Archive for September 30, 2010

Yawwwnnnn! One more love story with two good looking wooden blocks – Imran Khan & Deepika Padukone.

Its directed by debutant Danish Aslam, produced by Kunal Kohli and stars Imran Khan , Deepika Padukone, Sharmila Tagore, Shahana Goswami and Yudhishtr. Music is by Vishal DUDlani and Shekhar and lyrics by Prasoon Joshi. Reliance Big Pictures will distribute the film.

Click on the play button to check out the first trailer…

This is the 12th year of the Mumbai Film Festival organised by MAMI ( Mumbai Academy of Moving Images) and looks like this year’s fest might turn out to be the best so far. Reasons ? Well, they got the best of the lot from Cannes, Venice, Berling, Sundance and Locarno.  200 films from 58 countries will be screened and here are the highlights…

1. It opens with David Fincher’s The Social Network, which is already getting some great reviews.

2. Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, winner of Golden Lion at Venice 2010.

3. Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy. Juliette Binoche bagged the Best Actress Award for it at Cannes 2010.

4. Semih Kaplanoglu’s Honey which won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival 2010.

5. Li Hongqi’s Winter Vacation – bagged the top prize at Locarno Film festival 2010.

6. Xavier Beauvois’ Of Gods and Men – won the Grand Prix at 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

7. Lee Chang-dong’s Poetry – won the Best Screenplay award at 2010 Cannes Film festival.

8. Alexei Popogrebsky’s How I Ended This Summer – Best Actor Award for Grigory Dobrygin & Sergei Puskepalis and Outstanding Artistic Contribution Award to its cinematographer Pavel Kostomarov.

9. If I want To Whistle, I Whistle – Silver Bear at Berline Film festival 2010.

10. Aamir Bashir’s directorial debut Harud is in International Competition for the First Feature Film Of the directors.

11. Hang Sang-Soo’s Hahaha – won the top prize in Un Certain Regard category at Cannes 2010.

12. Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon (Cannes winner 2009), Danish film Submarino (was in competition in Berlin 2010) , Takeshi Kitano’s Outrage (was in Cannes competition 2010), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Biutiful, Mike Leigh’s Another Year and Mathieu Amalric’s On Tour will have screening under World Cinema section.

13. 20 documentaries from across the world.

14. Japanese Cinema – Screening of 43 films from Japan including Takeshi Kitano’s Boiling Point, Takashi Mike’s Crows Zero and Akira Kurosawa’s No Regrets For Our Youth. Kurosawa’s Chief AD will present the special screening of Ran.

15. Mainsteam titles – Company Men, Inside Job, Banraku, Letters to Juliette.

16. Screening of Good Night I Good Morning – directed by Sudhish Kamath (film reviewer with The Hindu) and has cameo by Rediff’s film critic Raja Sen. Time to return the favours ? Dear Raja, will you be there ? 😉

17. Screening of The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project directed by Srinivas Sunderrajan and starring our very own Kartik Krishnan.

18. Film Business Centre – plan is to get sales agents and buyers from across the world.

19. Master class in direction by Jane Campion and round table by Oliver Stone with Indian Filmmakers. Emerging Directors panel with Nandita Das, Kiran rao, Anusha Rizvi will be moderated by Sooni Taraporevala. Daily Open forums by Indian Independent Filmmakers Worldwide.

Venues – Chandan Cinema, Juhu and PVR ( Juhu).  Also, 2 screens in Metro Big Cinemas ( Marine Lines) and one screen in Big Cinemas R City (Ghatkopar).

Dates – 21 -28th October 2010

So, what are you still waiting for ? Go, run for your registration. Click here for online registration.

Yes, 80 fucking crores! What are the guys at UTV Motion Pictures smoking ? Please pass the dope. And believe it or not, the budget is not the only shocking part of the film.

Try guessing director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s fees. As wild as you want. And if you are done with it, breathe easy and hold your jaws tightly. Bhansali has been paid Rs 25 fucking crore as writing & direction fees! Beat that. And 25 crore to the director whose last film was Saawariya! BTW, do the guys at UTV read scripts ? Doesn’t look like. Atleast thats what it seems from their last few releases. And those of you, who are still bothered about Saawariya – how it got made and financed, click here to read the curious case of Saawariya. Its a must read. Seems like UTV guys don’t subscribe to Open Magazine. Do it, its good. And Beware!

Also, Hrithik Roshan has been paid Rs 15crore and Aishwarya Rai’s fees is Rs 5 crore for Guzaarish, and both of them command much higher fee in the market. Bhansali’s 25crore fees also include the clause that he will get Hrithik & Aishwarya Rai  at a discounted rate. The production budget of the film is Rs 35 crore. And that’s how the total budget is Rs 80 crore ( 25 + 15 + 5 + 35)

Now, the big question is how do they plan to recover so much ? It seems UTV is clear on that front. If they are lucky, they will break even. If not, its just to make their CV look good, maintain their position in the share market, make it look big to get easy funding. Its all about the big picture with the biggest stars and a big director and Guzaarish is just a 80crore tool to make that picture look good. The film ?  Well, it seems like Prestige meets The Sea Inside meets The Diving Bell and the butterfly.