CONTENT BUYS FROM ZEE ENTERTAINMENT

admin   October 17, 2019

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TELEVISION SHOWS

Kundali Bhagya (DESTINED LOVE) Family Drama

Kundali Bhagya is an intriguing story about two young girls Preeta and Shrishti. They discover the existence of their mother – Sarla and their sister Pragya, after the death of their father. Amidst this journey of mixed emotions the girl’s cross paths with two rich brothers, Rishabh and Karan. The story will then introduce romance, drama and dispute in the lives of
Preeta, Shrishti, Rishabh and Karan.

Deceptive Measures (PAVITRA RISHTA) Family Drama

The story revolves around a middle-class girl, who is not highly educated and yet handles her house impeccably. Everyone is dependent on her however it is only her brother and her mother who really value her. Her mother has a sole aim of finding a good alliance for her daughter. The series has been filmed across Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria and the first season
runs 52 one-hour episodes.

Tujhse Hai Raabta (COSMIC CONNECTION) Family Drama

The story revolves around the bittersweet relationship between a daughter and her stepmother, who are forced to live together after a tragedy strikes in the family.

Guddan Tumse Na Ho Payega (THE RELATIONSHIP CONUNDRUM) Family Drama

It is a light-hearted story of a 20-year old girl, Guddan, who having bumbled and fumbled through most of her life and being told by her own family that she can barely get one thing right, finds herself becoming India’s youngest mother in law to three older daughters-in-law by a quirk of circumstances.

FILMS (HINDI)

Gully Boy: (2019) Indian Hindi language Musical Drama, directed by Zoya Akhtar

Inspired by the lives of Indian street rappers, Divine and Nazey, the film is coming of age story about a street rapper from the Dharavi slums of Mumbai.

Raazi: (2018) Indian Hindi Language Spy Thriller, directed by Meghna Gulzar

This is a story of an undercover RAW agent who is married into a Pakistani family by her father to acquire valuable piece of information about the enemy.

Kesari: (2018) Indian Hindi Language Action war Film, directed by Anurag Singh

Kesari is a true story about one of the bravest battles fought in India ‘The Battle Of Saragarhi’, in which an army of 21 Sikhs fought against 10,000 Afghans in 1897. This is a story of Havildar Ishar Singh, a soldier in the British Indian Army, who leads the battle that unfolds the greatest last-stand in military history.

Article 15: (2019) Indian Hindi Language Crime Drama, directed by Anubhav Sinha

The film deals with Article 15 of the Constitution of India, which prohibits discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth.

Dream Girl: (2019) Indian Hindi Language Comedy Drama, directed by Raaj Shaandilyaa

This film is a complete family entertainer coupled with a love story that deals with one trying to win the heart of another and is one of the quirkiest comedies of the year.

Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare / Dolly Kitty And Those Twinkling Stars: (2019) Indian Hindi Language Comedy Satire Film, directed by Alankrita Shrivastava

The World Premiere will be held at the upcoming 24th Busan International Film Festival in the month of October, 2019. The film is helmed by the makers of renowned film, ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ and is all set to push the same space with more fun, humor, frolic and a context that will engage and entertain in equal measure.

Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi: (2019) Indian Hindi Language Period Drama, directed by Radha Krishna Jagartamudi and actress Kangana Ranaut

This film is based on the life of Rani Lakshmi Bai of Jhansi who fought against the British East India Company, during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. The makers of the film hosted a special screening for the President of India (Ram Nath Kovind) at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and the President felicitated the artistes of the film prior to its official release in theatres.


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Indian Cinema Of Today: A Culturally Responsive Artifact

admin   August 30, 2019

The success of movies underscoring Indian ethos and nationalism, or challenging social norms, reflects the people’s desire to feel personal connection to the past and influence by the current set of political and social narratives, turning a movie experience into an active collaboration between the movie maker and the audience for awakening human conscience. By Dr S. Raghunath

With entertainment content from anywhere in the world being only a click away, recent Bollywood releases are continuing to draw the audience to the movie halls. The success of movies such as Raazi, Uri, Kesari, Padmavat and many others shows the role of movies in shaping the way people today feel the need to visualize, understand and feel invested in events and happenings relating to their country – India. It appears as if it is not just the Indian movie audience in cinema halls that are demonstrating their veneration for the flag and national anthem, but so are the moviemakers in a similar mode of reverence and adoration.

While considering the experiential mode of engagement in a movie hall as evident from the box office figures, it appears to be influenced by the current set of political and social narratives. There is a popular desire to have a felt, personal connection to the past – distant or recent.

Indians who derive an understanding of current happenings of national importance do so by reading the newspaper or watching the debates on television and interpreting the issues in the recent and distant past, specifically on the role of women in spearheading the Indian ethos and nationalism; the discrimination of people on the basis of caste or the heroic acts of bravery and defense.

Movies based on the knowledge of such events are enabled in interesting and provocative ways by a range of popular representations of the recent past, situations where the audience is not merely being presented enactments of the recent past, but are being forced to reflect on their own act of thinking as well.

Consider the movie Article 15. The movie deals with Article 15 of the Constitution of India, which prohibits discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth.

While the movie content is claimed to be based on multiple true life events including 2014 Badaun gang rape allegations and 2016 Una flogging incident, the storyline follows the socio-political situation of the country. The movie attempts to deepen the understanding and reflects on social mores that have antecedents in history that require attention.

How the audience in the movie hall understands and uses its societal awareness is by having some kind of immediate, direct access to it while viewing the movie and, therefore, the understanding of societal anomalies turns into an active collaboration between the movie maker and the audience for awakening human conscience. The experience in the movie hall then is not of just reliving the past but of pulling the past and present together in a short frame of two hours. Movies such as Article 15 making it to the box office, signifies an emerging profound and popular desire to touch and be touched by recent events and distant history pertaining to social anomalies.

People are also most motivated to action by those issues in which they feel a personal stake. The expressed reaction of the audience while watching the movie Uri – The Surgical Strike was reportedly exceptional. The movie is about the Indian Army’s special forces carrying out a covert operation, avenging the killing of fellow army men at their base by a terrorist group. Moreover, the year 2018 until mid 2019 was a period in the country when heightened awareness of political and military related events concerned the audience.

Movies such as Kesari and Uri, which are about historic events such as those relating to Indian soldiers in British regiments or the Uri attack, foster narratives that touch, move and provoke, engaging not only intellectually but in affective ways as well. These are fresh attempts by moviemakers to offer a cinematic experience that produces historical knowledge and appreciation.

All these movies use a variety of techniques to shock rather than to pacify the audience. There is a revolutionary impact of montage—the piecing together of the movie so as to create a jarring or shocking experience for the audience. The cinematic experience possibly leads to cognitive shifts in thoughts and ideas translating to societal and historical insights. As a result, there is also a certain character type that is emerging as a preference of the discerning audience. The characteristics of the Indian hero or heroine—his or her composure, commitment to unfettered movement towards the justifiable goals; reluctant but morally clarified use of violence—make him or her the super hero or heroine.

Inevitably the protagonist is presented as a brave, independent, considerate character and the reappearance of these qualities, movies after movies suggest how the patriotic Indian functions as a symbol of national pride.

In such movies a debate arises of whether violence is justifiable. That debate is resolved through the view that violence is justified when it is inflicted on the guilty in the name of justice. Therefore, these movies in a sense justify vigilantism.

For example, Raazi, an adaptation of Harinder Sikka’s 2008 novel Calling Sehmat, is a true account of an Indian Research and Analysis (RAW) agent who, upon her father’s request, is married into a family of military officials in Pakistan to relay information to India, prior to the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 and she successfully carries out her mission at great personal risk.

Similarly, the movie Kesari depicts the valour of Havaldar Ishar Singh as a part of the Sikh Regiment of British Indian Army posted at Gulistan fort along the Indian Afghan border.

The movie follows the events leading to the Battle of Saragarhi, a battle between 21 soldiers of the 36th Sikhs of the British Indian Army and 6,000–10,000 Afridi and Orakzai Pashtun tribesmen in 1897.

These movies represent entertainment content, wherein a society sees its fantasies acted on the screen. When the society’s fantasies evolve, so do unconventional plots and visual details in movie making .The flexibility of Bollywood’s conventions ensures its adaptability for popular Indian society’s shifting concerns and interests.


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Indian Cinema’s Steady Rise on Global Stage

admin   June 10, 2019

By Natarajan Vidyasagar

The Indian film industry, which produces the largest number of movies in the world, is on the cusp of a radical transformation and its steady rise in the global M&E space is clearly visible.

Chinese President Xi Jinping told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he watched Aamir Khan- starred sports drama Dangal and liked it. This underscores the growing influence of Indian cinema and its increasing global footprint.

There is a steady growth in the visibility, volume and cultural visibility of India – from Bollywood to Bhangra music, from mobile telephony to India’s influence in Silicon Valley – India has revolutionised in the production, distribution and consumption of images and ideas.

Last year turned out to be the most successful year for Indian films which were exported to more than 35 global territories internationally. USA, UK, China Gulf, Australia and Canada topped the list of Indian films in overseas territories. Around 125 movies (Hindi and regional films) were released in overseas theatrical markets in 2018.

Hailed as the best Indian movie of 2018, Sriram Raghavan’s Andhadhun, an official adaption of the French short film The Piano Tuner, had a successful run in China. Made at a budget of less than $5 million it raked in around $50 million in box office collections in China.

China alone accounted for $272 million in box office collection for 10 Indian films in 2018. “Indian films have been gradually making inroads both through the co-venture route (which films do not form part of China’s quota of foreign films) and co-production treaties,” says a recent EY report.

Indian films also made inroads into Saudi Arabia which lifted its decade old ban on cinemas, allowing theatres to open in Saudi Arabia.

Indian filmmakers have embraced new ways of telling stories, and this is increasingly visible on global platforms. “Indian content is in big demand and new avenues are opening up, for example China. The local market is huge in India, which is the only country in the world with nearly 12 dialects per language. As the dubbing industry is growing, all platforms are realising the value of localisation. The popularity and footprint of the platforms is increasing immensely due to this and this has resulted into emergence of Netfilx and Amazon, who are setting up offices in India and producing India specific content for global market as well,” says Manish Dutt, MD, VR Films & Studios.

Raazi

There’s no doubt today that Indian cinema is India’s soft power and is seen in over 100 countries. Thanks to platforms like Netflix, it is instantly visible and experienced now.

Indian actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui happened to be vacationing in Italy on the day that Sacred Games, the critically acclaimed Netflix political thriller in which he stars, was released online around the world. Just couple hours after Sacred Games was released, Nawazuddin got recognized on the streets in Italy. There are examples of new narratives, fresh stories, unknown stars, women power and successful films in regional languages across Indian movie production centres. That sums up the changing landscape of Indian cinema in 2018.

The Indian movie industry is a gargantuan entity. From its seven production centers, India produces nearly 1,800 films in 20-odd languages a year – more than the output of China and the US counted together.

The success of small budget films like Badhaai Ho (Amit Sharma), Andhadhun (Sriram Raghavan), Stree (Amar Kaushik) and Raazi (Meghna Gulzar) proved that Indian film audiences’ consumption habits are changing.

They are looking for new narratives, new genres than formula films. If the content is mediocre, however big stars may be is getting rejected at the box office. Most of these small budget films were made on a budget of less than Rs 40 crore but yielded at least thrice the amount at the box office. Raazi made almost Rs 200 crores!

The year 2018 also proved that films laced with good content and powerful performances can overpower the stars who ruled the box office collections of Bollywood films over the years. 

Fox Star India Studio’s film Sanju emerged as one of India’s all-time blockbusters  at the box office followed by Padmaavat, Simba, 2.0, Race 3, Baaghi 2,  Badhaai Ho,  Stree,  Raazi,  and Sonu ke Titu ki Sweety.

Apart from these, films in regional languages such as 2.0, KGF Chapter 1, Rangasthalam, Bharat Ane Nenu, Kaala, Arvindha Sametha Veera Raghava and Geeta Govindam performed well in terms of box office collections.

Industry experts maintained that 2018 also saw emergence of OTT platforms as an alternative for theatrical release as well as for films which had a good run in cinema screens. However, for small budget movies, video OTT platforms (like Hotstar, Amazon Prime, Zee 5, Netlfix, Eros Now) have opened a new market place.

“OTT is the new field for TV drama and independent film making.  It has changed everything, scripts, budgets, quality of art, even the list of senior crew and actors prepared to work on the smaller formats,” says producer and filmmaker Bobby Bedi, currently producing over a dozen web series.

Sarkar

FILM ON THE SMALL SCREEN

“I have viewed more and better drama in the last two years than I have viewed in the last 20.  Never a fan of ad breaks, I never saw films on TV and my lifestyle rarely permitted me to plan a film outing unless it was really ‘one of those big ones’. Today I look forward to my post dinner two (maybe three) hours of viewing across a range of content.  Addictive web-series and films I couldn’t see.” Bedi adds.

The Government of India has recognized India’s Audio Visual Sector as one of the Champion Service sectors for export growth. India is also one of the most liberated media markets in the world. The country offers highly liberal policy environment for investments in film sector.

From talents (both on-and off-screen), to locales to an industry-friendly Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, India is already a one-stop destination for global filmmakers.  The establishment of Film Facilitation Office (FFO) by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting as a single window clearance for film shooting across India, and the ease of doing business, have made India a very attractive destination for film business. Many State governments in India are aggressively wooing global filmmakers in their regions.

Many Indian companies have created top-end studio facilities in India that serve as single windows to fulfil the needs of the M&E industry. Their international business model offers local and remote clients the opportunity to produce and co-produce and distribute content anywhere around the world.

Top movies of 2018

  • 2.0
  • Language:Tamil
  • Director: S. Shankar
  • Staring: Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson, Adil Hussain
  • Sanju
  • Language: Hindi
  • Director: Rajkumar Hirani Starring: Ranbir Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala, Vicky Kaushal
  • Padmaavat
  • Language: Hindi
  • Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali Starring: Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor, Aditi Rao Hydari
  • Andhadhun
  • Language: Hindi
  • Director: Sriram Raghavan | Starring: Ayushmann Khurrana, Tabu, Radhika Apte, Anil Dhawan
  • Simmba
  • Language: Hindi
  • Director: Rohit Shetty
  • Starring: Ranveer Singh, Sara Ali Khan, Sonu Sood, Ashutosh Rana
  • Sarkar
  • Language: Tamil
  • Director: A.R. Murugadoss Starring: Joseph Vijay, Keerthi Suresh, A.R. Murugadoss, Joy Badlani
  • Baaghi 2
  • Language: Hindi
  • Director: Ahmed Khan
  • Stars: Tiger Shroff, Disha Patani, Manoj Bajpayee, Randeep Hooda
  • K.G.F Chapter 1
  • Language: Kannada
  • Director: Prashanth Neel
  • Starring: Yash, Srinidhi Shetty, Ramachandra Raju, Archana Jois
  • Badhaai Ho
  • Language: Hindi
  • Director: Amit Ravindernath Sharma
  • Starring: Ayushmann Khurrana, Sanya Malhotra, Neena Gupta, Gajraj Rao
  • Rangasthalam
  • Language: Telugu
  • Director: Sukumar
  • Starring: Ram Charan, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Aadhi, Jagapathi Babu
  • Raazi
  • Language: Hindi
  • Director: Meghna Gulzar
  • Starring: Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Rajit Kapoor, Shishir Sharma
  • Stree
  • Language:Hindi
  • Director: Amar Kaushik
  • Starring: Rajkummar Rao, Shraddha Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi, Aparshakti Khurana

(The list includes commercial hits and small budget films which made huge Box Office Returns)


INDIA IN NUMBERS

INDIA

  • Area

India measures 3,214 km from north to south and 2,933 km from east to west with a total land area of 3,287,263 sq km.

  • Population

1.3 billion

  • No of States and Union Territories

29 States, 7 Union Territories

  • Capital

New Delhi

  • Languages

Hindi, English and 21 other national languages.

  • Number of Feature Films Produced in India

1800

  • Number of Screens in India

8500

  • Market share of local films

90% BO

  • Theatrical Box Office Collections

$2.25 bn

  • Film Friendly States of India for Film Locations

Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, Jharkand, Delhi, Maharashtra

  • Major Centres of Film Production

Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Thiruvanathapuram, Cuttack

  • TV Households

195 million

  • TV Channels

900

  • Mobile Subscribers

1 billion

  • Smart Phone Users

500 million

  • Internet Users

600 million

  • Broadband

No.1 Mobile broadband market in the world

(This article first appeared on Cannes Market News, the official daily of of Marche Du Film, Festival De Cannes on May 15, 2019) 


Indian Panorama: A Pack of Talent & Stories

admin   November 20, 2018

Here is a sneak peek into films in the Indian Panorama section of the International Film Festival of India 2018. These movies belong to multiple genres and present stories from various parts of India, besides showcasing the best of the talent across the country. .

• Shaji N Karun Director of OLU (Opening Film – Feature Film), this is his seventh film in Indian Panorama.
• Kaushik Ganguly Director of Nagarkirtan, consecutively his film has been selected in Indian Panorama for the 9th time.
• First film in Jasari language (Lakshwadeep) is screening in Indian Panorama i.e. Sinjar, directed by Pampally.
• Nagamese film Nani Teri Morni directed by Akashaditiya Lama is the only film selected from North East
• Ladakhi film Walking with Wind directed by Praveen Morchale will be screened in Indian Panorama.
• Women directors from Feature Film: Pratima Joshi, Priya Krishnaswamy, Meghna Gulzar

AAMHI DOGHI

2018 Marathi 140 min Colour

When teenager Savi is introduced to her stepmother, she doesn’t display any emotion. Having been trained to be practical, Savi leads an independent life which even results in the loss of her love life. Her illiterate stepmother makes her realize that being emotional is not foolish, and if she is independent, so should her emotions be. When the dry, practical Savi finds this point of view of life and the world, she is suddenly like everyone of us.

Director: Pratima Joshi
Producer: White Swan Studios
DOP: Milind Jog
Screenplay: Pratima Joshi & Bhagyashree Jadhav
Editor: Jayant Jathar
Music: Mangesh Dhakade
Cast: Mukta Barve, Priya Bapat, Bhushan Pradhan, Aarti Wadagbalkar

ABYAKTO

2018 Bengali 85 min Colour

The film captures a series of unexplained and unusual events which turn Indra into a man he never thought he would become. These events unfold through the film’s three most integral characters: Indra’s mother Saathi, his father Kaushik and his father’s friend and his favourite uncle Ruudra. The film travels through various time lapses and captures the stirring and unexplainable situations and the intricacies and
complexities of these relationships.

Director: Arjunn Dutta
Producer: Trina Films
DOP: Supratim Bhol (WICA)
Story & Screenplay: Arjunn Dutta
Editor: Sujay Datta Ray
Music: Soumya Rit Nag
Cast: Alpita Chattetjee, Adil Hussain, Anubhav Kanjilal, Samontak Dyuti Maitra, Anirban Ghosh, Kheya Chattopadhyay, Pinky Banerjee, Lily Chakraborty, Debjani Chatterjee

BAARAM

2018 Tamil 92 min Colour

Karuppasamy, a widowed night watchman, lives with his sister and three nephews – Veera, Mani and Murugan – at a small town in Tamil Nadu. While returning from his shift one morning, he breaks his hip in an accident. While his nephews want him to be treated in town, his son Senthil takes him to his ancestral village, to be healed by a traditional healer. After eight days, Karuppasamy dies. At his funeral, Veera hears something that makes wonder. How did Karuppasamy die?

Director, Writer & Editor: Priya Krishnaswamy
Producer: Priya Krishnaswamy
DOP: Jayanth Mathavan
Music: Ved Nair
Cast: R. Raju, Sugumar Shamnugam, SuPa Muthukumarm, Jayalakshmi, and Stella Gobi

BHAYANAKAM

2017 Malayalam 123 min Colour

A First World War veteran is coming to a small backwater village in Kerala as a postman. He is distributing money orders and letters to the family of soldiers as a symbol of happiness. He turns out to be an omen of death once the Second World War starts. The pain and impact of the war is shown through the telegrams and postman’s dilemma.

Director: Jayaraj
Producer: Prakriti Pictures
Screenplay & Dialogues: Jayaraj
DOP: Nikhil S.Praveen
Editors: Jinu, Sobha, AfsalA M.
Music: M.K.Arjunan
Cast: Renji Panicker, Asha, Master Keshav Jayaraj, Sabita Jayaraj

BHOR

2018 Hindi 91 min Colour

Budhni, a poor girl from Bihar’s Musahar community, is split between her desire to study and her family’s demand for marriage. She agrees to marry Sugan after he promises to let her continue her studies. After marriage, she faces
another challenge – ending the practice of open defecation. Sugan agajn supports and facilitates her with innovative makeshift toilet in the house. Bhor captures the nuances and emotions that define the relationship between Budhni and Sugan as she fights for education and sanitation.

Diretor: Kamakhya Narayan Singh
Producer: Gyanesh Film Production House
DOP: Jogendra Nath Panda
Editor: Navanita Sen
Cast: Saveree Gaur, Devesh Ranjan, Nalneesh Neel, Rajeev Pandey, Pavleen Gujral

DHAPPA

2017 Marathi 115 min Colour

A political group in Pune disrupts rehearsals of Anuradha’s new children’s play on environmental issues with the messages of Jesus Christ and Sant Tukaram. They object to Jesus Christ being a part of a play to be staged during the Ganesh festival. While the elders relent, the children don’t find anything
offensive in the play. They try asking their elders but find no acceptable answers. Eventually, they decide to take matters in their own hands and find answers through their play.

Director: Nipun Avinash Dharmadhikari
Producers: Ink Tales & Aarbhat Films
DOP: Swapnil Sonawane
Screenplay: Girish Kulkarni, Nipun Dharmadhikari
Editor: Suchitra Sathe
Music: Gandhaar Sangoram
Cast: Akash Kamble, Sharavi Kulkarni, Akshay Yadav,Vrushali Kulkarni, Shrikant Yadav, Irawati Harshe, Girish Kulkarni, Sunil Barve, Umesh Jagtap

EE MA YO

EE MA YO

2018 Malayalam 120 min Colour

Vavachan, a master mason belonging to the Latin Catholic community in Kerala, shares memories of his fathers burial with his son Eesy. He expresses a desire of a grand funeral for himself, which Eesy promises. After Vavachan’s sudden death, Eesy tries to arrange a decent funeral for him but is met with unpredictable obstacles and reactions from different quarters. The subsequent events bring to the fore the conflicts within the family and the deep ethical crisis simmering in the community.

Director: Lijo Jose Pellissery
Producer: OPM Cinemas
DOP: Shyju Khalid
Story & Script: P.F.Mathews
Editor: Deepu Joseph
Cast: Chemban Vinod, Vinayakan.T.K. Dileesh Pothan, Kainagiri Thnkaraj, Pouly Valsan, Krishna Padmakumar, Arya K. S.

MAHANATI

MAHANATI

2017 Telugu 176 min Colour

Mahanati chronicles the life of South Indian film industry’s first lady superstar – Savitri. Despite unmatched beauty and talent, Savitri initially faces rejection. She eventually gets a break as a lead actress in Pelli Chesi Choodu (1952), and her life changes forever. Her journey to fame, marriage to Tamil star Gemini Ganesan and dramatic downfall make her story one of the most heart wrenching romantic tragedies ever.

Director: Nagashwin
Producer: Swapna Cinema
DOP: Dani Sanchez-Lopez
Screenplay: Nagashwin
Editor: Venkateswara Rao Kotagiri
Music: Mickey J.Meyer
Cast: Keerthi Suresh, Dulquer Salmaan, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Vijay Deverakonda

MAKKANA

2018 Malayalam 114 min Colour

The film unveils the repercussions and tantrums of an orthodox couple, when their daughter elopes and marries a man belonging to a different religion. The love for their daughter and deep-rooted religious dogma creates a dilemma among the parents. The film ends with a note of their realisation that all religions must be propagating humanistic values and brotherhood, and that their daughter is far more important than the religion they believe in.

Director: Raheem Khader
Producer: 4U CreatiOns
DOP: Abid Shah
Screenplay & Story: Raheem Khader
Editor: Mendos Antony
Music: Arshad Sridar
Cast: Indrans, Santosh Kizhattoor, Sajitba Madathil, Thasni Khan, Meenakshi, Madhu Raghav, Praveen ViSvanath, TR Rajendran, Santhakumari, Kulappulli Leela

NAGARKIRTAN

2017 Bengali 115 min Colour

Born as a boy in rural Bengal, Parimal realised he is a woman trapped in a man’s body. He seeks refuge at a transgender shelter in Kolkata, and become Puti. There ‘she’ meets the love of her life Madhu, a flute player. Realising that even the transgenders won’t accept their relationship, they flee. But their plight had only begun. The film explores their devotion to eternal love in a rigid society where many such love stories are lost to social shame.

Direcor: Kaushik Ganguly
Producer: Acropolis Entertament & Mojo Productions
DOP: Sirsha Roy
Screenplay: Kaushik Ganguly
Editor: Subhajit Singha
Music: Prabuddha Banerjee
Cast: Ritwick Chakraborty, Riddhi Sen

OCTOBER

2018 Hindi 115 min Colour

Dan, 21, leads a carefree life, revolving around a bunch of friends and fellow hotel interns. Shiuli, a colleague, is often at the receiving end of Dan’s audaciousness. Life goes on until a sudden turn of events smashes Dan and Shiuli’s lives together in an unusual bond. The emotional connection between them goes through a metamorphosis that brings out a form of love that’s unlike other, and leads to an internal awakening. October is a story of love…yet not a love story.

Director: Shoojit Sircar
Producers: Rising Sun Filma & Kino Works
DOP: Avik Mukhopadhyay
Editor: Chandraasekhar Prajapati
Music: Shantanu Moitra, Anupam Roy, Abhishek Arora
Cast: Varun Dhawan, Banita Sandhu, GitanjaliRao

Still From olu (She)

OLU

2018 Malayalam 109 min Colour

Olu (She) is the tale of a gypsy girl who mysteriously survives under the Kerala backwaters where she has been sunk by her rapists. Only during full moon nights, can she see the world above water. It is on such a night that she happens to meet Vasu, a young untalented painter, rowing his boat. Out of love, she empowers him to create paintings that will change his life. But their contrasting inner visions oflove may remain unbridgeable.

Director: Shaji N.Kanu
Producer: AVA Productions
DOP: M.J.Radhakrisnan
Screeplay: T.D.Ramakrisnan
Editor: Sreekar Prasad
Music: Isaac Thomas Kottukapally/Sreevalson
Cast: Shane Nigam, Esther Ani!

PADDAYI

PADDAYI

2017 Tulu 100 min Colour

Paddayi is a modem day adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Madhava and Sugandhi is a newly-married couple from the fishing community of south India. Their lust for better life is ignited by the prophecies from the spirit that wander the land. Dinesha, owner of a fleet, gives them new dreams. But when their life was on a new high, he betrays them. Now the couple is determined to take a bitter revenge. The story soon turns into a tale of murder and regrets.

Director & Writer: Abhaya Simha
Producer: Gopal Pai Films
DOP: Vishnu Prasad P.
Editor: Prashant Pandit
Music: Kadri Manikanth
Cast: Gopinath Bhat, Mohan Sheni, Bindu Raxidi, Chandrahas Ullal

PADMAAVAT

PADMAAVAT

2018 Hindi 165 min Colour

The legend of Queen Padmavati’s exceptional beauty reaches Allaudin Khilji. Obsessed with Padmavati, the sultan lays siege on the impregnable Chittorgarh fortress. After a gruelling six months, he returns to Delhi empty handed but returns with a bigger army. A fearsome battle ensues with Chittor King Maharawal Ratan Singh, who dies defending his kingdom and his queen. Khilji manages to breach the fortress but fails to capture Padmavati as she commits johar (self immolation) to protect her dignity.

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Producer: Viacom18 Motion Pictures & Bhansali Productions
DOP: Sudeep Chatterjee
Screenplay: Prakash R. Kapadia, Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Editor: Rajesh Pandey
Music: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Cast: Deepika Padukone,Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor

PERANBU

PERANBU

2018 Tamil 148 min Colour

Unable to cope up with a child with spastic paralysis, Amudhavan goes to Dubai to work. He has to return to take care of his daughter Paapa when his wife elopes. When she attans puberty, he addresses her biological needs. But he loses himself and his assets to an affair wi1h a maid. When Paapa explores her sexuality just like he did, Amudhavan couldn’t bear it, but hope comes in the form of a transgender who helps them resurrect a new life.

Director & Writer: Ram
Producer: Shree Raaja Lakshmi Films
DOP: Theni Eswar
Editor: Suriya Pradhaman
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cast: Mammootty, Sadhna, Anjali, Anjali Ameer, Paavel Navageethan, Samuthirakani

PARIYERUM PERUMAL BA.BL

PARIYERUM PERUMAL BA.BL

2018  Tamil 154 min Colour

Pariyerum Perumal a.k.a Pariyan is pursuing his law degree in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu. Back in his village, he has a hunting dog Karuppi. When the pet is suddenly killed, he is devastated. At the college, a girl Jo offers help in studies and they develop friendship. Meanwhile, the mysterious killer, who is killing unsuspecting innocents, is now lurking around Pariyan. The more he tries to evade the war, the more he is sucked into it. This is a tale of romance, rage and resilience.

Director & Screenwriter: Mari Se1Varaj
Producer: Neelam Productions
DOP: Sridhar
Editor: Selva R.K.
Music: Santosh Narayanan
Cast: Kathir, Anandbi, Yogi Babu, Lijeesh, Marimuthu

POOMARAM

2018 Malayalam 106 min Colour

Poomaram conveys that ‘Art is life’ and the ‘life is an art’. At the annual youth festival, several colleges participate with music bands and dance troupes but only a few can win. As teams arrive with aspirations, Professor Anandan teaches his students to go beyond the spirit of competition and while performing, experience the purest form of art – enjoyment. His students are committed to the cause but then there are others who have different plans. A clash is inevitable.

Director: Abrid Shine
Producer: Dr.Paul’s Entertaimnent
DOP: Gnanam Subramaniam
Editor: K.R.Midhun
Music: Gopi Sundar, Faisal Razi, Prumbaboor G, Rveendranath, Leela L, Girikuttan, Nasil, Sayoojya Das, Vishnu
Cast: Kalidas Jayaram, Neetha Pillai, Joju George

RAAZI

2018 Hindi 140 min Colour

Raazi is a true life espionage thriller set in 1971. A 20-year-old Delhi university student, Sehmat is called back home to Kashmir by her parents. Her father, an influential businessman, has fixed Sehmat’s marriage with Pakistani Brigadier’s son. The real reason for Sehmat’s marriage is a covert mission: she is to be sent as a spy into a Pakistani military family and source out all the information that she can get on Pakistan’s strategy in the impending Indo-Pak war.

Director: Meghna Guizar
Producer: Dharma Productions & Junglee Pictures
DOP: Jay I.Patel
Screenplay: Bhavani Iyer & Meghna Gulzar
Editor: Nitin Baid
Music: Shankar Ehsaan Loy
Cast: Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Jaideep Ahlawat, Rajit Kapur, Shishir Sharma, Soni Razdan, Amruta Khanvilkar, ArifZakariya, Ashwath Bhatt, Aman Vasishth

SA

SA

2018 Bengali 109 min Colour

Sa chronicles life of a simple family in West Bengal, in the aftermath of mass migration following the birth of Bangladesh. The birth of Lalu brings great joy but the tragic circumstances force his father to send Lalu to his childhood friend. a venerated maestro of Indian classical music. There he picks up lessons on culture, religion and urban-rural divide and learns to live with a smile and a belief that ‘everything is going to be all right.’

Director: Arijit Singh
Producer: Oriyon Edutainment Works
Story: Koyel Singh
DOP: Anirban Chatterjee
Cast: Lalu Pragun Singh, Tukai Srija Ghosh, Lokhai Anindya Pulak Banerjee, Shyamali Deblina Sen

SINJAR

2017 Jasari 114 min Colour

Sinjar revolves around Ansar, an ordinary fisherman living in Kavaratti (in Lakshadweep Island), his sister Suhara and his fiancee Fida. The movie captures how the two ladies, who are held captive and exploited by the ISIS terrorists in Sinjar, a place near Iraq, survive and fight the communal situation in Kavaratti. when they return. One of the women decides to bring up her illegitimate child into this world and raise him as a good Muslim. Sinjar is the first Jasari language film.

Director & Writer: Pampally
Producer: Movie Junction
DOP: Sanjay Harris
Editor: Lijo Paul
Cast: Musthafa, Srinda Arhaan, Mythili, Binoy Nambala

SUDANI FROM NIGERIA

2018 Malayalam 120 min Colour

Majid, a typical football lover from Malappuram in Kerala, works as a recruitment agent of foreign players for local tournaments. When Samuel, a Nigerian footballer hired by him, suffers a severe back injury and is advised two months’ bed rest, Majid is obliged to take him home. Ecstatic to host a foreign footballer, Majid’s relatives and neighbourhood shower their love on Samuel. But soon the beautiful friendship is disrupted by the state officials in the name of law.

Director & Story: Zakariya
Producer: Happy Hour Entertainments
DOP: Shyju Khalid
ScreenpJay & Dialogue: Muhsin Parari & Zakariya
Editor: Noufal Abdullah
Music: Rex Vijayan
Cast: Soubin Shahir, Samual Abiola Robinson. Savithri, Sarasa Balussery, Akhila

TIGER ZINDA HAI

TIGER ZINDA HAI

2017 Hindi 161 min Colour

Tiger Zinda Hai continues the story of two super spies Tiger and Zoya from Ek Tha Tiger (2012), who are officially declared ‘dead’. When the Indian and Pakistani nurses are held hostage at an Iraqi hospital by terrorists, RAW chief Shenoy has just seven days to rescue them and he needs Tiger. Shenoy manages to locate Tiger and Zoya, and briefs them about the case. Tiger is reluctant at first, but he on Zoya’s insistence agrees to go on the mission to save the nurses.

Director: AliAbbas Zafar
Producer: Yash Raj Films
DOP: Marcin Laskawiec, USC
Story: Neelesh Misra, AliAbbas Zafar
Editor: Rameshwar S.Bhagat
Music: Vishal and Shekhar
Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif

TO LET

2017 Tamil 99 min Colour

To Let is the story of a couple with a child living in a rented house in Chennai. It takes place in 2007 when the metro city was experiencing a real estate boom as a result of an exponential development of the IT sector. A little too greedy for a higher rent, the land owner asks the couple to vacate their house. They have only thirty days to find new accommodation with their modest middle¬class income. On their moped, the couple starts a race against time and all kinds of
prejudice to get a house.

Director: Chezhiyan
Producer: La Cinema
Sereenplay & DOP: Chezhiyan
Editor: Sreekar Prasad
Cast: Santhosh Sreeram, Suseela, Dhabran

UMA

2018 Bengali 148 min Colour

Uma is a story about a young girl, who is fighting a terminal disease, a father, who is struggling to make his daughter’s dreams come true, and about a director whose past haunts him. It starts off with Uma, a young girl brought up in Austria, being recognised with a terminal disease and goes on about how Himadri, her father takes her to Kolkata to fulfil her dream by setting up a fake Durga Puja the most celebrated festival of the Bengalis.

Director: Srijit Mukherji
Producer: SVF Entertainment
DOP: Soumik Haldar
Screenplay: Srijit Mukherji
Editor: Pronoy Das Gupta
Music & Lyric : Anupam Ray
Cast: Jisshu U.Sengupta, Sara Sengupta, Srabonti, Anjan Dutt, Rurdranil Ghosh, Anirban Bhattacharya, Babul Supriyo, Neel Mukherjee

URONCHONDI

2018 Bengali 100 min Colour

Uronchondi is a story of three women in search of life. Bindi, in her late 30s, escapes her abusive husband in his lorry, driven by Chotu, the young helper. On their way they
pick up Minu, a young runaway bride on her way to meet her dream man. Then, they meet Sabitri, a widow in her early 60s, who’s mishandled by her sons. The journey offers them a sense of freedom until the police start chasing them. This story starts and ends on the road.

Director: Abhishek Saha
Procucers: Nideas Creations and Productions
DOP: Soumik Haldar
Editor: Sujay Datta Ray
Music: Debojyoti Mishra
Cast: Sudipta Chakraborty, Rajnandini Paul, Chitra Sen, Amartya Ray, Arjaa Banerjee, Kaushik Kar, Jayanta Hore

WALKING WITH THE WIND

2017 Ladakhi 79 min Colour

Tsering, a 10-year-old boy in Himalayan terrain, mistakenly breaks his friend’s school chair. His everyday, seven kilometers-long journey to school in mountainous terrain on donkey, turns even more challenging when he decides to bring the chair to his village. The chair silently becomes a metaphor in his awakening journey of life, quest for inner truth and reality in the adult world, which is deeply engrossed in their own. He is unaware that this journey will finally make him a man.

Director & Writer: Praveen Morchhale
Producer: Trippy Turtle Productions
DOP: Mohammad Reza Jahan Panah
Editor: Ujjwal Chanda
Cast: Sonam, Wangyal, Phunchok Toldan, Rigzin Dolkar, Phuntsog Dolma