Special cut of ‘Trishna’ to come out before release

PinkVilla.com — Film producer Sunil Bohra has revealed plans of launching a 10-minute cut of the Freida Pinto-starrer “Trishna” online – much ahead of the feature film’s release in the country. Directed by the internationally acclaimed Michael Winterbottom, “Trishna” will hit the theatres Jan 30, 2015. But before that, Bohra of Bohra Bros has come up with the unique idea to let the public know what the film really contains.

The special cut of the movie will go online Nov 15.

Talking about the plan, he said: “I want the people to know what the film is all about. This has not been done before in the industry, and if everything goes well, it will become a trend to showcase 10 to 12 minutes of a film’s story through which the public can get to know what content they are buying tickets for.”

Is he being over-confident about “Trishna”? “This is not my over confidence, but it is a sincere effort to be honest about the product. I really want people to buy tickets after they are sure and convinced about the story. “Though the film has some really high erotic content, yet it will be very little in this cut of the story as I feel that more should be left for the cinema cut. “I strongly believe that the story is very strong in itself,” he said.

Based on Thomas Hardy’s novel “Tess of the d’Urbervilles”, “Trishna” tells the story of a woman whose life is torn between love and circumstances. The story revolves around Trishna (Freida) meeting a wealthy young British businessman Jay Singh (Riz Ahmad) who has come to India to work in his father’s hotel business. After an accident destroys her father’s jeep, Trishna goes to work for Jay, and they fall in love.

W Best Performances: Freida Pinto

Great news! Freida Pinto is featured among W Magazine’s honorees in their Best Performances of 2012 portfolio! The 33 stars on the list (including Daniel Day-Lewis, Jessica Chastain, Amy Adams, Javier Bardem, Marion Cotillard and many more) are mentioned with some great portraits and quotes on their roles. Freida Pinto, honored for her role in Trishna (rightfully so!) looks natural and beautiful in her photo, seen to the left. Here’s what she said in the magazine. A scan of her page will be added to the gallery soon.

“It was much more difficult to do a death scene than a sex scene for Trishna. The sex scenes were disturbing: Trishna is a submissive person, and she is having sex in a submissive way, which is so not me. But I have never died, and I did not want to die in a gimmicky or comical way. It is hard to fake stabbing yourself with great intensity. I was so uncomfortable, I started to laugh.”

‘Trishna’ press conference pictures

Two days ago Freida Pinto participated in a press conference held to promote the release of Trishna. She looked gorgeous in a purple dress (which, by the way, is the same outfit she wore to the taping of Conan) as she discussed the movie with the press. Click on the previews below to see all the pictures in our photo archive.

Pictures from ‘Trishna’ Screenings

I’m back from traveling and ready to catch up with all that’s happened since I last updated Freida Pinto Fan! She’s attended two special screenings of Trishna – one held in Los Angeles and the other in New York. As always, Freida looked absolutely gorgeous at both events. More to be added soon; stay tuned!

‘Trishna’ is released in theaters today!

It’s finally here – Trishna is released in US theaters today! The film, loosely based on Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles, stars Freida Pinto and Jay Ahmed in the leads. It’s been given positive reviews, currently with a 75% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.com, with many of them praising Freida’s portrayal of Trishna. Be sure to check it out, and return to post your opinions of the movie here!

‘Trishna’ Premieres at Tribeca Film Festival

Last night Freida Pinto attended the US premiere of Trishna during the Tribeca Film Festival. She looked fantastic in a red Gucci suit as she walked the red carpet at the screening. After, she continued to the official party held to celebrate the premiere. Almost 80 pictures from the events have been added to our photo gallery. What do you think of her look?

New Theatrical Trailer for ‘Trishna’

The very first theatrical trailer of Trishna for the US audience has been released. It gives us a deeper look at the relationship between Trishna and Jay – and I can’t tell you how excited I am to see this movie! Freida seems to bring such a fantastic performance (and according to the majority of the reviews, she truly did) to her character. Be sure to watch the trailer at our video archive and take a look at the stunning HD screencaptures in the gallery.

‘Trishna’ Arrives in UK Theaters Today

As reported before, Trishna is released in UK cinemas today! The drama, written and directed by Michael Winterbottom, stars Freida Pinto in the title role and Riz Ahmed as Jay. It’s been given good reviews by UK movie critics, and Freida’s been praised for her performance by both critics and actors. So I’d really recommend you to go see it. If you do, be sure to write your opinion here at Freida Pinto Fan! The UK theatrical trailer has been added to our video archive, as well.

‘Trishna’ to Screen at 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

Earlier today the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival announced the films for its Spotlight, Cinemania, and Special Screening sections. One of the films to have its US premiere at the festival (to be held April 18–29) is Michael Winterbottom’s Trishna! More will be reported once we know what date Trishna will screen, and whether Freida Pinto will attend the showing or not. Here’s what the official website said of the movie:

Trishna, directed and written by Michael Winterbottom. (UK) – U.S. Premiere, Narrative. Again proving his endless versatility in his fifth film at Tribeca, prolific director Michael Winterbottom (The Road to Guantanamo, last year’s The Trip)adapts Thomas Hardy’s classic Victorian melodrama Tess of the d’Urbervilles to all the beauty and blight of contemporary India, where the budding love between a peasant woman and the son of a wealthy Englishman is strained by old prejudices and class divides. The radiant Freida Pinto stars. In English, Hindi with subtitles. An IFC Films release.

In related news, a date for the US theatrical release for Trishna has been released. It will get a limited release on July 13, with hopes of getting an audience and receive a wide release later on.

BFI 2011 Coverage: More ‘Trishna’ Reviews

Trishna played yesterday at the ongoing BFI London Film Festival, and the first reviews are in! To say that they’re mixed is an understatement, with some viewers loving it – especially Freida Pinto and Riz Ahmed’s performances – and others didn’t care for the movie at all. I’ve featured some snippets of the reviews below, click on the links for full versions. I’ll update this post with more as they get published. Keep checking back!

“There is very little straightforwardly scripted dialogue. Characters’ actions, positions, tell us everything. Jay is rarely shown other than supine on a chair or bed, waiting for his dinner to be served to him. Trishna seems to turn within herself, visibly shrinking as the film progresses, trapped in her material dependence on Jay and her shame at her sexual history. I also loved how writer-director Michael Winterbottom didn’t feel the need to show Trishna’s accusers as a gaggle of villagers or hotel workers scandalised by her situation. Her emotional distress, her shame, her sense of betrayal and entrapment, is all in her own mind, and expressed by Freida Pinto in a quiet, sensitive performance.

Bina007, Movie reviews for greedy capitalist bastards

“Winterbottom’s script was apparently improvised in part. This allows for a spontaneous feel; but it fails to nail some of the plot’s complexity. The casting is a problem, too: Ahmed (as we know from Four Lions) is an immensely appealing actor, low-key but self-possessed. Yet he struggles to convey Jay’s shift from indulged, affable nice guy to icily cruel lover.

As for Pinto, her problems go deeper. Her looks make her an easy casting choice, but hers is an aristocratic beauty: she doesn’t look cut out for manual labour, or even waiting tables. And she still lacks the acting experiences to tease out the nuances in Trishna’s passive demeanour.”

David Gritten, Telegraph

“Both of its main characters, a poor working woman who needs to provide for her family and the rich son a hotel owner who falls in love with her, are so underdeveloped that their actions as the film progresses are confusing and extremely vague. The former, moreover, terribly performed by Freida Pinto, frustratingly appears to let herself be pushed over by anyone and everyone around her because of this same inability for Winterbottom to really explain his protagonist.”

Daniel Sarath, Napier’s News

“The most obvious roadblock is the casting. Ahmed is typically excellent, charming and likable at first, something of a Prince Charming, but with a controlling element in his persona which becomes more and more prominent as time goes on. Unfortunately, his counterpart can’t match him. Tess is always a tricky role—she’s a passive character, pushed through a selection of suffering like a von Trier protagonist, so it needs a really strong actress to make it work. Pinto is, clearly, one of the most beautiful women in the world, and maybe the only actress who could have got the film financed, but she’s also yet to demonstrate that she’s got any real screen presence; even in the most dramatic scenes, she virtually fades into the wallpaper. In her hands, Trishna is such an opaque blank, so devoid of personality, that it’s hard to care much what happens to her one way or the other.

But, in all fairness, Winterbotttom doesn’t give her very much to work with. For a start, while his eye for modern-day India is more authentic and less flashy than Danny Boyle‘s in ‘Slumdog,’ he doesn’t really set up the world that well. It’s a major plot point that even in this day and age, a relationship between Trishna and Jay would be frowned up on in Rajasthan, not in Bombay, but it’s not made clear until late in the film, and never really explained why, which means that the stakes feel minimal throughout.”

Oliver Lyttelton, The Playlist

Pinto is superb; however, the same can’t be said for the rest of the cast – who appear wooden and awkward within their roles; especially Ahmed, who is by far the weakest link.”

Patrick Gamble, Cine Vue

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