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Chaar Cutting | Exclusive Official Trailer | Releasing 29th May


Thanks to the films like Bombay Talkies, short films are fast turning into the much-preferred medium for emerging filmmakers to tell their stories. While YouTube was the only channel available earlier to market these films, things are fast changing with PVR putting its weight behind inspiring short films and helping it get a theatrical release.


Jamuura in association with Celebstall is releasing their first feature film, “CHAAR CUTTING” a compilation of four short stories of different genres  – thriller, drama, love story and comedy, in theatres on May 29.


The four shorts featuring in Chaar Cutting are Skin Deep (written by Vikramadiya Motwane of Lootera and Udaan fame and directed by his assistant Hardik Mehta), Blouse (directed by Vijayeta Kumar), Manila Running (directed by Anuj Gulati), and Bawdi (directed by Vivek Soni).


The film will be releasing in Mumbai, Pune, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Ahemdabad through PVR Director’s Rare.


Hardik Mehta’s Skin Deep is about how an excited young couple’s first ‘adventure’ of wanting to make love, is tested, when the guy discovers the extra piece of foreskin that causes hindrance in making love. What happens when he decides to undergo circumcision is to be seen. Aiti Vasudev and Naveen Kasturia of Suleimaani Keeda fame play the leads in this quirky short film.


The movie has been screened at multiple international film festivals  including, River to River Florence Indian Film Festival, Italy , Extravagant India, Paris, Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, New York Indian Film Festival, New York


Directed by Vijayeta Kumar, Blouse is a quirky tale that revolves around Shyam getting the perfect blouse stitched for his beloved wife Roopa from the famous Babu tailor. The only predicament is Shyam lost the sample blouse piece of his wife and Babu asks him to ogle at the bosoms of other women to get tentative measurements that would suit his wife. The film produced by Ranjan Singh stars Sumeet Vyas (English Vinglish), Imran Rashid, Ronjini Chakraborty and Preeti Sharma in the lead roles.


The film which was an official selection at many prestigious international and Indian film festivals including Indisches Film Festival Stuttgart, Chicago South Asian Film Festival,  Florida Film Festival, Dallas-Fort Worth South Asian Film Festival, Ascona Film Festival, Switzerland, Festival de Contemporary Cinema, Kathmandu, Mumbai Women’s International Film Festival, Bangalore International Short Film Festival, Jagran Film Festival and won the award of Best short at New York Indian Film Festival, Best Script Jaipur International Film Festival.


Anuj Gulati’s Manila Running will see the central character Jacques caught in a quagmire of predicaments in Philippines where he has landed to get himself an operation that he is too shy to talk about. The movie has already been screened at many prestigious international festivals and was awarded the most prominent ones being Recognition of Achievement in Directing, Producing, Acting, Editing & Location Sound in 2012 NYU First Run Film Festival, Singapore.


Written and directed by Vivek Soni, Bawdi revolves around drought-hit village and explores the plight of the water-starved villagers made worse by the arrival of a cola plant. As the situation grows bad, villagers start getting their daughters married outside their cursed village. Victimized by nature and circumstances, a young couple in love embarks on their arduous struggle to get married.


Bawdi which stars Priyanshu Painyuli, Sonal Joshi, Uday Chandra in the lead roles was screened at more than 10 international and India festivals including Clermont Ferrand Film Festival 2013, France, 10th Indian Film Festival Stuttgart, Germany where is was nominated for “Best Short Film” & “Audience Award”, 15th Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival, Israel,  Ca’ Foscari Short Film Festival, Italy 2013, Mumbai International Short Film Festival, Delhi International Film Festival 2012 where it won “Best Student Film”, 6th International Documentaries and Short Film Festival of Kerala, Pune International Film Festival 2013 where it was nominated for “Best Cinematography” and “Sound Design”.


Munish Tewari, the founder of Jamuura, an online platform that is spearheading these four films says, “Short films are not widely considered as an option for entertainment yet. However, we believe that this is an extremely potent medium to bring out the many brilliant stories, which don’t require substantial resources and 150 minutes to be effectively created and consumed. Our aim is to create a bridge between the new generation of storytellers and audiences, through a collaborative and transparent system, which safeguards the interest of the filmmaker. With Chaar Cutting we have tried to put together 4 entertaining films we believe the viewers will enjoy.”

14-year-old Chennai boy who won an MIT award last year develops i-Safe app


Chennai A 14-year-old Chennai boy has developed a mobile app that he calls i-Safe, which will help women in distress. An SOS mode in the app, when activated, repeatedly sends SMS alerts giving location details to friends and family members whose numbers have been pre-set.

He is now working on adding a functionality to rope in the local community so that during a distress call, people nearby are automatically alerted to reach out to the person in danger, without having to wait for the police.

The teen, S. Arjun, a Class VIII student, had last year developed an app called Ez School Bus Locator, which won the first place in an app contest organised by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. That app for Android phones helps parents track the location of their children’s school bus, and also calculate how much time the vehicle will take to reach the destination. Even those with basic phones can use it by SMSing.

Arjun has also earlier won an App Inventor Bug Finding Contest organised by MIT.

His big dream right now is to “have my own company called Lateralogics to make it something like Google and Microsoft,” Arjun told NDTV.

Arjun’s parents say he spends three to four hours online every day to learn programming languages. “We were lucky to make the right kind of tools available to him. Programming helps children develop many life skills like problem solving, decision making, etc. and that’s one reason my wife and I encouraged him towards this,” Arjun’s father, Santosh Kumar said.

The parents say Arjun is quite popular in his school. His hobbies include robotics, chess and badminton.

Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai airports named among world’s worst airports in 2013


Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai airports have reportedly been named among the world’s worst airports in 2013, along with Islamabad airport, according to an online survey.

Kolkata’s Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport has come third on the list of the world’s worst airports as compiled by the survey by an online travel company, ahead of Islamabad’s Benazir Bhutto International Airport, which is in the fourth place.

Chennai International Airport has been awarded the sixth place, while Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport has come eighth on the list.

According to the Express Tribune, the Philippines’ main Manila airport terminal was declared by the survey as the world’s worst airport for the second year in a row.

The report further said that Italy’s Bergamo airport, Paris Beauvais airport, Frankfurt Hahn airport, Rome Fiumicino airport and Los Angeles airport have been awarded the second, fifth, seventh, ninth and tenth places respectively.

The website asked travellers to rate their experiences across four factors i.e comfort, conveniences, cleanliness and customer service, the report added.

Mumbai Indians win IPL title, thump Chennai Super Kings by 23 runs in final


By Jaideep Vaidya

Kolkata: May 26, 2013

Kieron Pollard (60 not out off 42 balls) shone with the bat to take Mumbai Indians to 148 for nine, before their bowlers produced an inspired effort to inflict a 23-run defeat on two-time champions Chennai Super Kings to clinch their first ever Indian Premier League (IPL) title.

The powerpacked Chennai batting line-up failed to show up on the biggest occasion of all as the team lost their second successive IPL final. There were ducks against the names of three of the top six Chennai batsmen, which provided a clear picture of their shocking stage fright.

Mumbai, who had been reduced to 16 for three after electing to bat first at Eden Gardens, gave Chennai a dose of their own medicine early in the second innings as they took three quick wickets for as many runs.

Mumbai plucked the rabbit out of the hat and flung it at the Chennai openers as Lasith Malinga was given the new ball. The Sri Lankan ‘slinga’ had always come in as the first change earlier in the tournament, and as he charged in to bowl the first over tonight, the Chennai top-order were caught unawares.

Malinga picked two in two to send two of the top-five run-scorers this season — Michael Hussey (1) and Suresh Raina (0) — packing without troubling the scorers much. Even the Umbrella Man of Chennai, Subramaniam Badrinath, could do nothing to plug the leak as he was pierced by Mitchell Johnson’s in-swinger and edged to Dinesh Karthik for a duck.

Dwayne Bravo stuck around with Murali Vijay until the last ball of the Powerplay, when he chipped Rishi Dhawan straight to mid-on to make it 35 for four. That was soon to become 39 for six as Vijay and Ravindra Jadeja both threw their wickets away and left Mumbai in pole position for their first title.

Albie Morkel and captain MS Dhoni, who surprisingly walked in as late as No 7, then shared an 18-run stand before Pragyan Ojha bowled the South African. Chris Morris soon gave Harbhajan Singh his second wicket after being foxed by the off-spinner’s wrong ‘un.

With 90 to win off the last 48 balls and two wickets in hand, if there was anyone who could get Chennai past the line, it was Dhoni. Along with Ravichandran Ashwin, the man with the Midas touch reduced the equation to 52 off the last three — still a plausible target.

However, Ashwin (9) scooped Pollard to mid-wicket trying to give Dhoni the strike to all but end the match. Malinga bowled the penultimate over and conceding eight runs, giving Chennai an impossible 42 to get from the last six balls.

Dhoni hit two sixes in the last over, ending on 63 not out.

Earlier, in the first innings, Trinidadians Kieron Pollard (60 not out off 32 balls) and Dwayne Bravo (four for 42) stole the show as Mumbai put on 148 for nine.

Bravo thus became the first bowler to take more than 30 wickets in a single season of IPL, ending this season with 31 victims. The previous best tally was 28 by Lasith Malinga in the 2011 edition.

Pollard saved Mumbai the blushes with a typical slam-bang innings, including seven fours and three sixes, after coming in at No 6 and gave his team a fighting total. Pollard could have scored more, had he got to face more than the 13 deliveries that he did in the last five overs.

Mumbai got off to a bad start, before Ambati Rayudu (37) and Pollard shared a 48-run stand to steady the wobble. The duo had earlier combined for an unbeaten 85-run stand in just over six overs to take Mumbai to an unlikely victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad, so they knew each other well.

The unlikely pairing did well to steady Mumbai’s wobbles and took them to the second timeout, taken after the 15th over, without further damage. Then, as if on cue for Mumbai, they lost another wicket to the two-and-a-half minute break in momentum as Bravo uprooted Rayudu’s (37) middle-stump.

Even as the wickets continued to tumble around him, Pollard was there to shepherd his side till the end and finished the innings by whamming his Trinidadian compatriot for two massive sixes to take Mumbai to a score they would consider themselves good enough to defend.

As it turned out, it was a more-than-sufficient total to defend.

Brief scores:

Mumbai Indians 148 for 9 in 20 overs (Kieron Pollard 60*, Ambati Rayudu 37; Albie Morkel 2 for 12, Dwayne Bravo 4 for 42) beat Chennai Super Kings 125 for 9 in 20 overs (MS Dhoni 63*; Harbhajan Singh 2 for 14, Mitchell Johnson 2 for 19, Lasith Malinga 2 for 22) by 23 runs.

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