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Three to see at LFF if you like… Indian films

The new film from an established director…


The Bait (2016)

The Bait

What’s it about?

In this surreal fairytale set in rural Bengal, we meet three characters – a cranky ex-postman who has renounced the world, a young circus tightrope walker who dreams of being a grown-up, and an eccentric king, desperate to prove himself by killing a local tiger. Gradually, the three characters’ paths cross with surprising consequences.

Who made it?

Master filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta (Grihajuddha, Uttara) has won many awards for his 18 features. As with directors like Guillermo del Toro, Dasgupta’s works have a surreal, magical-realist style distinct from other Indian filmmakers, but with a searing political and cultural critique hidden within.

What’s special about it?

Greene is a filmmaker who wants to change the way you see and understand documentary. This film is his most complex, ambitious and beautiful to date, a non-fiction psychological thriller that purports to present a story of an actor (Kate Lyn Sheil) grappling with her preparations to play Christine Chubbuck in a narrative feature that is in fact a fictional construct.

This is a multi-flavoured spectacle with a rich subtext, set in a pastoral Bengal populated by wildly characterised fairytale folk and even wilder animals (no CGI here!). The filmmaker spent the first few years of his life travelling with his parents across his homeland in pre-Partition India, and this experience is reflected in the child-like wandering players who inhabit his films, seemingly rootless but locked into a timeless natural landscape. In The Bait, Dasgupta melds this storybook innocence with sharp political satire.

The breakthrough…


A Billion Colour Story (2016)

A Billion Colour Story

What’s it about?

Mumbai schoolboy Hari is a smart kid. His liberal-minded parents are from different religions and firmly believe that India will always overcome its differences. But as they face increased religious prejudice, they struggle with whether to leave the country they love. Hari hatches a plan to save the day.

Who made it?

Produced by acclaimed Hindi film and theatre actor Satish Kaushik (Mr India, Brick Lane, City of Gold), A Billion Colour Story is helmed by first-time director N. Padmakumar who, after 18 years in advertising (most recently as national creative director of Rediffusion Y&R India), has decided to follow his passion for making films.

What’s special about it?

The director wanted to tell a unique story “in the face of a world rapidly being torn asunder by division, violence and suspicion”. The result is a hopeful perhaps idealistic drama, which provides a much-needed boost for the spirits.

Eleven-year-old Hari Aziz (half-Muslim and half-Hindu) embodies the aspiration of a new urban generation in India, connected to global technology, upbeat in values, and burning bright with hope. The film’s inspiring finale will leave you spinning. Bring tissues!

The wild card…


You Are My Sunday (2016)

You Are My Sunday

What’s it about?

In congested Mumbai, five young men live to play football at Juhu Beach every Sunday, but when they are banned the boys have the near-impossible task of finding a new place to play in the crowded city. As the search continues, relationships and emotions are put to the test.

Who made it?

Debut feature director Milind Dhaimade hails from an advertising background, with more than 10 years experience directing over 100 TV commercials. In 2011, his short Prakata Het Yaad won the audience choice award at Florence Film Festival. The film’s lead actor Shahana Goswami (Rock On!!, Firaaq, Ra.One) has won awards internationally.

What’s special about it?

You Are My Sunday is much more than a buddy movie about guys looking for their ‘little happy spot’ away from the pressures and strains of their high-stress middle-class urban lives. Based on the director’s own real experiences, it depicts how normal people cope with the cheek-by-jowl existence of super-cities like Mumbai and how each deals with their own physical and emotional space. Between the knockabout footie scenes is a feel-good story about men bonded by understanding, hope and positivity.


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Delhi-Based Couple’s Wedding Invite Is Going Viral..Here’s Why

A Delhi-based couple has decided to invite people to their wedding with their hatke invitations and it’s going viral on Twitter.

Marriage is a union of two people, who begin a new lease of life by taking vows and making their way into a beautiful commitment! To celebrate the unison, an extravagant affair is planned that last for almost a week. And when it comes to Indian weddings, people sometimes go the extra mile to make their D-day memorable. A Delhi-based couple is the latest addition to the list, who decided to invite people to their wedding with their hatke invitations.

Twitter handle, @Stuprous_doctor, a short while ago tweeted the images of a trendy wedding invite, said to be that of Suresh Kumar and Vidhya Priyanka BD, and Twitterati just lost it. Molded in the form of an iPhone, allegedly created by Kumar’s cousin, the invites is generating a hype for its interesting design. In accordance to a BuzzFeed report, Kumar said that despite the fact that theirs was an arranged marriage, it was speedy to bloom into love and they wanted to publicize their big decision in a “weird, quirky way” to the world.

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Meet this lucky man who gets paid to have s3x with prostitutes

‘John’ is 60, divorced, and gets paid to have s3x with prostitutes. Well, “more often than not it’s just a handjob” he says.

He is one of several private investigators being hired in Australia as ‘brothel busters’, who pose as regular customers in order to unearth illegal s3x work.

“I’m pretty sure plenty of fellas would be a bit envious of how I’m earning a bit of pocket money from time to time,” he told, replying when asked whether it was a good retirement gig: “Oh, most definitely.”

His job is necessary because authorities have little power to access premises without a court order, making it difficult to bust the brothels posing as massage parlours that are ubiquitous in New South Wales.

John can provide them with highly graphic detail about the services on offer however, filing reports that can run for up to three pages and include dates, times, people, places, who, what, when, where and how much.

“It’s a document that will be used in court, so it has to be pretty detailed and very accurate. It’s not something you can waddle off in a couple of minutes,” he said.

More often than not, he claims, the parlours are fronts.

“If you looked hard enough, you might be able to find a massage parlour that doesn’t offer s3xual services,” he said. “In my experience there have only been three premises where I have gone in and not been offered that service some time during the course of the treatment.”

John notes that while some offer intercourse which he obligingly accepts, “more often than not it’s just a handjob. They just want to get it over and done with and get the next one in.”

Lachlan Jarvis, managing director of private investigation firm Lyonswood, is in charge of hiring undercover s3x investigators.

“We prefer people who are single, and obviously they have to be willing to undertake s3xual activity,” he told

 “I’m not surprised that some people would say that spending ratepayers’ money on the services we provide is outrageous, but they don’t understand that we help stop s3x trafficking, for example.”
John counts himself lucky to have what is a fairly relaxed and flexible job.
“It’s not your typical nine-to-five, Monday-to-Friday job,” he said. “There are no time constraints, and there’s never been a stage where I’ve felt threatened or worried about my safety.”
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Once She was a Shepherd Girl In Morocco, Now France’s Education Minister! Inspirational Story.

Once A Shepherd Girl In Morocco, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem Is Now France’s Education Minister!
Everybody dreams of making it big in life but very few determined souls really act upon it. The story of Najat Vallaud-Belkacem is a testament to this, who overcame all the obstacles life laid at her feet and carved her own destiny.
Once a shepherd girl of four – who fetched water from the well – Najat moved to France with her family and faced the real world full of opportunities as well as struggles. The Moroccan girl who had no proficiency in French learnt the language by the end of her first year in college.
“The fact of leaving one’s country, one’s family, one’s root can be painful, my father had already found his place, but for us, for my mother, it was very difficult to get our bearings.”

Najat inherited hard work and resourcefulness from her father who laid strict rules for his daughters – no boys and no nightclubs till the age of 18. As a result, the girls completely surrendered themselves to studies.
Najat’s sister, Fatiha, is a lawyer in Paris.
While studying at the University of Amiens, Najat got the opportunity to pursue higher education with the prestigious Institut d’études politiques de (also known as Sciences Po). This set her on the path winding the political landscape in France.

Najat worked two jobs to take the financial load off her parents while pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration. It is during this time she met Boris Vallaud, a fellow student, and the two married in 2005.

Najat’s political career began with her joining the Socialist Party as an adviser to the mayor of Lyon. She later ran for elections and won the seat of the Councillor. In 2012, she was appointed as the Minister of Women’s Affairs by François Hollande, the then Socialist president.
In 2014, she served as the Minister of Women’s Right, Minister of City Affairs, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports. In a major cabinet shuffle, she was promoted to serve as the Minister of Education. While advising the youth who want to participate in the country’s politics, Najat said, “I have always advised the youths to get involved in politics. The best way to be happy with your future is by playing a part in it. If you’re just a spectator of collective fate, you’re bound to feel frustrated.”

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