Two dynamic film production professionals with a wide body of experience ranging from independent cinema, to non-mainstream art house films to commercially successful Bollywood hits between them, Ajay G. Rai and Alan McAlex, came together to form Jar Pictures - a versatile film production company that is steadily gaining a stronghold in the Indian film industry.

The goal of the company is to position itself as a premium content provider for the global entertainment industry. From the critically acclaimed "Gangs of Wasseypur 1&2" which premiered at the Cannes 2012 "Director's Fortnight" to the mainstream "Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana", as well as several independent ventures that have garnered accolades and rave receptions at international film festivals, the company's filmography is swiftly building up with films of varied genres. The company got associated with Wild Geese Pictures to produce "Fireflies" by Sabal Singh Shekhawat, which will premiere in May 2013 in New York.

The company recently also produced "Liar's Dice" by Geetu Mohandas, which received the Hubert Bal development fund and also got the Global film initiative's honorable mention. The film is an official selection in the Sundance Film Festival 2014 World Cinema Dramatics Competition.

Currently, Jar Pictures is producing a "Mumbai Mantra Sundance Institute Scriptwriters Lab 2012" selected project - Ajitpal Singh's "Dhaan".

Apart from producing their own films, Jar Pictures is also known for its production services. The Company had been associated with UTV Motion Pictures for films like "No One Killed Jessica", "Saath Khoon Maaf", & "Chillar Party" to name a few. With "Kai Po Che" being their latest.

Ajay G. Rai started small. His thirst for cinema brought him to Mumbai. With his disarming smile, he gently nudged his way into the film industry, and grew swiftly from one film to the next based on sheer hard work. He soon came into his own as an independent line producer working on quality films in the mainstream film industry. Through his collaboration with Anurag Kashyap, Ajay was associated with some fairly groundbreaking films - Dev D., Gulaal, and the more recent, Gangs of Wasseypur, which created quite a buzz at the Cannes Film Festival.

Ajay set up Jar Entertainment in 2008, and started executing several film productions, primarily for UTV Motion Pictures. In the course of his affiliation with UTV, he was approached to head their Production department as Vice President. Through this collaboration came several successful mainstream films - No One Killed Jessica, Saath Khoon Maaf, and the National Award winning, Chillar Party amongst others.

In 2011, Ajay set up Jar Pictures in partnership with Alan McAlex. Under the aegis of the company, Ajay has come into his own as a producer, working in collaboration with filmmakers and writers to develop nascent story ideas into viable films.

Over the past decade, Alan McAlex has consistently been associated with top-notch Indian independent films. He realized his passion for producing while he was an assistant to some of the top Cinematographers in India. He plunged into production, and line produced some critically acclaimed independent films - Frozen (2007 Toronto IFF), Autumn (2010 Toronto IFF), Peepli Live (2010 Sundance) and Patang (2011, Berlinale), to name a few.

An easy-going temperament, Alan also has a keen sense of people and has always brought together the right crew for each project. His filmmaking adventures have taken him to extremely challenging environs; yet, he has consistently made the film happen and his diverse experience with on-set production makes him a more hands-on producer.

Over the years, Alan has moved towards creative collaborations with writers and directors developing stories and producing films along with his producer9partner, Ajay Rai. Jar Pictures is their initiative.

Under Jar Pictures, he produced "Liar's Dice" by Geetu Mohandas, which received the Hubert Bal development fund and also got the Global film initiative's honorable mention. The company also got associated with Wild Geese Pictures to produce "Fireflies" by Sabal Singh Shekhawat, which premiered in May 2013 in New York.

Currently he is producing a Sundance Scriptwriters Lab 2012 selected project, Ajitpal Singh's "Dhaan".

 

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41, Aram Nagar Part 2
Versova-Yari Road,
Mumbai 400 061
Phone: +91 (22) 2630 0799

Jar Pictures provides production services - from scheduling & budgeting to a final print, the company has a full hands-on approach to production. Every project is handled in a unique manner, bringing together the appropriate crew and production approach. A guerrilla style independent film or a multi-starrer movie – all find a place in the Jar Pictures' roster.

Every film is executed with a commitment that sees the project through to its sure and successful completion. Having worked extensively with some of the industry’s leading professionals and vendors, Jar Pictures is able to work out reasonable alliances, putting together a crew that can work together at an optimum efficiency.

Jar Pictures boasts a filmography, which includes films by the individual producers, as well as by the company.

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Jar Pictures comes into its own as a producer, executing projects from script to screen. Enthusiastic about alliances with dynamic creative professionals, the company's filmography is swiftly building up with films of varied genres. What's important is that the producers recognize something distinctive about the idea, that fires them to set it to screen.


As part of the forward-looking vision of the company, the producers are always collaborating with filmmakers, working on the initial stages of development, budgeting and funding. Jar Pictures is working towards a filmography that covers the spectrum of film genres – from independent, guerrilla style production to upscale mainstream movies.




Jar Pictures (previously credited as Jar Entertainment) has provided production services successfully for several mainstream Indian films, in collaboration with leading production houses and filmmakers.



KAI PO CHE
Release: 2013
Director: Abhishek Kapoor
Production Company: UTV Motion Pictures
Production Services: Jar Pictures
Status: Principal Photography in Progress

THANK YOU

Release: 2011
Director: Anees Bazmee
Production Company: UTV Motion Pictures
Production Services: Jar Pictures (credited as Jar Entertainment)

7 KHOON MAAF

Release: 2011
Director: Vishal Bharadwaj
Production Company: UTV Motion Pictures
Production Services: Jar Pictures (credited as Jar Entertainment)

CHILLAR PARTY

Release: 2010
Directors: Vikas Bahl, Nitesh Tiwari
Production Company: UTV Motion Pictures
Production Services: Jar Pictures (credited as Jar Entertainment)

NO ONE KILLED JESSICA

Release: 2010
Directors: Raj kumar Gupta
Production Company: UTV Motion Pictures
Production Services: Jar Pictures (credited as Jar Entertainment)



Before Ajay G. Rai set up his company, he line produced and production managed several mainstream Indian films, each lending to his steady rise as a producer.


PAAN SINGH TOMAR
Release: 2010
Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Production Company: UTV Motion Pictures
Line Producer: Ajay G. Rai

DEV D
Release: 2009
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Production Company: AKFPL, UTV Motion Pictures
Line Producer: Ajay G. Rai

Gulaal
Release: 2009
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Production Company: Zee Limelight
Executive Producer: Ajay G. Rai

MUMBAI MERI JAAN
Release: 2008
Director: Nishikant Kamat
Production Company: UTV Motion Pictures
Line Producer: Ajay G. Rai



Alan McAlex’s rise as a production professional has been swift. His early films as an independent line producer allowed him hands-on experience in every aspect of production. Several of his films have travelled to international festivals and won critical acclaim.


ECHOES
Release: 2013
Director: Rajesh Shera
Production Company: Raj Shera Productions, Peter J Kirby Productions (Co-Production)
Line Producer: Alan McAlex

PATANG
Release: 2011
Director: Prashant Bhargava
Production Company: Khushi Films
Line Producer: Alan McAlex

THANK YOU
Release: 2011
Director: Anees Bazmee
Production Company: UTV Motion Pictures
Line Producer: Alan McAlex

PEEPLI LIVE
Release: 2010
Director: Anusha Rizvi
Production Company: Aamir Khan Productions
Line Producer: Alan McAlex

HARUD
Release: 2010
Director: Amir Bashir
Production Company: Chasing Tales
Line Producer: Alan McAlex

SIKANDAR
Release: 2009
Director: Piyush Jha
Production Company: Big Pictures India, & Sudhir Mishra Productions
Line Producer: Alan McAlex

OCEAN OF AN OLD MAN
Release: 2009
Director: Rajesh Shera
Production Company: Rajesh Shera Productions
Line Producer: Alan McAlex

FROZEN
Release: 2007
Director: Shivajee Chandrabhushan
Production Company: Seagull Media Productions, India & Phat Phish Motion Pictures, India
Line Producer: Alan McAlex

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Directed By

Avinash Arun

Written By

Tushar Paranjape
Avinash Arun
Omkar Barve

Cast

Amruta Subhash
Archit Deodhar

Produced By

Madhukar R. Musle
Ajay G. Rai
Alan McAlex

Production Company

M R Filmworks
Jar Pictures

The premise of the film is a quaint and serene village, Chitkul, which is the last inhabited village near the Indo-Tibet border. Most of the villagers are relatively cut out from the rest of the civilization even though they are equally advanced in technology and communication. The socio-economic situation in Chitkul is that few of the men folk have migrated to the big cities for greener pasture. One such man is Harud.

The film begins with the introduction of the main protagonist; Kamala who is a young mother of a four year old girl, Mithai and also Harud's wife.

Kamala keeps herself busy running errands for the tourists at the Paradise Inn guesthouse and community work with the villagers.
Her humble livelihood is disturbed when there is no further news of Harud for months. The local villagers take stock of the situation and calls for a meeting. They reassure her that they will send their men to Shimla to meet with Rakesh who is responsible for recruiting their men for construction labour work in Delhi.

Kamala with the encouragement of her friends waits in positive anticipation for Harud's arrival. In one of her persistent calls to her husband's number, she hears a woman's voice from the other end. As an impulse she decides to leave to Shimla with the local tourists who are staying at the guesthouse. Her plan backfires when they leave without her. Dejected, she sets out alone with her little girl and their pet lamb in the wee hours when the village is asleep without realizing the perils, which lay ahead.

The cold wind wafts mercilessly through the difficult terrain. The film follows the journey of this mother-daughter and their lamb. Along this journey they have a chance encounter with Jampa, a free spirited smuggler from Tibet who makes his quick buck playing the gambling game of the Liar's dice.

Although distant at first Jampa slowly breaks the ice with Kamala through Mithai and accepts Kamala's offer to compensate him if he accompanies them to their destination.
A series of adventure begin in their journey heading towards Delhi. The socio- political situation in Himachal becomes a constant under current in their journey narrated satirically with humor. Through all this undertakings, a beautiful bond forms between Mithai and Jampa and a silent bond with Kamala.
As the story unfolds Jampa's intentions in accompanying them becomes a selfish motive. The game of Liar's dice becomes a metaphor in this journey.

Kamala is oblivious of his intentions; and somewhere becomes charmed by this stranger. The plot thickens when this journey explores the man-woman dynamics in the midst of her search for Harud. The epilogue of this film is revealed through Jampa and Kamala becomes his catalyst in the game.

Geetu Mohandas is an India based filmmaker. She started her cinematic career as a four year old, acting in five feature films as a child artist. Her academic education was from India, Malaysia and Canada. She continued acting and has till date featured as a lead actor in forty feature films in three South Indian languages.
Geethu along with her cinematographer husband Rajeev Ravi formed Unplugged in 2009 with a vision to use cinema as a means of creative expression and dialogue. Unplugged produced Geethu's first short fiction film called Kelkkunnundo?" or "Are you listening?" The film premiered at Rotterdam International film festival and subsequently won three International awards for the best International short film and the National award for the Best actor in India. Liar's Dice, which has received the Hubert Bals fund from Rotterdam, is her second venture.

As a writer and director of Liar's Dice, I have aimed at creating a story that would ring true to the common man in India. This film is a fiction however the incidents are factual stories, which has been reported in the newspapers in India. One frequently hears the argument that India still has a backward economy combining elements of different historic social forms, that feudalism is still powerful, that the country has not outgrown its erstwhile colonial framework, and that it is relapsing into the status of a dependency of the great imperialist powers. Personally this is not an argument but a fact. In this era of globalized economy in India, the rich are getting richer and the poor are sidelined in poverty. In our large country where poverty is prevalent the poor are remembered merely as statistics when a calamity or tragedy occurs and they are usually cast aside in the back pages of the dailies.

There are several mishaps with recruiting cheap labour force from the interior villages, which have come to light in the last decade. Several of these cases involve the absence of action taken against the companies while most cases are buried without any legal action-taking place or being let off due to their money power and political interventions. None of these victims are remembered except their own kin who live in far off villages in positive anticipation for their safe return. There is no value to these poor people and even after such repeated accidents; the poor immigrants still continue to shelter themselves on pavements and sidewalks. The government does not take proper measures for their safety. Not when they are alive nor end up dead on the streets.

There is no doubt as to who rules India today: it is the Indian bourgeoisie. But this cannot be more than a transitory stage, and already the nature of the class in power casts a pervasive influence over the political, intellectual, and social life of the country. The government of India will neither emancipate nor materially mend the social condition of the mass of the people, depending not only on the development of the productive powers, but of their appropriation by the people. But what they will not fail to do is to lay down the material premises for both. Has the government done more? Has it ever affected a progress without dragging individuals and people through blood and dirt, through misery and degradation? The cleverness of the privileged people far outstrips their honesty. These are the thoughts, which provoked me to write Liar's Dice. It is a simple narrative film, which depicts these grim realities in India and this is a story that must be told.

Directed by

Geetu Mohandas

Written By

Geetu Mohandas

Cast

Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Geetanjali Thapa
Manya Gupta

Produced by

Ajay G. Rai
Alan McAlex

Production Company

Jar Pictures

Vaasu is an independent, small budget film set in Mumbai/Pune. It is a 'coming of age' story of a young man named Mandar Ponkshe.The principle shooting is in Pune through October and November '12. The lead actors for the film are Gulshan Devaiah and Radhika Apte.
The story is told in a non-linear fashion travelling through various phases in Mandar's life . It deals with his exploits right from when he was a 12 year old boy until he discovers himself at the age of 34.
The film is told through three parallel running tracks relating to Mandar's life. The first track begins with Mandar, as a 12 yr old whose cousin brother, Kshitij introduces him into the world of sexual realization. The track moves along through various exploits of mandar and his friend Surya as they grow up in a middle class Maharashtrian milieu and follows Mandar as he moves to Pune to study engineering and his later life also where he continues to meander along aimlessly without any consideration for love/relationships while his other friends start settling down one by one. After a certain event in the story, 34 yr old Mandar agrees to get into an arranged marriage scenario. He meets 3 women who reject him outright as he tells them his past. On his cousin Dilip's advice, he agrees not to tell the next girl about his colourful past.
The second track of the film starts with 34yr old Mandar meeting the next girl- 33yr old Tripti. Mandar refrains from telling her anything about his past. He makes up a story so that she doesn't reject him like the others. Tripti is a liberated young woman who has had her share of relationships in her life. She has also entered the arrange marriage scenario reluctantly on her elder sister's advice and is skeptical of the entire process. She tells Mandar about her life honestly. This track of the film deals with the 5 month period where Mandar courts a reluctant Tripti as he falls in love with her. He reflects on his life over the duration of his courtship with Tripti (played by Radhika Apte). His love for Tripti brings him to the realization that his ways need mending.
The third track of the film is set in the present day where Mandar is coaxed by his mother and father to go to the international airport to pick up a relative whom he doesn't know. After he reaches the airport he realizes that she is also not aware that Mandar is supposed to receive her. He spends the entire night waiting for her but doesn't find her. Due to a major lack of judgment on his part, Mandar ends up in an embarrassing situation and is humiliated. This particular incident propels Mandar to confess about his past to Tripti as he doesn't want to start a new life which is based on a lie.

A graduate of Film & Television Institute of India (F.T.I.I. - Pune), Harsh partnered with a couple of classmates, Kirti Nakhwa & Amitabh Shukla, right out of film school and founded the production company Tailormade Films in 1999. They bagged the important project of doing promos for ESPN - Star Sports for World Cup Cricket 1999. It has been a steady progression since then of having made more than 100 corporate & TV Commercials.
He won the RAPA Award for the Best Corporate Documentary – WARNA in 2001 and for the Best TV commercial for MAHARASHTRA TIMES in 2003-04, which he wrote, directed & produced.
In 2005 he wrote and produced, THE CHOSEN ONE, a 70 minute tele-film, for Star ONE. This film has met with wide critical and popular acclaim. It bagged 5 awards at the Indian Telly Awards, including Best Script & Best Film.
In 2007 he wrote, directed & produced a short film LOST AND FOUND, which won the NATIONAL AWARD in 2008. It was show cased at various international film festivals in the International Competition section (IFFI'08, MIFF'08, New York Int'l Film Fest etc). It won the Best Film (Critics & Popular) at YNW Sri Lanka. This film also swept the IDPA Awards 2008 bagging 5 awards including, Best Film, Best Director, Best Script & Best Cinematography.

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Directed by

Harshvardhan Kulkarni

Written by

Harshvardhan Kulkarni

Cast

Gulshan Devaiah
Radhika Apte

Production Company

Bloom Pictures/Tailormade Films
Jar Pictures (in association with)

Produced by

Raja Tangadu
Harshvardhan Kulkarni
Kirti M Nakhwa
Amitabh Shukla
Ajay G. Rai (Associate Producer)
Alan McAlex (Associate Producer)

Hidden in a remote corner of India, deep inside the bowels of forgotten valleys, stands a deserted, desolate and forgotten village… abandoned by gods and feared by ghosts. TUMBAD.
Tumbad's story is a journey fuelled by three of the most basic instincts known to man: greed, Fear and Hunger. The experience is above and beyond the staple of gruesome images that define the horror genre. It reaches into the recesses of the human mind to wrench out knots of fear hiding deep within us. Tumbad's canvas is splattered with universal fears, transcending cultures, languages, and always a step ahead of what the viewer may think might happen next.
These are destinies shattering under a wake of crashing dominoes- those, of a man's greed, onto the fear of a family and cascading into a climactic tale of human fallibility in the face of corruption of the soul.
Vinayak, the protagonist/anti-hero of this story has been raised in a childhood fraught with sights and experiences robbing him of his childhood and innocence. He has seen his widowed mother selling her own being, self-respect and existence to fend for him and his brother. Apart from providing herself for the amusement of a wealthy old man- Vinayak's biological father, she has been tasked to guard a creature, which steeps the house in horror as hub around which these lives revolve. While this job ensures them two meals a day, and an assured income from the landlord's mysterious, unending riches, the village starts getting scared of them and begins to avoid them. Troubles begin when landlord, dies leaving this creature- an old grandmotherly zombie, at the expense of the widow's rations and life. The grandmother has not woken up in forty years. Her slumber has out-spanned the widow's entire life and certainly that of her two young sons... No one knows quite how old the grandmother is...or why she is feared. But the widow's elder son is about to find that out on a stormy night, even as the last drop of oil betrays his lantern, and fate!
Before hovering death wills into reality, the trio finally abandon the grandmother- into their house, lock it up for good and leap into the winds of fate leaving Tumbad for good.
Vinayak grows up to lose his mother and sibling, and his trust in goodness and values. He returns to trace his roots and the horror that stripped off his childhood. As he unlocks the door, he comes face to face with the specter of this grandmother, who has lived all these years on everything edible. Vinayak decides to get from her the secret of that elusive wealth - upon whose hopes, his life had hinged. He hears a revelation that splits his life wide open.
Somewhere on his property there lies an unending fountain of wealth. Vinayak is desperate enough to risk everything to find that source of wealth and risk it, he does. Every month, on an unnamed day, Vinayak keeps his date with destiny and emerges with a hoard of gold coins, all at fate's humour. Vinayak's new-found riches do not escape the canny eye Raghav, a moneylender who buys the gold coins from Vinayak each month. Until one day, Raghav decides to do a little prospecting of his own. He discovers Vinayak's treasure trove and descends into its depths. Unknown to Raghav, his action is about to unleash the infernal game that has lain under the earth for centuries!
After more than a decade of mining gold coins at the unending source of wealth from his ancestral home in Tumbad, Vinayak is now a rich man. He has a family life in Pune, enjoying the benefits of a dutiful wife and children, and also the services of an alluring mistress under the same roof. Prompted by the mistress' insinuation, Vinayak agrees to send his 11 yr old son Pandurang for the gold coins, much to the approval of Vinayak's doting wife, who is oblivious of the deathly secret of the wealth.
Vinayak prepares his son for the grueling danger-wrought sessions of gold prospecting which involves months of training in descending and ascents, and unraveling a spectacular maze in the deep recesses of the earth. What follows is a bone-chilling confrontation of terror that ties together all of Tumbad's stories into a single, unified, horrifying whole wave of shock!

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Directed by

Rahi Barve

Written by

Rahi Barve

Cast

Sohum Shah
Kareem
Ronjini Chatterjee

Produced By

Mukesh Shah
Mitesh Shah (Co-Producer)
Anand Gandhi (Co-Producer)
Ajay G. Rai (Associate Producer)
Alan McAlex (Associate Producer)

Production Company

Recyclewala Films Pvt. Ltd.
Jar Pictures (in association with)

Status

Principal photography in progress

'Fireflies' is the story of two brothers- Shiv and Rana.
Shiv, a successful banker, lives in the superficial glitter of corporate Bombay.
The younger brother Rana, a law school dropout, gets by restoring vintage motorcycles at a friend's garage in the anonymous shadowy by-lanes of Bombay.
Though worldly achievements and illusions briefly illuminate the brothers' journeys, a tragedy that befell them fifteen years ago seems destined to repeat itself, just in newer incarnations.
Flames suddenly extinguish again, in an eerie heartbeat...
Voices and visions from the past and the magic realism of the years gone by, beckon the brothers to find the picture in the puzzle, scattered so long ago.
Fireflies are the recurring theme of the film – those luminous little creations that come out of the darkest of darkness, just to light up the imagination of the innocent.
They live their fullest, as long as the glow lasts. Even if it is a lifetime, being lived in a day.

About seven years ago, on a cold winter night in New York, I got mugged. The last thoughts in my fuzzy brain that night, before I drifted into some sort of delirious sleep, were about trying to understand what had just happened.
How does a group of seven people randomly beat a total stranger? Where does so much angst come from? The next morning, I woke up feeling dead. I could barely move; it hurt to brush my teeth. I didn't know what to do So I wrote about 40 pages of turbulent ramblings.
I realized then that I knew many people who were broken and damaged: having lost epic battles to their own twisted projections, in hazy coliseums of love, pain, fear, disappointment and failure.
I had grown up in the jungles and tea gardens of Assam, amongst dogs, cows, horses, leopards, tigers and elephants. But it was only the fireflies that seemed completely unafraid of the night, illuminating their ever-altering journeys, here in a beat, and then somewhere else.
Over the next three months, I wrote 'Fireflies'. The story of two brothers faced with multiple dilemmas. 'Fireflies' talks about how the estranged siblings were left with no choice other than to face the issues they had repressed so many years ago. It's a hauntingly simple story about complex things.
It is about change, acceptance and courage.
Ironically, I had gone to New York to get some clarity and inspiration.
Or maybe it was to write 'Fireflies'.

Born in Assam, the son of a tea planter, Sabal Singh Sheikhawat , attended boarding school in Delhi. Not particularly interested in academics, his energies went into sketchbooks, on sports fields and on the stage.
After his school years, Sabal drifted further into the arts, completing a degree in English Literature degree from Delhi University, before finding his way to India's artistic capital—Bombay.
After a short stint with an advertising agency, he joined Shantanu Sheorey, at the time one of the most progressive and prolific photographers & television commercial directors in the country.
Four years later, in 1994 he began The Big Picture Company.
After producing and directing television commercials for more than 18 years, Sabal started his feature film production company Wild Geese Pictures in 2011.
Sabal directed his first feature film, 'Fireflies' (currently in post-production), in April 2012.

Directed by

Sabal Sheikhawat

Written by

Sabal Sheikhawat

Cast

Rahul Khanna
Arjun Mathur
Shivani Ghai
Monica Dogra
Aadya Bedi

Produced By

Sabal Sheikhawat
Shanta Rana (Executive Producer)
Ajay G. Rai (Associate Producer)
Alan McAlex (Associate Producer)

Production Company

Wild Geese Pictures
Jar Pictures (in association with)

Status

Post Production

Rajaram, a bank clerk in a small town, dreams of traveling to Delhi and becoming a reputed writer. No one takes his litterateur aspirations seriously, least of all his uncle, who marries him off to the beautiful Renu. Although a simpleton, Renu wholeheartedly supports her husband's ambition. Edged on by her encouragement, Rajaram starts stealing writing time from his humdrum work routine, and is eventually forced to leave his job, when his boss publicly humiliates him, and derides his fancy aspirations. To his utter surprise and delight, Renu unstintingly supports his decision, and starts doing odd jobs from home, while Rajaram begins to focus completely on his writing. But, being a stay-at-home writer doesn't go down too well with prying neighbours, who are quick to pass judgment on other peoples' lives. Rajaram becomes a butt of all jokes in the neighbourhood.
Turning a deaf ear to the all the snubs, Rajaram starts in earnest to show his work to several publishers. Each time he is rebuked. They tell him he should stick to writing text book material, and give up fanciful ideas of writing a novel.
Finally, Rajaram encounters a fledgling publisher duo – Purohit and his brother-in-law, Bharti. They agree to publish Rajaram's story about the plight of a small town girl. However, there is one hitch. Rajaram would have to add some necessary sensational elements to his dull tale – some 'masala', as they refer to euphemistically. Rajaram is initially miffed by this writing brief. The only meaning of 'masala' familiar to him is the kind that adds spice to food. He is not sure what it means to bring that to his writing – till he meets Chacha, an eccentric, old village Idiot. Chacha is an anomaly in the hypocritical society we live in – he is unashamed of showing Rajaram the spicier side of life and of saying it out loud. He introduces Rajaram to the salacious and secret world of soft pornography. It's on everybody's mind, but no one will admit it. Chacha does. Rajaram, scandalized at first, accedes to the "compromise", and thus starts discovering another facet of literature – erotica. He adopts the colourful pseudonym of 'Mastram' becomes the first author of the first pornographic novel series in the Hindi language. He churns out colourful stories about sex, that his eager readers voraciously devour. Yet, Rajaram's success still remains elusive to him, as all the glory is due to 'Mastram'. Will the "real" Mastram finally be exposed? Will Rajaram's sudden windfall arouse suspicion in his ever-supportive wife? How will Rajaram face the hypocrisy of a society that secretly enjoys reading porn, but otherwise treats such matters with disdain?

The idea of "Mastram" came to me after I finished writing "Gangs of Wasseypur". I was searching for a unique idea. I also wanted to pick on an issue that was relevant to contemporary Indian society. Incidentally, that was the time when internet censorship by the Government of India was being disputed all over. I was highly intrigued by the nature of the debate considering almost everyone I know surfs pornography on the internet. I wanted to make that same issue the core of my story. Ironically, I found the inspiration to the film right next to my bed - a Hindi porn pulp book called "Mastram". This book is extremely popular in Northern India, despite its absence in big stores, being available only at in small dingy bookstalls near bus and train stations. For the last 30 years, the book has been published as "Mastram", with the author also credited as "Mastram". What really struck me the most was that despite being so popular, no one knows the real identity of the author. Is it because we harbor disdain and derision for such impropriety? Could we really accept such a person in our society? The question that intrigued me was, whether the writer's family knows that he is actually "Mastram". That is the germ for the character of Rajaram. I – and millions like me, I'm sure – can relate to Rajaram and his struggle to achieve his dreams, in the midst of his responsibility to his family. Rajaram's predicament as a clandestine writer of erotica, and how he faces his conservative famiy and society - this became the premise for my film.

Hailing from the small town of Bhopal in central India, Akhilesh came to Mumbai in 2006 to pursue his Mass Communication degree from University of Mumbai. Only a year later did he realize that he was ready to launch into his true calling - film-making. He dropped out after his first year of college, and ventured out in to the battlefield that film-making is. Akhilesh's big break was when he had the opportunity to co-write a seminal film in Indian cinema – Anurag Kashyap's `Gangs of Wasseypur', which went on to premier at the Cannes Film Festival with much fanfare.
`Mastram' is his directorial debut.

Directed by

Akhilesh Jaiswal

Written by

Akhilesh Jaiswal
Gunjan Saxena

Cast

Rahul Bagga
Tasha

Producers

Ajay G. Rai
Alan McAlex

Production Company

Jar Pictures

Status

Post Production

Charu and her friends share a rented apartment in a sky-rise in Mumbai. All in their mid-twenties, and each hailing from different parts of the country, they have come here to make this bustling metro their home.
One day a labourer comes to paint a soiled wall at her house. Irritated that her flat-mate did not inform her, she asks the man to hurry up. A few minutes later, she finds him unconscious on the floor.
Charu, panicked and desperate to do what's right, gets entwined in a series of incidents that take her through the city. Anywhere that might lead her to some identity of the man. Even a name.

Identity. What defines us? How do we connect to our environment with a greater sensitivity at a time when there's an ever-widening divide between us?
I was intrigued by an incident that a friend narrated to me. A labourer working at her house collapsed in the midst of his work. This man had no form of identification on him. She didn't know who to ask to aid in getting medical help for him.
It evoked many questions in me.
I started writing it and left one part of the story unwritten. I believed the process would reveal that to us.
We started shooting the film in real locations. The city spoke to us, through her myriad migrant peoples - people who had come here from various parts of the country in search of a better life.
The process of making this film revealed unknown urban spaces to me, spaces that are screaming to be heard. Behind our protagonist, Charu, our film crew traversed these spaces engaging in the search for the identity of a nameless man, who we were trying to place in the vast anonymity of the city.

Festivals
  Official Selection Busan International Film Festival, October 2012 (World Premiere)
  Official Selection MAMI, October 2012
  Official Selection Torino Film Festival, November 2012

Directed by

Kamal KM

Written by

Kamal KM

Cast

Geetanjali Thapa
Murari Kumar

Produced By

Rajeev Ravi
Madhu Neelakandan
Sunil Babu
Resul Pookutty
Ajay G. Rai (Executive Producer)
Alan McAlex (Executive Producer)

Production Company

Collective Phase One
Jar Pictures (in association with)

Status

Completed

 

Omi Khurana, a troublesome man, returns from England to his hometown in Punjab, where he ran away from, more than a decade ago after stealing money from his doting grandfather, Darji. He owes money to a crazy hoodlum in London, who won't let him come back to the UK unless Omi gets him his money back. With his pleasant demeanor combined with lies, Omi is able to get back in to the house as a respectful man who made it big in the west.
But, everything has changed in his absence. Darji is senile and has forgotten the recipe of the famed dish, "Chicken Khurana," which he created half a century ago. Omi's old flame Harman, who is still in love with him, is getting married to his mysteriously distressed cousin, Jeet, for the family's sake. Omi's uncle Hemraj, who raised him as a father, is eternally angry with him. But his efforts to persuade his wife, Lata, against Omi find no success. Also, Lata's brother "Titoo" has started living in the house in Omi's absence. He is a mental asylum reject and keeps prying Omi.
A turn of events leads Omi in search for the mysterious recipe of the dish "Chicken Khurana" which can alleviate all of Omi's financial troubles. Will Omi find the recipe of the dish which titillated the taste buds and senses of the foodies? Will he ever find true love he so misinterpreted years ago? Will he be able to feel the same for the family that loves him unconditionally?
And finally, will he be able to find his own recipe for life and bring many a people out of their miseries? Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana is all about this with some pickle on the side.

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COMING SOON....

Directed by

Sameer Sharma

Written By

Sumeet Batheja

Cast

Kunal Kapoor
Huma Qureshi
Rahul Bagga

Produced By

Ronny Screwala
Siddharth Roy Kapoor
Anurag Kashyap
Manish Hariprasad (Associate Producer)
Ajay G. Rai (Associate Producer)

Production Company

UTV Spot Boy
AKFPL
Jar Pictures (in association with)

Status

Release 2nd Nov 2012

Wasseypur is no more the town that was once consumed by the raging war between Sardar Khan and Ramadhir Singh. It has spawned a new generation of money squandering lobbyists, turning into foolhardy gangs overnight. With illegal profiteering through scrap trade auctions over the Internet, corrupt government officials, election rigging and hooliganism, the town got murkier. Everyone wanted alliance with the most powerful man of Wasseypur, Faizal Khan. His sole ambition however, is to annihilate Ramadhir Singh, the man with the grand scheme. Gangs of Wasseypur-Part 2 is a fitting conclusion to this story of vengeance, which by now, not just the family but also this town has come to inherit.

When two boys with plastic guns, point their barrels at each other and mouth "do ya feel lucky, punk" and shoot at each other making "bangbang" sounds, its just another film crazy adolescent playing in their backyard. When they mouth the same lines with real guns and shoot at each other, the genesis of Gangs of Wasseypur was formed.
Though I was born in small town in northern India, I migrated to the city to make films, the city got to me and I went deeper in exploring it's effect on me through my films until I met Zeishan. Zeishan was from Wasseypur and a few things that he told me about his place dragged me back to my roots, my backyard, my growing up and my tryst with Bollywood and the politics of my region.
The few anecdotes that Zeishan shared with me of this place then went on to be retelling and an analysis of the history of the place explaining it's evolution as a burning inferno and it's fight for coal to the way battles were fought. From digging coal to killing someone over a innocuous brawl to vengeance being inherited. Part One of the film gets to the roots of the people and explains why they are the way they are.
Part 2 explains the Bollywood (Hindi Cinema) obsessed growing up of their inheritance of vengeance. It was a way of life, in the name of honor, love, friendship, loyalty or maybe just pure animal instinct. It was the Wasseypur of today.
The irony of it all was to be captured with a very spicy humor that the space inherently has. The innocence still lingering somewhere in the eyes of the misguided vengeful soul who knows no other way to live but kill, all these layers in the face of apparent violence made for a compelling epic on bumbling criminals to be made

YET TO COME....

Directed by

Anurag Kashyap

Written By

Anurag Kashyap
Akhilesh Jaiswal
Sachin K. Ladia
Zeishan Quadri

Cast

Tigmanshu Dhulia
Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Reemma Sen
Huma Qureshi
Richa Chadda

Produced By

Anurag Kashyap
Guneet Monga
Suneel Bohra
Ajay G. Rai (Associate Producer)

Production Company

Viacom18 Motion Pictures
AKFPL
Jar Pictures (in association with)

   

Towards the end of colonial India, Sahid Khan loots the British trains, impersonating the legendary Sultana Daku. Now outcast, Shahid becomes a worker at Ramadhir Singh's colliery, only to spur a revenge battle that passes on to generations. At the turn of the decade, Shahid's son, the philandering Sardar Khan vows to get his father's honor back, becoming the most feared man of Wasseypur. Staying true to its real life influences, the film explores this revenge saga through the socio-political dynamic in erstwhile Bihar (North India), in the coal and scrap trade mafia of Wasseypur, through the imprudence of a place obsessed with mainstream 'Bollywood' cinema

When two boys with plastic guns, point their barrels at each other and mouth "do ya feel lucky, punk" and shoot at each other making "bangbang" sounds, its just another film crazy adolescent playing in their backyard. When they mouth the same lines with real guns and shoot at each other, the genesis of Gangs of Wasseypur was formed.
Though I was born in small town in northern India, I migrated to the city to make films, the city got to me and I went deeper in exploring it's effect on me through my films until I met Zeishan. Zeishan was from Wasseypur and a few things that he told me about his place dragged me back to my roots, my backyard, my growing up and my tryst with Bollywood and the politics of my region.
The few anecdotes that Zeishan shared with me of this place then went on to be retelling and an analysis of the history of the place explaining it's evolution as a burning inferno and it's fight for coal to the way battles were fought. From digging coal to killing someone over a innocuous brawl to vengeance being inherited. Part One of the film gets to the roots of the people and explains why they are the way they are.
Part 2 explains the Bollywood (Hindi Cinema) obsessed growing up of their inheritance of vengeance. It was a way of life, in the name of honor, love, friendship, loyalty or maybe just pure animal instinct. It was the Wasseypur of today.
The irony of it all was to be captured with a very spicy humor that the space inherently has. The innocence still lingering somewhere in the eyes of the misguided vengeful soul who knows no other way to live but kill, all these layers in the face of apparent violence made for a compelling epic on bumbling criminals to be made

YET TO COME....

Directed by

Anurag Kashyap

Written By

Anurag Kashyap
Akhilesh Jaiswal
Sachin K. Ladia
Zeishan Quadri

Cast

Manoj Bajpai
Tigmanshu Dhulia
Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Reemma Sen
Huma Qureshi
Richa Chadda

Produced By

Anurag Kashyap
Guneet Monga
Sunil Bohra
Ajay G. Rai (Associate Producer)

Production Company

Viacom18 Motion Pictures
AKFPL
Jar Pictures (in association with)

   

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Directed by

Kanwal Sethi

Written By

Kanwal Sethi

Status

Funding

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Directed by

Aamir Bashir

Written By

Aamir Bashir

Status

Funding