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PREVIEW: Ajeeb Daastaans (Hindi), NETFLIX – with Trailer

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Ajeeb Daastaans – Geeli Pucchi Photo: NETFLIX

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 6 April 2021: The four-part ‘Ajeeb Daastaans’ (Hindi), produced by Dhamatic Entertainment and directed by Shashank Khaitan, Raj Mehta, Neeraj Ghaywan, and Kayoze Irani, the anthology releases on April 16, 2021, exclusively on Netflix

A twisted tale of lovers, a struggle for daily life, a calculated friendship, and a journey to find solace… Netflix’s Ajeeb Daastaans explores jealousy, entitlement, prejudices, and toxicity. Blurring the lines between right and wrong, the anthology explores the complexities of human behavior and relationships.

Writer and director Shashank Khaitan said, “My film Majnu explores the dynamics of three characters, their interpersonal relationships, and how they keep evolving with each scene. Jaideep, Fatima, and Armaan’s characters all want love on their own terms and the space to express themselves but are trapped within the norms of society, much like a lot of people around us. Working on a predefined theme about flawed relationships was a unique experience for me as this is the first time I made something so unusual yet realistic.”

Talking about his film, director Raj Mehta said, “Khilauna was made with the intention of bringing an unexpected storytelling experience to the audience. The story and the title itself might have different interpretations for each viewer and that is what makes it exciting. Nushrratt, Abhishek, and Inayat have this multi-dimensional relationship which adds depth to the film. We have presented imperfect characters, much like real life with no clear blacks or whites. It is entirely on your perspective and hopefully, the film will leave audiences feeling perplexed yet entertained!”

National Award-winning director, Neeraj Ghaywan on writing and directing his film said, “Geeli Pucchi explores the intersectional realities of two women from disparate worlds. They are both longing for an emotional connection which they end up finding in one another. It was truly inspiring to see Konkana and Aditi bring these characters and their relationship to life. Gelli Pucchi is a complex ride of emotions and I am very excited to see the audience’s reaction to it.”

Making his debut as a director, Kayoze Irani said, “Ankahi is all about emotions – those that can be expressed and those that are left unsaid. What attracted me to the film was the fact that communication doesn’t need to be verbal and a lot can be said without words. Manav and Shefali were a treat to direct and they lift the entire storyline. It’s an amazing feeling when lines written on paper transform into a beautiful vision because of fabulous acting and chemistry. The sense of fulfillment after completing a film is immense and I can’t wait to share it with the audience.”

Bringing together some of the finest creative talents from across India, Ajeeb Daastaans is produced by Dharmatic Entertainment.


Producers- Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta, Somen Mishra & Dharmatic Entertainment.


Director: Shashank Khaitan, Writer: Shashank Khaitan, Cast: Fatima Sana Shaikh, Jaideep Ahlawat, Armaan Ralhan


Director: Raj Mehta, Writer: Sumit Saxena, Cast: Nushrratt Bharuccha, Abhishek Banerjee, Inayat Verma

Geeli Pucchi

Director: Neeraj Ghaywan, Writers: Neeraj Ghaywan, Sumit Saxena, Cast: Konkona Sensharma, Aditi Rao Hydari


Director: Kayoze Irani, Writers: Uzma Khan, Sumit Saxena, Cast: Shefali Shah, Manav Kaul, Tota Roy Chowdhury


REVIEW – Bombay Begums Season 1 (Netflix): “Survival is the battle for every woman”


By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 23 March 2021: The quote in the heading is uttered by one of the five women (Begums) who form the core of the six episodes serial streaming now on Netflix. The canvas is Mumbai (Bombay) with things happening around a major private bank and these five ‘Begums’ battling (or, struggling) blues in real life despite being high and well connected on the corporate ladder.

I remember watching Director Alankrita Srivastava’s ‘Lipstick Under the Burka’ at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM), a black comedy showing the secret lives of four women searching for freedom. Many sitting with me in the cinema hall were shaken as the women free themselves breaking barriers. It was a bit too much for a patriarchal mindset. Bombay Begum’s women also open up to claim their freedom but the perils are laced with tough traditional responses. No doubt, it’s a question of ‘survival’.


The story revolves around Rani (Pooja Bhatt) the bank CEO, Fatima working under her, Lily a former bar dancer, and Ayesha, in Mumbai from a small town. Every episode (50 minutes plus) step by step explores situations in urban India where freedom confronts tradition and actions confront hurdles. It speaks for itself with a brilliant expose of a decadent patriarchal society. With the powerful acting talent on display, the theme of the series shines.

A woman on top in the corporate world grapples with emotional issues in her family, a migrant woman in the metropolis opens up in life but struggles, a childless married woman in peril, and a woman who never fails to dream. Alankrita’s women have a steely resolve in a life that is not black and white. It gives a positive message in a rather gloomy society. Well done, Alankrita and team.


Directors – Alankrita Srivastava & Bornila Chatterjee; Starring Pooja BHatt (Rani), Shahana Gowsami (Fatima), Amruta Subhash (Lily), Plabita Borthakur (Ayesha), Asdhya Anand (Shaahi), Manish Chaudhary, Vivek Gomber, Dinesh Husain, Imssduddin Shah, Siya Mahajan, Sachin Chaudhary, etc and the series is produced by the Los Angles-based Chernin Entertainment and Endemol Shine Group.

Geetanjali Rao’s ‘Bombay Rose’ to dazzle on Netflix from 8 March 2021


By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 26 February 2021: Netflix is releasing Director Geetanjali Rao’s 93 minutes ‘Bombay Rose’ on 6 March 2021. Geetanjali Rao who has also written, edited, and designed the film is a self-taught animator and filmmaker, Gitanjali Rao arrived on the international stage with Printed Rainbow (2006), her first animated short film, which had its premiere in the Critics’ Week at the Festival de Cannes. Among many other prizes, at Cannes it took the Kodak Discovery Award, the Petit Rail d’Or, and the Young Critics’ Award, and was shortlisted for the Academy Awards. In addition to making films, Rao also creates graphic novels and illustrated stories, and is an award-winning actor. Six years in the making, Bombay Rose (2019) is her feature-length debut.

Those who have given their voices in this animation movie are Cyli Khare, Amit Deondi, Anurag Kashyap, Makrand Deshpande, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Shishir Sharma, Virendra Saxena, and Amardeep Jha. It is made by frame-by-frame painted animation on the computer and took 18 months to make with 60 artists. Music is by Cyli Khare and Yoav Rosenthal and is produced by the Cinestaan Film Company. The movie is in Hindi.


Marvellous hand-painted animation captures the dramatic streets of Mumbai in this tale that places the cheerful excesses of Bollywood side by side with the gritty reality of life on the streets. Strung along this explosion of colour, music, and emotion is a garland of characters, among them Kamala, a beautiful flower-seller whose daydreams are like Mughal miniatures accompanied by her lush singing; the aging Mrs. D’Souza, a former film star who inhabits the silver-screen past as much as the present; and Salim, a handsome, down-on-his-luck young Kashmiri with the spark of a Bollywood hero in him. Inflected with complex social issues – child labour, religious conflict, and the exploitation of women – Bombay Rose is at its core a story of love, loss, and hope, unbounded by time or place.

Sources- Wikipedia, Twitter, etc.


Ramin Bahrani to adapt, direct & produce film adaptation of Aravind Adiga’s acclaimed 2020 Novel “Amnesty” for Netflix

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 15 February 2021: You recently saw ‘The White Tiger’ written, directed, and produced recently and released by Netflix based on Aravind Adiga’s New York Times bestseller and Man Booker Prize-winning novel. Now, Ramin Bahrani is set to adapt, direct and produce the film adaptation of Aravind Adiga’s latest novel “Amnesty” for Netflix. Ramain’s earlier ones were The White Tiger, 99 Homes, Chop Shop. The producers are Bahareh Azimi; Ramin Bahrani for Noruz Films; Ashok Amritraj for Hyde Park Entertainment.

“I am thrilled to adapt Aravind’s great new novel, ‘Amnesty.’ And very grateful to partner with Netflix and my lead creative producer Bahareh Azimi once again. This novel gripped me from the first time Aravind shared a rough draft with me five years ago. I can’t wait to bring it to the screen,” says Ramin Bahrani.

Set in Australia, the story is compelling and timely. Danny, an illegal immigrant who cleans houses, realizes he has information about the sudden murder of one of his employers. Over the course of one tense summer day, Danny plays a cat-and-mouse game with the man he suspects to be the murderer. But if he speaks up, he will be deported. He is in a moral crisis – what are the obligations of a man who has no rights in this world?

Aravind Adiga says, “I’m delighted that Ramin and Netflix are bringing ‘Amnesty’ to life. ‘Amnesty,’ my most personal novel, evolved in the course of discussions with Ramin over many years. It’s my attempt to dramatize the moral crisis at the center of the story that is faced in various forms by immigrants around the world. I can’t wait to see Ramin’s interpretation on Netflix.”

Netflix’s first Telugu anthology about bold women – Pitta Kathalu – releasing on 19 Feb. 2021

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 12 February 2021: Netflix’s first Telugu original film, Pitta Kathalu is all set to release with a bang. The four-part anthology film is directed by four of the finest stalwarts of Telugu cinema – Tharun Bhascker, B.V. Nandini Reddy, Nag Ashwin, and Sankalp Reddy. The trailer of the film was recently released in Hyderabad.

Pitta Kathalu, which means short stories in Telugu, tells the stories of four distinctly bold women. Bringing these characters to life are Eesha Rebba, Lakshmi Manchu, Amala Paul, and Shruti Haasan in lead roles. Pitta Kathalu also stars Ashima Narwal, Jagapathi Babu, Satya Dev, Saanve Megghana, Sanjith Hegde among many other well-known names.


The four films – Ramula (Tharun Bhascker), Meera (B.V. Nandini Reddy), X Life (Nag Ashwin), and Pinky (Sankalp Reddy) – take the audience on a journey through love, desire, deceit, and power, viewed through the lens of women fighting for what’s theirs.

Produced by Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP Movies and Ashi Dua Sara’s Flying Unicorn Entertainment, Pitta Kathalu will premiere exclusively on 19th February on Netflix across 190 countries.

Saanve Megghana on playing the title role of Ramula says, “The central theme of Pitta Kathalu is the power dynamics between men and women. Ramula is the story of a free-spirited girl, quite ordinary, and her extraordinary journey with her lover. Shooting this film was an incredible experience and I am sure it will take the audiences on a journey they will enjoy. It is an honor to make my debut with a platform like Netflix that has always been consistent in delivering quality content. I always wished to work with a filmmaker like Tharun Bhascker and am glad he saw Ramula in me. I didn’t bat an eyelid when the story was first narrated to me, I was so amazed by the narration and detailing. Essaying Ramula was indeed a beautiful experience!”

Amala Paul, portraying the title role of Meera, says “Each story of Pitta Kathalu explores the good and bad relationships between men and women, especially the expression of patriarchy and the ensuing power struggle to break its shackles. The storytelling is raw and authentic and would touch a chord with the audience. Meera is the story of a courageous woman and her ordeals. It touches upon several sensitive themes that make the story both impactful and relatable. It is even more gripping due to the short film format. I loved everything about this experience of working on Pitta Kathalu with Netflix. When I first read the story, I thought it was so engaging – the perfect script for me. I felt a strong affinity towards the character of Meera as she is completely different from anything I have portrayed before and is also very challenging to the essay. There is so much enigma to the character of this woman Meera standing up against society but at the same time, trying to hide her true self from the world.”

On playing Divya in X-Life, Shruti Haasan says, “I am glad to be a part of Netflix’s first anthology film – Pitta Kathalu. X-Life is a story that is ahead of its time yet relatable for the audience. And shooting it was such a fun experience. My pairing with Sanjith Hegde is very interesting as he brought whole new energy and talent to the project. I love director Nag Ashwin’s vision and the story he has woven which is very relevant today. To have a poignant part in that narrative was indeed exciting and interesting to the essay. Playing a character of a woman who is strong and speaks up against the preconceived notions of society was an incredible experience. While the story is set in a futuristic world, it is seen in some form or the other in today’s world as well and I hope audiences can understand the seriousness of it.”

Eesha Rebba on playing Pinky in Pinky says, “My first thought was – It’s Sankalp Reddy and Netflix! Furthermore, I was really excited to get a chance to do this particular role and be a part of such an impactful film like Pitta Kathalu driven completely by the power dynamics between characters – an incredibly involving film that audiences would definitely enjoy. My character Pinky is very bold, follows her heart, and isn’t afraid to make her own decisions. The dynamics between her and those around her are very intriguing to watch. I hope audiences can connect with her story as much as I did. This film was particularly challenging as I had to delve into the nitty gritty of the plot and bring to life a deep story with all these incredibly raw emotions and turmoil.”