Archive for May 18, 2009

raakhIt was a cult film of its time which never got its due. A dark depressing tale of a young man trying to find his voice against all odds. Was critically acclaimed, all the possible four stars too, but could never reach out to wider audience because it released with few prints. Made on a shoe-string budget, release was more difficult.

The names were all new then – Aamir Khan, Aditya Bhattacharya, Santosh Sivan and A Sreekar Prasad. 20 years later, they dont need any introduction.

And here is the great news – Raakh will be re-released in theatres again.  The dvd is almost impossible to locate. So, all you guys who havent seen it yet, head to your nearest theatres soon. Raakh releases on June 12th, 2009.

The film stars Aamir Khan, Supriya Pathak, Pankaj Kapoor and Naina Balsaver. And here is the promo of the film.


Ashvin Kumar’s debut feature The Forest is ready for release. Its been quite sometime, almost a year may be.  And they are looking for distributors. Those have seen the film, loved it. To quote “its something that has not been done in india before and its really scary”. A screening of the The Forest was held in Mumbai some time back. But since then there has been no news of its release.

Ashvin got an Oscar nomination for his short film Little Terrorist. He is now at Cannes Film Festival and there is some good news. The Forest has already got some buyers.  He writes more about his Cannes experience on Read on. Or here is the Rediff link.

ashvin kumarOur apartment looks out to the Cot D’ Azure the brilliant blue Mediterranean sea, with huge luxury yachts floating all over it. I love the weather in Cannes! It’s great to be back here after an absence of two years. And we have a film in the market — even better!

It’s my parents’ first time in Cannes. They were going to be in Europe this week so have come down to check out what it is that I do. A day was spent showing them around, they look stunned. I think they’re really soaking in the festive atmosphere and are already talking about coming back next year. It’s a good idea, if we get a whole possy of people we can rent a villa outside somewhere and make a week of it.

We went to meet our distributors Non Stop Sales, on the Scandanavian Terrace, where I am poaching their internet connection and writing this from. The India pavilion was inaugurated yesterday. Abhishek Bachchan, Manisha Koirala, Deepti Naval, Bobby and Versha Bedi, Mr Hinduja, Tannishtha Chatterjee attended.

I ran from that to the screening of The Forest. A good attendance. And this morning I was given the good news that we’ve sold the film to four countries already. It’s a great beginning to a Cannes in recession! We’re going to announce those sales to the trades here in Cannes (Variety/Screen International) and expect there to be more interest in the film for the second screening.

I got tickets to the red carpet for this evenings film — kicking around Cannes for four years helps in knowing where to procure these things. We dressed up in bandhgallas and I found myself walking with Freida Pinto. Mom and she got into a conversation and I became the tourist on the red-carpet taking pictures. Her costumes for Slumdog Millionaire are from the Ritu Kumar Label line, and they spoke about that and her new wardrobe.

A wonderful meal followed, fillet minion, meat that good should be eaten every night. And a fabulous bottle of Provencal red. Following that a volley of parties. First the Marche du film party on the Miramar beach, where I met my friend Gueido, a distributor from Argentina. A real eccentric. The party was thinning out by the time we got there. But the Champagne was great. Then a place called Bauli (not in Haryana) where we met up with Manisha Koirala and some friends. Went mental on the dance floor, and called it a night around 2 am — from which I am still suffering as I write this.

All in all a great start to Cannes.

And if you havent seen The Forest trailer yet, here it is.

After two dull posters and a boring still, a new poster of Imtiaz Ali’s film Love Aaj Kal is out.  And its getting better, a bit atleast. We like this one. Have a look.

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For other posters and still from the film, click here. The film stars Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone and Rishi Kapoor. Its produced by Eros International and Saif’s Illuminati Films.

Clips of the new film Kites was recently shown at the Cannes Film Festival 2009. Produced by Rakesh Roshan and directed by Anurag Basu, Kites has Hrithik Roshan, Barbara Mori and Kangana Ranaut in lead roles. Like us, if you could not manage to Cannes for whatever reasons, here it is.

For Kites trailer, pics, synopsis and stills, click here.

Here is something for all you dog lovers. The ohhh..thats so cute moment! Now how is this related to cinema ? Well, we are talking about Amitabh Bachchan, and his pet. Got it? You must have seen Bachchan in various characters and get ups, but here is the first look at his pet Shanouk ( Gosh, we sound like India TV….unke kutte ki pehli tasveer!). Anyway, Big B surely loves everything big. Just look at the pics.

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