Om Puri

Talking about “Jai Ho Democracy”, Om said: “These kind of films have small budgets, but I want to tell you all that it’s a mainstream film. It’s just that there are no Khans in this film.”

By: Indo-Asian News Service | Mumbai | Published on:March 22, 2015 4:31 pm

Veteran actor Om Puri, who will be next seen in “Jai Ho Democracy”, says the political comedy is as mainstream as any other ‘masala’ film — just that it’s without any of the celebrity Khans of tinsel town.

Talking about “Jai Ho Democracy”, Om said: “These kind of films have small budgets, but I want to tell you all that it’s a mainstream film. It’s just that there are no Khans in this film.”

He assures us that the movie has “all the masala” that a mainstream Hindi film has.

The film takes a comic look at how the powers-that-be continue to procrastinate and maintain status quo, unfazed by the gravity of the situations at hand.

It also explores the funny side of how the media gets desperate in highlighting unworthy issues, apart from giving a message of hope for peace between two neighbouring countries.

Hopeful that the movie will gain through word of mouth, he said: “Such a film will have an affect on only a few people. But even if it makes a 10 percent difference (in society), then one feels it is in the right track. Such films should be made for the better.”

Written and directed by Ranjit Kapoor, “Jai Ho Democracy” also features Annu Kapoor, Seema Biswas, Adil Hussain and Satish Kaushik.

Undercover Mumbai

9th-14th September 2013 – BBC Radio 4

Undercover Mumbai

Stripped across the entire week and culminating in an hour-long Saturday drama, this fast-paced,  police thriller follows Alia Khan, a young woman inspector in the Bandra Division of the Mumbai Police Force, as she attempts to solve a series of crimes, make sense of her troubled past and cope with being a woman in a male dominated and chauvinistic police force.

Written by Ayeesha Menon and directed by John Dryden.

Episode 1 of 6: GUTTER BABY 10.45, Mon 9th September

When a baby is rescued from a gutter, it falls on the only female police officer on hand, Alia Khan to look after it.  Stuck with a new partner, and a boss who is determined to put her in her place, Alia has to fight to be noticed.

Episode 2 of 6: WHAT’S COOKING? 10.45, Tue 10th September

The search for a missing husband leads Police Inspector Alia Khan to the Tandoori restaurant where he was last seen.

Episode 3 of 6: BODY OF CHRIST 10.45, Wed 11th September 

The body of a young girl is washed up on Juhu beach. A tattoo on her ankle leads police inspector Alia Khan on the trail of a child prostitution ring.

Episode 4 of 6: MAD WOMEN 10.45, Thu 12th September

Police Inspector Alia Khan investigates a psychiatric hospital where women are admitted but never seem to come out.

Episode 5 of 6: FIVE-STAR DEATH 10.45, Fri 13th September

A dead glamour model in a five-star hotel leads Police inspector Alia Khan on the trail of Bollywood’s leading heart-throb.

Episode 6 of 6: ONE LAST SACRIFICE 14.30, Sat 14th September

As India’s general elections draw near, and the world’s largest democracy decides its future, A murder and a political scandal leads Police Inspector Alia Khan to unravelling the truth about her policeman father’s death. A climactic hour-long final episode of the police detective serial set in Mumbai.

CAST

Alia – Prerna Chawla, Nakul – Anand Tiwari, Inspector Desai – Rajit Kapur, Mrs Gomes – Radhika Mittal, Popo – Rohit Malkani, Alia’s father – Zafar Karachiwala, Vikram Naresh – Darius Shroff, Commissioner Kripalani – Jayant Kripalani

Other parts: Karan Pandit, Faezeh Jalali, Anahita Oberoi, Devika Shahani-Punjabi, Sohrab Ardeshir, Kenny Desai, Nadir Khan, Vivek Madan, Ayeesha Menon, Ankur Vikal

PRODUCTION

Sound Recordist – Hitesh Chaurasia, Sound Design – Steve Bond, Editing Assistants – Andrew Lewis & Aditya Khanna, Script Editor – Mike Walker, Assistant Producer – Toral Shah, Producer – Nadir Khan, Music – Sacha Putnam., Writer – Ayeesha Menon, Director – John Dryden

walking in the city

Documentary : WALKING IN THE CITY  | Shrikant Agawane / 26min./2014
Produced by Public Service Broadcasting Trust of India(PSBT)

In a city where there are cars and trains and a fast paced life, the simple activity of walking freely on the road to move from one place to another or just taking a stroll, becomes a rarity. In the film, the filmmaker shares his own penchant for walking long distances and thus experiencing the city from the ground level. The Film also explores trendy walking as well as other new urban rituals of walking which have come up in recent times, juxtaposing them with the flaneurs, who look at the city, literally, standing and walking on its margins.

Selected at SiGNS Film Festival, Kochi, Kerala