Wednesday, April 17, 2013

“SANKALP FORUM 2013” April 16-18, 2013

April 16-18, 2013
Renaissance Hotel and Convention Centre, Powai, Mumbai 
Sankalp’s Annual Summit is the largest social enterprises focused gathering in the World. In its 5th year, Sankalp has grown truly global with speakers such as:-
 Susanne Dorasil – Susanne Dorasil is Head of the Economic Policy; Financial Sector Division at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development     (BMZ. She is currently serving as German co-facilitator of the G20 development pillar on Private Investment and Job Creation and as German co-chair of the Sub–group on SME Finance of the Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion.
 Mark Stoleson is Chief Executive Officer of Legatum, and has served with the firm for over 7 years in various capacities including Head of Group Investments.
 Antony Bugg-Levine, CEO, Nonprofit Finance Fund (joins via video conferencing) – Antony Bugg-Levine is the CEO of the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Prior to taking up this position in October, 2011, he was a Managing Director at the Rockefeller Foundation, where he designed and led the Rockefeller Foundation’s Impact Investing initiative.
 WatananPetersik, Director, Lien Centre for Social Innovation; Chair, Ashoka Singapore Advisory Council.
 Afeefa Sayeed, Senior Advisor, USAID – AfeefaSyeed is Senior Advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development Middle East and Asia Bureaus, where she designs and implements initiatives and training on emerging programs, including engaging traditional and religious leaders and institutions, radicalization, and madrassah enhancement. She works with Washington based and mission staff to define best practices, highlight success stories, develop tools, and frame country strategies to bring expertise in engaging with the cultural contexts.

Paul Basil: Founder & CEO, Villgro- Paul also has contributed to building the social enterprise eco-system in India, through  Unconvention, Wantrapreneur, Villgro and  championing the ANDE Chapter (Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs).
Other names this year at Sankalp include –
Thomas Davenport, Director, South Asia, International Finance Corporation (IFC),Jerry Ng, President Director, BTPN and other stakeholders.
 Vineet Rai, Founder Aavishkaar and IntellecapAnurag Agarwal, CEO Intellecap and Aparajita Agarwal, Head Initiatives at Intellecap will facilitate the Sankalp Awards, Villgro Awards, DFID women recognition awards and the Global Cookstove alliance awards for clean cooking.
 Over the last 4 years, Sankalp has recognized & rewarded social enterprises across the length and breadth of the country. Sankalp will engage over 11,000 stakeholders globally which includes:-Social Enterprises, Impact & Mainstream Investors, Policymakers to encourage innovation and Enablers, who are part of the ecosystem.
 This year however, the theme is looking - beyond impact, seeking transformational change through plenary sessions and world cafĂ© formats.
 A major highlight on the 16th of April, 2013 is G20 inclusive business workshop to promote learning & exchange. 


Sankalp Forum's Blogathon

The Two Day Blogathon at Sankalp Unconvention Summit 2013.Aims to seed thought, dialogue and raise pertinent points of discussion, via the worlds most powerful medium "content".

The person with the most hits on Sankalp will be get the opportunity to Contribute to a cause of their choice - A cash grant of Rs 50,000.

We will provide you with introductory write-ups about Sankalp as reference material.∙       

To make the Blogathon more exciting,all speakers will be requested to drop by at the Blogathon desk before they leave.


MISS LOVELY receives Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature. BEYOND ALL BOUNDARIES takes the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary. UNRAVEL named Best Short Film
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 LOS ANGELES, CA (April 16, 2012) – The 11th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) concluded on Sunday evening (April 14) with a red carpet and gala fete that included the Los Angeles premiere of Deepa Mehta’s MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN, and the presentation of the festival's Grand Jury and Audience Choice Awards, followed by an after party.
 This year the festival showcased more than 35 film features, documentaries, and short films at ArcLight Hollywood, home of IFFLA since its inception. “The awards are always bittersweet for all of us in the programming team as we truly believe in the exceptional talent and relevance of each film which has been so carefully chosen,” said Lead Programmer Terrie Samundra. “That being said, we wholeheartedly share the enthusiasm of the audience and our prestigious jury. A huge congratulations to the winners!”
 Ashim Ahluwalia’s MISS LOVELY took home the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature, with an honorable mention for SHIP OF THESEUS directed by Anand Gandhi. The Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary went to Sushrut Jain for BEYOND ALL BOUNDARIES, and for Best Short to UNRAVEL directed by Meghna Gupta, with an honorable mention for TATPASCHAT directed by Vasudev Keluskar.
BEST FEATURE: MISS LOVELY directed by Ashim Ahluwalia
BEST SHORT FILM: UNRAVEL directed by Meghna Gupta
HONORABLE MENTION: TATPASCHAT directed by Vasudev Keluskar
BEST FEATURE: FILMISTAAN directed by Nitin Kakkar
BEST SHORT: UNRAVEL directed by Meghna Gupta
The 2013 feature film jurors were International Director of the Feature Film Program at the Sundance Institute Paul Federbush, director/editor/writer Kanika Myer (HALO, HEART OF INDIA), and Assistant Curator of Film Programs at LACMA Bernardo Rondeau. The Best Documentary Award was decided by The Hollywood Reporter and Los Angeles Times film critic Sheri Linden, Senior Programmer at Film Independent Maggie Mackay, and Producer Nadine Mundo (CHELSEA SETTLES). Judging the short films were filmmaker and IFFLA alum Prashant Bhargava (PATANG), Film Curator and Director of Industry Programming at Palm Springs ShortFest Kathleen McInnis, and actress Sheetal Sheth (ABCD, LOOKING FOR COMEDY IN THE MUSLIM WORLD).
Now in its 11th 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.
 The six-day festival is the premiere platform for the latest in cutting edge global Indian cinema and bridges the gap between the two largest entertainment industries in the world – Hollywood and India. The festival showcased over 35 films from the Indian filmmaking community across the globe, hosted the highly anticipated opening and closing red carpet galas, and the closing awards ceremony.

Preview: Bin Phere free me Tere



  PAHWA,manoj joshi., yashpal Sharma. , himani shivpuri. pratima kannan .razzak
  khan,mushtaq khan,hemant pandey,javed hyder and many more.*

  *Director :  Manoj Sharma

Story : Manoj Sharma
  Cinematographer : Ravikant Reddy    Language: Hindi
  Music: Vishnu Narayan*


*“BIN PHERE FREE ME TERE” is a romantic comedy which is full of
situational comic senses. The film is directed and written by Manoj Sharm and produced under the banner of Premchandra productions is full oflaughter and touches the universal theme of love in a Novel way. The hero asmall town boy tries to fulfill the vow & he has committed to his love and
in this process a lots of funny events take place making the story a
complete laughter riot. It strikes a chord which rarely 80 percent youths
real love story in a small town.*

Hrithik and Katrina's ‘Bang Bang’ to release on May 1st,2014

                         Hrithik and Katrina's  ‘Bang Bang’ to release on May 1st,2014

Mumbai April 17th, 2013
: Production and distribution giant, Fox Star Studios’ next production, Bang Bang, starring Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif will commence shoot in May 2013 and will release on May 1st, 2014.

Bang Bang will be directed by the very talented Siddharth Anand (Bachna Ae Haseeno, Anjaana Anjaani, Salaam Namaste). Bringing together two of the hottest stars of tinsel town, the film will be shot across Europe, Far East and India and will feature spectacular stunt sequences , intense chemistry and edge of the seat excitement, as Hrithik and Katrina will scorch  the silver screens in never before seen avatars.

The film’s screenplay has been written by  Sujoy Ghosh ( Kahaani) & Suresh Nair (Singh Is King, Namaste London) and  Abbas Tyrewala (Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na)has penned the dialogues.

Bang Bang is being seen as a strong move by Fox Star Studios, to step up its presence in the Indian film industry . The Studio has delivered five hits over the last few months in English, Hindi and Tamil, including the most recent success of Jolly LLB.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Jolly LLB's Jolly Good Show at the Box Office


Fox Star Studios’ first full-fledged production, Jolly LLB has earned  31.56 Cr worldwide making it a clean and certified hit of 2013. Directed by Subhash Kapoor, the film has found tremendous support from the audiences, the critics and the trade. The biggest solo hit of Arshad Warsi to date, the film has proven that when it comes to great content, the audience will go all out and endorse it.

Jolly LLB did a business of 9.09 Cr domestic net in Week 2 and dominated even the new two releases last week. Its total now stands at domestic net of 28.61 Cr whereas 2.95 Cr has come from overseas market, with Middle East leading the numbers. The film, which trended nationally for three days post release, found profuse praise from the fraternity as well, especially Big B , who too joined a large number of fans online to talk about the film.

Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios, concludes,” These are excellent numbers! We were confident from the word go about the project and we ensured that we went all out to promote the product. Being our first full-fledged production, Jolly LLB has also encouraged us to raise our stakes higher in film production business. We are committed to giving audiences high value content, that is entertaining and yet very different.”

Ajay Bahl's critically serenaded 'B A Pass' to finally hit screens in the coming months

Ajay Bahl's erotic human drama B A PASS

After creating waves across film festivals and sweeping an array of International and National Awards including Winner of Best Film and Best Actor Award at 12th Osian's Cinefan Film Festival 2012,  Winner of PRIX DU PUBLIC - Voted best film by the French Audience at Festival Du Film D' Asie Du Sud Transgressif 2013 (South Asian Alternative Film Festival 2013-Paris), Winner Best Actor in Supporting role - South Asian Film Festival- New Jersey 2012, In Competition at Montreal World Film Festival 2012, Kolkata International Film Festival 2012, Bangalore International Film Festival 2012, Official Selection at St Petersburg International Film Festival 2012, Jeonju International film Festival, South Korea 2013 and many more. Now the makers of the much acclaimed film BA PASS are gearing up to unveil the trailer of their film.

Remember CHAK DE INDIA fame Shilpa Shukla, who impressed one and all with her brilliant performance as Bindiya Naik, portraying a tough, arrogant & stubborn hockey chic? Well, the actor returns with a bang in her boldest role with Ajay Bahl's award-winning film BA PASS, an erotic human drama, a first of its kind in Hindi Cinema. Though she did a few acclaimed films post CHAK DE INDIA, BA PASS portrays her in a never-seen before role. The film also features other seasoned actors like Rajesh Sharma and Dibyendu Bhattacharya and introduces Shadab Kamal, who won the Best Actor Award at Osian.

BA PASS is not just another (erotic) film, which encashes and emphasises on sex unnecessarily or showcases sensuality to titillate, as is the norm in conventional films. Despite its dark subject & being an erotic drama at heart, BA PASS showcases erotica in its truest sense, without accentuating bosom thrusts and pelvic moves into the camera right onto the viewer's face. BA PASS raises the bar of showcasing love-making scenes like nobody has done before in the milieu of Indian Cinema.

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BA PASS is based on one of the stories, THE RAILWAY AUNTY (by Mohan Sikka), from the book DELHI NOIR, an anthology (collections of short stories) based mainly in and around Delhi-NCR, which was published in 2010. It impressed the producer-director Ajay Bahl so much that he decided to make a full-fledged feature film titled BA PASS. The trailer of Ajay Bahl's BA PASS will be released online soon.