Posts Tagged ‘Anurag Kashyap’

Watch Rani on itunes – through the decades..

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2013 at 9:30 PM


Kuch Kuch Hota Hai 

In Karan Johar’s signature style, Rani sparkled in this blockbuster with Shahrukh and Kajol. If you haven’t said this to someone in person ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, let’s just say, watch it again, and there is still time to express yourself!

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Not much can be said except if you see this dance number, you will want to watch the full film. Nothing surpasses this in our books as the item number of the year!

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Bombay Talkies

When Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap come together to pay homage to the 100 years of India Cinema, Bombay Talkies is born as 4 distinctly different stories but all ties together with the essence of what cinema means to the common man in India. Rani’s seen here as “Gale main mangalsutra aur ankhon main kamasutra”

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Also available for Rani fans

Bunty Aur Babli


Dil Bole Hadippa




Hum Tum


Mujhse Dosti Karoge!


Tara Rum Pum


Laaga Chunri Mein Daag


Thoda Pyar Thoda Magic


Stay tunes – lots more coming soon!

Dev D. director’s latest venture to screen at Venice, Toronto

In Anisha Jhaveri on August 2, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Kalki Koechlin co-stars in "The Girl in Yellow Boots"

Last year, he served on the jury panel at the Venice Film Festival.  This year,  India’s premier Indie film director Anurag Kashyap  steps further into the spotlight as his latest endeavor, That Girl in Yellow Boots, will screen at the Out-of-Competition section at the 67th year of the acclaimed event. The film will also screen at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. 

Co-written by Kalki Koechlin, Kashyap’s young muse from his previous Dev D., and co-starring celebrated veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah, That Girl combines young and seasoned talent to produce a thriller that is ready for the world stage.

For more on Kashyap and the film’s plot, check out  this piece in India Today.

The Hindi New Wave

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2010 at 9:07 AM

*A still from LSD: Love, Sex Aur Dhoka

By Ben Rekh

Published in FILMMAKER Spring 2010

Namaste! Welcome to Indian cinema. The world’s largest film industry, India produces more than 1,100 films per years, roughly a third of which are Hindi-speaking or “Bollywood” films. A world play on “Bombay” plus “Hollywood,” Bollywood is known the world over for stories of true love, its signature bright colors, and its non-stop singing and dancing. But there is a new movement currently underway in the Indian film industry, and it may just be what the subcontinent and the world needs. Similar to what happened in Hollywood in the 60’s and 70’s, Bollywood is undergoing a massive cultural shift in content and consciousness. There are new voices and new audiences that are reinventing Indian cinemas as a major player on the global stage. This is the Hindi New Wave.

“This new generation is making films because they want to make films, not because they want to make money,” says Anurag Kashyap, the undeclared pioneer of the Hindi New Wave. At 37, Kashyap has directed seven motion pictures across all genres – think Steven Soderbergh in the 90’s. Kashyap plays by his own rules. And now, both Hollywood and Bollywood are chasing after him wanted a piece of the action. Danny Boyle hired Kashyap as a consultant on Slumdog Millionaire after seeing the slum sequences of his terrorist-themed film Black Friday. Kashyap recently signed an unprecedented nine-picture deal with UTV Motion Pictures, the most progressive film studio in India. With more than 30 credits to his name as writer, director and producer, Kashyap leads an army of creative rebels behind him. “There are the new voices of the new people.”

In 2009 Kashyap’s Dev. D broke into Bollywood and created mayhem with its revolutionary style and controversial content. A clever reinvention of the classic Bengali tale Devdas, the film explores themes and storyline previously taboo in India. An alcoholic spinster trolls drugs and prostitutes on the dark streets of Delhi. A young schoolgirl is ostracized by her friends and family after her sex video circulate around the country. The film was a forceful punch to the face of Bollywood bubblegum. Kashyap describes the origins with his collaborator and leading actor, Abhay Deol: “Abhay told me a story he wanted to do about a man who falls in love with a stripper, and this guy was self-destructive like Devdas.” Adds Deol, “No one had ever imagined this modern spin on the classical tale. At its core, the film is about addiction, a theme as relevant today as ever.” Made for under a million dollars, Dev. D gave voice to the angst of the country’s youth and became an instant cult classic.

“We went from having only one TV station that would play for only two hours a day to the 24-hour programming of MTV,” explains Deol, citing the opening up of the Indian economy in 1991 as a major influence on the new filmmakers’ credo. “Our generation saw the transition happen in our lifetimes.” In addition to Dev. De, actor- producer-youth icon Abhay Deol stars in several groundbreaking films including the international co-production Road, Movie and the darkly comedy Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! The latter is co-written and directed by the third axis of the New Wave, visionary filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee.

Born and raised in Delhi, Banerjee wowed audiences with his first two films, Khosla Ka Ghosla! Portrays a suburban family terrorized by an underworld landowner who lays claim to their abode. Oye Lucky! Charts the incredible rise and fall of one of Delhi’s more notorious thieves. But nothing could prepare audiences for his last venture, LSD: Love, Sex Aur Dhokha, a shocking portrait of India’s modern youth. The first digital feature produced in India, LSD follows three desperate and disparate tales, all told via the protagonists’ cameras. In the first, an aspiring filmmaker directs a campy Bollywood remake, falls in love with his lead actress, and finds his life in danger when they elope in the real world. The second, shot entirely in the pharmacy from the POV of security cameras, follows the store supervisor as he manipulates his female co-worker into unknowingly starring with him in a sex tape to pay off his debts. Peeking out from hidden cameras, the third film follows a reality-show reporter collaborating with an ex-model to catch a leading pop star in a video sting operation. The genius of the film unfolds in how the stories are woven together, the final disturbing picture becoming clearer at every step. It’s a brilliant cinematic experience, a film whose psychology is as rich as the best of today’s international cinema.

The beauty of the New Wave filmmakers is that though they are provocative in their content, their sensibility is distinctly Indian. There is song and dance in Dev D; it is just under a black light with pop-and lockers from London. There is romance in LSD, but it is manipulative, desperate, and complex. And Abhay’s heroes are disillusioned and angry. India is a young country, with nearly 70 percent of the population under 30. And they are coming out in droves to support the new cinema that reflects a closer reality to their own.

Slumdog kicked open the doors in Indian-themed stories around the world, but it was still a British and American production,” admits Kashyap. Deol adds, “The true change will have to come within.” Like Coppola, Scorsese and Spielberg of the American ‘70’s, Kashyap, Banerjee, and Deol boldly tackle contemporary issues that resonate with their country’s restless youth. And like the Easy Riders and Raging Bulls that came before them, theirs are not art house films. This is the new mainstream cinema in India. While Bollywood’s shimmering glitz fades across the world, the Hindi New Wave is poised to explode onto the global cinema stage. If people around the world think Slumdog Millionaire is the real India, they have no idea what’s about to him them.

Welcome to 2010 Karaveners!

In Uncategorized on February 2, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Hot on the heels of a fantastic 2009 FilmKaravan is thrilled to share with you our many exciting projects for 2010. But first, a recap of 2009…

We kick-started last year with the premiere of Anurag Kashyap’s DEV D at the Museum of Modern Art, co-hosted by the film’s star, Abhay Deol. The film then went on to play top-tier festivals, including the Venice Film Festival. In April, we celebrated our two-year anniversary and launched the Karavan Kollective distribution project to give audiences access to quality South-Asian independent cinema on portals such as Netflix, Amazon, Indiepix and Reframe. Next, we released Nina Paley’s award-winning and visually sumptuous SITA SINGS THE BLUES, a DVD which has surpassed even our own expectations in sales and rentals. In mid November, we released the AIDS JaaGO DVD at a fundraiser where we brought together film luminaries such as Mira Nair, Shabana Azmi, Rahul Bose, Sanjay Suri and Tannishtha Chatterjee, to speak up for AIDS awareness in a viral video that we produced to commemorate World AIDS Day.

Finally, at the end of the year, we launched FK’s production division with our first short film, GRANT ST. SHAVING CO. shot entirely in New York City over three days. The shoot was a tremendous success, and we expect the film to be completed by March in time for festivals. We are currently raising finishing funds to complete post-production on the film. You can check out a sneak-peek and help us with a tax-deductible donation of as little as $5 if you’d like.

Twenty Ten also finds us attached to produce several feature-films at different stages of development, and as always, we will be looking for new and exciting projects to take on.

In April 2010, we will be releasing the heartwarming film, SUPERMEN OF MALEGAON theatrically, on DVD and TV. Showcased in June at the MoMA’s New India festival, it is a remarkable film that salutes the spirit of filmmaking and embodies a fanatical love for the movies. Read more about it here.

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Thank you for your continued support and here’s wishing you great things in the new year!

The FilmKaravan Team

UTV + Anurag Kashyap for the next 3 years

In Press Play on October 14, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Courtesy of bollywoodhungama.com


After collaborating on the cult hit Dev D earlier this year, UTV and Anurag Kashyap have once again joined hands. UTV has gone ahead and announced an exclusive association with Anurag Kashyap, for the next 3 years. As a part of the deal signed, Anurag will be directing 4 to 5 movies produced by UTV, and creatively producing another 4 to 5 in this duration. Speaking on this association, Vikas Bahl, COO, UTV Motion Pictures said, “Anurag Kashyap is an extremely talented director, with a unique vision for his projects. There is a clear connect between how we want each of our films to be exceptional and diverse in various aspects and how Anurag treats each of his projects. Dev D, a UTV Spotboy movie directed by Anurag, was a blockbuster and set the base for a phenomenal working relationship. Now, we want to take this association forward with a long term perspective, and that is exactly how this idea came about.” Anurag Kashyap also seemed elated on signing this deal. He said, “I am very happy to sign up with UTV because it gives me the freedom to make the kind of films I want to and I feel UTV supports as well as enhances my creative process. Not only do I enjoy directing for UTV but I also appreciate the support they give to films and other filmmakers in delivering a creative vision that the films demand. Making Dev D was one of the most satisfying experiences and the production and distribution support that I got from UTV was the best I ever had. A repeat of that is always welcome.”

‘Dev.D’ Delights at 66th Venice Film Festival

In E. Nina Rothe, Red Hot Carpets on September 30, 2009 at 12:40 PM

by E. Nina Rothe

If it wasn’t fantastic enough that our beloved Anurag Kashyap was chosen to be on the jury at La Biennale 66th Venice Film Festival – it is an honor bestowed only upon the best of the best! – then the proverbial icing on the cake was his film ‘Dev.D’ getting screened out of competition there.

The stars came out to sparkle, with nearly the full film cast in attendance. Kalki Koelchin looked as radiant and pretty, as only she can, in the color of the moment, a sage satin gown. Mahi Gill dazzled in a white and gold sari, while Kashyap and Dev star himself Abhay Deol both wore what looked like matching and dashing tuxedoes.

But the evening could not possibly be the complete success it ended up to be without the presence of that fabulous Greek chorus of Delhi, the dancing brothers trio of The Twilight Players. If the song ‘Pardesi’ is deeply etched in my sense memory it is certainly to their amazing grace, elegance and generosity of spirit.

So, I leave you with some latest news on fantastic filmmaker Kashyap himself. He and Danny Boyle have decided to collaborate on the project ‘Bombay Velvet’ which is going to be directed by AK and produced by DB. The film is also rumored to star Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan and is a project close to AK’s heart. With those four names, I foresee a big success and lines to see the movie that will last through the first 100 days straight! OK, official Ajnabee prediction, you can quote me on it!

So, let me leave you with some special thanks going out to the dashing Sinbad Phgura who was so kind to provide the exclusive shot above, which in turn inspired this post. As always, he is an endless source of inspiration! Thanks!! To find out more about Sinbad Phgura and the Twilight Players, read my interview with him on Chic Today. Rock On!!

Images courtesy ©2009 Sinbad Phgura

Dev D’s Italian Intervention

In Payal Sethi, Red Hot Carpets on September 9, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Abhay-Deol-and-Mahi-Gill-at-66th-Venice-Film-FestivalWe’re gutted that we couldn’t personally make it out on the red carpet at the 66th Venice Film Festival (2-12 Sep), but felt very well represented by the fresh faced cast of Anurag Kashyap’s 2009 hit DEV D. Kashyap served on the main jury this year, along with cine greats such as Ang Lee, although his films (Gulaal being the second, but not our favorite)  screened out of competition. That’s one small step for Kash, and a giant leap for Indian cinema.