India’s Film Bazaar Reveals Co-Production Market Projects

The Hindi-language “Pirates”, to be directed by debutant Rishi Raj More, fresh off the Drishyam Sundance Screenwriters Lab India and produced by “The Lunchbox” director Ritesh Batra’s Poetic Licence Motion Pictures will be pitched at Film Bazaar.

The annual co-production market in Goa (November 20-24), organised by India’s National Film Development Corporation, Monday, unveiled a total of 19 projects.

Others include Sinhala-language “Children of the Sun” by award winning Sri Lankan filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage; Bengali-language “Memories and my Mother” by Aditya Vikram Sengupta who’s “Labour of Love” won best debut at Venice 2014 and at India’s National Film Awards; veteran Jahnu Barua’s “Unread Pages”; and “Bhavarth” by Laxmikant Shetgaonkar, who won the FIPRESCI award at Toronto 2009 for “The Man Beyond the Bridge”.

The market will also feature alumni from the recently concluded Busan Asian Project Market including Gitanjali Rao’s “Bombay Rose”, Nandita Das’ “Manto”, Kanu Behl’s Hindi “Agra” and Ritu Sarin’s Tibetan “The Sweet Requiem”.

Other projects include “Sulemani Keeda” director Amit V Masurkar’s Hindi “Newton”; “Katiyabaaz” filmmaker Fahad Mustafa’s Malayalam, Hindi and Arabic “A Goat’s Life”; Arun Karthick’s Tamil “Aasai Mugam”.

After four shorts Salil Jason Fernandez is looking to make his feature debut with Hindi and English language “Dhaar”; Canadian filmmaker Michael McNamara is expanding his 2004 documentary “Meet the Sumdees” into an English and Urdu feature; and M.S. Prakash Babu (“Fig Fruit and the Wasps”) returns to Film Bazaar with “Nigudha Manushyaru”.

After his “Peace Haven” played at Busan recently, Suman Ghosh returns with multi-lingual “The Poacher”, Mukti Krishnan bows with “Sandhya” and Joan Carr-Wiggin who’s “Love of my Life” is currently in post, comes to Goa with English and Hindi “Unromantic Woman”.

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