Angry Indian Goddesses is India’s first female buddy movie with a fresh, realistic portrait of women in India today. Frieda, a fashion-commercial photographer trying to find her own art, gathers her closest girlfriends from all over India to travel to Goa for a surprise announcement: she’s getting married! Thus begins an impromptu bachelorette celebration that lasts for a full week. A riotous roller-coaster ride of girl bonding; friendships, break ups, make ups, fuck ups, passion, devastation, hesitation, terrorization and self realization. Amidst the fun and frenzy, heartbreak and heartache, passion and obsession, youth and innocence, secrets tumble out, tensions emerge, bonds are formed and emotions run high. Soon events will take a more serious turn, but for the moment these women are determined to seize the day.
For years I longed to do a film with firebrand Indian women in lead roles because shockingly 96% of female roles in Indian cinema have the woman as an accessory, a decoration, or a lover (translate that to the female cast being sexy), or playing a mother, or sister whose “izzat”(honour) the hero or “big bro” must protect. Alternatively, she is the ultimate ‘IT’ girl! Her male lead must have a gun and a female counterpart but the film caters to males: it must be a testosterone driven film. Female roles are glamourized and there’s always a dance or ‘gaana’ (song). Of course the glamour doesn’t dignify the woman and it’s still the guy’s movie!
Be it action, rom-com, thriller… the man must dominate more screen time, say the real lines and win the women over. Even the recent lot of all Bollywood buddy movies run high on male testosterone, as if women don’t “buddy” or connect with each other!! As a filmmaker who loves women and everything feminine, I have been witnessing an outcry from the Indian women for gender equality, respect and dignity. Thus, I was compelled to use their fury as my fuel to fire up the ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES!
Jungle Book Entertainment, a vision shared by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Pan Nalin and producer Gaurav Dhingra, is an independent Film and Television production company based in India. Jungle Book Entertainment’s productions include an array of feature films, documentaries and television with an impressive association with producers, directors and acting talents from across the world. Jungle Book Entertainment produces work across all genres, which have distinctiveness, originality and top-notch production values. The company takes pride in creation of original content and follows it through all stages of the filmmaking process and distribution.
Jungle Book Entertainment’s goal is to unite with other independent film production companies, film financiers, and philanthropists to help create powerful, thoughtful and unique motion pictures. The company is a tribe of likeminded artists and entrepreneurs who believe in talent, particularly in pursuit of shared passion projects, which are viable as winning financial model. Jungle Book Entertainment invests heavily –but smartly, on in-depth writing and content creation. Jungle Book Entertainment is presently developing a slate of films for Indian and International market.
Nalin and Gaurav bring years of global film and television experience in the form of their respective companies, Monsoon Films and Oasis Motion Pictures and its sister concern, Oasis Television, into one dynamic entity Jungle Book Entertainment. They have line produced one of the most acclaimed non-fiction TV series AMAZING RACE (with Earthcare Films). They are the Indian Producers for History Channel’s ICE ROAD TRUCKERS: DEADLIEST ROADS. They have embraced the challenge of the rigorous Himalayas at 16,000 feet above sea level for international co-production of feature films such as SAMSARA (Germany-Italy-France) and VALLEY OF FLOWERS (France-Germany-Japan).
Recently, Jungle Book Entertainment skillfully tackled 70 million devout congregating at the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad (India) to produce the feature length documentary FAITH CONNECTIONS. It was an official selection at Toronto International Film Festival 2013, in IFFLA Los Angeles it won the Audience Choice Award, and it was officially invited to Sydney Film Festival, CPH: DOX, MAMI, IFFI and dozens of other festivals across the globe. FAITH CONNECTIONS has been released in over 20 countries worldwide and counting (releasing in Italy in October 2015).
Jungle Book Entertainment is in production of English feature titled, BEYOND THE KNOWN WORLD, a New Zealand India co-production. Cast includes David Wenham, Emmanuelle Beart, Chelsea Preston Crayford and Sia Trokenheim. The film is currently in post-production.
One Two Films is a Berlin based production company founded by Sol Bondy, Jamila Wenske and Christoph Lange. The focus is feature films for the international market. Providing carefully selected directors and writers with a home base, the slate is divided into director-driven and producer-driven projects. In the past years, the company has specialized in international co-productions and in bringing daring, entertaining cinema to a world audience.
Already in 2013, they were recognized by Screen International as “Future Leaders: Producers” for Screen’s Cannes special issue. The producers are also graduates of the “Trans Atlantic Partners” program and ACE – European Producers Network.
Their films include: the 2012 Max Ophüls’ audience award winner, PUPPE, ICKE & DER DICKE (“DOLL, THE FATSO & ME”) by Felix Stienz, the Israeli-German coproduction YOUTH by Tom Shoval, which celebrated its international premiere at the Berlinale Panorama 2013, WHISPERS BEHIND THE WALL, a first feature for TV by Grzegorz Muskala which premiered in Rotterdam, the Danish-German co- production with Zentropa I AM HERE, directed by Anders Morgenthaler and starring Kim Basinger, which is being sold by TrustNordisk, and finally the Indian-German co-production ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES by Pan Nalin, a TIFF world premiere, which is being sold by Mongrel International.
Projects for 2015-2016 include the international co- productions THE TALE by Jennifer Fox, starring Laura Dern and HIER by Balint Kenyeres, as well as new work by Isabel Coixet and Jan Speckenbach.
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