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Here’s the good new for film buffs. If you missed Chaitanya Tamhane’s much acclaimed debut feature, Court, at Mumbai Film Festival, you can catch it in theatres now. The film is all set to release on April 17th, 2015.

A new terrific trailer of the film is out too. Have a look.

It’s been doing the fest rounds for quite some time and bagged some of the international prestigious awards at Venice and other fests. At the recently announced National Awards, the film has been adjudged the Best Feature Film. For a debut feature filmmaker, this is a dream run and it can’t get better than this.

Cast & Crew

Cast: Vira Sathidar, Vivek Gomber, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Pradeep Joshi, Usha Bane
Directed by: Chaitanya Tamhane
Produced by: Zoo Entertainment
World Sales: Memento Film International – Artscope

Official Synopsis:

A sewerage worker’s dead body is found inside a manhole in Mumbai. An ageing folk singer is tried in court on charges of abetment of suicide. He is accused of performing an inflammatory song which might have incited the worker to commit the act. As the trial unfolds, the personal lives of the lawyers and the judge involved in the case are observed outside the court.

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We at mFC have been vocal supporter of Anup Singh’s Punjabi film Qissa. We not only loved and recommended the film, but we put it in our mFC’s Must-Watch list also. So it was bit shocking to us when he was accused of not crediting the original source of the story. A Facebook post by theatre actor and co-founder of Why Loiter? Mumbai, Neha Singh, has gone viral in the last few days. We are copy-pasting the post here -

It’s disappointing that the makers of the film Qissa forgot to give credit to the marvelous Rajasthani writer Vijaydan Detha on whose short story ‘Dohri Zindagi‘ the film is based. Vijaydan Detha (1926-2013) is a par excellent Indian writer who wrote in Rajasthani and on whose stories filmmakers Mani Kaul (Duvidha), Amol Palekar (Paheli) and Prakash Jha (Parinati) have made films. Dohri Zindagi is a story of a man who raises his daughter like a boy, hides the fact that she is a girl from everyone is the village and then marries her off to another girl. When the bride realizes her husband is a woman, she is devastated, but she decides to stick with her. Both of them run away, while the villagers try to kill them, and a ghost comes as their saviour. When the girl that was raised as a boy pleads with the ghost to turn her into a man, he does so. As soon as the girl turns into a boy, she tries raping the wife.

It is unfortunate that the credit wasn’t given, because the filmmakers are depriving the young audiences in getting acquainted with this literary stalwart. When I went to see the film, the young film buffs sitting besides me exclaimed ‘what a concept’, ‘how revolutionary’, without knowing that this story was written by a simple Rajasthani writer in a village many decades ago. Vijaydan Detha is a Padma Shri and Sahitya Academy award recipient as was nominated for the Nobel Prize in 2011. He wrote over 1300 poems and over 300 short stories. His works have been translated in Hindi and English but its a pity hardly anyone knows about him. But everyone knows about Chetan Bhagat.

The original post is here.

Anup Singh has now clarified his stand on this credit controversy in another Facebook post. This is his post -

Anyone who has seen Qissa must feel the intimate, personal nature of the tale. It’s a thing difficult for me to mention, but please keep in mind that I grew up a Sikh in Africa. The long hair and the frail body of a teenaged boy in a culture unfamiliar with Sikhism often led, as you might imagine, to traumatic experiences. And surrounding that, the refugee tales of my grandfather of lost relatives, of old ghosts coming alive in the telling — these are the real secret threads of Qissa.

It’s always wondrous how these little threads of a personal lived experience, the tales of our forefathers lead us to weave stories that evoke and dialogue with other intense experiences become tales in other cultures. There are African tales of girls living as men, there are similar Egyptian and Moroccan and Turkish tales. And tales in Spain …

Qissa is my childhood, my response to the violence of our time, my putting the ghosts of my grandfather and other relatives to rest.

Please do not reduce our imagination to a single reading or a single tale. We are all many tales, many possibilities.

You can read the post on FB here.

screenwriting-215x300WHAT : Manish Mundra’s film production company, Drishyam, in partnership with Sundance Institute, is organising Drishyam – Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab 2015 to be held in Goa April 12-16.

The Drishyam Sundance Screenwriters Lab will provide an opportunity for writers to develop their work under the guidance of accomplished international advisors in an environment that encourages storytelling at the highest level. Srinivasan Narayanan, the former Festival Director of Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI) will be heading this initiative in India.

The Lab is inviting applications as part of its Open Submission Process.

LAST DATE :

The deadline for submission of scripts is March 5, 2015.

ELIGIBILITY :

- The Lab is for filmmakers making their first or second narrative feature;

- Co-writers, writer/directors, or writer/director teams will be considered, and the scripts should be independent in terms of story and spirit, and also in terms of budget.

LANGUAGE :

The film can be in any Indian language. However, for the lab, the screenplay should be submitted in English only.

APPLICATION:

- In order to apply, filmmakers must submit a complete draft of a screenplay as well as supporting materials (cover letter, artistic statement, bio, synopsis, and directing sample if applicable).

- There is no word limit or format requirements.

- Directing sample, if any, should be submitted as an online link

- Send complete application docket to drishyamsundancelab@sundance.org

CONTACT :

- For any queries/doubts, do write to – drishyamsundancelab@sundance.org. Or you can check their FB page here.

So happy writing!

 

2015 seems to have started on a great note for desi indies. After Umrika’s win at Sundance, Nagesh Kukunoor’s film Dhanak bagged top awards at the 65th Berlin Film Festival.

The film was competing in Generation Kplus category. In this section, the jury members are no older than those of the audience. Eleven children and seven teens award the best films with Crystal Bears. Special Mentions are given for outstanding achievements. Two international juries present further prizes in the Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus competition.

Dhanak has bagged two awards – In the the Children’s Jury, it has been given a “Special Mention” – This year, we chose a colorful, touching and humorous film. The story and the performances of the young protagonists impressed us deeply.

And in the International Jury, it has bagged the Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus for the best feature-length film, endowed with € 7,500 by the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk:

This dynamically-directed film delivers joy and heartbreak in equal measure – the young brother and sister at its heart and the unbreakable love between them are irresistible. As we journey across the country with these two young people, we become deeply invested in their quirky “against all odds” quest. We were constantly surprised by the twists and turns in their journey, and the unusual, eccentric characters that awaits them at each and every juncture! Filled with color, magic, music, spontaneity and a plenty of emotion, this film lives up to its name and delivers a celebration of life to savor long after the end credits roll!

Directed by Nagesh Kukunoor, the film stars child actors Hetal Gada and Krrish Chhabria in the lead. It’s produced by Manish Mundra, Elahe Hiptoola and Kukunoor.

The film is about an eight-year-old blind boy whose 10-year-old sister promises him that he will get his vision back before he turns 9. The film follows the duo on a magical journey through the sand dunes of Rajasthan.

Last year, Avinash Arun’s Killa had won the Crystal Bear in the same category.

WTF! XXX Rated Adult Sex Comedy!

Posted: February 4, 2015 by moifightclub in News
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The headline is just to grab your attention. Because we are the #clickwhore generation. What else do you expect? And to see if sex still sells. And hopefully it will get Panditji’s attention too.

(The video links in this article are on an adult nature)

 A few weeks ago, All India Bakchod, a group of stand ups who also have a highly popular Youtube channel decided to organise a celebrity roast, hosted by Bollywood’s darling Karan Johar, the AIB team and a few invitee roasters.

The main guests to be roasted that night were actors Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor.

The evening was a sellout crowd of 4000 people, all tax paying adult citizens of Bombay who laughed their guts out and came back home.

A few months later AIB put a censored version of this roast online on their channel and served up 4 million views in a matter of a few days.

From its very inception everyone who went to the evening and everyone who clicked the link knew it was a comedy of a highly adult and risqué nature.

Today some unknown Brahman Sena head got up and filed a complaint against Karan Johar, Ranveer and Arjun and AIB.

The government of Maharashtra’s minister for culture is now ‘probing’ criminal charges against this group.

Before they embark on this highly moronic venture, I would like to point out why AIB is very much part of Indian culture and actually show you the proof.

I will not talk about Khajurao, Konark and Kamasutra etc as that is too passé.

I shall talk about comedy or ‘vyang’ as it is called in Hindi, which is the ‘national’ language.

Many centuries ago people realized civilized society is not the true face of its people. It is only a mask of civility that they wear and sometimes that mask needs to come off where everyone let out their true feelings and be themselves and then life went back to being normal the next day.

It started as Madanotsav where people would crack highly sexual jokes as well as indulge in extremely sexual behavior, let it all out off the system and go back home. This later became Vasantotsav and today it is known as Holi.

Then and today you have people singing loudly Kabira and Phag (Holi songs) with clear sexual innuendos. I am everyone has heard one of them sung by Amitabh Bachchan in Silsila ‘Rang barse bheegi chunarwaali rang barse’

‘Hasya Kavi Sammelans’ are held al over India were poets regale pubic with humour ranging from very civil to bawdy.

Here is an example from our prime minister Mr Modi’s contistuency of Varanasi

In fact stand up is big in Mr Modi’s hometown of Ahmadabad too, here is a young lady reciting some sexually laced funny ones

In Haryana, women aren’t any less this is a small sample

Also specially for our Maharshtraian custodians of culture a lovely double meaning qawalli in Marathi and I am sure you have heard of the huge local stand up talent that exists whose brilliant stand up in the Marathi language has had audiences holding their sides for years now as well as the Lavani performances.

Weddings are as Indian as it can get I am sure you will agree. Please ask your wives or any women in the family about the culture of sangeet especially in the North, where the ladies from the girls side during sangeet sing out the choicest abuses and laced songs about every member of the boys family and let out steam.

The minister of culture knows this for a fact because he must have read Tulsidas’s Ramayan which talks about the songs actually referred to as ‘gaalis’ which the women were singing during Lord Rama’s marriage.

I am sure you have heard of the famous Tepa Samelan held every year in Ujjain. This is the complete video for your perusal of the howlarious event in 2013.

We used to have a poet called Chirkin who used to write civilized shers but when that didn’t sell he decided to write about sex and everything that was best left in toilets. Here is an example of Chirkin shayari famous all over India.

The AIB roast that took place had Karan Johar headlining it and his mother sat in the front row. I have a question for our governmental machinery, are you bigger than his mother? Or has the state taken on the role of parents to govern the behavior of its adult citizens?

Each and every member on the stage and of the audiences was an adult who went in knowing what they were about to experience and they had no complaints.

But Akhilesh Tiwari, president of this organization called the Brahman Ekta Seva Sanstha decided to watch it on Youtube knowing its adult nature and decided to press criminal charges, like cockroaches who crawl out off the woodwork every time there is a political or financial opportunity or simply scapegoats of their masters who have decided to don the mantle of protectors of Indian culture and values.

If the government is really bothered about saving Indian culture then stop the culture of rape, stop the culture of corruption, stop the culture of goondaism, stop the culture of burning churches and mosques, the state has no right to come into our homes and teach us lessons in moral science and Indian values.

But this time I hope this case goes to court and I hope the lawyers of all accused shame these so called moral guardians who know nothing about Indian culture or history and it is time that they got a tongue lashing in public by the courts so that the next time a Tiwari sees something that offends him he stays home.

To all those who have a problem with things that offend you, I have only one thing to say…Don’t watch it!

- Suparn Verma

 (The article was first posted on Rediff)

Here’s some good news. Prashant Nair’s Umrika won the Audience Award in World Cinema Dramatic section at the Sundance Film Festival. The film had its world premiere at the festival.

Produced by Manish Mundra and Swati Shetty, the film’s cast includes Suraj Sharma, Tony Revolori, Smita Tambe, Adil Hussain, Rajesh Tailang and Prateik Babbar.

And here’s the official synopsis – When a young village boy discovers that his brother, long believed to be in America, has actually gone missing, he begins to invent letters on his behalf to save their mother from heartbreak, all the while searching for him. 

Umrika’s announcement from 01:39:15

Jaideep SahniFWA (Film Writers Association) members are cordially invited to a masterclass with the popular screenwriter-lyricist Jaideep Sahni, in which he will talk about the why (the socio-political concerns which motivated him) and the how (the art and craft of writing, the practicalities of getting people on board, creative collaboration) of the films he has written. Jaideep will be in conversation with Rajashree.

We would suggest that the people who want to attend the masterclass revisit the films written by Jaideep Sahni – their understanding of the points which Jaideep makes about his films would be much sharper if they have watched these films recently.

Jaideep Sahni is an eminent screenwriter, songwriter and creative producer. He has written thought-provoking popular entertainers like Chak De! India, Khosla Ka Ghosla, Company, Bunty Aur Babli, Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year and Shuddh Desi Romance. He won the Filmfare Awards for Best Dialogue and Best Story for Company, followed by the Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay for Khosla Ka Ghosla. He also won the IIFA award for Best Story for Chak De! India.

Rajashree, who will be moderating the event, studied at FTII before assisting Mansoor Khan and Sanjay Bhansali. She has written and directed a film called The Rebel which won a National Award. Her debut novel, Trust Me, is the biggest-selling Indian chick lit book. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Film Writers’ Association and the convenor of the Events Committee.

Entry Fees : Free. 

The admission is restricted to FWA Members. First-Come-First-Seated.

Time: 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Day/Date: Saturday, 31st January, 2015

Venue: Film Writers’ Association Office
2nd Floor, Richa Building,
Plot no B – 29,
(In the lane opposite Citi Mall),
Off New Link Road,
Andheri (West),
Mumbai – 400 053.
Phone: 022-2673-3027/ 022-2673-3108