On Working with Bejoy Nambiar on Taish and More: Actor Ankur Rathee Speaks

Actor Ankur Rathee who is currently geared up for his next big release, Taish excitedly recounts his experience shooting with Bejoy Nambiar. Rathee will be playing the role of a British Indian young man who discovers a secret about his fiancé amidst the chaos of their own wedding. Add to their precarious situation an emotionally tumultuous family and you get the revenge drama that is Taish.

Recalling how he bagged the role, Ankur said, “I got a call from Karan Mally and Nandini Shrikent, who recently cast me in Thappad. Bejoy liked my audition and asked to meet, but a few days prior I badly sprained my ankle playing basketball, ironically, with Jim Sarbh who had to carry me off the court! I remember limping my way into Bejoy’s office and awkwardly sitting with my crutches. He narrated the film and his enthusiasm was infectious. I felt transported.”


Ankur describes working with Bejoy Nambiar a dream come true. He said, “Bejoy gives a lot of creative liberty to his actors which is refreshing. It made us feel like it was just as much our story to tell as it was his. I remember there was one scene where Pulkit Samrat, Jim Sarbh, and I started improvising and building little moments that weren’t in the script. We just kept playing off of each other and Bejoy kept rolling. He would encourage that kind of experimentation, but also knew when to help us reel it back. His trust in us fed into our faith in him“.

Recently Ankur gave memorable performances in Thappad, Four More Shots Please, Undekhi, and Made in Heaven. The actor has worked with renowned directors like Bejoy Nambiar, Anubhav Sinha, and now Nagesh Kuknor on his next. Ankur said, “Whenever I’m mesmerized by a film I always tell myself ‘I want to work with this director’. You say that enough times and you end up with a wish list of filmmakers that have really pushed the boundaries of Indian cinema. I’m so grateful to God that as my career progresses, one by one I’m checking off directors from my wish list.”

The actor is currently busy shooting for Nagesh Kukunoor’s next and promoting Taish which is due to release on 29th October. Also in the pipeline is Rishi Deshpande’s much-awaited Marathi film, ‘Nirmal En Route’ which stars Ankur Rathee as the male lead actor.    

An Actor Speaks: In Conversation with Shriyam Bhagnani

Belonging to an active film family, which includes uncle Vashu Bhagnani (producer), cousins Jacky Bhagnani (actor-producer) & Deepshikha Deshmukh (producer), it was no surprise that Shriyam Bhagani also decided to make a mark for herself in the world of cinema. But she chose to chart her own path as an actor, beginning by getting herself trained by veteran acting coach, Barry John. After doing small but interesting character roles in films like Baaghi 2 & Batti Gul Meter Chalu, she’s now all set to be seen in some interesting projects. Here’s an excerpt from a conversation with Shriyam Bhagani-

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Drishyam Films Presents ‘The Masters’, A New Monthly Series that opens with Nagesh Kukunoor’s Hyderabad Blues

The screening is in celebration of 20 years of the
landmark indie film’s release

 

Drishyam Films is organising THE MASTERS, a monthly series of curated screenings and conversations with master filmmakers.Continue reading “Drishyam Films Presents ‘The Masters’, A New Monthly Series that opens with Nagesh Kukunoor’s Hyderabad Blues”

Newton Wins Jury Prize For Best Film At The 41st Hong Kong Film Festival

 Produced by Manish Mundra and directed by Amit V Masurkar, Newton has won the Jury Prize for the Best Film at the 41st  Hong Kong Film Festival 2017. The film had its Asia Premiere at the festival where it was screened in the Young Cinema Competition category.

The jury awarded the film “For the intelligent and human presentation of a political situation in a country. The film balances the humour, disillusion and – against all odds – a steadfast belief in the meaning of democracy”

Thrilled with the audience and jury response to his film, Director Amit V Masurkar says, “We are delighted to win the Jury Prize at the 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival! It’s one of the oldest and most prestigious film festivals in Asia and will help us get an audience in that part of the world”. Newton is Amit V Masurkar’s second film after the sleeper hit, Sulemani Keeda in 2014. Continue reading “Newton Wins Jury Prize For Best Film At The 41st Hong Kong Film Festival”

Dhanak Movie Review: A Little Hope Is All We Need

Pari (Hetal Gada) is a 10 year old girl residing with her visually impaired younger brother Chhotu (Krish Chhabria) in a remote village of Rajasthan. Living in a world which is seemingly devoid of smartphones and other fancy gadgets that dominate the lives of city bred kids, Pari and Chhotu’s existence is an idyllic one with films being their only access to the outside world. Cinema drives their world as they weave fables around their favourite stars Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan. It also helps them to escape the harsh realities of their lives. Post their parents demise; the kids live with their loving but helpless uncle (Vipin Sharma) and the cold hearted aunt (Gulfam Khan). After seeing a poster for an eye donation campaign plastered with Shah Rukh Khan’s face on it, Pari believes that Khan is the only person who can help to restore her brother’s vision. After learning that the star is shooting in Rajasthan, the duo embarks on a seemingly impossible journey to meet him in the hope of fulfilling this equally impossible dream.Continue reading “Dhanak Movie Review: A Little Hope Is All We Need”

Dhanak: Trailer

DhanakWinner of the The Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the best feature-length film as well as a Special Mention by Children’s Jury in Generation Kplus Section at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival in 2015, Nagesh Kukunoor‘s Dhanak (Rainbow) is now all set for a theatrical release in India from 10th June. Produced by Manish Mundra, Nagesh Kukunoor and Elahe Hiptoola, the film’s cast includes Hetal Gada and Krrish Chhabria along with Rajiv Lakshman, Vipin Sharma, Fllora Saini, Suresh Menon, Vibha Chhibber, Vijay Maurya, Chet Dixon etc. Music and BGM is by Tapas Relia while Chirantan Das is the DOP and Sanjib Dutta is the editor. Continue reading “Dhanak: Trailer”

‘Dhanak’ to Premiere in the ‘Half Ticket’ section at the Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival

On Friday, 30th October, ‘Dhanak (Rainbow)’ will be premiering in India at PVR Juhu, as a part of the Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival with Star India. The festival has a new section called ‘Half Ticket’ which is going to showcase movies specially meant for kids and young adults. Dhanak which has won accolades in the international circuit, will open the festival in this category. The movie is written, directed by Nagesh Kukunoor and produced by Manish Mundra, Nagesh Kukunoor and Elahe Hiptoola.Continue reading “‘Dhanak’ to Premiere in the ‘Half Ticket’ section at the Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival”

Nagesh Kukunoor’s next, Dhanak produced by Manish Mundra bags two awards at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival

Nagesh Kukunoor’s Dhanak (Rainbow) bagged two awards–The Grand Prix for the best feature-length film and the Special Mention for the best feature film by The Children’s Jury for Generation Kplus, at the recently concluded 65th Berlin International Film Festival.The film, which is co-produced by Manish Mundra, Nagesh Kukunoor and Elahe Hiptoola, had its world premiere at the prestigious film festival, Berlinale held from February 5-15th, 2015. The only Indian feature selected in the festival was competing in the Generation Kplus category against films selected from across the world.Continue reading “Nagesh Kukunoor’s next, Dhanak produced by Manish Mundra bags two awards at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival”

Imaging Cinema 2014: Screenwriting and Filmmaking Workshop at IIT Madras

Imaging Cinema Poster_For Web (4)IIT Madras is presenting  Imaging Cinema 2014, a Screenwriting-cum-Filmmaking Workshop from 7-14 June. The focus is on various aspects of screenwriting. Sessions on screenwriting will be conducted by experienced resource persons. Special session on aspects of direction and screenwriters will be conducted by established names from Mumbai and South Indian cine industries. Continue reading “Imaging Cinema 2014: Screenwriting and Filmmaking Workshop at IIT Madras”