Abhay Deol’s last outing One By Two may not have hit the mark but the actor, who had also produced the film, and acted in it with beau Preeti Desai, has moved on. Deol, who is known for his choice of unusual cinema and tackling complex characters, is presently in a happy space having signed three projects. “You are the first person to whom I have confirmed about these films, but I cannot talk much as the producers will be making the announcements soon. All I can tell you is that two of the ventures are quite edgy, in the thriller-suspense kind of space, and one is a very big action adventure. One project should take off in the month of May or June,” revealed the actor.
The actor-producer, who was supposed to co-produce and act in a thriller titled Bounty Hunter along with a UK-based company said that he cannot talk about the film as yet. “Actually there’s another film too. That way I have five films if you ask me. Three are signed and confirmed and I can leave my dates open for the other films. So, while I am shooting for these confirmed ones, things should fall in place for the other two,” he said.
Titli at the Cannes festival
The announcement of the Festival de Cannes’ official selections shows that India will continue its run this year too. Titli, directed by debutant Kanu Behl and produced by Dibakar Banerjee and Yash Raj Films, has made it to the Un Certain Regard section of Festival de Cannes, which will be held between May 14 and 25. This is Yash Raj Film’s second project at Cannes this year — their Grace of Monaco will open the festival. The film has actor Ranvir Shorey in a key role alongside Amit Sial and debutant Shashank Arora plays the title role, among others.
According to the official synopsis of the film, Titli — named after the lead character — is set in Delhi’s underbelly and tells the story of a young member of a car-jacking gang, as he attempts to escape the business. Run by members of his family, he finds opposition in his brothers. The film, in all, speaks about how an individual may find it impossible to escape his or her roots. “I grew up in Delhi and know the city intimately, so the story takes root in my experiences. The film is set in East Delhi’s Patparganj area and thereabouts although we shot in West Delhi,” says the director who is currently busy wrapping up the post-production of the film before leaving for Cannes next month.
Titli, which was part of the Screenwriters’ Lab in 2012, also won an award for the Best Work-in-Progress Lab Project at NFDC Film Bazaar last year. Behl has assisted Banerjee on Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! and was the co-writer with him on Love Sex Aur Dhokha.
Ever since Udaan’s official selection in the Un Certain Regard category in 2010, India has had a steady run at the festival, held by the French Riviera. In 2012, Miss Lovely was in the same category. Other films, such as Gangs of Wasseypur, Peddlers and The Lunchbox have also been showcased at the festival in the past. — EFS
Shaatir now titled Raja Natwarlal
UTV Motion Pictures has announced that their con-thriller directed by Kunal Deshmukh and starring Emraan Hashmi which was earlier titled Shaatir will now be called Raja Natwarlal.
Hashmi, who plays the role of a master street-con artist in the movie, said that the title etches out his character perfectly and explains the space of the film which talks about his character who along with his partner-in-crime, lives off short cons in Mumbai. The movie progresses through many twists and turns and several cons that ultimately lead to a big one.
Raja Natwarlal is slated to release on August 29, 2014.