Archive for August, 2011

Rajat Kapoor’s Fatso has been ready for quite sometime and now the first trailer of the film is out. It’s produced by PNC and stars Ranvir Shorey, Purab Kohli and Gul Panag.

Check it out.

For more details about the film, click here.

Tip : DaMovieManiac


It’s raining trailers and how! After Agneepath and The Dirty Picture, the trailer of Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar is finally out. The film stars Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri. And the most interesting bit – A R Rahman’s music. And we will also get to see Shammi Kapoor one last time on the big screen. Bring it on!

So it looks like Imtiaz is recycling his old formula once again – cool and confused lovers will travel a distance (physically and emotionally) and discover true love. Socha Na Tha, Jab We Met, Love Aaj Kal, all follow the same formula. Lovers just take one more step ahead – about to marry(SNT), almost married (JWM), just married (LAK) and then they discover their true love. This one seems to be following the same route. New track – Rockstar bit and the music scene. Let’s see how it plays out.

And if sadda haq, aithye rakh is the sound of the film, gimme more!

Tip – DaMovieManiac

What’s the point of being a filmmaker if you don’t have fanboys, right?

So here’s a fanboy video made by the “usual suspects” which is inspired by Anurag Kashyap’s latest film That Girl In Yellow Boots. It’s easy to guess who the suspects  (read carefully) are but since it came from an anonymous mail id, we will let them be.

Click on the play button and check it out.

After OUATIM, producer Ekta Kapoor, director Milan Luthria and writer Rajat Arorra have  again come together for their next film The Dirty Pciture. The film stars Naseeruddin Shah, Vidya Balan, Emraan Hashmi and Tusshar. DoP is Bobby Singh and it has music by Vishal-Shekhar.

Looks like Vidya Balan is going full throttle with this one and without any kind of inhibitions. Plus Bappi Lahiri’s vocals and zimbly zouth kitsch all over, the trailer is exactly what one would expect from this film. It’s one film which must have been “hit” even at the idea level, all they needed was a good actress. Bring it on!

Also one good thing they have done is that they didn’t compromise on the trailer and kept Tusshar only for few seconds. Sadly we have to tolerate him in the film.

The first look of (new) Agneepath is finally out. Produced by Karan Johar and directed by debutant Karan Malhotra, it stars Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutta, Rishi Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. Credits include Adapted Screenplay – Ila Datta & Karan Malhotra, Music – Ajay-Atul, Dialogues – Piyush Mishra and Lyrics – Amitabh Bhattacharya.

Interestingly it’s not an exact remake but more of an adaptation. Looks like high intensity drama on big scale and full of colours. And unlike any other KJo Productions. Well, that’s a good start. The only thing not working in the trailer is the logo of Dharma Productions and that weird background music with it. Dear KJo, now get rid of it. Enough of emotional attachment.

Rockstar Poster – Real or fake?

Posted: August 24, 2011 by moifightclub in bollywood, film, first look, Poster
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Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar starring Ranbir Kapoor is ready for release. The film’s theatrical trailer will come out with Salman Khan’s Bodygaurd. And the film’s first poster is just out. Some nice sketch work but a tacky font.

But is it real or fake? We are not sure yet but this one is currently online.

This post is part of our small endeavour to spupport indie films and give them some visbility. We haven’t seen the film, have no clue about the makers, just a random mail and here it is. Do check out the trailer.

Shuttlecock Boys is a self-financed independent Hindi feature film produced by Pennywise Films and directed by Hemant Gaba. After travelling through some film festivals (Jaipur, Surat & Shimla) in India, it will have its International Premiere in USA at Chicago South Asian Film Festival followed by a screening in the competitive category of International Film Festival Ahmedabad in October.

The film tells the story of 4 boys Gaurav, Manav, Loveleen & Pankaj who embark on an eventful journey of “doing something on their own”, a decision that they take while playing badminton one night in their neighbourhood streets. This journey becomes the litmus test of their determination, courage, luck & spirit of the friendship.

The story originated from the director’s upbringing years in lower middle class, out of his personal experiences of being stuck in 9 to 6 monotonous jobs & his willingness to charter into unknown territory of doing something on his own that the middle class parents always dread.  With a small sum of 35 lakhs mostly from his savings & small loans from friends and family, the film was shot handheld mostly with non-actors on more than 18 locations over a span of 22 days in Delhi & suburbs.

Chcek out the trailer

Website : –

Trishna and Michael, both the films will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Michael Winterbottom’s latest film Trishna is not only set in India but it was more than one desi connect. The film’s trailer is out and according to official release,  it’s an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles set against a contemporary Indian backdrop. Freida Pinto stars as the titular Trishna, a young woman who is seduced by the wealthy son(Riz Ahmed) of a property developer. As the romance develops, their relationship also becomes increasingly sordid and volatile.

Click on the play button to check out the trailer. what a smooth and soothing track! Wow, Amit Trivedi, scores again? Seems so, at least from the trailer.

Michael is the latest production of Anurag Kashyap films. Directed by debutant Ribhu Dasgupta, the film’s trailer or poster is not out yet. But you can check out some of the stills. It stars Naseeruddin Shah, Mahie Gill, Purav Bhandare, Sabyasachi Chakraborty and Irawati Harshe.

According to official release, it’s a character-driven psychological drama. Using intricate camerawork and intimate point of view shooting, Dasgupta tracks one man’s physical and psychological deterioration in the rainy, traffic-filled streets of Kolkata. Check out the stills.

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This is an old post by Pavan Jha. And since it’s Gulzarsaab’s birthday, we thought it would be nice to revisit it with the post. All thanks to @p1j who also runs the website GulzarOnline. Experience it NOW!

Libaas remains one of the most special Gulzar movie for me. Its an Unseen film for me, still I can feel the film like any other films that I have seen. I have read the film [It is based on a short story of Gulzar titled “Seema” published in Ravi Paar] and I have also “heard” the film [thru the songs and dialogues on cassettes]. It was almost as good as seeing the film…

The intensity of script and characters can be felt in the dialogues. Three main characters Sudhir [played by Naseeruddin Shah.. brilliant again as a Theater Director who puts work as the top priority and treat relationships as secondary], Seema [Shabana Azmi, the rebel wife of Naseer, She is more of a character for his director husband than a wife] and TK [Raj Babbar, an old friend of Naseer, [total contrast to Naseer’s character] who visits Naseer after a long time and woos Shabana. He is more of a bubbly and charming character].

The story starts with a theater group, which Naseer is struggling to setup. Shabana is Naseer’s wife and is also the leading lady in his production. The film starts on a lighter mood with a few funny moments with Utpal Dutt (dubbed by Johnny Lever after his death), Anu Kapoor and Naseer.

Utpal Dutt introduces the leading characters in the opening scene…

Drame me bhi miyaan-biwi ke role karate hain aur ghar pe bhi wahi..bore nahin ho jaate ek hi role karte karte”…

For Naseer, Theatre is life, much more than anything else..

Khana banana bhool jaaogi to bardasht kar loonga par apni line bhool jaaogi to kabhi maaf nahin karoonga..”..

Though Shabana behaves like a subordinate all the time, she has other demands too from the life.. One of the most important scene of the film speaks all….

Shabana (at home) : Main baal katwa loon.. chhote karwa loon, achhi lagoongi..

Naseer : to hayvadan ki padmini ka kya hoga, aur khamosh adalat ki leela bainare ka?

Shabana : Matlab Padmini aur Bainare mujh se jyada important hain..Mujh mein hamesha apne characters hi dekhte ho.. Kabhi mujhe bhi dekha hai?

Naseer : Are tumhare andar to saara jahaan dekhta hoon

Shabana : Dialogue mat bola karo har waqt.. tumhare liye to mujh se jyada theater important hai na.. I know if you have to choose between theater and me.. you would choose theater.

Naseer : Seema, theater sirf tumse hi nahin, mujhse bhi jyada important hai.. ham dono baad me aate hain, aur theater pahle introduction to the characters completes with the entry of Raj Babbar, a businessman and an old friend of Naseer…

Shabana : Bada hi betakalluf dost tha aapka, is tarah to pahale kisi ko nahin dekha aapke saath…theater me to sab subordinates ki tarah behave karte hain

The story develops and restricts to the three main characters, their egos, the bondage and the break in relationships. The focus is on the character of Shabana.

Naseer : Ghar me rahti to ghar bore karta tha, theater me ho to theater bore karta hai.. Hamesha wahaan rahna chahti ho jahaan nahin ho, aur jahaan ho usase kabhi khush nahin ho.. You always want to be somewhere else, not where you are.. and you even don’t know where you want to be

Shabana stops doing theater and starts spending time with Raj Babbar..

Gulzar saab like a master craftsman draws parallels between the characters of his film and Mohan Rakesh’s Adhe Adhure using the play being prepared by Naseer and his theater group..

Also the scene where Naseer comes to know about the affair between Shabana and Raj Babbar, and he talks about it with Raj-Shabana is brilliantly handled.. (atleast it “sounds” so).. What happens next should be left undiscussed, hoping the film would release some day..

Music makes Libaas more special film.. It was the last film that Panchamda did with Gulzar saab… Also it was only the second and the last time Panchamda sang with Lata [for kya bura hai kya bhala]…Music of libaas is a kind of a sequel to Ijaazat. The album contains only 4 songs, all top class, including a superb Pancham composition “Sili Hawa Choo Gayee”, a typical gulzarish song, beautifully rendered by Lata. “Khamosh sa afsana” a duet by Suresh and Lata, “Phir kisi shaakh” is the next version of “Khali haath shaam aayee hai” in the mood and rendering, and “Kya bura hai kya bhala” is a lively group number [a bit of qawwali touch]…

Libaas was never released in theaters though it was shown in a International film festival of India in 1992.

Jitne bhi tay karte gaye, Badhte gaye ye faasle

Meelon se din chhod aaye, saalon si raat leke chale

We all hope it will see the light of the day.. some day… amen!

The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announced its Call for Entries today. The 10th anniversary edition will be held April 10-15, 2012, at ArcLight Hollywood, located in the heart of Los Angeles.

DATES : The early deadline with reduced fees for all film submissions is November 11, 2011. The final deadline is January 6, 2012.

Early Bird Deadline: November 11, 2011
Films under 40 min: $30.  Films 40 min and over: $45

Final Deadline – January 6, 2012
Films under 40 min: $45.   Films 40 min and over: $60

FILMS/VIDEOS : IFFLA 2012 seeks narrative, documentary, music videos, experimental, children’s and animated films of any length and format. Jury and Audience Choice Prizes are awarded for Best Feature, Best Documentary and Best Short films.


– Films from or about India, with or without an Indian theme, made by Indian and international filmmakers, produced in 2010 or later, and films that have not had a public screening in Los Angeles are eligible to be submitted.

– All submissions must be made through

– Filmmakers may submit more than one entry. Each entry must be submitted separately and with an entry fee. Please note that submission fees are not refundable.

– DVDs (preferably in NTSC format) and online, streaming files will be accepted for submission screening.

– DVDs must be labeled with the title, running time, format (PAL or NTSC), and contact information on the DVD label.

– Submission DVDs will not be returned unless the filmmaker agrees to cover the mailing expenses.

– Submission of a screener via a digital file may be made through When using an alternate site (i.e., Vimeo, Dropbox, etc) the web link and password needed to view the film must be clearly indicated on the entry form.

– The entry fee is non-refundable. We only accept checks, US money orders or credit card payments through pay pal or withoutabox.

– Please make check or money order payable to Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, in US dollars ONLY.

– If your film is selected, you will be required to provide 10 DVD (NTSC) screeners, a press kit with press reviews, synopsis, full credits, film stills, trailer (or film clips), posters, and a director’s bio with a headshot.

– All filmmakers will be notified via email by March 1, 2012.

To know more about the festival, click here.

The 2011 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles launched with the Opening Night Gala presentation of Nila Madhab Panda’s I AM KALAM starring Gulshan Grover and concluded with the IFFLA Closing Night Gala world premiere presentation of Disney’s ZOKKOMON starring Anupam Kher.

Other highlights included the presentation of the 2012 IFFLA Industry Leadership Awards to Andy Kaplan, President, Networks, Sony Pictures Television; Ajay Bijli, Founder, Chairman & Managing Director, PVR Limited; and Man Jit Singh, CEO, Multi Screen Media Private Limited India; seminars with panelists from Sundance, Reliance, Screen Actors Guild, Writers Guild of America, USA Networks, Deluxe Labs, and Nickelodeon; and nightly musical performances in the IFFLA Rhythm Village presented by Rukus Avenue.

Previous IFFLA screenings include: Udaan (Vikramaditya Motwane), Mumbai Diaries(Kiran Rao), 3 Idiots (Rajkumar Hirani), Amelia (Mira Nair), The Waiting City (Claire McCarthy), Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle), Firaaq (Nandita Das), Sita Sings The Blues (Nina Paley), Quick Gun Murugun (Shashank Ghosh), Water (Deepa Mehta), Loins Of Punjab Presents (Manish Acharya), Dombivili Fast (Nishikant Kamat), Vanaja (Rajnesh Domalpalli), and Black Friday (Anurag Kashyap) among others.