Saturday, July 2, 2016

MY LITTLE PRINCESS BAGS TOP HONORS AT MAMI

International Competition Directors Press Conference


My Little Princess’ bags top honors at the
13th Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI)

• French Film ‘My Little Princess’ wins Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress Award
• Morgan Freeman & Gulzar bestowed with Lifetime Achievement Awards
• Olivia Harrison attends screening of George Harrison: Living In The Material World

Mumbai, 20th October 2011: The 13th Mumbai Film Festival, a Reliance entertainment initiative organized by Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) that kick started on 13th October, concluded this evening, after showcasing over 200 films from 60 countries across various sections at its three venues- Cinemax Versova, Cinemax Sion and Metro Big Cinemas.

The gala eight day affair came to an end with its closing film ‘Dolphin’s Tale’ directed by Charles Martin Smith starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd amongst others which was followed by the closing night awards function event at ‘Sun n Sand’ hosted by actress Isha Koppikar. The event witnessed numerous celebrities that include award winning International and Indian actors, directors and producers. 

Gulzar
The International lifetime achievement award was given to Morgan Freeman and Indian lifetime achievement award was given to Gulzar. 
 
In the International Competition category, The Golden Gateway Award and cash prize of US $ 100,000 for The Best Film was presented to French film ‘My Little Princess’ directed by Eva Ionesco. The Silver Gateway Award for Jury Grand Prize and cash prize of US $ 50,000 was presented to Canadian film ‘The Salesman’ (Le Vendeur) directed by Sebastien Pilote. The Silver Gateway Award for Best Director was presented to Eva Ionesco for the movie ‘My Little Princess’. The Silver Gateway Award for Best Actress was presented to Isabelle Huppert and Anamaria Vartolomei for their performance in the film ‘My Little Princess’. The Silver Gateway Award for Best Actor was presented to Gilbert Sicotte for his performance in ‘The Salesman’ (Le Vendeur). The Silver Gateway Jury Award for Technical Excellence was presented to Diego Poleri for ‘Las Acacias’. The Silver Gateway Special Jury Award was presented to Markus Schleinzer for ‘Michael’.

In the Celebrate Age category, The Silver Gateway Award and cash prize of Rs 50,000 for The Best Film was presented to ‘Grandma, A Thousand Times’ (Teta, Alf Marra) directed by Mahmoud Kaabour. The Silver Gateway Award and cash prize of Rs 25,000 for the Second Best Film was given to ‘Fear of Falling’ directed by Bartosz Konopka. The Celebrate Age Jury Award Certificate of Special Mention was given to Zubin Sethna for ‘The Usual’ (Wie Immer)

In the Dimensions Mumbai category, The Silver Gateway Award and cash prize of Rs 100,000 for The Best Film was presented to Ameya Gore and Sunaina Mahadik for ‘Facelift’. The Silver Gateway Award and cash prize of Rs 50,000 for The Second Best Film was presented to Abhay Kumar for ‘Life is a Beach. The Jury Special Mention Award was given to Chinmaya Nagesh Dalvi for ‘Bombay Snow’ and to Harshvir Oberai for ‘The Circle Is Mine’.

The Mumbai Young Critics Silver Gateway Award was presented to Markus Schleinzer for ‘Michael’.

Olivia Harrison
Olivia Harrison attended the festival for two days to present ‘George Harrison: Living In The Material World’ along with editor David Tedeschi. She was pleased to be in India and remarked that life has come a full circle for her because George loved India and she is India showcasing this movie at the Mumbai Film Festival and this is actually the last festival screening for the movie.

The Festival this year also continued its endeavor to facilitate cinema business with the Mumbai Film Mart, created 'by' the industry, 'for' the industry, 'in' the industry hub - Mumbai, the Film Capital of India. The Mumbai Film Mart saw participation from the biggest Entertainment Industry players, both from India and abroad. In the three days, over 2,000 meeting requests were received, 400 meetings were carried out face to face, while an equal number took place among the senior decision makers from leading film production houses, buyers, sellers, festival programmers and independent filmmakers as they milled around and networked with each other.

Among the many firsts, the Mart attracted all the forthcoming big ticket films such as ‘Ra One’, ‘Don 2’, ‘Rockstar’, ‘Ricky Behl v/s Ladies’, ‘The Dirty Picture’, ‘DesiBoyz’ , tabled for acquisition and distribution in the non-traditional markets for Indian Cinema in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, Germany, France and Latin America. The focus on these countries attracted leading buyers that included Huayi Brothers Media Corp. (China), NikkatsuCorp.(Japan), Happinet Corp.(Japan), Showbox (Korea), Apex Entertainment (Korea), CJ Entertainment (Korea), Top Films (Ukraine), Novo films (France), Rapid Eye (Germany), IM Global (USA), amongst many others.

The Festival strengthened and consolidated its academic activities with an Indo-German Script Development Workshop scheduled from 11th to the 13th of October just ahead of the festival opening. Speakers at the workshop include the renowned directors Dani Levy, Thorsten Schulz, Screenwriters Anjum Rajabali and Sooni Taraporevala amongst others.

For the Young creative minds selected for the Mumbai Young Critics initiative, they were mentored by film maker Vikramaditya Motwane and leading Indian film critics over a two day long session. Furthermore, Master classes on advertising by Jury President Hugh Hudson and daily Open Forums with noted industry speakers discussing various topics ranging from were scheduled around the Film Festival screenings.

Over a lakh of people watched the films making it the largest festival held in India so far. Regular attendees of the festival included Yash Chopra, Pamela Chopra, Shyam Benegal, Ramesh Sippy, Kiran Juneja, Rohan Sippy, Kiran Rao, Anurag Kashyap, Vikramadiya Motwane, Onir, Sanjay Suri, Ranvir Shorey, Shahana Goswami, Satish Kaushik, Rakesh Bedi, Kanwaljit Singh Brijesh Hirjee, Rajat Barmecha, Meiyang Chang, Pravesh Rana, Sharbani Mukherjee amongst many others. 





Gulzar, Yash Chopra & Ramesh Sippy


Konkana Sen Sharma


Thursday, May 10, 2012

MUSIC OF SECRET LOVE RECIPE REVEALED



Producer Noor Bano Khot & Nurson Media revealed the music of its secret Love Recipe, directed by Amol Shetge at musical event in Mumbai.  Eminent Bollywood singer Shaan along with singers Bela Shende & June Banerjee performed a few numbers from the movie.  Shaan & Bela’s “Karein Kya Hum”  was pretty melodious and hummable.  Also performing was the band called “SAY” which added to the thrilling evening.

Newcomers Suhail Karim, Rani Agarwal & Dawood Khot shone bright on stage along with the singes. Other stars from the movie viz. Manoj Joshi, Upasna Singh, Atul Parchure, Imran Khan, Suzanne Bernert & J Brandon Hill were present to encourage the newcomers.  Vrijesh Hirji & Sanjay Narvekar could not make it due to personal reasons but they sent their good wishes for the event.  Suzanne Bernert could not resist the urge to give an impromptu performance on her favourite song “Boodoo Boodo” from the movie.

It was also nice to see the ever smiling Shaan making it a point to see that music makers, i.e. composers Sameer Phaterpekar, Samir & Abhishek and lyrics writer Sudhakar Sharma were given due importance to their work at the event.  He said these are the masters due to which singers are able to sing beautiful songs and make a name.  Fans of one of the greatest singer of Bollywood, the late   Mohammed Rafi would instantly draw a parallel where the legend always considered the composers & lyrics writers as his Ustaads, even if they were just debutants.    Besides, he was apparently very tired and the roads leading to venue were blocked due to some procession but Shaan made it a point to attend the event by walking to the venue inspite of all hurdles.  Such attitude combined with a melodious voice has taken Shaan to great heights and he will surely continue his melodious journey.

Thrilled at the grand launch, actor Suhail Karim said :

“I feel extremely privileged to have this fabulous launch for my film. I have worked with some extremely talented actors in this film and have learnt a lot from them. Amol Shetge is a fantastic director and a task master”

Director Amol Shetge said :

“Comedy is the flavour of the season and there could not have been a better timing for the release. May is vacation time and we do hope this family entertainer lives up to the expectations. It’s a clean comedy with a thrilling script and marvelous actors who have done a fabulous job.”

Love Recipe, as the name suggests, is a fun filled film. It’s about a DJ Rahul Khere who is in love with Tia, a bubbly girl who happens to be the daughter of retired IG of Police Pratap Singh (Manoj Joshi), who post retirement suddenly decides to become a Hindustani in every sense of the word, so Rahul does not fit into this profile. The film is fun filled as Rahul’s effort to woo Tia’s father to approve their relationship and how he becomes the Real Hindustani in her dad’s eyes.  All ends well and Pratap Singh ultimately agrees that Hindustaniyat is not about clothes and language but Phir Bhi Dil has to be Hindustani!

The movie will hit theatres on 25th May, 2012.

Suzanne Bernert

Music Release of Love Recipe

Music Release of Love Recipe
Music Release of Love Recipe
Music Release of Love Recipe
Shaan & Bela Shende perform
Suzanne Bernert & Akhil Mishra

MUSIC OF SECRET LOVE RECIPE REVEALED



Producer Noor Bano Khot & Nurson Media revealed the music of its secret Love Recipe, directed by Amol Shetge at musical event in Mumbai.  Eminent Bollywood singer Shaan along with singers Bela Shende & June Banerjee performed a few numbers from the movie.  Shaan & Bela’s “Karein Kya Hum”  was pretty melodious and hummable.  Also performing was the band called “SAY” which added to the thrilling evening.

Newcomers Suhail Karim, Rani Agarwal & Dawood Khot shone bright on stage along with the singes. Other stars from the movie viz. Manoj Joshi, Upasna Singh, Atul Parchure, Imran Khan, Suzanne Bernert & J Brandon Hill were present to encourage the newcomers.  Vrijesh Hirji & Sanjay Narvekar could not make it due to personal reasons but they sent their good wishes for the event.  Suzanne Bernert could not resist the urge to give an impromptu performance on her favourite song “Boodoo Boodo” from the movie.

It was also nice to see the ever smiling Shaan making it a point to see that music makers, i.e. composers Sameer Phaterpekar, Samir & Abhishek and lyrics writer Sudhakar Sharma were given due importance to their work at the event.  He said these are the masters due to which singers are able to sing beautiful songs and make a name.  Fans of one of the greatest singer of Bollywood, the late   Mohammed Rafi would instantly draw a parallel where the legend always considered the composers & lyrics writers as his Ustaads, even if they were just debutants.    Besides, he was apparently very tired and the roads leading to venue were blocked due to some procession but Shaan made it a point to attend the event by walking to the venue inspite of all hurdles.  Such attitude combined with a melodious voice has taken Shaan to great heights and he will surely continue his melodious journey.

Thrilled at the grand launch, actor Suhail Karim said :

“I feel extremely privileged to have this fabulous launch for my film. I have worked with some extremely talented actors in this film and have learnt a lot from them. Amol Shetge is a fantastic director and a task master”

Director Amol Shetge said :

“Comedy is the flavour of the season and there could not have been a better timing for the release. May is vacation time and we do hope this family entertainer lives up to the expectations. It’s a clean comedy with a thrilling script and marvelous actors who have done a fabulous job.”

Love Recipe, as the name suggests, is a fun filled film. It’s about a DJ Rahul Khere who is in love with Tia, a bubbly girl who happens to be the daughter of retired IG of Police Pratap Singh (Manoj Joshi), who post retirement suddenly decides to become a Hindustani in every sense of the word, so Rahul does not fit into this profile. The film is fun filled as Rahul’s effort to woo Tia’s father to approve their relationship and how he becomes the Real Hindustani in her dad’s eyes.  All ends well and Pratap Singh ultimately agrees that Hindustaniyat is not about clothes and language but Phir Bhi Dil has to be Hindustani!

The movie will hit theatres on 25th May, 2012.

Suzanne Bernert

Music Release of Love Recipe

Music Release of Love Recipe
Music Release of Love Recipe
Music Release of Love Recipe
Shaan & Bela Shende perform
Suzanne Bernert & Akhil Mishra