Presenter Sohum Shah of Recyclewala films will adopt the limited release strategy
After the success of Ship of Theseus and the announcement of new ventures from their stable, Recyclewala Films comprising of Anand Gandhi, Sohum Shah among others is all set to present a documentary made by director Nishtha Jain on one of the most controversial, revolutionary and daring gangs formed in 2006— Gulabi Gang— headed by Sampat Pal. The 96 minute documentary, Gulabi Gang was shot in Bundelkhand over a period of five months in 2010, and became the first Indian documentary to get a theatrical release abroad. The film released in Norway last year.
Gulabi…will document the daily routine of the gang members and how they fight against gender violence, caste oppression, corruption among others. “The experience of working with real people is far more challenging than having a Bollywood celebrity in your film. I was living and moving around with Sampat Pal and several hundred members of Gulabi Gang. Unlike the other film (Gulaab Gang) which was conceptualised at a later stage, we took permission from Sampatji and she gave us 100 per cent support. I don’t think anyone should draw comparisons between the two films, because my film is real and has real footage of people suffering from abuse,” stated director Nishtha Jain, while adding that the only problem they faced was the strong resistance against the gang in the village.
It was during the Dubai Film Festival that the film caught Gandhi’s eye and he recommended it to Shah, who then agreed to present it. Gandhi confessed that Kiran Rao, who had earlier backed his directorial venture, Ship Of Theseus, has seen the film and admitted that she loved it. “We are hoping that Kiran will help us to reach out to more people. Right now, we will be following the limited release strategy and Gulabi Gang will release in 15 screens across the country. If the response is good, we will look at increasing the number of screens. We are also planning a few promotional activities across social media platforms,” adds Shah. The trio said that they are planning a few special screenings and interactive sessions with Pal, who will be in the city between February 8 to 10. Produced by Norway based Piraya films and Final Cut For Real from Denmark, the film has also got support from PVR Director’s Rare in India and will be released on February 21.
Viacom 18 Motion Pictures adopts ‘no comment’ policy on taking legal action against Abhay Deol
It was reported that Viacom 18 Motion Pictures who have the theatrical, audio, video, overseas and satellite rights of Abhay Deol’s recently released One By Two are in the process of taking legal action against the actor.
The corporate apparently wants compensation to the tune of over two crore because the music rights of the film remained unsold. Deol who is one of the crusaders of the copyright issues had asked his music composers Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy not to sign what he termed as, “an illegal clause.” As a result, T-Series, the music company that was to market the music of his film under their label, refused to do so. In fact, the actor had attended the 20th Life OK Screen Awards function, sporting a black eye in order to register his protest against the music company.
The stand taken by Deol has caused the corporation to lose the revenue that they would have normally got from the sale of music (audio) rights, hence they want compensation. At the time of going to press, however the spokesperson of Viacom 18, did not wish to comment on the issue. Deol and his spokesperson too remained unavailable for comment.
Rekha in Fitoor
The director of the film, Abhishek Kapoor says that he does not “want to comment on it,” but reportedly Rekha will be part of Fitoor, the Indian adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classis, The Great Expectations.
The film which is produced by Disney UTV, has Katrina Kaif and Aditya Roy Kapur in the lead roles, will take off in July. Rekha is also playing the protagonist in Indra Kumar’s Super Nani which releases on May 1.
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