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BOMBAY MOVIE: Digital Release of a Film Making Journey

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The IFC Center in New York has held the theatrical premiere of Bombay Movie on April 15th and the film has simultaneously benefited from a digital launch across popular VOD platforms such as Itunes, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video, Playstation and Xbox Video through online distributor Filmbuff.

Alexandra Eaton's documentary follows Raja Menon, an independent filmmaker passionate about making a film in India's city of dreams: Bombay. Inspired by his watchman to produce a story about the working poor, he undertakes the making of the independent and acclaimed film Barah Aana (starring Naseeruddin Shah, Vijay Raaz and Arjun Mathur). Bombay Movie explores Menon's and his team's brave passion for film making against all odds. As the release of their film approaches, the challenge remains immense: How to convince someone who sees extreme hardship everyday pay the high price to see it fictionalized on screen in Barah Aana? Raja Menon toils to make a love letter to a city and its silent working class.

PINTEREST Reaches Out to HINDI Speakers

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The esthetic and highly successful social bookmarking site Pinterest has recently reached out to Hindi speakers by launching a Hindi version of the service, following in the steps of Twitter, Google and of course Chrome. Hindi Pinterest is now available for computers and  Android devices alike, setting Hindi as one of the 26 languages and also as the first and only Indian language to be supported by the website. Current Pinterest users may change their language settings to Hindi in the Pinterest settings section.

India is estimated to host above 200 million Internet users, making the country the third largest in Internet population across the world. Adding the Indian diaspora to this already impressive number, it is evident that any web-based service is bound to benefit from catering to Indian audiences, whether in Hindi or other local languages.

HINDI CINEMA BLOG has its own Pinboard with links to reviews and news here. But many other inspiring pinboards (or groups of web links) are also available for various topics regarding India. Here are some of our recommendations:

Hindi language links to read or learn more about Hindi
Zoom TV pins of your favorite celebrities
Hindi entertainment links in Hindi and English
Yash Raj Films Official Page on Pinterest
Satya Paul showcases magnificent Indian fashion
Hindi Tatoo Board with henna and tattoo designs 
Sanjeev Kapoor top-chef recipes and recommendations
Other Indian food recipes and blogs

JAL: A Majestic Tale of Human Truths

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There must be something truly inspiring and epic about the Great Rann of Kutch in Gujarat. Films that have had scenes filmed in the austere landscape of the area have seen its strange beauty contribute to their trademark image (some examples are Lagaan or Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela), and Jal is the next in view.

A desert child myself, I was immediately drawn to the incredibly vivid cinematography of Jal from the onset, or should I say, from it's very first trailer.


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Words lack to describe the talent of musician, director, writer and producer Vishal Bhardwaj. I have been a long time admirer of his work (and that of his wife, Rekha Bhardwaj), particularly in the music branch, and have thus greeted the news that he will be visiting Paris in April with great excitement.

Bhardwaj has been honored with multiple awards in India both as a film and as a music director. He has refinedly scored the music of films such as Ishqiya, 7 Khoon Maaf, Kaminey and Omkara. He has also been largely applauded for directing and writing The Blue Umbrella and Kaminey, among others, and has worked with the likes of Francis Ford Coppola and Mira Nair.