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”

Three Features of Drishyam Films make it to Busan

Three features of Manish Mundra’s production company Drishyam Films are screening at Busan International Film Festival 2015.

While their maiden international film, the Turkish-Kurdish production Black Horse Memories, directed by Shahram Alidi will premiere in the competition section ‘New Currents’, Neeraj Ghaywan’s Masaan will have its Korean Premiere in the section ‘A Window on Asian Cinema’ and Nagesh Kukunoor’s Dhanak will have its Asia Premiere in the section ‘Wide Angle’.Continue reading “Three Features of Drishyam Films make it to Busan”

The Overnight: Official Trailer

The Overnight is a 2015 American sex comedy film written and directed by Patrick Brice.The film is about how a children’s playdate becomes a couple’s playdate,  after the children are put to sleep.

The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2015, with distribution rights bought by The Orchard. shortly after, the film premiered at SXSW in March 2015. The film also premierred at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 21, 2015.The film will be released in theaters on June 19, 2015.Continue reading “The Overnight: Official Trailer”

Drishyam Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab 2015 conducted a ‘‘Master Class on Screenwriting”

 As a curtain raiser to the inaugural edition of Drishyam Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab 2015, which is a collaboration of Manish Mundra and Sundance Institute, a Master Class on Screenwriting was held at Enigma JW Marriott, Mumbai, yesterday.

The event was graced by the presence of all the seven creative advisers of the lab: Srdan Golubovic (Circles), Erik Jendresen (Band of Brothers), Rose Troche (The Safety of Objects, The L Word), Habib Faisal (Do Dooni Char), Sriram Raghava(Badlapur, Ek Haseena Thi)Shridhar Raghavan (Yennai Arindaal) and Kasi Lemmons (director of Eve’s Bayou, Talk To Me and actor in Silence of The Lambs and Candyman).Continue reading “Drishyam Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab 2015 conducted a ‘‘Master Class on Screenwriting””

Seymour: An Introduction Trailer

Seymour: An Introduction Ethan Hawke (Before trilogy, Boyhood) profiles the classical piano player and teacher Seymour Bernstein in this Sundance selected documentary: Seymour: An Introduction. Considered to be an inspiring teacher beloved by many, who left his career to become a techer, Ethan Hawke chronicles stories from his life with insight and affection.

The film premiered on 30th August, 2014 at Telluride.
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Manish Mundra’s film production company, Drishyam, in partnership with Sundance Institute, is organising Dhrishyam – Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab 2015 to be held in Goa April 12-16.The Lab is inviting applications as a part of its Open Submission Process. The deadline for submission of scripts is March 5, 2015.The Lab is for filmmakers making their first or second narrative feature; we will consider co-writers, writer/directors, or writer/director teams, and the scripts should be independent in terms of story and spirit and also in terms of budget.Continue reading “MANISH MUNDRA’S DRISHYAM / SUNDANCE INSTITUTE SCREENWRITERS LAB, 2015 CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THEIR FIRST EDITION”

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”

The Raid 2 (2014) Movie Review: Brutal Yet Satisfying Action Film

The Raid 2 PosterA few days ago a friend on Twitter had remarked that the more a film is praised on social media, the more the chances are of the film turning out to be underwhelming. I couldn’t agree more with this statement.

A year or two ago when The Raid Redemption had released, most people on social media had gone berserk hailing it as perhaps one of the best things to have happened to mankind and cinema ever since its evolution. 🙂 However when I saw the film it turned out to be a largely underwhelming affair. I didn’t find the film to be the greatest action film to be ever made (the term people had used to describe the film on social media networks). Barring some action scenes ,the film was a mediocre affair with some bad dubbing which made it even worse.Continue reading “The Raid 2 (2014) Movie Review: Brutal Yet Satisfying Action Film”

The Best of Hollywood: 2013

2013 was a rather mixed affair for Hollywood movies. The summer releases this year were largely underwhelming (Iron man 3, Man Of Steel, Fast and Furious 6 amongst others) if you ask me. Only a few amongst such releases made for enjoyable big screen viewing such as Pacific Rim, Star Trek into Darkness.

However there were also some good  films which emerged out of Hollywood this year.  As always I was able to watch some of them, while a few still remain unseen. Without wasting further time, here is my list of the Hollywood films I loved watching this year.

Kindly note these films are not rated in any particular order.

And yes let the bouquets and brickbats follow 🙂Continue reading “The Best of Hollywood: 2013”