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Liff 2019: Article 15 takes home Audience Award at this year’s London Indian Film Festival

The 10th anniversary of the UK and Europe’s largest South Asian film festival, was once again a huge success. The prestigious festival featuring the biggest line-up to date, with 100 events across 5 cities in the UK brought audiences into the world of these incredible films with special screenings that included Q and A conversations and as well as fascinating talks and master classes on filmmaking!

Cary Rajinder Sawhney MBE, Executive & Programming Director of Liff, says, “On our 10th Birthday year I’m delighted that we have not only expanded to 5 cities with 100 screenings, but also showcased our strongest film selection ever, helmed by the world premiere of politically daring film Article 15. Continuing to push the boundaries of diversity, I’m very pleased that our women protagonist led and Lgbtq+ themed films have seen audiences flocking to them, redefining images of Indian and South Asian culture in the media.”

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Anubhav Sinha’s ‘Article 15’ Wins at London Indian Film Festival (Exclusive)

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Anubhav Sinha’s ‘Article 15’ Wins at London Indian Film Festival (Exclusive)
“Article 15” has scooped the audience award at the London Indian Film Festival. Anubhav Sinha’s movie stars Ayushmann Khurrana and also opened the tenth edition of Liff, which is Europe’s largest South Asian film festival.

Khurrana stars as a police officer from a privileged background in “Article 15,” which Zee Studios International is distributing. He is posted to rural north India and tasked with investigating the disappearance of three girls. The movie takes its name from the part of the Indian constitution prohibiting discrimination and draws inspiration from several real-life assault and murder cases that highlighted social injustice.

“I am so happy that the film actually connected with Indians abroad and with non-Indians alike, who are not facing this version of inequality on a daily basis,” Sinha said.

Liff ran across five cities in the U.K. and, in addition to the screenings, the latest edition saw stars talking about
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‘Photograph’ Film Review: Mumbai Romance Feels Sweet but Slight

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‘Photograph’ Film Review: Mumbai Romance Feels Sweet but Slight
Meet-cutes are the hallmark of any romantic comedy, and although Ritesh Batra’s “Photograph” is more of a genial drama, its meet-cute is so essential to the plot, the film is named after it.

Rafi is a photographer working the tourists at the Gateway of India in Mumbai. He has a good line for roping in customers: “Years from now, when you look at this photograph, you’ll feel the sun on your face, this wind in your hair, and you’ll hear all these voices again, or it will all be gone. Gone forever.”

It’s this line that persuades Miloni (Sanya Malhotra), a student who’s been separated from her family, to allow Rafi to take her picture. He gives her the photograph, but before she can pay him, her family calls out to her and she runs off. Not a great start to a relationship, but he’s captivated nonetheless.
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Netflix's Delhi crime is a game changer says actor Sanjay Bishnoi

Actor Sanjay Bishnoi will be seen in Netflix series Delhi crime based on Nirbhaya gang rape crime which premiered at Sundance Festival last January, and will start streaming on Netflix March 22 ? is subtle and controlled.

Tell us about the series and role.?

It's directed by Richie Mehta based on Nirbhaya tragedy in 2012. ?The series focuses on 5 days from the incident took place and then what happened in the coming 5 days. It is based on original case files. Basically Richie Mehta is relative of then Delhi commissioner Neeraj Kumar who kind off insisted him to make a series on incident. But Richie wasn't sure when he narrated it but Neeraj suggested him to meet lady officer Vartika Chaturvedi which is played by Shefali Shah. Eventually when they met and he got to know that how unequipped our police is in such cases. There is a out rage off course! That's how
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'Delhi Crime' review: Netflix original based on Nirbhaya case is brutal and brilliant

NetflixThe director shows great sensitivity by never showing or even using sound effects to recreate the actual rape. Yet he doesn’t try to make the truth more palatable.Saraswati DatarDecember 16, 2012, a normal day in Delhi where 11,000 heinous crimes are reported every year. Nothing is out of the ordinary till a couple is found naked and bleeding on the roadside by a police patrol van. They cover the couple in borrowed bedsheets and take them to the nearest hospital where the female victim describes in agonized whispers that she has been raped and violated with a rod. Words that began an investigation into a case that horrified a desensitised city and sent shock waves across the country. Delhi Crime, a seven-part Netflix original now streaming on the platform, is a police procedural drama that follows the six days after the horrific rape of Nirbhaya in a moving bus. The show
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“Delhi Crime Is Chilling In Its Atmospheric Pressure” – A Subhash K Jha Review

Delhi Crime (Netflix series)

Starring Shefali Shah, Rasika Duggal

Directed by Ritchie Mehta

It isn’t easy being on the right side of the law when all you get for your efforts is brickbats and insults from fencesitters.

To say that this disturbing but finally redundant real-life crime drama whitewashes the khaki uniform would be frivolous and irresponsible to the extreme. What it does do is to humanize the police force by showing a cluster of fiercely committed police persons (the two main Khaki persona in the story are women) driving themselves over the edge to nab the perpetrators of the crime.

Did the cops on the case really show this level of commitment? Does it matter? Heroism on a level where it heals society is unquestionable.

Recreating in vivid vicious colours the events before during and after the life-changing ‘Nirbhaya’ gangrape in Delhi, this 7-part series spares us the
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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in March, and the Best Reasons to Watch

7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in March, and the Best Reasons to Watch
1. “Turn Up Charlie” (available March 15)

Why Should I Watch? Idris Elba made a TV show combining his two passions: acting and DJ’ing. Imagining John Luther strapping on a headset and bobbing his head to club bangers should be enough reason to watch, but if you need more, know Elba’s eponymous Charlie is not only a struggling disc jockey; he’s also the onscreen successor to Vin Diesel’s “Pacifier” and Kevin on “This Is Us” — a manny. When Charlie sees one last shot at stardom, he takes a gig watching his famous best friend’s daughter (played by Frankie Hervey), thus completing the sex symbol triumvirate: a DJ, a ladies’ man (it’s in the Netflix plot summary), and a responsible father figure.

Bonus Reason: To clarify, yes, Elba is a creator, producer, and star of “Turn Up Charlie,” but the eight-part first season also features a particularly under-utilized thespian: Piper Perabo.
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‘Delhi Crime Story’ Writer Richie Mehta Spent 5 Years With Police to Tell the Story That Changed India’s Broken System (Video)

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‘Delhi Crime Story’ Writer Richie Mehta Spent 5 Years With Police to Tell the Story That Changed India’s Broken System (Video)
Writer and director Richie Mehta made promises in his latest project. With “Delhi Crime Story” he had an obligation to honor the story, be compassionate and be on the right side of the story of a 2012 New Delhi gang rape that lead to India changing laws and beginning to fix a broken system.

“Delhi Crime Story” is a seven-part police procedural drama based on the real-life gruesome gang rape of a young Indian woman in New Delhi. The series, detailing the fraught investigation and the race against the clock, follows a true-to-life, no-nonsense female police commissioner who begins to uncover the horrifying details of the fatal assault. The inquiry becomes a serpentine quest for clarity and justice within a corrupt government system and a pervasive culture of misogyny.

“Yeah, I made promises when they told me this stuff. I said, ‘I’m going to do the very best I can
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‘Clemency’ & Documentary ‘One Child Nation’ Take Top Sundance Film Festival Awards

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‘Clemency’ & Documentary ‘One Child Nation’ Take Top Sundance Film Festival Awards
“When everybody was saying ‘No’ this story does not have an audience, you, Sundance and the people who have seen this film have proven that there is an audience for this film, and I thank you!” beamed Clemency director Chinonye Chukwu after accepting the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize for her death penalty drama Clemency about a female prison warden who has a crisis of consciousness.

Starring Alfre Woodard in the lead role, and Aldis Hodge as the prisoner she ponders mercy for, Chukwu said “I wrote this because I wanted audiences, ,I wanted us, I wanted myself to connect with the ecosystem of humanity’s connected to incarceration, so we as a society can stop defining people by their worst possible acts, that we can end mass incarceration, and dismantle the mass prison industrial complex, and root our societies in true justice and mercy and freedom, which is
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Big Buys at Sundance Mean Indie TV Is Real, and Gaining Ground

Big Buys at Sundance Mean Indie TV Is Real, and Gaining Ground
It’s a familar story: Caleb Jaffe came to Sundance with nothing but a dream. After spending his college tuition money to make a low-budget indie, the 21-year-old filmmaker finished his project, submitted to the festival, and joined the thousands of hopefuls waiting on a phone call that could lead to the career-making experience of a lifetime.

“I didn’t answer the call because I didn’t recognize the number,” Jaffe said. “I let it go to voicemail, but then I looked at the transcription and saw the word ‘Sundance’ and ‘film’ and I sort of had a moment where I thought, ‘Oh God — maybe I got in!’”

Filmmakers converge on the 10-day festival, hoping it will make their dreams come true. However, Jaffe marks a new kind of talent: He made a pilot, not a movie, and he’s part of a 2019 TV class that saw big gains in attention,
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‘Delhi Crime Story’ Review: One of India’s Most Heinous Attacks Is Netflix’s Next Addictive Thriller

‘Delhi Crime Story’ Review: One of India’s Most Heinous Attacks Is Netflix’s Next Addictive Thriller
The details of the attack are held back until you can stomach it. Though the first scene of “Delhi Crime Story” shows Indian police officers picking up two beaten bodies, discarded on the side of the road without any clothes, and asking what happened, the explanation given is only half the truth: “Six men got on our bus and beat us,” the man says, wrapped in a bloody sheet. Only later does writer/director Richie Mehta elaborate on the nauseating actions (officially labeled by the police as “heinous”) taken against the young couple. If he had done it earlier, people might have turned off the show.

Or, in the case of the Tuesday morning Sundance premiere, they may have left the theater. Inspired by the case files from the riot-inducing 2012 incident, “Delhi Crime Story” (picked up by Netflix out of the festival) tracks a “crime that took the city to the brink,
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Netflix Lands Worldwide Rights to Indian Procedural Anthology Series ‘Delhi Crime’

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Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to the Indian anthology series “Delhi Crime.” The police procedural will have its world premiere in the Sundance Film Festival’s Indie Episodic Section on Tuesday, with its Netflix launch coming on March 22.

Written and directed by Richie Mehta, the seven-part first season is inspired by a 2012 Delhi gang rape case and was shot on location in New Delhi. “Delhi Crime” looks at the complexities of the case, including the scrutiny of the victim and the investigative team’s determination to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The cast is led by Shefali Shah and also stars Adil Hussain, Denzil Smith (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”), Rasika Dugal, Rajesh Tailang and Yashaswini Dayama. It’s produced by Golden Karavan and Ivanhoe Pictures.

Also Read: Olivia Colman-Walton Goggins Religious Drama 'Them That Follow' Goes to The Orchard and 1091 Media

“The making of Delhi Crime has
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Netflix Picks Up Indian Drama Series ‘Delhi Crime’ From Richie Mehta, Golden Karavan & Ivanhoe Pictures

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Exclusive: In a competitive situation, Netflix has landed Indian anthology drama series Delhi Crime, with what I hear is a two-season order. The series (original title Delhi Crime Story) hails from award winning Canadian-Indian auteur Richie Mehta; Golden Karavan, the Mumbai-based venture of leading TV producer Aaron Kaplan, media investor Jeff Sagansky, Florence Sloan, Apoorva Bakshi, Pooja Kohli and Sanjay Bachani; as well as John Penotti, Michael Hogan and Kilian Kerwin’s Ivanhoe Pictures (Crazy Rich Asians).

The deal was made on the eve of Delhi Crime‘s Jan. 29 world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in the Indie Episodic category. I hear it covers the already produced seven-episode first season in addition to a second installment. Season 1 of the police-procedural thriller will debut on Netflix worldwide March 22.

Delhi Crime marks Kaplan’s 10th on-air series and second on Netflix, joining Santa Clarita Diet, which he executive produces through Kapital Entertainment.
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Sundance: Netflix Picks Up Richie Mehta's 'Delhi Crime' Series

Netflix has picked up Delhi Crime, a seven-part series written and directed by Indo-Canadian filmmaker Richie Mehta and inspired by the real-life police investigation into the horrific and fatal gang rape of a young woman in Delhi, which caused national outrage in December 2012.

The series is produced by Golden Karavan and Ivanhoe Pictures and bows at Sundance Tuesday in the Indie Episodic category. It will stream worldwide from March 22.

Delhi Crime stars Shefali Shah (Monsoon Wedding) as police officer Vartika Chaturvedi, with the cast including Adil Hussain (Life of Pi), Denzil Smith (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Rasika Dugal ...
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Macao Festival Opens Brightly, Touts Industry Development Role

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Macao Festival Opens Brightly, Touts Industry Development Role
Nicolas Cage, accompanied by Australian actress and producer Nikki Whelan, trod the red carpet on Saturday night as part of the opening festivities at the third edition of the International Film Festival and Awards.

Set as a talent ambassador, Cage held small group seminars earlier on Saturday. On Sunday he will hold a masterclass.

His presence helped compensate for a couple of high-profile mainland Chinese talent absentees, presumably summoned North for the Huabiao Awards taking place in China the same evening.

The breezy opening event included a specially composed song and dance routine, a whirl of clips from films that will unspool over the coming week, and an elaborate ticket-slotting set-piece.

International guests in attendance included director of Copenhagen Pix Film Festival Jacob Neiiendam; director of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Tiina Lokk; director of Sydney Film Festival, Nashen Moodley; artistic director of Chicago International Film Festival, Mimi Plauche; director of Busan International Film Festival,
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Iffam Alumnus Richie Mehta Takes ‘Delhi Crime Story’ to Sundance

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Iffam Alumnus Richie Mehta Takes ‘Delhi Crime Story’ to Sundance
“Delhi Crime Story,” a seven-part series by Indo-Canadian writer-director Richie Mehta (“Siddharth”) will have its world premiere at Sundance in early 2019.

Mehta was at the 2nd International Film Festival and Awards, Macao (Iffam), in 2017 with “The Price of Tea,” one of the three auteur projects at the Iffam project market that year. Set in Beijing, the film will follow a Canadian man who falls for a Chinese woman over the course of a magical day only to discover that she is not what she seems.

Several parts of “Delhi Crime Story” will play as part of Sundance’s Indie Episodic strand. Based on the 2012 rape case in Delhi that shocked the world, the series centers on the heroic actions of the Delhi police. With the eyes of the world upon it, the investigation is led by one passionate female officer who was driven to find the perpetrators by the crime’s extreme brutality.
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Sundance Unveils Indie Episodics Lineup With Nick Hornby, Kyra Sedgwick Series

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The Sundance Institute has unveiled a dozen independent television series for the upcoming festival in the second year of its Indie Episodics section, including works by Nick Hornby and Kyra Sedgwick.

Sundance also announced on Monday that its Special Events section will include the new season of IFC’s documentary parody series “Documentary Now!” and Gregg Araki’s upcoming Starz show “Now Apocalypse,” executive produced by Steven Soderbergh. The shorts section will include 73 short films from 33 countries chosen from 9,443 submissions — 4,720 from the U.S. and 4,723 international.

Of the projects announced on Monday, 53% were directed or created by one or more women, 51% were directed or created by one or more filmmaker of color, and 26% by one or more people who identify as Lgbtqia. And 12 were supported by Sundance Institute in development.

Kim Yutani, the festival’s director of programming, said, “Our newly-expanded programming team took in a full spectrum of human
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Jordan Peele, Rosamund Pike, Steven Soderbergh Projects Announced for 2019 Sundance Indie Episodic, Shorts Slate

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Jordan Peele, Rosamund Pike, Steven Soderbergh Projects Announced for 2019 Sundance Indie Episodic, Shorts Slate
The 2019 Sundance Film Festival has announced its Indie Episodic, Shorts and Special Events slate, which will include series executive produced by people like Jordan Peele and Steven Soderbergh, as well as episodic content starring Rosamund Pike.

The Untitled Amy Berg Documentary, directed and produced by Berg, will also be heading to the festival, as will Kyra Sedgwick’s “Girls Weekend,” starring Amy Landecker and Ali Liebegott.

Overall, 12 episodic works, 73 short films from 33 countries and four special events have joined the festival slate that was first announced last week. Of the projects announced on Monday, 53 percent were directed or created by one or more women, 51 percent were directed or created by one or more filmmaker of color, and 26 percent were created or directed by one or more people who identify as Lgbtqia.

Also Read: Sundance Documentary 'Ask Dr. Ruth' Picked Up by Hulu and Magnolia

“Our newly-expanded programming team took in
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Sundance Celebrates TV With ‘Documentary Now,’ Plus New Shows from Gregg Araki and Nick Hornby

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Sundance Celebrates TV With ‘Documentary Now,’ Plus New Shows from Gregg Araki and Nick Hornby
In only its second year of bringing independent television to Park City as part of its Indie Episodics section, Sundance has picked a dozen series that could include the next big TV hit. Among the announced independent shows include works by Nick Hornby, Richie Mehta, and Kyra Sedgwick, which range from comedies about start-ups to dating comedies about trans relationships to dramas about race. Sundance is also bringing in some other TV projects under its Special Events banner, including the newest season of IFC’s ongoing doc parody series “Documentary Now!” and Gregg Araki’s upcoming Starz series “Now Apocalypse,” executive produced by Steven Soderbergh.

The Special Events section will also play home to a brand new (and as yet untitled) documentary from Sundance regular Amy Berg, which tracks the creation of the Women’s March and what followed.

In an announcement, Sundance director of programming Kim Yutani said that
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Sundance 2019: #MeToo, Time’s Up, IFC’s ‘Documentary Now!’, Wu-Tang Clan & Lorena Bobbitt Part Of Indie Episodic, Shorts & Special Events Slate

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Of the projects announced in the Indie Episodic, Shorts and Special Events sections by the Sundance Film Festival today, 53% were directed or created by one or more women, 51% were directed or created by one or more filmmaker of color, and 26% by one or more people who identify as Lgbtqia.

Those stats made a difference in yielding a selection of titles which focus on an array of issues impacting our nation at a divided time, and ever since the election of President Donald Trump, the Park City, Utah cinematic confab remains one of the most vital bullhorns –from last year’s Women’s March and last January’s Respect Rally to launching documentaries about political crusaders (Rbg and An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power)–in regards to bridging the gap between differences and calling attention to immediate matters which effect us all before the globe goes sideways.

In regards to those projects addressing women’s issues,
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