Archive for July 28, 2010

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.