Kangana Ranaut, Varun Dhawan, Shekhar Kap​​​​​​​​​​​​ur, Vivek Oberoi, Mini Mathur, Shrishti Behl and many others present together at the Cinema Summit

Renowned filmmakers, marketers and distributors all gathered today sharing their insights on the future of cinema at the first e​​​​​​​​​​ver Jagran Cinema Summit held at JW Marriott, Juhu.  The event kick started with the opening ceremony where Shekhar Kapur, Kangana Ranaut, Vinod Srivastava, Sr. General Manager – Strategy and Brand Development – Jagran Prakashan Ltd. and Ajay Brahmatmaj inaugurated with light lamping ceremony followed by key note speech from director Shekhar Kapur where he addressed to the new-age filmmakers to be storytellers utilizing digital platforms available today.Continue reading “Kangana Ranaut, Varun Dhawan, Shekhar Kap​​​​​​​​​​​​ur, Vivek Oberoi, Mini Mathur, Shrishti Behl and many others present together at the Cinema Summit”

“Film has to be preserved in its original form that is film itself”: In Conversation with Filmmaker and Archivist Shivendra Singh Dungarpur

On occasion of the ongoing Film Preservation & Restoration Workshop at NFAI, Pune (26th Feb – 6th March), celebrated film maker & one of the architects of the workshop, Mr. Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, spoke to MAM. Mr. Dungarpur is best known for his National Award winning documentary “Celluloid Man” and is also the founder of the Film Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization involved in preserving India’s cinematic heritage.  Continue reading ““Film has to be preserved in its original form that is film itself”: In Conversation with Filmmaker and Archivist Shivendra Singh Dungarpur”

Celluloid Man: A Legendary Archivist, Archived!

Celluloid Man PosterPassion. Work. Only when these two become synonymous that truly great things can be achieved. There are no two ways about it. P.K. Nair, who was the founder of the National Film Archive of India and also helmed the organization for 27 long years, is one of those rare breed in India who can indeed say that their work was passion for them. And as you try to assimilate the enormity of his life-long dedication toward archiving Indian and Foreign films and also running the Archive with a deft hand, you just can’t help but be simply blown away by the man.Continue reading “Celluloid Man: A Legendary Archivist, Archived!”

Mumbai Film Festival 2012: Documentary Films Preview

Poster for the Bond documentary

This is a part of a series of posts on the films in Mumbai Film Festival. There are more than 200 films on offer, so we thought we should lend you a helping hand in making your choice. A post on the top 20 feature films in the festival can be read here.

The Real Reel is a section dedicated to documentaries. Now, documentaries have usually been associated with being yawn fests. But some docu films in the festival’s line-up seem very promising.


Footbal Rebels(Les rebelles du foot) by Gilles Perez, Gilles Rof (France / 2012 / Col. / 92′)

This film is more a story of heroic principles and self-sacrifices than a documentary on the most popular game in the world. It features the real stories of Chelsea star Didier Drogba of Cote d’Ivoire(Ivory Coast), who played peacemaker in his country’s civil war; the Chilean Carlos Caszely, who took a daring  public stand against General Pinochet’s brutal regime; Algeria’s Rachid Mekhloufi, who defected from France to join a symbolic Algerian propaganda team in protest against French colonial rule and Bosnia’s Predrag Paši?, who braved bombs and bullets in war-torn Sarajevo to run a football school for children from multi-faith backgrounds. Unlike, the sport heroes from our country these sporting stars have had the conscience and the will to take a stand on issues plaguing their countries. And you have the enigmatic Mancheter United legend Eric Cantona guiding us through the film. This one just can’t be missed!

Intersexion by Grant Lahood (New Zealand / 2012 / Col. / 68′)

It goes with the tag line “When a baby is born, the first question we ask, ‘Is it a boy or a girl?’, What if it’s neither?” In this groundbreaking documentary, intersex individuals reveal the secrets of their unconventional lives – and how they have navigated their way through this strictly male/female world, when they fit somewhere in between. Such matters always make for an interesting watch.

The House I live in by Eugene Jarecki (USA / 2012 / Col. / 110′)

It is the winner of the Grand Jury Prize for documentary at this year’s Sundance festival. The film tries to explore why the War on Drugs hasn’t eradicated the social evil of drugs in the American society. 45 million people have been arrested for drugs in the last 40 years but drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever.

Liv and Ingmar by Dheeraj Akolkar (Norway / 2012 / Col. / 83′)

This film told entirely from Liv Ullmann‘s point of view, is an affectionate yet truthful account of the 42 years and 12 film long relationship between the legendary actress and master filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. It is constructed as a collage of images and sound from the timeless Ullmann-Bergman films, behind the scenes footage, still photographs, passage from Liv’s book ‘Changing’ and Ingmar’s love letters to Liv. Here’s an interview with the Indian director of the film Dheeraj Akolkar.

Celluloid Man by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur (India / 2012 / Col. / 164′)

It is a tribute to an extraordinary man, P.K.Nair, who built our film archive can by can in a country where film preservation is completely disregarded. It screened at the Telluride Film Festival and will also be screened in the New York Film Festival. Curiously, the film has been shot on 16mm stock by eleven cinematographers!

Everything or Nothing: The Untold story of 007 by Stevan Riley (UK / 2012 / Col.)

The Fire in Babylon director comes up with his next. It seems more like a publicity film with Skyfall releasing at the end of this year, but who wouldn’t want to watch a documentary on the James Bond phenomenon? Sean Connery though hasn’t been interviewed due to a fall out with the producers. But this one would be fun for sure!