BollySpice » Features http://bollyspice.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:43:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Win a chance to dance with Shahid Kapoor at the Bollywood Showstoppers concert http://bollyspice.com/86669/win-chance-dance-shahid-kapoor-bollywood-showstoppers-concert http://bollyspice.com/86669/win-chance-dance-shahid-kapoor-bollywood-showstoppers-concert#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:11:59 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=86669 This is for the attention of every die-hard Shahid Kapoor fan! If you would like to have a once in a lifetime opportunity to dance with the superstar, then here is a special competition which you should take part in. Many of you will already know that Shahid is coming to London next month, along […]

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bollywoodshowstoppersposter4 213x300 Win a chance to dance with Shahid Kapoor at the Bollywood Showstoppers concertThis is for the attention of every die-hard Shahid Kapoor fan! If you would like to have a once in a lifetime opportunity to dance with the superstar, then here is a special competition which you should take part in. Many of you will already know that Shahid is coming to London next month, along with Sonakshi Sinha, Mika Singh, Jacqueline Fernandez and Ali Zafar for the 2014 Bollywood Showstoppers concert at the prestigious O2 arena. The chief organizer of the contest, Mr Naz Choudhury announced the details of this unique competition over the weekend and gave this message to fans who would like to take part in it.

To all Shahid Kapoor fans!!! Here is a special competition I will be doing, so read closely. I will be giving away the chance for 1 lucky (Winner) fan to have a small dance with #ShahidKapoorlive on The O2 stage to the title track Saree Ke Fall Sa!

Competition Rules:
1. Take a Selfie with the official show poster from the train station, buses or phone boxes.
2. Upload online (Facebook), tag 50 people & upload on Twitter
3. (Hashtag) #BollywoodShowstoppers & #Showstoppers Selfie.

The most popular #ShowstoppersSelfie (live & shares) and creative (Original) selfie will win. I will be announcing the winner by 31st July! Good luck to everyone.

This is your chance to shine and win the chance to dance with the man who is famous for his hit dance numbers such as ‘Mauja Hi Mauja,’ ‘Dhating Naach’ and ‘Move Your Body Now.’ So what are you waiting for? Create your Showstoppers Selfie now!

Bollywood Showstoppers takes place on 3rd August 2014! You can book tickets here:

AXShttp://www.axs.com/uk/events/249681/bollywood-showstoppers-tickets?skin=theo2mars

Ticketmasterhttp://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Bollywood-Showstoppers-tickets/artist/1812038?tm_link=artist_artistvenue_module

Also check out the latest video trailer to Bollywood Showstoppers if you haven’t seen it yet!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUaiegZn0lY

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14jul nanaliff 01 Nana Patekar closes the 5th London Indian Film FestivalBollywood legend Nana Patekar closed the annual London Indian Film Festival on Thursday night, which has now entered into its fifth year. The actor was invited to attend the closing gala, where his film Hemalkasa was screened to a full house at Cineworld Haymarket. The film is based on a true story of a married couple, who practice medicine in the village of Hemalkasa and educate villagers on health, as well as looking after abused animals. The director of the film Samruddhi Porey also attended the event, as well as a number of special guests which included Sunny and Shay, Asad Shan, Asjad Nazir, Jeffrey Brown and many more.

Both Nana and Samruddhi took part in a Q&A after the film’s screening with Eastern Eye Editor Asjad Nazir, where they spoke about the film and their experiences of making it. “The moment the script came to me, it was easy for me to say yes,” said Nana during the Q&A. “I know Prakash and his work well so I wanted to let people know what they were doing. It was easy for me (to construct the character) and only physically did I struggle slightly as I found it difficult to shed some of the weight. But when you know a person for so long then it remains with you and lingers with you so it was easy.”

Samrudhhi also spoke about her experience of directing Nana, who is known for films such as Parinda (1989), Krantiveer (1995) and Khamoshi (1996). “I’m very lucky that I learnt too much from him and from Prakash Amteji. This film is not my alone efforts and it was mostly teamwork. I was only a tiny part of it.”

Hemalkasa was close to winning the LIFF Audience Award, but lost out narrowly to the hard-hitting drama Sold, which was screened on Opening Night.

Stay tuned for our interview with Nana Patekar!

In the meantime, check out the cool pictures from Closing Night!

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The delectable pair of Aditya Roy Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra launched the refreshingly enjoyable Daawat-e-Ishq Music Album of the film and as a bonus the gave the first look to the Title Track amidst their fans at a media event held in New Delhi.

With the talented music duo Sajid-Wajid’s style of “tuning-setting”, and the engaging lyrics of Kausar Munir, let the music of the film transport you into the zesty cultures of Hyderabad and Lucknow.

Lucknow ka Aashiq, Tariq, Aditya Roy Kapur, and Hyderabab ki Tez Gulrez, Parineeti Chopra, rewrite traditional recipes of love, crush old-fashioned world-view and make their own masaledaar albeli rangreli pichchar… Daawat-e-Ishq.

Produced by Aditya Chopra, the film is written and directed by Habib Faisal.

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Sold wins Audience Award at London Indian Film Festival http://bollyspice.com/86479/sold-wins-audience-award-london-indian-film-festival http://bollyspice.com/86479/sold-wins-audience-award-london-indian-film-festival#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:17:10 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=86479 Oscar winning director Jeffrey D Brown’s hard-hitting child trafficking drama Sold, executive produced by Emma Thompson and starring Gillian Anderson, which opened the 5th edition of the London Indian Film Festival (July 10-17), has won the festival’s Pure Heaven audience award. Jeffrey D Brown said, “It’s really amazing. I hadn’t really anticipated this at all. […]

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LIFFSOLDopeningnight10 300x199 Sold wins Audience Award at London Indian Film FestivalOscar winning director Jeffrey D Brown’s hard-hitting child trafficking drama Sold, executive produced by Emma Thompson and starring Gillian Anderson, which opened the 5th edition of the London Indian Film Festival (July 10-17), has won the festival’s Pure Heaven audience award.

Jeffrey D Brown said, “It’s really amazing. I hadn’t really anticipated this at all. I’m really grateful, humbled and speechless. I really hope this galvanises more people to see the film so that we can help the kids who’ve been through this ordeal and we can end this travesty around the globe.” Brown and producer Jane Charles are in advanced discussions with distributors with a view to securing a global release for Sold in early 2015.

The runner up for the audience award was Samruddhi Porey’s Hemalkasa, the festival’s closing night film starring Indian cinema icon Nana Patekar. The film is a biopic about a doctor couple that dedicated their lives towards improving the lot of tribal people in Western India with little or no help from the government.

The festival’s popular Satyajit Ray Foundation Short Film Competition was won by Shubhashish Bhutiani’s Kush. The award carries a cash prize of £1000. Kush previously won short film kudos at Venice and was long-listed for the live action short film Oscar. Ananya Kasaravalli’s Devil in the Black Stone (Kappu Kallina Saitana) won a Special Mention.

Shubhashish Bhutiani said, “Thank you so much to the London Indian Film Festival Jury and the Satyajit Ray Foundation for this amazing honour. His dealing with children and the way he told truthful and complex stories in such a simple way are some of the things I’ve learnt from Satyajit Ray. I heard the story for this film in a classroom many years ago, and felt compelled to share it after it resonated with me for all that time. With an incredibly supportive cast and crew, we made the film with the little resources we have, and for it today, to be recognized by our own community in such a culturally diverse part of the world, means a lot to me.”

The London Indian Film Festival has grown exponentially in five years and is now the largest South Asian film festival in Europe. Festival Director Cary Sawhney says, “I think it’s been an amazing festival. We’ve grown by at least 30% this year and we’re getting global films! We’ve got Hollywood films in the festivals, Indian films, British films, Bangladeshi films, Pakistani films and it’s all happening in the heart of London, the only city where this kind of engaging range of cinema is embraced. It’s great!”

Highlights of the festival included the UK premiere of The Walt Disney Company’s Indian-themed Million Dollar Arm, followed by a Q&A by star Madhur Mittal and producer Mark Ciardi, Gillian Anderson who delivered a moving Q&A on opening night along with Jeffrey D Brown and Jane Charles and sold out screen talks and masterclasses at the British Film Institute delivered by Santosh Sivan ASC (The Terrorist) and Farhan Akhtar (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag). Farhan Akhtar said, “The London Indian Film Festival is run by a group of passionate people and I think it is a great platform to share my experiences with aspiring filmmakers.”

Our Major Sponsors this year include Queen’s Award for Enterprise International Trade winner Sun Mark Ltd, producers of Pure Heaven brand, and founding sponsor Grange Hotels. Partners include BAFTA, ICA and Cineworld cinemas. The festival is also grant funded by the BFI Film Festival Fund.

Harmeet Ahuja, Director of Operations, Sun Mark Ltd, said, “Sun Mark and Pure Heaven is delighted to support the London Indian Film Festival and its promotion of independent films. Independent cinema frequently addresses subjects, which might otherwise be swept under the carpet. Mainstream filmmakers are often under pressure to only pursue financial and commercial gain and hence find it difficult to deal with socially difficult or sensitive issues that might not appeal to most cinemagoers. As a result, issues that are important to society are not portrayed in a manner that might help put across the message in its most effective form. We applaud the team at the London Indian Film Festival for their efforts, success and growing recognition amongst viewers and within the industry and look forward to working with them not only now but in the future too.”

For further information visit www.londonindianfilmfestival.co.uk.

Please read our Sold 4.5 Star review from the Screening at LIFF and then check out our special interviews with Gillian Anderson, Jeffrey D Brown and producer Jane Charles.

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14jul FarhanLIFF QA11 300x199 Audience Q&A Session with Farhan Akhtar at the London Indian Film FestivalAs we reported earlier, Bollywood superstar and filmmaker Farhan Akhtar attended a special screen talk as part of the programme for the fifth annual London Indian Film Festival. The evening was very much lively and full of great and memorable moments which Farhan kindly shared with his fans and movie lovers alike. We now present to you a report on what took place during the Q&A session with Farhan, where fans had the opportunity to ask the star questions about his career and about the film industry. Check out some of the cool and interesting questions they asked and how Farhan responded. Enjoy!

Q: Of all the movies that you’ve made, which one is the most closest to your heart?

A: Well it’s impossible to answer. But I think for whatever its worth, I think Dil Chatha Hai will always have a special place. I think if it wasn’t for that film, I don’t know I’d be here at all. So probably that, but only just.

Q: You’re a singer, producer, director and actor. Is there anything left that you’d still like to achieve or any role that you’d like to fulfil?

A: I haven’t thought about it. Given everything that is going on right now, apart from my professional life, I have to give a lot of time to my kids also. I have to think of beyond of what it is that I just want to do all the time. So I haven’t thought about it but I feel very grateful for everything that is going on and I hope that it will continue like this. And if something of course comes along that kind of peaks my interest and makes me want to devote some time to it, then I definitely will.

14jul FarhanLIFF QA03 300x199 Audience Q&A Session with Farhan Akhtar at the London Indian Film FestivalQ: How do you keep your head sane in a world like Bollywood which is fairly insane?

A: It’s a very interesting question. I feel the only way to do it is to just have voices of reason from outside the film industry. I think that’s the only way to do it. Apart from your family of course, who I think keeps you grounded, you should also have friends who you’ve known for years and who have known you for years and can tell you that you’re behaving badly. Or who can tell you to not let things go to your head. Because it is easy to get carried away and there’s no denying that.

It’s important to have the right people and not just ‘yes’ men. So for me the circle of friends who I usually hang out with and people that I’ve known for around 25-26 years don’t think twice of telling me that they just feel something is happending and that I’m changing in a way that is not a good way. And they always bring it to my attention. So I think that’s the only way to do it and there’s no other way.

Q: Can one film have any significant impact on society and culture? And if so, which one has done this so far?

A: I think films can and I think a recent example that comes to mind is (Lage Raho) Munna Bhai. It is a great example of how to bring about a change in society in a way that is non-violent and with Gandhian principles. So I think that is a film that had a huge effect on people. 

14jul FarhanLIFF QA06 300x199 Audience Q&A Session with Farhan Akhtar at the London Indian Film FestivalQ: When you wrote your first film (Dil Chahta Hai), did you have any fear of thought twice about going in to production with it?

A: With your first film, the last thing that you have is fear. You’re just so excited and happy that you get a chance to make a film that you don’t think about what’s going to happen to it when it releases. And I try my best to feel that way with every film. I mean it’s not easy but I do try that. Because there’s no fear of failure, because you feel this is one chance that you have. If it works great! And if it doesn’t work, then you go back to doing what you were before that. That feeling gives you a lot of strength and conviction to do it the way you want to do it. And I try my best to get myself mentally and emotionally back to that place every time that I make a film. It’s not easy but I try.

Q: The films that you have directed and starred in were quite risk taking at the time. Where does the gutsy Farhan get his confidence to pick such project and do them? Because at the time you weren’t a star and were building yourself as an actor and director. So where does this come from?

A: I think it’s about listening to your inner-voice that excites you and which tells you that there’s no reason to say no to something. If you have no reason to say no then you should say yes. There’s many films and scripts you read that sounds extremely promising on paper. But if there’s something that you can’t connect with then you must say no. Because that script will then end up finding someone who believes in it the way you believe in something else. So that voice to me is very important.

14jul FarhanLIFF QA07 300x199 Audience Q&A Session with Farhan Akhtar at the London Indian Film FestivalQ: What’s your relationship like with your sister (Zoya Akhtar) and how do you take direction from her? Do you guys fight or argue?

A: No not really, not anymore. I mean there was a time when we fought a lot. We’re a year and a half apart so there was always a (fight) for space like ‘they’re my friends’etc.

Q: You’ve been working 14 years now within the film industry. What do you think has changed the most? Where do you see Indian Cinema standing currently now?

A: There’s a great emergence of new talent whose influences aren’t just the film that were made in their language. Their influences are from all over the world because the exposure is so much more. So they are more in-tune of telling stories that are true to who they are, to their culture and their influences also; as opposed to what it is that they think people want to see. And I think that’s a very healthy thing and it’s been happening for a while. And I feel that’s it’s probably going to get even more powerful as a voice. That young filmmaker voice talking about his or her story. I think that’s a big change.

Q: There’s some fantastic films that are coming out of India at the moment. Do you think this is the best time ever for Indian Cinema?

A: I don’t know about the best time ever, but there have been phases in our movie-making history where we’ve done some great work. So I don’t know about best time, but it’s a good time for sure. I just hope that it can stay like this and get better. Courage I think is the most important thing that filmmakers and writers need to have. We do all try our best.

There’s also a kind of a very strange system that we work with regarding censorship. Of having to maybe not even think of certain things as topics for films. And at times we do that to ourselves for fear that our film may not release so why bother. I mean many things go on, but I hope that can change and a lot more courage can come in filmmaking. I think right now there’s a lot of diverse ideas, but I think there can be a lot more courage and hopefully that will happen.

14jul FarhanLIFF QA12 300x199 Audience Q&A Session with Farhan Akhtar at the London Indian Film FestivalQ: As audience members, we find ourselves getting attached to certain characters and things stick with us. As a director where you are creating a character and as an actor where you are playing a character, how do you detach yourself from one and get into a whole new one?

A: It’s definitely easier as a director because you are working on something and then you are giving it someone else to bring it to life. So I think they get a lot more attached to it than you do. You’re attached to your film and sometimes it takes time to move on from that. But with characters (as an actor), it can be a bit dicey depending on what part it is. With a film like Rock On or Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara are so close to who I am and how I feel that it doesn’t take too long to get in or get out. But with Karthik Calling Karthik for example, or with Milkha (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag), it was a huge process of getting in and then eventually working that character out of my system. It’s not easy but you’re living a life for that period of time. Like for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, it was roughly for around 18-19 months of living like how Milkha Singh lived. Eating like him, training like him and looking like him. So for a year and a half, if you’re looking at yourself in a mirror and see this one person and suddenly one day you just go and shave. It just feels so kind of removed from what your reality was at the time. So it is a process, but it is important to do and to move on and not to dwell. But with certain roles, it’s not easy.

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14jul FarhanLIFF QA21 300x168 Farhan Akhtar captivates audiences during screen talk at the London Indian Film FestivalBollywood star Farhan Akhtar has attended a special screen talk where he reflected on his career and more as part of the fifth annual London Indian Film Festival. The actor and director took part in an ‘in-conversation’ event at the British Film Institute (BFI) with Sight and Sound Editor Nick James. Tickets were sold out a day before the event and the crowds went wild for Farhan as he entered on to the stage. Bollywood mega-producer and director Vidhu Vinod Chopra and his wife and famous film critic Anupama Chopra were also part of the audience to see what Farhan had to say during the screen talk and Q&A. From singing, pulling jokes, hugging his die-hard fans, to even snake dancing on the floor; Farhan went all out to entertain his fans! BollySpice was at the event and loved every minute of it! Check out some of the things which Farhan discussed during the screen talk!

Pre-Adulthood

Farhan briefly shared with the audience his early life experiences; including this very intriguing anecdote regarding how he got his first ever job due to parental pressure.

“The first job I ever did was for not wanting to get thrown out of the house. My mum eventually had enough of me and told me that ‘you’re not going to college or studying. You’re just sitting around and watching movies all day and there is only so much I can take of all this. So you better get back into college or if that’s not what you want to do, then find yourself something to do but you cannot just sit at home and not be doing anything. And if nothing changes, then you’re going to have to leave this house and go.’ It’s amazing that motivation will have on you of not wanting to be thrown out of the house (audience laughs). And within a week I had a job and was working as an assistant director.”

Working on Dil Chahta Hai

Dil Chahta Hai (2001) was Farhan’s directorial debut and thirteen years on; it is considered to be a cult-classic. Here, Farhan narrated how he managed to put this film about friendship together, which starred Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna in the lead roles.

“From then on (assistant directing), I worked in advertising for a while for a company called Script Shop. And that’s where I learnt a lot of what I used on Dil Chatha Hai (2001).”

“In 1996, I took an extended trip to the US. I met up with friends as I went along and I was 22 at the time. We travelled around for 3 months and a lot of what I experienced in terms of freedom and bonding with my friends came in to this film. Every single character in the film (Akash, Sameer and Siddharth) is a blend of people I know. That time, as well as various trips to Goa helped the film come about.”

How Don came about?

14jul FarhanLIFF QA22 300x168 Farhan Akhtar captivates audiences during screen talk at the London Indian Film FestivalDon (2006) is a remake of the classic Amitabh Bachchan starrer which was co-written by Farhan’s father Javed Akhtar. It sees acting protégé Shah Rukh Khan taking on a negative role as fictional goon Don. Here is what Farhan had to say with regards to why de decided to remake this cult-classic.

“My father (Javed Akhtar) and his writing partner Mr Salim Khan had written the film and character called Don (1978). I was fascinated by this character when I was a kid which was played by Mr Bachchan. For me, I’m a huge fan of Mr Bachchan and I grew up watching his movies and idolizing him. He played for just the first 15 minutes this really dark character called Don. And I remember being so scared of him when I saw that film and kept wondering how can someone who I love so much scare me.

“It just stayed with me forever and felt that the film would be great to translate and to bring it to a newer and younger audience who maybe hadn’t seen the 1978 version and with Shah Rukh (Khan) who I think had the personality to pull this kind of role off.”

Making his acting debut in Rock On

Rock On (2008) marked Farhan’s acting debut and he won a lot of praise for playing rockstar Aditya Shroff. Farhan told his story of how he ended up signing for the film which would introduce him as an actor to the Indian and global audiences.

Rock On is a film based on a band that breaks up and then comes back together ten years later. The film really is about how when people connect with something they love (in this case music). No matter where they go or what they do, they will eventually end up connecting with it again because their passion for something which they had created together is so strong.”

“I heard the story and it was an amazing story and I immediately said that I want to be a part of this film. But he (Director Abhishek Kapoor) said ‘can you sing?’ And I said let’s meet at the studio tomorrow and do a test. He had no idea that I play guitar or that I sang. So I landed up with my guitar and he thought that I was maybe taking this role too seriously (audience laughs). So we jammed for a bit in the studio and that was that. And I said that if I don’t sing the songs then I don’t think that I want to do this part, because singing is very essential to the performance in this movie. And that’s how it really came together and it was just a wonderful experience working on that film as a first.”

14jul FarhanLIFF QA04 300x199 Farhan Akhtar captivates audiences during screen talk at the London Indian Film FestivalActing breakthrough with Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara was Farhan’s first taste of acting success and he received huge critical acclaim for his performance as the quirky poet Imraan. Check what he had to say about his experience of making this film about friendship, Spain and love!

“When we finished with Luck By Chance, which was Zoya’s (Akhtar) first film, it was with a huge ensemble of actors. And when she was done with it, I think she was very tired of working with so many actors and was like ‘the next film I do will just be with three boys and a car.’ And then she went on to write it and that’s how it really came about.

“It’s probably the most fun shoot that I’ve ever done in my working career so far. And as far as the Tomatina is concerned, it was great for fifteen minutes. And then after that, you just really want to just go home and have a bath. We shot the song (‘Ek Junoon’) for three days and were covered in tomato puree for like eight hours every single day.”

“I’ve known Abhay (Deol) and Hritihik (Roshan) for quite a while and I think that translated quite well in the film. So there’s no actor ego involved whatsoever and there was no one competing with another or one wanting to be better than the other. Everyone is wanting the other person to look good in the film. And I think that’s also the nature of the film.”

Success with Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Farhan Akhtar cemented his status as an actor in Bollywood with the widely-acclaimed hit Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013). He went on to win his first ever Filmfare Best Actor Award for his convincing and dramatic performance in the film. Here is what he had to say about preparing to play the sports legend Milkha Singh during the Q&A session with the audience.

“When I met Rakeysh (Omprakash Mehra), he was so motivated by Milkha’s story and is a huge hero for him. I could see that he is in love with this film and with the story. And he really wants to share this love with people. That really did motivate me. And when I met Milkhaji of course, he told me everything that went on in his life. It felt like you have to do everything that it takes so that when they watch the movie and when Rakeysh is on set, they don’t feel like they have made a bad decision by casting me in the film. And that really kept me going and I don’t regret one single day of anything that I did on that film.”

“There was something that just carried us through and I think that stemmed from Milkhaji’s amazing life and from Rakeysh’s amazing commitment to the film. That gave me a lot of strength.”

Audiences witnessed a humble and witty Farhan on stage and the talk ended with a huge round of applause for the star who took time out from his busy schedule to share his journey with everyone.

The London Indian Film Festival has had a successful fifth year and closes on Thursday with the screening of Hemalkasa!

Stay tuned as we have more things on Farhan and the London Indian Film Festival to bring to you!

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LIFF Masterclass with Santosh Sivan http://bollyspice.com/86440/liff-masterclass-santosh-sivan http://bollyspice.com/86440/liff-masterclass-santosh-sivan#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 06:00:40 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=86440 Santosh Sivan, one of India’s most celebrated cinematographers, has been praised for his emotionally engaging cinema and attention to detail. The masterclass hosted by the London Indian Film Festival was an exploration of his works, his inspiration, and the highlights of his career so far through a few chosen clips, and of course a wonderful […]

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14jul santoshliff 01 LIFF Masterclass with Santosh SivanSantosh Sivan, one of India’s most celebrated cinematographers, has been praised for his emotionally engaging cinema and attention to detail. The masterclass hosted by the London Indian Film Festival was an exploration of his works, his inspiration, and the highlights of his career so far through a few chosen clips, and of course a wonderful combination of questions from DJ Nihal and the audience.

Santosh began the evening by sharing with us his earliest images; that of his grandmother who used to sing to paintings and they’d come alive, and thus paintings became his first visual learning language. This led onto further exploration of family influence. While Santosh attended a school dominated by students who were all aiming to be doctors or engineers, he always knew he would go into the arts and was encouraged by a strong family background in the arts, with a grandmother who taught painting and a father who traveled and filmed documentaries. As the evening progressed, Santosh’s love of the documentary style of filming became more apparent, in particular his directorial Before the Rains.

So why cinematography? Santosh described his love of nature in response to this key question:

14jul santoshliff 02 LIFF Masterclass with Santosh Sivan“If not cinematography, you’d be a farmer…you spend all your time with nature! Before anything happens, you see it monochrome, then you see bits of colour come into the picture. The whole universe is dancing for you. You’re always on a learning process. The visual language has given you the license to travel and explore the world. In the creative world there are no answers…”

The masterclass then explored a number of his works including The Terrorist, Dil Se and Nava Rasa using clips to emphasize Santosh’s tendency towards documentaries, real stories and of course, the cinematic brilliance of the iconic ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’. When asked about Asoka and Ceylon, Santosh stood by his work with confidence and honesty and said, “You don’t have a pencil without an eraser on the end…criticism is fine”

The evening continued with anecdotes and an insight into the thoughts of Santosh’s creative mind including discussion of his favourite film, ‘The Bicycle Thief’ and his ways of working w actors, from children to stars like Shah Rukh Khan.

It was clear that he could have spent hours and hours sharing his experiences and the hungry audience would have stayed there captivated, but Santosh signed off with one piece of advice to budding cinematographers:

“Start sketching. If you start sketching anything, you look into people in a lot more detail.”

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Exclusive interview with Farhan Akhtar at LIFF! http://bollyspice.com/86399/exclusive-interview-farhan-akhtar-liff http://bollyspice.com/86399/exclusive-interview-farhan-akhtar-liff#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 05:12:09 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=86399 A BollySpice exclusive with filmmaker Farhan Akhtar, as part of the London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) 2014 and ahead of his public ‘Screen Talk’. Farhan shares his views on American television series, 3D cinema, budget filmmaking and more… Have you had a chance to catch any of the films showing at the LIFF and are […]

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14jul farhanliff 01 Exclusive interview with Farhan Akhtar at LIFF!A BollySpice exclusive with filmmaker Farhan Akhtar, as part of the London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) 2014 and ahead of his public ‘Screen Talk’.

Farhan shares his views on American television series, 3D cinema, budget filmmaking and more…

Have you had a chance to catch any of the films showing at the LIFF and are there any stand out films for you?

The one film I have seen, in Mumbai actually, which is part of the film festival, is Sulemani Keeda. That’s one film that I liked very much. I believe the filmmakers are in London as well, so hopefully we will get to meet them.

How about in the last 9-12 months, particularly in the world cinema range, anything which particularly stood out for you?

Gosh, I wish I was more prepared! Really have to jog my memory on that one!

No worries at all. Lets talk about television: there’s a big movement towards television series in America, by big Hollywood actors and filmmakers. Is that something which interests you and that you would consider doing?

I would definitely consider doing it! What’s currently happening is series like 24 are now being made in Hindi, which Anil Kapoor is doing. I feel content is going to be very key, for any actor to decide whether he or she wants to be part of a TV show or a TV mini-series. As long as the content is something which is very exciting, by all means why not.

Production values need to be to a certain level also. The writing which happens for television, be it Game of Thrones, True Detective, House of Cards or Boardwalk Empire – these are some great shows from a writing perspective. If that could happen in India, then I think all actors would want to work in them.

Expanding on this idea of good content, what do you feel is the state of (Mumbai based) Indian cinema today – the good, the bad, the ugly?

14jul farhanliff 02 Exclusive interview with Farhan Akhtar at LIFF!THE GOOD: What is happening with the Mumbai film industry today is that the horizons are definitely getting broader. The kind of stories that we are telling, the issues that we are wanting to talk about are getting more diverse, which is a healthy thing.

THE BAD: On the other hand I also feel that there is a strange kind of censorship that is creeping in, in terms of ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’. A lot of these at times can be self-inflicted, for fear of what may happen to your film once it’s out there. If we have our films put through a process, where they go through a censor board, where the board gives it a certificate and deems it fit for the wider public, beyond that I feel that the filmmaker needs to be protected by that administration and there has to be a machinery that stands up for the filmmaker, once the process it through. In India, you’re currently left pretty much to your own devices.

THE UGLY: Nobody wants their theatre to get broken, or their family to get threatened, or a threat to their lives. it’s a human instinct. With that I feel that there is a certain protection that filmmakers need, which they aren’t currently getting. If the Ministry of Information passes your film, I don’t think a non-Governmental agency, or random people should be able to stop you from releasing your film. So if you can empower me to feel safe in sharing my ideas in the way that I would like to, then I feel you will see even more diverse subjects being made. Until that happens, there will always be a fine line of how far a filmmaker is willing to go.

You’ve talked about the process of getting a film made, so of all the hats you wear: director, actor, writer, producer – which role do you find most creatively satisfying?

All of them actually! There is a slightly more wholesome fulfilment from when you direct a film, because you have seen something from inception all the way till it’s out there, which you don’t as an actor or as a writer. As a director it’s more fulfilling, especially when your work gets appreciated. Saying that, of course when you work in anything and people say good things about it, for example Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, you feel good about it too. As long as I feel good about doing something, whether it works or it doesn’t work, if my conscience feels good, then I’m satisfied.

Focussing on Farhan the director, what would your advice be to a budding filmmaker, given the accessibility and technology available today: go out and make a film on a shoestring budget, or learn the ropes under a director?

I’ve seen many people make films with not much in terms of production back up or set up. A great example of this was a talent who was taken away from us too early, Manish Acharya, who made the Loins of Punjab. It was made on a really tiny budget, but was such a powerfully written film and very fresh. I feel what he did with that film, is a great example for budding filmmakers.

14jul farhanliff 03 Exclusive interview with Farhan Akhtar at LIFF!It eventually comes down to good content, whether you shoot it on film, or on digital. If you have the biggest star in India, or just a capable actor, what will connect with people is how interested they are in the story. Is it engaging them? Is it entertaining them? Or is it boring them? You’ll see some of the biggest budget movies, with the biggest actors and you’ll think within fifteen minutes, I need to leave!

So as a budding filmmaker, just be true to making what you want to make and don’t feel bad if you don’t have something somebody else has. Focus on the positives and any opportunity you have to make your film. Finally just go and make it to the best of your ability.

Finally, from low budget filmmaking to big budgets: 3D cinema is a big part of the Hollywood machine today. Do you see a place for 3D in Indian cinema?

For the audience 3D is pretty popular. With 3D, there are certain films which somehow work better than other, personally the one that worked for me was Life of Pi. I know it had a lot of SFX, but it’s not one I would have associated with 3D. It worked amazingly well for that movie.

More often than not, 3D requires a certain budget, to make a good film and in order to make it well. Indian films don’t really have huge budgets and also the certain technology to make films which look world class. I think we focus on what it is we do well and what it is that sets our film culture apart from other cultures making films.

So 3D, as amazing as it is, I don’t think it’s the first thing that people think of when they’re setting out to make a film in India. It is an expensive process and we have a long way to go to start making films on that level.

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LIFF Special Report: Million Dollar Arm UK Premiere http://bollyspice.com/86286/liff-special-report-million-dollar-arm-premiere http://bollyspice.com/86286/liff-special-report-million-dollar-arm-premiere#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:04:36 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=86286 The London Indian Film Festival hosted the UK premier of Disney’s Million Dollar Arm yesterday and it was attended by producer Mark Ciardi and actor Madhur Mittal amongst a host of other showbiz celebrities including Meera Syal, Kulvinder Ghir, Ameet Chana, Tanveer Ghani, Tanya Franks and Neerja Naik. The film, which was well received by […]

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The London Indian Film Festival hosted the UK premier of Disney’s Million Dollar Arm yesterday and it was attended by producer Mark Ciardi and actor Madhur Mittal amongst a host of other showbiz celebrities including Meera Syal, Kulvinder Ghir, Ameet Chana, Tanveer Ghani, Tanya Franks and Neerja Naik.

The film, which was well received by the excited audience, was followed by a Q&A session with Mark and Madhur, mediated by Sunny and Shay (BBC London 94.9). Much of the audience’s interest revolved around shooting in India, the cast’s chemistry and the film’s basis on a true story.

Mark shared his experiences of struggling in the heat of India, catching Delhi Belly and having to accommodate the incredible Alan Arkin’s requests for filtered water due to his nervousness at catching something whilst filming. He also disclosed his own past experiences of playing baseball and modelling!

As Jon Hamm was unable to be present, Madhur filled us in on what it was like to work with him: “The most helpful thing about working with Jon was that he doesn’t even let you know that he’s helping you. He’s like a tuning fork. He’d come in and just set the scene like a tuning fork.”

When asked about the pressure surrounding the film’s basis on a real story, Madhur said that he was anxious about the real Dinesh’s reception of the film and at the LA premier he had paid close attention to his reactions: “He was weeping, he was laughing..and after the film he gave me a big hug and said the most amazing things so that’s really satisfying.”

Check out some of the photographs from the evening and you can read our review of the film here: http://bollyspice.com/85874/million-dollar-arm-movie-review

Catch Million Dollar Arm in cinemas in the UK from August 29th.

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LIFF Special Movie Review: Barefoot to Goa http://bollyspice.com/86228/liff-special-movie-review-barefoot-goa http://bollyspice.com/86228/liff-special-movie-review-barefoot-goa#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:00:41 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=86228 Barefoot to Goa (Director. Praveen Morchhale) is an exploration of family. The above sentence may sound simple and clichéd even, but as this film conveys, the subject is far from simple and portrays the impossibility of families fitting into what may seem, the neat borders of cliché. A brother and sister being brought up in […]

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14jul Barefoot to Goa 199x300 LIFF Special Movie Review: Barefoot to GoaBarefoot to Goa (Director. Praveen Morchhale) is an exploration of family.

The above sentence may sound simple and clichéd even, but as this film conveys, the subject is far from simple and portrays the impossibility of families fitting into what may seem, the neat borders of cliché.

A brother and sister being brought up in bustling Mumbai decide to set out on the search for their Grandmother. Part of a normal nuclear family- an aloof nuclear family- the young siblings, Prakhar aged 11 and Diya aged 9, crave to know their estranged Grandmother who lives miles away in Goa. One day, the duo stumbles across a box of unopened letters hidden away by their mother. They then decide to run away from home and travel alone from Mumbai to Goa in order to bring their Grandmother home. Through the film, the question is provoked: what does it take to be courageous?

Is courage in the unconditional love of the Grandmother or the love-less children brought up in Mumbai who shine with innocence? Innocence and faith play a huge role in the film as both the Grandmother and Grandchildren depict this: something that the parents have chosen to discard perhaps.

An immediate strength of the film is the direction, the dialogue and the symbolism. The director has excellently directed the characters to push certain buttons and strike up emotion. Whether it is through the confused guilt in the father’s eyes for shunning his elderly mother miles away in Goa, or at the moment where he unsuccessfully argues to bring her home with his dominant wife, the father becomes a robotic member of the family, simply providing the material needs.

14jul Barefoot to Goa 01 300x168 LIFF Special Movie Review: Barefoot to GoaIt became clear that this film is about woman power: the Grandmother (Farrukh Jaffar), the Mother (Purva Parag) and the fearless little girl, Diya (Saara Nahar). Whereas the mother dominates her husband (Kuldeep Singh), the little girl convinces her brother Prakhar (Prakhar Morchhale) to set out on the search.

What is unique about Barefoot to Goa is how the film immediately makes the audience step into the shoes of the “catalyst” character, Grandmother. Why the term catalyst is appropriate is because the film is centred on this character despite her not having much screen time. Interestingly, she may seem vulnerable, she may seem “old”, she may seem lonely, however- she is the most powerful. Her power lies in her faith in unconditional love. Something that is perhaps an element we all crave. Symbolically she cannot speak or write and communicates through a letter writer. However, she holds a presence and can show her emotions- her pain and strength- crystal clearly than the “educated” Mumbai parents.  This could suggest that words take away the power of emotion and “education” as we know it, is actually teaching people how not to communicate. The portrayal of the female characters breaks away from the patriarchal mould often set in stone as the pillar of strength and family. The power of the male perhaps becomes blurred to emphasise maternal energy as the real spark that literally feeds the soul.

14jul Barefoot to Goa 04 300x168 LIFF Special Movie Review: Barefoot to GoaSpeaking of feeding, food has a symbolic place within the film. The opening shot of the Grandmother making mithai to post to her grand children serves as her introduction as does the Mumbai mother’s introduction. Whereas the Grandmother cooks with devotion and love, the Mumbai mother is clearly feeding her family as a “chore”: food becomes a way of communicating love and symbolism for nourishing not just the body, but nourishing the soul.

What may have made the film even more powerful is an insight into the Mumbai mother’s psyche. Why has she become aloof and cold? Why so disconnected from showing her children love? But perhaps, the distance is needed to highlight her removed character. She clearly cares, but the maternal spark diminishes until she is separated from her children. This provokes the question, does one need to lose what they have to understand the significance? But then, why doesn’t the Grandmother’s son bring home his mother? Does he not understand her unconditional love or does he choose not to as this may emphasize the lack in his life? This is echoed through his own aloofness to his children. Significantly, he is physically removed from the family to provide for them. I felt that this suggests how the contemporary world encourages chasing materialism and that “success” is labelled as managing to provide for a family. Or perhaps, the world is such a struggle that connecting with others, especially loved ones is buried away as a secondary necessity- the initial being protecting a family financially.

14jul Barefoot to Goa 02 300x168 LIFF Special Movie Review: Barefoot to GoaAs the saying goes, money certainly can’t buy love. The young boy’s expensive looking polo T Shirt, as he travels with his sister across India, creates a powerful contrast to the “poorer” persons they encounter. It is symbolic that the young children leave the comforts of home to encounter their adventure and set out for what they truly want: the love and beacon of hope that their Grandmother symbolises.

In terms of cinematography, the choppy camera work following the Grandmother down the streets in the opening scene and of the children on the scooter, en route to Goa, give this film a universal and human element: the audience are taken on this journey “physically” with the characters. The sepia coloured “dream” sequences emphasise being removed from reality. Although these scenes are “colourless”, so to speak, it is these scenes that bring life and colour to the ambition of finding love, of finding Grandmother.

 LIFF Special Movie Review: Barefoot to GoaAt the end credits of Barefoot to Goa, there was pin drop silence. The ending although powerful, lacked an element of closure- indeed a strength as well as a weakness. This is not so much because of the direction, but because of the message. However, I really wanted to know more on how the Grandmother’s son. Further exploration of this character would have added an extra dimension and add to the puzzle. Nonetheless, the film encourages the audience to find the missing piece independently.

Barefoot to Goa explores what it takes to communicate love, what it takes to nourish courage. The film asks, what are we all actually looking for? This film will remind you to be cautious on what you decide to chase, as the chase will become you.

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