Archive for January, 2016

We have always tried to spread the good word about various crowd-funded projects through our blog. Here’s one more film which looks interesting and you can contribute to its making. In today’s Fund A Film (FaF) initiative, we are putting the spotlight on Ashvin Kumar’s Noor.

Noor

Director

Ashvin Kumar is the director of Road to Ladakh (Irrfan Khan), The Little Terrorist (Oscar nominated), Dazed in Doon, Inshallah, Football (banned in India), Inshallah, Kashmir (also banned) and now he is planning his next, Noor.

Film

Noor is a story about a teenage girl from Britain trying to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance in Kashmir. Based on true events, it is a story about hope in the middle of a seventy year long conflict, which has left over 100,000 people dead.

It will be a feature length narrative film about the human impact of the crisis in Kashmir. It’s the story of three generations of women who are trapped in one of the world’s forgotten conflicts. All this may sound very dark and serious, but in fact, Noor is filled with light-heartedness and optimism, hope, and the belief in the goodness of the world that informs those teenage years.

Pitch

Target

The makers have less than 30 days from now to reach the target of £74,000.

Information

To know more about the film, the makers, his roadshow in UK, how you can contribute and make a difference, click here.

FB page is here, Twitter is @Noor_movie.

Two new trailers are out recently. One is of Parched, the Leena Yadav film which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.  This has been online for some time now but got spotted recently.

Official Synopsis – Set in the heart of parched rural landscape of Gujarat, it traces the bittersweet tale of four ordinary women Rani, Lajjo, Bijli and Janaki. We see them unapologetically talk about men, sex and life as they struggle with their own individual boundaries.

The cast includes Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla, Adil Hussain and Lehar Khan.

Do check it out.

The other trailer is of Hansal Mehta’s Aligarh. Based on the true life story of Professor Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras who faced abject humiliation and persecution at the hands of university authorities and other citizens for being gay, it stars Manoj Bajpayee and Raj Kummar Rao. It’s written by Apurva Asrani.

The film will release on 26th Feb, 2016.

Brahman Naman

Q’s new film is soon going to have its world premiere at the ongoing Sundance Film Festival in World Cinema Dramatic Competition segment. It will compete with 11 other films in that segment.. And just before its screening, the makers have released the teaser of the film. Check it out.

And here’s the official synopsis –

It’s the 1980s and Naman (Shashank Arora, star of Cannes hit TITLI) is a know-it-all nerd driven by the whims of his raging hormones. Heading up Bangalore University’s team of bespectacled misfits (best friends Ajay and Ramu), the trio of lusty intellectuals spend the majority of their time on the quizzing circuit, using their winnings to buy nudie magazines, whiskey, and beer, fantasizing about the buxom neighborhood beauty all the while. When the boys qualify for the National Quiz Championships, they make a booze-fuelled train trip across the country determined to defeat their rivals in Calcutta and desperate to lose their virginities along the way.

Unfolding to the tune of the iconic anthem, “Whiskey Bar,” as Naman and his friends run amok against the colorful backdrop of the Indian landscape, his quest for sex and glory is complicated when he finds his intellectual superior in a stunning female quizzer. Directed by Indian filmmaker Q. (known for his controversial cult hit Gandu) Brahman Naman is a smart, raucous sex comedy that’s raunchy and endearing in equal measure— replete with innovative masturbation methods that put even Philip Roth’s Alexander Portnoy to shame.

Click here to read more about the lead characters of the film.

 

 

Debutante director Shefali Bhushan’s film Jugni is all set to hit the theatres this friday. Shefali has been blogging about her journey of making the first film, and her stories can be read here.

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Check out the trailer here:

Cast:

The film stars Sugandha Garg, Siddhant Behl, Sadhana Singh, Anuritta K Jha, Samir Sharma and, Chandan S Gill.

About the film:

Vibhavari (Vibs), a young free-spirited woman music director from Mumbai, is working on her first big break inthe Hindi film industry. When work and home affairs with her live-in boyfriend, Sid, hit a high tide, she hits the road with a glint of hope; to find music. The journey takes her to a village in Punjab in search of a local singer, Bibi Saroop, whose voice holds the promise that Vibs is searching for. But as the twist of fate would have it, Mastana, Bibi’s son and a proficient singer himself, is the voice and man who winds his way into Vibs’ heart.  From here on, Jugni is about striking balances, making tough decisions while trying to soften the blows and dealing with the studied dramatic turns and unpredictabilities of life and finding the place which one can call home; home of the heart, where the firefly is at her brightest.  Will Vibs find the ‘Jugni’ she longs for?


The music is by Clinton Cerejo and the makers have managed to bring A R Rahman and Vishal Bharadwaj together in this album. Listen to the songs here:

As we have done in the past, this year too we are trying to source the scripts of some of the best films of the year. As most of you know, the scripts of Hollywood films are easily available online, even the unreleased ones. But we don’t have any such database of Hindi or Indian films. So that has been the primary reason for this initiative. And it has been possible only because some of the screenwriters and filmmakers have been very supportive about it. It’s only for educational purpose and much like the spirit of the blog, is a complete non-commercial exercise.

In our “Best of 2015” series, earlier we shared the script of Neeraj Ghaywan’s MasaanMeghna Gulzar’s Talvar, Navdeep Singh’s NH10, Kanu Behl’s Titli and Sharat Katariya’s Dum Laga Ke Haisha. Badlapur was missing. So here it is.

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A Sriram Raghavan film always has a lot to offer. Sadly, his last few films received the critical acclaim but never got the box office numbers. This time, with Badlapur, he scored on both counts.

A revenge film unlike any, where the morality tables are turned, and you keep wondering with whom should your sympathy be. Aha, so delicious. Apologies for delay in posting this. And thanks to Sriram for making the script available. And before you start reading the script, here’s a small note from him about the draft –

Too many drafts to hunt from and sift through. Finally found one…still work in progress but there are couple of scenes that are different, or were written but never shot…etc etc. Some cringe lines which we later realized and so on. As always, the process is magical. (at least most of the times). Hope you have fun reading it.

Film : Badlapur

Director : Sriram Raghavan

Story : Story – Massimmo Carlotto

Screenplay and Dialogue – Sriram Raghavan, Arijit Biswas, Pooja Ladha Surti

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Bikas Mishra’s debut feature Chauranga is all set to release this friday. The film bagged the top award in the section of Indian films at last year’s Mumbai Film Festival. And it seemed like a good time to look back at his earlier film – short titled Naach Ganesh (Dance Of Ganesha).

 

The film was screened at Busan, Rotterdam,  Clermont-Ferrand and few other international film festival.

About the film

An Indian folk dancer is caught in his daily struggle of survival in an automobile factory. The burden to earn a living for his family and preserve his family tradition of ritual Ganesha dancing is humongous. His two roles – the sole bread winner of the family and the magnificent elephant god Ganesha, are so diverse that his journey from factory to village looks like time travel and his existence schizophrenic! Ganesha, the dancer lives in the fear of the day when he will have to choose between livelihood and art/tradition

Umesh Kulkarni, the acclaimed Marathi filmmaker, is conducting a filmmaking workshop in Mumbai. He’s been doing similar workshop in Pune for the last 4 years.

Date : 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th January, 2016

Time : 9:30 am to 5pm

Venue : Sathaye College Auditorium, Dixit Road, Vile Parle East, Mumbai

Eligibility : Open to all

Fees : Rs 10,000 (includes Tea + Lunch)

For students, there’s 10% discount on the fees

– To register and for further details, call the numbers given in the embedded poster below.

Or can mail shootashort@gmail.com

This is Jamuura‘s intiative. And click here to read an interview of Umesh Kulkarni on shorts and filmmaking.

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