India’s Film Bazaar Picks Mira Nair, Ian McDonald Projects

LONDON — Some 32 projects, including new works by Sooni Taraporewala and Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, have been selected for India’s Film Bazaar co-production market.

The industry event is run by the National Film Development Corporation in Goa, (Nov. 20-24), alongside the Film Festival of India.

The selected projects are a mix of debutants and better-known names hoping to find finance or co-production partners.

Long time Mira Nair collaborator Taraporewala (“Little Zizou”) travels to Goa with U.S. project “Three and a Half”, and Nair attached as producer. The U.K. director-producer team of Geetha J and Ian McDonald, whose documentary “Algorithms” is nominated for best newcomer at the British Documentary Awards, will present “End Game” in Goa.

Iram Haq, whose “I am Yours” was Norway’s entry for the 2013 Oscars foreign language category, returns with “What Will People Say;” Sarwar Farooki, whose “Television” was Bangladesh’s entry in the category the same year, pitches “No Land’s Man”.

Also selected are Amitav Kaul’s “Interpreter of Maladies” (U.S.), based on Jhumpa Lahiri’s Pulitzer-winning novel; Sabiha Sumar’s “The Judgement” (Pakistan); Fazila Amiri’s “Summer With Azita” (Afghanistan); Jamie Mateus-Tique’s “Goa” (France); Vijay Chandran’s “Gilded Cage” (Singapore); Kanwal Sethi’s “Once Again” (Germany) and Pulkit Datta’s “Colony” which is a selection from the Independent Feature Project.

Indian hopefuls include “The Boyfriend,” by Ashim Ahluwalia, whose “Miss Lovely” was a 2012 Cannes selection; and “Medium Spicy,” by Mohit Takalkar, whose “The Bright Day” played the global festival circuit the same year.

Two of last year’s market participants are currently enjoying successful runs around the world: Kanu Behl’s “Titli” played at Cannes and London; and Shonali Bose’s “Margarita, with a Straw” at Toronto, Busan and London.

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