Baromas at Washington Film Festival

Seema Biswas

Baromas, a Hindi movie based on the award-wining Sahitya Akademi novel by the same name, has been selected for the DC Independent Film Festival (DCIFF) to be held from March 6 to 10 in Washington, DC. The only Indian movie to be selected, it will compete in the Feature Films category.Launched in 1999 to nurture independent film, 2013 marks the 15th anniversary of DCIFF. Baromas' well-researched screenplay and fine performances by Benjamin Gilani and Seema Biswas was the criteria for the film's selection. It is directed by Dhiraj Meshram, and focuses on corrupt politicians, loan sharks and power brokers who thrive in small towns.

A coffee-table book on Paan Singh Tomar

The producers of the critically acclaimed Paan Singh Tomar, Disney UTV have decided to publish a book on the athlete-turned-dacoit's life. The book which will be written by journalist turned author Priyanka Jain will give readers a glimpse into the life of Paan Singh Tomar with some rare photographs depicting his journey from an athlete to a dacoit.

Paan Singh Tomar, who had represented India at the 1958 Asian Games in Tokyo, Japan had brought laurels to the country. The book will also include parts which could not be incorporated in the film. Siddharth Roy Kapur Managing Director - Studios, Disney UTV said, "It is very important for film-makers and studios to archive stories around iconic movies which have the ability to inspire future generations.To see the film alive in the form of a book is a way to share the experience of Paan Singh Tomar with all those who were touched by the movie."

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