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Ananth Mahadevan to make Satyajit Ray’s The Storyteller in Hindi with Naseeruddin Shah and Paresh Rawal

Ananth Mahadevan’s retelling of Satyajit Ray’s The Storyteller in Hindi, will feature Naseeruddin Shah, Paresh Rawal, Revathi and Tannishtha Chatterjee as its main cast.

In 1967, Ray wrote a story called The Alien, which he sent to several Hollywood studios but nothing came of it. Years later, when Steven Spielberg’s classic ET The Extra Terrestrial opened in 1982, its plot seemed uncannily similar to The Alien.
Updated on May 24, 2018 03:34 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | ByGautaman Bhaskaran

Nandita Das describes why she always wanted to cast Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Manto

Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays Saadat Hasan Manto in a biopic on the writer. The film has been directed by Nandita Das.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui in a still from Manto.
Updated on May 18, 2018 06:24 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByGautaman Bhaskaran

Cannes 2018: Nandita Das’ Manto takes a hard look at societal injustices

Nandita Das’ Manto is a deeply moving narrative of how similar the world is today to Manto’s times, how people are still getting uprooted and being turned into refugees, homeless and helpless. Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who certainly looks Manto, infuses a degree of subtle strength into Das’ work.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Saadat Hasan Manto in Nandita Das’ film Manto.
Updated on May 14, 2018 07:29 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Cannes | ByGautaman Bhaskaran

Bhosle is all about an undefined and unlikely relationship, says Manoj Bajpayee

Manoj Bajpayee unveiled the first look of Bhosle at Cannes Film Festival and talks about the film in a candid chat.

Manoj Bajpayee is currently attending the Cannes Film Festival.
Updated on May 12, 2018 08:28 PM IST
ByGautaman Bhaskaran

Nandita Das strikes luck at Cannes with Manto, festival’s official line announced

Nandita Das’s Manto will be part of the Cannes Film Festival’s official line - which was announced in Paris a while ago -- by Cannes chief Thierry Fremaux.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Sadat Hassan Manto, directed by Nandita Das.(Twitter)
Updated on Apr 12, 2018 05:02 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByGautaman Bhaskaran

Cannes fest to open with Asghar Farhadi’s Spanish work, Everybody Knows

Everybody Knows by Iranian auteur Asghar Farhadi is a psychological thriller and his eighth feature film.

Asghar Farhadi directed Spanish drama, Everybody Knows, stars Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Ricardo Darín.
Updated on Apr 05, 2018 04:30 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByGautaman Bhaskaran

Cannes chief Thierry Fremaux’s radical changes draw flak

Many of the most vocal among the 4000-plus critics who gather at Cannes every May are upset that a decades-old privilege (press screenings) has been snatched away from them.

(File Photo) Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux has often been angry with bloggers, tweeters and those dashing off quick reviews.(AFP)
Updated on Mar 29, 2018 05:52 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByGautaman Bhaskaran

Cannes film fest 2018: The guesses have begun to roll

This year, Cannes’ 71st edition begins on May 8, but with the Berlin Film Festival just over, the air is thick with the basket of probables that will roll into the Riviera.

The Death and Life of John F Donovan by Canada’s Xavier Dolan stars Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington.
Updated on Mar 01, 2018 03:52 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | ByGautaman Bhaskaran

Cannes Film Festival plans radical changes for its 71st edition

Cannes Film Festival is gearing up for major changes this season, prominent among them being that press show and first public screening for the big titled will happen at the same time.

Thierry Fremaux says the festival will begin on Tuesday and end on a Saturday.(AFP)
Updated on Feb 09, 2018 04:03 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByGautaman Bhaskaran

‘Rebel’ Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani plays a rebel in the upcoming The Girls of the Sun

As Bahar, the commander-in-chief of an all-women battalion -- known as the The Girls of the Sun -- Golshifteh Farahani’s character will recapture a town taken by extremists.

Golshifteh Farahani in a scene from the film on Kurdish female fighters.
Updated on Jan 17, 2018 12:12 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByGautaman Bhaskaran

Rajinikanth’s 2.0 likely to be first major south Indian movie to open in Saudi Arabian market

With a wave of reforms being spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman – that has even permitted women to drive vehicles – the Tamil movie mandarins feel that their market in West Asia can go up by 25 per cent.

Rajinikanth’s 2.0 to open in Saudi Arabian market?
Published on Dec 22, 2017 12:35 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByGautaman Bhaskaran

Irrfan’s Song of Scorpions one of Dubai Film Festival highlights

The Dubai International Film Festival, whose 14th edition is all set to start on December 6, has gained enormous significance leaving behind similar fetes in the region.

Shabana Azmi in a still from the upcoming film, 5 Rupees.
Updated on Dec 06, 2017 03:35 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByGautaman Bhaskaran

An autumn of Indian cinema at Cairo Film Festival

Egyptians are crazy about Hindi films -- the Kapoor clan, Shahrukh Khan and Big B -- are all very popular in that country. Away from Bollywood, the Cairo film fest has some other interesting films from India such as Marathi work Redu, Assamese film Village Rockstar and Tamil film Cry Humanity.

A still from the Marathi film, Redu.
Updated on Nov 24, 2017 01:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByGautaman Bhaskaran

Japan’s love for Tamil cinema reflects at the Tokyo Film Festival

Tamil cinema was a big hit in Japan, particularly that which had superstar Rajinikanth playing a mind-boggling variety of characters. Happily, the romance continues with R Madhavan starrer Irudhi Suttru.

Vikram Vedha stars R Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi.
Updated on Oct 31, 2017 03:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | ByGautaman Bhaskaran

Tokyo film fest celebrates 30th edition with Japanese opener

Fullmetal Alchemist transforms a highly popular comic series (and Japan is very well known for its Manga comics) into live action, tracing the journey of two brothers as they decide to regain all that they have lost.

Fullmetal Alchemist is directed by Fumihiko Sori.
Updated on Oct 25, 2017 01:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Tokyo | ByGautaman Bhaskaran

John Abraham to act in a film helmed by Tiger Man Mike Pandey

Wildlife filmmaker Mike Pandey and John Abraham will soon be working on a feature film themed around tiger conservation.

John Abraham, whose next release is Parmanu, will star in a film by Mike Pandey on tiger conservation.
Updated on Oct 04, 2017 04:35 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Egypt | ByGautaman Bhaskaran

Egypt’s first edition of El Gouna Film Festival screens sparkling fare

El Gouna Film Festival have an interesting collection of films like Amr Salama’s Sheikh Jackson, which talks about the unusual cult following that Michael Jackson enjoyed in the Arab world.

A scene from Amr Salama’s Sheikh Jackson.
Updated on Sep 29, 2017 04:59 PM IST
Hindustan Times, El Gouna (Egypt) | ByGautaman Bhaskaran

Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival to screen Anurag Kashyap, Irrfan Khan works

For its inaugural year, El Gouna has put together an interesting programme. As far as India is concerned, Anurag Kashyap’s Mukkabaaz and Irrfan Khan’s No Bed of Roses will be screened in the festival.

A scene from Anurag Kashyap’s Mukkabaaz or The Brawler.
Updated on Sep 21, 2017 01:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | ByGautaman Bhaskaran

Ali Fazal’s provocative British drama Victoria and Abdul goes to Venice Film Festival

Based on a book, titled Victoria and Abdul by Shrabani Basu, Stephen Frears’ film examines how a young 24-year-old Abdul Karim became a close confidant of an ageing Queen Victoria.

Victoria and Abdul stars Dame Judi Dench and Ali Fazal.
Updated on Aug 30, 2017 05:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | ByGautaman Bhaskaran

The Song of Scorpions: Irrfan, Golshifteh Farahani bring alive a daunting tale

In a chat with HT, director Anup Singh, whose next film The Song of Scorpions had its world premiere at Locarno on August 9, talks about what it was to work with Irrfan Khan, Golshifteh Farahani and Waheeda Rehman.

Irffan Khan worked with Anup Singh in Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost.
Updated on Aug 11, 2017 04:44 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | ByGautaman Bhaskaran

Taramani: Why Tamil director Ram preferred A-certification over censor board cuts

Director Ram has come out with two posters of his film Taramani - slated for release on August 11 - which pokes fun at the censor board. However, he has clarified that he has nothing against the board.

Taramani stars Andrea Jeremiah and Vasanth Ravi.
Updated on Aug 10, 2017 03:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | ByGautaman Bhaskaran

Once again, Venice Film Festival titles offer Oscars hope

The Venice Film Festival has become a popular launchpad for many Oscar aspirants. This year too will see big names. These include George Clooney (Suburbicon), Darren Aronofsky (Mother) and Alexander Payne (Downsizing) among others.

Jennifer Lawrence in a still from Darren Aronofsky’s Mother.
Updated on Aug 03, 2017 01:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | ByGautaman Bhaskaran

Ritesh Batra in a cocktail with Jane Fonda, Robert Redford at Venice

The American streaming giant Netflix and Venice have teamed up to present Ritesh Batra’s third feature, Our Souls at Night, at the festival. The film stars Jane Fonda and Robert Redford.

Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox released in 2013.
Updated on Jul 18, 2017 03:25 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | ByGautaman Bhaskaran

Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake, seems so relevant after the Tory slide

In the light of Labour party’s performance in British elections, it is relevant that revisit British director Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake.

I, Daniel Blake takes a sharp look at the British bureaucracy.
Updated on Jun 12, 2017 04:03 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByGautaman Bhaskaran

Cannes Competition Netflix title, Okja, runs into roadblock in South Korea

South Korean animated Okja, which created quite a flutter at Cannes 2017, has run into a roadblock in South Korea as a powerful exhibitor has said it will not be given screen space.

Bong Joon-Ho’s movie, Okja, created quite a flutter at Cannes this year.
Updated on Jun 03, 2017 01:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | ByGautaman Bhaskaran

Cannes less magical this summer, and what a pity!

Over-the-top security and a poor selection of films ensured that Cannes Film Festival this year was just no fun.

A scene from the film Wonderstruck, screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
Updated on May 31, 2017 03:02 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Cannes | ByGautaman Bhaskaran

Post Cannes, Shruti Haasan does an Aishwarya Rai with Sangamithra!

Shruti Haasan went to Cannes to promote Sanghamithra. That was on May 18. But by May 29, she had walked out of it.

Shruti Haasan went to Cannes to promote Sundar’s film Sanghamithra.
Updated on May 30, 2017 03:10 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Cannes | ByGautaman Bhaskaran

Cannes 2017: Swedish comedy The Square wins Palme d’Or, Sofia Coppola best director

In a stunning upset, the nine-member jury led by Spanish director Pedro Almodovar and including Hollywood stars Jessica Chastain and Will Smith awarded the trophy to director Ruben Ostlund.

The Square is termed as a surprise winner.
Updated on May 29, 2017 09:38 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Cannes | ByGautaman Bhaskaran

Cannes 2017: Fatih Akin’s In the Fade is all about a mother’s terrible sorrow

Turkish filmmaker Fatih Akin, who lives in Germany, was back at Cannes with his new movie, In the Fade, which has garnered divided opinions.

In the Fade stars Diane Krugger in the lead role.
Updated on May 27, 2017 02:31 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | ByGautaman Bhaskaran

Cannes 2017: Naomi Kawase’s Radiance is radiantly refreshing

Japanese director Naomi Kawase’s latest film Radiance is a love story between a partially blind photographer and a woman who pens movie audio descriptions.

Cannes veteran Naomi Kawase’s new film Radiance examines the relationship between a photographer whose vision is fading and a woman who pens movie audio descriptions.(Cannes Film Festival)
Updated on May 27, 2017 12:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Cannes | ByGautaman Bhaskaran
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