Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Kalpana receives the Bhikhari Thakur Samman in Kolkata’s Bhikhari Thakur Festival 2011.



Kalpana receives the Bhikhari Thakur Samman in Kolkata’s Bhikhari Thakur Festival 2011.

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The Bhojpuri Queen Kalpana was bestowed the Bhikhari Thakur Samman by the Union Minister of Tourism Mr. Sultan Ahmed in the 1st Bhikhari Thakur Festival hoisted jointly by WAJA – Writers and Journalist Association of India and Vishwa Bhojpuri U-Than Kalyan Samaj in the pious city of Kolkata on 15th March 2011.

This Assamese girl Kalpana is a breakthrough in Bhojpuri music and has carved herself a special niche in the Bhojpuri music world credited with reviving and promoting the Bhojpuri music industry all over the world and bringing back traditional forms of music to the International stage. Indian folk music particularly of Northern India has been showcased and revived by Kalpana in a big way.

Kalpana brings the original vibrancy and richness of the Bhikhari Thakur folk forms to the World wide so that people from the world over can experience the originality and richness of Bhojpuri music.

Says Kalpana, there is no recorded songs on Bhikhari Thakur till date and The Legacy of Bhikhari Thakur will be the first rare one releasing from TIMES MUSIC.

This album will give a chance to uncover the unique flavor of Bhikhari Thakur and listen to the unadulterated voice of Kalpana piercing right through to your soul.

Says Kalpana,how inspired I am by Bhikhari Thakur's life, how the legend has shaped the future of Bhojpuri music.

Bhikhari Thakur songs are rich in imagery and heavy in Bhojpuri dialect.

This new album on Bhikhari Thakur will be a true benchmark in the annals of Bhojpuri Music Industry and will set new standards for Bhojpuri music. This album has something that’s not easily done; introducing a new genre of music to the people and having them accept it without hesitation.

As a singer, she has been recognized with Bhikhari Thakur Samman in Jamshedpur, Swar Kokila, Swar Samragee , Bhojpuri Swar Mallika, Bhojpuri Sewa Samman, Bhojpuri Sangam Samman, Panchamrit Samman, Atkrista Gayak Samman, The Bhojpuri Queen to name a few.

Recently Kalpana’s song Aila Re Aila from film Khatta Meetha has been nominated for the BEST ITEM SONG CATEGORY OF THE YEAR at Radio Mirchi’s 98.3 FM’s - 3rdUninor Mirchi Music Awards held on 27th of January 2011 at the Bandra Kurla Complex.

Her Chhath song “"Saiya Chali Aawa Karat Bani Chhath"” from Chhath album “Aage Bilaiyya Peechhe Chhati Maiya” was nominated for best song in folk category in BIG STAR IMA AWARDS held in 11th March 2011 in Mumbai.

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INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES (IFFLA) ANNOUNCES PROGRAM
I AM KALAM and ZOKKOMON 2011 GALA SCREENINGS
LINEUP PROMISES TO CELEBRATE, CAPTIVATE AND CONNECT

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 24, 2011) - The 9th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announced today its line up with 13 feature films, 6 documentaries and 13 short films that will make up their 2011 program.

The list includes the Los Angeles premiere of I AM KALAM and the world premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' ZOKKOMON which will be this year's galas screenings bookending the festival at ArcLight Hollywood, April 12th-17th.

Opening this year's festival is the award-winning and inspiring narrative I AM KALAM which marks director Nila Madhab Panda's feature film debut after having directed over 60 short films. I AM KALAM is the story of a young boy who struggles to get an education over seemingly insurmountable odds. The film is inspired by India's former President Abdul J Kalam as well as by Panda's own childhood experiences. Produced by the Smile Foundation and Eleeanora Images Private Limited, the film stars Gulshan Grover along with Harsh Mayar, Hussan Saad, Beatrice Ordeix, and Meena Mir. I AM KALAM is a festival favorite and India's first feature film to be produced by a development organization. The film is in Hindi with English subtitles.

The red carpet festivities will take place on Tuesday, April 12, at ArcLight Hollywood with Bollywood celebrity and the film's star Gulshan Grover (PAYBACK, BREAKING WAVES) in attendance along with this year’s festival’s filmmakers, jurors, and other celebrities.

The festival comes to a close with the world premiere screening of Walt Disney Pictures’ family action/adventure ZOKKOMON, written and directed by Satyajit Bhatkal (directorial debut). ZOKKOMON is the exciting and heart-warming live action adventure of an ordinary boy who finds the strength to face extraordinary challenges. The film is set for limited theatrical release on April 22nd in the U.S. and stars Darsheel Safary in the lead along with veteran actor Anupam Kher and Manjiri Phadnis (JAANE TU YA JAANE NA). The score is composed by famed Bollywood musical trio Shankar Ehsaan Loy. The star-studded red carpet gala event will take place on Sunday, April 17th, and will be attended by multi-award-winning actor Anupam Kher along with Disney executives and other celebrities. ZOKKOMON is in Hindi with English subtitles.

"We are extremely proud of this year's program. This year's selections were selected not only for their great storytelling, but because each reflects the creativity, color, pace, and surprises that truly represent Indian culture and cinema," said Christina Marouda, the festival's Executive Director.

Opening and Closing Night Galas are sponsored by Wells Fargo with delectable Indian flavors provided by Chakra Cuisine and Divya Wines, makers of the first wines created specifically to be paired with Indian and pan-Asian cuisine.

In addition to ZOKKOMON, the festival includes two other feature-films making their world premieres, I AM… and the documentary BIG IN BOLLYWOOD.

Marking their US premieres are the feature films AN UNFINSHED LETTER (ITI MRINALINI) from auteur director and star Aparna Sen and VIRGIN GOAT (LAADLI LAILA) directed by IFFLA alumnus Murali Nair.
Los Angeles audiences will also have their first viewing of five feature-length films and documentaries with the LA premieres of the narrative features I AM KALAM, THAT GIRL IN YELLOW BOOTS, TROUBLEMAKER, and the documentaries GANESH BOY WONDER, PINK CHADDIS and THE BENGALI DETECTIVE.

The ever popular Bollywood By Night series will screen three popular titles which include some of India's major talent including Kiran Rao's drama MUMBAI DIARIES (DHOBI GHAT) starring Aamir Khan and tells the intersecting stories of four very different people in Mumbai, the romantic comedy THE WEDDING PLANNER (BAND BAJAA BAARAAT) which marks Maneesh Sharma's directorial debut and stars Anushka Sharma and newcomer Ranveer Singh, and S. Shankar's sci-fi fantasy THE ROBOT (ENDHIRAN) starring Indian mega stars Aishwarya Rai and Rajnikanth. These 3 films will be presented as part of ArcLight Hollywood’s “21+ screenings.” Enjoy your movie while sipping a glass of wine or your favorite cocktail. Admission is restricted to guests age 21 and over.

IFFLA 2011 PROGRAM

FEATURE FILMS

OPENING NIGHT GALA
I AM KALAM
India- Los Angeles Premiere
Director: Nila Madhab Panda
Hindi (English subtitles)

CLOSING NIGHT GALA
ZOKKOMON
India- World Premiere
Director: Satyajit Bhatkal
Hindi (English subtitles)

I AM… (Director: Onir)
India- Los Angeles Premiere
I AM… paints a compelling portrait of modern Indian society through four short stories about individuals struggling to find their identities in an increasingly complex world.
Hindi (English subtitles)

AN UNFINSHED LETTER (ITI MRINALINI) (Director: Aparna Sen)
India- U.S. Premiere
Director and star Aparna Sen weaves the story of Mrinalini, an aging star, and her lifetime of successes, struggles, agonies and ecstasies. Screen icon Sen and her real-life daughter Konkona Sen Sharma team up to play Mrinalini at different ages throughout her life.
Bengali (English subtitles)

PEEPLI LIVE (Director: Anusha Rizvi)
India
All hell breaks loose when a journalist discovers that a farmer in the village of Peepli has decided to commit suicide so that his family can collect government compensation. India's Official Entry for the 2010 Oscar's foreign language category.
Hindi (English subtitles)

THAT GIRL IN YELLOW BOOTS (Director: Anurag Kashyap)
India- Los Angeles Premiere
A young British woman struggles to scrape by in the gritty underbelly of Mumbai as she searches for her estranged father.
English, Hindi (English subtitles)

TROUBLEMAKER (Director: Geeta Malik)
USA- Los Angeles Premiere
As Rekha’s life reaches the climax of a quarter-life crisis, she embarks on a road trip in search of her father.
English, Hindi (English subtitles)

UDAAN (Director: Vikramaditya Motwane)
India
An inspirational coming-of-age drama about a teenaged aspiring poet forced to fight for his dreams when he returns home from boarding school to live with his repressive, authoritarian father.
Hindi (English subtitles)

VIRGIN GOAT (LAADLI LAILA) (Director: Murali Nair)
India- USA Premiere
For farmer Kalyan Singh who has lost most of his ancestral land and livestock, salvation may be found in the last remaining goat in his possession, his beloved Laila.
Hindi (English subtitles)


DOCUMENTARIES

BIG IN BOLLYWOOD (Directors: Kenny Mehan, Bill Bowles)
USA- World Premiere
The True Story of the Fourth idiot's path from Culver City to Bollywood stardom.
English, Hindi (English subtitles)

GANESH BOY WONDER (Director: Srinivas Krishna)
Canada- Los Angeles Premiere
Will Ganesh, a young boy who looks like the elephant-headed god he is named after, ever be able to live the normal life he dreams?
English

I AM (Director: Sonali Gulati)
India/USA- World Premiere
How does a parent respond when a child tells them they are gay in a country where homosexuality is illegal?
Hindi, English (English subtitles)

PINK SARIS (Director: Kim Longinotto)
UK/India
Sampat Pal Devi and her Pink Gang take their fight for women's rights to the streets once case at a time.
Hindi (English subtitles)

THE BENGALI DETECTIVE (Director: Phil Cox)
UK/India/USA- Los Angeles Premiere
Fraud, murder, and dance are just part of the day for Rajesh and his Always Detective Agency.
Bengali, Hindi, English (English subtitles)

BOLLYWOOD BY NIGHT SERIES

MUMBAI DIARIES (DHOBI GHAT) (Director: Kiran Rao)
India
MUMBAI DIARIES, the directorial debut of Kiran Rao, follows the intertwining stories of four very different people as they move through the urban metropolis of Mumbai.
Hindi (English subtitles)

THE ROBOT (ENDHIRAN) (Director: S. Shankar)
India
South India’s biggest movie star Rajnikanth plays dual roles as a genius scientist and his own creation, a humanoid robot with artificial intelligence and emotions who falls in love with its creator’s girlfriend and wreaks havoc in Chennai by building an army of its own clones.
TAMIL (English subtitles)

THE WEDDING PLANNER (BAND BAAJA BAARAAT) (Director: Maneesh Sharma)
India
Pledging never to mix business and matters of the heart, Shruti takes Bittoo on as her partner in an ambitious wedding planning enterprise, only to see it disintegrate as success draws her closer to him in a way she always wanted to avoid.
Hindi (English subtitles)

Previously Announced:

SHORTS PROGRAM 1

BEHOLDER (Director: Nisha Ganatra)

IDOL (Director: Kranti Kanade)

IN THAT MOMENT (Director: Shipriya Mahesh)

THE RETURN ADDRESS (Director: Abi Varghese)

THE STITCHES SPEAK (Director: Nina Sabnani)

TUBELIGHT’S MOON (Director: Shlok Sharma)

WHEELING DREAMS (Director: Hardik Mehta)


SHORTS PROGRAM 2

…JUST THAT SORT OF A DAY (Director: Abhay Kumar)

ALL IS WELL (Director: Akshay Roy)

FAÇADE (Director: Iram Parveen Bilal)

JOY OF GIVING (Director: Shlok Sharma)

MUMBAIKER GANESH (Director: Collin D’Cunha)

THE ECLIPSE OF TAREGNA (Director: Rakesh Chaudhary)


For information on the above previously announced Shorts Programs and the Industry Leadership Awards please visit www.indianfilmfestival.org.
TICKETS AND PASSES - New Procedures this year:
Tickets can now be purchased online at http://indianfilmfestival.org.

On-site Box Office opens April 8th and tickets can be purchased at
The Cinerama Dome, 6360 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

For more information on box office and the film schedule please visit www.indianfilmfestival.org.

INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP AWARDS TICKETS
The 9th Annual Indian Film Festival Los Angeles (IFFLA) runs from April 12-17 at ArcLight Hollywood located at 6360 W. Sunset Blvd between Vine and Ivar. Tickets for the Industry Leadership Awards are on sale now. For more information, please visit http://industryleadershipawards.eventbrite.com


ABOUT IFFLA
Now in its 9th year the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) is a nonprofit organization devoted to a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing films, honoring entertainment industry business executives and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora. This year the festival’s cinema lounge is branded as the “STAR Lounge”, exclusively sponsored by STAR, a Major Sponsor of IFFLA 2011. Tickets are now on sale. For more information about the upcoming festival, please visit www.indianfilmfestival.org.


ABOUT ARCLIGHT CINEMAS
ArcLight Cinemas represents an evolution in the movie going experience. ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood, opened in March 2002, ArcLight Sherman Oaks location, which opened in late 2007 and ArcLight Pasadena is scheduled to open Summer 2010. ArcLight offers an unprecedented combination of technology, amenities, comfort, and customer service. Facilities include the historic Cinerama Dome (at the Hollywood location) and state-of-the Art “black box” auditoriums as well as a café bar and gift shop. Tickets can be purchased online without a fee (members receive a $1 per ticket discount) and printed at home, at the theaters’ automated ticketing kiosks and lobby box office. ArcLight offers a free membership program with purchasing rewards and other members-only benefits. ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood is located at 6360 W. Sunset Boulevard, between Vine and Ivar. ArcLight Sherman Oaks is located in the Sherman Oaks Galleria at 15303 Ventura Blvd., at the corner of Sepulveda and Ventura. For more information about ArcLight visit www.arclightcinemas.com.
PANEL DISCUSSION WITH KARAN JOHAN, SHAHRUKH KHAN, HUGH JACKMAN & AISHWARYA RAI

5.15 P.M., MARCH 25, 2010, RENAISSANCE HOTEL, POWAI







A panel discussion anchored by Karan Johar with Mr Hugh jackman, Ms Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Mr Shahrukh Khan was held on the final day of FICCI frames at 5.15 p.m. at Renaissance Hotel, Powai.
Digitisation, Brand Building and Pooling of Resources Vital for Future Revenue Streams in Electronic Media, Say Top CEOs



MUMBAI, March 25, 2011. Revenue streams in the future for the electronic media will emanate from brands and product differentiation strategies, pooling of resources such as the use of OB vans and the ability of the players to reach out to newer markets like the Indian diaspora.

This view was expressed here today by CEOs of eminent TV channels at a discussion on ‘The Future of Electronic News’ at FICCI FRAMES 2011.

The panellists were Mr. G. Krishnan, Executive Director & CEO, TV Today Network; Mr. Ashok Venkatramani, CEO Star News; Mr. M. K. Anand, CEO, UTV Global Broadcasting; and Mr. Sanjay Pugalia, Editor, CNBC Awaz.

Mr. Krishnan put much store by digitisation of content to allow the viewers to watch a news channel of their choice and bringing down the carriage cost of news. Mr. A Venkataramani saw merit in investment in content production and delivery for news breaks, rather than persist with the current practice of following the leads put out by newspapers and running them in news channels 11 A.M. onwards.

Brand building has to be an in-house effort, dictated by the needs of the consumer. This would go a long way in differentiating the product for the discerning consumer, Mr. Venkatramani said. This was imperative in a scenario where there are news channels that are guided by considerations other than economic returns.

The panellists also spoke about the need for consolidation in a fragmented market, the need to capture the potential of a market of young consumers, free pricing and self-regulation to keep the ‘intruders’ at bay.

FICCI

BAF awards FICCI Frames

Indian Entries Bag 10 of 16 Best Animated Frames (BAF) Awards

at FICCI FRAMES 2011



MUMBAI, March 25, 2011. Indian animation, gaming and VFX companies have romped home with the lion’s share of 10 of the 16 Best Animated Frame (BAF) awards announced at the FICCI FRAMES 2011.

French and American companies won two awards each in different categories while a British and a Pakistani filmmaker have won one award each.

BAF Awards were instituted in 2004 by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Industry and Commerce [FICCI] to recognize and honour students and professionals in the field of animation. This first ever animation awards in India grew over the years to encompass awards not only in animation, but also in the VFX and gaming fields.

BAF awards FICCI Frames

Indian Entries Bag 10 of 16 Best Animated Frames (BAF) Awards

at FICCI FRAMES 2011



MUMBAI, March 25, 2011. Indian animation, gaming and VFX companies have romped home with the lion’s share of 10 of the 16 Best Animated Frame (BAF) awards announced at the FICCI FRAMES 2011.

French and American companies won two awards each in different categories while a British and a Pakistani filmmaker have won one award each.

BAF Awards were instituted in 2004 by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Industry and Commerce [FICCI] to recognize and honour students and professionals in the field of animation. This first ever animation awards in India grew over the years to encompass awards not only in animation, but also in the VFX and gaming fields.

Australian film festival of India

Australian Film Festival of India begins in Mumbai

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[PETER CASTALDI, DEBORAH LEE, HUGH JACKMAN & AUSTRALIAN FILM FESTIVAL IN INDIA DIRECTOR ANUPAM SHARMA]

PETER CASTALDI, DEBORAH LEE, HUGH JACKMAN & AUSTRALIAN FILM FESTIVAL IN INDIA DIRECTOR ANUPAM SHARMA
The first Australian Film Festival kick started today at Cinemax, Versova Mumbai. The screenings will showcase the artwork by Australian director Bill Bennett and some of the best movies made by the Australian film fraternity.

The initiative is a brainchild of Sydney based film maker Mr. Anupam Sharma (Festival Director), Mr. Peter Castaldi (Renowned Film Critic & Festival Director), Mr. Shahnaab Alam (Film Industry Advisor) & Mr. Bill Bennett (Ace international Australian Director) and is a prequel to be followed by major announcements in the coming week between the two nations. The project is actively supported by the Media House Viacom 18. Cinemax is the screening partner.

Australian Film Festival of India is a two-day festival organized by ‘An Australian Film Initiative’, a recognized body, it will feature 20 films including Paperback Hero starring Hugh Jackman & Bennett’s cult KISS OR KILL among others. AAFI (An Australian Film Initiative) is coming to India with a vision to promote Australian and Indian film collaborations. It will also promote highly acclaimed Australian films in India directly through its various initiatives, and is also geared up to promote Indian film content in Australia. This initiative is to strengthen the ties between the two countries and make the markets more accessible in the future.

Mr. Anupam Sharma, Festival Director, AAFI said, “The initiative started with a single idea of Cinema Sharing Responsibilities between countries and India is our first Initiative solely due to its ever-growing popularity, wide reach and common emotional ties towards Cinema. The festival will give the Indian audience a glimpse of our cinematic sensibilities and we are proud to have this in India, a land where Cinema plays a pivotal role.”

Mr. Shahnaab Alam, Film Advisor (India) AAFI, says, “The market in India is ready for this association between the two countries and it only makes us proud to pioneer this association. The films showcased in the festival have been chosen keeping in mind the audience of India who are open to fresh ideas and novel concepts.”

Peter Castaldi, Festival Co-Director said, “This annual platform will provide Indian and Australian film industries to benefit from each other particularly on the cinematic front to initiate a mutual participation between the two nations.”

Director Bill Bennett had to say, “I am excited that the films that my cre and I has made will be viewed by the Indian audiences. India is a diverse nation even on the Cinematic front with choices varying from person to person but yet the audiences of India are matured with cinematic sensibilities. Therefore I am excited about the festival which will later lead into a full-fledged partnership between the two nations.”

Entry to the festival is free on a first come first serve basis. The schedule to the festival in as follows.





SCREEN 3 SCREEN 4
Start Saturday 26th Start Saturday 26th
10.30 A Street to Die 11.00 Storage
12.30 Malpractise 13.00 Kings Of Mykonos
14.30 Mortgage 15.00 Restraint
16.30 Spider & Rose 17.00 Samson & Delilah
18.30 Two if by Sea 19.00 Bran Nue Dae
20.30 Uninhabited 21.00 Bran Nue Dae
22.30 Tempted 23.00 Red Hill




SCREEN 3 SCREEN 4
Start Sunday 27th Start Sunday 27th
10.30 In a Savage Land 11.00 AFTRS Program
12.30 Kiss or Kill 13.00 VCA Program
14.30 Bennet Workshop 15.00 Bran Nue Dae
18.30 Nugget 17.00 Paperback Hero
19.00 Blame 21.00 The Loved Ones
20.30 Backlash 23.00 The Horseman
22.30 Unihabited





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Bollywood and beyond

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Bollywood and beyond

The eighth Indian Film Festival 'Bollywood and beyond', organized and hosted by the Filmbüro Baden-Württemberg, is the largest Indian film festival in Europe. From 20th to 24th July, 2011 a wide selection of Indian movies and various supporting events introduce the German and European audience to the variety that Indian film and culture have to offer.

'Bollywood and beyond' started out as a celebration of the town twinning between the cities of Stuttgart and Mumbai in 2004. The festival supports the Indo-German cultural exchange. Putting Indian films of different genres into the spotlight, it celebrates the diversity of Indian film and culture.

Screening over 50 Indian art house films, documentaries, short and feature films as well as big Bollywood blockbusters, the festival aims to create an original and authentic reflection of Indian culture and everyday life. Thus the festival has become an important institution for cultural exchange with over 15,000 visitors in 2010.

To visit the festival, simply send in the accreditation form available on www.bollywood-festival.de.

To submit a film, please visit www.bollywood-festival.de. Submissions are open until April 15th 2011.



Film programme

The Indian Film Festival 'Bollywood and beyond' screens feature films, documentaries and short films (up to 60 minutes) in their original language with English subtitles. We are proud to announce Uma da Cunha and Therese Hayes as curators once again.

The festival competition features five awards:

- 'German Star of India' for best feature film, endowed with 4,000 €
- 'German Star of India' for best documentary, endowed with 1,000 €
- 'German Star of India' for best short film, endowed with 1,000 €
- Audience Award (open to all categories), endowed with 1,000 €
- Director‘s Vision Award (prize for outstanding dedication to a social or political issue withinn a film)



Film makers

'Bollywood and beyond' not only continuously grows, but is also evolving as a festival for the film community. Producers as well as distributors are expected to come.

Last year German industry representatives included Mr. Peipp CEO of Constantin Film (Germany‘s leading distributor), Mr. Fritz of Kinowelt and representatives of Rapid Eye Movies.

But 'Bollywood and beyond'; has also been discovered by Indian stars. In 2010 Manisha Koirala and Yogesh Karikurvejoined the jury an this year others are expected to visit.

To visit the festival, simply send in the accreditation form available on www.bollywood-festival.de.

Opening night

The glamorous opening night sees local celebrities and Indian VIPs walk down the red carpet. In the lounge guests can enjoy a glass of champagne and delicious finger food while getting in the mood for the opening film.



Film & food

For the cultural get-together, and as the highlight of the second festival night, the chefs of the Millennium Hotel & Resort created a spezial Indian-American fusion menue.



Award Ceremony

In 2010, the charming German TV presenter Nadine Krüger hosted the glamorous Award Ceremony, in which the 'German Star of India', alongside the other film prizes, was awarded.



Supporting Programme

After the great success of the dance shows during last year‘s 'Bollywood and beyond' festival, the Filmbüro Baden-Württemberg, for the second time, hosts the 'Bollywood and beyond Dance Contest'. From 21st to 24th July, 2011, Bollywood dance groups will have the chance to prove their skills in front of a popular jury and the large festival audience.

An Indian Village, an Indian style bazaar offering authentic food and snacks, souvenirs and arts and crafts provides for the exotic atmosphere.



Location

'Bollywood and beyond' is located at the Stuttgart SI-Centrum, the largest entertainment centre of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg with yearly over 3.2 million visitors. Along with the CinemaxX multiplex cinema, it includes two hotels, a casino, a spa centre, two musical theatres and numerous restaurants, bars and cafés. The cinema alone seats up to 1,550 viewers and with its technical equipment provides a great venue to bring the colourful world projected in Indian movies to live.

The city of Stuttgart offers various tourist attractions, including two castles, various museums, interesting architecture and good shopping opportunities.

The Millennium Hotel & Restort Stuttgart and the SI-Suites offer special festival deals which are available under www.bollywood-festival.de.



For further information on the seventh Indian Film Festival 'Bollywood and beyond' please click on www.bollywood-festival.de.








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Bollywood-the past glory or present shame?

Bollywood

the past glory or the present shame


Can we make a big film with good entertainment and make it in regular intervals for a year, yes we can but mostly we find a small number of great films which break the stereo types of bollywood masala filums like Ishqiya starring Vidya Balan, Arshad Warsi and Naseerudin Shah, is a story set in Uttar Pradesh.

Then we find a blockbuster Raajneeti, the modern version of Mahabharata has Katrina Kaif, Ranbir Kapoor, Ajay Devgan, Arjun Rampal, Manoj Bajpai and Nana Patekar in leading roles most of them are worth their money; u know who I don’t have to point out..

So a large number of crap films like Raavan, Dabangg, Golmaal 3, Housefull, Tees Maar Khan, Kites, etc the list is really big all the cash goes to poor B’s of bollywood. And a small number of films set standards and break the set boundaries of bollywood cinema.. wonder why ?

The film and media contributes a lot in BSE index gains these days sadly a big part of our economic system plus an incredible amount of overseas money; which we call the national pride of Indian cinema like A R Rehman and once upon a time MOTHER INDIA… at OSCARS.

This pride and prestige will be created only by films of exceptional merit… do we have any this year ……saat khoon maaf; I think it comes close minus the cast in it. Last year not really close to a gem..then in the past 3 IDIOTS plus the cast in it. Udaan – a lot of filmfare awards then..

A film must achieve its effect and popularity without the final dependence on mere words or songs; which will make for good export to other countries. But we can only hope to make a film of such rare quality..let’s dream on.

The weakness in bollywood cinema at the moment is absence of sufficient films in the mid level; i.e. to create sound intelligent films in a steady flow through the year to sustain the theatres not just multiplexes. This in a long run will keep bollywood alive so we should have 50 or more directors of competence, resource and imagination(not genius) and a another 50 or more screen writers…

Producers, screen writers and directors are the irritating force the creation of film standards. No amount of CGI or technical advancement can make a poor script or un resourceful directing into anything worth watching…

It is a tough time ahead of bollywood cinema to nurture such talents and supplanting them into this and discard the dimwits who run this industry. We cannot afford to live on the glory of the past ( raj kapoor, guru dutt ), if we have to survive we change now ; improve the quality of filmmaking and entertainment standards…. Or perish into ….

Words passed on by ROGER.W.1947, edited and updated by Antony gladius.



The eighth Indian Film Festival 'Bollywood and beyond', organized and hosted by the Filmbüro Baden-Württemberg. for details visit: http://www.bollywood-festival.de.de