Wednesday, October 30, 2013

6th Global Film Festival 2013 at Noida

6th Global Film
Festival Noida 2013 At Marwah Studios.For details log on
http://www.gffn.org

Singh Saab the Great music launched amidst great fanfare

music launch of Singh Saab The Great.

Amriat Rao, Sunny Deol and Urvashi Rautela at the music launch of Singh Saab the Great.JPG
The music launch happened at the PVR Juhu, Mumbai on Monday evening. 
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Following are the highlights of the event. Anil Sharma at the music launch of Singh Saab the Great.JPG  Dir Anil Sharma and Urvashi rautela Music launch of Singh Saab the Great 1.jpg  Johnny Lever at the music launch of Singh Saab the Great.JPG

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  • Sunny Amrita Rao at the music launch of Singh Saab the Great 2.jpg said hit dialogues from his filmsAnand Raj Anand and Sonu Nigam Music launch of Singh Saab the Great 1.jpg ghayal and damini and then said his dialogues from the film Singh Saab.... the new tar tar tar dialogue trending on digital mediums.
  •  Amrita rao who plays the journalist in the film, was seated in the media and asked questions to Sunny Deol and Anil Sharma.
  • Sonu nigam and his sister Teesa performed on the title track of the film.
  •  Anand raj anand and sonu nigam performed on the song Daru band
  • Later the music Cd was unveiled in presence of Anil Sharma, Jayanti lal Gada (Presenter), Urvashi Rautella, Anjali Abroll, Anuj Sharma & Parag Sanghvi (Producers), Johny lever, Kumaar (Lyricist), Shaktimaan (Writer), Simran Khan(Item Song Actress).

Sunny Leone’s Jackpot to release on Dec 13

 Sunny Leone’s Jackpot to release on Dec 13

Jackpot, a fast paced thriller con full jhol film starring Naseeruddin Shah, Sachiin J Joshi and Sunny Leone among others is all set to release on December 13. The film is directed by Kaizad Gustad in thriller format with natural comedy in progression. Shot in Goa, Mumbai and Thailand, Jackpot is set in the world of casino boats and gambling in Goa and is one of this year's most awaited films. 

Sachin Joshi who is excited for this film says, "The characters in this movie is very challenging and it will bring a tough competition between three of us. Audiences will get to see Sunny Leone's hidden talent. After Jism 2, Jackpot will give a new turn in her career.  As beautiful sunny is her mind is equally powerful and intricate.”

So audiences better get prepared to watch Sunny Leone's new Avatar on December 13!

FICCI MEBC- Media & Entertainment Business Conclave 2013, Bangalore

MEBC 2013 29-30 October, Bangalore. For
Details www.ficci-frames.com

Helping Raise Awareness on World Polio Day! A Rotary International Initiative!

Helping Raise Awareness on World Polio Day! 
A Rotary International Initiative!

Guest of Honor Priya Dutt Inaugurated the Illumination of the Polio Eradication Awareness "END POLIO NOW"  

World Polio Day - 24 October! Partners, governments, civil society and communities worldwide are today marking World Polio Day, as efforts to eradicate this disease once and for all are being intensified. One such incredible effort is by the Rotary International. 
1. Ashok Mahajan ( Past Rotary International Director) with Priya Dutt  at Conference on World Polio Day DSC_5119.JPG
In 2013, there are reasons both for celebration and concern. There has been remarkable progress over the last year, bringing us closer than ever to achieving a polio-free world.  Dr. Bharat Pandya, Member of India National Polioplus Committee along with our District Governor Lata Subraidu come together on World Polio Day to celebrate the completion of zero polio cases in the coming January by proudly projecting the Rotary Logo & End Polio Now Message on Mumbai’s prominent landmark Taj Lands End Hotel, Bandra.
 2. Priya Dutt, Dr. Bharat Pandya, (India National Polioplus Committee)  Lata Subraidu, (Governor Rotary Club) with Mr. Ashok Mahajan (Rotary Club) on World Polio Day  DSC_5099.JPG
The Illumination Event attended by the dignitaries & past Rotarians with gracious presence of Past Rotary International Director; Shri Ashok Mahajan. Dr. Bharat Pandya proudly mentions, “To date, Rotary has contributed more than $1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2 billion children - and our work continues.  Rotary clubs worldwide continue to raise funds for critical polio eradication activities. I take immense pride in putting up the Rotary Logo to acknowledge the deeds done by our volunteers & to spread awareness about polio eradication.”
 4.  Lata Subraidu, (Governor Rotary Club) with Priya Dutt, Mr.Ashok Mahajan (Past President Rotary International)  projecting End Polio Now Campaign on World Polio Day   DSC_5061.JPG
Addressing the media lens, Dr, Pandya further adds, “With your participation and support, we feel that there would be significant interest in this event, particularly given the determined effort of Rotary volunteers to raise the funds needed to fight polio in this last, most difficult stage of the eradication initiative.”

Friday, October 25, 2013

Indulge your loved ones this Diwali with Gifts from Portico New York


Indulge your loved ones this Diwali with Gifts from Portico New York

25th October, 2013: The festival of lights, Diwali is here again, bringing an array of dazzling fireworks, get-togethers and parties. In the grip of Diwali shopping fervor, the search for one-of-a-kind gifts has begun and Portico New York brings you a wide range of bed linen sets that are guaranteed to delight family, relatives and friends.

Portico New York’s collections ranging from Bed sheets, Bed covers, Duvets, Duvet Covers, Towels, Towel Gift sets, Shower Curtains, Soyabean Duvets, Anti-Mite & Anti Bacterial Pillows, Bath Mats, Blankets and more are available in an assortment of prints and festive hues that suit the auspicious occasion.

Inspired by the festivity of lights and colours, Portico New York’s latest collection- Shubha Mangalam is inspired by our cultural heritage, architecture & jewelry. Moreover, our designer collections from Neeta Lula, Manish Arora & Nishka Lulla are one of the current hot picks of the season. Nautical & Pixella collections are edgy, striking and tastefully designed specifically for the youth.        

Portico New York’s collections are available in exclusive and unique packaging ideal for the festive gifting. The products are priced Rs. Rs.1399/- onwards and are available at leading home furnishing & lifestyle stores & also online on www.porticoindia.com and www.bedbathmore.com.
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LA JUALA DE ORO and KATIYABAAZ bag top honors at 15th Mumbai Film Festival LA JUALA DE ORO wins Best Film in International Competition section KATIYBAAZ wins India Gold Best Film Final Film THE FIFTH ESTATE screened


LA JUALA DE ORO and KATIYABAAZ bag top honors at 15th Mumbai Film Festival
LA JUALA DE ORO wins Best Film in International Competition section
KATIYBAAZ wins India Gold Best Film
Final Film THE FIFTH ESTATE screened


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Mumbai, October 24, 2013: With a promise to be back next year, bigger and better, the final day of the 15th Mumbai Film Festival presented by Reliance Entertainment and organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Images (MAMI) unfolded.
After a week of celebrating cinema, the final few films screened today included Red Wedding directed by Guillaume Suon and Lida Chan,Short Term 12 by Destin Cretton, Saving General Yang directed by Ronny Yu, Hiroshi Toda’s Seventh CatFive Years by Stefan Schaller, Costa Gavras’s Amen and the much acclaimed ZA Few Days More by Om Prakash Srivastava among others.

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The last of the 15th Mumbai Film Festival’s master classes was conducted by the legendary director Bruce Beresford, on Preparation by the Director. “I thought I would talk about the necessity of story boarding. These days, with tight budgets and short schedules, if you don’t plan them, you’ll make all sorts of horrible mistakes” he said.
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Kiran Juneja and Ramesh Sippy_At the closing ceremony of 15th Mumbai Film Festival.JPG The Sippys Ramesh and Kiron Konkona Sen Sharma_At the closing ceremony of 15th Mumbai Film Festival.JPGKonkona Sen Sharma

The master class later turned into a panel discussion moderated by Variety Asia’s Bureau Chief, Patrick Rafter. Panelists included Milton Shefter, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences member and Digital Motion Picture Archive project lead and Andy Maltz, director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Science and Technology Council.
The International Competition Jury of the 15th Mumbai Film Festival, headed by Bruce Beresford awarded the Golden Gateway of India for the BEST FILM in the International Competition section to LA JUALA DE ORO directed by Diego Quemada-Diez and produced by Inna Payan, Luis Salinas and Edher Campos.

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The Jury Grand Prize was awarded with The Silver Gateway of India trophy and was given to the Indian film, FANDRY directed by Nagraj Manjule and produced by Vivek Kajaria and Nilesh Navlakha.

Tilotma Shome, Irrfan Khan, Anup Singh, Tisca Chopra and Rassika Dalal_At the closing ceremony of 15th Mumbai Film Festival.JPGTilotma Shome, Irrfan Khan, Anup Singh, Tisca Chopra and Rassika Dalal


The Jury named Anthony Chen BEST DIRECTOR for the film Ilo Iloand for her role in the same movie, Yann Yann Yeo won BEST ACTRESS.
The Silver Gateway of India Trophy for BEST ACTOR was awarded to Vincent Macaigne for his role in Tonnerre.
The final award in the International Competition category, the best work in SCRIPTING / EDITING / CAMERA / SOUND was given to Andrew Commis for his CINEMATOGRAPHY in the movie The Rocket.
The HT Cafe Mumbai Young Critics Jury Award for the BEST FILM presented by Ms Kavita Awasthi was given to the Voice of the Voiceless directed by Maximon Monihan. The HT Best Young Mumbai Critic Award presented by Daniel Kotenschulte was bestowed on a flabbergasted Yavar Ahmed of SCM Sophia College.
The Harmony Celebrate Age Jury, headed by Hansal Mehta bestowed the BEST FILM award on GLORIA directed by Sebastian Lelio. Along with the Silver Gateway of India trophy, director Sebastian Lelio was awarded a cash prize. Additionally, A cash prize was also awarded to director Matevz Luzar as his film SRECEN ZA UMRET won the Silver Gateway of India trophy for SECOND BEST FILM.
OH, HOW I LONG directed by Riyad Deis and AREFI, DER HIRTE(AREFI, THE SHEPHERD) directed by Daniel Asad Faezi elicited SPECIAL MENTIONS from the Jury.
The Indian feature fiction films screened in the India Gold 2013 category brought to the fore many talented directors.  However, Jury member Jill Bilcock in consultation with the members of the Jury announced Deepti Kakkar and Farhad Mustafa’s Katiyabaaz (Powerless) as the BEST FILM in the category. Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghostdirected by Anup Singh won SECOND BEST FILM while Manju Borah’sKo:yad (A Silent Way) received the SPECIAL JURY AWARD.
Directors below the age of 25 pit their skill in a short film competition DIMENSIONS MUMBAI. The brainchild of Mrs. Jaya Bachchan, the competition is a fantastic launch pad for young Mumbaikars. Headed by Shoojit Sircar, the Jury awarded director Keyur Kajavadra S’ IN THIS CITY the silver gateway of India trophy for BEST FILM. MUMBAICHA VADA PAV directed by Akshay Dhanavale won SECOND BEST FILM. Director Sameer Nerkar’s THE HANDICAPPED COLONY and Abhiraj Rajadyaksha’s SHARE were given SPECIAL MENTIONS by the Jury.
Mr. Srinivasan Narayanan, Festival Director, Mumbai Film Festival delivered the vote of thanks concluding this year’s Festival, which was followed by the closing film of the festival. The Fifth Estate directed by Bill Condon was screened as the finale film of the festival.
With over 200 films from 65 countries around the world screened and master classes that inspired, the 15th Mumbai Film Festival presented by Reliance Entertainment and organized by MAMI was truly a grand success. 

Siddharth Roy Kapur to replace Ronnie Screwvala as Walt Disney India head

Siddharth Roy Kapur to replace Ronnie Screwvala as Walt Disney India head





MUMBAI: Ronnie Screwvala will step down as MD of The Walt Disney Company (TWDC) India.

Siddharth Roy Kapur, currently MD of Disney UTV Studio business, will take over the company’s India operations effective 1 January. Screwvala will assist in the transition until 30th June 2014.

The first short animation film on awareness of "Right to Information" ( RTI) tilted " Chakravyuh " ( The Vicious Circle ). released

The first short animation film on awareness of "Right to Information" ( RTI) tilted " Chakravyuh " ( The Vicious Circle ) was released publicly at a function at the Indian Merchants Chambers, Churchgate,  This public service  film is Produced by the Films Division ( Govt of India ) and directed by Dhwani Desai The film will be shown in the theatres from the month of November onwards,  before the feature film throughout  India.
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This public  service film is an awareness on RTI a powerful tool that can be used to eradicate corruption. About how a common man can
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use it to solve his own problems about getting a ration card , passport, electric meters, garbage issues etc and make a difference not only in his/her own life but can also contribute in creating good governance in the system by eradicating corruption.

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Dhvani Desai(Film maker)

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 I have used RTI extensively in my life and hence I decided to make a film on it. With the  power of RTI, I managed to catch the illegal major repairs of my Building and identified the Breach of Trust and Misappropriation of Funds that was going on in the Society . The BMC even penalized the Society's managing Committee for conducting illegal repairs and structurally damaging the building and imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakhs. The Registrar of Co Societies has take  cognizance of the matter for cheating members in lakhs of rupees. The procedures are going on. All this happened only
 through RTI.
 I became an avid  user and filed nearly 100 RTI's in different departments in the State and Central Govt. Not only for my own issue but for friends , acquaintances and even unknown people I would meet at the Departments whom I would see trapped in a "vicious circle" of corruption and non governance.
Seeing the Power of One, through RTI I decided make an Animation Film on RTI the first ever as its also produced by the Govt of India focussing on issues of a common man and the need for him/her to use it to solve his/her problems through it.  I am also happy to share that I convinced the Govt to produce a film on RTI.

Skyfall movie contest

Day 7 made memorable by Bollywood Film Actress Sonam at the 15th Mumbai Film Festival

Day 7 made memorable by Bollywood Film Actress Sonam at the 15th Mumbai Film Festival
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Mumbai, October 23, 2013: Excitement governed Day 7 of the 15th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival organized by the Mumbai Association of Moving Images (MAMI) and presented by Reliance Entertainment. While the penultimate day had an amazing lineup of events, it also signified that only one day of the Festival remains.
Today’s list of master pieces included Shield of Straw directed by Takashi Miike, BeforeMidnight directed by Richard Linklater, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives, Om Prakash Srivastava’s A Few Days MoreGloria directed by Sebastian Lelio, legendary Satyajit Ray’s Mahanagar, The Sea Inside directed by Alejandro Amenabar, Costa Gavras’ Capital, Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag among many more.

Achille Forler, Dee Wood, Jatanil Banerjee, Christian Wright, Jonathan Allen, Ilan Eshkeri and Andrew T. Mackay at 15th Mumbai Film Festival (4).JPGAchille Forler, Dee Wood, Jatanil Banerjee, Christian Wright, Jonathan Allen, Ilan Eshkeri and Andrew T. Mackay at 15th Mumbai Film Festival (4).JPG



Sonam Kapoor with Kids from Little Big People_at 15th Mumbai Film Festival (5).JPGSonam Kapoor with Kids from Little Big People


A must watch on today’s list was director Mirra Bank’s “The Only Real Game”, a documentary exploring the power of baseball for people in Manipur. A small group of baseball-loving New Yorkers and two Major League Baseball Envoy coaches team up with Manipuri men, women and children to "Play Ball."
Director Khalid Mohammed’s Little Big People was also screened today. Introducing the film which is about Mumbai's talented street children, the lovely Sonam Kapoor said, “Little Big People shows the spirit of our city Mumbai.” The film focuses on a tightrope walker, a multi-linguist hawker boy, an aspiring Bollywood heroine, a cricket champ and four other kids to sensitize viewers of the abundant talent among the untrained children. Sonam Kapoor interacted with the child stars as she professed her love for the Film Festival. "Mumbai Film Festival is such a great festival. I am a big world cinema fan. Watching world cinema is like doing riyaz for me. I have to do it regularly.”

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Not to be missed was the talk with Waris Hussein. The British Television and Film Director interviewed by film critic Joan Dupont. Speaking on the subject of an actor's director crossing frontiers he said, “You don't either be in awe or be afraid of big actors. That's the trick to work with them. Even President Clinton rehearsed his lines with an actor before shooting the Child's Wish.”
Amol Palekar at 15th Mumbai Film Festival.JPG Amol Palekar  Joan Dupont and Waris Hussein present for discussion at 15th Mumbai Film Festival (8).JPGJoan Dupont and Waris Hussein 


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The Music Composers master class of the day involved Jonathan Allen, Mix Engineer - Abbey Road Studios, Christian Wright, Mastering Engineer - Abbey Road Studios, Lucy Launder, Head Of Mastering Abbey Road Studios, Jatanil Banerjee, Membership Development Manger, PRS For Music, UK, Shantanu Hudlikar - Chief Sound Engineer Yash Raj, Achille Forler - MD Universal Music India, Dee Wood - Whistling Woods International - School of Media & Communication,  Ilan Eshkeri - Guest Composer and moderator Andrew T. Mackay.
Speaking on music composition, Ilan Eshkeri said, “It is very important for you to have an overview of the entire film making process. Even as an intern, go down the ladder and observe how everyone works. Making a film is a really big collaboration. As a music composer my job is to do what is right for the film."

Khalid Mohammed and Sonam Kapoor presents Little Big People at 15th Mumbai Film Festival (6).JPGKhalid Mohammed and Sonam Kapoor presents Little Big People


“It's very important for us to make directors watch films with their ears" said Dee Wood from Whistling Woods.
Catching the final days of the 15th Mumbai Film Festival were Sonam Kapoor, Dolly Thakore, Deepa Mehta, Khalit Mohammad, Amol Palekar, Rajatr Kapoor, Niharika Singh, Sharbani Mukherjee, Anjum Rizvi among others.