Anurag Kashyap part of Sundance jury


This is fantastic news indeed.   Finally somebody here in the US paid attention.  Showing   Gangs of Wasseypur in Cannes earlier this year and then in Toronto opened new doors. To have him part of the jury will make me follow the festival with even greater interest.  Kashy could be very instrumental in regard to exporting Indian film to the US..  I hope he makes great connections at Sundance because there is a lot to be said about the under-representation of Indian film here, starting with distribution, advertisement…
it always aggravates me that Indian films are ignored on a lot of sites and even listed in the category of Foreign Film. eg Netflix, moviefone IMDb upcoming releases. Nada. Zilch.. Poorly reviewed and misunderstood.  People wrongly associate Indian film with just romance and song and dance. Yes, music might be an integral part, but young filmmakers have found innovative ways using music as part of the narrative, something the West can actually learn from.
But that’s besides the point. India has a large pool of creative young talent just waiting to rise and get some recognition abroad. The time has come.  Proud of Kashyap, his work, his intellect and happy to see him being recognized as the innovative filmmaker he is and trailblazer in this native country.
Here is the article I found on ndtv.
Anurag Kashyap part of Sundance film festival jury
Press Trust of India | Thursday, December 20, 2012 (Mumbai)
He is currently working on his next venture titled Ugly.
Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap is part of the prestigious jury for the 2013 edition of Sundance film festival.

The director’s epic crime saga Gangs of Wasseypur is also screening at the festival in the Spotlight section of the festival.

Anurag Kashyap is part of the 19 members of five juries awarding prizes at the festival, which runs from January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

Anurag Kashyap, who has directed films like Black Friday, Dev D, Gulaal and Gangs of Wasseypur I&II, will take part in the festival as the jury member for the World Cinema Dramatic section alongside director Nadine Labaki and producer Joana Vincent.

It has been a good year for the director with Wasseypur doing well at the home box office besides travelling to festivals like Cannes and Toronto. Set in Bihar’s Dhanbad district, it was also honoured at Asia-Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) in Brisbane and Asia-Pacific Film Festival (APFF) in Macau, held recently.

“It is a truly special film for me and I’m overwhelmed with the audience reception and happy to know that the team’s efforts have been honoured at such large platforms,” Anurag Kashyap said in a statement.

Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana and its magic ingredient: Kunal Kapoor


I loved Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana!!   I watched it right after Sandy hit New York. Like any self-respecting Bollywood addict, would I miss a chance like that? Storms, floods, gasoline shortage.. screw that! :-)  I loved the preview of LSTCK.  Anything Kashyap will get me off the sofa and out of the house, even if it’s only a producing gig. I know I will be gloriously entertained.
And I am a big fan of Kunal Kapoor, whose eyes are burning with a warm fire. Or a dangerous fire. As needed. A criminal who redeems himself or the good guy who will turn bad, or just the reluctant romantic hero.  Always a tad off-beat, which allows him to switch into different avatars, playing out all shades of a searching and uncertain soul. That’s what he is. A soulful actor. I always feel Bollywood doesn’t know where to put him. He doesn’t fit into categories and thus he is being sadly underutilized and underrated as an actor. Under the right direction and with the right script his qualities start shining. And THIS was a GREAT role for him, for instance!
Punjabi-born Omi (Kunalji) gets into the hands of some ruthless money sharks in London, can’t pay off his debts. In order to buy time he promises them that once he gets back to India he’ll be able to get them back their cash. Lands in India, goes back to his village in Punjab, absolutely hapless how to make good on his promise. Well, we learn that he had left India in a hurry with money he stole from grandpa. Pretends he made it big in London. Falls for his ex girlfriend, Harman, who has become the village doctor (played by Huma Qureshi). First she rejects him, but we know how it goes… Huma, too, doesn’t fit the glam Bollywood heroine mold and that was a pleasant surprise. She played her role with earthy and maternal grace. Loved it. The characters felt real. The supporting cast was well-chosen.
Most of all, I could reach out with my hand and touch India. Unabashed. Rural. You could almost smell the earth, the spices and taste the food.
Finally a foodie movie coming out of India. If you love food and magic ingredients, don’t miss this one. Well, in the theaters you might have missed it already, but by all means, go and buy the DVD.
Directed by Sameer Sharma
Good interview on ndtv movies with Kunal Kapoor. But besides writing, he seems to have set his heart on racing too. So go and check out the link underneath and go to the ndtv movie page, it got more about him…
Kunal Kapoor to focus on writing
Press Trust of India | Sunday, November 18, 2012 (New Delhi)
Kunal is also set to star in Kashyap’s film, where he will play Raj Comics’ superhero Doga. He will also appear in Chamkila, a biography of controversial Punjabi singer Amar Singh Chamkila.
Right from its inception, Kunal Kapoor was actively involved in the writing process of his recently released film Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khuranaand the actor says he wants to take his new found interest forward. Kunal, 35, is currently busy putting together few scripts for films.”I have been working on something like I did in Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khuranato put together a project that I believe in. I am writing and there are three to four stories that I have been working on. I am not writing a whole script, I am somebody who is more like a bouncing board, who ideates and puts together things. So, hopefully things will fall into place soon,” Kunal told PTI.

When asked if he plans to turn director any time soon, the actor said, “Directors have to pamper egos and actors get their egos pampered. Right now I am happy being pampered and have no plans to direct a film.”

Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, co-produced by Anurag Kashyap and UTV Motion Pictures and directed by newcomer Sameer Sharma, was made within a budget of Rs 3 crore but managed to set the cash registers ringing. The film set around a chicken recipe, also starred Gangs of Wasseypur girl Huma Qureshi.

“It is a film I believed in very strongly. Sameer and I have known each other for a while. We used to keep talking about the sort of films we’d like to do. We started the process two years back, we took it to lot of people,” said Kunal, who was in NCR recently to launch the new men’s soap series by Fiama Di Wills.

“We were doing something different from what Punjab is perceived as and nobody wanted to take a chance with it. But Anurag did and now to see the film having the effect that we wanted, is absolutely amazing,” he added.

Since making his Bollywood debut with Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities in 2005, Kunal has acted in ten films – Rang De Basanti, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Welcome to Sajjanpur, Lamhaa to name a few. Last year he starred alongside superstar Shah Rukh Khan in Don 2.

When asked why he is seen so less on the big screen, Kunal said, “I am not choosy. If I had the chance I would do five films in a year. But the films have to be exciting. There is no point going to the sets of a film and thinking why am I here? And also for the last one and half years I was putting together Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. That took a lot of effort and time. It is not like I want to do one film a year but it is just that I want to do quality work.”

Kunal is also set to star in Kashyap’s film, where he will play Raj Comics’ superhero Doga. He will also appear in Chamkila, a biography of controversial Punjabi singer Amar Singh Chamkila.

Doga is very far away. It is a very big film and very expensive and you need a lot of money for it. Next year Anurag will start shooting a film called Bombay Velvet. So Doga will start after that. Chamkila is something I am very excited about but it being developed. We are working on putting the script together,” he said.

 

Will Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana be shown in the USA? place your bets…


Hallelujah, the trailer is out. And the release date: November 2nd.

I have been feverishly awaiting the return of Kunal Kapoor to the silver screen. But now I am getting worried that BigCinemasUSA may not bring Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana to my shores in NY, since it coincides with Ishq in Paris which stars long lost Preity Zinta, who they will probably favor. Just guessing.  I am happy to see her, too, don’t get me wrong, but I much rather indulge in a foodie movie produced by Kashy with heartthrob Kunalji. Much more interesting. Well, I am not giving up hope yet.

This past week has seen the release of several wonderfully entertaining Indian movies, OMG, Aiyyaa, English Vinglish.. and I pray they made good box office numbers. It will increase the likelihood that more cinemas will be willing to take the risk of showing some smaller budget Indian movies.

Cast: Kunal Kapoor, Huma Qureshi, Rajesh Sharma
Directed By: Sameer Sharma
Produced By: Ronnie Screwvala, Siddharth Roy Kapur & Anurag Kashyap
Music By: Amit Trivedi

Kashyap’s “Aiyaa” caters to the funny bone


I am delighted to see Rani Mukherjee back in the saddle, especially with my favorite filmmaker Anurag Kashyap.

But where is this movie coming from? it hits us like a comet that went undetected by all radars out there scanning our galaxy.

In the film Rani plays a Marathi Brahmin who falls for a Malayali artist, I guess that makes him Mr. Wrong,  played by Prithviraj.

It’s nice to see Anurag embracing comedy for a change. I thought that’s going to be Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, with Kunal Kapoor, but that’s not even listed as his film anymore! So now I am very confused. The chicken crossed the road never to be seen again.. Instead we will get “Aiyaa” – not that I am complaining. But of course, I would have loved a  foodie movie from Kashyap. There are only a handful of those, but tons about marriage and mr. wrong. So maybe yes, I am a tad disappointed what concerns the fate of Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, but I am at the same time looking forward to Aiyaa and Rani Mukherji.

anybody who has a clue about the whereabouts of Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, please, in the name of all foodie movie lovers, enlighten us…

 

Trishna


Written and directed by the English filmmaker Michael Winterbottom, this is not the kind of movie Indian audiences will embrace or be even remotely be at ease with. Sadly so, because the cinematography captures the heart beat of India better than any Bollywood movie.  Rarely have I seen a film that is more true to India than Trishna, and I am not talking about the narrative itself. The country, the land, the contrasts between cities and villages, the crass class divide. You could smell India, taste it. It comes alive with all its vibrancy. Great locations. Breathtaking images.

The narrative starts out almost idyllic with a dash of uncomfortable. Foreign visitors and their Indian friend stop at a small village in India to visit a temple, where Jay (Riz Ahmed), son of privilege,  has a chance encounter with Trishna (Freida Pinto), a girl from a nearby village who works at a hotel.  A tumultuous, uneven, condescending love affair evolves.

This love story was obviously written by a firaqi, a foreigner who superimposes or rather views India through a Western lens. And yet it feels authentic on  many levels.

This movie is beautifully shot and will linger in your mind for a long time. Freida Pinto is exquisite in her role as Trishna, impressive in her subtle  and quiet elegance.  We don’t get to understand her character implicitly, her motivations, neither hers nor Jay’s and yet, we take their actions at face value. Both are undergoing transformations in their relationship, but what exactly motivates them to act out one way or the other remains an enigma.

The resolution to this drama that unfolds a lot like a Greek tragedy does not feel authentically Indian.   I would have liked to see a positive spin and encouraging ending to this saga in order to become a commercial success. Trishna being able to FREE herself and claiming her life back would have been the better ending and NOT because it would be  commercially more viable, but to encourage young women to assert themselves, to leave an abusive relationship and to believe that it can be done.

Trishna was able to leave her parents, her relatives behind but not this abusive shmuck? She seemed to be quite a fighter and resourceful. Nah…

Sorry, the ending made no sense to me. Yet, I would highly recommend you to see the movie.

…PS I enjoyed Anurag Kashyap and Koelki appearing as themselves. Great little touch.

And I bet Anurag digs this movie and probably helped to put it together….

Congrats. Kashyap and Vasan Bala will have their night in Cannes!


Anurag Kashyap is one of Bollywood’s most innovative and influential filmmakers today.

So it doesn’t come at no surprise that Gangs of Wasseypur, I & II,  will be showing in Cannes this year. A great honor, indeed!  I’d like to know one thing: Did he split them up because Indian movies have a longer running time and this is a compromise? or did the movie become too long and he didn’t want to cut out important parts? or because they are two separate entities and stories altogether.. Well, we shall see ourselves. Meanwhile our best wishes to Anurag.

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RT @AKFPL: Three of our films; Peddlers, Gangs Of Wasseypur (I&II) at Cannes Film Festival. HUGE MOMENT OF PRIDE FOR US! @guneetm@ankash100

Vasan Bala will be presenting Peddlers at Cannes, not too shabby for a first- time director and writer!  Vasan has worked as assistant director on Dev D, second assistant director on Gulaal and associate director on Trishna. So we know he has gained some experience on those sets, but it is still quite remarkable that he will be showing his own movie in Cannes. Impressive.

I wish there was a trailer for Peddlers but I couldn’t find one. Sorry.

I am happy for our bwoys.

Come on, India! Largest producer of  films in the world, show what you’ve got!!

Gangs of Wasseypur


Kashyap, ur the man!

adrenaline high trailer for the upcoming movie Gangs of Wasseypur! It’s going to be blazing hot, as usual.

 

 

from wikipedia:

The film has been reported to be inspired from the story of Jharkhand politician Suryadev Singh, Binod Singh and Sakeldeo Singh who was convicted of murder.[5]

Filming

During filming in Varanasi in December 2010, the film’s assistant director Sohil Shah was killed in an auto accident.[6] The film finished production in late March 2011, with Anurag Kashyap moving on to direct his next film immediately.[7]

Plot

The film is about the coal mafia in Dhanbad, Jharkhand.

 

more on the background of the story:

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