Wednesday, October 29, 2014

HAIDER Rocks Rome Film Festival

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Vishal Bhardwaj's Haider has been the talk of the town since October 2nd in India, but it is in Rome that the film has bagged its first award, the People's Choice Award in the World Cinema category, becoming the very first Indian film to be granted that honor. Actors Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor attended the festival along with director Vishal Bhardwaj to represent the film based on Shakespeare play Hamlet, adapted to the Kashmiri conflict.
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After making a mark in the country, Vishal Bharadwaj’s Haider has wowed international audiences. The film had an Italian premiere on October 24, at the Rome Film Festival, and won the People’s Choice Award in the Mondo Genre (World genre). Haider was the only Asian film selected from among the seven contenders. Produced by UTV Motion Pictures and VB Pictures, Haider is a modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, set in the backdrop of Kashmir, starring Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Tabu, Kay Kay Menon and Irrfan. - See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/screen/haider-wins-peoples-choice-award-at-rome-film-festival/#sthash.RuS7Epw4.dpuf
After making a mark in the country, Vishal Bharadwaj’s Haider has wowed international audiences. The film had an Italian premiere on October 24, at the Rome Film Festival, and won the People’s Choice Award in the Mondo Genre (World genre). Haider was the only Asian film selected from among the seven contenders. Produced by UTV Motion Pictures and VB Pictures, Haider is a modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, set in the backdrop of Kashmir, starring Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Tabu, Kay Kay Menon and Irrfan. - See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/screen/haider-wins-peoples-choice-award-at-rome-film-festival/#sthash.RuS7Epw4.dpuf

Monday, October 27, 2014

FILM FESTIVAL PROMOTES SOCIAL CHANGE

 
YES! I am the CHANGE, initiated by YES FOUNDATION, the social development arm of YES BANK, has emerged as the largest filmmaking challenge in India and one of the biggest short-filmmaking movements in the world, with 1750+ films made by over 50,000 citizen film makers from 1,000 cities and towns across all states of India. The films were made on current issues of national importance including women’s safety, child rights and education, livelihood, environmental sustainability, women’s empowerment and elderly care.
Prerana Langa, CEO of YES Foundation, shares her views and how the initiative is creating inner transformation of youth through exposure to social causes.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

A.R. Rahman Turns Hindi Film Producer


Diwali has had its host of topics to write about, from news on a French film based on the Mumbai 2008 terrorist attacks to commenting on the Shah Rukh Khan - Deepika Padukone starrer Happy New Year or reviewing Katrina Kaif and Hrithik Roshan's Bang Bang... However, the following piece of news seems personally more noteworthy and therefore I will give all above-mentioned topics the skip.
After recently working for television with Ashutosh Gowariker, AR Rahman is looking forward to starting the production of his maiden film, following in the footsteps of celebrated Vishal Bhardwaj who successfully transitioned from the music industry into film making.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

10 Indian Films to Anticipate - MUMBAI FILM FESTIVAL 2014

Following a hurried crowd funding campaign recently organized by the MAMI, the Mumbai Film Festival has successfully avoided falling short of the budget necessary to open its 2014 edition, bound to take place from October 14 to 21. The support of the festival's friends but also that of the Indian film industry played a pivotal role in recovering the odds of enjoying one of the city's flagship events.
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

AJAY DEVGN Supports Altruistic Endeavor

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This week, Mumbai Police joined hands with Ajay Devgn at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan for a noble cause. The actor made an appearance at the Mumbai Police's celebration of Daan Utsav to provide his support to the long term project aiming to protect begging families and children in South Mumbai, thereby starting to create a beggar-free zone. The first people to benefit from this project will be women and children beggars originating from the Faase Pardhi and the Waghri tribes. Parents/families of these children will receive the assistance of the Kherwadi Social Welfare Association and Pipal Tree Foundation, who will help rehabilitate them to find employment, which will in turn decrease the rate of children unschooling. Children will be provided with education and various opportunities thanks to several NGOs, as well as Salaam Bank Trust  and Sahaara Charitable Society.
Apart from Devgn's other charitable commitments in the past and his praise of Salman Khan's Being Human, the actor is also married to Kajol, who is highly involved as the international goodwill ambassador and patron of The Loomba Trust (who works towards the welfare of widows and their children) and brand ambassador of Pratham (a charity organization for children).