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Amitabh Bachchan, Asha Bhosle honored at Pune Film Fest

Pune, Jan 13 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): Legendary Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan and mellifluous singer Asha Bhosle were presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 10th edition of the Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) on Thursday.
Apart from the two, acclaimed Tamil music director Ilaiyaraaja was also awarded the SD Burman Award for Musical Excellence whereas Marathi actor Sachin Pilgaonkar was felicitated for his 50 long years in cinema.
The festival saw Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji and Ambassador of Iceland to India Gudmundur Eiriksson as the guests of honour. The actress clad in a Pink sari looked stunning.
The catalogue for the eight-day long extravaganza was also released on its inauguration day.
Amitabh Bachchan wrote on his Twitter account, “Meeting Rani Mukherji and SriRam Lagoo and Asha ji after such a long time .. always a joy ..(sic)”.
He also posted, “On stage meeting the great SrRamLagoo, played such important roles with me. And the lovely Rani Mukherji , pretty and bubbly as ever (sic)”.
“Pune International Film Festival honors me for contribution to Cinema .. Just finished now boarded for Mumbai .. Came in an hour ago (sic)”
On the other hand, Asha Bhosle sang a couple of lines from her Tamil songs along with Ilaiyaraaja.
This year the festival will witness screening of around 250 films.

Sunburn Festival awaits clearance from Goa govt

Panaji, Dec 23 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) With big names expected to descend on Goa’s Candolim beach for the Sunburn festival, Goa government today said they are yet to grant permission for holding the event.

Tagged as Asia’s largest electronic music and dance festival, the non-stop three day long celebration has already offered purchasing online tickets.

The festival will kick-off at Candolim beach on December 27.

Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava said the government will inquire into online booking as the government is yet to issue permission.

Organizers of the event Percept Limited ensured all the permissions are in the process hoping to get a clearance from the government.

“There is long documentation that needs to be done for getting permission. We have applied for all the permissions and keeping our fingers crossed that government finds everything in order and supports us,” Shailendra Singh, Joint Managing Director, Percept, said.

The festival brings together both national and international artists from all genres of music. Bollywood stars including Priyanka Chopra, Ranbir Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Twinkle Khanna and others are expected to attend the festival.

Renowned names of the international dance music scene include Pete Tong, Gabriel and Dresden, Jerome Ismae-ae, Perfect Stranger, Laughing Buddha, Rae, and Brute Force are performing in this year’s Sunburn Festival. Sunburn is also bringing back crowd’s favourite musicians like Above & Beyond, Jalebee Cartel, Funkagenda, Pearl, John 00 Fleming, Skazi, Ma Faiza, Anil Chawla, Dale Anderson, Liquid Soul, Sanjay Dutta, Lost Stories, Nawed Khan, and Shaan.

(Reporting by John Edwards)

IFFI hails K. Balachander

Panaji, Dec 1 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) Some of the most memorable and greatest works of K. Balachander, the octogenarian film maker from South India are being showcased in the 42nd edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in the Retrospective section.

His films at IFFI include ‘Achamillai Achamillai’, ‘Aval Oru Thodarkathai’, ‘Iru Kodugal’, ‘Maro Charitra’, ‘Sindhu Bhairavi’ and ‘Thanneer Thanneer’.

Padmashri Kailasam Balachander, reverently referred to as ‘Eyakkunar Sigaram’( The Banyan Tree) is a renowned film maker with 75 films to his credit.

He was honoured with the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for 2010 for his outstanding contribution to the artistic development of the film industry in India.

In a career spanning more than five decades, he has directed and produced over one hundred films. He is also credited with introducing stars like Kamal Hassan and Rajnikanth. He seamlessly integrated the subject and performance elements with near perfection.

‘Achamillai Achamillai’ is a political drama that focuses on the conditions of life in Independent India.

The female protagonist marries a corrupt and pragmatic politician whose misdoings provoke communal riots and corruption. The film repeatedly evokes, in its political references, the old tradition of political propaganda in Tamil film with numerous symbols and clear distinctions between good and evil.

‘Aval Oru Thodarkathai’ is yet another hallmark by this film maker which captures the life of Kavitha, the central character who sacrifices her emotions, her love and her future for the sake of her family. This film created a new genre in storytelling as it paved the way for many more portrayals of sacrificial women on the silver screen as well as small screen.

‘Iru Kodugal’ was a venture which proved that K Balachander thought ahead of the times as he took the risk of picking up a sensitive issue like extra-marital affair as early as 1969. The complexities of a married man’s trials and tribulations when he gets married to another woman without the knowledge of the first wife are brought out in a compelling fashion in the film.

On the other hand, the film ‘Maro Charitra’ has stood the test of time and is considered a film relevant eternally. The film created a record of sorts as it continuously ran for over two years in Chennai.

The film ‘Sindhu Bhairavi’ is also about the relationship of a married classical singer with a folk music teacher. It interestingly showcases the emotional turmoil of the singer and him finding refuge in alcoholism. The film won three National Awards in 1986.

K Balachander’s acumen as versatile director comes to the fore in the film ‘Thanneer Thanneer’ where he effortlessly handles a politically sensitive subject. It is a film about greed, power and powerlessness.

It is the story of a village which faces acute shortage of water but the entire system of politicians, bureaucrats and press are apathetic to it. A convict wanted for the murder of a local landlord, however, seizes the opportunity and leads the villagers in finding a solution to the problem even if it means fighting against the entire system.

Documentaries not popular in Germany: Director Jo Baier

Panaji, Dec 1 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) Director of the film “The End is My Beginning”, Jo Baier has said that he loves to make films on different aspects of human life and enjoys making documentaries.

Baier stated that most of his films are art films and wondered whether they could be described as hardcore main stream cinema.

In Germany also, though documentaries are not attracting huge audiences in comparison to main stream cinema, there are still people who appreciate this genre and very good documentaries are being made, he added.

He was speaking to media persons at a press conference at IFFI here today.

Jo Baier had visited India earlier for one of his films shot in Rajasthan. He is in the field of direction since 1979 and has won many awards including Adolf Grimme prize and the Bavarian TV award which he has received more than once. ‘Wildfeuer’, ‘Operation Valkyrie’, ‘Not all were Murderers’ are some of his award winning films.

In the film “The End is My Beginning”, Tiziano Terzani, Spiegel magazine’s Asia correspondent and author, invites his son Folco to his retreat, northwest of Florence. Tiziano is suffering from cancer and wants to tell his son the story of his life in the remaining time.