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Over the last couple of years, Anurag Kashyap has emerged as the reason behind the desi contingent at the French Riviera
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; May 14, 2013)
Anurag Kashyap can be safely called the poster boy for the forthcoming Cannes film festival as far as India is concerned.
After a successful last year with The Gangs of Wasseypur and Peddlers, Kashyap returns to Cannes at the Directors Fortnight with his upcoming film Ugly, which stars Ronit Roy and Tejaswini Kolhapure.
Incidentally the three other films that are being screened at the festival are Bombay Talkies, Monsoon Shootout and Dabba also have an Anurag Kashyap connect.
Bombay Talkies has one story directed by Kashyap, Monsoon Shootout and Dabba are produced by Kashyap.
While we laud Kashyap’s efforts to take Bollywood to Cannes consistently, we wonder is these films will get the desired commercial release, as Anurag would like to have? While Gangs did have a grand release and managed to impress the critics and the audience alike, his other film Peddlers is yet to see the light of the day.
Singer Shalmali Kholgade tells us why she would rather be enigmatic than glamorous
Bryan Durham (BOMBAY TIMES; August 17, 2012)
There’s something endearing about Shalmali Kholgade. Despite the success that has come her way, she’s still the simple, unassuming, giggly Mumbai girl she was when we last spoke to her.
This was for our Bubbling Under section, where we profile artists you ought to know about. It was the last week of April, a full two weeks before Pareshaan debuted on the Mirchi Chart (Bollywood) at #7, then went on to peak at #2. The track has held its own for 15 weeks now. Daaru Desi debuted at #6 in the last week of June, peaked at #2 soon after and has remained on top of the chart for eight weeks now.
The numbers tell the story but that’s not the point here. She has the fire, the youth, the right attitude, a great voice quality and the best music directors recording with her.
Two songs old (both certified hits!), the singer gets introspective about her journey this far…
Both Daaru Desi and Pareshaan are ‘young’ tracks, and the fact that you’re 22… has that worked in your favour? It most definitely has. I am young and I’d like to sound young as long as I can. I am fortunate to be in a time where a young, new voice has room to blossom.
How are you dealing with the popularity of the tracks and being recognised in public? I haven’t been recognised on the streets yet, though I’m not exactly looking forward to that. I’d rather be “some girl” in my daily life and More >
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 31, 2012)
Should we call it a case of good intentions wasted? Mirror has learnt director Vasan Bala and co-producer Guneet Monga of Peddlers, the only Indian film in the running at Cannes this year, were held up by customs at the Mumbai International Airport on Wednesday. Their crime: they were carrying iPads, that too gifted to them by producer Anurag Kashyap to celebrate the success of Peddlers’ screening as part of the competition for the International Critics Week at Cannes.
Apparently, the custom officers asked the duo for declarations as their iPads were brand new. We can only imagine how Anurag’s gesture might have been reduced to a bad memory in the minds of both Vasan and Guneet while they underwent all of this.
An insider revealed, “The custom officers asked for a bill and made Vasan and Guneet pay 36% duty for a gift they had received from Anurag. Moreover, they were extremely rude and told Vasan and Guneet they should know before travelling that there is a duty on carrying iPads. It was extremely embarrassing and very unpleasant. They felt terrible this was the welcome they got in their homeland after bringing pride to the country on an international platform.”
When contacted, Vasan Bala said, “It’s strange that laptops are okay because it’s old technology but since the iPad is new, it gives some scope for detention and scrutiny. I also overheard it’s an either/or situation (either one laptop or one iPad). Both apparently More >
Anurag Kashyap thinks the Indian media has little clue of what global film events are all about; it keeps playing up ‘Red Carpet’ branded appearances and doesn’t realise, for instance, that this year is the biggest ever for Indian cinema at the Cannes Film Festival
Anshul Chaturvedi (BOMBAY TIMES; May 16, 2012)
The whole year round, we hear of movies and stars going to, being selected for, and winning awards at various global festivals but most of us don’t quite understand the comparative relevance or magnitude. Forget the media, our industry doesn’t have a clue! That whole market works in a certain way; they don’t have a clue how it works.
Right. So you’re being talked about in the Cannes context. What exactly is Cannes about? It’s very simple. There are four official sections, which are the competitive ones and the ones where movies are selected on merit (it’s rather complex for a layperson to understand). And there’s a common award across all the four categories, which is the Camera d’Or. First-time filmmaker, kisi bhi category mein, Camera d’Or ke liye eligible hota hai, which is the first-time filmmaker award — which Salaam Bombay got and it changed Meera’s life. So these are the four categories. And then there’s the Market — the Marché du Film. For the Market, anyone can go. A random Kanti Shah can also go to a Market. All he has to do is pay money for it, and book a screening, to sell the film. So India se jo filmein jati hain, hamesha Market mein jaati hain More >
IANS (DNA; May 15, 2012)Anurag Kashyap and Kalki Koechlin DNA
While filmmaker Anurag Kashyap is all geared up to attend the 65th Cannes International Film Festival, starting May 16, his actress wife Kalki Koechlin won’t be accompanying him but is hopeful that one day she would attend the gala.
“I won’t be able to attend Cannes festival as I will be busy shooting for my film. I have been begging my director to give me sometime off, but that’s not happening. But doesn’t matter, one day I would go to Cannes with one of my films,” Kalki said.
The actress has begun shooting for Vishal Bhardwaj’s Ek Thi Daayan with Konkona Sen Sharma and Emraan Hashmi. Kashyap is ecstatic after three of his films have been selected for the 12-day festiva lto be held in the French Riviera.
Peddlers, will be showcased along side six other films from countries like Spain, France, Argentina and Germany at the Cannes Critics’Week, a parallel section of the film festival.
Both parts of Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wasseypur,have also been chosen for screening at the fest’s Directors’ Fortnight section.