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Throwback: These images of Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan on sets of Ashutosh Gowariker’s Swades will give you a nostalgic feel

Throwback: These images of Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan on sets of Ashutosh Gowariker’s Swades will give you a nostalgic feel
Back in the year 2004, we saw the release of the Shah Rukh KhanGayatri Joshi starrer Swades that was directed by none other than the maverick filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker. In fact, the film received critical acclaim from the critics and audience alike with Shah Rukh Khan’s performance being termed as one of hisRead More

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Rajkummar Rao’s ‘Newton’ fails to make the cut in Oscars race

Oscars 2018The Academy announced the nine films that have been selected so far, of which 5 will make it to the final list.Tnm Staff Newton Poster.jpgEros InternationalIndia’s official entry to the Best Foreign Language Film category in the 90th Academy Awards, Amit Masurkar’s critically acclaimed Newton, is out of the Oscars race. On Friday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Ampaas) announced that nine films have made the cut. The movies that have advanced in the race are Chile's A Fantastic Woman, the winner of the Cannes Palme D’or The Square, Hungary’s On Body and Soul, Germany's In the Fade, Russia's Loveless, South Africa's The Wound, Israel's Foxtrot, Lebanon's The Insult and Senegal's Felicite. Five films will be chosen from this list, which will be announced on January 23. The surprise omissions in this list were Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father from Cambodia and France’s official submission, Robin Campillo’s Bpm (Beats Per Minute). There were a record 92 submissions this year. India has never won an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category and hopes were pinned on the political satire Newton. The film, which stars Rajkummar Rao and Pankaj Tripathi in key roles, detailed the foibles of holding a democratic election in a Maoist violence-hit village in Chhattisgarh. The last Indian language film that made it to the final five in this category was Ashutosh Gowariker’s Lagaan in 2001. The other films that have made it to the top five are Mother India in 1958 and Salaam Bombay in 1989. Critically celebrated Tamil film Visaranai, directed by Vetrimaaran, was the country’s official submission to the Oscars last year. But it failed to make the cut as well. According to Variety, the films shortlisted are selected by a general committee along with a 20-person executive committee, spearheaded by producer and foreign committee chair, Mark Johnson. The five final nominees are then selected by the foreign committee. Enanble Notification: NoTNM Marquee: No
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Breaking: Arjun Kapoor plays the brave Maratha warrior Sadashiv Rao Bhau in Ashutosh Gowariker’s grand historical

Breaking: Arjun Kapoor plays the brave Maratha warrior Sadashiv Rao Bhau in Ashutosh Gowariker’s grand historical
Ashutosh Gowariker is making what he is known for best – a historical. His next, stars Arjun Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt and based on the third battle of Panipat, which ended up in victory of Durrani Empire. It was a long-drawn battle lasting over months and is considered one of the largest and most eventfulRead More

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Throwback Thursday: Sajid Khan posts picture from Ashutosh Gowariker’s marriage reception

Throwback Thursday: Sajid Khan posts picture from Ashutosh Gowariker’s marriage reception
Award ceremonies happen every year and there are too many of them. But the Star Screen Awards in 2009 stands out. It was the same ceremony when Ashutosh Gowariker blasted Sajid Khan for making fun of Bollywood fraternity. Ashutosh Gowariker had come on stage to collect the ‘Best Film’ award for his period drama JodhaaRead More

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Veteran filmmaker Lekh Tandon passes away, Bollywood expresses grief

Lekh Tandon, veteran filmmaker best known for his films Professor (1962) and Amrapali (1996), passed away on Sunday, aged 88. He was also a prolific TV serial director and actor, and was part of the cast in Swades.

Reportedly, he had been suffering from illness and bed ridden for a long time before his demise. Several Bollywood greats like Latha Mangeshkar, Ashoke Pandit and Ashutosh Gowariker took to their Twitter spaces to mourn the death of Tandon.

Scoop: Tiger Shroff approached to play Prince Siddhartha for Ashutosh Gowariker’s next!

Scoop: Tiger Shroff approached to play Prince Siddhartha for Ashutosh Gowariker’s next!
Ashutosh Gowariker is in the process of finalizing a few projects for his next directorial and we hear, that among these, one is based on the life of young Buddha, called Prince Siddhartha. Buzz is that Tiger Shroff has been approached to play the title role which will revolve around the life of the youngRead More

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Shocking: Omung Kumar’s period drama starring Sanjay Dutt lands in legal trouble

Shocking: Omung Kumar’s period drama starring Sanjay Dutt lands in legal trouble
While initially the film announced by Omung Kumar was pitted against another film made by Ashutosh Gowariker on the same subject, the former has faced legal action for the film in question. Omung had announced a film on the late Maharaja [King] of Jamnagar, Jam Sahib Digvijaysinghji Ranjitsinhji for his noble deed of rescuing PolishRead More

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Is Ashutosh Gowariker all set for another period film?

Is Ashutosh Gowariker all set for another period film?
From Lagaan to Jodhaa Akbar to Mohenjo Daro, Ashutosh Gowariker has always been in awe of period dramas. While he has time and again excelled in this genre, his recent film failed to hit the hit the marquee but that hasn’t deterred the filmmaker’s spirit. He wants to explore his love for period dramas aRead More

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12 Top Films to Celebrate Indian Independence Day

12 Top Films to Celebrate Indian Independence Day
Seventy years ago India got its independence from the Brits, but that freedom didn’t come without pain, as the country was severed in two and Pakistan was formed. Though the British censors banned any entertainment that encouraged independence, Indian cinema was right there recording the country’s highs and lows. But after a spate of such films, audience taste changed — the freedom struggle was deemed dreary and filmmakers turned to the subject only sporadically. Here are a dozen films that show the patriotic fervor and sorrow of Partition — which ones do you remember?

Nastik (1954)

In this Partition tale, a brother wreaks revenge on the priest who sold his sister into prostitution during the migration of people from the two sides. Starring Ajit and Nalini Jaywant and directed by comedian I.S.Johar, the heart-rending story mirrored the real-life upheaval in which children were separated from their families as huge waves of Hindus, Muslims
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Ashutosh Gowariker Honored and A Billion Colour Story Wins Audience Award at London Indian Film Festival

The fabulous Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival in London and Birmingham, is UK and Europe’s largest platform of independent cinema from the Indian subcontinent. The brilliant London festival has closed but the amazing movies continue in Birmingham until July 2nd.

The festival has grown significantly in stature and reputation, with pan-Indian and Indian sub continental cinema in several languages, all subtitled in English, Bsl (British Sign Language) incorporated in some talks, and this year attracted major award winning films including Newton, Hotel Salvation and The Cinema Travellers, as well as world premieres like the Tamil comedy, Ticket – The Movie.

Festival executive and programming director Cary Rajinder Sawhney said: “It is wonderful that the festival continues to lead the debate and not simply reflect the changing shape of Indian cinema; from this year’s Indian virtual reality showcases to bringing carefully curated important new talent to the world stage
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‘A Billion Colour Story’ Wins Top Prize at London Indian Film Festival

‘A Billion Colour Story’ Wins Top Prize at London Indian Film Festival
A Billion Colour Story” won the top prize at the eighth Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival in London and Birmingham, the U.K. and Europe’s largest platform of independent cinema from the Indian subcontinent.

The film, which is a powerful plea for Hindu-Muslim unity and religious harmony, received the audience award for best film at Liff.

“We’re thrilled and truly, absolutely honored, to receive this award,” said the film’s director Padmakumar Narasimhamurthy and producer Satish Kaushik. ” It’s incredibly special for us that ‘A Billion Colour Story’ resonates with audiences across countries and continents. It continues to vindicate our faith that people and their hearts are the same across cultures and horizons. We dedicate this award to the victims of the recent lynchings, in India.”

Three Sunmark Icon Awards for South Asian directors who have made a global contribution to cinema were presented to directors Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Ashutosh Gowariker; plus documentary filmmaker
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‘A Billion Colour Story’ triumphs at London Indian Film Festival

‘A Billion Colour Story’ triumphs at London Indian Film Festival
Drama takes top prize at 8th edition of festival.

A Billion Colour Story has walked away with the top prize, the audience award, at the 8th edition of the London Indian Film Festival.

The festival, which is held in Birmingham as well as London, showcases independent cinema from the Indian subcontinent.

Directed by Padmakumar Narasimhamurthy and produced by Satish Kaushik, A Billion Colour Story follows an 11-year-old boy living in Mumbai whose parents are forced to downsize their house as they struggle with the financial burden of trying to complete a feature film.

Narasimhamurthy and Kaushik commented: “We’re thrilled and truly, absolutely honoured, to receive this award.

“It’s incredibly special for us that A Billion Colour Story resonates with audiences across countries and continents. It continues to vindicate our faith that people and their hearts are the same across cultures and horizons. We dedicate this award to the victims of the recent lynchings, in India.”

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Ashutosh Gowariker On Movies, Music and More! -Exclusive

When director Ashutosh Gowariker’s films come to mind you think of brilliant and moving stories, grand sets, and outstanding performances. From his Oscar award nominated film Lagaan, which starred Aamir Khan, to the impactful Swades featuring Shah Rukh Khan, and the Hrithik Roshan-Aishwarya Rai romantic epic Jodhaa Akbar amongst others, the director has brought exceptional Hindi films to audiences the world over.

Mr. Gowariker will be appearing at The London Indian Film Festival at a special “In Conversation” event where he will take a special look back at his career and give audiences a glimpse into the filmmaker’s process.

I was honored to speak with the director ahead of this exciting talk in London. In this special Skype video interview, we discussed movies, music and his passion for filmmaking. You can watch the full interview below, but here are some teasers!

Mr. Gowariker revealed during his talk in London that he will give audiences a behind-the-scenes look into making movies. “It will be about the genesis of an idea and how that idea goes through these various developmental stages.”

“Filmmaking is a collaborative art,” he says, “I am making movies. Telling stories. And it gives you a lot of satisfaction when you bring so many different visions together to tell your story. . . . It is something the audience can take back with them. Something that even five years later is left behind in your mind.”

Mr. Gowariker revealed that he does a lot of readings and discussions with his actors to get them into character, so that, “once they are on set it is just about capturing the emotion.”

Of course, we had to talk about the music of his movies, and he gave an in-depth answer about styles, language, working with Ar Rahman, Javed saab and how it all comes together. “It is quite an exciting process.” Adding praise for Rahman’s amazing work, “The take-off point is usually Rahman first because he is the guy who makes it exciting – makes the melody exciting; makes the sounds he is going to use new and fresh.”

There are many more incredible answers and insights that you must experience, so don’t wait another second…click play!

Ashutosh Gowariker ‘In Conversation’ at London Indian Film Festival takes place on June 23rd at BFI Southbank and then June 24th at the Birmingham Indian Film Festival Cineworld Broad Street.
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Ashutosh Gowariker to participate ‘In Conversation’ Masterclass at the British Film Institute in London

Ashutosh Gowariker to participate ‘In Conversation’ Masterclass at the British Film Institute in London
India’s renowned filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker has been invited by the British Film Institute to give an onstage Masterclass at the prestigious British Film Institute (BFI) Southbank on June 23, during the London Indian Film Festival that opens on June 22. Post the Masterclass, Ashutosh will also give a Screen Talk at Cineworld Broad in BirminghamRead More

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Pooja Hegde to be paired opposite Abhishek Bachchan?

Pooja Hegde to be paired opposite Abhishek Bachchan?
She made her debut in Bollywood with Ashutosh Gowariker’s magnum opus Mohenjo-Daro but the film failed to impress the audience. Since then, we haven’t seen much of Pooja Hegde who is now busy with South projects. But latest reports claim that Pooja has finally signed her second Bollywood film. While last time she was pairedRead More

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Birmingham Indian Film Festival ready with a spectacular line up of cutting edge films!

Europe’s Largest Indian Film Festival returns to Birmingham again this year for the third year in the row. Sister to the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, (Liff), Birmingham Indian Film Festival will run from Friday 23 June until Sunday 2 July 2017. This year’s festival promises to be one of the best showcasing 11 Independent Films, 2 Music Documentaries and a host of talent over 10 days in 3 cinemas!

Cary Rajinder Sawhney, Liff & Biff Director, says: “We are delighted to bring Birmingham audiences a carefully curated selection of the very best new Indian and South Asian independent cinema; all films are English subtitled, offering a rare window into over a billion South Asian lives. This year’s selection includes premieres of new comedies, gripping thrillers, shocking horror and insightful true-life documentaries as well as bringing together UK previews of major award-winning films from the world’s greatest film festivals.”

The festival opens on Friday 23 June at Cineworld Birmingham,
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Check Out Trailers for films coming to this year’s Amazing London Indian Film Festival!

London is getting ready to host one of the best Indian film festivals in the world. London Indian Film Festival goes beyond Bollywood and focuses the lens on indie films from all over India and more. Taking place at 11 cinemas across London including BFI Southbank from 22-29 June, this year boasts an exciting selection of fabulous cutting-edge films and proves once again why it is the considered the ‘punk-rock of Indian cinema’.

Cary Rajinder Sawhney, Liff Director, says: “We are delighted to bring London audiences a carefully curated selection of the very best new Indian and South Asian independent cinema; all films are English subtitled, offering a rare window into over a billion South Asian lives. This year’s selection includes premieres of new comedies, gripping thrillers, shocking horror and insightful true life documentaries as well as bringing together UK previews of major award-winning films from the world’s greatest film festivals.
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