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December 29, 2009 12:38:18 PM IST

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Backed by the success of 3 of the genre defining blockbusters of 2009 – KAMINEY, WAKE UP SID and DEV.D, UTV Motion Pictures announced an aggressive line up of 4 films for the period of January – March 2010.

The slate for 2010 kicks off with CHANCE PE DANCE, which has been directed by Ken Ghosh and stars Shahid Kapoor, as the talented and passionate Sameer with a never-say-die attitude and Genelia, as a beautiful and spirited choreographer, Tina. The film will have a worldwide release on 15th January.

HARISHCHANDRACHI FACTORY, India’s official entry to the Oscars this year, will hit the screens on 22nd January. This acclaimed Marathi film directed by Paresh Mokashi is a UTV production, co-produced with Paprika Media and Mayasabha. The film has also been screened for the BAFTA and Golden Globe juries, apart from various other film festivals.

PETER GAYA KAAM SE, a fast-paced action adventure movie with a romantic twist, is directed by John Owen. Starring Rajeev Khandelwal and Lekha Washington, this film is about Peter, a football crazy motorcycle taxi rider, who decides to turn his back on Goa and quit his job – until his sleazy loan shark boss Bosco persuades him to do one last job – the job that will change his life forever. The film is scheduled for a March 2010 release.

PAAN SINGH TOMAR, the true epic journey of a talented runner who turned into a rebel, has been directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia. It stars Irrfan Khan and Mahie Gill, and will be released in March 2010.

Siddharth Roy Kapur, CEO, UTV Motion Pictures said, “While 2009 has been a low year for the film industry in general, we released some interesting films which etched themselves in the minds of the audience. DEV.D, KAMINEY and WAKE UP SID created new benchmarks for what can now be perceived as commercial cinema. Our slate for 2010 promises to be a very entertaining mix and we are very excited to be bringing audiences such a wide array of interesting cinema.”

The much-anticipated releases by UTV in 2010 include Prakash Jha’s RAAJNEETI, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s GUZAARISH, Anees Bazmee’s THANK YOU, Rajkumar Gupta’s NO ONE KILLED JESSICA, Vishal Bhardwaj’s EK BATAA SAAT, Aamir Khan Productions’ DELHI BELLY and PEEPLI LIVE.

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Posted on: December 18, 2009

Paresh Mokashi screened Harishchandrachi Factory at various American universities when he visited the country recently

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 18, 2009)


Last month, while Paresh Mokashi was in the US to check his film Harishchandrachi Factory’s prospects at the Oscars, he got a chance to screen the biopic on the father of Indian cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke, at the Smithsonian University in Washington, followed by another screening at the University Of Southern California.

“These two major screenings were followed by other smaller screenings in schools and universities. I was completely floored by the American curiosity about Dadasaheb Phalke,” says Mokashi.

Paresh Mokashi

Mokashi, who is happy with the response he is getting to his film, says, “The Americans had vaguely heard of the father of Indian cinema. But not many of them were familiar with our films. To my surprise, they responded to my Marathi film on Phalke without language barriers. They laughed at the right places, cried at the right places and held their peace when needed.”

But for the India release of Harishchandrachi Factory on January 22, Mokashi is gearing up for a dubbed Hindi version. He reveals, “I know the flavour of the dialogue will be lost in translation. But the important thing is to take the film to a wider audience. I’d rather have Phalke speak in Hindi than restrict his views to a Marathi-speaking audience.”

Mokashi refuses to see the Oscars as a reason to lobby. He denies having any interaction with the judges and says, “The process of selection for the nomination is done in utmost secrecy. I wasn’t supposed to meet any member of the Oscar committee or jury. I just submitted the film for their viewing and left.”

On the way back from Los Angeles, he stopped in London to submit Harishchandrachi Factory for the BAFTA (the British Academy Of Film & Television Arts) too. “Now I’ll go back only if I’m nominated for the Oscars or the BAFTA,” promises Mokashi.

Harishchandrachi Factory

Director Paresh Mokashi, whose film Harishchandrachi Factory is India’s official entry to the Oscars, was denied a visa to the US yesterday

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 28, 2009)

 

Paresh Mokashi

Director Paresh Mokashi’s Marathi film Harishchandrachi Factory may have been nominated as India’s entry to the Oscars, but that doesn’t make it easy for him to get a US visa. He was denied a visa yesterday as the US consulate in Mumbai was not aware of his credentials.

Mokashi needs to be in LA from November 2 for the promotion of his film, but he is still stuck without a visa. He says, “I don’t really blame them. I didn’t have a face that was instantly recognisable. They didn’t know who I was and I had no papers to prove I had made a film that had been sent to the Oscars.”

Mokashi had no documents to prove his credentials. “Whatever intimation I received about the Oscar entry from the US, I have handed it to UTV. This was my first application for an American visa, and naturally my first trip to the US. The only time I’ve been abroad is to London to shoot a portion of Harishchandrachi Factory. So I was completely unaware of how things work. I don’t know how to handle it,” added the unassuming director, who had to mortgage his property to make the film.

As a result, UTV has to step in to rescue the director by submitting all the relevant documents. Mokashi said, “The US consulate has promised to give me a visa after taking my passport. They have yet to decide for how long and in what capacity. They seem to have a very thin line that distinguishes the people who want to visit the US for genuine reasons.”

Mokashi hopes to be in the US for 25 days in November to promote the film for the Oscars. “I need to be back for the film’s release in India, (somewhere around December or January). Then I return to the US to be with the film till the Oscars,” he said.

The Oscar ceremony is scheduled for early next year.

HF

HARISHCHANDRACHI FACTORY IS INDIA’S OFFICIAL ENTRY TO OSCARS!

September-end period is crucial as it’s the time when the film to be sent to the Oscars is announced. 2 years back, a controversy had erupted when Eklavya was sent to the Oscars. Last year’s choice was unanimous-Taare Zameen Par. However, this year, it was difficult to predict which film will ultimately be selected as none of the flicks (at least the Hindi ones) were ‘typical Oscar material’. But The Film Federation of India nominated an unknown upcoming Marathi flick, Harishchandrachi Factory (Harishchandra’s Factory) as India’s official entry to the Oscars.

Although none of the mediapersons and audience has seen Harishchandrachi Factory (HF), the decision has impressed almost everyone. It is a period flick which throws light on Dadasaheb Phalke’s experience while making the first feature film of India, Raja Harishchandra, in 1913! With such an excellent plot, there are high chances that the film will indeed impress everyone when it releases in theatres.

The director of the film, Paresh Mokashi, is obviously happy to see that his genuine efforts have bore fruit. He had wrote the script of the film way back in 2005 but failed to find a financer till 2008. Then, he sold his flat so as to raise money for the film. Kudos to such passionate people who are willing to go to any lengths to fulfill their dream!

HF even managed to beat Bollywood biggies like New York, Kaminey, Dev D, Delhi-6, ‘What’s Your Raashee?’ and the Marathi biggie Mi Shivaji Raje Bhosale Boltoy to become India’s Oscar entry. Anyways, some of these Bollywood films were well made but didn’t deserved to be in Oscars. Even if any of these films was nominated, it would have failed to reach the final 5. Let’s hope HF succeeds at the Oscars!

P.S.: UTV is in talks for acquiring the rights of the film.

(Info derived from articles of Times of India and Mumbai Mirror)
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‘WHAT’S YOUR RAASHEE?’ KA KYA HOGA?

WYR

There has been considerable hype surrounding the 3rd biggie of the season, ‘What’s Your Raashee?’ (WYR). Directed by Jodhaa Akbar and Lagaan director Ashutosh Gowariker and starring Priyanka Chopra and Harman Baweja, WYR is based on the novel Kimball Ravenswood by Shri Madhu Rye (why hasn’t anyone reviewed the book on MS?). The novelty of the film is Priyanka essaying 12 different characters. Although the film can and should take a good opening, what can go against it is its length. The film’s duration is around 3hrs 30mins which is too long for a romantic comedy. Also, single screens are going to exhibit only 3 shows in a day which may take a toll in its BO collections. Let’s hope the film succeeds in engrossing the audiences completely in its entire 200+ mins duration!

This post first appeared on MouthShut.com: http://www.mouthshut.com/diary/bafipomro/Fenils-Bollywood-Talk67

Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; September 22, 2009)



Once again a Marathi film has made it as India’s entry to the Oscar this year. Paresh Mokashi’s Harishchandrachi Factory, a biopic on Dadasaheb Phalke, was unanimously chosen by the Film Federation of India’s jury on Sunday.


Jury chairperson Asha Parekh said, “Twelve films were nominated, but the jury unanimously voted for this film, which is about the making of the country’s first motion picture.’’ Mokashi added, “ It is on the making of Phalke’s film and goes up to his third one. It does not cover his entire life.’’


Executive producer Shrirang Godbole said, “ We will meet the FFI and decide the strategy for the film’s publicity. It is scheduled to released by the year-end. Sandeep Sawant’s Shwaas (2004) was the last Marathi film to be chosen as India’s Oscar entry. It’s producers raised funds to promote the film, but it failed to clear the first round of nominations in the Foreign Language category.


Other films in the running included Dev D, Dilli 6, Fashion, New York, Mee Shivajiraje Bhosale Boltoy, Kaminey and the unreleased What’s Your Raashee?. The only offering from the south was T Hariharan’s Malayalam film Pazhassi Raja starring Mamoothy.


Kabir Khan, director of New York said, “I am glad a regional film has been selected. It will be really interesting to see the making of the first motion picture of India.”
bharati.dubey@timesgroup.com

Paresh Mokashi’s Marathi film Harishchandrachi Factory makes it to the Oscars
By PTI (September 21, 2009)

Harishchandrachi Factory

Writer and Director Paresh Mokashi’s Marathi film Harishchandrachi Factory has been selected as India’s official entry to the Oscars in the Foreign Film Category. The nomination was announced by The Film Federation of India which was headed by Asha Parekh. The film’s prints for the Oscars will have to be submitted before October 1.

Harishchandrachi Factory has won several international awards and honours. It was selected from 15 other films which included Bollywood films New York and Delhi 6. The two-hour-long film is based on Dadasaheb Phalke’s experience while making Raja Harishchandra in 1913. It was the first Indian feature film.

The film starring eminent Marathi theatre artistes was completed in December last year. It will be released in India shortly.