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She made it to the 2014 Cannes
Film Festival, and wowed the
crowds as she usually does, but
seems that Aishwarya Rai
Bachchan s outfit of choice was
The same gold strapless Roberto
Cavalli gown was worn recently by
Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth
at this year s Academy Awards.
Regardless, by all reports, Aish-
warya looked gorgeous and had
heads turning. And if the latest sto-
ries are anything to go by, it seems
the Bollywood lovely will soon be
imitating another Hollywood actress
in her comeback film, Jazbaa.
Sanjay Gupta, who directs the
film, took inspiration from Salt,
which saw Angelina Jolie in some
very intense action scenes, but how
will Mrs Bachchan fare?
Well, some people, including her
husband Abhishek, think she will
be great; he was actually the person
who initially heard of the film and
encouraged his wife to do it. Famed
beauty, mother, and soon to be stunt
woman? Well, we ll see.
Bollywood has gone boxing-crazy
it seems. Priyanka Chopra plays
Mary Kom in a biopic, Sonakshi
Sinha s Holiday, which is apparently
based on Laila Ali (former heavy-
weight champion Muhammed Ali s
daughter) and shows the actress in
boxing gear on the posters, and now
it s Ranbir Kapoor who is picking
up the gloves.
Yes, you read right. He plays a
street fighter in his next movie
Bombay Velvet and in addition to
boxing, he also trained in martial
arts. His schedule involves dieting
and heavy training in the night with
a boxing trainer who was flown in
Ranbir worked with the trainer
for about four months in prepara-
tion for this role, and stayed lean
for a consistent look while shooting.
All we can say is wow, #Bol-
lyTalks can t wait to see the final
The T&T Film Company (TTFC) is inviting
audiovisual professionals to apply for grants of
up to $100,000 for production and post-pro-
duction assistance for television show pilots.
A release from the TTFC said the grants are
part of the Production Assistance and Script
Development (PASD) programme administered
by the TTFC.
Scripted TV pilot episodes of standard broadcast
length (TV half-hour or TV hour), for traditional
TV or for Internet TV, can apply for grants
between now and June 27 when applications
Content may be dramatic or comedic. Animated
shows, magazine-style shows, talk shows, doc-
umentaries, and shows not developed for TV and
VOD distribution will not be considered eligible
A complete list of eligibility requirements is
available from the TTFC s Web site.
The call for TV submissions comes on the heels
of PASD calls for documentaries, feature films
and children s content issued last year.
"The call for television series pilots seeks to
support high quality scripted series that demon-
strate innovative and original creative elements,
by awarding production funding," the film com-
It said all awarded productions must be com-
pleted within 18 months of the award being con-
"Each episode must adhere to global broadcast
standards must have the capacity to be screened
on any major terrestrial, cable, satellite, cable
VOD platform, or Internet VOD platform."
VOD---Video on Demand---is a fast growing
market for film and TV. The recent success of
US TV shows such as Netflix s House of Cards
and Orange is the New Black has drawn industry
attention to the VOD platform.
Last year, regional VOD got a boost when
CaribbeanTales, a distributor of Caribbean film
and TV content, launched its own VOD platform,
Grants from the TTFC s PASD programme will
only partly-fund productions.
"The TTFC will support a percentage of the
pilot s production budget, up to a maximum
amount of $100,000, for production costs spent
in T&T. The amount of each award given to any
production will depend on the experience of the
producers, the creative and production personnel
as well as the nature of the submission," the
PASD call document says.
The film company will hold a How to Apply
workshop to support the call. Interested parties
should contact the film company at
email@example.com by the end of
For complete submissions guidelines and forms,
go to: www.trinidadandtobagofilm.com.
Aishwarya wows the Cannes crowds
TTFC calls for
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