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In SHASHI KAPOOR ,We Lost  A Gentleman Actor of the First Order

 

Category: Tributes
19TH JIO MAMI WITH STAR FILM FESTIVAL LOGO

Highlights

  • Star studded opening at the Posh South Mumbai Liberty Cinema  with an inaugural film of Anurag Kashyap’s “Mukkabaaz”. This was also Asian premiere of the film.
  • Red Carpet galore on the inaugural ceremony  was lit with glamour filled presence of Chairman MAMI Neeta Ambani,  Shridevi,   Kangna  Ranaut , Sharmila Tagore , Nandita Das   Kiran Rao, Anupama Chopra and  stars Amir Khan , Rajkumar Rao, Anupam Kher  with host of Present   generation film directors like Anurag Kashyap, Kabir Khan, Karan Johar, Imitiaz Ali  etc. On last day additions to glamour quotient and celebrities were Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Rajkumar Hirani, Ashutosh  Gowarikar,Konkona Sen Sharma, Vidhu Vinod Chopra to name a few.
  • About 200 films from 29 countries were screened during the six days spread over 16 luxury auditoriums with capacity of 4974 seats in Mumbai and Thane. This large seating capacity made it easier for Fest cineists to choose the screening of their choice without hassles or serpentine queues  for those without reservation .
  • For convenience and easy categorization films were divided in 14 segments viz; After Dark, Discovering India, India Gold , Marathi Talkies, Restored Classics, Special Screenings, The India Story , Tribute, Dimensions Mumbai , Half Ticket ( For children), International Competition, Rendezvous, Spotlight , The new Medium besides, Seminars, talk shows, Master Classes and Q & A with the film makers after the screening.
  • For the first time ,MAMI had introduced “Movie Mandi” an online platform for film makers to find funding in collaboration with Netflix, having world wide presence.
  • The popular “Movie Mela” this year was held preceding day of the festival.
  • Besides the Life Time Achievement Award for Excellence in Cinema conferred  on a veteran film maker in International arena. Other  awards were the Jio-MAMI-Reliance Foundation Award for excellence in Digital content in Indian Cinema, Best film/s in International Competition , India Gold and Dimensions Mumbai awards Etc.
Category: Film Festivals

 Shyama ( Khursheed Akhtar) was a born versatile Actress.

( A Short Homage  by Mohan Siroya )

Category: Homages

  18  TH  JIO  MAMI  MUMBAI  FILM  FESTIVAL  WITH STAR  20 – 27 october  2016

 

 

                                       HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

 

*The  favourite film festival for cine buffs . patronized by cineastes’ all over India

   unveiled its 18 th edition on 20th October evening  with an exclusive opening

   ceremony ( only for invitees ) at the iconic newly renovated  ROYAL OPERA

Category: Film Festivals
47 TH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA -- GOA  (20 NOV. 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. WHILE DOING THIS , NO MAGIC WAS DOEN BUT MERELY TO ENHANCE THE DAILY SCREENING HOURS STARTING

( 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.

Category: Film Festivals

A short Tribute to OM Puri

A versatile Actor -Dramatist --Par Excellence

Category: Tributes

A Recap

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.

Category: Film Festivals

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.?

 

Category: Homages

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 ,

Category: Homages

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 .

Category: Film Festivals
Logo of 46TH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA --GOA

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.
Category: Film Festivals

R I P , my Gentleman friend Saeed Jaffrey ! 

Category: Homages
Logo of MAMI

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

Category: Film Festivals
Logo of 46Th INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA 2015

IFFI Goa

20 Nov. -- 30 Nov. 2015

HIGH LIGHTS --- AS A CURTAIN RAISER

Category: Film Festivals
L TO R Pt. Hariprasad CHUARASIA Pt. Jasraj and Sarod Maestro Amzad ALI KHAN

 

Launch of Classical App by  Saregama

Category: Music Launch or Reviews
A photo of Shashi Kapoor receiving Phalke Award

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.

Category: Award Ceremonies
45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) - 2014 Logo

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.

Category: Film Festivals
WOMEN'S WELLNESS CONCLAVE

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.

Category: Seminars or Conventions

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