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The first look of the film X is out.

The film will open the South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF) which runs from Nov 18-23, 2014. Interestingly, it’s 1 film with 11 segments directed by 11 filmmakers. The directorial bunch includes Sudhish Kamath (Good Night | Good Morning), Q (Gandu), Nalan Kumarasamy (Soodhu Kavvum), Suparn Verma (Aatma, Ek Haseena Ek Khiladi), Raja Sen, Sandeep Mohan (Love Wrinkle-Free), Pratim Gupta (Paanch Adhyay), Hemant Gaba (Shuttlecock Boys), Abhinav Shiv Tiwari Sankhnaad (Oass), Anu Menon (London Paris New York), and Rajshree Ojha (Aisha, Chaurahen). And this includes 3 film reviewers. If you don’t like the film, well, you get the drift.

 Check out the first trailer of the film. And scroll down for detailed synopsis, cast & credits.

Official Synopsis :

Is man meant to stick to one woman? Is film meant to conform to one genre?

X is a one-of-its-kind film because eleven Indian filmmakers with disparate styles of filmmaking have come together to make different parts of the same film. In strikingly different styles as a bridge between the various cinemas of India. Mainstream, Arthouse, Popular, Underground, Regional and Global – all at the same time. NOT an anthology but a single story.

The story of K (Rajat Kapoor), a filmmaker with a mid life crisis, who meets a mysterious young girl (Aditi Chengappa) who reminds him of his first girlfriend at first, and subsequently, of every woman in his life. Who is she? Is she real or imaginary? A stalker or a ghost? His past catching up or a character from the script he is writing?

Each episode, directed by a different filmmaker (since every woman/story required a different genre) unravels the role of a different woman in his life. Every woman is different and through the lens of different filmmakers, X hopes to explore the role women play in shaping our lives.

What is it that makes us tick or stop? What is it that keeps us anchored or free falling? What is it that makes us move or let go? Are we products of our past or present? What is that X factor that defines who we are?

X Cast & Crew

Cast: Aditi Chengappa, Bidita Bag, Gabriella Schmidt, Huma Qureshi, Neha Mahajan, Parno Mitra, Pia Bajpai, Pooja Ruparel, Radhika Apte, Richa Shukla, Rii Sen and Swara Bhaskar with Anshuman Jha and Rajat Kapoor

Directed by: Abhinav Shiv Tiwari, Anu Menon, Hemant Gaba, Nalan Kumarasamy, Pratim D Gupta, Q, Raja Sen, Rajshree Ojha, Sandeep Mohan, Sudhish Kamath and Suparn Verma

Written by: Abhinav Shiv Tiwari, Anu Menon, Hemant Gaba, Pratim D Gupta, Q, Raja Sen, Rajshree Ojha, Sandeep Mohan, Sudhish Kamath, Suparn Verma and Thiagarajan Kumararaja

Directors of Photography: Anuj Dhawan, Aseem Bajaj, Dinesh Krishnan, Gairik Sarkar, Katyayani Mudholkar, Maeve O Connell, Q, Ravi K Chandran, Sandeep Mohan, Siddhartha Nuni, Sidharth Kay and Viraj Sinh Gohil

Edited by: Sreekar Prasad, Vijay Prabakaran, Vijay Venkataramanan, Biplab Goswami, Gairik Sarkar, Dhritiman Das, Shreyas Beltangdy, Ankit Srivastava, Ninaad Khanolkar

Post Production Management & Grading: Siddharth Meer

Sound Mix: Gita Gurappa

Lyrics: Pratyush Prakash & Raja Sen

Music: Maitreya

Additional Screenplay: Thiagarajan Kumararaja

Executive Producers: Shiladitya Bora & Sudhish Kamath

Produced by: Manish Mundra

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Time to say we told you so. Here – where we wrote that we are going to hear a lot about Kanu Behl’s Titli in the coming days. And much before anyone else, it was our Varun Grover who saw the film at Goa’s Film Bazaar, wrote about it’s brilliance and predicted that the film has all the potential to travel far. He got this one bang right.

So here’s the big news – Kanu Behl’s debut feature Titli has been selected for this year’s Cannes and will premiere in Un Certain Regard section.

Produced by Dibakar Banerjee Productions and Yash Raj Films, Titli features Ranvir Shorey, Amit Sial and newcomer Shashank Arora in lead roles. And here’s the official synopsis of the film –

In the badlands of Delhi’s dystopic underbelly, Titli, the youngest member of a violent car-jacking brotherhood plots a desperate bid to escape the ‘family’ business.
His struggle to do so is countered at each stage by his indignant brothers, who finally try marrying him off to ‘settle’ him.

Titli, finds an unlikely ally in his new wife, caught though she is in her own web of warped reality and dysfunctional dreams. They form a strange, beneficial partnership, only to confront their inability to escape the bindings of their family roots.  But is escape, the same as freedom?

Kanu is an almunus of SRFTI, worked with Dibakar Banerjee on Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, and co-wrote Love, Sex Aur Dhokha.

Vikramaditya Motwane’s Udaan and Ashim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely had premiered in the same section of Cannes.

And this is what Varun Grover wrote about the film in our year-end post

The best Indian film I saw this year, and hopefully the whole of world will see soon, is Kanu Behl’s ‘Titli’. Seeing it on a desktop computer in IFFI, Goa’s ‘viewing room’ should be counted as an underwhelming, far from ideal setting, and still, this very dark very funny very depressing dastaavez on patriarchy BLEW ME AWAY like nothing this year. Stunning is the word. Breathless is another. Writing so sharp (Kanu Behl and Sharat Kataria co-wrote it) and performances so bang-on, not to mention excellent edgy-gritty cinematography (Siddharth Dewan), this is our best bet for world cinema honors next year.

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This one’s taken some coming (no pun intended). The first look of ‘Mastram’, based on the life of the mythical writer of Hindi erotica from the 90s, surfaced a few weeks before the 15th Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI) last year, where it was an official entry. However, the first trailer has only arrived today.

Those who follow this blog closely will immediately recognise Akhilesh Jaiswal as one of the writers of ‘Gangs as Wasseypur’; while that’s a strong film to have on your resume, it remains to be seen how well he’s managed to adapt this particular story — given how often “bold” themes in our cinema warp into juvenilia —  for the screen. The official Facebook page for ‘Mastram’ has been posting quite of bit of promotional material since the beginning of January: mostly posters that range from cheesy to raunchy.

The trailer itself, which was released earlier today, doesn’t say much about the film, except for putting together a mishmash of various steamy scenes and the angst of a writer. Nonetheless, a friend who watched the film at MAMI last year enjoyed the movie and believes it does well in bringing to light the sheer hypocrisy that oils the wheels of our society.

Here’s the trailer of the film, followed by the synopsis:

Rajaram, a bank clerk in a small town, dreams of traveling to Delhi and becoming a reputed writer. No one takes his aspirations seriously, least of all his uncle, who marries him off to the beautiful Renu. Although a simpleton, Renu wholeheartedly supports her husband’s ambition. Edged on by her encouragement, Rajaram starts stealing writing time from his humdrum work routine, and is eventually forced to leave his job. But being a stay-at-home writer doesn’t go down too well with prying neighbours. Rajaram becomes a butt of all jokes in the neighbourhood.

Turning a deaf ear to the all the snubs, Rajaram starts in earnest to show his work to several publishers. Each time he is rebuked. Finally, Rajaram encounters a fledgling publisher duo – Purohit and his brother-in-law, Bharti. They agree to publish Rajaram’s story about the plight of a small town girl. However, there is one hitch. Rajaram would have to add some necessary sensational elements to his dull tale – some `masala’, as they refer to euphemistically. Rajaram is initially miffed by this writing brief. He is not sure what it means to bring that to his writing – till he meets Chacha, an eccentric, old village Idiot. He introduces Rajaram to the salacious and secret world of soft pornography. It’s on everybody’s mind, but no one will admit it. Chacha does.

Rajaram, scandalized at first, accedes to the “compromise”, and thus starts discovering another facet of literature – erotica. He adopts the colorful pseudonym of `Mastram’ becomes the first author of the first pornographic novel series in Hindi. He churns out colourful stories about sex that his eager readers voraciously devour. Yet, Rajaram’s success still remains elusive to him, as all the glory is due to `Mastram’. Will the “real” Mastram finally be exposed? Will Rajaram’s sudden windfall arouse suspicion in his ever-supportive wife? How will Rajaram face the hypocrisy of a society that secretly enjoys reading porn, but otherwise treats such matters with disdain?

Cast & Crew

Starring Rahul Bagga, Tara Alisha Berry, Akash Dahiya

Produced By Ajay G Rai, Sanjeev Singh Pal
Director : Akhilesh Jaiswal
Casting : Mukesh Chhabra
Costume Designer : Subodh Srivastava
Music : Manan Bharadwaj
Background Music : Saurabh Kalsi
Digital Partner : One Digital Entertainment
Editor : Apurva Motiwale Ashish Mhatre
Production Designer : Dhananjoy Mondal
Director Of Photography : Gavemic Ary
Writer : Akhilesh Jaiswal Gunjan Saxena
Lab : Prime Focus
Co Producer : The Film Label &Ashoke Pandit

– For those who wish to read more, click here and here to read interviews with Akhilesh Jaiswal in which he talks about the real Mastram; the process of researching the film; and then some.

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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.

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Lajwanti (The Honour Keeper) directed by Pushpendra Singh has been selected for the 44th edition of the Berlinale Forum, a section of the Berlin International Film Festival that showcases independent, artistic filmmaking with a disregard for convention. Berlinale Forum will screen twenty-eight world and eight international premieres this year.

Official Synopsis

A group of women, in their daily long walk to collect water, recite songs and exchange words that reveal their hidden desires. But, one day, when a crazy dreamer whose only passion is collecting doves crosses their path, one of them, Lajwanti, starts a journey that will take her out of this closed world. She leaves the group when she cannot tolerate their banter and starts walking the long distance alone.

The silence and determination of the man with the doves becomes a curiosity for her and she decides to find more about him. But when the man does not show much interest in her advances, she feels betrayed by her beauty. Her dreams change from being driven by fear to dreams of courage. The veil starts disappearing and a new world opens to her. Will she overcome her dreams driven by fear to keep the honour of that man’s dream rather than that of the society? Will she be able to undo her social conditioning and find her true self?

Trailer

Filmmaker

An alumnus of the Film &Television Institute of India, Pune and Berlin Talent Campus, Pushpendra began his career as an actor playing one of the leads in AmitDutta’s Venice award winning film ‘Aadmi Ki AuratAur Anya Kahaniya’. He then went on to assist AmitDutta on his next feature ‘Nainsukh’ and the latest ‘SattviSair- The seventh walk’. He has also assisted Anup Singh on his award winning feature ‘Qissa- The ghost is a lonely traveler’.  His other credits include acting in the German feature ‘Asta Transfer’ directed by Maximilian Linz which is in its post-production and in the theatre with Barry John on his Honey Trilogy.

Currently he teaches at the Film & Television Institute of India, Pune. Lajwantiis his first feature film as a director.

Why they need the funding

– You can contribute anything between Rs 99 to 50,000. So far the film has managed to collect just 20% of the funding it needs. So do contribute to its making. Lets make it happen.

– Click here to go to its Catapooolt page where you can read more about the film and can make your contribution.

Fandry

Initially it was the title of the film that made us curious. And strangely, nobody knew the meaning because though it seems like a Marathi word, it isn’t. And then we saw the film at Mumbai Film Festival and loved it. It even featured in our best scenes of the year list.

The film has been written and directed by Nagraj Manjule. The makers have just released the official first trailer of the film. It perfectly captures the mood and the essence of the film. Have a look. And thankfully, it’s with English subtitles.

Official Synopsis

A mesmeric force pulls Jabya onto the other side. The rarest of rare Black Sparrow, he is told, is the cure to his problem. The hypnotic spell of the sparrow makes him wander relentlessly. Completely away from the magical world of Jabya, exists the callous reality of his parents who are working at the most oppressed level of the Indian Class Structure and assume him to do the same work which they have done all their life. The protagonist Jabya has to now struggle between his quest to find the magical sparrow and his parents’ expectations. Will Jabya be successful in his pursuit of the Black Sparrow? Will the magnetic power surpass the class differences between Jabya and Shalu created by centuries of customs.? Will Jabya break the fences and pass onto the other side?

Cast & Crew

Studio – Navalakha Arts and Holy Basil Combine

Director – Nagraj Manjule

Writer – Nagraj Manjule

Screenplay – Nagraj Manjule

Music – Alokananda Dasgupta

Producer – Nilesh Navalakha and Vivek Kajaria

Cast – Kishor Kadam, Chhaya Kadam, Somnath Avghade, Suraj Pawar, Rajshree Kharat,
Sakshi Vyavhare, Aishvarya Shinde, Pravin Tarde, Bhushan Manjule, Nagraj Manjule

– Click here to read our review note from MFF.

– Click here to read Varun Grover and Kushan Nandy’s take on their favourite scenes of the year, both from Fandry.

– Click here to visit film’s official FB page.

And do watch it. It’s releasing on 14h Feb.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 86th Academy Awards. 120 films  had qualified in the category.

And Shubhashish Bhutiani’s short film Kush is in the shortlist.

The film features Sonika Chopra, Shayaan Sameer and Anil Sharma in the lead. The film had also won the Orizzonti Award For The Best Short film at Venice Fest.
Kush

Synopsis
Inspired by a true story, Kush takes place in 1984, surrounding Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination. Anti-Sikh riots erupt throughout the country. A teacher traveling back from a field trip with her class of 10-year-old students now struggles to protect Kush, the only Sikh student in the class, from the growing violence around him.

Trailer

– Film’s FB page is here.

– To know more about the filmmaker and its making, you can read the director’s interview here.

– The Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting.  Now the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will select 3-5 nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist.

– The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, January 16, 2014.

– Here’s the complete list of Top 10 shortlisted film (in alphabetical order)

– “Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me),” Esteban Crespo, director (Producciones Africanauan)

– “Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything),” Xavier Legrand, director, and Alexandre Gavras, producer (KG Productions)

– “Dva (Two),” Mickey Nedimovic, director, and Henner Besuch, director of photography (Filoufilm Dani Barsch)

– “Helium,” Anders Walter, director, and Kim Magnusson, producer (M & M Productions)

– “Kush,” Shubhashish Bhutiani, director (Red Carpet Moving Pictures)

– “Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?),” Selma Vilhunen, director, and Kirsikka Saari, screenwriter (Tuffi Films)

– “Record/Play,” Jesse Atlas, director, and Thom Fennessey, executive producer (Collaboration Factory)

– “Throat Song,” Miranda de Pencier, director (Northwood Productions)

– “Tiger Boy,” Gabriele Mainetti, director (Goon Films)

– “The Voorman Problem,” Mark Gill, director, and Baldwin Li, producer (Honlodge Productions)

Kamal Swaroop’s Rangbhoomi will have its premiere at this year’s Rome Film Festival. The film is in competition in the CinemaXXI section of the fest. The first trailer of the film is just out.

Official synopsis

RangbhoomiRangabhoomi follows the filmmaker as he attempts to trace the contours of Dada Saheb Phalke’s life in Varanasi after he withdrew. Disillusioned from the world of cinema, he decided to take up theatre. While in Varanasi, Phalke wrote a semi-autobiographical play titled “Rangabhoomi” which from the core of this cinematic exploration. Set in the visually thrilling landscapes of the old town of Varanasi, the film intertwines the personal engagement of Kamal Swarrop with the story of Phalke with Phalke’s journey and the play, deploying a vibrant palette of sounds, sights and characters in surrealist juxtaposition.