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Unfreedom – Trailer and Poster Premiere

The controversial new film Unfreedom has unveiled its first theatrical trailer. Banned in India and featuring an ensemble cast including Victor Banerjee, the provocative film will be released uncut in U.S. theaters on May 29.

Unfreedom juxtaposes two powerful and unflinching contemporary stories about religious fundamentalism and intolerance. Shifting between New York and New Delhi, one tale follows a Muslim terrorist who kidnaps a liberal Muslim scholar in order to silence him, while the other charts the travails of a young woman whose devout father tries to force her into an arranged marriage, which she resists because she is secretly in love with another woman. The four characters come face to face with gruesome acts of violence in battles of identity, sexuality, religion, love, and family.

Written and directed by Kumar, the film stars Victor Banerjee (A Passage to India, Meherjaan), Bhanu Uday (Monsoon), Bhavani Lee, Preeti Gupta, Seema Rahmani (Good Night Good Morning,
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Unfreedom – India’s Banned Movie

When a film is “banned” by the Censor Board of Film Certification, you know you are onto something. Well, that is exactly the case with Raj Amit Kumar’s film Unfreedom.

Homosexuality.

Islam.

Thinking outside of convention.

Unfreedom breaks all the “rules”.

The film follows two different lives, the storyline pivoting on a female same-sex relationship and the dangers of religious extremism.

Shifting between New York and Delhi, one story explores the kidnapping of a liberal Muslim scholar by a Muslim terrorist. The other story dives into a woman’s journey -a woman secretly in love with another woman. She faces the challenges of this love when she refuses an arranged marriage set up by her religious father.

Classified as “too controversial” for release in India, the film will release in North American theatres on the 29th of May 2015 and simultaneously on digital channels via Film Buff.

The juxtaposition of
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Banned in India, Unfreedom to Release in Us via Dark Frames

Dark Frames, a new distribution company dedicated to bringing high-quality, non-Bollywood Indian films to North American and international audiences through theatrical and digital channels, will release its first title, Unfreedom, on May 29, it was announced today by Dark Frames’ founder, Raj Amit Kumar. Veteran film marketer and distributor Mark Urman of Paladin is partnering with Dark Frames to lead the marketing and distribution of its release slate. Dark Frames will also partner with Film Buff to distribute Unfreedom at the same time on Cable VOD and other digital platforms.

Unfreedom juxtaposes two powerful and unflinching contemporary stories about religious fundamentalism and intolerance. Shifting between New York and New Delhi, one tale follows a Muslim terrorist who kidnaps a liberal Muslim scholar in order to silence him, while the other charts the travails of a young woman whose devout father tries to force her into an arranged marriage, which she resists
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Nfdc announces nine scripts selected for National Script Lab 2014

Nfdc announces nine scripts selected for National Script Lab 2014
The National Film Development Corporation (Nfdc) has announced the nine scripts selected for the second edition of the National Script Lab to be held from October 2014 – March 2015.

Actor Konkona Sensharma and editor Ranjeet Bahadur are among the nine writers whose scripts have been selected.

The first screenwriting workshop will be held from October 12 – 17, 2014 at the Courtyard Marriott, Chakan, Pune, followed by two more workshops and one-to-one consultation sessions over the next six months.

Marten Rabarts (Senior Consultant, Training and Development, Nfdc), Olivia Stewart (Producer of The House of Mirth, Brassed Off, and script consultant on The Lunchbox), and Rajat Kapoor, writer-director of Ankhon Dekhi will mentor these scriptwriters.

Also as part of the National Script Lab program, the screenwriters will also attend Nfdc Film Bazaar 2014 (Nov 20–24) to network and introduce their upcoming projects to both the Indian and international film industry delegates attending the market.

This year the Script Lab
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Shailja Gupta: 'Walkaway' from guys' point of view

Shailja Gupta: 'Walkaway' from guys' point of view
Mumbai, June 26: Independent filmmaker Shailja Gupta, whose first feature film "Walkaway" highlights the clutches of social obligations on young Indian professionals settled in New York, says it is a relationship film from the guys' point of view and she took inspiration from the lives of her investment-banker friends.

A light-comedy drama, the film follows the lives of four friends who struggle to balance the traditional values of their youth with modern environs in New York. It explores the subtleties of that inevitable Indian question - marriage.

"With 'Walkaway', I decided to make my own feature film. I was inspired by.
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Vishal-Shekhar Ram Sampat compose music for Walkaway

Vishal-Shekhar Ram Sampat compose music for Walkaway
Shailja Gupta, the head of Red Chillies Entertainment (Us), is all set to release her directorial venture Walkaway in India. The movie which was released in Us was very popular for its music which was composed by Ram Sampat and brilliant duo Vishal-Shekhar, who have given numerous hits in Bollywood. Academy award winner Resul Pookutty has given the sound for the film. Apparently, composers Vishal-Shekhar were extremely helpful to Shailja as they composed music for her movie without charging any fees and gave their inputs too. Shekhar says, "Shailja is a dear friend and we had a great time working with her. I am happy that her movie is releasing in India and hope it does well. This kind of cinema will do well in India and hope she makes more movies in future."
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Indie director explores online route to release film - Realbollywood.com News

Indie director explores online route to release film - Realbollywood.com News
New Delhi, Aug 25: India's growing tribe of independent filmmakers lack viable platforms and the right distribution structure to push their growth, says debutant director Shailja Gupta, who took the online route to release her film "Walkaway".

"Walkaway", which mocks at the social obligations entrapping young Indian professionals settled in New York, had a modest release in the Us in October 2010. But Gupta failed in her attempts.
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Introducing Shailja Gupta – Head of Red Chillies USA

Here at BollySpice, we love to learn and write about all aspects of the Hindi film industry. The stars and the films, of course, but we also love to write about the directors, the musicians, the singers, the choreographers and producers. Sometimes we get the cool chance to talk to someone involved in the production companies and businesses that make and promote the films we love. Last week, I got one of those unique opportunities. I would like to introduce you to Shailja Gupta, a woman of many different talents. She began as a web designer, went on to create a vast technology company, she writes and directs films and is an artist. She has handled the international marketing for films like Choker Bali, is the woman behind developing the merchandise and toys to promote Ra.One, and now is head of Red Chillies Entertainment USA. Yes, Red Chillies, which is
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