( 20 TO 28 NOVEMBER 2016 )
AT THE OUTSET MUST MENTION THAT OPPOSED TO THE ESTABLISHED NORM OF 10 DAYS DURATION SINCE TEH INCEPTION OF THE FEST; THE DIRECTORATE OF FILM FESTIVALS PRUNED THE DURATION FROM TEN TO EIGHT DAYS IN ORDER TO SAVE THE COST AND TIME OF OUTSIDE PARTICIAPTING DELEGATES ;BUT WITHOUT SACRIFICING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF FILMS TO BE SCREENED.
A short Tribute to OM Puri
A versatile Actor -Dramatist --Par Excellence
Celebrating its 10th edition this year, the annual NFDC Film Bazaar has become a beacon for budding filmmakers from South Asia. The platform has been tirelessly evolving into a one-stop shop that encourages collaboration between South Asian and international film fraternities; a confluence point for screenwriters, filmmakers, sales agents, distributors, film festival programmers and financiers from around the world.
NIDA FAZLI --- A Great Human and a Poet Who stood for Secular Literature
( 12 Oct. 1938 ---- 8 Feb. 2016 )
A Tribute by Manish Modi
It has taken some coaxing to get me to write on the passing away of Nida Sahe. What could one possibly write about him, that has not already been written likeNida Fazli was a fine lyricist, a great man and an extraordinary poet.?
A Heartfelt Tribute to India's Multi-linguist Poet Nida Faazli
I am shocked to know the sudden demise of well known Multi linguist, earthy, secular Poet cum Lyricist Nida Faazli on 8 Feb. 2016.The film world is orphan now having lost the towering presence of this last real poet beckon of the Hindi Film and TV World. He was nothing less than a living legend, the last Mughal amongst lyricisits ,
Selection of Films below Mark
For selecting films which are not up to the International Fest standard, one reason may be that IFFI fest is held at the fag end of the year , Most award winning films in Festivals all over the World get seen/ sold in other International Fests . Even in India al regional Fests get over wherein Cine buffs have an opportunity to watch .
20 Nov. --- 30 Nov. 2015
- Lack luster Fest
- Inaugural Function reduced to a Cheap Entertainment Event, giving it a local colour sans Indian Culture
- World Cinema or Competition Films Selection below International standard,
- Poor Infrastructure , Chaotic systems, More security personnel than Workers
- Rampant Bureaucratic rule sans accountability
- Media/Press ignored in all respects, Pathetic facilities,
- More of Tourist and Spenders’ Festival, Film Industry and serious cineists almost extinct ;
- Film Bazaar, a Flop , Special events ,Master Classes, empty and
- Erratic,unplanned/unscheduled Press Conferences.
R I P , my Gentleman friend Saeed Jaffrey !
28 OCT. --- 6 NOV. 2015
The entirely refurbished new face with rich sponsors and supporters this year ,Mami was rechristened as Jio Mami Film Festival , started with a bang and curtains fell with a thud.
Typical Aspects , High - Low
20 Nov. -- 30 Nov. 2015
HIGH LIGHTS --- AS A CURTAIN RAISER
Launch of Classical App by Saregama
Minister for I & B Arun Jaitley presents the Dasaheb Phalke award to Shashi Kapoor.
Calls him a versatile personality from Indian cinema and an actor par excellence.
20th - 30th November, 2014
A Detailed Analytical Report
Mismanaged, Chaotic Poorly Programmed Cinematic Public Show Shorn of International Standard Serious Film Appreciating Audience and Buffs. Accredited Media and Film Critics, instead of Very Important Persons (VIP) were reduced to Least Important Persons (LIP). Excepting the Festival Director Shankar Mohan, other Organizers have had no Film knowledge or culture like ESG officials.
WOMEN’S WELLNESS CONCLAVE - A LAUDABLE initiative by YFLO (YOUNG FICCI LADIES ORGANISATION) And “Sleepwell Foundation” N G O. Mr. Rajv Pratap Rudy lent Support to YFLO to achieve their goal of skill development and at providing employability skills to women On the eve of International Women’s Day Ms. Avarna Jain – Chairperson of YFLO (Young FICCI Ladies Organisation) in association with the SLEEPWELL FOUNDATION (an NGO) organised for the first time, a Women s Wellness Conclave dedicated to women’s WELLNESS at Hotel le Meriden, New Delhi.
Film Reviews are no more an analytical criticism of the Contents but a hype for the product In the present state of Bollywood when the success of a film is only gauged in terms of Box Office; no wonder almost all Media, whether Print or electronic; take services of mere REVIEWERS and not Media Critics. No brownie points to have courage of conviction to say that in a few instances, a ‘Readymade’ review with graded stars is simply handed over by the Producer’s PR machinery written under a pseudo name.
16th Mumbai Film Festival Organised by Mumbai Academy of Moving Images (MAMI)
14 - 21 October, 2014
A Detailed Analytical Report
For Short, Documentary and Animation films
3rd - 9th February, 2014 at NCPA complex
MIFF takes off with a bang and curtains down after a superb show.
Highlight of the Fest
A short Homage to Legendary Suchitra Sen
Super star of Bengali films and actress in Hindi films, the name itself spelled magic. Folks don’t go by the negative grapevines of her days as Super star in Bengali films with many escapades and misadventures with the then other male super stars (top name was of Uttam Kumar) in Bengal. The positive attributes and talents the Late Suchitra Sen possessed as a person were admirable.
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