Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Hunger Games : Mockingjay Part 1 trailer gets over 4 million views in less than 24 hours

The gripping tale of the book adaptation of The Hunger Games series is back this November with the release of the third film The Hunger Games : Mockingjay Part 2. Set to release in India on 21st of November by PVR Pictures, the film had its international trailer launched a couple of hours ago. With an overwhelming response from people across the world who have been waiting for this much awaited release, the trailer alone has fetched over 4 millions views in less than 24 hours. The action packed trailer showcases what promises to be the most stunning, visually spectacular movie in the series. As the story now moves away from the games arena and moves into the gripping battle in the infamous District 13, as Katniss played by Jennifer Lawrence under the guidance of President Coin and her friends fight to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a narion moved by her courage. You can see the trailer here:

Manhattan Short 2014 in India to be held in Mumbai

Manhattan Short 2014 in India, the international platform which showcases, celebrates and awards short films from across the world will also conduct a variety of workshops covering different aspects of filmmaking and short film making. Manhattan Short 2014, India chapter, will be held from 3rd October 2014 to 5th October 2014 at Sitara Studio in Mumbai. The festival will screen the ten best short films that have been selected from across the globe.

This film movement began in 1998 and has today become the most sought after platform of its kind. The festival has long established its global exposure by dedicating itself to the short film genre and witnessing hundreds of entries from across the world every year.

This year Manhattan Short 2014 in India and its chief patron Vivanta by Taj conducted an exciting competition named, ‘Vote for India’. This initiative saw filmmakers from across India send in their short film entries to vie for a spot in the global finalist list. The films were hosted on the India chapter’s website – www.manhattanshortindia.com where Indian audiences voted for the films they believed deserved to be in the global finalist list and winners of the India chapter of the festival.  Three India winners have been decided post the voting conducted. These three winners each have won a chance to create a short film for Vivanta by Taj.

In the global finalist list, this year’s top ten films have been selected from USA, UK, Germany, France, Mexico, Australia, Netherlands, Norway, and England. The films deal with a range of subjects which includes romance to sci-fi, animation and a docu-short. These films have won multiple accolades at various festivals around the world and will be screened at Manhattan Short 2014.

Manhattan Short 2014 in India will also present a few workshops for the youth and upcoming film makers by renowned artistes who will share their thoughtful insights with the audience.

Manhattan Short 2014 in India will kick start the event with an interesting workshop on “The SHORT Film Industry: Boom!” This session will have panelists like Cyrus Dastur, Founder, Shamiana Shorts, Saameer Mody, Managing Director, Pocket Films, renowned film maker Paromita Vohra and Avijit Mukul Kishore, film-maker and Co-Curator of The FD Zone who will share their insights on the growth of the short film industry in India.

Manhattan Short 2014 will present an interesting workshop on ‘Rainbow Stories - Queering Indian Shorts’ with Sridhar Rangayan from Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival.

“Joys of Film Editing” workshop with Film Editors Dipika Kalra and Antara Lahiri aims to be a resource to help upcoming film makers with various thoughtful insights from the experts. Renowned Film Critic Bhawna Somaaya will conduct a workshop sharing her experiences of film making, and presenting her debut short film that she has made with winner of “Vote for India initiative” Stalin Massey.

Ashvin Kumar, Oscar-nominated filmmaker for his film ‘Little Terrorist’, will conduct a workshop on making an Oscar-worthy short film at Manhattan Short 2014.

According to Anil Sadarangani, Festival Director, India, “With Manhattan Short’s global reach, this is a dream come true for any filmmaker to be a part of. We hope to receive a great response from the city with the grand repertoires of short films presented at the festival.”

Manhattan Short Film Festival is a unique festival wherein the audience will not only be watching and enjoying the films, but judging them as well giving filmmakers the ultimate award they could hope for – the audience award. Each audience member will be handed a voting card upon entry and asked to vote for the one film they feel should win. Votes will be tallied at each participating cinema around the world and submitted to festival headquarters in New York City where the winner will be announced. Audiences can also catch the webcast live on www.vivantabytaj.com. This is a filmmaker’s chance to be a part of something extraordinary, one of the largest and most exciting cinematic events of the year. Entry Free on First Come First Served basis.

Date: 3rd October to 5th October, 2014
Time: 2.00 pm onwards
Venue: Sitara Studio, Tilak Bhavan, Kakasaheb Gadgil Marg, Dadar West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400012

Monday, September 15, 2014

Bigg Boss Kannada continues to peak in Season 2

Endemol’s most successful reality format Bigg Boss has done it again! Season 2 of Bigg Boss Kannada hosted by Sudeep, aired on Suvarna TV, Star Network’s Kannada General Entertainment Channel, has hit the top of the charts and has been increasingly gaining popularity with audiences across age groups. The unpredictable format of the show has won over the viewers’ attention and loyalty garnering a 6.41 TVR in the last week of August with an average of 753 million viewers; an approximate 25% increase over the 604 million viewers for Season 1 of the show.

As unpredictable and entertaining as ever this seasons’ numerous surprises have ensured that Bigg Boss Kannada is one of the most talked about shows on regional television. The anticipation and the excitement for the launch of the second season was palpable right from the start; it launched at 961 TVM vs. 661 TVM in the first season. The show also contributes approximately 40% of the channel’s GVM and is one of the key factors attributing to the channels current number 2 position.

Mr. Abhishek Rege, COO – Television, Endemol India said, “The combination of Superstar Sudeep, the Bigg Boss Kannada House, an intriguing mix of housemates and Suvarna TV is an explosive one. The disruptive and differentiated format and content of the show has hit a high note with the audiences and the peaking TVR’s and the show’s gaining popularity are evidence of the same. We are encouraged by the fantastic response received by Bigg Boss Kannada Season 2 and hope that the legacy of record breaking TRP’s for Bigg Boss continues.”

Bigg Boss Kannada Season-2 based on the successful format of “Big Brother” airs every day at 8 PM only on Suvarna TV.

Multi City Auditions for new show on Star Plus

Tingya director Mangesh Hadawale turns Creative Producer for Laxman Utekar's Tapaal

National Award winning director and script writer Mangesh Hadawale, who is known for films like Tingya and Dekh Indian Circus, now, dons the hat of creative producer with Marathi movie Tapaal, directed by cinematographer turned director Laxman Utekar.

Ask Laxman how did he associate with Mangesh and he says, "I had long back thought about making a Marathi film. But when I was shooting as a cinematographer for Mangesh Hadawale's Dekh Indian Circus, I discussed about it with Mangesh and asked him to write a nice story for me. He wrote a beautiful story and that is how Tapaal started."

Adds Mangesh, "I have known Laxman for a long time now. There were many common factors between us like - we haven't taken professional training in filmmaking, we both are hardworking etc. over which we bonded. And he discussed the idea of directing a Marathi film and asked me to write a story. I had the story of Tapaal in mind because I have gone through a similar incident, like the one in the film, in my childhood."

However, quiz Mangesh about what instigated him to turn creative producer from being a director, for Tapaal and he reveals, "When Laxman's film was coming out well in terms of scripting, I came in contact with Maitreya Mass Media. I made them hear the script which they loved and decided that it would be great if Laxman directs Tapaal, keeping his cinematography background in mind. But this was Maitreya's first film. They had money but didn't know the process of production. They needed a reliable person and that is why I came in as a creative producer. But in true sense, it was Anant Bhuwad, the executive producer of the film, who has contributed. I have just taken care of location, shoot, permissions etc. But the execution in real sense was done smoothly by Anant Bhuwad."

Interestingly, Laxman's association with Mangesh worked wonders as the latter not only helped in creative aspect but also guided him in roping a stellar cast for his debut film.

"Mangesh knew many actors from the Marathi industry. We had various aspects in mind while we were characterizing and he showed me various options for different characters. When I saw Nandu Madhav's photograph, I could picturize him as the postman. Similarly, for Veena's character, we had to look for an actress who could look motherly and would have been able to emote nicely. Keeping that in mind we casted her," adds Laxman.

Produced by Maitreya Mass Media and distributed by Pickle Entertainment, starring the likes of Nandu Madhav, Veena Jamkar, Milind Gunaji, Urmila Kanetkar and introducing Rohit Utekar, Tapaal is all set to release on 26th September 2014.

The 5th Jagran Film Festival, Mumbai opened with glitz & glamour

The Mumbai launch of the 5th edition of the Jagran Film Festival opened with much aplomb, excitement and curiosity. The star-studded affair took place last evening at Taj Lands End, Bandra, and saw a red carpet dotted with the who’s-who of the Indian film fraternity. Superstars Anil Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan, Rakesh Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Vidya Balan, Siddharth Roy Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut, Vivek Oberoi, Sushmita Sen, Divya Dutta, Dalip Tahil, Anuradha Paudwal, Abbas Mustan, Jackie Shroff, Tiger Shroff,  Zarine Khan, Sonal Chauhan, Tisca Chopra, Rashmi Desai, Shekhar Ravjiani, Sharman Joshi, Subhash Ghai, Chitrangada Singh, Neha Dhupia, Sophie Choudry, Onir, Tusshar Kapoor, Manish Paul, Arjan Bajwa, Goldie Behl, Adnan Sami, Meiyang Chang, Mika Singh came dressed to the nines, and showed support for this annually held and revered film event.

Over good food, drinks, and healthy banter over film, was inaugurated the concluding Mumbai leg of the film festival. The actors were bubbling with excitement, and were absolutely elated to support the consistent movement dedicated to the growth of cinema. “The Jagran Film Festival (JFF) is an initiative by the Jagran Group towards creating a culture of cinema appreciation. JFF is an honest and sincere attempt by Jagran to spread this culture, and create a platform that connects great content with audiences across the country,” says official spokesperson of the Jagran Group.

JFF, the only festival in India to run across 16 cities that covers the largest geographical area, is all set to conclude this month in Mumbai from Monday, 22nd September to Sunday, 28th September, 2014. This week-long finish will see a fantastic and diverse line-up of films from all over the world that will be screened at two venues in the city: PVR Andheri, and Cinemax, Versova.

Get hooked with some exciting films on Prime Talkies with Pocket Films this week

Prime Talkies with Pocket Films” is a very popular show on NDTV Prime.They showcase short documentary films each with a meaningful message which are made by talented and upcoming filmmakers. It is a platform which gives opportunities to passionate filmmakers and to welcome those who want to showcase their talent. ‘Prime Talkies with Pocket Films’ which started on 31st July, airs every Thursday 9pm to 10pm on NDTV Prime. Every episode has 3 to 4 films which are on various themes like love,family tradition, and suspense.

The 8th episode of ‘Prime Talkies with Pocket Films’ on Thursday, 18th September 2014 will showcase some more interesting short films by aspiring filmmakers.

‘Paytaan’  by Kaustubh Bankapure is a very heart touching film about a boy who’s family is into shoe-making (cobbler). But inspite of trying hard to sell shoes by the roadside, there are no takers. The film portrays how a young boy shows his anger towards life.

An internationally acclaimed film, “Unkahi -The Unsaid” by Samrat Das Gupta is a sensitive portrayal of two women and the strength of human relationships beyond spoken words. The film showcases a bond between two women - a rich lady and her masseuse. Spread over months of massage sessions, a bond of sisterhood develops between the two. She tells her stories of her happy married life and her lovely husband. Through her, the masseuse sees perfect love that every girl longs for. But very often in life, people use words to run away and hide from the reality, which the masseuse stumbles upon by accident.

“Sirf Mein Aur Tum” by Raj Vasant is a suspense thriller about a film critic getting an unexpected visit from a visitor whose acting she has never liked. Whereas “Mallika” by Alok Naik is about a girl coming to India to her aged grandparents after living a lonely life with no-identity and now wishes to get her family together by re-establishing the bonds and leaving the past behind.

So stay tuned to NDTV Prime to watch the most amazing and thriller movies showcased on Prime Talkie with Pocket Films.