Cannes 2012: Fortissimo Films Acquires Foreign Rights to Bollywood-Set 'Miss Lovely' (Video)

by Maggie Lange
May 4, 2012 1:18 PM
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Fortissimo Films has acquired the international rights to "Miss Lovely," a debut feature from Indian director Ashim Ahluwalia. "Miss Lovely" will premiere at Cannes as part of their Official Selection, Un Certain Regard.  Three teasers for "Miss Lovely" are highlighted below.

In "Miss Lovely," Ahluwalia examines the garish, vibrant, and seedy world of Bombay's "C" movie business in the 1980s.  During this time, the underbelly of Bollywood churned out an abundance of sleazy social dramas, campy horror films, and unintentional send-ups of Hollywood features -- with titles like "Dolly Darling" and "Lady James Bond."  Ahluwalia's "Miss Lovely" focuses on two brothers fraught relationship within the Bollywood underground.  The film stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui ("Kahaani") and Niharika Singh (former Miss India).  Director Ahluwalia previously directed the award-winning documentary fiction blend, 2005's "John & Jane" about telemarketing in India (trailer posted below).

For more on the Cannes market, see our update on Pattinson's "Mission," Brosnan and Wilson's "Coup," Colfer's "Lightning," Cooper's "Out of the Furnace," and SXSW's "Frankie Go Boom."

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  • Naomi Lipsitt | May 16, 2012 7:30 AMReply

    This film looks like one of the highlights of Cannes 2012 - can't wait.

  • Sindy | May 5, 2012 8:26 AMReply

    This looks awesome. Hope it gets a release in the US!

  • S Kern | May 4, 2012 4:46 PMReply

    Looks like the headline has changed from "Bollywood" to "Bollywood-set" - ah well, Times They Are A-Changin'

  • Sarah Leigh | May 4, 2012 4:20 PMReply

    Guess anything from India qualifies as "Bollywood" because no body knows better. This is so obviously not a Bollywood film, but clearly references Bollywood in terms of it's 80s atmosphere, style etc. I guess it could be confusing because so few people know what's going on in Indian independent film.

  • Sid | May 4, 2012 4:12 PMReply

    This isn't a Bollywood film at all! It's clearly, director-driven auteur cinema, with a very strong indie slant. Regardless, it sounds very exciting coming from a country that rarely gives us edgy cinema.

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