Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Watching For...

Shor in the City, a dark comedy from producer Ekta Kapoor. Reviews from a few exclusive screenings verge on ecstatic.

Yet more to look forward to from Ekta Kapoor...she's producing a film about tragic South Indian vamp Silk Smitha.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

New York Indian Film Festival

If you are in the tri-state area, make time for the NYIFF. The programming is inspired, from the opening film, a graceful updating of the masala formula, to arthouse to shorts from the Whistling Woods film school to crowd-pleasing documentaries like The Bengali Detective to the centerpiece film, a new Aparna Sen movie. More information here.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Cannes: Bollywood

Tribute to Bollywood made by Shekhar Kapur ("Elizabeth") especially for Cannes will be shown out of competition at the festival. Here.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

I Am

I Am, the new film by Onir ("My Brother Nikhil"), opens in India April 29th after about a year of wet kisses from world film festivals. It's co-produced by actor/producer Juhi Chawla, the most understated but effective powerhouse in Indian Film. Onir's films explore sexuality, identity, class and personal politics in an India still largely bound by tradition, but rapidly changing and forcefully testing those restraints. Onir is comprised of four short films, each based on a true story: