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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


Diligence in news reportage vital for preserving media freedom: Justice J S Verma at FICCI FRAMES 2012

  Justice J. S. Verma, former Chief Justice of India has advised the media to exercise due diligence in news reportage by questioning whether a news item is true, fair, necessary and in public interest. The answer to these questions were necessary in order to inform and enlighten the people accurately and obviate any possibility of regulation by the government as that would tantamount to curbing the freedom of the media. Addressing the session on “Freedom of Media: Significance of Self-re...


  Indian Media & Entertainment Industry to touch INR 1466 Billion by 2016: FICCI-KPMG report Industry Achieves 12 per cent Growth in 2011; projected to Grow at CAGR of 15% Over Next 5 Yrs  In 2011, the Indian Media & Entertainment (M&E) industry registered a growth of 12 percent over 2010 and touched INR 1,457 billon, says FICCI-KPMG report. The growth trajectory is backed by strong consumption in Tier 2 and 3 cities, continued growth of regional media and fast...

Indian Govt mandates cable services to switch to digital mode in july 2012, sanctions 839 new FM radio stations in 250 towns

Cable services will switch to digital mode in July this year and the whole country will go digital by December 31, 2014  I&B Secretary Uday Kumar Varma told some 2000 Indian and 800 international delegates at the inauguration of FICCI Frames 2012 in Mumbai today. The Secretary  also announced that the Union Cabinet has approved the proposal to allow 839 new FM radio stations in over 250 towns.  He said the process of e-auction has already been initiated in  this regard.   Mr. ...

Filmfest Hamburg TURNS 20

Filmfest Hamburg TURNS 20 Filmfest Hamburg is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Anniversary celebrations will takeplace between September 27th to October 6th, 2012 with an audience of over 40,000 expected. One of them being Hamburg’s 1st Mayor Olaf Scholz: „For the past 20 years, Filmfest Hamburg has been a constant fixture in the cultural landscape of the city. With its broad range of current and outstanding productions from all over the world, it is exemp...


The Austrian Road Show in Mumbai organised by Stefan Herzl's Panorama Tours saw a large number of travel experts waxing lyrical on the Tirol, Salzburg, Innsbruck,Wien, Mozart Concerts, and some lesser known places in the country. Of special interest to movie fans would be the Sound of Music special which pays tribute to the film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.  The Von Trapps fled Austria in 1938 to settle in Vermont,USA which reminded them best of their home on a sylvan...

12th Mumbai International Film received 793 entries from 37 countries

The audience is spoilt for choice with 793 entries from 37 countries to  the 12th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) which closes  February  9 at the NCPA.  MIFF began its journey in 1990 as Bombay International Film Festival BIFF), and has since grown in size and stature as one of the premier international events of documentary film movement. The past editions have been overwhelming successes, and now MIFF is considered as one of the most spectacularly organised inte...

Veteran environmental filmmaker Mike Pandey awarded V Shantaram Life Time Achievement at MIFF 2012

Veteran environmental filmmaker Mike Pandey from Delhi was honoured with the prestigious V Shantaram Life Time Achievement Award of the Mumbai International Film Festival for shorts, documentaries and animation films – MIFF 2012 The award carries a citation, a trophy and a cash prize of Rs 500,000. Instituted in 1996 in memory of India’s foremost film maker V Shantaram, the Life Time Achievement Award aims to recognise the multi-faceted contributions of an Indian for the documentary ...


joseph baier directorThe End is My Beginning Tiziano Terzani,the intrepid Italian journalist who is the principal character in Joseph Baier's second feature The End Is My Beginning La fine è il mio inizio, is the polar opposite of  Vlado Taneski, the Macedonian crime reporter-serial killer whose horror story forms one of the three narrative strands in Milcho Manchewski's "Mothers". Unlike Taneski who wrote morbidly detailed accounts of the grisly murders of three old cleaning lad...

I was tired of the war and terrorism represented in Algerian cinema says Fatma-Zohra Zamoum

Algerian cinema reflects the male point of view in films about women says Fatma-Zohra  Zamoum whose second feature "How Big is Your Love" is about the relationship between an eight year old boy and his grandparents.  " I made this film because children and the aged are absent in North African cinema. Practically  every movie is about youth or work and lifestyle issues. I was also tired of the war and terrorism represented in Algerian cinema," Zamoum  to...

Films must depict truth and beauty (Day 7 at 42nd IFFI, Goa)

What is the role of film  in a world suffering from illiteracy and a steep decline in book-reading? "This is a social issue that needs to be addressed in a wider context. Well publicized junk,usually from Hollywood,pushes out serious cinema and takes over the time that should be given to reading or visiting an art gallery.The best  film-makers can do is to make good films. It is important to talk about truth and beauty in our films, rather than putting bums on ci...

'Francisco Manso: Films must spotlight respect for life & human rights to foster understanding & empathy

"Respect for life and human rights are  very important and I make movies addressing these issues because it is important for people as well as governments, not to repeat the errors of the past." Thus spake Francisco Manso, director of ‘The Consul of Bordeaux’ the 42nd IFFI's opening film which played to full houses at repeat screenings. Addressing  a crowded media meet at the Maquinez Palace on his birthday (the Lisbon born director turned 62 on November 28)  Man...


 Argentinian director Pablo Cesor, whose Argentine-Benin co-production Orillas delves into the subject of the people of African descent in Buenos Aires says Argentinians have for long been in denial about the African presence. I wanted to tackle the subject of social justice." Next on the agenda is a film on Rabindranath Tagore and his Latin American connections. Mr Cesor says he became interested in the subject after an interaction with the Indian Ambassador to Argentina, which Tago...

Oscar Maron Filho,Brazilian journalist & director of "Mario Filho:The Creator of Crowds" expires at IFFI.RIP

Oscar Maron Filho, a Brazilian journalist and director of "Mario Filho:The Creator of Crowds" died of a heart attack at the  IFFI in Goa Sunday afternoon. Mr Filho (56) was taking part in the Open Forum in the Panaji venue collapsed in the middle of a discussion with delegates and filmmakers and was rushed to hospital where he passed away.  A minute's silence was observed in the Media Centre and homage paid  as a mark of respect to the late Mr Filho. Only yest...


 INDO-BRAZILIAN CO-PRODUCTIONS TO BE TAX FREE; SOCCER & CINEMA SPEARHEADS SPORTING & CULTURAL TIES Argentinian soccer legend Diego Maradona's "hand of god" goal in  1986's infamous quarter-final between Argentina and England may well be the most controversial goal in World Cup history, but the Real Hand of God is propelling Brazil to go all out to promote film and football ties between India and Brazil. Indo-Brazilian film productions will be tax free followin...


      IDPA SEEKS SUPPORT FOR DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS   IDPA is seeking a dedicated documentary channel to reach the public. “Documentaries are agents of change. The dedicated slot for screening given to the documentary film makers in Doordarshan is a great initiative and opens a world of opportunity for us. We would like a dedicated documentary channel" said Mike Pandey, President of Indian Documentary Producers Association (IDPA), addressin...

Germans spread Wilkommen mat for Indian filmmakers

Cash strapped film-makers often look to foreign institutions like the Herbert Bals Fund and UK Film Council to subsidise the production costs.O so wunderbar! They will be happy to know that Germany is offering  generous support ranging from loans, tax credits and price reductions,  provided  the film is a co-production. The Wilkommen mat was spread in the Yuletide season at  a press conference and seminar in the Maquinez Palace during the on-going 42nd edition of the International Film Fes...

THE HELP : movie review

The Help Starring: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard,  Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer,Allison Janney  Writer-director Tate Taylor    This movie could have been titled The Maids but then people might have confused it with Jean Genet's searing portrayal of interchangeable identities, illusion and  ritualistic role play in which two maids  take turns acting as "Madame," abusing each other as either employer or the help. The role play reveals no...

Social responsibility initiative launched at IFFI G0A

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY INITIATIVE LAUNCHED AT  IFFI, GOA PARENTS OF SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN TO SHARE EXPERIENCES WITH FILMMAKERS For the first time ever, the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa  has included social responsibility and inclusivity as part of the festival program. Accordingly,the 42nd edition of IFFI will feature on Nov 27, a session in which parents of children with special needs will give film makers, media and delegates, a glimpse into the lives of...

Philip Noyce homage at IFFI goa

Writing my piece on Bertrand Tavernier, I had to miss the Master Class by Philip Noyce:-( Does the Australia-born US based film-maker need an intro? I've seen Salt, Dead Calm, Clear and Present Danger, Patriot Games,The Bone Collector, The Quiet American,The Saint,Sliver... But  I haven't seen a single film:-0 at IFFI:-0   Hopefully, one or two tommorrow:-) Maybe more if I'm lucky :-))       ...

IFFI Lifetime Achievement Award Bertrand Tavernier : a deeply committed, politically engaged film-maker

It is a paradox that one of the world's finest filmmakers  Bertrand Tavernier has been bestowed with the IFFI  Lifetime Achievement Award by a country that makes and screens the largest number of films  in the world, but has never  shown a film by Tavernier."Film-makers are selfish, we want everyone  to see our films," said the snowy haired monsieur from  France, underlining his "privilege to be honoured in a country that has so rich a cinematic culture." And ...

DFF omits MOU clause on Goa as permanent IFFI venue

The Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF) has removed the clause from its draft as regards the Memorandum of Understanding for IFFI 2011, which stated Goa as a permanent IFFI venue. The IFFI MoU is annually signed between the state and the central government. It may be recalled that the MoU for IFFI 2010 had clearly mentioned Goa as a permanent venue for the mega film festival. The successive union ministers representing the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had, from time to time, also ann...

Films from 65 countries for 42nd international film festival goa, shahrukj khan, luc besson, betrand tavernier to attend

More than 100 films from 65 countries will be screened during the 42nd International Film Festival of India - 2011 in Goa between Nov 23 and Dec 3,3011  Bollywood badshah Shahrukh Khan will be chief guest at IFFI's inauguration  at the Ravindra Bhavan in Margao Goa  on 23 November. The main centre of the festival is Panaji,although films will be screened over the 10 day Fest in Margao,Goa's commercial hub which is located 4 km from the political capital.     Revived in this...

Music director Bhupen Hazarika is dead R.I.P

  music director Bhupen Hazarika is dead. ...


NFDC FILM BAZAAR SHORTLISTS SIX, SETS UP NEW MARKET SECTION AT IFFI GOA 2011   NFDC's four day Film Bazaar at the International Film Festival in Goa (IFFI ) serves as a platform for producers, filmmakers and distributors from across the world to do business and expand their network. The Film Bazaar Screenwriters’ Lab 2011 held in partnership with Binger Filmlab, Netherlands and the Venice International Film Festival, Italy has announced six shortlisted projects selected durin...

Danny Denzongpa’s niece Shivi R Kashyap makes her musical debut in Bollywood

New kid on the Bollywood Shivi R Kashyap makes her musical debut in Deepa Sahi’s upcoming film Tere Mere Phere. Shivangi Kashyap grew up in the heart of the  Himalayas with culture-vulture genes - her father is a composer and mother a classically trained dancer. Tere Mere Phere is being shot in Himachal Pradesh  and has a  Himalayan theme. Small town girl  with the right (meaning familial with Danny Denzongpa for an uncle) ) connections in Bollywood, Shivi is  ...

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