Sunday, January 4, 2015

PRIYANKA CHOPRA: Diversity in the USA

Indian film star Priyanka Chopra has signed a one year talent development contract with USA nationwide television network ABC.
This comes as a welcome step forward for the singer-actress, who has more than 45 films to her credit in India, 3 international singles and has recently lent her voice to the animated film Planes.
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

RIVER TO RIVER Festival: A Bridge Between India and Italy

This past week saw the end of the 14th edition of River to River Florence Indian Film Festival. The Festival is part of the 50 days of International Cinema Festival in Florence.For the third consecutive year, the festival was also taken to Rome with screenings at Nuovo Cinema Aquila. The festival hosted 15 guests this year, with the Guest of Honor being actor Irrfan Khan, who was in Florence The star was honored during the festival with a retrospective of his films, which delighted the audience and the press. Irrfan Khan was also given the keys to the city of Florence by Mayor Dario Nardella, a gesture that touched the actor as well as the town's festival-goers.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

JAVED AKHTAR: A Poet in Paris


Javed Akhtar, award-winning writer and lyricist of popular Indian cinema, a staunch defender of the feminist cause and a supporter of secularism, is also one of the most captivating contemporary voices in Urdu poetry.
Javed Akhtar wrote his first poem in 1979 and published his first collection, Tarkash in 1995 ; his second collection, Lava, being published in 2012.
The poet released a bilingual collection of his poetry translated to French on November 12th in Paris. The book has been published by Janus Publishing House and is entitled D’autres Mondes (Of Other Worlds). Akhtar will be addressing students at the Sorbonne University English Language Institute later today, November 13th and will also be speaking at the Maison de la Po├ęsie (House of Poetry) in the City of Light on 14 November at 7pm, together with Shumona Sinha, author of book Calcutta.
If you happen to be in Paris, don't miss this opportunity.
SORBONNE UNIVERSITY:
Nov 13, from 5:30pm.
Venue: Grand Amphi, Institute Anglophone, 5 , rue de l' Ecole de Medecine, 75006 Paris
MAISON DE LA POESIE Nov 14, from 7pm
157 Rue Saint-Martin, 75003 Paris

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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