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‘It wasn’t a choice to be a filmmaker; I was kidnapped’, Dan Wolman

At 77 he hasn’t figured out what keeps him active, full of energy and knowledgeable. Israeli filmmaker, Dan Wolman, the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award is delighted to be here, especially as his country is in focus at the 49th International Film Festival of India. NT BUZZ gets talking with him   Danuska Da Gama I NT kuriocity …

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Talak pronounced ‘Guilty’ for asking delegate to go back to Kerala

It was a chaotic day 3 at the International Film Festival at Kala Academy. Things went out of hand with the men in khaki trying to control disappointed delegates for mismanagement of the queue which led to non-ticket holders given entry over those who had tickets. While vice chairman, ESG Rajendra Talak rushed in to bring the situation under control, …

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Goan Food off the menu at IFFI

E NISHA When being told that her French subjects had no bread, Marie-Antoinette supposedly sneered, Qu’ils mangent de la brioche—“Let them eat cake.” That pretty sums up IFFI’s food court at this year’s edition of the festival as well. The ratio of alcohol to tea is 4:1 – there are four stalls serving alcohol and just one serving tea and …

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‘I don’t have the luxury to choose films’ Janhvi Kapoor

NT kuriocity Bollywood actress Janhvi Kapoor who recently debuted in Bollywood with the film ‘Dadak’ said that as her career is still taking shape she does not have the luxury to choose a particular film project rather she takes up whatever projects are coming her way. Janhvi was invited to the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) along with …

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‘It’s easy to compose songs than make films’ Arijit Singh

Venita Gomes| NT kuriocity It is quite rare to find singers venturing into filmmaking and here is Bollywood singer Arijit Singh, known for his popular hits like ‘Tera Fitoor’, ‘Tum Hi Ho’, ‘Phir Bhi Tumko Chaahunga’ and many others, who will soon make his Bollywood debut with the film ‘Sa’. Singh was invited to speak at the In conversation ‘Hitting …

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Sivan and Chakraborty dream of making feature films

NT kuriocity Directors Deepti Sivan and Prabal Chakraborty addressed a gathering at a conference on non feature films. They were both excited that their films were chosen for IFFI 2018. “Seeing my own film at IFFI is very special,” said Chakraborty. The film ‘Decoding Shankar’ has been directed by Deepti Sivan. It is a biography of Indian singer Shankar Mahadevan’s …

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It’s interesting to explore women in films, Vishal Bhardwaj

RAMNATH N PAI RAIKAR The noted film director, screenwriter, producer and music composer, Vishal Bhardwaj said that the trilogy of his films based on the plays of William Shakespeare – ‘Maqbool’ (2003) on ‘Macbeth’, ‘Omkara’ (2006) on ‘Othello’, and ‘Haider’ (2014) on ‘Hamlet’ – came out from the fact that the female characters in the works of the bard were …

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‘Bergman internationalised the Swedish film industry’

The government of Sweden is showcasing films of the iconic Swedish Filmmaker, Ingmar Bergman at the ongoing International Film Festival of India. The Consul General of Sweden in Mumbai, Ulrika Sundberg speaks to NT BUZZ about the project, the filmmaker and his films among other things RAMNATH N PAI RAIKAR   Can you tell us about this project of the …

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No entries from Goan filmmakers for Indian Panorama section

VENITA GOMES| NT BUZZ While there have been Konkani films like Juze, K Sera Sera, Nachom-ia Kumpasar which have made it to the Indian Panorama section of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in the past, this year however it came as a surprise to the jury members that there was not a single entry that came from Goa. Chairman …

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‘My journey is to find authentic voice’ Prasoon Joshi

RAMNATH N PAI RAIKAR Aplak Niharna Soundarya ko, Anubhuti ka Dhyotak Ban Jata Hai, Aplak hi ho Jata Hai Manushya Jab Karta Hai Alingan Mrityu Ka, Ab Kaun si Anubhati Hoti Hai Use Jis se Woh Kabhi Nahin Laut-ta Sharing one of his first poems with audiences, noted lyricist, screenwriter and poet, Prasoon Joshi said that poetry is his ‘soul’. …

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