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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


Check out The Fall, Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan's 2nd volume in their critically acclaimed,bestselling Strain Trilogy

Guillermo del Toro, one of Hollywood’s award winning film-makers (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) and Hammett Award-winning thriller writer Chuck Hogan (Prince of Thieves) return with The Fall—the second volume in their critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling Strain Trilogy. The Fall picks up where The Strain left off—with a vampiric infection spreading like wildfire across America as a small band of heroes struggles to save the dwindling human race from the vampire plague. ...


Hollywood is making a movie where they kill Osama bin Laden then bring him back to life, kill osama then bring him back to life. The title of the film is RECYLING BINS. ...

Australian Film Festival Kicks off in Mumbai

 The first Australian Film Festival kicked off 26th   March, 2011 at Cinemax, Versova  in Mumbai. The screenings will showcase the work of the Ace Australian Director Bill Bennett among other movies made by  filmwallas from Down Under. The initiative is the inchild of Sydney based film maker Mr. Anupam Sharma (Festival Director), Mr. Peter Castaldi (Renowned Film Critic & Festival Director), Mr. Shahnaab Alam (Film Industry Advisor) & Mr. Bill Bennett and is a prequel to be follo...

Indians take lion's share of Best Animated Frame (BAF) awards at FICCI FRAMES 2011

Indian animation, gaming and VFX companies have romped home with the lion’s share of 10 of the 16 Best Animated Frame (BAF) awards announced at the FICCI FRAMES 2011. French and American companies won two awards each in different categories while a British and a Pakistani filmmaker have won one award each. BAF Awards were instituted in 2004 by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Industry and Commerce [FICCI] to recognize and honour students and professionals in the field of animation....

James Murdoch Calls for Digitization of Infrastructure & Competitive Home Market for Creative Sector at FICCI FRAMES 2011

James Murdoch Calls for Digitization of Infrastructure & Competitive Home Market for Creative Sector at FICCI FRAMES 2011  James Murdoch, Chairman and Chief Executive, News Corporation for Europe and Asia, has called for digitization of infrastructure to unlock the potential of India’s creative sector and underlined the need for ensuring that India’s creative market is competitive at home. In his keynote address at FICCI FRAMES 2011 here today, Mr. Murdoch said that digi...

FICCI FRAMES 2011 Opens in Mumbai

FICCI FRAMES 2011, Asia’s largest convention on the media and entertainment, went into business mode with India's Union Minister of State for Communications and IT Sachin Pilot urging industry players to leverage technology for unleashing the creative potential of young Indians, especially in rural areas tier III and IV towns.       Inaugurating the three-day convention here today,  Pilot said that a speedy movement from analogue to digital tec...

Max Mueller Bhavan's Mobile Phone Film Making Workshop Mumbai- Micro Moves: Human - Urban / Surviving Strategies in a Mega-City

Mobile Phone Film Making Workshop - Micro Moves: Human - Urban / Surviving Strategies in a Mega-City German filmmaker Till Passow will conduct a mobile Phone Film Making Workshop under the aegis of Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai. Till Passow, born in 1968, is a renowned film maker. He has won the Oberhausen Mobile Phone Film Competition and was an assistant and trainee interviewer on the Steven Spielberg project Survivors of the Shoah. Till Passow spent eight months in Calcutta in 2001 to d...

Indian media and entertainment industry to touch $28 billion by 2015 : FICCI -KPMG Report

   India's Media & Entertainment industry registered a growth of 11 percent over 2009 and touched Rs 65,200 crores in 2010, says a FICCI-KPMG report. Backed by positive industry sentiment and growing media consumption, the industry is estimated to achieve a growth rate of 13 percent in 2011. Overall the industry is expected to register a CAGR of 14 percent to touch INR 127,500 crores by 2015.   Released at the inaugural session of FICCI FRAMES 2011, today ( on March 23, 2011 ) the ...

Turkey's celluloid connections

Did you know  the wooden horse from the 2004 film Troy, is preserved on the seafront at Çanakkale, Turkey?   ( The Trojan Horse was a wooden contraption  in which Greek soldiers hid to trick  the Trojans into opening their city gates, thus losing their long drawn out war. Helen,wife of King Menelaus of Sparta was "given" by the goddess Aphrodite  to Paris, who  was married and deeply in love with a nymph named Oenone, but left her for Helen. The Spartan queen eloped with ...

I am a Mel Gibson fan

  I've been a fan of Mel Gibson longer than I care to remember and was   saddened by his dalliance and love child with a Russian woman who had had a child earlier with former Bond, Timothy Dalton.  Had Mel gone off his head? Mel, the action star, the practical joker on the sets, who had a large brood from his happy marriage to the same woman - his childhood sweetheart- for decades. A rarity in Hollywood, OK, make that showbiz.   I'm sorry Mel knocked up the wo...


Currently running in Indian cinemas, Alejandro Gonsalez Inarritu's Biutiful presents a gritty, grimy Barcelona  which is a far cry from the exquisitely beautiful city showcased by Woody Allen in "Vicky Cristiba Barcelona". But Barcelona is only one of several Spanish cities that Indian tourists can set their sights on thanks to Espana's sunny weather, natural beauty  and splendid culture (13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 42 World Heritage cities !) Indian travellers w...

Asif Kapadia’s 'Senna' wins World Cinema Audience Award for Documentary Film at Sundance

  London based Asif Kapadia is of Indian origin with antecedents in Gujarat State. His debut work, the short film The Sheep Thief was set in his home State. I saw  his first feature film, The Warrior which was also set in India, at a special screening held at the British Council in Mumbai. The film starred Irrfan Khan, which sparked this gifted actor’s international career. Kapadia's new award winning documentary tells the story of Ayrton Senna, who, in the mid-1980s, expl...


“JUST FOR LAUGHS” has finally taiken off at Yolanda deSousa's   ART CHAMBER-Galeria de Belas Artes at hip and happening Calangute,Goa  Starting tommorrow, this monthly dose of Fun Movies will be dished out every other week,every month all year round! Anyone who wants to laugh along with Yolanda  is more than, most welcome to attend. THE ICE BREAKER SCREENING will start Thursday, Feb 10th@ 7.30 PM . THE MOVIE? …that's a surprise. Yolanda's CAFÉ DEL ARTE (designed tota...

NYFA's seminar on film making workshop in Mumbai

  A special Seminar has been arranged with Kitty Koo, Vice President from New York Film Academy on 12th February 2011 from 4.30 P.M. onwards the Four Seasons Hotel, The seminar is a curtain raiser to the workshop to be held in Mumbai in May 2011. ...


Sushila Rege-Kapadia was the national Badminton champion in 1952, ’53 and ’58. She used to work for the Govt of India Tourist Office and  played badminton in her spare time. Actually, badminton was a passion, not just a hobby. Work was also fun and she recalls meeting  Hollywood star of yesteryear Gregory Peck at the  Bombay airport. Did she become an avid viewer of his movies after that meeting? "Oh" she gurgles."I always liked him. I used to watch his films before I...

Oman invites indian film-makers

Oman's  Muscat Festival kicks off today and expects over two million visitors by the time the fest ends on 24th February 2011. Events  include a Fashion Week, Tour of Oman cycle race (which  will feature over 120 of the best names from the Tour de France. ) a food fest and the Extreme Sailing World Championships. As part of the Muscat Festival  playback singer, Sonu Nigam and  the  actress Lara Dutta  will take to the stage on 10th February 2011. Indian superstar Shah Rukh K...


My take on *SEASON OF THE WITCH Nicolas Cage is one of my favourite actors. Even when he features in faltu films like Bangkok Dangerous. Having starred in Dominic Sena's Gone in 60 Seconds,   he reteams with the director in a  supernatural tale which has been  released in India in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Set in medieval Europe, SEASON OF THE WITCH stars Cage as  the Crusader knight Behman with Ron Perlman, as the knight Felson for a comrade in arms in the fi...

Eighth edition of We Care Film Festival on Disability Issues to be Launched in Mumbai

The 8th edition of the first of its kind travelling and educational film festival – We Care Filmfest 2011 on Disability Issues  - will be launched from the Y B Chavan Centre, Mumbai, on January 17, 2011 at 10.00 am and will travel across India to various universities and educational institutions.   The We Care Filmfest will be launched in the presence of various local partners - both government and non-governmental - of Mumbai including the Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for th...

ada - ambitious, but falls woefully short

A R Rahman composed the music for ADA, an ambitious film featuring Ayaan Ahmad,  Nauheed Cyrusi, Ayesha Jhulka,Rahul Roy,Saurabh Dubey  and Milind Gunaji   Written and directed by Tanvir Ahmad, Ada is the story of Ayaan, a mixed up young man who becomes a contract killer in keeping with the  ethos of his dead poet father Anil Anand (Roy) even as he embarks on a spiritual journey at the behest of his mother Amina (Jhulka) He finds love for a while (Cyrusi) but fate, sorry, make t...

Vivek Patiently Makes His Way In Bollywood!

  Did you know that acting newbie Vivek Sudarshan who's got a great break in Rahat Kazmi’s Impatient Vivek was the youngest scientist in India? Hailing from Barrelly, Vivek seems to have found his real calling in Bollywood. “Being from a small town, I never - in my wildest  dreams - thought I'd land in the film industry. But as luck would have it, Mr  Kazmi  came to Delhi where I got the opportunity to meet him. I'd gone  up to him and expressed my desire to  sing. He aske...

8th Bollywood and beyond film festival (2011 ) in Germany announces call for entries.

The upcoming 8th edition of the  Bollywood and Beyond’ film festival   in Germany has announced a call for entries.  The festival features movies, documentaries, children's and animated films of any length and format. The only Indian film festival in Germany will run July 20th-24th, 2011 in Mumbai's sister city, Stuttgart. There will be jury and audience choice awards for best feature, documentary and short film. The awards are endowed with up to 4.000 Euros. In 2010 the Festival had o...

Legendary singer Bhupen Hazarika to feature in Music Video

North east India's legendary singer Bhupen Hazarika will soon be seen and heard in his very first music video titled ‘Our North East Our Star’. Produced by Sanjay Agrawal and directed by Anirrudho Roy Choudhary, the video music has been composed by Shantanu Moitra and lyrics penned by Swanand Kirkire. Dr.  Hazarika has sung a song called 'sapne sach kare'which will be aired across television, Radio & digital platforms. Bhupenda says, “Music is something very close to my heart, so what...

Iran jails Jafar Panahi and one other prominent opposition filmmaker

Iran has sentenced two prominent filmmakers to six years in jail each on vague charges of working against the ruling system, their lawyers said Monday. One of the two, the renowned filmmaker Jafar Panahi, has won awards at the Chicago, Cannes and Berlin film festivals. His films have been screened at various film festivals in India. He was invited as chief guest at the recently concluded 41st international film fest in Goa (IFFI) but was not allowed to leave the country. Iran has ...

Vijay Jadhav, Director NFAI Pune RIP

Vijay Hanumant Jadhav, Director of the National Film Archive of India and  the Press Information Bureau in Pune  expired after a heart attack on Dec 14. He had  worked with several media related organizations including Press Information Bureau , All India Radio and  Doordarshan.Mr Jadhav also had a stint  as Public Relations Officer (Defence), Pune. He was  interested in music and was an accomplished tabla player and had trained under Ustad Alla Rakha.  Jadhav was a B.E. in Chemic...


  India's first creature film,‘Kaalo-The desert witch’ is slated for release on December 17, 2010  Based on a folktale,this supernatural thriller was shot at the peak of summer in the deserts of Jaisalmer. Kaalo was a witch who lived in Kulbhata village in the 18th century.  Accused of sacrificing young  girls to satisfy her desire for immortality, she was killed and buried by the angry villagers. Years later, villagers would speak  of Kaalo’s sightings and claim she was ...

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