Archive for July, 2010

First came the good news…here and here. Venice & Toronto. And now here is the first look of the film! No teaser or trailer but few scenes from the film. Thanks to Umar for the tip.

The movie stars Kalki Koechlin (as Ruth) alongwith Naseeruddin Shah, Prashant Prakash, Gulshan Devaiya, Shivkumar Subramaniam, Divya Jagdale, Kumud Mishra and Kartik Krishnan amongst others.

Its written by  Anurag Kashyap and Kalki Koechlin. Music of the film is by Naren Chandavarkar and the cinematography is by Rajeev Ravi.  Play.

And here is the official synopsis…

That Girl in Yellow Boots is a thriller tracing Ruth’s (Kalki Koechlin) search for her father – a man she hardly knew but cannot forget. Desperation drives her to work without a permit, at a massage parlour. Torn between several schisms, Mumbai becomes the alien but yet strangely familiar backdrop for Ruth’s quest. She struggles to find her independence and space even as she is sucked deeper into the labyrinthine politics of the city’s underbelly. A city that feeds on her misery, a love that eludes her and above all, a devastating truth that she must encounter. And everyone wants a piece of her.

Not sure if we can call it POTD but since we dont have something called Letter Of The Day, so here it goes. And like million times before, thanks to our bolly-pedia Pavan Jha again for the tip. made our day!

It’s a letter from Sai Paranjpye to Ravi Baswani. And though it mentions the title of the film as Dhuan Dhuan, seems it was re-named later as Chashme Buddoor. Can anyone confirm? Read on.

2009 – He scored a hattrick. Dev D. Gulaal. Paanch. Commercial success. Critical acclaim. And even his unreleased film Paanch found its way out.

2010 – He has done it again! Cannes. Toronto. Venice – A hattrick of different sorts !

Udaan @Cannes Film Festival – Vikramaditya Motwane’s debut film – a film which nobody was willing to back and was even rejected by UTV twice. Anurag decided to produce it himself and almost everyone branded it as a suicidal step. Na sex hai na star na Shah Rukh Khan! Well, the film still made it to the official selection of Cannes Film Festival and was one of the best rated films of the year.  Do watch it if you havent seen this gem yet! Whats more, it has even managed to recover its cost.

That girl In Yellow Boots @Venice/Toronto International Film Festival – It was the same story again. He was looking for 10 crore to produce three films (Udaan, That Girl In Yellow Boots and Tumbad) and the suited-booted MBA morons had the same answer – Its a suicide! Get a star and you can take 50 crore. Why only 10 crore ? When the marketing budget of the dud of the year Raavan is Rs 28 crore, what can you do in just 10 cr ? And so, Anurag decided to produce it himself again. Aah cinema. Ooh life! Being Uncompromised!

The film will have its world premiere at the Venice International film Festival. And will have the North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. To read more about the film and the fest, click here. Is this his career’s best year ? Seems so. We are not aware of any other such story.

For Udaan, UTV came onboard later on and it managed to reach the theatres and got the visibility it deserves. For That Girl In Yellow Boots, NFDC has come onboard. And if our sources are to be believed, his next production Tumhad has finally managed to get funding.

So, will the big boys of Bollylalaland finally sit up and look beyond the Kites & Raavans! Here is the so called cinema’s enfant terrible…give him few crore and some freedom, bet he will deliver more! As one of the popular campaign goes, we wonder, Next is what ?

And there is some more good news. Remember Amit Datta ? If you follow us on Twitter, we have been raving about his films for a long time. His new film Nainsukh has also been selected for the Venice Film Festival and will be shown in Orizzonti category. Cheers to good ol’ cinema!

Lil late but it surely counts for the archives. So, here it is..a half page advertisement by Red Chillies Entertainment (Shah Rukh Khan ?) in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Samna, wishing Uddhav Thackeray all the best for his birthday. As they say, in Bollywood there are no permanent friends or foes!

We are not sure where he vanishes and from where he resurfaces again and again. Amol Palekar is back with a new film titled …And Once Again. The first look of the film is out. It stars Rajat Kapoor, Rituparna Sengupta and Antara Mali and is written by Sandhya Gokhale. Check it out.

And here is the official synopsis of the film…

And Once Again movie subtly talks about repercussions of violence on human life: its lingering shadow on all of us with its startling shades! Somehow we manage to draw a line between our past and present.

The Rotating prayer bells, the fluttering holy flags encircling the majestic monasteries, the overwhelming peace filled in the valleys, the rhythmic chanting piercing the silence of the snow peaks. All was being devoured by Manuvela and Rishi during their stay in Sikkim, India. Manuvela is an architect who is on her official visit. On her insistence, her husband, Rishikesh Nag joins her. The serenity of the gorgeous hills keeps both of them oblivious to the events dictated by their future!

Rishi is trying to cope with the reality since he had lost his wife and son in a violent attack when he was posted in Yugoslavia. While he was undergoing therapy in order to overcome his trauma, Rishi met Manuvela – his psychiatrist’s daughter! She fell in love with him. Their marriage helped him to get back to life.

While returning from a monastery in Sikkim, Rishi sees a female monk who resembled his first wife Savitri. He gets restless with his doubt: he tries to identify her – unfortunately, his suspicion gets confirmed. Subsequently he confides in Manu about this accidental revelation: she also gets shaken.

The film unfolds their complex situation while tracing the roots of this incredible coincidence. Had Savitri not died? How did she end up being a monk in Sikkim? Does Savitri recognize Rishi? How does Manu react? What is end of this awkard dilemma?

The news came as a big shock. Last week he gave an interview saying how he was preparing to direct a film. Infact, he was in Nainital for the recce of the same film. But seems fate had some other plans. Who would have thought! For all the laughs and for all the magic on silversceen, thanks Mr Baswani. RIP.

And for all you fans of Ravi Baswani & Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, here is some priceless stuff – the making of the film from CNN IBN’s Bollywood Blockbusters series. The cast and crew on the cult classic of our time…the untold tales. Mann me hai vishwaas..poora hai vishwaas.

We told you so! Though we are now bored of repeating it again and again but who doesn’t love some cheap thrills and ego massage. Much before the official announcement, we had put out this exclusive post confirming Dhobi Ghat’s selection for Toronto International Film Festival. The official list is finally out.  We knew that three Indian films have been selected for TIFF. So, one is still missing ? Will it be added later on or we got confused ? Someone please enlighten!

Kiran Rao’s directorial debut Dhobi Ghat will have it world premiere at TIFF in the Special Presentations. And here is the official synopsis of the film…..

In the teeming metropolis of Mumbai, four people separated by class and language are drawn together in compelling relationships. Shai, an affluent investment banker on a sabbatical, strikes up an unusual friendship with Munna, a young and beautiful laundry boy with ambitions of being a Bollywood actor, and has a brief dalliance with Arun, a gifted painter. As they slip away from familiar moorings and drift closer together, the city finds its way into the crevices of their inner worlds.

The other film selected for TIFF2010 is Anurag Kashyap’s That Girl In Yellow Boots starring Kalki Koechlin. The film will have its North American Premiere under Special Presentations. And here is the official synopsis of the film…..

Ruth is searching for her father – a man she hardly knew but cannot forget. Desperation drives her to work without a permit, at a massage parlour, where she gives ‘happy endings’ to unfulfilled men. Torn between several schisms, Mumbai becomes the backdrop for Ruth’s quest as she struggles to find her independence and space even as she is sucked deeper into the labyrinthine politics of the city’s underbelly.

Yay! One debutant and one the voice of good ol’ indie! Cheers to good cinema, fests and more! To read the complete list of TIFF 2010, click here.

What’s next ? Venice Film Festival – anyone wanna bet ?

BTW, NFDC’s Nina Lath Gupta is on the jury of  67th Venice International Film Festival for “Luigi De Laurentiis” Award for a Debut Film. The jury will be chaired by filmmaker Fatih Akin. Click here to read the full report.

Update (29-07-2010) – And there is some more good news. Its a hattrick of Anurag Kashyap. Click here to read more.