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While watching Garath Davis’ film Lion last week, i was wondering why we don’t shoot the Indian Railways the way these firangi directors capture it in their films. Remember the thrilling sequence with the kid hanging upside down in Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire? Till 80s, we were still portraying the trains in our films. But now it’s limited to occasional chaiyya chaiyya or tap tap tippa.

And here comes an entire film set in our railways. Three friends – Samarth Mahajan, Rajat Bhargava, and Omkar Divekar embarked on a train journey covering a distance of about 25,000 km over a period of 17 days. They documented their stories on twitter too (click the thread embedded in post). Almost after a year, all these stories have turned into a film.

Here’s the trailer of the film

The film will be available online from 15th Feb.

Mukti BhawanIn 2013, Shubhashish Bhutiani’s short film Kush had premiered at Venice Film Festival and it won the Orizzonti Award For the Best Short film. This year, he is returning to Venice with his debut feature, Mukti Bhawan (Hotel Salvation).

The film was one of the the 4 projects that was selected for 4th Biennale College – Cinema (2015 – 2016). This is the initiative launched in 2012 by the Biennale di Venezia to promote new talents, offering them the opportunity to work side by side with the masters in the making of micro-budget feature films.

The film stars stars Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Palomi Ghosh, Navnindra Behl and Anil K Rastogi.

Its first trailer is out. Do have a look.

At first glance, it looks like the perfect exotic subject for the west. But its bittersweet charm disarms you quickly.

Official Synopsis

An ominous dream convinces 77-year-old Dayanand Kumar that his end could be near. He takes the news to his son Rajiv, knowing he wants to breathe his last in the holy city of Varanasi and end the cycle of rebirth, by attaining salvation. Being the dutiful son he is, Rajiv is left with no choice but to drop everything and make the journey with his stubborn father. Daya and Rajiv check into Mukti Bhawan (Hotel Salvation) in Varanasi, a guesthouse devoted to people who want to die there. But as the days go by, Rajiv struggles to juggle his responsibilities back home, while Daya starts to bloom in the hotel. Rajiv gives his father a shot at salvation but as family bonds are tested, he finds himself torn, and not knowing what he must do to keep his life together.

Credits

Writer & Director: Shubhashish Bhutiani
Producer: Sanjay Bhutiani & Sajida Sharma
Director of Photography: Michael McSweeney & David Huwiler
Production Design: Avyakta Kapur
Editor: Manas Mittal
Music Composer: Tajdar Junaid
Sound Design: Ajay Kumar PB & Akhilesh Acharya
Costume Design: Shruti Wadetiwar
Dialogues: Assad Hussain
First Assistant Director: Abbas Khan
Production Company: Red Carpet Moving Pictures Pvt. Ltd.

To know more about the film, its FB page is here.

Going by this wicked short film directed by Konkona Sensharma, we felt it was just a matter of time till she graduates to features. So here’s the good news – her feature directorial debut, A Death In The Gunj is ready, and the film will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

With this film, Abhishek Chaubey and Honey Trehan have turned producers with their new production banner, MacGuffin Pictures.

The film’s festival trailer is also out. Do have a look.

We don’t have exact synopsis of the film yet, but here’s what TIFF says about the film – Award-winning actor Konkona Sensharma makes her feature debut as a writer-director with this coming-of-age story about a shy young Indian student who quietly and fatefully unravels during a family road trip.

The film’s cast includes Vikrant Massey, Ranvir Shorey, Kalki Koechlin, Gulshan Devaiah, Tillotama Shome, Jim Sarbh, Tanuja Mukherjee, Om Puri and Arya Sharma.

First came the posters and the stills. And now, the trailer is out. As the Cannes festival is all set to kick off, this seems to be the apt time to drop the trailer of Anurag Kashyap’s Raman Raghav 2.0. The film will have its world premiere at the fest in Directors’ Fortnight section.

Do check it out.

And if you are twitter, do participate in your poll.

13177326_884735191649046_4481842317797411431_nThe film stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vicky Kaushal and Sobhita Dhulipala in the lead. The film will release on 24th June, 2016.

And here’s the official synopsis – Set in present day Mumbai the story follows the life of a serial killer Ramanna who is inspired by an infamous serial killer from the 1960s Raman Raghav.
His strange obsession with Raghavan, a young Cop keeps growing as he closely follows him without his knowledge and often creates situations where both of them come face to face.

 

Hardik Mehta’s documentary, Amdavad Ma Famous (Famous In Ahmedabad), bagged the National Award For Best Non-Feature film (Swarna Kamal) this year. Its next stop is the prestigious Hot Docs aka Canadian International Documentary Festival. The fest has put up the first trailer of the film.

Do check it out

AMFAnd here’s the official synopsis from the fest site –

Zaid is a playful kid with a love of kites that quickly spirals into an addiction. He starts skipping school, risking life and limb in traffic and trespassing on rooftops, all in pursuit of high-flying fun. Is he just being a kid—or is he becoming a criminal? A sublime social commentary on adult hypocrisy and childhood curiosity.

Crew

Director : Hardik Mehta
Producer : Arya Menon, Akanksha Tewari
Editor : Hardik Mehta
Cinematographer : Piyush Puty
Composer : Alokananda Dasgupta
Sound: Manoj Goswami
Website: https://www.facebook.com/amdavadmafamous/

 

The first look of Anurag Kashyap’s new film, Raman Raghav 2.0, is out. The film stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vicky Kaushal and Sobhita Dhulipala in the lead.

The film will have its world premiere at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

Do check out the poster and the stills.

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The first look of Anu Menon’s new film, Waiting, is out. Do check out the trailer.

WaitingThe film stars Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin in the lead, and it also has Rajat Kapoor, Sushasini Maniratnam, and Arjun Mathur.

Going by official release – WAITING is a film about the special relationship between Shiv (Naseeruddin Shah) and Tara (Kalki Koechlin), who befriend each other unexpectedly in a hospital while nursing their individual spouses in coma. It is a film about grief, yes, but it is also about confronting it with optimism and learning to live with courage, love with faith and laugh with hope.

Minor grouse – the way the song is laid out in the background of the trailer, with dialogues coming on top of words (of the song), its difficult to hear either. Wish it was just music, and not words, when there are dialogues on top. One really has to strain hard to get everything

Cast & Crew

Ishka Films & Drishyam Films PRESENT

WAITING

DIRECTED BY Anu Menon

CAST: Naseeruddin Shah, Kalki Koechlin, Rajat Kapoor, Sushasini Maniratnam, Arjun Mathur

PRODUCED BY: Priti Gupta, Manish Mundra

SCREENPLAY: Anu Menon, James Ruzicka

DIALOGUE: Atika Chohan

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Neha Parti Matiyani

EDITING: Nitin Baid, Apurva Asrani

MUSIC: Mikey McCleary

SOUND: Roland Heap, Udit Duseja, Mandar Kamalapurkar

CASTING: Shubham Gaur, Gautam Pisharody

PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Prajakta Ghag

CHOREOGRAPHY: Shampa Gopikrishna

VFX: Bibek Basu

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Nancy Nisa Beso

ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS: Poonam Punjabi, Shiladitya Bora