‘LoveYatri’ releasing on 5th October, 2018 at Major Ekamai & Rama 3

A journey of love unfolds as two strangers meet to celebrate the festival of love.

Presenting Aayush Sharma and Warina Hussain.

Loveyatri is a contemporary love story of Sushrut and Manisha, which revolves around the journey of love. Directed by Abhiraj Minawala & produced by Salma Khan starring Aayush Sharma and Warina Hussain.

Release Date: 5th October 2018
Presenter SALMAN KHAN FILMS
Producer by SALMA KHAN
Directed by ABHIRAJ K. MINAWALA
Story, Screenplay & Dialogues NIREN BHATT
Director of Photography JISHNU BHATTACHERJEE
Director of Choreography VAIBHAVI MERCHANT
Composer TANISHK BAGCHI
Executive Producer YOGENDRA MOGRE
Associate Producer SHAMIRAAH NAMBIAR
Film Editor RITESH SONI
Production Design AMIT RAY & SUBRATA CHAKRABORTY
Sound Design DILEEP SUBRAMANIAM
Background Score SANCHIT BALHARA
Guest Composers LIJO GEORGE – DJ CHETAS, JAM 8
Music Supervisor AZEEM DAYANI
Lyrics MANOJ MUNTASHIR, SHABBIR AHMED, BADSHAH, TANISHK BAGCHI, DARSHAN RAVAL, NIREN BHATT
Costumes MANISH MALHOTRA, ALVIRA KHAN AGNIHOTRI & ASHLEY REBELLO
Casting Director MUKESH CHHABRA
Action Director RIYAZ – HABIB
Visual Effects by yFX
Visual Promotions MOHIT SAJNANEY, JUST RIGHT STUDIOZ

After Sonu Sood, THIS actress walks out from Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi

Kangana Ranaut starrer Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi continues to face obstacles in its filming stage. After Sonu Sood’s exit now actress Swati Semwal has walked out of the project. The actress gave the reason that she didn’t find her role meaty and that’s why she opted to leave the film. “After the meeting, I realised that it [the role] was not so significant anymore. It was not what we signed for when I signed the film, so we decided to part ways.” She further added, “I’m looking for performance-oriented, substantial roles. I am not stuck on lead roles, but whatever I have to do, I want it to be substantial enough and even ‘Manikarnika’ had a pretty strong character. But now I don’t think so it’s the same anymore.”


Talking about Manikarnika, the film will also mark the acting debut of Deepika Padukone s ex-boyfriend, Nihaar Pandya, where he ll portray the character of Baji Rao the second (II). It also features Jisshu Sengupta, Vaibhav Tatwawaadi and television actress, Ankita Lokhande, in pivotal roles. It is set to hit the screens on January 25 and will lock the horns with Hrithik Roshan’s Super 30 and Emraan Hashmi’s Cheat India at the box office.

Bigg Boss 12 Weekend Ka Vaar: Dipika Kakar and Jasleen Matharu to lock horns in the Sultani Akhadha

After a surprising week of no elimination, the makers of Bigg Boss 12 have given not just the fans but also the housemates a shocker. Show host Salman Khan is back with another ‘Weekend ka Vaar’ episode but as he announced that there would be ‘Double evictions’, it was a complete shocker for all the housemates. After Roshmi Banik and Kriti Verma’s eviction, the remaining three nominated contestants were relieved thinking they would get to spend another week in the Bigg Boss house. But the news of double evictions left them stunned and upset.

On a happier note, Salman’s brother in law, Aayush Sharma along with his co-actor Warina Hussain had come to promote their upcoming movie LoveYatri. During his visit, both Salman and Aayush being gym fanatics were seen working out together in his chalet. Post that, Warina Hussain and Aayush Sharma joined Salman Khan on stage, where they spoke about their movie. Aayush and Warina also played a game where they asked Salman questions and with each correct answer Salman was given a live puppy, and by the end of it, he was sitting with a lap full of cute baby floofs. With the upcoming garba season, the trio also practiced the form of dance on one of the tracks from Ayush & Warina’s soon to be release movie.

Furthermore, Salman, then had another task in mind for the contestants. That too a bittersweet one. The task had Salman read out statements written by the contestants for their housemates. A chosen contestant would then have to guess who must have made such statements about them and smash a cupcake with a catapult on their face. As always, the task brought to light hidden opinions to the forefront. Salman also, nominated Jasleen and Dipika to this weekend’s Sulatani Akhada, where they had a ‘Khushti’ match between them.

After the announcement of the double eviction, Romil-Nirmal, Karanvir and Dipika remained anxious about their exit. However, as we reported it would be Nirmal Singh who would walk out of the house.

Source: https://www.bollywoodlife.com/news-gossip/bigg-boss-12-weekend-ka-vaar-dipika-kakar-and-jasleen-matharu-to-lock-horns-in-the-sultani-akhadha/

‘Andhadhun’ releasing on 5th October, 2018 at Major Ekamai, Rama 3 & Pattaya

Andhadhun is an upcoming Indian mystery thriller film directed by Sriram Raghavan. The film stars Ayushmann Khurrana, Tabu and Radhika Apte in the lead roles.

#AndhaDhun #MovieTrailer He sees what he shouldn’t. She sees what he couldn’t. So the question is, does he see it or not?

Watch the AndhaDhun trailer to know. AndhaDhun starring Tabu, Ayushmann Khurrana & Radhika Apte releases in cinemas 5th October, 2018. Directed by Sriram Raghavan Join the conversation –

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Anup Jalota and Jasleen Matharu relationship under the scanner: Is it really real?

Bigg Boss 12: Anup Jalota and Jasleen Matharu have set tongues wagging with the revelation of their romantic relationship. But is it for real or is it only to establish themselves in the controversial house of Bigg Boss?

Everyone’s favourite show Bigg Boss is back and how. Two episodes in, the show is already making headlines not for a controversy related to a contestant or an ex-lovers spat, but due to the ‘vichitra’ jodi of 65-year-old Anup Jalota and his 28-year-old partner Jasleen Matharu. The two have set tongues wagging with the revelation of their romantic relationship. But is it for real or is it only to establish themselves in the controversial house of Bigg Boss? The question has popped up in just two days of their stay in the show.

During the premiere episode, the bhajan maestro introduced Jasleen as his student and nothing more than that. In the words of the veteran singer, his and Jasleen’s was a “guru-shishya” relationship. But then, Salman Khan played an audio-visual of him and the young singer accepting their relationship. Jasleen called Anup Jalota her “partner” whom she has been dating for last 3.5 years in the AV. On being asked by Salman, what movie title will she dedicate to Anup, Jasleen replied with the title of Salman’s film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. It couldn’t have got more bizarre.

Just when we started to believe their love story, Jasleen’s thoughts about love and romance went for a toss. From being a die-hard romantic singing “raat akeli hai” for Anup, Jasleen transformed into a mature person. “It’s a different kind of a liking. There’s no name to this relationship. It’s just that both of us are way too important for each other. He is my teacher. We are like family,” she told co-contestant Saba Khan.

Trying to make a point, Anup Jalota added, “Mohabbat kayi tareeke ki hoti hai. Ye nahi keh sakte ki I am very much in love, (There is a different kind of love. You cannot say I am very much in love).”

Now, if you think the two are faking it for the show, wait! In the ‘BB Press Conference’ task, the two flipped yet again. Anup Jalota in his defence said, “Hum dono ek hain. (We both are one).” But Jasleen’s reluctance to accept her relationship with the 65-year-old singer was brought up by Dipika Kakar. Unable to defend herself, Jasleen, when prodded further, went on to give statements like, “Anup ji and I are teacher and student and are very important for each other” and “Considering his age, do you expect me to call him my boyfriend?”

Now, with such contrasting statements coming from this ‘vichitra’ jodi, just like Karanvir Bohra, we are also confused. Meanwhile, Jasleen’s father has reacted on his daughter’s relationship with Anup Jalota which was under the wraps until now. In an interview with News18, he said, “This news was a shocker for me as well as for my family. However, I don’t want to comment anything on her personal life till I meet her. She is on the Bigg Boss 12 house and want her to stay positive and emerge as the winner of the show. There are many other contestants who have controversial past, my daughter has not done anything wrong. I wish her all the best for the show and be an inspiration for the society.”

The Coolest, Freshest And Most Awaited Jodi Of 2018 – Varun Dhawan And Anushka Sharma Is Here!

Yash Raj Films’ “Sui Dhaaga – Made in India” is a heartwarming story of pride and self reliance, which finds its roots in the heart of India and reflects the passion that runs through the veins of every single Indian. Taking the message of “Made in India” forward, the film modestly tries to bring back our traditional art forms and handicrafts in focus. The film is helmed by National award winning Producer – Director Duo of Maneesh Sharma and Sharat Katariya (Dum Laga ke Haisha) and features Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma in the lead roles.

Through the hero & his wife, film talks about the need of social entrepreneurship as a tool for social and economic development of our artisans, living their life in the margins due to the changing times. Set in a small town in India, the film encapsulates the journey of an honest man from a humble background, who pursues his passion, overcoming all odds and soon finds himself on the cover of an international magazine with the world taking note and appreciating his talent.

A clean family entertainer, the film emphasizes virtues like honesty, self respect and community living.

 

TIFF 2018 Movie Review: ‘Manmarziyaan’

Before premiering at TIFF 2018, ‘Manmarziyaan’ went through a lot of changes. Initially directed by Sameer Sharma, the film starred Bhumi Pednekar, Ayushmann Khurrana and Dulquer Salmaan.

Manmarziyaan’ releasing on 14 September, 2018 at Major Ekamai, Rama 3 & Pattaya…

However, producer Aanand L Rai, unhappy with the way things were going, decided to change gears and start from scratch. This was 2016. After two years, a new director and a different cast, Rai’s film is now proudly premiering at one of the biggest festivals in the world. With a team consisting of Anurag Kashyap, Taapsee Pannu, Vicky Kaushal and Abhishek Bachchan, we finally get to see the ‘Manmarziyaan’ Rai had envisioned.

Love is a shade of grey. That’s the first thing an Anurag Kashyap romantic comedy tells you. Serenades to you, more specifically. The first few minutes of ‘Manmarziyaan’ greet you with song and dance, instantly suggesting this isn’t a typical Kashyap film. And the music doesn’t end there: there’s a wedding song, a remix, a song pacifying a girlfriend, breakup tracks… the film even ends with a love ballad. It’s all very unlike the usual Kashyap, but you can still find him if you look close enough: in the dialogue, the rough edges of the characters, the hidden metaphors and, of course, the soundtrack. Just like most of Kashyap’s collaborations with Amit Trivedi, this soundtrack is perfectly in rhythm with the story. The music is woven into the film seamlessly, as the story slips in and out of song according to the narrative.

‘Manmarziyaan’ is a love trangle between Rumi (Taapsee Pannu), her commitment-phobic DJ boyfriend Vicky (Vicky Kaushal) and her calm, collected arranged marriage suitor Robbie (Abhishek Bachchan). Rumi is a feisty, impulsive Punjabi woman at odds with her family, who are insisting on her marriage. At first glance, she seems like the typical manic pixie dream girl Bollywood has been obsessed with ever since ‘Jab We Met’ (2007). But what sets Rumi apart is that she isn’t the carefree, positive ray of sunshine that changes the hero’s life. She is smart, angry and always fighting for herself. Sick of Vicky’s non-committal, carefree attitude, she puts an ultimatum in front of him: marry me or I’ll marry someone else. As Vicky’s self-doubt takes over him, Rumi follows through on her promise and settles on an arranged marriage with Robbie. But unfortunately for them, feelings don’t fade as fast as relationship titles do.

‘Manmarziyaan’ depicts this complicated relationship from three individual perspectives. The story is more about the three people in love, and less about love itself. By focusing on each person separately, screenwriter Kanika Dhillon never loses the individuality of the characters. Post-marriage Rumi still deals with her emotions the same way she used to, post-breakup Vicky still reacts like a child. Dhillon also manages to highlight the complexity of being in love as her characters go through jealousy, sorrow, regret, confusion, often all at the same time. The film constantly highlights how torn the characters feel in love, standing at the crossroads between mind and heart, risk and reward, anger and longing. The duality the characters face within themselves is symbolized through identical twins popping up in the background – a lovely cameo by the dancing duo Poonam and Priyanka. All three of them are stuck between black and white – different values of the same color, which come together and make gray.

The parts of the film that feel repetitive are rescued by the fabulous performances the actors have given. Kaushal specifically has a tough character to portray in Vicky, and he effortlessly manages to show the vulnerability and insecurity so vital to making the character likeable. Both Pannu and Bachchan make perfect sense as Rumi and Robbie, fitting into their roles like a glove. Pannu has managed to establish two different, but equally capivating connections with each of her co-stars, even though both relationships in the film are poles apart. Neelu Kohli and Vikram Kochhar, who improvised most of their scenes, are hilarious as Robbie’s mother and house help.

With a strong cast and crew, an incredible soundtrack and a satisfying ending, it’s hard to find many flaws in ‘Manmarziyaan’. However, a word of warning: if you are expecting typical Anurag Kashyap, sit this one out. Instead of the usual anger and darkness, Kashyap has put his heart into this one.

 

Our rating: 4.5/5

RCB Film Club’s September Film Series- ‘Under Construction’, Bangladesh, Sat 15 Sept, 4:00 pm.

RIVER CITY BANGKOK FILM CLUB – SEPTEMBER 2018

FOUR DYNAMIC MOVIES FROM FOUR DIVERSE COUNTRIES !

FREE SCREENING !

SECOND FILM !

‘UNDER CONSTRUCTION’, BANGLADESH

Directed by Rubaiyat Hossain

1Hr 28 Mins

(With ENGLISH Sub-Titles )

SATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER, 4:00 PM

VENUE: RCB FORUM ( 2nd Floor, River City Bangkok )

 

 

We are proud to screen a film from Bangladesh, that has won prestigious awards and accolades at numerous festivals around the world. It was also the Opening Film of the Dhaka International Film Festival.

The young director of the film Rubaiyat Hossain, did Women’s Studies in the US and is currently doing Film Studies at the famed Tisch School of Arts in New York. She hops between Bangladesh and the US, and infact has started a film production company in Dhaka, Khona Talkies, to support talented film-makers from her country.

Under Construction is a woman-centric film, where apart from the characters being mostly women, the crew members were also female, as the Director strongly believes in the strength of woman-power.

The film delineates woman-power through the character of Roya, who tries to break out of stereotypes, both in her personal life as a middle-class housewife and in her professional life as a stage actress.

She does not want to be a typical housewife at home, including having a child, which disturbs her otherwise-cool husband. At work, she tries to re-interpret the role of the female protagonist ‘Nandini’, in the famed play Red Oleanders by Nobel Laureate author Rabindranath Tagore, which shocks her stage- director. The only person who seems to understand her, is the US-based theatre curator Imtiaz, and they are strongly drawn to each other.

Two other women characters, including her fiercely independent mother, and her strong-minded maid, make the film more interesting.

There are dream sequences, surreal images, and the film works on a symbolistic level as much as the realistic one. It is a unique and exciting artistic endeavor from Bangladesh. The excellent cast add to the strength and enjoyment of a unique and thought-provoking film, which was screened at more than 30 film festivals around the world, won many prestigious awards, and was internationally released, including at seven cities in France.

 

Trailer:

https://vimeo.com/117406280

 

Critics:

 

The Daily Star: ‘The complexity of the story deserves two thumbs up. the symbolism is striking, and the dialogues are pure gold.’

easternKicks: ‘Under Construction is delicate and dynamic.’

www.dailyuw.com: ‘There’s a lot being built in ‘Under Construction’, from the expanding infrastructure of urban Bangladesh, to the transforming identities of its modern women. ‘

 

The film event is supported by the Embassy of Bangladesh, who will serve drinks and snacks, after the screening, courtesy Eastern Bank Limited.

Ambassador of Bangladesh H.E. Ms Saida Muna Tasneem will introduce the film.

 

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FOR RESERVATIONS:

rcbfilmclub@gmail.com

 

(www.rivercitybangkok.com )

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An RCB Boat-Service will leave Saphan Thaksin Pier, at 3:30 pm.

****A return RCB Boat-Service will leave the RCB Pier, at 7:00 pm (Please contact at concierge counter on the 1st Floor)

 

When you reserve seats, kindly inform if you would like to avail of the RCB boat-services.

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Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi Movie Review: Hindi, Chinese & Urdu – Laugh In Every Language!

Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi is one of those films in which you can have fun with your entire family.

Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi Movie Review Rating: 3.5/5 Stars (Three and a half stars)

Star Cast: Sonakshi Sinha, Diana Penty, Jimmy Sheirgill, Ali Fazal, Piyush Mishra, Jassie Gill, Aparshakti Khurrana, Jeeveshu Ahluwalia

Director: Mudassar Aziz

What’s Good: Gut-busting dialogues & the way they’re delivered by everyone especially Jimmy Sheirgill and Piyush Mishra, the quirky & fresh wave called Sonakshi Sinha, humour was present throughout in parts

What’s Bad: The story gets dragged in the second half & songs are forced

Loo Break: Strictly during the songs

Watch or Not?: Even if you haven’t watched the part 1, watch this to go back and watch the first one.

Harpreet Kaur aka Happy (Sonakshi Sinha) is an aspiring Horticulture professor and leaves for China to do the job. Facing some issues at home, her father is unaware about her location. In China, a set of bad guys are waiting for another Happy (Diana Penty) which is also about to land with her ‘singer’ husband Guddu (Ali Fazal). Both the Happy(s) pick up the wrong driver & their fate gets turned.

The bad guys are looking for Happy No.1 (Diana Penty) but they pick up Happy No. 2 (Sonakshi Sinha). The Horticulture college people pick up Happy No. 1 (Diana Penty) and Guddu. The story gets interesting when Daman Singh Bhagga (Jimmy Sheirgill) and Usman Afridi (Piyush Mishra) also get abducted to come and find the real happy in China. This comedy of errors continue unfolding many unknown aspects to the story introducing many characters, mainly Khushwant Singh Gill (Jassi Gill).

Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi Movie Review: Script Analysis

Dialogues by Mudassar Aziz are among the main reasons for which this film will work. Of course, Jimmy Sheirgill and Piyush Mishra top the reasons of why you shouldn’t miss this film. The Indo-Pak & Indo-China jokes are so smartly placed & brilliantly written, you’d laugh even after hearing them for multiple times. Great performances + unmissable dialogues makes this a level higher than part 1 for me.

Its prequel also was highly dependent on dialogues and performances but Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi made me laugh throughout. The one liners were there at regular interval & that’s why there wasn’t any space for boredom to enter. Audience will grab this as a time-pass, fun & entertaining watch; it has everything you need from a light hearted comedy. Second half could’ve been better but one will easily overlook it given the many cheerful things the film has.

Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi Movie Review: Star Performance

Jimmy Sheirgill is the ‘sher’ of the film. He’s totally in a zone where he knows no one can touch him. Maintaining a proper mixture of swag, charm & amuse, he’s too funny for words. Piyush Mishra is god level! This man can do ANYTHING. He complements Jimmy so well, the next part in the franchise should be titled as ‘Kaylula Aur Bagga’.

Sonakshi Sinha brings in freshness with her portrayal of happy. These were risky shoes to fill because Happy still is Diana for everyone. Sona jumps in & never for a second disappoints. Jassi Gill surprises big time! He shares few of very hilarious scenes & leaves his mark. He’s a charmer amongst the ladies also has a added touch of comical relief (Another Diljit for Bollywood?).

Aparshakti Khurrana comes in as a delightful surprise and has a meaty role. He, too, manages to gather many laughs. Jeeveshu Ahluwalia – there was a smile on my face the minute I saw him on screen (fan spotted). He’s good in his short appearance though I wished to see more of him.

Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi Movie Review: Direction, Music

Mudassar Aziz had a very limited scope when it came to explore the template from the first film. He manages to add some clever writing in order to execute this comedy of errors. There are places where the direction is very good but also there are few misses in the second half. Aziz should more be appreciated for a writer than the director in this one.

Sohail Sen’s soundtrack is a pretty forgettable one. Happy Bhag Jayegi had some very underrated gems in songs but here they come as an obstruction. Apart from the title track none of them clicks. The background score is weaved very well with the story line. The Chinese touch to the score goes well with the scenes.

Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi Movie Review: The Last Word

All said and done, Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi is one of those films in which you can have fun with your entire family. It has moments which will make you laugh even if you’re watching it for the nth time on television years from now. Whatever is the fate of this film, I want a spin-off film of Bagga & Kaylula.

Three and a half stars!

Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi Movie Trailer

RCB Film Club’s SEPTEMBER MOVIES- 4 Dynamic Movies from 4 Diverse Countries !

RIVER CITY BANGKOK FILM CLUB – SEPTEMBER 2018

FOUR DYNAMIC MOVIES FROM FOUR DIVERSE COUNTRIES!

 

FREE SCREENINGS !

RCB Film Club is proud to present in September, four dynamic films by four  individualistic Directors, that won awards and created waves at festivals around the world. The diverse films include three award-winning movies  from Asia, and a brilliant Oscar-winning movie from Argentine.

OPENING FILM !

 

THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES’ (‘El secreto de sus ojos’), ARGENTINA

Directed by Juan Jose Campanella

2 Hrs 9 mins

SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER, 4:00 PM

(With ENGLISH Sub-Titles)

VENUE: RIVER CITY FORUM ( 2ND Floor, River City Bangkok)

 

We are delighted to screen as our Opening Film, one of the most-awarded and talked-about movies from Argentine. It won more than 50 international awards, including the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2010.It was also the second-highest grossing Argentinian film, in history.  In a 2016 poll of international critics for  BBC, it was voted ‘One of the 100 greatest motion pictures since 2000.’

The Secret in their eyes’ is a riveting crime thriller, legal drama, love story, rolled into one. The unique story centers around a rape-and murder case which is re-visited 25 years after it was committed. Legal Counsel Benjamin Esposito is obsessed by the case not being solved, and decides to write a fictional book about it, for which he visits his boss, Judge Irene Mendez Hastings. It revives old events, feelings, memories. It also brings to a close to the murder case, in a shock ending. It finally brings a close to their own relationship, in an unexpected ending.

The highlight of the film lies in the close-ups and the ‘eyes’ of the cast, which reveal a lot of untold ‘secrets’. This is especially true of the lead protagonists brilliantly played by the country’s famed actor Ricardo Darin and supported by actress Soledad Villamil.

The 2009 Argentinian film was re-made, as a Hollywood thriller in 2015, directed by Billy Ray, with top actresses Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman in pivotal roles.

Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFF8wXGF9Yw

Critics:

Variety: ‘The Secret in their eyes’ is simply mesmerizing!

Rolling Stone: ‘You won’t be able to get this supremely intelligent and deeply touching thriller out of your head!’

San Francisco Chronicle: ‘The Director’s emotions are true. He feels them, and he makes the audience feel them.’ 

The film event is supported by the Embassy of Argentina, who will serve drinks and snacks, after the screening.

The Ambassador of Argentina HE Ms Alicia Sonschein, will introduce the film.

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FOR RESERVATIONS:

rcbfilmclub@gmail.com

( www.rivercitybangkok.com)

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SECOND FILM !

‘UNDER CONSTRUCTION’, BANGLADESH

Directed by Rubaiyat Hossain

1Hr 28 Mins

(With ENGLISH Sub-Titles )

SATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER, 4:00 PM

Venue: RCB FORUM ( 2nd Floor, River City Bangkok )

 

We are proud to screen a film from Bangladesh, which has won prestigious awards and accolades at numerous festivals around the world. It was also the Opening Film of the Dhaka International Film Festival.

The young director of the film Rubaiyat Hossain, did Women’s Studies in the US and is currently doing Film Studies at the famed Tisch School of Arts in New York. She hops between Bangladesh and the US, and infact has started a film production company in Dhaka, Khona Talkies, to support talented film-makers from her country.

Under Construction is a woman-centric film, where apart from the characters being mostly women, the crew members were also female, as the Director strongly believes in the strength of woman-power.

The film delineates woman-power through the character of Roya, who tries to break out of stereotypes, both in her personal life as a middle-class housewife and in her professional life as a stage actress.

She does not want to be a typical housewife at home, including having a child, which disturbs her otherwise-cool husband. At work, she tries to re-interpret the role of the female protagonist ‘Nandini’, in the famed play Red Oleanders by Nobel Laureate author Rabindranath Tagore, which shocks her stage- director. The only person who seems to understand her, is the US-based theatre curator Imtiaz, and they are strongly drawn to each other.

Two other women characters, including her fiercely independent mother, and her strong-minded maid, make the film more interesting.

There are dream sequences, surreal images, and the film works on a symbolistic level as much as the realistic one. It is a unique and exciting artistic endeavor from Bangladesh. The excellent cast add to the strength and enjoyment of a unique and thought-provoking film, which was screened at more than 30 film festivals around the world, won many prestigious awards, and had an international release, including  seven cities in France.

 

Trailer:

https://vimeo.com/117406280

 

Critics:

 

The Daily Star: ‘The complexity of the story deserves two thumbs up. the symbolism is striking, and the dialogues are pure gold.’

easternKicks: ‘Under Construction is delicate and dynamic.’

www.dailyuw.com: ‘There’s a lot being built in ‘Under Construction’, from the expanding infrastructure of urban Bangladesh, to the transforming identities of its modern women. ‘

 

The film event is supported by the Embassy of Bangladesh, who will serve drinks and snacks, after the screening, courtesy Eastern Bank Limited.

 

Ambassador of Bangladesh H.E. Ms Saida Muna Tasneem will introduce the film.

 

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FOR RESERVATIONS:

rcbfilmclub@gmail.com

 

(www.rivercitybangkok.com )

 

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THIRD FILM!

 

‘MINDFULNESS AND MURDER’ (‘Sop-Mai-Ngeap’), THAILAND

Directed by Tom Waller

1Hr 30 Mins

SATURDAY 22 SEPTEMBER, 4:00 PM

(THAI, With ENGLISH Sub-Titles)

VENUE- RCB FORUM ( 2ND Floor, River City Bangkok)

 

In the presence of  Director TOM WALLER and Lead Actor VITHAYA PANSRINGARM, who will do a ‘ Q & A’,  after the screening.

 

We are delighted to screen an unusual and exciting Thai film, that created waves in the country and at many overseas festivals. Based on the ‘Father Ananda Mystery’ novels by noted Bangkok-based American author Nick Wilgus, the movie is a mixture of a crime thriller and religious drama. It is directed by well-known Thai-Irish film-maker Tom Waller and stars the marvelous actor Vithaya Pansringarm in the lead.

The film opens with the corpse of a young, homeless monk found in a Buddhist monastery. As the cops don’t seem to be too bothered, Father Ananda of the monastery, formerly a homicide detective, decides to investigate

He travels through the canals and streets of the city, to seek the truth, and is shocked to learn that all is not holy within his monastery.

The tension remains high till the end, as everyone in the monastery seems suspect. Father Ananda hears of corruption, drugs, crimes, homosexuality, and digs deeper into the morass of immorality abounding in his monastery.

The soothing visuals of Bangkok are a highlight of the film, especially when set against the murky insides of the ‘peaceful’ monastery.

Another highlight is the performances of the ensemble cast, portraying a wide array of monks and cops. The exciting cast includes rapper Way Prinya of the Thai Titanium band as a junior monk, Kaew Charina Sirisinha of Zaza as a newspaper reporter, veteran actor Jaran Petcharoen, and former Ms Universe Natalie Glebova in a cameo appearance.

Mindfulness and Murder is a topical film today, especially in relation to the recent reports of corruption and arrests, in many monasteries and religious offices.

Surprisingly, there were no ‘cuts’ imposed by the Thai Censors, when this edgy, controversial movie was made in 2011. Infact, it not only got a public release in Bangkok, but was nominated for five National Awards. It was also screened internationally in more than 20 film festivals around the world.

We are delighted that the Director of the film Tom Waller and lead actor Vithaya Pansringarm, who have both done many international productions, will attend the screening and do a Q & A, after the screening.

Tom Waller has produced international films like The Elephant King, Soi Cowboy, and this is his directorial debut in Thai films.

Vithaya Pansringarm has acted in well-known international films like Hangover 2, Largo Winch 2. But he hit the world-headlines, when he teamed up with Hollywood actor Ryan Gosling, in famed director Nicolas Refn’s much talked-about film Only God Forgives, which was screened in Competition, at the prestigious Cannes Festival.

We are also delighted that our friend and neighbor, the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel, has kindly offered to serve Thai snacks and desserts, to celebrate the screening of this noteworthy Thai film.

Trailer:

 https://vimeo.com/232321400/

Mindfulness and Murder (2011) – Dir. Tom Waller – HD trailer from De Warrenne Pictures on Vimeo.

Critics:

Variety: ‘Buddhist murder mystery “Mindfulness and Murder” is a visually lush curiosity that blends an Agatha Christie-like structure with luxurious visuals.’

Nation: ‘Fine performances keep the movie clicking along.’ ===========================================================

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CLOSING FILM !

 

 

THE BIT PLAYER’ (‘EKSTRA’), PHILIPPINES

 

Directed by Jeffrey Jeturian

1Hr 51 Mins

 

SATURDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER, 4:00 PM

(With ENGLISH Sub-Titles)

 

VENUE:  RCB FORUM (2nd Floor, River City Bangkok)

 

 

 

In the presence of the Director of the film, JEFFREY

JETURIAN, who will do a Q & A, after the screening.

 

 

We are delighted that our Closing Film is a memorable movie from Philippines, which was a critical and commercial hit. It won many local awards, as well as Audience Awards at several film festivals around the world.

 

Directed by well-known Filipino film-maker Jeffrey Jeturian, the movie stars Vilma Santos, one of the top actresses of the country, who has acted in more than 200 movies. She is a very well-respected artiste, who also served as the Mayor of Lipa City for three terms, and as Governor of Batangas province for three terms.

In the film, the famous actress plays the role of a ‘bit player’, the lowest category of artistes in a film-unit, who is willing to say or do anything just to get a ‘bit’ role in a film.

The movie is a film-within-a film, and centers around a day in the life of numerous ‘bit players’ during the shooting of a melodramatic TV serial. They stay on the sets from morning to evening, are herded from one place to another, with no idea what role they would play or when they would be called on the sets. But they never lose sight of their dreams.

It is a funny, moving, thought-provoking story that balances between an energetic comedy and a moving drama. It is this balance that accounts for the strength and enjoyment of this vibrant socio-realist story, that won audiences at festivals around the world.

The highlight of the film, of course, is the monumental performance of the lead star Vilma Santos She is supported by an ensemble cast of wonderful Filipino artistes, who contribute towards the making of an unforgettable film.

 

We are delighted that the director of the film, JEFFREY JETURIAN, will attend the film screening, and do a Q & A, after the screening.

Like the Bit Player, Jeturian’s career graph started at the bottom, and he made his way up, from production assistant, to script continuity assistant, art director, production designer, assistant director, and finally, television director and film director. In his 15-year career, he has made more than 10 films and 10 TV serials. Having won more than 25 awards, he is today one of the well-known film-makers of the Philippines.

 

Trailer:

https://vimeo.com/282954618

Ekstra (The Bit Player) [2013] Trailer from Quantum Post on Vimeo.

 

Critics:

 

Variety: ‘Anchored by a glowing central performance by Filipino screen queen Vilma Santo, s the film represents a fine feather in the cap of veteran helmer Jeffrey Jeturian.’

Eriklundegaard.com: ‘Soap operas may be about wish-fulfillment fantasy, but ‘The Bit Player’ is about identification.’

www.pep.ph/guide/movies: ‘It’s easy to dismiss the movie as a simple comedy, with its hilarious lines and seemingly absurd sequences, but it shows us the harsh reality that ‘bit players’ are subjected to.’


The film event is supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Philippines in Bangkok, who will serve drinks and snacks after the screening.

 

The Ambassador of Philippines, HE Ms Mary Jo A. Bernardo-Aragon, will introduce the film.

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***An RCB Boat-Service will leave Saphan Thaksin Pier, at 3:30 pm.

*****A return RCB Boat-Service will leave the RCB Pier, at 7:00 pm (Please contact at concierge counter on the 1st Floor)

When you Reserve Seats for the films, kindly inform if you would like to avail of the RCB boat-services.  

 

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