Bollywood cinema has naturally hesitated looking at Indian politics and political themes while setting up fictional drama.
There have been cases in the past, after all, when themes pertaining to politics faced trouble. Kissaa Kursee Kaa was banned from release during Emergency owing to its satirical depiction of democracy in the country. Aandhi was banned a few months after release because it was felt that the film bore shades of Indira Gandhi and her politics. Parzania, depicting a fictional story against the backdrop of the 2002 Gujarat riots, was banned in that state, and so was Firaaq. Inshallah Kashmir won a National Award, but was denied release,
Ankur played Jim's brother in Bejoy Nambiar's recent release, "Taish", which dropped digitally as a web series as well as a film.
"In rehearsals, we would think of something mischievous, smile at each other and throw the scene on its feet and test it out! Such exploration continued on set. We would constantly go off script, and as Bejoy kept rolling we would bounce off each other's absurd impulses. Jim reminded me that in our search for authenticity and spontaneity we can have so much fun," said Ankur.
It has been an eventful year for him so far, having worked with filmmakers like Anubhav Sinha, Nagesh Kukunoor and Bejoy Nambiar. The common factor among these creative artistes, he says, is that they welcome new ideas.
Ankur worked in Sinha's critically-acclaimed "Thappad" besides Bejoy Nambiar's "Taish
Sachin: A Billion Dreams
Chronicling?a stellar 24-year-old journey of India's greatest cricket legend, Sachin Tendulkar,?Sachin: A Billion Dreams?was easily the most anticipated film for cricket fans in 2017. A docudrama sports film was made over an extensive four years and starred the cricket God of India himself with real-life footage of the cricketer's childhood and iconic matches.
Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment is launching a new division, Hyde Park Entertainment Asia, to make film and TV projects from Indian and Asian filmmakers.
Among the division’s initial slate - which focuses on Indian stories for English- and local-language audiences - is an animated feature from Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha, a comedy series in development with Paul Feig and a TV series from writer-director Nagesh Kukunoor.
Los Angeles-based Hyde Park, which also has an office in London, will open an Asian base in Chennai,
This continues Hyde Park’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, with the division’s first slate focusing on Indian stories for both English-and local-language audiences. The company will expand its production operations, headquartered in La, by adding an Asian base in Chennai, India. This joins Hyde Park’s European oﬃces in London. Hyde Park and Image Nation Abu Dhabi are continuing their long-term film financing partnership.
“Now more than ever the Hollywood dream needs to be multicultural and all inclusive,” says Amritraj, “I look forward to collaborating with wonderful Indian and Asian talent long into the future to tell unique and authentic stories that reflect our global world.”
Amritraj has been a pioneering
The diversification move is made possible by the growing success of Indian film and TV content which is being propelled to new audiences overseas by global video streamers Netflix and Amazon. Within India, local streaming giants Hotstar, SonyLiv, and others, are similarly using Ott technology and cheap cellular data to reach nationwide audiences, many of which were not previously TV households.
To capitalize on Indian stories — and the exploding Indian series genre — the group is launching a new division Hyde Park Entertainment Asia to be headquartered in Chennai. Parent company Hyde Park will continue to produce and finance U.S. studio and independent films and television from Los Angeles,
“Continuing Hyde Park’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, the division’s first slate will have a focus on Indian stories for both English-and local-language audiences,” the entertainment group said Thursday.
And one of the projects currently in development in that initial slate is “Break the Room,” an Indian-American half-hour comedy series from Paul Feig’s Diversity Initiative Powderkeg and ShivHans Pictures, written by Sameer Gardezi (“Modern Family”) and Jimy Shah. Hyde Park likens the potential show to ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat.”
Hyde Park is also expanding its production operations by adding an Asian base in Chennai, India which joins its European oﬃces in London and its headquarters in Los Angeles. According to the company, Hyde Park and Image Nation Abu Dhabi “continue their long-term film financing partnership.”
“Now more than ever the Hollywood dream needs to be multicultural and all inclusive,” Amritraj said. “I look forward to collaborating with wonderful Indian and Asian talent long into the future to tell unique and authentic stories that reflect our global world.”
See below for Hyde Park Entertainment Asia’s initial slate, with the descriptions each in the company’s own words.
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Pashmina: A large-scale animated musical feature with Netflix in the vein of Coco. Based on the bestselling graphic novel by Nidhi Chanani, Pashmina is a magical story of family and cultural connection with Gurinder Chadha on-board to direct.
Break The Room with Paul Feig: Hyde Park is developing an Indian-American half hour comedy series like Fresh Off The Boat with Paul Feig’s Diversity Initiative Powderkeg and ShivHans Pictures from writers Sameer Gardezi (“Modern Family”) and Jimy Shah.
Maximum City: A sweeping franchise of films in the vein of Traffic based on the Pulitzer Prize finalist book by Suketu Mehta that explores the interconnecting power, politics, and criminal underworld of Mumbai. Auteur filmmaker Anurag Kashyap will be the showrunner and director and Good Bad Films Llp will co- produce with Hyde Park.
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Paradise Towers: A drama series adaptation of Shweta Bachchan Nanda’s bestselling novel about the intertwining lives, forbidden romances, and mounting tensions between neighbors in an exclusive Mumbai apartment complex. One of India’s most celebrated directors, Zoya Akhtar (Amazon’s “Made in Heaven”) brings the project to the screen alongside Hyde Park Entertainment. Shweta Bachchan-Nanda is a columnist for Vogue and daughter of Indian superstars Jaya & Amitabh Bachchan.
The Conch Bearer: A Ya-Fantasy series adapted from Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s bestselling trilogy that follows a young boy on a magical adventure that has been compared to Harry Potter for India. Imtiaz Ali, one of India’s most prominent filmmakers will be the show runner and direct the pilot for the series. It will be produced by Hyde Park Entertainment and Window Seat Films, Llp.
Deb: An 8-part television series from renowned writer-director Nagesh Kukunoor, whose film Dhank won the Crystal Bear Grand Prix at the Berlin International Film Festival. In the vein of ‘Constantine,’ the series is a modern-day, edge-of-your-seat thriller rooted in ancient Indian mythology.
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As a director, he made his debut in 1972 with “Vamsa Vriksha,” by renowned Kannada novelist S.L. Bhyrappa. It was co-helmed with B.V. Karanth, another luminary of Kannada cinema. It touched on the then-taboo subject of widow remarriage and introduced audiences to the actor Vishnuvardhan. The film was later remade in another Telugu, another regional language, and starred Anil Kapoor.
Karnad made his acting bow in 1970 with “Samskara” (Funeral Rites), which he adapted from U.R. Ananthamurthy’s novel of the same name, which deals with caste issues.
Set in Mumbai, the 10-episode thriller drama is helmed by Nagesh Kukunoor. The web series, by Applause Entertainment, has become the breakout Indian show of the month, based on May 2019 data on IMDb.
"'City of Dreams' was one of the most unique stories I worked on. It is a powerful and compelling show which unfolds many stories which remain lost in the city," Atul said in a statement.
"My character as a politician has been loved by the audience and my performance has been praised. Now that it is one of the breakout shows on IMDb, all I can say is hard work always pays," he added.
Atul is "overwhelmed by the enormous response the
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Applause Entertainment is developing quite a number of brilliant drama series lately. However, it was the web series City Of Dreams that was one of the first show commissioned by Applause Entertainment. The content studio headed by the media pioneer Sameer Nair collaborated with ace director Nagesh Kukunoor, to helm this stellar political drama set in the modern-day backdrop of Mumbai - City Of Dreams in one of their earliest partnerships.
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