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Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) Line up

  The 9th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announced today its line up with 13 feature films, 6 documentaries and 13 short films that will make up their 2011 program.   The list includes the Los Angeles premiere of I AM KALAM and the world premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' ZOKKOMON which will be this year's galas screenings bookending the festival at ArcLight Hollywood, April 12th-17th.   Opening this year's festival is the award-winning and i...

The 83rd Academy Awards

By Maria Esteves – March 12, 2011 The 83rd Academy Awards presented by AMPAS for outstanding film achievements of 2010 co-hosted by Academy Award nominee James Franco and actress Anne Hathaway commenced Sunday, February 27, 2011, 8:00pm ET and 5:00pm PT at the Kodak Theatre, Hollywood, California. Live television coverage of Oscars were seen in the U.S. on ABC Network and in more than 200 countries worldwide. This year’s Oscar winners by category are: Best Picture THE KING’...

New York Indian Film Festival will open with DO DOONI CHAAR

  The Indo-American Arts Council has announced the feature films that have been selected for the Opening Night, Centerpiece, and Closing Night spots for the highly anticipated New York Indian Film Festival which runs May 4 to May 8 in Manhattan.   Opening the 11th annual edition of the IAAC's popular film festival will be the North American premiere of Disney's critically acclaimed family comedy DO DOONI CHAAR starring the legendary husband-wife acting couple Rishi Kapoor and...


 This film is a portrayal of art and artist transcendingtime. Adopting a ‘magical realist’ approach where reality and fantasy aremixed, the film is about humane values like love, kindness and friendship thatwe are fast losing in our troubled times. The nostalgia about thepast appears here not as something lost but as a reminder of the power of love,with the accompaniment of music adding to its depth and poignancy. The protagonist Anoopchandran who is a writer haspremonitions about death t...

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...


Director: Nishant Rana.

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...

Closing of the 10th edition of River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival

The 10th edition of the River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival, under the patronage of Embassy of India, has had its last day on the 9th of December, with great attendance and feedback of the audience and the press, confirming furtherly the importance of the 50 Giorni di Cinema Internazionale  a Firenze and the historical beauty of Odeon Cinema Hall.   There has been a large appreciation among the audience and the Industry people  for the films in competition, th...


  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 ...

Florence Indian Film fest focuses on Ray and Aparna sen

by ALEX DELEONfor Director/actress Aparna Sen, is the special guest at Florence The River to River (Arno to Ganges) festival of Indian films in Florence, Italy, is all set to fly from Dec. 3 to Dec. 10. This will be the tenth installment of this unique European showcase of Indian cinema, founded and fostered by Selvaggia Velo, herself a native of the Tuscan urb famous for its long art and architectural traditions, from Michelangelo to the fabulous cathedral known as the "D...

Gautam Ghose’s film “Moner Manush” wins Golden Peacock at IFFI 2010

After close to a decade the International Film festival of India’s Golden Peacock has come back to India. Gautam Ghose’s film ‘Moner Manush’ won the prestigious award at the just concluded IFFI 2010 organised by DFF and ESG in Goa.‘Moner Manush’, an Indo-Bengal production which was premiered at the International Film Festival of India, is based on the life of Lalon Fakir or Lalon Shah, a revered rustic fakir, whose poetry are considered classics in Bengal.Famous Bengali actor Prosen...


Director: ADARSH JAIN.

Indian Village Life

Director: Vipin Behari.
Indian village life around Jodhpur is amazing.It reflects rich culture and heritage of Rajasthan.Bishnoi village are example of how small communities preserve their traditions.

Mamta Banerjee inaugurates 41st edition of IFFI 2010

Union Railway Minister Ms. Mamta Banerjee today inaugurated the 41st edition of IFFI-2010 at Goa. Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Banerjee said since its inception IFFI had provided a forum for converging cinema from all parts of the world on one platform. The IFFI platform showcased the new trends in world cinema while at the same time presented the master pieces of the Indian Panorama Section to the global audiences abroad. The Minister said that films were an effective medium to depict realit...

West is West to open 41st IFFI in Goa, India

Andy DeEmmony's West is West, the critically-acclaimed sequel to the fantastic East is East starring Om Puri, Linda Bisset, Jimi Mistry and Aqib Khan, will open the 41st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa on November 22. The programming in the festival was announced by the Government of India, the organizers of the festival, on Friday, November 19.  One major highlight of the festival this year will be a "Cannes Kaledioscope 2010", comprising a package...

River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival celebrates its 10th

River to River. Florence Indian Film FestivalFlorence, Italy, 3-9 December 2010Odeon cinema - Piazza Strozzi 1 Spazio Uno cinema - Via del Sole 10River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival celebrates its 10th edition with a tribute and a photographic exhibition on multi-award winner and celebrated director Satyajit Ray, in addition to the films in competition and special screenings.The 10th River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival, founded and directed by Selvaggia Velo, will take place ...

Classical Monologue of A Director

Director: Pradeep Kumar N .
The short film is an anthology of a director’s monologue that describes his various anxieties. The director fumbles upon the different dilemmas that affect his cameraman and editor. The editor undergoes a weird world of imaginations while being in front of the editing table. The abundance of visuals with no meaning help grow depression in his mind. Always seeking a comfort caress all around, he finds the warmth of safety in the presence of director. The problem that surrounds the cameraman is of another kind. The voyeuristic nature from the childhood moulds the cameraman within him in future. The same problem shatters his personal relationships as well. The short film end in a spot where the problems of these two come to exemplify the malice. The malice that prevail in the today media scenario.

Indian festival season is just ahead!

Indian Festival season is just ahead. Along with colorful social festivals like Navartri and Diwali, bouquets of film festivals just rolling one after another for Indian and Internation film goers. The season starts with MAMI, followed by Third Eye, Followed by IFFI and so on. The 12th edition of MAMI festival, opening on 21st Oct, has all women juries, which is happening first time in India. This year the festival has changed venue to Chandan & PVR in Juhu Mumbai. The schedule is yet to finaliz...

LFF - PINK SARIS [2010] dir Kim Longinotto

  PINK SARIS is easily one of the most interesting, relevant and fascinating documentaries I have ever seen. Kim Longinotto has pretty much raised the bar for all the documentaries that will be screening at the London Film Festival this year. Also, it is no wonder that it has been nominated for a few awards.  The film documents and celebrates Sampat Pal, a woman fighting social injustices towards women and girls in Northern India. And Sampat is more than deserving of th...

More Venice pics

Actress Kalki Koechlin of new Indian film 'That Girl in Yellow Boots' (2010) Trailer here:    


Director: Amit Zinman.
A young woman is torn from her safe world of mass media created femininity into the abyss of the reality behind gender divisions and other socially engineered lies. Feeling pain and anguish from seeing the world differently she strives to deconstruct accepted norms and make sense of it, first with her female best friend, and then with a random guy she meets in a street.


Sholay (Embers)                          PHILIPJI --I watched the complete Sholay last night, and can easily see why it is such a landmark film in India,but --if you are not familiar with the iconic personalties of Amitji, Dharamji, Sanjeev Kumar, and Hema Malini -- it would just be a long Spaghetti Western with Masala sauce, fairly primitive in parts (Like the unerring accuracy of the shots by the dynamic Duo --every single shot drops ...


        INDIAN FILM REVIEWS, 2010  -- COMPOSITE with RAAKH (1989)           ADDED NEW BOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTER TO PREMIER AT BERLIN 2010 by Alex deleon -- (reviewed below)  for   The much awaited new Indian film "My Name Is Khan" will be premiered at the 60th annual Berlin International Film Festival on Febuary 12, out of competition but very much in the limelight otherwise.  MNIK is easily the most anticpated Hindi film of the year as it topline...


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