Friday, August 26, 2011

Indian Film Festival, Los angeles call for entries for 2012

Fest Preps for 10th Anniversary

HOLLYWOOD, CA, August 16, 2011 – The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announced its Call for Entries today. The 10th anniversary edition will be held April 10-15, 2012, at ArcLight Hollywood, located in the heart of Los Angeles.

The early deadline with reduced fees for all film submissions is November 11, 2011. The final deadline is January 6, 2012. IFFLA 2012 seeks narrative, documentary, music videos, experimental, children’s and animated films of any length and format. Jury and Audience Choice Prizes are awarded for Best Feature, Best Documentary and Best Short films.

IFFLA 2011 had over 7,500 attendees and screened 35 films from India and around the world. In addition to the state-of-the-art exhibition of their work, through the festival filmmakers in attendance gained access to prominent executives in the Hollywood film industry.

The 2011 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles launched with the Opening Night Gala presentation of Nila Madhab Panda's I AM KALAM starring Gulshan Grover and concluded with the IFFLA Closing Night Gala world premiere presentation of Disney's ZOKKOMON starring Anupam Kher. Both Grover and Kher were in attendance.

Other highlights included the presentation of the 2012 IFFLA Industry Leadership Awards to Andy Kaplan, President, Networks, Sony Pictures Television; Ajay Bijli, Founder, Chairman & Managing Director, PVR Limited; and Man Jit Singh, CEO, Multi Screen Media Private Limited India; seminars with panelists from Sundance, Reliance, Screen Actors Guild, Writers Guild of America, USA Networks, Deluxe Labs, and Nickelodeon; and nightly musical performances in the IFFLA Rhythm Village presented by Rukus Avenue.

Previous IFFLA screenings include: UDAAN (Vikramaditya Motwane), MUMBAI DIARIES (Kiran Rao), 3 IDIOTS (Rajkumar Hirani), AMELIA (Mira Nair), THE WAITING CITY (Claire McCarthy), SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (Danny Boyle), FIRAAQ (Nandita Das), SITA SINGS THE BLUES (Nina Paley), QUICK GUN MURUGUN (Shashank Ghosh), WATER (Deepa Mehta), LOINS OF PUNJAB PRESENTS (Manish Acharya), DOMBIVLI FAST (Nishikant Kamat), VANAJA (Rajnesh Domalpalli), and BLACK FRIDAY (Anurag Kashyap) among others.

For more information on the Festival, including submission form and guidelines, please visit

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 performers and business executives and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian Diaspora. For more information about the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, please visit


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Country club launches Usha Uthup's 'great thumbs of revolution'


Mumbai, 23rd Aug, 2011: India’s leading Leisure and Infrastructure Company, Country Club (India) Limited (CCIL), has launched its new initiative called 'CCIL GREAT THUMBS UP REVOLUTION'.

At a Media Conference held at Country Club, Andheri, Mumbai, CCIL Chairman Mr. Y. Rajeev Reddy along with India’s most versatile singer Ms. Usha Uthup unveiled Birthday & Anniversary songs sung by her that are dedicated to CCIL'S GREAT THUMBS UP REVOLUTION. These songs make the celebrations at Country Club memorable & very special for its esteemed members.

CCIL’S GREAT THUMBS UP REVOLUTION, is celebration of members’ Birthdays & Anniversaries. CCIL takes the initiative to invite the members to celebrate their Birthdays and Anniversaries and turns them into memorable occasion of a lifetime. CCIL compliments the occasion with delicious cakes, celebratory drinks, flowers and photographs and shares the celebration photographs with the world by way of advertisements in national dailies. Apart from this warm gesture, CCIL members are also entitled to excellent discounts on Food & Beverages.

According to Mr. Reddy, "THE GREAT THUMBS UP REVOLUTION is significant as it symbolizes our-connect with our members". He further stated that while CCIL’s domestic expansion is on full swing, CCIL has made further inroads in the Middle East by opening up offices in Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Qatar and Bahrain. CCIL has also made its presence felt in Sri Lanka & Bangkok. The response from the newer market has been very encouraging as people realize the benefits of clubbing & timeshare.

CIL currently has over 50 own properties, has 175 franchised establishments and 4000 affiliations around the world. Its membership base stands at over 2.50 lakh members.


Conan The Barbarian

“I live. I love. I slay…I am content.”-

Conan The Barbarian

The world’s most famous barbarian returns to the big screen on 26th Aug, 2011
The most legendary Barbarian of all time is back this Season. Deftly adapted from the original works of Robert E. Howard and faithful to the mythology and psychology of his iconic character, CONAN THE BARBARIAN (3D) stars Jason Momoa (Baywatch Hawaii), Rachel Nichols (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Star Trek), Stephen Lang(AVATAR), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Rose McGowan (Charmed, Grindhouse), Saïd Taghmaoui, and Leo Howard. The film is directed by Marcus Nispel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, Pathfinder), and written by Thomas Dean Donnelly & Joshua Oppenheimer and Sean Hood. Lionsgate and Millennium Films present a Millennium Films in association with EFF Independent Productions and a Conan Properties International LLC production and is being distributed in India by Hira Films P. Ltd. Scheduled for 3D and 2D theatrical release on 26th August, 2011, CONAN THE BARBARIAN shall be enjoyed in about 750 screens in India in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu languages.

Jack Daniels to give Harley Davidson bikes to 4 lucky winners in India as a Part of 161st Birthday Celebrations

Jack Daniels to give Harley Davidson bikes to 4 lucky winners in India as a Part of 161st Birthday Celebrations


New Delhi August 5, 2011: Announcing a series of special offers and exclusive parties, as India joins the annual, global soiree to celebrate Jack Daniel’s 161st Birthday. Presenting a very collectible ‘Mr. Jack’s 161st Commemorative bottle’, Jack Daniels also ties up with Harley Davidson to offer bikes to 4 lucky winners who gets to ride home on this legend by merely ordering their favorite JD at a partnering bar or buying a bottle at Duty Free shop, at the airport. This year a special limited edition Jack Daniel’s 161st Birthday bottle is predicted to fly off the shelf.
Every September the world celebrates Jack Daniels birthday. There are birthday messages on billboards on tube stations in London, across the city in Cape Town, in subways in New York and on kiosks in the Old town of Prague. Parties and promotions at trendy places across the world, throughout September, celebrate the man. When he was born in 1850, no one knew that Jack Daniels would live forever but through the product that he made, he became a legend.
The ‘gifts galore’ campaign will culminate with sparkling parties. At these evenings leading celebrities will get together for a fun time. Also one of them will draw out the names of all the lucky winners including the one who drives home in a spanking new Harley. Jack Daniels will also celebrate his birthday with his Facebook and Twitter pals on the World Wide Web. Patrons are invited to leave their birthday wishes on face book.
Filtered through a thick layer of maple charcoal before it is put into casks for aging, Jack Daniels is a mellow and full bodied Tennessee Whisky with a multi layered flavor. The rich oak flavor created in 1850 fascinate young, independent consumers the world over even today.

About Jack Daniel:
Jack Daniel's is a brand of sour mash Tennessee whiskey that is among the world's best-selling liquors. It is known for its square bottles and black label. As of November, 2007, it was reportedly the best-selling whiskey in the world.[1] It is produced in Lynchburg, Tennessee by the Jack Daniel Distillery, which has been owned by the Brown-Forman Corporation since 1956. Despite being the location of a major operational distillery, Jack Daniel's home county of Moore is a dry county, so the product is not available for consumption at stores or restaurants within the county

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Indian film fest in Switzerland

The Swiss Indian Film Bridge - SIFB, a production of Les Films du Lotus (Switzerland) and Curry Western Productions (India) - is organizing an Indian Festival in Geneva during the annual Fetes de Geneve, one of Europe biggest open-air Summer Festival in Europe, where India is this year's guest of honor.

The 3 days festival will take place at the CineLac Open-Air Cinema,by the lakeside, the 10-11-12 August 2011.

Wednesday 10 of August, the opening night will feature a presentation of the BNA GermanyAnnual Central European Bollywood Awards, rewarding the best films of 2010 (a 20 min. presentation from 8.45 pm).

The films screened each night are :

DEV D - 10 August - 9.15 pm

PEEPLI LIVE - 11 August - 9.15 pm

3 IDIOTS - 12 August - 9.15 pm

DEV D by Anurag Kashyap
A modern-day interpretation of the classic novel Devdas by Sarat Chandra. Dev, Paro and Chanda of Dev D reflect the sensibilities, conflicts, exuberance and recklessness of the youth of today. A generation that is jammed between eastern roots and western sensibilities. Dev D is set in the rustic and colorful Punjab and also explores the dingy, morbid, dark underbelly of Delhi. This highly stylized and very original film is a successful mixture of Indian contemporary cinema with Bollywood entertainment.

PEEPLI (LIVE) By Anusha Rizvi
An Indian peasant wants to commit suicide in order to take his family out of debt. But when a journalist prints his decision on the local newspaper, it ignites media frenzy around him and his village. Will he commit suicide? Peepli (live) is a brilliant satire which manages to mine substantial dark humor from a tragic situation while offering pointed and poignant social commentary. It ranks among the best films made in India in the past decade.

3 IDIOTS By Rajkumar Hirani
Two friends embark on a quest for a lost buddy. As they make their way through the perilous landscape, another journey begins: their inner journey through memory lane and the story of their friend - the irrepressible free- thinker Rancho (Aamir Khan), who in his unique way, touches and changes their lives.
3 idiots is this rare film: a perfect blend of entertainment with a socio-political comment, a juxtaposition of heart-rending emotions and humor, scenes that range from extremely hilarious to profoundly saddening and thought provoking ones. 3 idiots still remains a quintessential Bollywood film with songs, dance and slapstick humor. It was a critical success and broke all box office records upon release for any Indian film before it.

These films are to be shown in partnership with CineLac Open-Air Cinema, a unique open-air film facility, in a beautiful site near the shores of Geneva's famous landmark lake. This idyllic spot is the perfect place to chill out, and enjoy happy hours, before indulging in an Indian buffet and an entertaining evening of Indian Cinema at its best.

The Swiss Indian Film Bridge is organized by Curry Western Productions in India and Les Films du Lotus in Switzerland

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

NCPA Pratibimb Marathi Natya Utsav returns with an eclectic array of fine Marathi plays

NCPA Pratibimb Marathi Natya Utsav returns with an eclectic array of fine Marathi plays

The Marathi Theatre Festival will showcase five plays followed by Chauraha discussions from August 5-9, 2011; along with a photography exhibition on the Golden Age of Marathi theatre from Aug ust 3- 10, 2011, only at the NCPA

Mumbai Plays ranging from comedy to human folly, from tragedy to edge-of-the-seat thriller, this year's edition of The 'NCPA Pratibimb - Marathi Natya Utsav' has an entertaining and enriching mix of theatre for Marathi theatre aficionados.

The National Centre for the Performing Arts, India's premier arts and culture institution, is proud to present the second edition of NCPA Pratibimb - Marathi Natya Utsav 2011 - a festival of Marathi Theatre from August 5 - 9, 2011 at the Experimental Theatre, NCPA, with a selection of five contemporary Marathi plays. Renowned theatre expert, Amol Palekar is this year's face of the festival. All the performances will be followed by Chauraha discussions with the director and cast of the play. In addition, a photography exhibition spanning the birth of Marathi Theatre in the late 19th century to its progress against the socio-political background of the '60s will be held from August 2-10, 2011 in the Piramal Gallery, NCPA, in collaboration with the Directorate of Cultural Affairs, Government ! of Maharashtra.

With very few Marathi theatre festivals in town, NCPA aims to provide Marathi theatre with a new destination, reach, stage and audience. At NCPA Pratibimb this year, the NCPA recognises a trend in Marathi theatre - that of grand revivals of old hits, and includes three popular plays that made dazzling comebacks, without losing any of their relevance or entertainment value. Outstanding plays like Jaswandi, a Maharashtra Rangabhoomi presentation, written and directed by Sai Paranjpye, Moruchi Mavshi, by Kirti and Asmi Productions and Lovebirds, by Amruta and Saisakshi productions will enthrall the audience. The other side of Marathi theatre, that is the Experimental side, can never be ignored, and the two offbeat plays break new ground in expression and stagecraft. Gajab Kahani, by Aasakta Kalamanch and Mister Behram, by Kalakendra.

Highlights of NCPA Pratibimb

Second edition of NCPA Pratibimb
Amol Palekar is the face of the festival
Five plays will be staged
Chauraha session after every play
Photography exhibition on the Golden Age of Marathi theatre

In 2010, NCPA Pratibimb showcased the best of contemporary Marathi theatre by old groups and new, by young playwrights and veterans, with Atul Kulkarni as the face of the festival. The performances were preceded by Katta (lively sessions of debate and discussion). Running into near packed houses, the festival was appreciated by the audiences, theatre enthusiasts as well as the media fraternity.

Speaking on the occasion, Khushroo N Suntook, Chairman, NCPA, says, "NCPA has assembled a contemporary array of Marathi theatre today. Old stories have been given a new form by newcomers, and new writers are bringing their fresh vision onstage. It enables the audience to have a glimpse of the best of contemporary Marathi plays and much more, all under one roof. The festival is our humble initiative to encourage Marathi theatre."

Deepa Gahlot, Head - Programming (Theatre & Film), NCPA, says, "It is with great pleasure that we announce the second edition of the NCPA Pratibimb Marathi Natya Utsav. The plays this year represent the best of Marathi theatre over the years as well as the adventurous spirit of today's young groups. We hope that sustained activity on the Marathi theatre front will soon make the NCPA a hub of everything new and exciting that comes up on the Marathi Rangabhoomi."

In the third edition of NCPA Pratibimb, NCPA plans to take it to a next level with NCPA Pratibimb Package, where NCPA will have commissioned plays that will travel across the state under the NCPA Pratibimb banner. Till then, enjoy the 2011 edition of NCPA Pratibimb this monsoon with great Marathi plays, chauraha sessions and an informative photography exhibition only at the NCPA.

About the NCPA:

Inaugurated in 1969, the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai, exists to provide leadership on a national level as India's premier performing arts, research and training centre through the presentation of Indian and international art forms, the promotion of excellence and the preservation of Indian & International cultural heritage.

The NCPA programmes and presents more than 500 events each year across all major art forms, notably Indian and Western Classical Music, Theatre, Film, Dance and Visual Arts. We have programming heads for each of these art verticals who curate innovative events and festivals, representative of everything from classical to contemporary, throughout the year. We produce our own programmes as well as collaborate with leading cultural promoters from around the world.

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Naya film festival closes with a brief preview of Aarakshan

Naya Cinema Festival closes with Prakash Jha and Aarakshan!!

Pics: Director Prakash Jha and host Bhawna Somayaa

Taj Enlighten Film Society’s Naya Cinema Festival closed by hosting an exclusive 15 minute preview of Prakash Jha’s upcoming film Aarakshan recently at Cinemax, Versova.

“Future View” was a selection of 20 minute clips from important upcoming releases. Included in the selection also were Anand Gandhi's “Ship of Theseus” and Prashant Bhargava's “Patang”.

Prakash Jha then fielded many questions from the audiences and media present, talking about why he chose this subject and how he had to re-learn mathematics for the film!! He spoke about his admiration for Mr Bachchan and invited any group who had an issue with the film to contact him!

The event was hosted by Bhawnaa Somayaa who also launched her latest book on Amitabh Bachchan.

Aarakshan is an upcoming Hindi film starring Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone. Directed by Prakash Jha, who also directed Raajneeti, it is a high voltage socio-political drama based on one of the most controversial policies of caste based reservations in government jobs and educational institutions.

Other film’s previews included Ship of Theseus, a highly anticipated film by Anand Gandhi, the director of the cult short film “Right Here Right Now” (2003). Patang was presented at the Berlin International Film Festival 2011 and Tribeca Film Festival 2011. It is a co-production between India and USA, a drama set in the backdrop of India’s largest kite festival in Ahmedabad.

The much talked about festival ended with this special screening and aims at a reboot sometime later this year.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes releasing this Friday, August 5th 2011

Fox Star Studios’ Rise of The Planet Of The Apes to open in record number of single screens!

After the superb success of X-Men: First Class, looks like Fox Star Studios is all set to have more box office magic as it releases next week, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, one of the most anticipated Hollywood film of this year!

Come August 5th, the film will open in a record number of 450 single screens, doubly trumping any previous Hollywood films such as Harry Potter and X-Men: First Class, which itself opened in 250 single screens. No other Hollywood film has seen such a massive and aggressive opening, especially in the dubbed languages (Hindi, Tamil and Telegu), as the film makers feel audiences all over India will connect with the film because of its universal appeal. In fact the release of this film is on par with openings received by anticipated Bollywood films, say sources, since it’s the only big release this week.

Starring the dashing Oscar nominated actor of 127 Hours fame James Franco and India’s very own Slumdog Millionaire girl, Freida Pinto; this highly awaited visual effects extravaganza is generating a lot of Oscar buzz already in Hollywood, with initial responses to the film within trade circles being phenomenal.

The highlights of this reboot are the stunning effects rendered, without the usage of any real animals.

Peter Jackson’s Oscar winning New Zealand-based digital effects house Weta Digital, which have created masterpieces such as AVATAR, THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, and KING KONG have expanded upon its Academy Award-winning work to render, for the first time ever in the film series, photo-realistic apes rather than costumed actors. This technology allows audiences to emotionally engage with a lead character, a chimpanzee named Caesar, who does not actually exist.

The film is already in talks amongst trade experts in Hollywood for its stunning CGI effects and performance capture by actor Andy Serkis as Caesar the Ape, which some claim have surpassed Avatar as well.

Well, looks like Audiences are in for a visual delight this August 5th!