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The Hundred Foot Journey - UK Gala Screening

Fazzana Dua Elahe, Manish Dyal, Dame Helen Mirren, Om Puri and Amit Shah - The Hundred Foot Journey - UK gala screening held at the Curzon Mayfair cinema - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Helen Mirren and Om Puri
Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren, Om Puri and Manish Dayal
Helen Mirren and Om Puri

The Hundred-Foot Journey Review


A relentlessly smiley-glowy tone threatens to undo this film at every turn, but it's just about rescued by a spiky script and the adept cast. Director Lasse Hallstrom has been indulging in warm-fuzzy filmmaking since 2000's Chocolat, and this story (based on the Richard Morais book) seems set in the same fanciful, far too-cute France, created with digital effects rather than cinematography. Nothing is remotely realistic, but the characters are engaging and the food looks absolutely delicious. This is definitely not a film to see on an empty stomach.

The central character is Hassan (90210's Manish Dayal), who was born in India and developed his prodigious gift as a chef with his late mother. Now refugees in Europe, Hassan's Papa (Om Puri) is on a quest to establish a restaurant with his five children. They settle on an impossibly quaint French village, and set up their Indian eatery just across the road from the Michelin-starred restaurant run by the imperious Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), who of course immediately declares war on these interlopers. Meanwhile, Hassan begins exploring French cookery with Mallory's sexy sous-chef Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon). And his innate expertise catches Mallory's attention.

This simple twist helps propel the story and draw us in, as Hassan proves that he can teach Mallory a thing or two. Where this goes is played out in a simplistic way, but for audience members who are looking for meaning there's quite a bit of insight scattered around the script. Otherwise, Hallstrom is far more interested in superficial imagery, never quite letting the actors dig deep into their characters. Dayal shows some real texture as Hassan, but is reduced in the editing to merely smiling or frowning to show the character's frame of mind. And his relationship with Le Bon's impossibly perky Marguerite is almost painfully predictable.

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U.K. Gala Screening Of 'The Hundred-Foot Journey'

Helen Mirren and Om Puri - U.K. gala screening of 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' held at the Curzon Mayfair Cinema - Inside - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren

Video - Oprah Winfrey And Steven Spielberg Pose Together At 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' NY Premiere - Part 1

The cast and crew of restaurant drama 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' were seen arriving at the New York premiere held at the Ziegfeld Theater. Among them were producers Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg, director Lasse Hallstrom and his wife Lena Olin and stars Om Puri and Charlotte Le Bon who play Papa and Marguerite respectively.

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'The Hundred-Foot Journey' Premiere

Om Puri - New York premiere of 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' at the Ziegfeld Theater - Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 4th August 2014

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The Hundred Foot Journey - Featurette

Talking about upcoming restaurent drama 'The Hundred Foot Journey', producers Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, director Lasse Hallstrom and star Helen Mirren reveal their thoughts in a short featurette.

'This really is a story about the fusion between two opposite cultures', says Steven, with Oprah explaining of the film's plot: 'The icy Madame Mallory, the owner of the very proper Michelin-starred French restaurent, doesn't allow for any kind of competition whatsoever.' Helen reveals that within the clashing of two food cultures 'it's a feud that becomes a war - and no holds barred actually'.

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The Hundred Foot Journey is a drama directed by Lasse Hallström (Dear John/Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) and written by Steven Knight.

Based on the novel of the same name by Richard C. Morals, The Hundred-Foot Journey sees an Indian family start a new life in France, where they intend to open a family business in the form of a restaurant, however the top restaurant in the south of France is opposite the restaurant the family buy, owned by the fiercely competitive Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren). This gives the family little chance of being successful, yet they persist with it exposing the French to food they won't have tasted before. When Mallory becomes aware of this, she bitterly attempts to slow down business for their restaurant, i.e. by making snide remarks about the restaurant to her customers. Over time though, the two restaurants become friends, with Mallory even offering Hassan (Manish Dayal) of the Indian family, a job at her restaurant. But how will his father (Om Puri) feel about this?  

The film came about when producer Oprah Winfrey became a fan of the script, and encouraged Steven Spielberg to make an adaptation of the novel, who she knew from working with on The Color Purple. Spielberg searched for a director he thought would be good for the role and so he found Hallström, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his adaptation of The Cider House Rules, by John Irving.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist Review


A terrific story is compromised by the demands of commercial filmmaking, adding action-thriller scenes to what should be an introspective drama while distractingly beefing up side-roles for American stars. But at the centre is another superb performance from Riz Ahmed (Four Lions), who again takes a complex, challenging approach to the subject of terrorism.

The narrative is fragmented into flashbacks as Changez (Ahmed) tells his story to an American journalist (Schreiber) in Pakistan while a tense hostage situation swirls all around them. Years earlier, Changez was a high-flying Pakistani student, graduating from Princeton and landing a prestigious job on Wall Street when an executive (Sutherland) recognises his talent. He also has a sexy artist girlfriend (Hudson). But all of this is shaken after the 9/11 attacks, when he is harassed by police and immigration officials. Fundamentally changed, he returns to Lahore to become a lecturer in violent uprisings. But this makes the CIA think that he's become a terrorist himself. Perhaps he has.

The various strands of the story are intriguing, and the actors are all watchable as they add layers to Changez's overall story. But the jumbled structure of the film reduces the narrative to a series of seemingly unrelated scenes. Hudson and Sutherland are solid but add little beyond their characters' stereotypical American reactions to Changez's decisions. The always superb Schreiber is better used as a more shady figure. But other characters vanish just when they get interesting, such as Changez's parents, played by acting legends Puri and Azmi.

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Chakravyuh Review

A muscular tone and non-stop action draw us into this Bollywood thriller, which then surprises us as it explores some complex themes about ethics and loyalty. That said, the film's intensity feels bombastic and melodramatic even compared to Hollywood's most overwrought blockbusters.

It's set in rural India, where militant leftist Naxalite rebels are fighting against the police and government who are helping big businesses displace villages and exploit the land. To stop the uprising, tough-guy cop Adil (Rampal) takes command of the situation, reluctantly accepting help from his oldest friend Kabir (Deol), a police academy drop-out who plans to infiltrate the Naxalites to help Adil. But as the violence escalates, Kabir begins to realise that the rebels are fighting for people's rights, and that Adil is actually taking orders from a multinational corporate boss. So the old friends square off on opposite sides of the law.

Dramas pitching brother against brother are standard Bollywood fare, and this true story is full of emotional turmoil along with action shoot-outs and massive explosions. There are also a couple of musical numbers cleverly woven into the film, giving us a break from the intense ideology and bullet-flying ambushes. There are also two women who complicate things: Adil's feisty cop wife (Gupta) and a sexy rebel (Patil) who catches Kabir's eye. So even if the filmmaking is over-the-top regarding politics, action and emotions, there's plenty to keep us entertained.

It's also a remarkably complex exploration of the terrorism issue. As Kabir begins to understand the militants' perspective, our loyalties begin to shift as well. And all of the characters are thoroughly aware of their own flaws, nicely underscored by the actors amid the corny slogan-strewn dialog and cranked-up emotions. But filmmaker Jha keeps everything moving so quickly, with bravura camera work, jagged editing and thunderous music, that we just hold on for the ride. And along the way there are plenty of things to keep us involved, right to the explosive finale.

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West Is West Review

It's been 11 years since we last caught up with the Khan family, although only five have passed in their lives. And while this sequel isn't as sharply funny as 1999's East Is East, it has some nice things to say about growing up in a multi-cultural society.

In 1976 Salford, George and Ella (Puri and Bassett) only have one child left at home, 15-year-old Sajid (Khan). And he's a real handful, feeling even more fiercely English than his older siblings. So George decides to cart him off to the Old Country to gain some respect for his heritage. What George doesn't count on is learning a lesson himself, because once in Pakistan he's confronted with the life he left 30 years earlier, including a wife (Arun) and daughters who have been waiting for him.

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Life Goes On Trailer

When Sanjay's wife, Manju, suddenly dies, his life is thrown into dismay; but through their loss the Londoner finds himself rekindling relationships with his three daughters. The story takes place over five days between the day of Manju's death and the funeral.

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West Is West Trailer

It's 1976 and with a lot of determination George and Ella Khan have managed to keep their family together. All but one of their seven children have grown up and the youngest, Sajid, is going through somewhat of an identity crisis. Totally unfamiliar with his Pakistani roots and becoming somewhat of a nuisance to his father he decides it's time to take drastic measures and takes his son back to Pakistan to visit some of his family.

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54th BFI London Film Festival: 'West Is West' UK Film Premiere Held At The Vue West End.

Om Puri Tuesday 19th October 2010 54th BFI London Film Festival: 'West is West' UK film premiere held at the Vue West End. London, England

54th BFI London Film Festival: 'West Is West' UK Film Premiere Held At The Vue West End.

Jaya and Om Puri Tuesday 19th October 2010 54th BFI London Film Festival: 'West is West' UK film premiere held at the Vue West End. London, England

Jaya and Om Puri
Jaya and Om Puri

July Release For First Film Based On 7/7 Bombings

Naseeruddin Shah Om Puri Sadie Frost

The release date of the first film to tackle the subject of the 7/7 London bombings has been confirmed.

Shoot on Sight, directed by Indian-born Jagmohan Mundhra will be released on 30 screens in the UK on July 11th, just over three years after the suicide attacks which claimed the lives of 52 people travelling on London's public transport system.

With a relatively shoestring budget of £4 million, the film stars X-Men 2 actor Brian Cox alongside Greta Scacchi, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Ralph Ineson and Sadie Frost and is also to receive a release in India.

The fictionalised drama tells of Commander Tariq Ali (Shah) a Muslim officer with the Metropolitan police whose inquiry into the shooting of a suspected terrorist on the London Underground is hampered by distrust at his workplace and within the Muslim community,

Speaking to industry magazine Variety, director Mundhra explained the damaging effect of the bombings on the capital.

"Having lived and worked in London for many years, I became very aware of and affected by how peoples' attitudes were changing towards me," he explained.

"Taxi drivers would not stop for me in the days following 7/7, and I could completely understand why.

"The fact that I had always found London to be an extremely culturally tolerant city made this change in atmosphere all the more shocking."

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