Kumar, D.I At & Colorist- Pixel D & Jayadev Tiruveaipati, Music- Anurag Saikia, Costume- Hazel Paul Star Cast :- Ballu A. Panchal as Ratan, Bansari as Preeti, Atteet Bhandari as Preeti's Mother, Kamal D. Khatak as Mango Vendor, Vidya Raj Sharma as Girl in the Autorickshaw 1, Madhu as Girl in the Autorickshaw 2, Nirmala Venkatesan as Teacher in the park, Deepak Kalra as Boy in the Car 1, Digvijay Nikam as Boy in the Car 2, Gauri Chandrra as Child Dressed as Mango, Aaryan Chandrra as Child Dressed as French Fries, Shyam Chandrra as Child Dressed as Colgate, Hemant Rathi as Man at milkshake stall, Kailash Shah as Ragpicker
Awards Won 1. Planos Film Festival, Portugal- Special Honorable Mention 2. Dublin Internation Short Film And Music Festival- Best Edit 3. Flying Elephant Film Festival, Kerala- Best International Live Action Short Film 4. Lights, Camera, Take Action Film Festival, Colorado- Best Short Film 5. Nuren Film Festival,Singapore- Best Short Film-Asia 6. Movievalley Bazzacinema, Bologna, Italy- Best International Short Fiction Film 7. Louisiana International Film Festival, Usa- Best International Live Action Short Film 8. Humboldt International Film Festival (Arcata,California)-Finalist Film 9. Industry Boost Competition, Florida- Finalist Film 10. Los Angeles Cine Fest- Semi Finalist Film Official Selection In The Following Film Festivals 1. Coventary International Film Festival, England 2. La Femme Internation Film Festival Of Women Filmmakers, Los Angeles 3. Move Me Productions Online Film Festival, Belguim 4. West Nordic International Film Festival. 5. Katra Film Series, New York 6. Oasis Short Film Screening Series 7. Smile International For Youth And Children, New Delhi 8. Barcelona Planet Film Festival 9. Iaff Indian Stories Festival, Australia 10. Tmc London Film Festival 11. Sunlight International Film Festival, Moscow 12. Festival De Cortometrajes "Jose Francisco Rosado, Spain 13. Indie Wise Film Festival 14. Malatesta Short Film Festival, Italy 15. River Bend Festival Indiana 16. Moving Pictures Film Festival- First Selection For Screening 17. Short Cuts Film Festival, Victoria, Australia 18. Diversity In Cannes Short Film Showcase

ACCLAIMED ARTIST SATINDER SARTAAJ REPRESENTS INDIA AT CANNES FOR HOLLYWOOD’S BIOPIC ON THE LAST MAHARAJAH OF PUNJAB – THE BLACK PRINCE


ACCLAIMED ARTIST SATINDER SARTAAJ REPRESENTS INDIA AT CANNES FOR HOLLYWOOD’S BIOPIC ON THE LAST MAHARAJAH OF PUNJAB – THE BLACK PRINCE ACCLAIMED SUFI SINGER-POET ESSAYS THE ROLE OF LAST MAHARAJAH OF PUNJAB IN BRILLSTEIN ENTERTAINMENT PARTNERS’ ‘THE BLACK PRINCE’
A multi-gifted artist, singer, composer and Sufi poet, Satinder Sartaaj, makes his acting debut as the Last King of Punjab – Maharajah Duleep Singh - in the highly anticipated upcoming Hollywood film - THE BLACK PRINCE, releasing worldwide on 21st July 2017. Satinder Sartaaj will attend the 70th Cannes Film Festival in the French Rivera along with his British co-star Jason Flemyng for the trailer of THE BLACK PRINCE. Produced by Brillstein Entertainment Partners (Academy Award winning film 12 Years A Slave), THE BLACK PRINCE, is a period drama written and directed by Hollywood filmmaker Kavi Raz and filmed widely across the UK and India. It carefully captures the tragic, yet fascinating true story and legacy of Maharajah Duleep Singh, providing a visual narrative of one of India’s most noble kings, and his fragile relationship with, Queen Victoria, who was Godmother to his children. The film is touted to be the most historical and factually accurate portrayal, covering the phenomenal legacy led and left behind by Maharajah Duleep Singh, right from his early upbringing in the United Kingdom under Queen Victoria, to his ultimate revolt against the British for the freedom of his kingdom. Satinder Sartaaj is a much-admired Sufi poet and singer. Hooked to the melody emanating from the wandering artists as a child, his Sufi folk style has been appreciated by audiences in India and across global shores. He has carved a niche and maintains a unique presence in the modern-day music industry. He captivates audiences through his words and lyrics, and promises to do the same on the screen in his leading role as Maharajah Duleep Singh in THE BLACK PRINCE. Portraying the dignified personal struggle of the last King of Punjab, he imbues the role with the same depth and meaning that his fans know him for. Recently awarded the ‘Best Newcomer’ Award at the London Independent Film Festival and the ‘Best Debut’ Award at the Accolade Global Film Competition held in San Diego, California, Satinder Sartaaj promises to excite and enlighten audiences at Cannes and around the world. In THE BLACK PRINCE, Satinder Sartaaj is joined by an esteemed cast of acting stalwarts including Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch) as Dr. Login, the foster parent for the Maharajah, English stage, screen actress Amanda Root (The Iron Lady), who portrays the bold role of Queen Victoria; and veteran actress Shabana Azmi (City of Joy) as Rani Jindan, the exiled King’s mother. The film also features Keith Duffy, David Essex OBE, Canadian actor Rup Magon in supporting roles. The Black Prince releases internationally in cinemas on 21st July 2017.

1st Edition of PickUrFlick Indie Film Festival ends, promises to come back with diverse global films next year


1st Edition of PickUrFlick Indie Film Festival ends, promises to come back with diverse global films next year ~"As a filmmaker it is very difficult to make independent films on such issues like insurgency. I have always wanted to bring out things which are not audible. I portrayed this issue in my own visual way. I have always been terrorized by insurgency since childhood. I know families who have been affected by insurgernts. The traumatization has affected the locals so much, that they have muted their voice, they think its okay to have such issues. It has been a history, no one dared to bring this on a public platform, this is journey for me, it has been a difficult process for me to bring in the real story into the mainstream cinema. To bring this sensitive issue, I tried to portray it in a natural way to not face major consequences.” said 64th National Award Winner, Jaicheng Jai Dohutia who also won the best director award for Haanduk at PIFF 2017~ ~Anirban Guha and his wife Sinjini Sengupta, wins the best screenplay award for Bengali film Elixir~ May 22, 2016, New Delhi: The 1st edition of the 3 day PickUrFlick Indie Film Festival (PIFF) 2017 at the Instituto Cervantes concluded on 21st May, 2017 with the screening of over 16 multi-lingual films and an award ceremony felicitating 12 winners. The closing film was WWII German feature, Hore Die Stille (Hear The Silence) by Ed. Ehrenburg which won the best feature film award and best cinematography award.
National Award Winner Jaicheng Jai Dohutia was awarded the best director for Haanduk by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan (Sexy Durga). Anirban Guha and his wife Sinjini Sengupta, won the best screenplay award for Elixir. This drama filled Bengali short has been to Cannes International Film Festival 2016, and has also won Best Short Film award in Boston Kaleidoscope Film Festival 2016. Siddharth Murjani, was awarded the Emerging talent of the year as an actor/writer for 3 of his films (Menage, Riemann, Dealer). Ending the award ceremony Abhishek Sinha, the founder of PickUrFlick.com said “It's been an amazing experience and this marks the culmination of 1st edition of PickUrFlick indeed. PIFF will come back with more diverse global films next year”. 64th National Award Winner for best feature film Haanduk, Jaicheng Jai Dohutia said “As a filmmaker it is very difficult to make independent films on such issues like insurgency. I have always wanted to bring out things which are not audible. I portrayed this issue in my own visual way. I have always been terrorized by insurgency since childhood; I know families who have been affected by insurgernts. The traumatization has affected the locals so much, that they have muted their voice, they think its okay to have such issues. It has been a history, no one dared to bring this on a public platform, this is journey for me, it has been a difficult process for me to bring in the real story into the mainstream cinema. To bring this sensitive issue, I tried to portray it in a natural way to not face major consequences.” Anirban Guha and his wife Sinjini Sengupta who has won multiple awards for Elixir said “Independent cinema is coming in because given the digital market, given the internet, in the current of time, people spend time looking at the phone screen, if independent film can actually tap that space in the viewers mind then perhaps that has opened up an entirely a new market in to this mainstream cinema, this is a parallel field that is opening up”
Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, also a jury member who awarded the winners at PIFF talking about today's independent cinema said “Taking in context, Indie cinema in India is growing specially after Court, Thithi and Kothanodi. and of course my film Sexy Durga and it is getting the recognition across the world and people are coming out with new films. Even though we say India is secondary, but we have a diverse culture and different languages. We learn about the states, the country, the culture, the languages through these films. Festival like these are a good medium for filmmakers to bring in new content and real stories. If filmmakers add commercial values to their independent films, it's not independent cinema. Truly independent filmmakers don't care about success of the film, after making the film, they don't care about the audience choice, they only make films from which they are inspired, where they are getting some kind of vibe from the society, they don't feel that if we make the issue a subject, people will reject it. Independent cinema is still emerging, new filmmakers will come and grow, it will definitely become an association and people will be connected more today.”
The festival witnessed 2 World Premieres, 5 Asian Premieres and 6 Indian Premieres.This edition screened 70 films over 4 categories in more than 10 languages. 52 shorts, 7 features, 8 Animations and 3 documentaries spread over 23 Spanish films, 14 Silent Films, 7 Hindi Films, 4 Bengali Films, Golden Oscar winning Arabic film , National Award winning Assamese film and Nepali, Persian, German, French, Russian and Kurdish film. The Spotlight country for this edition was Spain as special focus is on Spanish/Latin American films. 30+ films from Spain/Latin America were screened at the festival.
WINNERS AT PIFF 2017 1.Best feature HÖRE DIE STILLE (HEAR THE SILENCE) 2.Best Director (Feature) JAICHENG JAI DOHUTIA 3.Best Short Film RENOVABLE (RENEWABLE) 4.Best Director (Short) JON GARAÑO & JOSE MARI GOENAGA 5.Best Documentary Netra by N. Ravindran (Was screened at the Bangalore edition) 6.Best Director (Documentary) HARJANT GILL (SENT AWAY BOYS) 7.Best Animation JOB, JORIS & MARIEKE (OTTO) 8.Best Animation (DIRECTOR) AHMAD SALEH 9.Best Cinematography HÖRE DIE STILLE (HEAR THE SILENCE) 10.Best Screenplay ELIXIR 11.Best Editing CAMPEON (CHAMPION) 12.Emerging Talent of the year Sidhartha Murjani, actor writer, 3 of his films at PIFF About PickUrFlick Indie Film Festival Pickurflick Indie Film Festival-PIFF 2017 is India’s first multi-city offline+online indie film festival for independent film makers from around the globe. Their vision is to promote good independent cinema and support the indie film fraternity. This year’s inaugural edition of the festival received more than 550+ films from 50 countries, out of which around 100+ films were screened across Bangalore and will be screened in Delhi. About the Founder (Abhishek Sinha) Abhishek quit his corporate life after 11 years to pursue his passion for movies and to do what he likes to do the best that is watch movies! He has been keenly following the entertainment industry trends for over more than a decade and had a business idea around movies right from his college days which evolved with the changing times and shaped up to become Pickurflick as it is today. An avid follower of cinema around the world, Abhishek, in a very short span of time has successfully created a platform for independent film makers and is now creating India’s first of its kind Indie film festival. The synopsis of the 70 films, the premiere list, the nominated films list ​​and the poster of the festival has been attached with this email. To know more about the festival, you can visit their page: http://www.pickurflick.com/piff/about.php.

HALF GIRLFRIEND OPENS BIG, RECORDS AN IMPRESSIVE DAY 1 OF 10.27 CRORE!


HALF GIRLFRIEND OPENS BIG, RECORDS AN IMPRESSIVE DAY 1 OF 10.27 CRORE! Balaji Motion Pictures' 'Half Girlfriend', Directed by Mohit Suri has recorded a fantastic first day Box office collection of 10.27cr, making it the fifth highest opener of the year, after Bahubali 2, Raees, Jolly LLB and Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya. The film that released across 2500 screens pan India, stood tall amidst the Bahubali 2 wave and clocked in a fantastic Day 1 figure. Shreyans Hirawat of NH Studioz, the company that is distributing the film nationwide adds "We are ecstatic at this opening figure! 'Half Girlfriend' has not only managed to stand out with its immense hype and pre-buzz, but also recorded a fantastic opening of 10.27cr, in the face of the Bahubali wave and the IPL match factor. The audiences have spoken and have thronged theatres giving the film a massive initial. Half Girlfriend was the only film that had managed to stand out and has seen solid growth through the first day across centres. With Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor's chemistry, Chetan Bhagat's best seller adaptation, Mohit Suri's music and Ekta Kapoor's studio backing, we at NH Studioz are ecstatic at the fantastic opening". Half Girlfriend is an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s best-selling novel by the same name. The movie is Directed by Mohit Suri and is an intense love story that sets out to explore the ‘grey area’ in relationships today. Arjun Kapoor plays the role of Madhav Jha and Shraddha Kapoor plays the role of Riya Somani. F

India Pavilion 2017 | Cannes International Film Festival


India Pavilion 2017 | Cannes International Film Festival
The 70th Cannes Film Festival, May 17 - 28, 2017 is the most prestigious event on the international film calendar and attracts 12,000 participants from the global film fraternity, including at least 3,200 producers, 1200 sellers, 1750 buyers and 800 festival programmers, who use this unique platform to discover films, filmmakers and locations and seek collaborations with the various stakeholders from the industry. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, like the previous years, organized the India Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival. On May 18, 2017 the India Pavilion was inaugurated by His Excellency the Ambassador of India to France, Dr Mohan Kumar and Mr Ashok Parmar, the Joint Secretary (Films) of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. During the inaugural session, the Brochure and Regulations for the Foreign Section of the International Film Festival of India 2017, was unveiled. On this occasion H.E. Dr Mohan Kumar said, “The fundamental change in the cinematographic landscape of India due to technology, budget and the audience of 1.2 billion is remarkable. The dramatic emergence of Indian cinema especially with the release of Bahubali and now Sanghamitra will prove to be game changers in this regard. In addition films like Dangal have changed the perception of India. The Franco Indian film The Hundred Foot Journey offers a way forward in terms of cooperation between India and other countries for cinematic production.” Speaking on the various initiatives that the Government, especially the Ministry of I&B, has taken to grow the film industry in India, the Joint Secretary (Films) Mr Ashok Parmar said, “The Ministry’s Film Facilitation Office, which is housed in the National Film Development Corporation and the Film (F) Visa are important steps to successfully promote India as a filming destination and at the same time explore partnerships to bring around more co-productions with the global film fraternity. Our premier film festival the International Film Festival of India, which is in its 48th edition and held in Goa, has helped in contributing to the understanding and appreciation of film cultures of different nations through the diversity displayed within its film selection. Each year IFFI brings with it the latest critically acclaimed films, brilliant master classes and workshops by renowned film personalities, and visits from several celebrities in the film industry, both national and international. The Film Bazaar by the National Film Development Corporation, which is held alongside the International Film Festival of India, is South Asia’s largest film market facilitating co-productions at a global scale. An upcoming National Centre of Excellence in Animation, Visual Effects and Comics, which is being set up in Mumbai and a new Film and Television Institute in the North Eastern State of Arunachal Pradesh, are both in synergy with the Government’s overall endeavor to enhance the skill of the film sector and add qualified resources to the Industry. The Ministry has initiated work on the ambitious National Film Heritage Mission through the National Film Archives based in Pune and is gearing up for the inauguration of the National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai under the aegis of Film Division, as a part of its effort to preserve the century old cinematic heritage of the country”. He then went on to express his optimism at such efforts bearing positive results for the film fraternity and for the Country as a whole. About the India Pavilion The India Pavilion is organized by the National Film Development Corporation Ltd (NFDC) on behalf of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. The India Pavilion is set-up by the NFDC at the Cannes Film Festival. The Pavilion is a fully equipped and functional business center during this period and provides Indian delegates with an opportunity to meet and conduct business with leading members of the international film fraternity. The Pavilion shall host knowledge sessions with various filmmakers and also facilitates the publicity of films produced by Indian filmmakers. The Corporation has published an India Guide with details of Indian professionals registered with the Cannes Film Festival & Market. About the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting www.mib.nic.in The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, through mass communication media—radio, television, films, press and print publications, advertising and traditional modes of communication such as dance and drama—plays an effective role in helping people have access to free flow of information. It is the apex body for formulation and administration of rules, regulations and laws for the same. It also caters to the dissemination of knowledge and entertainment to all sections of the society, striking a careful balance between public interest and commercial needs, in its delivery of services. It is responsible for international co-operation in the fields of mass media, films and broadcasting, and interacts with its foreign counterparts on behalf of the Government of India.

AWARD-WINNING HISTORICAL BIOPIC ‘THE BLACK PRINCE’ DEBUTS IT’S HUGELY ANTICPATED TRAILER AT THE 70TH ANNUAL CANNES FILM FESTIVAL – AND IT DOESN’T DISAPPOINT! The Black Prince Trailer Garners over 1mn+ views in few hours of launch


AWARD-WINNING HISTORICAL BIOPIC ‘THE BLACK PRINCE’ DEBUTS IT’S HUGELY ANTICPATED TRAILER AT THE 70TH ANNUAL CANNES FILM FESTIVAL – AND IT DOESN’T DISAPPOINT! The Black Prince Trailer Garners over 1mn+ views in few hours of launch Brillstein Entertainment Partner's (Academy Award winning film 12 Years A Slave) latest biopic ‘THE BLACK PRINCE’ - the award-winning historic film biopic on the poignant life story of the last King of Punjab – Maharajah Duleep Singh –his relationship with Queen Victoria and his struggle to reclaim his throne during Britain’s occupation of India. The trailer has already garnered over 1 Million views within just a few hours of its launch at the festival. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2wflHSDY7I&feature=share Unveiling the trailer was the multi-gifted sufi singer, composer and song-writer, Satinder Sartaaj, who makes his eagerly anticipated acting debut in and as The Black Prince.
The Black Prince comprises an ensemble of leading stars. Satinder Sartaaj is joined by acting stalwarts including Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch) as Dr. Login, the foster parent for the Maharajah, English stage, screen actress Amanda Root (The Iron Lady), who portrays the bold role of Queen Victoria; and veteran actress Shabana Azmi (City of Joy) as Rani Jindan, the exiled King’s mother. The film also features Keith Duffy, David Essex OBE, Canadian actor Rup Magon in supporting roles. For further information, please visit: www.theblackprince.com and for interviews please contact theblackprince@sterlingmedia.co.uk AWARD-WINNING HISTORICAL BIOPIC ‘THE BLACK PRINCE’ DEBUTS IT’S HUGELY ANTICPATED TRAILER AT THE 70TH ANNUAL CANNES FILM FESTIVAL – AND IT DOESN’T DISAPPOINT! The Black Prince Trailer Garners over 1mn+ views in few hours of launch
The annual Cannes Film Festival played host to the official unveiling of the eagerly awaited trailer of Brillstein Entertainment Partner's (Academy Award winning film 12 Years A Slave) latest biopic ‘THE BLACK PRINCE’. Media from around the globe descended upon the India Pavilion to catch a glimpse of the award winning movie, directed by Hollywood filmmaker Kavi Raz, as it prepares to take the big screen by storm when it releases worldwide on 21st July 2017. Journalists and photographers sat in awe as the trailer powerfully encapsulated the enthralling tale of the Last King of Punjab, Maharajah Duleep Singh and the constant battle he faced to regain his identity, faith and essentially the Kingdom taken from his grasp by the British. Unveiling the trailer was the multi-gifted sufi singer, composer and song-writer, Satinder Sartaaj, who makes his eagerly anticipated acting debut in and as The Black Prince. For his role, Satinder Sartaaj has already been awarded the ‘Best Newcomer’ Award at the London Independent Film Festival and the ‘Best Debut’ Award at the Accolade Global Film Competition held in San Diego, California. He was joined by one of the core team members of the production team Asa Singh Dhaliwal. The event was hosted by Natasha Mudhar of Sterling Media, the company handling the international PR and Marketing for The Black Prince. Satinder Sartaaj and Asa Sing Dhaliwal addressed the international media in attendance speaking about their experience and drive to bring the story of the life and legacy of the last King of Punjab to the silver screen. Expressing the passion behind the production, Asa Singh Dhaliwal said: "The story of The Black Prince was something which had to be told but was never told. Therefore we wanted to show the world at least now, about one of the forgotten giants from India who truly shaped the independence movement from outside of India". He also mentioned how the international release would be to supported by English, Hindi and Punjabi versions of the film, to help bring the story to millions of people across the world, regardless of ethnicity and locality. In the run up to the trailer launch, Natasha Mudhar had asked Satinder Sartaaj his views on the Kohinoor controversy and whether it was gifted or indeed stolen from the young Prince. Sartaaj commented: "Was it a gift or was it a theft is the question we all had. In the movie, there is a particular scene where The Black Prince looks at Queen Victoria with the kohinoor on her. She quickly fires back saying it is a gift repeatedly in a defensive manner. We left it at that and it is for the audience to judge." In the music fraternity, Satinder Sartaaj has carved a niche for himself as one of the most captivating Sufi folk singers of our generation, enthralling audiences through his words and lyrics, and promises to do the same on the screen in his leading role as Maharajah Duleep Singh. When Natasha asked Satinder Sartaaj about how he made the transition from musician to actor, he said: "Music is a universal language and that is probably one of the main reasons why I have been accepted by audiences in ever corner of the world. It touches one's soul when they listen to it. But for making this transition into acting, I was initially reluctant when the director approached me for the role. They wanted someone who understood and connected with the land of Punjab for the role, and since I was delivering that though my music, they felt I was the most suitable for the role...and our producer Jasjeet Singh who has conducted a lot of research in the film and written several books on the Maharajah's life, mentioned I had a very uncanny resemblance and demeanour to Maharajah Duleep Singh. So I took some acting classes to improve my expressions and dialogue delivery and everything in between. I hope I deliver to the audiences' expectation sand support me as an actor as much as they have supported me as a musician." The Black Prince will feature four songs by Satinder Sartaaj to carry the story forward. Natasha requested he deliver an impromptu performance of one of his popular Punjabi Sufi songs which will be featured in the film - Darda'n Wala Des. While Satinder Sartaaj acknowledged that the non Asian press at the event might not be able to understood the meaning of the song, they would indeed feel the emotion, leading to an encore performance. Satinder Sartaaj, who has also immersed himself in the life of the Maharajah, mentioned interesting anecdotes to the audience in attendance. In fact, The Black Prince and Queen Victoria often met in the shores of the south of France, quite close to Cannes. "To come to Cannes for the film festival is indeed special" said Mr Sartaaj.
Speaking about the trailer launch at the 70th Cannes Film Festival, Jasjeet Singh, Executive Producer of The Black Prince said: "We were honoured to have the opportunity to unveil our trailer at the most prestigious film festival in the world and introduce the untold story of Maharajah Duleep Singh to the international media. We are delighted with the response we are receiving from the audience and look forward to our release this July. Our journey would not have been complete without the support of our production team especially our director Kavi Raz, Vikrant Chopra, Natalia O'Connors, Linda Haysman, Jason Ash and Sandra O'Brian." Having been deprived of his throne by those closest to him, The Black Prince spotlights Queen Victoria’s cordial relationship with Maharajah Duleep Singh, as he begins adjusting and embracing the English culture he was drawn to at the age of 15. The film also sheds light into his upbringing as an aristocrat in the UK and his subsequent conversion to Christianity under the influence of his foster parents. The Prince’s world is turned upside-down when he begins to long for a return to his Kingdom, mother and roots. His character, as it evolves, is torn between two contrasting cultures – his royal ancestry from the Kingdom of Punjab as its last King, set against his upbringing in the UK as he embarks in a new journey of exile, away from his mother. The Black Prince comprises an ensemble of leading stars. Satinder Sartaaj is joined by acting stalwarts including Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch) as Dr. Login, the foster parent for the Maharajah, English stage, screen actress Amanda Root (The Iron Lady), who portrays the bold role of Queen Victoria; and veteran actress Shabana Azmi (City of Joy) as Rani Jindan, the exiled King’s mother. The film also features Keith Duffy, David Essex OBE, Canadian actor Rup Magon in supporting roles. The trailer at the Cannes Film Festival has only further added to the exhilaration surrounding the official release of the film come July - with media and film fanatics from around the world feverish to see more. The Black Prince is a great ambassador for continuously thriving relationship between the UK and India – which incidentally celebrates its 70th year this term. The trailer had already garnered over 1 Million views within just a few hours of its launch at the festival. The Black Prince trailer can officially be seen from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2wflHSDY7I&feature=share The Black Prince releases internationally in cinemas on 21st July 2017. ENDS

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

#Loev #BollywoodEnglishFilmMovieReview #JohnsonThomas


Bollywood English Film Review Johnson Thomas A happening ‘Loev’ story Film: Loev Cast: Dhruv Ganesh, Shiv Pandit, Siddharth Menon Director: Sudhanshu Saria Rating: * * * Runtime: 90 min.
An altogether honest and rare look at relationships in the LGBTQI frame-of-reference, this heart-warmer about two friends who take a weekend break together and discover feelings that catapult to the fore, is quite breezy and entertaining. Divorced Wall Street deal maker, single parent, Jai (Shiv Pandit) who confesses to being in a relationship with a muslim woman despite the orthodoxy of his hindu forbears, flies down to Mumbai to make a deal and have some fun along the way. He has already agreed to an assignation with his friend Sahil(Dhruv Ganesh), a music producer who is openly gay and lives in with a ‘mallu’ Alex(Siddharth Menon). The weekend is supposed to be a break away from the routine, meant to recharge individual batteries and give the two friends some quality time to catch up with each other’s lives and likes and sort out some complicated past life issues. Instead it becomes a tryst where repressed feelings come to the fore given the proximity with each other and distance from everyday societal pressures. It’s an unexpected love that springs up and leaves the two friends(now lovers) reeling from it’s aftermath.
Actor Dhruv Ganesh, who plays the role of Sahil, passed away when the film was in post production. He died of tuberculosis at the age of 29 and the opening credits honor him with a fitting memorial. The performances are all life like, the writing is honest and devoid of artifice. The raw sensual chemistry between the two leads (Dhruv Ganesh And Shiv Pandit) is quite palpable and therefore makes their intimate relationship saga believable and riveting. While the story doesn’t go beyond the weekend tryst with the two friends doing some catching up on promises never fulfilled, Sudanshu Saria’s directorial treatment allows for unprocessed parrying between the two , thus lending it genuine heartfelt emotional heft. The quirky hedging keeps you entertained and the lush camerawork lends breathtaking vivacity to the ensuing nuanced play on friendship, longing and love. There’s no attempt being made to camouflage the flaws in the characters of the two central individuals and that makes it all the more believable. Siddharth Menon’s playful audacity works in an effective presence even while Dhruv and Pandit smoulder with the passion of remembrance.
Of course there are moments which grate on your nerves. The overdone use of the word ‘Stay’ when the character is not going anywhere, the repetitive turnover play on tiredness and the Alex’s lack of jealousy or anger even though he realizes there’s ‘Loev’ happening between his partner and Jai. It’s probably an inherent part of the poly-amorous complexity with which such relationships exist. But for that niggling doubt-fire, this would have been a fulfilling experience. Nevertheless, Here’s a film that is unapologetic of it’s core intent and dares to say it like it is! Johnsont307@gmail.com

#Sonata #BollywoodEnglishFilmMovieReview #JohnsonThomas


Bollywood English Film Review Johnson Thomas Big Words, small effect Film: Sonata Cast: Shabana Azmi, Aparna Sen, Lillette Dubey Director: Aparna Sen Rating: * * * Runtime: 104 mins
Aparna Sen’s film is based on Mahesh Eklunchwar’s play of the same name- about three unmarried 60 plus women living varying lifestyles yet bonding together with a tenacity that goes beyond individual weaknesses. Aruna Chaturvedi(Aparna Sen) and Dolon Sen (Shabana Azmi) have been sharing an apartment together for the past twenty years yet it takes one skype call from a college friend Samir- who turned female through a sex reassignment surgery, to stir up a hornet’s nest( sort of) between the two. Aru is a repressed. Straight laced, conservative , Sanskrit professor/author whose origins are from highly conservative middle India while Dolon, a HOD(?) at a Bank is Bengali, the more touchy, feely, exuberant type who loves to try out new things and live the good life. They are supposedly chalk and cheese yet they’ve lived together harmoniously until this moment in time. The entry of a third woman, Subhadra Parekh(Lillette Dubey) a journalist who seems bohemian in her life choices, spices up the drama for a bit- what with her leaving her abusive lover (who she gives back to in the same coin) and him coming to the apartment block drunk and making a noise, trying to get her to go back with him. The film is in English and it doesn’t feel alien as much as it does seem a little too prosaic for a cinema. Too much conversation, bandying about of big sounding words, the pronounced stress on accents and trivial nitpicking appears to take centre-stage when there’s much more potent happenings in the world outside. Juxtaposing the drawing room hysterics against the 26/11 terrorist strike at the Taj (representing the world outside) Aparna tries to make her edict more meaningful and momentous but it seems a trifle contrived and exploitative. The narrative doesn’t flow naturally, it feels stagey and the conversations don’t sound natural either. Eklunchwar’s play, as Aparna puts it, has a unique woman’s gaze and the film too is a fulfillment of that aspect. Unfortunately it plays out as trivial and in-affective- other than for Shabana’s tour-de-force performance replete with her mellifluous voicing of Rabindra Sangeet, in a construct dominated by Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. Johnsont307@gmail.com

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Terribly Tiny Talkies’ Mother's Day special short, Jai Mata Di starring real life mother-daughter Supriya Pilgaonkar-Shriya Pilgaonkar and Shiv Pandit goes live today at 11 am.


Terribly Tiny Talkies’ Mother's Day special short, Jai Mata Di starring real life mother-daughter Supriya Pilgaonkar-Shriya Pilgaonkar and Shiv Pandit goes live today at 11 am. ~The short is written and directed by Navjot Gulati~
Mumbai, 13th May, 2017: Terribly Tiny Talkies’ Mother's Day special short, Jai Mata Di starring real life mother-daughter Supriya Pilgaonkar-Shriya Pilgaonkar and Shiv Pandit is live now. Supriya Pilgaonkar and Shriya Pilgaonkar will be seen onscreen as mother and daughter for the first time. Directed by Navjot Gulati (who shot to fame with his YouTube series Best Girlfriend) and produced by Terribly Tiny Talkies, 'Jai Mata Di' will go live today. This humour filled short drama is about a couple, Suraj and Ananya, who are shifting from Bangalore to Mumbai and want to live-in together to kick off a new phase in their relationship. They go house-hunting but can't just find a house that Ananya likes until they see an apartment which has her heart set on but there is a hitch, the housing society does not allow unmarried couples. Their broker Datta Verma comes to their rescue, he suggests that they pose as brother-sister and call Ananya's mother's to come for the society meeting assuring them that they are indeed siblings. Chintan Ruparel, Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer, and Sharanya Rajgopal, Chief Writer & Creative Producer, Terribly Tiny Talkies says "Mumbai is a funny city. Call it a melting pot, the glamour capital, or simply the most open and safe place to be around. But when it comes to two people living under the same roof without a marriage certificate, it’s not religion, caste, or even the parents that’s the biggest hurdle. It’s a species that dictates the law of the land without really owning it. The Society Secretary. But as they say, there’s nothing mom can’t solve. With that belief on the one hand, and a funny bone in the other, this Mother’s Day, we say Jai Mata Di." Talking about the emotions felt on Mother's Day, writer-director Navjot Gulati says “Ever since the digital boom in the country we have lots of content being made centred around specific days. Every mother's day we see some heart wrenching story being told and people sharing the content with a heavy heart. This mother's day however they will share the content with a smile on their faces as this is quirky story and not a heart wrenching one." Delighted on sharing the screen for the very first time with her daughter, Supriya Pilgaokar says "Shriya and I have shared screen space before but this is the first time that we actually performed together. She is a natural and I am very proud of how she is carving her own way. In this short film 'Jai Mata Di', we share a unique relationship which people are going to love. " Shriya Pilgaokar, who made her debut opposite Shahrukh Khan in Fan last year says "This short film with Terribly Tiny Talkies is extremely special to me because mom and I worked together for the first time. And it's even more special because we shot this film on my birthday ! She is a super women in every aspect and a brilliant actress . I look upto her grace on screen and it was too much fun to work with her.". About Terribly Tiny Talkies 
Terribly Tiny Talkies is a storytelling collective which brings together distinctive and talented filmmakers from across the country to craft thematic short films. Each talkie is under ten minutes, and filmed around either a central keyword or idea. TTT endures to save the fading art of the narrative, one frame at a time. Terribly Tiny Talkies is part of Terribly Tiny Tales - India's largest and most celebrated social storytelling platform. Till date, Terribly Tiny Talkies has 17 short films to its name. TTT had 5 of its films shortlisted at Jio Filmfare Awards,2017 in their short film category and has also won awards at different national and International Festivals last year

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Terribly Tiny Talkies’ next short, Jai Mata Di brings in the humour this Mother’s Day with real life mother-daughter Supriya Pilgaokar-Shriya Pilgaokar and Shiv Pandit


Terribly Tiny Talkies’ next short, Jai Mata Di brings in the humour this Mother’s Day with real life mother-daughter Supriya Pilgaokar-Shriya Pilgaokar and Shiv Pandit ~Written and directed by Navjot Gulati, Jai Mata Di will go live on 13th May, 2017 at 9 p.m~
Mumbai, 9th May, 2017 – This Mother’s day, Terribly Tiny Talkies is coming up with their next short Jai Mata Di starring Shiv Pandit and real life mother-daughter Supriya Pilgaokar and Shriya Pilgaokar together onscreen as mother and daughter for the first time. Directed by Navjot Gulati (who shot to fame with his YouTube series Best Girlfriend) and produced by Terribly Tiny Talkies, 'Jai Mata Di' will go live on the 13th May, 2017 at 9 p.m tentatively. This humour filled short drama is about a couple, Suraj and Ananya, who are shifting from Bangalore to Mumbai and want to live-in together to kick off a new phase in their relationship. They go house-hunting but can't just find a house that Ananya likes until they see an apartment which has her heart set on but there is a hitch, the housing society does not allow unmarried couples. Their broker Datta Verma comes to their rescue, he suggests that they pose as brother-sister and call Ananya's mother's to come for the society meeting assuring them that they are indeed siblings. Chintan Ruparel, Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer, and Sharanya Rajgopal, Chief Writer & Creative Producer, Terribly Tiny Talkies says "Mumbai is a funny city. Call it a melting pot, the glamour capital, or simply the most open and safe place to be around. But when it comes to two people living under the same roof without a marriage certificate, it’s not religion, caste, or even the parents that’s the biggest hurdle. It’s a species that dictates the law of the land without really owning it. The Society Secretary. But as they say, there’s nothing mom can’t solve. With that belief on the one hand, and a funny bone in the other, this Mother’s Day, we say Jai Mata Di." Talking about the emotions felt on Mother's Day, writer-director Navjot Gulati says “Ever since the digital boom in the country we have lots of content being made centred around specific days. Every mother's day we see some heart wrenching story being told and people sharing the content with a heavy heart. This mother's day however they will share the content with a smile on their faces as this is quirky story and not a heart wrenching one." Delighted on sharing the screen for the very first time with her daughter, Supriya Pilgaokar says "Shriya and I have shared screen space before but this is the first time that we actually performed together. She is a natural and I am very proud of how she is carving her own way. In this short film 'Jai Mata Di', we share a unique relationship which people are going to love. " Shriya Pilgaokar, who made her debut opposite Shahrukh Khan in Fan last year says "This short film with Terribly Tiny Talkies is extremely special to me because mom and I worked together for the first time. And it's even more special because we shot this film on my birthday ! She is a super women in every aspect and a brilliant actress . I look upto her grace on screen and it was too much fun to work with her." Chintan Ruparel, Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer (TTT), and Sharanya Rajgopal, Chief Writer & Creative Producer, (TTT) and the star cast of Jai Mata Di, is available for interactions. Let us know if you are interested in interviewing them. About Terribly Tiny Talkies 
Terribly Tiny Talkies is a storytelling collective which brings together distinctive and talented filmmakers from across the country to craft thematic short films. Each talkie is under ten minutes, and filmed around either a central keyword or idea. TTT endures to save the fading art of the narrative, one frame at a time. Terribly Tiny Talkies is part of Terribly Tiny Tales - India's largest and most celebrated social storytelling platform. Till date, Terribly Tiny Talkies has 17 short films to its name. TTT had 5 of its films shortlisted at Jio Filmfare Awards,2017 in their short film category and has also won awards at different national and International Festivals last year.

STERLING MEDIA’S COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGN FOR #WHATIREALLYREALLYWANT WINS SILVER PRIZE FOR “VIDEO PROJECT OF THE YEAR” AT BRITISH MEDIA AWARDS 2017


STERLING MEDIA’S COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGN FOR #WHATIREALLYREALLYWANT WINS SILVER PRIZE FOR “VIDEO PROJECT OF THE YEAR” AT BRITISH MEDIA AWARDS 2017 The global PR and viral campaign for the film #WhatIReallyReallyWant by Project Everyone, supported by Getty Images and SAWA and launched by the international communications agency Sterling Media, was awarded the Silver prize for Video Project of the Year at the British Media Awards 2017. Taking place at The Hilton Park Lane on 3rd May 2017, the British Media Awards recognise ‘excellence and innovation’ across the industry. Other shortlisted nominees included fellow winners Shotglass Media and New Scientist, as well as The Guardian and The Economist. On the 20th anniversary of the release of the Spice Girls’ Wannabe video, the campaign marked twenty years of Girl Power with the updated version “#WhatIReallyReallyWant”. The film reflects the voices of girls and women all over the world telling world leaders what Goals they ‘really really want’ to be achieved to help improve their lives. The campaign was supported by Getty Images and SAWA. The video received support from high profile personalities such as Spice Girls Victoria Beckham, Melanie C and Emma Bunton on Social Media, the public and international media to help it generate a spectacular 150 million views online in just a few days of its launch. The video was the 3rd highest trending topic in UK on Facebook in the first 24 hours after release. Sterling Media managed the global communications campaign for #WhatIReallyReallyWant, playing a vital role during its development alongside Project Everyone. Sterling Media was able to make an impact on the film through securing talent such as Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez, who opens the short film with a spirited performance. Sterling Media launched the film globally, securing coverage for #WhatIReallyReallyWant and the Global Goals in mass media across Europe, USA, India, the Far East, Australia and Africa. In September 2016, World Leaders marked the first anniversary of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals. These Global Goals are a mighty plan to end poverty, fix climate change and address inequalities over the next 15 years, but they will only succeed if they address the needs of the most marginalised first, particularly those of girls and women. Issues like quality education, an end to violence, an end to child marriage and equal pay for equal work need to be at the top of every government’s agenda in order to give the Goals the best possible start. Founded by renowned filmmaker Richard Curtis for the United Nations and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Project Everyone launched the United Nations’ Global Goals signed by 193 world leaders at the UN General Assembly in September 2015. Project Everyone, with partners from across the world, convened the first Global Goals campaign to fight and achieve Goals which are salient, financed and focused on girls and women. Speaking about the recognition of #WhatIReallyReallyWant at the British Media Awards, Natasha Mudhar, CEO and MD of Sterling Media said: “On behalf of everyone at Sterling Media, we are honoured to have received the Silver Prize for Video Project of the Year at the British Media Awards. We would like to thank the judges at the British Media Awards and the event organisers, as well as congratulate our fellow award winners. We are delighted that the film #WhatIReallyReallyWant, launched with our partners at Project Everyone, is receiving wider recognition. Sterling Media was launched with the mission of brining brands closer to their purpose and we hope the accolades and response that #WhatIReallyReallyWant film has received are indicative of the wider positive impact it has made.” Sterling Media is an international business and communications consultancy established in 1995 to represent countries, corporates, consumer brands, celebrities, charities, governments and thought-leaders. The company is recognised for being at the nexus of convening government, corporate, media, NGOs and celebrity, to help develop incisive business and communications strategies to bring clients closer to their purpose and ultimately the people they wish to reach. Watch the film #WhatIReallyReallyWant: here ENDS Notes to Editors: Social Media: Twitter: @_sterlingmedia_ Facebook: @SterlingMedia Instagram: sterlingmedia About Sterling Group Sterling Group is a multi-disciplinary business group consisting with interests in finance/investment, entertainment, realty and brand marketing. Established in 1995, Sterling Group has footprints in the territories including Middle East, Brazil, USA, Canada, UK and Pan-Europe, South Africa, India and the Far East. About Sterling Media Sterling Media is an international business and communications consultancy with international footprints, working with corporates, financial institutions, governments, thought leaders, private clients, celebrities, NGOs, consumer and luxury brands. Through delivering effective communication strategies to address business and communication challenges, we help bring a brand’s purpose closer to stakeholders in more meaningful ways. We are uniquely positioned within the communications industry as being at an intersection point between governments, corporates, media and celebrity and we excel in launching thought-leadership strategies for a range of clients - from business leaders to organisations. Sterling was established in 1995 by one of the first women from an Ethnic background to venture into full service communications, Ms Teji Singh. From its inception, Sterling always embraced challenges, focusing efforts on identifying and tapping new markets, breaking boundaries, and pioneering several industry firsts. We are recognised for our own brand heritage and have the reputation of being an established market leader. At the same time we remain 'current', and embrace the zeitgeist as we balance delivering today with the need to create tomorrow. Our futuristic, disruptive and incisive approach to delivering thought-provoking and relevant campaigns globally has helped create a compelling profile for Sterling and an enviable roster of clients. www.sterlingmedia.co.uk

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Rashmi Sharma won National award for #Pink


Rashmi Sharma won National award for #Pink Winning the National Award is a dream come true for any member of the Indian Film Industry, and so was it for the debutant feature film producer Rashmi Sharma. Under the banner of Rashmi Sharma Films, Rashmi marked her debut production with the blockbuster film, Amitabh Bachchan starrer ‘PINK’. The film garnered tremendous accolades for its strong subject and phenomenal performances. It also won various awards, but the most precious one was the National Film Award for Films on Social Issues. Rashmi shares “Winning the National award is always a matter of pride and honour presented the award to Rashmi. It is more so for me because it came for my debut production Pink that won the best film on social issues. We were trying to portray a message through the film, which was accepted by the society at large. No means no became an anthem and today when I look back at the making I feel an extreme sense of emotion towards this project. It is indeed an honour to have received this recognition for a film so close to my heart.”

A Star Studded Screening of Sudahanshu Saria's LOEV


A Star Studded Screening of Sudahanshu Saria's LOEV The exclusive red carpet screening of Sudhanshu Saria's 'LOEV' was a star studded affair, that was held recently at a suburban studio in Mumbai. The redcarpet was graced by the whos and whos of bollywood like Vir Das, Richa Chaddha, Kalki Koechlin, Ranvijay Singha, Milap Zaveri, Bejoy Nambiar, Shruti Seth, Maria Goretti, Meiyang Chang, Anushka Manchanda, Siddhant Gupta and many more. The film has won a number of awards internationally and garnered a lot ot accolades from all over the world for its delicately and sensitively handled subject. Producers Arfi Lamba, Katharina Suckale, Jasleen Marwah and Sudhanshu Saria along with the cast of the film Shiv Pandit and Siddharth Menon played warm hosts to attend to all the respected guests.

RELEASE OF ‘SARKAR 3’ MAY BE STALLED WORLDWIDE OVER COPYRIGHT ISSUES


RELEASE OF ‘SARKAR 3’ MAY BE STALLED WORLDWIDE OVER COPYRIGHT ISSUES - Narendra Hirawat & Co holds the Copyrights and Negative rights for the Prequel, Sequel and Remake of Sarkar franchise - Ram Gopal Verma and Alumbra Productions have failed to take permission in any form for the making of ‘Sarkar 3’ from the copyright holders 2nd May 2017; Mumbai: A veteran in the Bollywood Entertainment industry and holder of the copyrights of over 1300 movies, Narendra & Co has filed a legal case against the makers of Amitabh Bachchan starrer ‘Sarkar 3’. Narendra Hirawat & Co acquired the copyrights of Sarkar franchise after the release of the second part and is in possession of Prequel, Sequel, Remake and all other irreversible world negative rights in perpetuity. “We are extremely disappointed with this move from the Producers of Sarkar 3. As a cautionary step, we even issued a notice to the makers in October 2016, but they have still failed to obtain permission from us for the release of the movie. We have bought all the legal rights of Sarkar franchise years ago and are left with no other option than to approach the high court. Looking at the current situation, we are hopeful that the court will grant injunction and subsequently stop the release of Sarkar 3”, said Mr. Shreyans Hirawat, Executive Head of Narendra Hirawat & Co. Sarkar 3 is the third part of the Sarkar franchise and is scheduled for release of 12th May 2017. The first installment of the franchise was titled ‘Sarkar’ and was released on 1st July 2005. Sarkar was followed by ‘Sarkar Raj’ subsequently and was released on 6th June 2008. All the copyrights of the franchise were acquired by Narendra Hirawat & Co on 18th October 2008. Once the court grants injunction, the makers will have to stop the release of the movie on 12th May 2017 or they may face criminal / civil penalties if they fail to comply with the court order. If they still go ahead and release the movie, they will be charged with contempt of court and will include possible monetary sanctions or even imprisonment.

NETFLIX FINDS LOEV IN INDIA


NETFLIX FINDS LOEV IN INDIA Worldwide rights to Sudhanshu Saria's critically acclaimed debut feature film, LOEV, has been acquired exclusively by Netflix Inc. Starring Shiv Pandit, Dhruv Ganesh and Siddharth Menon in principal roles, the film follows three friends on a weekend road trip as they struggle to define the boundaries between love and friendship. Written and directed by Saria, the film was jointly produced by Arfi Lamba and Katharina Suckale through their company Bombay Berlin Film Productions and Saria's Four Line Films. "The only reason I was even able to write this film was because I was sure it wouldn't get made. So to find ourselves on the cusp of this kind of a prestigious, worldwide release is surreal!" Saria said. The film has its world premiere at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and has since played at more than 50 film festivals around the world including SXSW, Jeonju, BFI Flare, Frameline and Hong Kong, receiving distribution offers in multiple countries and the Best Film Audience Award in Tel Aviv. "It might have seemed strange or risky to others but it was an obvious decision to me," said Arfi Lamba. "We listen to scripts all day long and when something this honest, relevant and emotional comes along, you jump and that's what we did." The film has resonated with audiences all over the world and was sold in many countries internationally. "It's just a pure win for me. Our audience truly is everywhere and Netflix makes it possible for us to reach them all, in 22 languages, with the push of a single button." Saria said. "What more can one ask for!" The film will be released worldwide on May 1st, 2017.

Kunal Kapoor's crowdfunding platform, Ketto raised raised over 50 lacs for Soldiers family


Kunal Kapoor is an actor who has always been known to back a good cause, raising money and creating awareness for things as diverse as the Nepal earthquake to people suffering from cancer. The actor has now focused his attention on raising funds for our brave soldiers. Kunal's crowdfunding platform, Ketto had started a campaign after the Uri attacks to raise money for the family of soldiers and had successfully ended up raising over 50 lacs. The actor has now taken his commitment to help soldiers of the army a step further. Ketto has collaborated with the IPL team, Rising Pune super Giants to raise money for the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre (PRC) The campaign is called 'Shukriyasoldier' PRC is a Rehabilitation Centre meant for the after care and rehabilitation of personnel's of our Defence forces who are medically boarded out i.e. retired from service due to Spinal Cord Injury while serving the Nation. Though, wheelchair bound, these soldiers have not let their disabilities come in the way of their achievement. There are paraplegic soldiers that have won medals at national and international events in sports such as basketball, swimming, badminton, besides other sports. As a part of the campaign, Kunal recently visited the PRC to spend time with the soldiers and came back very inspired by them. He is using his social media to highlight their stories and also their achievements. The handsome actor also watched the Supergiants play Hyderabad in Pune with the soldiers over the weekend. Talking about it, the actor said, “ "I went to the PRC and came back incredibly inspired by the soldiers and the work that the organisation is doing. These soldiers have not let their disabilities and the challenges that they faced, stop them from achieving amazing things. These soldiers are real life superheroes and I think it's important that their stories reach out to people. We are thrilled to partner with Rising Pune supergiants and see so many influential cricketers put their weight behind this".