HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014
Purab Kohli, Jal

Purab Kohli's Jal in race for two Oscars

Purab Kohli's Bollywood movie Jal is one of the Oscar 2014 contenders in two categories -- Best Picture and Best Original Score. Girish Mallik's National Award winning film features in the reminder list of productions eligible for the 87th Academy Awards.
Nagesh Kukunoor

Nagesh Kukunoor's Dhanak selected for Berlin Film Festival

Filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor shared his happiness with his Twitter fans after it was revealed that his next directorial venture Dhanak has been selected for the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. The film will compete in the Generation KPlus category, a segment judged by an 11-member jury of kids aged between 11 and 14 years.
Nagesh Kukunoor

Asha taai to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at DIFF

Legendary playback singer Asha Bhosle will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her decades of dedication to Indian cinema at the forthcoming Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).
Nagesh Kukunoor

Run-up to the Oscars: Birdman, Boyhood, Unbroken top AFI's list 2014 films

The American Film Institute (AFI) has chosen an eclectic collecting of films ranging from Birdman to Unbroken as its top 2014 picks. All of these are already in the reckoning for top Hollywood awards.
Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden docu receives top award by International Documentary Association

CitizenFour, filmmaker Laura Poitras's documentary about National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, has been given the top award for best feature by the International Documentary Association.
Suraj Sharma

Prashant Nair's Umrika set for Sundance film fest

Prashant Nair's Umrika is headed for 2015 Sundance Film Festival as part of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section. Featuring Suraj Sharma, it is about a young village boy who discovers that his brother, long believed to be in the US, has actually gone missing.
Naseeruddin Shah in Coffin Maker.

Shanti Tower: Veena Bakshi's light-hearted take at rental problem in urban India

Her debut film The Coffin Maker featured Naseeruddin Shah and Randeep Hooda but sank without a trace. However, her next film, Shanti Tower, looks promising as it takes up a pressing urban Indian reality and weaves humour into it.
Ellen DeGeneres

Cannes Film Festival to ban selfies

These are, then, clearly the days of selfies. But there is going to be a ban in the time of selfies. The Cannes Film Festival, whose next edition begins in mid-May, plans to stop people from indulging in selfies.
Shankar Mohan

Why not let IFFI director Shankar Mohan stay on?

The current director of IFFI, Shankar Mohan, is among the best India has, experts will aver. However, such are the trappings for power that there are demands for his replacement already, when his position as director was formalised only last year.

Avinash Arun's Killa is adventure in the time of rootlessness

One of the most endearing movies at the Indian Panorama at the ongoing IFFI 2014 is Avinash Arun's Killa (Fort). Set in the beautiful Konkan region, the Marathi movie is a poignant presentation of isolation and rootlessness.

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