Clean Slate Films joins hands with KriArj Entertainment
First co-production to go on floors this summer!!
MUMBAI; 11th April, 2017: Anushka and Karnesh Sharma's vision of making content led cinema that engages and enthrals the audience, has not only brought them critical acclaim but also super success in their projects. From their first production, the gritty thriller, NH10 (2015) to their latest high concept family entertainer, Phillauri, the brother-sister duo of Clean Slate Films has pushed the envelope in creating relevant, entertaining and engaging cinema across genres with not just stories that stand apart but also execution par excellence in all departments of film making- music, direction, Vfx, etc.
And, they are at it again!
Fresh off the success of Phillauri that released on Mar 24th, Clean Slate Films has moved onto its next production, which will be co-produced with KriArj Entertainment.
The yet to be titled film, a love story will go on floors this summer and will be shot in Kolkata & Mumbai.
"At Clean Slate our endeavour is to tell stories that are not only meaningful and different, but also push the boundaries. This film, a new journey, is yet another step in that direction," says Anushka.
After the success of Rustom, KriArj Entertainment next is again with Akshay Kumar - Toilet Ek Prem Katha. Taking a step forward from these exciting projects, they will also partner on multiple films with Clean Slate Films. This, yet to be titled love story, will be the first in that slate of films. Also KriArj is collaborating with Kyta Productions for this venture.
Arjun N. Kapoor, co-founder of KriArj Entertainment says, “Prernaa and I are extremely delighted to start our association with Clean Slate Films. Anushka is not only a powerhouse performer but also a very sensible producer. The passion, which she and Karnesh bring into their films, is something that we too identify with at KriArj. We are certain that our partnership will create content that will further the reputation of our young companies and stand out from the crowd"
"This film marks the beginning of our association with KriArj who share our vision to create engaging, content led cinema. We look forward to a long-term association with them. Right now, the team is excited and looking forward to going on floors this summer," adds Karnesh Sharma of Clean Slate Films.
KriArj Entertainment will collaborate with Kyta Productions on multiple ventures and the association of these two companies will kick start with this joint production with Clean Slate Films.
Ajay Kapoor of Kyta Productions says, “It is our pleasure and a matter of great creative satisfaction for us to associate with like-minded people who believe in the power of content in film making. At Kyta productions it is our endeavour to produce cinema par excellence and excel in it."
Zee Music, the label ruling the roost in the Hindi film music has also come on board as the music partner on this film. Anurag Bedi of Zee Music says, "We are excited for this partnership and super charged up for this upcoming venture with Clean Slate Films & KriArj Entertainment".
147 films from 45 countries to screen at 8th KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival
Delegate Registrations open for South Asia's biggest LGBTQ film festival
South Asia's biggest and India's only mainstream LGBTQ film festival - KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival - returns for its eighth edition in May 2017. Registrations have opened on BookMyShow.com for the festival that will be held from May 24-28, 2017. Around 147 films from 45 countries that reflect the diversity of the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities will be screened at two venues in South Mumbai - the city's iconic art deco theatre Liberty Cinema and Alliance de Francaise. This year's festival theme is "Diverse, One" and explores the diversity of the LGBTQ communities.
"This year's programming is unique and diverse, encompassing LGBTQ diversity from across the world as well as racial and ethnic diversity in the films that are being screened," said Sridhar Rangayan, festival director. "Several new countries debut in this year's KASHISH, including films from Armenia, Nigeria, Kosovo, Rwanda, UAE, Trinidad & Tobago and Aruba! Being South Asia's biggest LGBT Film Festival we have made a concerted effort to program films from Asia, South Asia and Asia Pacific. "We hope to live up to this year's theme, 'Diverse, One' bridging all barriers and making it one of the most memorable events of Mumbai," said Rangayan. This year the festival will also screen an increased number of feature-length narrative and documentary films, more than any other year.
KASHISH MIQFF was the first LGBTQ film fest in India to receive clearance from the India's Information and Broadcasting Ministry, when it debuted in 2010. The registrations this year will held on India's leading portal BookMyshow.com: https://in.bookmyshow.com/festival/mumbai-international-queer-film-festival
"In line with our mission of mainstreaming LGBTQ visibility, KASHISH this year has partnered with a mainstream platform like BookMyShow to facilitate registrations to the festival. We are hoping that this will not only offer ease and convenience for the registrants, but also offer more visibility to KASHISH among all other events. Along with diversity of programming, we hope to bring in diversity of audience, that include more non-LGBT audience who want to attend a good cinematic event screening world-class cinema on the big screen - which includes film & media students, film professionals, families and film enthusiasts," added Rangayan.
Around 1200 films from across the world were submitted to the festival. "Making a selection of 147 films from more than 1200 films submitted was a challenging task for the selection team. The task was to not just screen the best of best, but also keep diversity in mind. At this year's KASHISH, there's something for everyone", said Saagar Gupta, Director of Programming.
List of 45 Countries whose films will be screened at KASHISH 2017
ARGENTINA, ARMENIA, ARUBA, AUSTRALIA, BELGIUM, BRAZIL, CANADA, CHINA, CUBA, DENMARK, EGYPT, FRANCE, GEORGIA, GERMANY, HUNGARY, INDIA, INDONESIA, IRAN, IRELAND, ISRAEL, ITALY, JAPAN, KOSOVO, LUXEMBOURG, MEXICO, MYANMAR, NETHERLANDS, NIGERIA, PHILIPPINES, RUSSIA, RWANDA, SERBIA, SLOVENIA, SOUTH KOREA, SPAIN, TAIWAN, THAILAND, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, TURKEY, UGANDA, UAE, UK, USA, URUGUAY, VENEZUELA.
KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival
Founded in 2010, KASHISH MIQFF is held over 5 days at two venues. The festival this year will be held at Liberty Cinema and Alliance Francaise in South Mumbai. It is the first Indian LGBT festival to be held with approval by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India. Voted as one of the Top 5 LGBT Film Festival in the world, KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is South Asia's biggest queer film festival and the only LGBT film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theater. The film festival this year will be held between May 24-May 28, 2017, at two venues in South Mumbai – the city’s iconic art deco theatre Liberty Cinema and Alliance Francaise.
THEME of KASHISH 2017 : ‘Diverse, One’
The theme of KASHISH 2017 explores the diversity of the LGBTQ communities. The diverse shades of the rainbow remind us that as people we are all different and we are all unique. In the fight for an equal society, basic human rights and against laws that criminalize and discriminate, it is our shared values that bring us together. We are strongest when we come together, when we embrace one another’s uniqueness and celebrate our differences. We are Diverse, We are One.
Crowdfunding for KASHISH 2017
For the fifth year in a row, KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival will be raising funds through crowdfunding. The global campaign to raise funds was launched on India's leading crowdfunding portal - Wishberry: https://www.wishberry.in/campaign/kashish-2017-diverse-one/
The target for this year is to raise Rs 3 lakhs, which will partly fund the festival expenses including theatre and equipment rentals. To further deepen its engagement and provide a platform for Indian filmmakers who make films on LGBT themes, KASHISH 2017 crowdfunding campaign will also use part of the funds raised for a scholarship for selected filmmakers from outside Mumbai to come to the film festival and interact with the audience, film making fraternity and showcase their films. For those who contribute there are incentives like Tshirts, passes for the exclusive opening night Red Carpet party and Dress Circle seats.
For KASHISH the crowd funding campaign is crucial. "There are no public grants for film festivals in India, and top brands have yet come forward to support an LGBTQ initiative. We are fortunate to have some corporate and consular support, but the festival every year is barely able to sustain," said Sridhar Rangayan.
Worldwide rights to Sudhanshu Saria's critically acclaimed debut feature film, LOEV, has been acquired exclusively by Netflix Inc.
Starring Shiv Pandit, Dhruv Ganesh and Siddharth Menon in principal roles, the film follows three friends on a weekend road trip as they struggle to define the boundaries between love and friendship. Written and directed by Saria, the film was jointly produced by Arfi Lamba and Katharina Suckale through their company Bombay Berlin Film Productions and Saria's Four Line Films.
"The only reason I was even able to write this film was because I was sure it wouldn't get made. So to find ourselves on the cusp of this kind of a prestigious, worldwide release is surreal!" Saria said.
The film has its world premiere at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and has since played at more than 50 film festivals around the world including SXSW, Jeonju, BFI Flare, Frameline and Hong Kong, receiving distribution offers in multiple countries and the Best Film Audience Award in Tel Aviv.
"It might have seemed strange or risky to others but it was an obvious decision to me," said Arfi Lamba. "We listen to scripts all day long and when something this honest, relevant and emotional comes along, you jump and that's what we did."
The film has resonated with audiences all over the world and was sold in many countries internationally.
"It's just a pure win for me. Our audience truly is everywhere and Netflix makes it possible for us to reach them all, in 22 languages, with the push of a single button." Saria said. "What more can one ask for!"
The film will be released worldwide on May 1st, 2017.
MUMBAI; 24th April 2017: Asmiy Entertainment and Grand Motion Pictures Production, “Sweetiee Weds NRI”, a hindi feature film, will release on 2nd June 2017. Shot extensively in the picturesque and colorful state of Gujarat (Vadodara), the film stars Himansh Kohli, Zoya Afroz, Darshan Jariwalla and Kiran Joneja. The shoot had begun last year in a start-to-finish schedule that wrapped up by January end.
Produced by Dhaval Patel, Tariq Mohammad, Sada Bhuvad, Cyrus Dastur.
Presented by Asmiy Entertainment, Co-Produced by Grand Motion Pictures Production, Associate Producer is Sharad Patel and Executive Producer is Aditya Dhaval Patel. A fun-filled musical romantic comedy, a Hindi film set in Vaadodara, Gujarat.
Directed by Hasnain Hyderabadawala and Written by Creative Director Tariq Mohammad.
Music is been directed by Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Palash Muchhal, Shah Jahan Ali, Raaj Aashoo, Jaidev Kumar. While Atif Aslam, Palak Mucchal, Arman Malik, Asis Kaur, Mika have lend their voice to the film songs. Music Label with Tseries.
The film has a unique premise- think dhoklas, thepla, garba and the stock markets and you think of Gujaratis! This sweet Indian community has always steered clear of unproductive activities and single-mindedly devoted itself to 3 things - making money, eating good food and get settled in some “phhorenn land” and become an NRI. It is the craze of “phhorenn land” that forms the basis of our comical story.
"We are very happy to announce the release date of Sweetiee Weds NRI - a musical romantic comedy, fun film with loads of desi colour. It will release on 2nd June 2017. Currently, the post production work is in full swing and we are excited about the way the film is shaping up"…. said the producers.
After making its world premiere at Berlinale and winning the CICAE award,
Newton wins the Jury Prize for Best Film at the
41st Hong Kong Film Festival' 17
~Drishyam Films’ next wins the Jury Prize for Best Film at HKIFF ~
Mumbai, 24th April 2017: After impressing audiences and critics alike at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival 2017 where NEWTON made its world premiere and also won the CICAE Art Cinema Award, Drishyam Film’s upcoming film is now making waves at its Asia premiere in Hong Kong.
The film produced by Manish Mundra and directed by Amit V Masurkar has won the Jury Prize for the Best Film at the 41st Hong Kong Film Festival 2017, 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.
Starring Rajkummar Rao in the titular role, Newton features a stellar cast which includes Anjali Patil, Pankaj Tripathi and Raghubir Yadav. Rajkummar immediately took to Twitter to exult after the award was announced, stating "After #Berlinale win, another feather in #Newton's cap." Manish Mundra, the founder of Drishyam Films and the producer of Newton, is elated with the film's international success as well. "With each milestone, we come closer to the film's India release this summer -- can't wait to present Newton to our Indian audiences!"
The film will be making its North American premiere at the 15th Tribeca Film Festival 2017 in the INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE COMPETITION section next week. It will have four screenings at the festival, which will be held from 19-30 April in New York. Newton was also part of the Co-Production Market (CPM) at Film Bazaar 2015 and one of the Film Bazaar Recommends titles at Film Bazaar 2016.
Newton is a razor sharp political black comedy that takes place on an election day in Central India. Rajkummar Rao, whose star is on the rise following strong, highly appreciated performances in films like Aligarh and Queen, plays Newton, a rookie clerk on election duty in a conflict-ridden jungle of Chhattisgarh, who tries his best to conduct free and fair voting despite the apathy of security forces and the looming fear of an attack by Maoist rebels.
About Drishyam Films
Drishyam Films aims to build a platform for unique voices of Indian independent cinema and create global content with rich Indian flavours. Their filmmaking journey started with the award-winning film Ankhon Dekhi directed by Rajat Kapoor. Its success was followed by Umrika directed by Prashant Nair which premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2015 and bagged the Audience Choice Award. Soon after, Dhanak directed by Nagesh Kukunoor won the Grand Jury prize at Berlinale 2015, and Masaan directed by Neeraj Ghaywan picked up two big awards at Cannes 2015. Drishyam’s next film Waiting directed by Anu Menon, premiered at the prestigious Dubai International Film Festival. All their films have been released theatrically to universal critical acclaim. Their upcoming productions include Atanu Mukerjee’s Rukh starring Manoj Bajpayee, Amit Masurkar’s Newton starring Rajkummar Rao and Nila Madhab Panda's Kadvi Hawa starring Sanjay Mishra.
About Hong Kong International Film Festival
The Hong Kong International Film Festival is one of the oldest international Film Festival and a pioneer in introducing Hong Kong, Chinese and Asian Cinema and filmmakers to the world. The 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF41) is being held from 11 to 25th April 2017. Since past seven years, screening over 250 titles from more than 55 countries in over 11 major cultural venues across the territory every year, HKIFF is one of the largest cultural events in Hong Kong.