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Ronita Torcato


A little chit, a little chat, a little bit of this & that;meaning news, views & lotsa reviews from an independent journo based in Bombay aka Mumbai


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Manoj Bajpayee filming with Laura Verlinden who starred in Oscar shortlist & Golden Globe nominated The Brand New Testament

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    Manoj Bajpayee is filming an international project, In The Shadows, along with the Belgian actress, Laura Verlinden in the walled city of old Delhi. Starring Ranvir Shorey (Titli), Neeraj Kabi  (Talwar, Ship of Theseus) and Shahana Goswami (Rock On!) in key roles, the film marks the directorial debut of Los Angeles based filmmaker, Dipesh Jain.   The film is a psychological drama about a man who is trapped within the city walls and in his own mind. He a...

Indian PM Modi's wife Jashodaben guest of honour @screening of Gujarati star Rajdeep’s Hindi debut Yeh Kaisi Hai Ashiqui

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  A press screening of Gujarati movie star Rajdeep’s  Hindi Feature debut‘Yeh Kaisi Hai Aashiqui’ had an unusual guest:  Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's wife Jashodaben. Clad in purple silk, the serene lady was feted by the film-makers,cast and crew including director Subhash J Shah,playback singer Zahir Raaj & her "brother" Rajdeep ( real name Zameer Khan)                  &...

Miff India Films Division's Freedom Film Festival in Mumbai

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        MIFF India Films Division has organised a three day Freedom Film Festival (Azad 70 Saal Yaad Karo Qurbani) Fri Aug 12 at 3 PM to Thu Aug 18 at 6 pm at the Films Division premises in Mumbai.   For those who came in late, MIFF is the abbreviated version of the Mumbai International Film Festival organised by the Govt of India's Ministry of Information and  Broadcasting. MIB also runs the Films Division at its sprawli...

Ranveer all set for an adventurous holiday in Switzerland.

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         After shooting for his latest film Befikre in Paris, Ranveer Singh is set to enjoy a much-needed holiday. In Heidi-land, Switzerland. His parent production house is closely associated with Switzerland and naturally, the actor has always wanted to visit this picturesque Alpine country. He says, the schedule for Befikre was extremely intense for him and he needed a vacation before the kick-starts with the  shooting of his next film ‘Padmavati ‘. ...

INTERIOR CAFÉ - NIGHT review

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INTERIOR CAFÉ - NIGHT: Of Love Lost and Regained   SHORT FILM REVIEW Ronita Torcato   INTERIOR CAFÉ - NIGHT     Cast:Naseeruddin Shah,Shernaz Patel,Naveen Kasturia,Shweta Basu Prasad   Director: Adhiraj Bose   This short 12 minute feature which can currently be viewed online (a la Netflix) pursues parallel plots inside a Kolkata café. Oh, Kolkata! Hub of intellectual discourse fuelling Marxist r...

MIFF 2016 CONCLUDES WITH GOV.C VIDYASAGAR RAO PRESENTING AWARDS,Dadasaheb Phalke Award for Best Debut to Denmark's Nitesh Anjan

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      Swiss entry 'My Name is Salt' and the Indian film 'Placebo' shared the Golden Conch for the Best Feature length Documentary Film, while Manipuri documentary film “Phum Shang” bagged the Golden Conch Award for the Best Documentary Film (upto 60 minutes) at the 14th Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Animation and Short Films, MIFF 2016, which concluded today with a rousing finale at the Ravindr Natya Mandir...

From Eng 2 Marathi aka translation ( on the Mahanews, no less )

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Wish I could write in Konkani, in Marathi,in Portuguese,German, Hebrew, Spanish, Italian. Oh well. At least my two bits in English on the ongoing Mumbai International Festival of Films (Docs/shorts/animation) is being translated into Marathi and posted on www.mahanews.gov.in the portal run by the Government of Maharashtra, va va voom. here are 2 links for starters :     1) व्यापक, दर्जेदार मिफ २०१७ च्या आय...

Brilliant and bad, sums up MIFF 2016's national jury of films viewed

“A mix of brilliant and bad,” is how Biju Dhanapalan, an engineer-turned-visual effects specialist described the films seen by the National jury at the 14th MIFF which concludes tommorrow. At the Mumbai International Film Festival, competition films are divided into two main categories, national and international. A five-member jury viewed the 27 films in the national category.   Audrius Stonys, Lithuania-born academician, remarked that even if there were tw...

BIGGER, BETTER MIFF 2017 PROMISES FEST DIRECTOR & DD BOSSMAN,MUKUL SHARMA

    MIFF 2016 Festival Director & Doordarshan head Mukesh Sharma has  promised a "bigger,better festival next year" when the under-construction building at the Films Division campus is complete with spacious (2,000 seater) theatres.   The happy annoucement was made Monday,February 1st at the ongoing  14th edition of the Mumbai International Film Festival of Documentaries,Shorts and Animations (MIFF) minutes before MIFF  Brand A...

MAHARASHTRA GOVT PROMISES LAND FOR FILM CENTRE IN FILM CITY,MUMBAI

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       The  serpentine queues of young and aspiring filmmakers at the Films Division,the epicentre of the 14th edition of the Mumbai International Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films( MIFF ) will be glad to know the Maharashtra Government will allot land in Film City Goregaon  to set up a National Institute of Animation and Short Films. The good news  was announced by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at the i...

Student workshop films premier at MIFF 2016

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    Student films from Ryan TV and made- for- National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development (NABARD) by  Xavier Institute of Communications(XIC) Whistling Woods International, and the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technologyis participated in the ongoing 14th Mumbai International Film Festival(MIFF)-2016, the latter  with a number of unique and innovative student films in a special package titled 'Documenting Rural India&#...

Awardees at 1st International Film Festival for the Persons with Disabilities Delhi

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  The  1st International Film Festival for the Persons with Disabilities   was held at  Siri Fort, Delhi from December 1-3, 2015 and concluded with Top awards presented to Chotoder Chobi (Best Feature Film) Algorithms (Best Docu Feature), Goonga Pehelwan (Best Docu Film), Fingertip (Best short) and Yellow (Special Jury Mention)     The awards to the winners were presented by Hon’ble MoS, I&B Shri Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore” ...

Awardees at 1st International Film Festival for the Persons with Disabilities Delhi

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  The  1st International Film Festival for the Persons with Disabilities   was held at  Siri Fort, Delhi from December 1-3, 2015 and concluded with Top awards presented to Chotoder Chobi (Best Feature Film) Algorithms (Best Docu Feature), Goonga Pehelwan (Best Docu Film), Fingertip (Best short) and Yellow (Special Jury Mention)     The awards to the winners were presented by Hon’ble MoS, I&B Shri Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore” ...

Nigerian delegation at 46th IFFI invites Indian filmmakers to 7th Nigerian International Film Festival

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A large Nigerian delegation is at the 46th IFFI in Goa led by  Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) managing director Danjuma Wurim Dad who invited Indian filmmakers to screen their films at the 7th Nigerian International Film Festival in 2016.  He said filming permits would  be issued  48 hours, a salutary lesson for Indian bureacracy mired in red tape. We learnt Nigeria has three channels dedicated to the telecast of Indian films.Wow. Talks with the Indian ...

Spain ‘Country of Focus’ at 46th edition of the International Film Festival of India

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  "Spanish cinema is a centre-piece of Spanish contemporary culture.  From Luis Buñuel’s mid-century masterpieces to Almodóvar’s “fin-de-siècle” follies, cinema has been both a tool to understand the evolution of Spanish society and a mirror to examine ourselves. " Thus spake Gustavo de Arístegui, Spain's Ambassador in India at the 46th IFFI in Goa. "Given the already existing interest in Spain (interest ...

First International Film Festival for Persons with Disabilities (IFFPD) to be held in New Delhi, December 1- 3

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     On behalf of GOI's Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD),and the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) to organize the first International Film Festival for the Persons with Disabilities' (IFFPD), a unique three-day film festival for persons with disabilities, which will be held at Siri Fort, New Delhi, from December 1- 3, 2015. The concluding day of the festival is the Internat...

“Cinema is beyond entertainment”-Nitin Kakkar,director of Ram Singh Charlie at 46th IFFI in Goa

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    “Cinema is beyond entertainment.“Making films is about what you yourself want to narrate and we should be open to all kind of cinema” says  Nitin Kakkar director of Ram Singh Charlie. which has  Divya Dutta in the lead role.The film traces the life of an impersonator who performs in a circus. ...

“Unconventional methods should be explored to promote films”says B S Lingadevaru, director of "Nanu Avanalla’

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The film industry should seriously think about unconventional methods for screening of so called non-commercial fims says B S Lingadevaru, director of Nanu Avenal whose film  "Nanu Avanalla’ was screened at the 46th IFFI in Goa. These may include screening in schools, open theatres and other places for selected groups.Social media now helping such film producers reach a larger audience, he noted.  ‘Nanu Avanalla’ narrates the story of Madesh, a boy from ru...

Jung Hyun Kim's ‘Daddy, Grandpa and My Lady’ is about love across three generations

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 Korean offering at the ongoing 46th IFFI in Goa, ‘Daddy, Grandpa and My Lady revolves around three men who fall in love with a foreigner and how they react, behave and understand one another even when they speak a  different language and live in a different culture.  Jung Hyun Kim, director of ‘Daddy, Grandpa and My Lady’ says he wanted to speak about love in three different generations.  "Falling in love is not a process but an understandin...

“Theatre is in my blood ” says Debesh Chattterjee,debut director of ‘Natokar Moto’

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Debesh Chattterjee,debut director of ‘Natokar Moto’ (Bengali for ‘like a play’) says helming was a great experience but he will always remain hopelessly devoted to the stage because “Theatre is in my blood.” ‘Natokar Moto’ traces the journey of ‘Kheya’, a theatre artist and  depicts Kolkata's socio-cultural circuit  from 1950 to the 1970s. It depicts the struggles and conflicts that a female artist  experiences...

Retrospective on Shashi Kapoor at the 46th IFFI Goa

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 In Goa, for a retro on his actor father, Shashi Kapoor, Kunal recollects his childhood experiences of attending past IFFIs with his dad and their house in Goa.( Shashi had two other children with Jennifer Kendall: the elder Karan now lives in the UK, daughter Sanjana has moved on from running the Prithvi Theatre to a new travelling theatre project,Junoon) Kunal has taken over Prithvi and points out that it is "a catalyst and does not put up shows of its own."   The d...

Reels are more long-lasting says Milt Shefter of the Writer’s Guild of America & member of the Academy Awards at 46th IFFI Goa

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Milt Shefter, an associate of the prestigious Writer’s Guild of America and a member of the Academy Awards (Oscars) believes India does not need digital preservation as reels are more long-lasting than digital and digital guarantees less preservation space than reels.   (He also prefers the nitrate print of Casablanca to  the new version since it has a more intense print.)   ...

46th IFFI screening ‘Pakaram’ by Shankar Debnath revolves round the painterly life

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  ‘Pakaram’  a film by Shankar Debnath revolves around the life of a painter. The central character is a 10 year old boy named Tapu.  Says Debnath:  “ If a man takes hold of every moment he experiences, he can go anywhere with great success and belief  in his heart”. Debnath is a script and fiction writer who is passionate about  art, the reason he made this film.    ...

Bengali film ‘Sohra Bridge’ directed by the late Bappaditya Bandopadhyay conjures magical reality

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‘Sohra Bridge’ directed by the late Bappaditya Bandopadhyay is Bengali film  which tells the story of a daughter who embarks on a journey,  across the remote expanses of north east India, looking for her father. She finds herself  drawn  towards a complex labyrinth of memory and imagination . Drawing from local folklores and the history of violent  sectarian politics  of the north east, poetry and actually, the film conjures  magic realism wh...

In ‘I Cannot Give You My Forest’ Oriya tribals demonstrate their symbiotic relationship with the forest

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In ‘I Cannot Give You My Forest’, Kondh adivasis from Rayagada in Orissa simply but powerfully demonstrate their symbiotic relationship with the forest, which is a rich source of nutrition for them. Screend at the ongoing 46th IFFI in Goa, the 30-minute documentary directed by Nandan and Kavita emphasises the need to preserve India’s forests from commercial exploitation, and is the latest attempt by the filmmakers to throw a light on the fragile state of India’s nation...
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