Govind Nihalani’s Party (1984): A Rare Beast

It starts with a rousing monologue. The revolutionary soliloquy leaves no space for ambiguity as far as the ideology of the filmmaker is concerned. But yet, it contains enough to indicate that he is also capable of unbiased introspection.

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‘NFDC Film Aaj Kal’ – A Marathon of NFDC Classics In Mumbai To Begin From July 15

NFDC India is coming up with its Cinema Outreach Initiative, Film Aaj Kal, a radio show as well as the Ground-Activation event – Film Aaj Kal Screenings and Conversations to build film communities and empower the viewer.

As part of the 360-degree initiative, NFDC collaborates with 92.7 Big FM for a weekly radio show named, ‘Film Aaj Kal’ on Cinema Education and Awareness program which has the filmmakers discussing about the classics, bringing these films back to the fore.Continue reading “‘NFDC Film Aaj Kal’ – A Marathon of NFDC Classics In Mumbai To Begin From July 15”

I&B Ministry Meets Global Bigwigs At Cannes To Boost Indian Cinema’s International Presence

 Given the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting’s (I&B) crucial and effective role in the development of the film sector in India, especially the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), the Film in India initiative of the Film facilitation Office (FFO), the National Film Development Corporation’s (NFDC) Film Bazaar, the NFDC tied up with Marco Muller – Artistic Director,  Pingyao International Film Festival, to introduce these initiatives to acclaimed international filmmakers and representatives of various National Bodies from Countries that have an international co-production with India.Continue reading “I&B Ministry Meets Global Bigwigs At Cannes To Boost Indian Cinema’s International Presence”

Island City: Trailer

Island City PosterIsland City is a forthcoming Hindi film that’s written and directed by Ruchika Oberoi. After a successful festival circuit where it even fetched Ruchika Oberoi the FEDORA prize for the Best Young the 72nd Venice International Film Festival, it is now releasing in India on 2nd September thanks to Drishyam Films. Produced by NFDC, the film has music by Sagar Desai while Sylvester Fonseca is the DOP and Hemanti Sarkar is the editor.Continue reading “Island City: Trailer”

Satyajit Ray’s Ganashatru (An Enemy of the People): Drawingroom and Worldview of Hindu Middle Class

Satyajit Ray has always faced the accusation of ignoring political realities in his films. Ray may never have been a left card carrying member, but his movies always have focused on how human lives are impacted due to the larger context of politics right from Apu to his last film Agantuk.

Ray does not waste time in establishing the urgency, the first scene shows a doctor being concerned with the spread of a waterborne disease which he feels is due to contamination. Then in the next few minutes he establishes the major characters of the film in the living room of the doctor.Continue reading “Satyajit Ray’s Ganashatru (An Enemy of the People): Drawingroom and Worldview of Hindu Middle Class”

In Conversation with Actor-Producer Sanjay Suri: On Chauranga and More

Sanjay Suri is an Indian actor and producer from Bollywood. He made his acting debut in 1999 with Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi and turned producer with Onir’s “My Brother Nikhil” (2005). Onir and Sanjay are the co-founders of the film production company, Anticlock Films, which has produced Bikash Ranjan Mishra’s much acclaimed film ‘Chauranga’ in international festivals. The film sees the light of day on 08 January, 2016, and here’s an excerpt of a small rendezvous with Sanjay – who is not only the producer but has also played one of the major characters in the film.Continue reading “In Conversation with Actor-Producer Sanjay Suri: On Chauranga and More”

NFDC Film Bazaar 2015 closes, marks new beginnings

~ Shanker Raman’s Gurgaon (Work In Progress Fiction) and Rahul Jain’s Machines (Work In Progress Documentary) won the Prasad DI Award~ 

~Music Maestro AR  Rahman spoke about his remarkable musical journey Nasreen Munni Kabir in the  Knowledge Series session ~Continue reading “NFDC Film Bazaar 2015 closes, marks new beginnings”

NFDC Film Bazaar 2015 Witnessed an Eventful Day 3!

National Film Development Corporation’s, ninth edition of Film Bazaar had an eventful day three. Filmmakers likeShekhar Kapur, Anurag Kashyap, Ketan Mehta, PrakashJha, Bharat Bala, Amala Akkineni were guest speakers at the NFDC Knowledge Series; Kabir Khan, Rajkumar Hirani and Prakash Jha met the participants from all the three Screenwriters’ Lab; Producers’ Lab sessions were conducted by Marco Mueller, Olivia Stewart, and more. Day 3 of the Film Tourism Symposium was with Smt. PravinHoro Singh, Director, Foreigners Division, Ministry of Home Affairs and thefilm fraternity.Continue reading “NFDC Film Bazaar 2015 Witnessed an Eventful Day 3!”

Film Bazaar announces 19 South Asian Projects for Co-Production Market 2015

~Nandita Das’ Manto, Geetanjali Rao’s Bombay Rose, Kanu Behl’s Agra, Fahad Mustafa’s A Goat’s Life, Raj Rishi More’sPirates produced by Ritesh Batra, Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s Memories and My Mother, Amit Masurkar’s Newton produced by Drishyam Films, Jahnu Barua’s Unread Pages among the finalists~

NFDC Film Bazaar 2015 announces the final selected projects for its main segment, the Co-production Market held between 20 – 24 November in Goa.

This year, 19 projects have been selected to participate in the Market, including one invited project from IFP (Independent  Filmmaker Project). 

The Market has gained added leverage in 2015 with the introduction of Open Pitch where selected filmmakers will be pitching their projects to a curated audience of national and international producers, financiers and sales agents. Continue reading “Film Bazaar announces 19 South Asian Projects for Co-Production Market 2015”