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Saurav Rai's 'Gudh' only Indian entry in 69th Cannes Film Festival

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"Shout Out" to Mr. Saurav Rai whose film "Gudh" is the ONLY INDIAN FILM to be Officially Selected for the Prestigious 69th Cannes Film Festival.

Mr. Rai is from Mangwa village near Kalimpong and was brought up in Kathmandu in 1986. "That's the year when the Gorkhaland agitation began," he said. The son of a cardamom businessman, Rai moved to his grandparents' residence. "It was during vacations that I came to my village. I often had problems co-relating my memories with my surroundings," the 29-year-old said.

Describing his Kathmandu days, Rai said he was a "naughty and terrible" student. "If I was promoted, it was only as a favour. Finally, my grandfather sent me to a village school. I had to walk down four hours daily to go there. It was as bad as chicken poop. That's when I understood that things would need to be changed," he recalled.

A drastic transformation happened when he was in Class VIII. His grades improved. It was during this time he was smitten by the film bug. "Cinema was my escape route," he confessed.
Saurav Rai's  'Gudh' only Indian entry in 69th Cannes Film Festival
Saurav Rai

Little did he then realise that some years later, movies would offer him a ticket to limelight. His Nepali language film - 'Gudh' - is based on his childhood memories with his mother in Mangwa. "The political demand for a separate state had affected me. There is a hint of that in my film too. But 'Gudh' isn't a narrative-based film. It has a lot of long shots and surreal elements. I was even told that I had defied the grammar of film-making while making it," he recalled.

Back in Mangwa, his family members are ecstatic. "My grandfather used to say that as a child, Einstein was a stupid guy. That was to give an assurance to all those who used to write me off because I was very bad student," he said. Today, Rai wants to thank 'this 76-year-old man' for his achievements. "He now wants to offer a goat to treat the villagers!" Rai said with a smile.

However, international acclaim isn't new to Rai. In 2014, his short film titled 'Monsoon Rain' was officially selected at the Munich film festival. Having watched a lot of cinema at SRFTI and during his Munich trip, what is his opinion about Bengali cinema? "I watched Ray and Sen's classics during my graduation at Darjeeling's St Joseph College," he said. From the next generation of directors, he likes Rituparno Ghosh's movies. "Among contemporary makers, I find Arghya Basu's works very interesting," Rai pointed out.

Along with his sound designer Ankita Purkayastha, Rai will be off to Cannes on May 10. Before that, he is writing a script for a feature film that will narrate untold stories and taboos of rural India.

brought up in Kathmandu in 1986. "That's the year when the Gorkhaland agitation began," he said. The son of a cardamom businessman, Rai moved to his grandparents' residence. "It was during vacations that I came to my village. I often had problems co-relating my memories with my surroundings," the 29-year-old said.

Saurav is completing his schooling from Satyajit Ray Institute for Film and Television.

We wish Saurav GOOD LUCK for Cannes and are hopeful he will bring Laurels not only to our community, but also our country.

Take a bow Saurav!! You have earned it!!


Source TheDC With inputs from Times of India

Gorkhey Film "Ek Dhakar Jiwan" makes to 20th International Short Film Festival

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After  bagging The Best Short Film Peace Award in the just concluded Gothenburg Independent Film Festival in Sweden Phurba Tshering Lama, a young filmmaker from Darjeeling, has made us all proud as his film "Ek Dhakar Jiwan" has been selected for the 20th edition of the International Short Film Festival. His film has been selected in the Indian Panorama Section. The festival will take place in Canada in march. It is a big honour for the Indian Gorkha community and country as a whole.

For Phurba who owns a production house in Darjeeling "FerryTale Pictures" this is like a dream come true. Phurba was born on 21st January, 1982 in Kurseong. He studied Literature from St. Joseph's College, Darjeeling and pursued Direction in Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. His debut short film ‘Ek Dhakar Jiwan / The Beaten Path’ won the Best Short Film Peace Award at Gothenburg Independent Film Festival and a Special Mention Jury at the Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival. He is currently working on his debut feature film titled as Macqee, in Darjeeling.
Gorkhey Film The Beaten Path (Ek Dhakar Jiwan) in 20th International Short Film Festival
Gorkhey Film The Beaten Path (Ek Dhakar Jiwan) in 20th International Short Film Festival
About the Film The Beaten Path (Ek Dhakar Jiwan)

India 2014; 27 min
Original version: Nepali
Genre: Drama, Short

Synopsis: In the face of an apparently meaningful world Balvir lives and coexists in the grand mosaic of nature like any other entity. However, his human spirit yearns to understand life especially from a sense of disorientation and confusion as a result of the material world.

Director: Phurba Tshering Lama
Writers: Phurba Tshering Lama, Gupta Pradhan (story)
Star: Man Bahadur Tamang
Cinematography: Ayan Saxena


His short film "Grey and Matter" went on to be project in Nepal Cine-Symposium, 2012 and SIGNS Film Festival / Kerela (India) 2013

Ek Dhakar Jiwan (The Beaten Path) has gone all the way to many festivals. Some of them are;
  • - Gothenburg Independent International Film Festival, 2014 / Sweden (Best Short Film Peace Award) 
  • - SIGNS International Film Festival, 2014 / India (National Competition Section)
  • - XX Film Festival Della Lessinia, 2014 / Italy (International Competition Section)
  • - IDFL Film Festival, 2014 /India (National Competition Section)
  • - Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival, 2015 / France (Special Mention Jury)
  • - JAGRAN International Film Festival / India (Top Shorts Section)
  • - WIZ-ART International Film Festival, 2015 / Ukraine (Special Screening) 
  • - Ajyal Youth Film Festival, 2015 / Doha (International Competition Section)
  • - International Short Film Festival, 2016 / Canada (International Competition Section)
Watch the Trailor of The Beaten Path (Ek Dhakar Jiwan)



His vast Experiences includes:-
  • - Visa Girl (Nepali Feature Film): Position: Chief AD / Casting Director / Supporting Role
  • - Sikkim University (Documentary): Chief AD / Post-production Supervisor
  • - Have made social documentaries for CARE International (in Nepal and Lucknow) and for 
  • - Himalayan Climate.
  • -Worked as a Chief AD for an IndiaMART Advertisement in Mumbai.
We wish him success in future.

Via-GYASA


‎Dhruva‬ Tara - Mirik's 1st Feature Film - Releasing on 3rd October 2015

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DhruvaTara is a maiden film of Mughlan Films and Arvind Raj Productions from Mirik. Shot extensively in and around Mirik Valley, it tells the story of four horsemen and the lives they lead. With unemployment and illiteracy all around, these men have no other option but to work as farm labourers and porters, ferrying local produce like squash, cardmom and potatoes to the plains. On the way, through the jungles, they meet all kinds of people and each one of them is a character unto himself. The effervescent Kancha, the stubborn Purnay, the stoic Pasang Jojo and the quiet Dhruva, who falls for the ethereal beauty Tara. Love, as they say, comes in various shades, it is their unique love story that holds the film together.

Made over a period of one and half years, this film is a labour of love of its makers who have overcome numerous odds to tell this story unfolding in our villages between two unlike souls.
‎Dhruva‬ Tara - Mirik's 1st Feature Film - Releasing in 3rd October 2015
DhruvaTara is a maiden film of Mughlan Films and Arvind Raj Productions from Mirik.
Because the film is shot extensively in real locations with a minimalist approach, it has gained a shade of an art house film with underplayed emotions and subdued acting. What uplifts the film, however, is the realistic protrayal of its lead characters and its soulful music which transports the film into another realm.

Releasing on 3rd October 2015, this film holds a lot of promise to its makers and also the discerning film viewing public in the hills as they will witness that local language films too have come of age and the standard is slowly but steadily improving which is a positive sign for our fledging film market in our hills.

Watch Dhruvatara Official Teaser

Synopsis:
In a far-flung village in the hills surrounding the Mirik Valley, where people are farmers and are dependent upon the mercies of nature and God, where young people work as farm hands or porters, a quite love story enfolds between two unlike souls. A quiet and a reserved man Dhruva and an equally beautiful and mysterious Tara. In this landscape of hills and rivers, men and their horses, joyous beats of Madal and Murali and far from the madding crowd, two people come to love each other as naturally as the forest spring, flowing eternally. But nature sets its own course and Time plays a helping hand. Will Dhruva and Tara be able to win over the adversities of love and be together forever? Is it possible to cross the limits set by time and nature upon love? Will love really concur all? Come and see for yourself...

Movie's official FB page: http://on.fb.me/1EZ3RoQ

Via Dhruva Tara FB page

Geetanjali Thapa to act in Macqee with local production house

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Ferry Tale Pictures - a local production company led by Mr. Phurba Tshering Lama has landed one of the Best female actors in India, Geetanjali Thapa, to act in his upcoming new movie 'Macqee."
Geetanjali Thapa to act in Macqee with local production house
Geetanjali Thapa to act in Macqee
Ms. Geetanjali Thapa is an internationally acclaimed actor and has won the National Film Award for Best Actress(2013) and Best Actress in the 14th Annual New York Indian Film Festival for her performance in Liar's Dice.

She has also won Best Performance, Los Angeles Film Festival 2013 and Best Actress, Imagine India Award 2013, Madrid for her performance in I.D. directed by Kamal KM.

Her recent movie titled Tigers (Indian-International film directed by Danis Tanovic), also starring Emraan Hashmi was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

Mr. Phurba Tshering Lama has previously won the Best Short Film Peace Award at the Gothenburg Independent Film Festival in Sweden, for his movie "Ek Dhakar Jiwan"
This is what dreams are made of... an Award winning local actor, acting in a movie by an Award winning local Director.

Source:TheDC

Binod Pradhan bags the Best Cinematography in 16th IIFA

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"Hamro Gaurav" Binod Pradhan bags the Best Cinematography for 2 States in the 16th edition of International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) which took place in Malaysia.
Binod Pradhan bags the Best Cinematography in 16th IIFA
Binod Pradhan bags the Best Cinematography in 16th IIFA
This was just another feather on his cap, Binod Pradhan has already won the following Awards:
Screen Weekly Award [1994] & Filmfare Award [1994] for '1942: A Love Story'; Screen Weekly Award [1998] for 'Kareeb'; Screen Weekly Videocon Award [2000], International Indian Film Academy 'Award for Technical Excellence' [2001] & Filmfare Award nom [2001] for 'Mission Kashmir'; Filmfare Award [2002], International Indian Film Academy 'Award for Technical Excellence' [2003], Zee Cine Award 'Best Cinematographer' [2003] & V.Shantaram Award [2003] for 'Devdas'; Zee Cine Award 'Technical Award' [2004] & Screen Weekly Award nom [2004] for 'Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.'; 13th Star Screen Weekly Award [200?], Filmfare 'Best Cinematography' Award [2007], International Indian Film Academy 'Best Cinematography' Award [2007] & Zee Cine Award 'Best Cinematography' [2007] for 'Rang De Basanti', IIFA 'Best Cinematography' Award for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2014), IIFA'Best Cinematography' Award for 2 states (2015)

The 16th edition of International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) began on Friday with much fanfare, followed with a star-studded opening press conference, graced by Bipasha Basu, Anupam Kher, Anil Kapoor, Ayushmann Khurrana, Sonakshi Sinha, Lauren Gottlieb, Aditi Rao Hydari, Kanika Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez and Kainaat Arora. Also present was Subhash Ghai, who will be conferred the lifetime achievement award on Sunday.

About IIFA Awards
Conceptualized and produced by Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and supported by the key members of the Indian film fraternity, IIFA is the most appreciated South Asian film academy. Also, the IIFA Awards is India’s biggest media event. With a viewership of almost 800 million, it is among the world’s most-watched annual entertainment events. From a one night celebration in 2000 at the Millennium Dome, London, the last sixteen years have seen the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) movement grow into a cine-packed weekend of film-festivals, workshops, exhibitions, film-showcases and global business forums, all of which climax into the highlight of the Weekend, the IIFA Awards.



Khoji Chinhariko a short film on Subash Ghisingh GNLF supremo

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The Gorkha National Liberation Front, (GNLF), women organisation launched "Khoji Chinhariko" a short documentary film on their party supremo, Mr. Subash Ghisingh.
Khoji Chinhariko a short film on Subash Ghisingh GNLF supremo
Subash Ghisingh GNLF supremo
The video was released on 6 December at Mirik during the 10th Sixth Schedule Accord Day celebration program from the hands of the former GNLF MLA from Kurseong and the chief guest of the program, Mr. N.B. Chettri and the Gorkha National Woman Organisation, Darjeeling branch, president, Mrs. Manjila Tamang in the presence of a large number of GNLF supporters.

Talking to reporters, the woman leader, Mrs. Tamang said that to sensitise the GNLF supporters and members about the different works of Mr. Subash Ghisingh to the Gorkha community, the short film has been launched by the woman organisation of the GNLF.

She further added that in the film, several works and facts of Mr. Ghisingh has been collected from different sources from the times when he thought about the identity of the Gorkha people, his fight against the governments taking along with him the Gorkha people for a separate state of Gorkhaland, the birth of the autonomous Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council till the time when he demanded sixth schedule status for Darjeeling Hills.

As per Mrs Tamang in the 31 minutes brief film which has been dubbed in CDs no rates have been given and the limited version is being distributed among GNLF supporters only.

She also added that on the CD is a picture of a young Subash Ghisingh during the time he led the Gorkhaland agitation in the 1980's, a picture of the GNLF party symbol of a khukuri with three stars and a lotus flower which is the symbol of the GNLF women organisation.

The CD named "Khoji Chinhari" which when translated in the English language means "In search of identity" has a outer paper cover that depicts a picture of the former prime minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi and Ghisingh, along with various pictures of the agitation period.


Source: EOI


Geetanjali Thapa's "Liar's Dice" India's entry to Oscars 2015

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Indian Gorkha Geetanjali Thapa's "Liar's Dice" has been selected as India's entry to the Oscars in 2015.
Geetanjali Thapa's "Liar's Dice" India's entry to Oscars 2015

National award winning film "Liar's Dice", directed by Geetu Mohandas, has been selected as India's entry to the Oscars for the Best Foreign Language Film category, the Film Federation of India has announced.
Winner of two National awards earlier this year - Best Actress for Geetanjali Thapa (in the picture) and Best Cinematography for Rajeev Ravi, the film narrates the story of a young mother, who migrates to the city in search of her missing husband. The film also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
In a new record, Liar's Dice was selected from a total of 30 contenders, the largest number FFI has ever considered, which included Kangna Ranaut starrer Queen, Hansal Mehta's acclaimed Shahid and Riteish Deshmukh-produced Marathi film Yellow, among others.

Source: rediff
 
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