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Wide picks up Berlin Panorama title 'Garbage' (exclusive)

Socio-political drama is the only Indian film in Berlin official selection this year.

Paris-based sales company Wide has picked up worldwide rights to Panorama title Garbage, directed by Q, which is the only Indian feature in Berlinale official selection this year.

Produced by Oddjoint Films and Karma Media and Entertainment, the film stars Tanmay Dhanania (Brahman Naman), Trimala Adhikari and Satarupa Das. It revolve around a woman who takes a taxi driver hostage when he starts stalking her and discovers he has a shocking secret at home.

The film marks Q’s return to Panorama seven years after his rap musical Gandu in 2011. His last film, comedy Brahman Naman (2016), was acquired by Netflix and premiered at Sundance.

Q said: “We were looking at a sales agent who could understand the sensitive nature of Garbage and the need for non-conventional methods of getting the film out there. I have been following Wide for a while and am looking
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Ivanhoe Pictures, Easterly team on Jahnu Barua's 'Unread Pages'

Set mostly in Assam and North America, the film will feature both Indian and international actors.

Source: Ivanhoe pictures

Ivanhoe Pictures and India’s Easterly Entertainment are joining forces to co-produce drama Unread Pages, directed by Assamese filmmaker Jahnu Barua.

The film follows a man returning to Assam, one of eight small states in Northeast India, after being estranged from his land and culture. Set mostly in Assam and North America, the film will feature both Indian and international actors.

Launched by brothers Shahnaab Alam and Sartaj Alam, Easterly Entertainment is a content development and boutique production house with offices in Mumbai and Assam’s largest city, Guwahati.

Shahnaab Alam has producing credits including Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly, Hansal Mehta’s Omerta and Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox. He also recently produced Barua’s Assamese-language film Broken Window, which is currently in post-production.

Barua has won several National Film Awards in India for films including Baandhon (2012) and Hkhagoroloi
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“I am proud of Simran, it wasn’t the disaster that it’s being made out to be” – Hansal Mehta on life after Simran

“I am proud of Simran, it wasn’t the disaster that it’s being made out to be” – Hansal Mehta on life after Simran
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta has moved on from Simran, the controversial film with a super-controversial leading lady. But, Kangana Ranaut and Hansal are still in touch. Talking about the same Hansal adds that while Kangana is busy with her work he is busy with his. Despite this the two find the time to connect. Further Mehta added that both have moved on from the Simran controversy and he in fact recommended a beautiful short story to her to read. Concluding, Mehta states that he is proud of Simran, and that it wasn’t the disaster that it’s being made out to be.

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India's Eros signs co-production deal with Drishyam

The first project under the deal is Hardik Mehta’s Kaamyaab.

Source: Eros International

Indian studio Eros International has signed a four-picture co-production deal with indie production house Drishyam Films.

The first project under the deal, Hardik Mehta’s Kaamyaab, has already started production. Starring Sanjay Mishra and Deepak Dobriyal, the film follows a seasoned character actor who decides to come out of retirement on a quest to find that elusive 500th role for which he will be remembered forever.

Founded by Manish Mundra, Drishyam has produced critically-acclaimed indie films including Fly Away Solo (Masaan), Unknown Faces (Rukh), Bitter Wind (Kadvi Hawa) and India’s recent best foreign-language Oscar entry, Newton.

Although one of India’s most mainstream studios, Eros has recently been co-financing and distributing content-driven films, such as Hansal Mehta’s gay-themed drama Aligarh and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s The New Classmate (Nil Battey Sannata).

Eros has previously
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India's Eros signs co-production deal with Drishyam

The first project under the deal is Hardik Mehta’s Kaamyaab.

Source: Eros International

Indian studio Eros International has signed a four-picture co-production deal with indie production house Drishyam Films.

The first project under the deal, Hardik Mehta’s Kaamyaab, has already started production. Starring Sanjay Mishra and Deepak Dobriyal, the film follows a seasoned character actor who decides to come out of retirement on a quest to find that elusive 500th role for which he will be remembered forever.

Founded by Manish Mundra, Drishyam has produced critically-acclaimed indie films including Fly Away Solo (Masaan), Unknown Faces (Rukh), Bitter Wind (Kadvi Hawa) and India’s recent best foreign-language Oscar entry, Newton.

Although one of India’s most mainstream studios, Eros has recently been co-financing and distributing content-driven films, such as Hansal Mehta’s gay-themed drama Aligarh and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s The New Classmate (Nil Battey Sannata).

Eros has previously teamed with Drishyam on the distribution of Newton
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Iffam: ‘Newton’ Star Rajkummar Rao Signs Horror Comedy

Iffam: ‘Newton’ Star Rajkummar Rao Signs Horror Comedy
Rising star Indian actor Rajkummar Rao has signed an untitled film alongside actress Shraddha Kapoor (“Haseena Parkar”), by director duo Krishna D.K. and Raj Nidimoru (“A Gentleman”).

Principal photography will commence by the end of January 2018. Dinesh Vijan is producing for Maddock Films (“Hindi Medium”). Rao describes the film as an “out-of-the-box, raucous horror-comedy.”

Rao, who will receive one of the Variety Asian Actors to Watch award at Iffam later this week, is enjoying the best year of his career.

He is the star of political satire “Newton,” which was released in India in late September on the day it was announced that it would be India’s entry in Oscar’s foreign language category. It not only racked up the box office numbers, but also won Rao best actor at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

Survival drama “Trapped” released in March and alongside enormous critical acclaim, performed well at the box office.

Romantic comedy
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Padmavati postponed, goons have a free run; filmmakers explode

Padmavati postponed, goons have a free run; filmmakers explode
Hansal Mehta: “It is obvious that a film and an artist don’t count when more important things like elections are at stake.” Anees Bazmee: “The Padmavati episode is really tragic. Freedom of speech and expression are key to a good democracy. It’s doesn’t matter what the history says or the facts are. The film contentRead More

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Manoj Bajpayee on Preparing for Dipesh Jain’s Thriller ‘In the Shadows’

Manoj Bajpayee on Preparing for Dipesh Jain’s Thriller ‘In the Shadows’
Two years after he won a standing ovation in Busan for his searing portrayal of a persecuted gay literature professor in Hansal Mehta’s “Aligarh,” Manoj Bajpayee returns to the festival with the world premiere of Dipesh Jain’s thriller “In the Shadows.” From his breakthrough role in “Satya” (1998) through “Gangs of Wasseypur” (2012), Bajpayee has consistently forged an independent path.

Throughout your career you have almost always chosen roles that are not in the mainstream. What informed these choices?

When I started my career, mainstream formula films were doing quite well. The blockbuster success of “Satya” gave me the strength to carve a path for myself. Otherwise, there was a feeling of getting lost in the crowd by doing all these stereotypical roles which were waiting for me out there. It was quite alluring, there was loads of money, but somewhere I felt that if I have to go on a longer run, I have to
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Busan Facetime: ‘Omerta’ Director Hansal Mehta

Busan Facetime: ‘Omerta’ Director Hansal Mehta
After a decade-long first innings where he switched between mainstream Bollywood and independent cinema, Indian filmmaker Hansal Mehta took a four-year hiatus and returned with the multiple-award winning indie hit “Shahid” (2012), starring Rajkummar Rao. “Aligarh” (2015), starring Manoj Bajpayee and Rao, won acclaim in Busan and around the world. Following its world premiere at Toronto, Mehta returns to Busan with the Asian premiere of Rao-starrer “Omerta,” a film about British-born, Pakistani terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh who kidnapped and murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002.

What made you choose the Ahmed Omar Saeed Shaikh story?

There are uneasy truths that we usually try not to confront. Omar’s story is one such truth. Governments believe that by bombing entire cities and destroying countries they will end radicalism. Instead we need to focus on individuals like him – educated, wealthy and completely radicalized. I see “Omerta” as a companion piece to my earlier film “Shahid.” Both examine
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Box Office: Simran collapses in Week 2, collects 1.5 cr.

Box Office: Simran collapses in Week 2, collects 1.5 cr.
The Kangana Ranaut starrer Simran released two weeks ago. Directed by Hansal Mehta the film opened to mixed responses from the critics and audience alike. With rather lacklustre promotions (given the fact that every promotional event focussed on Kangana Ranaut and her issues) the film faced a tough time at the box office. Despite thisRead More

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Box Office: Simran Day 14 in overseas

Box Office: Simran Day 14 in overseas
The well-promoted Kangana Ranaut-starrer Simran finally had a release on Friday September 15. Directed by Hansal Mehta, it is inspired from a real life incident in the Us. It managed to get attention thanks to the presence of its lead actress Kangana who is known for powerhouse performances and some great path-breaking films. In thisRead More

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Box Office: Simran Day 13 in overseas

Box Office: Simran Day 13 in overseas
The well-promoted Kangana Ranaut-starrer Simran finally had a release on Friday September 15. Directed by Hansal Mehta, it is inspired from a real life incident in the Us. It managed to get attention thanks to the presence of its lead actress Kangana who is known for powerhouse performances and some great path-breaking films. In thisRead More

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Box Office: Simran Day 12 in overseas

Box Office: Simran Day 12 in overseas
The well-promoted Kangana Ranaut-starrer Simran finally had a release on Friday September 15. Directed by Hansal Mehta, it is inspired from a real life incident in the Us. It managed to get attention thanks to the presence of its lead actress Kangana who is known for powerhouse performances and some great path-breaking films. In thisRead More

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Box Office: Simran Day 11 in overseas

Box Office: Simran Day 11 in overseas
The well-promoted Kangana Ranaut-starrer Simran finally had a release on Friday September 15. Directed by Hansal Mehta, it is inspired from a real life incident in the Us. It managed to get attention thanks to the presence of its lead actress Kangana who is known for powerhouse performances and some great path-breaking films. In thisRead More

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Box Office: Simran Day 10 in overseas

Box Office: Simran Day 10 in overseas
The well-promoted Kangana Ranaut-starrer Simran finally had a release on Friday September 15. Directed by Hansal Mehta, it is inspired from a real life incident in the Us. It managed to get attention thanks to the presence of its lead actress Kangana who is known for powerhouse performances and some great path-breaking films. In thisRead More

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Box Office: Simran Day 9 in overseas

Box Office: Simran Day 9 in overseas
The well-promoted Kangana Ranaut-starrer Simran finally had a release on Friday September 15. Directed by Hansal Mehta, it is inspired from a real life incident in the Us. It managed to get attention thanks to the presence of its lead actress Kangana who is known for powerhouse performances and some great path-breaking films. In thisRead More

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Box Office: Simran Day 8 in overseas

Box Office: Simran Day 8 in overseas
The well-promoted Kangana Ranaut-starrer Simran finally had a release on Friday September 15. Directed by Hansal Mehta, it is inspired from a real life incident in the Us. It managed to get attention thanks to the presence of its lead actress Kangana who is known for powerhouse performances and some great path-breaking films. In thisRead More

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Rajkummar Rao starrer 'Newton' is India's official entry to the Oscars

National-Award winning Rajkummar Rao's latest release Newton is India's official entry for Academy Awards in 2018. An excited Rajkummar on Friday took to Twitter to announce the news.

"Very happy to share this news that 'Newton' is India's official entry to the Oscars this year. Congratulations team," he tweeted.

Filmmaker Hansal Mehta, who is a good friend of Rajkummar and has collaborated with him for films like "Shahid" and "Aligarh", took to Twitter to express his happiness and said that "Newton" is the best choice.
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Omertà’

Toronto Film Review: ‘Omertà’
Hansal Mehta’s latest feature dramatizes the life of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, a notorious real-life terrorist long behind bars — which hasn’t stopped him from being involved in various attacks, purportedly including 9/11. The compelling “Omertà,” whose title is an Italian term for a criminal code of honor that encompasses absolute non-cooperation with legal authorities, cobbles together speculation with what is known about the many-alias’d Saeed, a 43-year-old British national of Pakistani heritage who has been at the forefront of fundamentalist Islamic terror for nearly a quarter-century.

At the end of this slickly mounted film, there’s no lack of questions still dangling nor hoped-for insights that fail to arrive. Nonetheless, while you’re watching it, Mehta’s freely imagined biopic provides a fascinating Rorschach of a figure who is, unfortunately, truly a man for our times.

Scrambling chronology, Mehta and co-scenarist Mukul Dev lead off with an incident sure to grab Western viewers’ attention: In
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Box Office: Simran Day 7 in overseas

Box Office: Simran Day 7 in overseas
The well-promoted Kangana Ranaut-starrer Simran finally had a release on Friday September 15. Directed by Hansal Mehta, it is inspired from a real life incident in the Us. It managed to get attention thanks to the presence of its lead actress Kangana who is known for powerhouse performances and some great path-breaking films. In thisRead More

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